Chicago Cubs: Gimenez making good first impressions

The Chicago Cubs situation regarding their backup catcher will be interesting. While they want prospect Victor Caratini to develop in the majors, Chris Gimenez is looking to make the big league roster. Spring training is still in the early stages of opening week roughly a month away...
Via Cubbies Crib
16 minutes ago

Ryan Says: Schwarber’s Weight Loss, Loaded Rotation, Who Hits Leadoff?

Welcome to March. Soon, the Madness will be underway and the slog through spring training to get to the regular season won’t be so awful. But until then, we’re left to talk about Joe Maddon’s rotation order (as if it really matters), Kyle Schwarber’s weight loss, and whether or not Ian Happ is going to … The post Ryan Says: Schwarber’s Weight Loss, Loaded Rotation, Who Hits Leadoff...
Via Cubs Insider
1 hour ago

Chicago Cubs Lineup: Heyward Leads Off, Bryant Returns in Quintana’s Debut

In a slight change from what we’ve seen thus far in the leadoff spot, Jason Heyward will get a chance start the offense this afternoon. Heyward wasn’t among those players widely presumed to have the best shot at the role, but spring training is all about experimenting. It’s also starting to look as though Kyle … The post Chicago Cubs Lineup: Heyward Leads Off, Bryant Returns in Quintana...
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2 hours ago

Chicago Cubs News: Morrow ready to be closer; Bote’s potential

It’s not always been easy for the Chicago Cubs’ Brandon Morrow, but he’s ready to embrace the closer’s role for the Cubs. And David Bote could be a critical guy to have down the line. The Chicago Cubs‘ Brandon Morrow has never had an easy go of it. After being taken fifth in the 2006...
Via Cubbies Crib
3 hours ago

Albert Almora Might Be a Fourth Outfielde – And That’s OK

For some time now, Albert Almora Jr. has been the heir-apparent in center fielder for the Chicago Cubs. Almora was the sixth overall selection by the Cubs brain trust in 2012 as Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McCloud made him the first selection of their tenure. He’s has made a smooth progression each season […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
6 hours ago

Justin Wilson talks about fresh start going into 2018 season

Justin Wilson sits down with Kelly Crull to discuss being eliminated by the Dodgers in the 2017 playoffs, and how he's looking to start fresh with the Cubs for 2018.
Via CSN Chicago
14 hours ago

Cubs Have Begun to Identify Potential Maddon Successors

Kyle Schwarber’s name and picture led Jon Heyman’s latest Inside Baseball Notes, but it was a buried bullet that bore at least as much weight as the left fielder lost this offseason. Though no one believed Joe Maddon’s Cubs tenure would last forever, it was interesting to see that the team has been actively seeking … The post Cubs Have Begun to Identify Potential Maddon Successors...
Via Cubs Insider
15 hours ago

Report: Cubs, Hultzen agree to Minors deal

Former top prospect Danny Hultzen is attempting a comeback and has signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs.
16 hours ago

Cubs Talk Podcast: Jon Lester’s not ready to pass on the torch to Kyle Hendricks

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan and Kelly Crull discuss if the Cubs' starting rotation is one of the best in baseball right now.
Via CSN Chicago
16 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Brandon Morrow fits the mold for the Cubs’ closer

For the Chicago Cubs’ Brandon Morrow, it’s been a long journey to where he’s at now. Type 1 diabetes, injuries and more challenged him wherever he went. But he’s come out on top of all of it. Up until the last few seasons for the Chicago Cubs, the closer wasn’t always someone the team...
Via Cubbies Crib
17 hours ago

Happ adds 3rd HR to battle for leadoff spot

Ian Happ hit five home runs in 60 at-bats last spring. The Cubs outfielder is well ahead of that pace this year.
19 hours ago

Gimenez gives Cubs insight for catching Yu

Chris Gimenez remembers when he first met Yu Darvish. They were teammates with the Rangers, and the catcher was terrified of the pitcher.
21 hours ago

Jon Lester: MLB needs more 200-inning pitchers

Jon Lester isn’t on board with what he believes to be an over-reliance on the bullpen overtaking MLB. In fact, he believes that the lack of 200-inning pitchers is "terrible" for the game.“I hope not,” Lester would say of the developing new trend. But that’s not all.“I think it’s terrible for the game. That puts too much pressure on your bullpen. That means you’re using them more...
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Phillies reportedly have been in contact with Lance Lynn

The Philadelphia Phillies have been in contact with pitcher Lance Lynn, according to a report.MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies have been in touch with Lynn as well as top free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta. Both players remain unsigned even as spring training begins for MLB teams.Lynn, who turns 31 in May, went 11-8 with a 3.43 ERA last season for the Cardinals. He...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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WATCH: Nationals bring in actual camels to spring training for ‘Hump Day’

The Washington Nationals got downright wacky on Wednesday by celebrating “Hump Day” by bringing in real, live camels to spring training. New Nationals manager Dave Martinez, as noted in the above tweet, is behind the strange sight. Allow the skipper to explain. Get it? With the Nationals’ penchant for postseason struggles, Martinez is making the idiom “getting over the hump” literal...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals monitoring Jake Arrieta market

The Washington Nationals have signed plenty of big-name starting pitchers in recent years, and with one still tantalizingly on the market with March around the corner, it looks like it may happen again.According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Nationals are monitoring the market of pitcher Jake Arrieta, and “remain engaged” as he seeks a new team. The Nationals have signed plenty...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Felix Hernandez expected to be out ‘a little while’ after taking line drive to arm

Felix Hernandez is expected to be out for a bit after leaving his spring training debut after taking a line drive off of his right arm.During the second inning of Monday’s game between the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs, Hernandez was struck on the right forearm by a ball off the bat of Victor Caratini. He immediately grabbed the arm before crouching on the infield grass in obvious...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raw Go Pro Video from Cubs Championship Parade

Filmed from the side of one of the Cubs buses during the 2016 Championship Parade in Chicago. An amazing look at the packed streets...who knows, maybe you will see yourself?
Via CSN Chicago
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Brewers, Nationals, others still in on free agent pitching

Jake Arrieta, Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn are still free agents. But their market is starting to heat up again, according to Jon Morosi. In fact, up to six teams – including the Brewers and Nationals – are monitoring their status. The Nationals are favorites to take the NL East again this season while the Brewers look to build on their surprise 86-win season. But losing the Yu Darvish...
Via The Sports Post
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Holy Cow! Artist creates gigantic sculpture of Harry Caray

A Chicago-area artist recently put the finishing touches on a gigantic clay sculpture of Harry Caray’s head and upper torso. And it’s impressive, indeed. As noted in the above tweet, Kevin Kirkpatrick, who resides in Freeport, Ill., is a renowned makeup effects artist who has been nominated for two Emmy Awards for his work on “American Horror Story” and “The Knick.” He detailed how...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo on MLB teams wearing Stoneman Douglas caps: ‘Much appreciated’

Anthony Rizzo says it’s “much appreciated” how all 30 MLB teams will don Stoneman Douglas baseball caps ahead of and potentially during exhibition games Friday. The massacre last week in which 17 students and staff lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hit close to home for Rizzo. The Chicago Cubs first baseman is a native of and still lives in Parkland, Fla.,...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Breakout candidates for the Chicago Cubs in 2018

With spring training underway, there are several players that the Chicago Cubs will be looking toward to have a breakout season and take on a bigger role this year. Having a “breakout” year could really mean anything, and it does have a different significance to each guy on this list. One player listed here hasn’t had a full opportunity to prove himself as a daily staple in the lineup...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs C Willson Contreras says he'll defy new MLB rules if needed

Willson Contreras, like most of us, has heard of baseball’s new rules to limit mound visits. It’s safe to say that the Chicago Cubs catcher doesn’t care for them.In fact, Contreras boldly stated that if the situation calls for it, he’ll have no problem breaking the rules.“I don’t even care,” Contreras said, per Jesse Rodgers of ESPN. “If I have to go [out there] again and pay the...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies reportedly engaged in 'dialogue' with Jake Arrieta

The Phillies are “having dialogue” with Jake Arrieta and his representatives, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). While there’s currently a “gap” between the sides’ bargaining positions, it seems there’s at least some real interest being explored.Philadelphia has long been cited as a possible landing spot for Arrieta, but this is the firmest indication yet that they...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo opens up about vigil speech: 'Hardest thing I ever had to do'

Last week, Anthony Rizzo attended a vigil for the 17 people who were slain during the mass shooting at Parkland’s Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It’s the high school that Rizzo attended growing up, and he was understandably extremely emotional while speaking at the vigil.On Monday, back at spring training in Arizona with his Chicago Cubs teammates, Rizzo opened up...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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