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The Cubs announced today that 18 minor leaguers have been invited to Big League Camp, including ten pitchers, two catchers, three infielders, and three outfielders. Tags: Cubs Spring Training Non-Roster Invites
I try to keep my Bears Anger in check, but it bleeds out all the time.Anyway, there really is good football to watch today.Happy Playoff Sunday.
Jon Paul Morosi at Fox Sports reports that the Cubs have signed veteran utility infielder Munenori Kawasaki to a 2016 minor league contract, and Paul Sullivan at the Chicago Tribune reports that Kawasaki will receive an NRI to Spring Training with the big club. Tags: Cubs Roster Moves Munenori Kawasaki
Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, receiving 99.32% of the vote. He becomes the 51st player elected in their first year. His percentage of votes is the highest all-time. Mike Piazza was also elected in his fourth year on the ballot. With three players (Maddux, Glavine, Thomas) elected in 2014 and four players (Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, and Biggio...
As things stand right now, Tags: 2016 Rule 5 Draft Cubs Minor Leagues
This year’s Hall of Fame ballot has 32 players total, including 15 newcomers, for voters to consider. Last year’s elections saw four worthy candidates elected—Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio—and only one new-comer—Ken Griffey Jr.—is likely to get elected this year. This election is thus a crucial one for down-ballot players, especially given...
The Cubs made flurry of moves at the recent Winter Meetings, including signing Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey and trading Starlin Castro to the Yankees for Adam Warren. The bulk of the roster is now set, and we can already take a look at the potential Opening Day roster and the battles for the few remaining slots on it.If there are no further trades or signings, and...
The Winter Meetings come to a close, after a relatively quiet day. The latest word on Heyward is that the Nats have emerged as a serious bidder to rival the Cards and Cubs. The contract could pass the $200m mark, and it sounds like a decision could come at any minute. Stay tuned! Tags: Winter Meetings
The Rule 5 Draft is a mechanism that allows MLB clubs to select (draft) players off minor league reserve lists. There is a "Major League Phase" where an MLB club can select Rule 5 Draft eligible players off the reserve lists of minor league clubs for $50,000, a "AAA Phase" where a club's AAA minor league affiliate can select Rule 5 Draft eligible players off the reserve lists...
Zobrist is a Cub, Castro is a Yankee, and Dusty Baker reminds everyone why he should never be allowed near a microphone. In other news, the Cards traded Jay for the soon-to-be All-star Gyrko, and AZ meets Altanta's asking price for Miller. Supposedly, the Cubs are not done, so let's get at it! Tags: Winter Meetings
Cahill is back and Baez is rumored to be on the block. Meanwhile, the Reds have a bridge over the Ohio River they'd like to sell you. Tags: Winter Meetings
The Winter Meetings run Dec. 6-10 in honkey and tonky Nashville. The Cubs are still on the hunt for a real centerfielder and perhaps (read: hopefully) another starting pitcher and maybe even a top-tier closer, as some have said. If the off-season thus far is any indication, we're in for an active week. Let the speculations and rumors fly! Tags: Winter Meetings
Tomorrow (Wednesday December 2nd) is the deadline for MLB clubs to tender 2016 major league contracts to unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (AKA "40-man roster"). Tags: Cubs Roster Strategy Cubs Contracts
Hey man, your guess is as good as mine.The "Drooling Cub Fan" is a pretty accurate self portrait right now.It's HUGE stakes and HUGE money and probably our favorite team isn't gonna end up with the HUGEST prize(s), but whatever.Anyway, hope you got a laugh.COME ON THEO - GET CREATIVE!
The Cubs have signed Rule 55 second-contract minor league free-agent RHSP Drew Rucinski(ex-LAA) and Rule 55 minor league 6YFA LHP Jeffry Antigua to 2016 minor league contracts. Both will be eligible for selection in next month's Rule 5 Draft. Tags: Cubs Minor League free-agents Jeffry Antigua Drew Rucinski
The Cubs selected the contracts of four minor league players today, adding 3B Jeimer Candelario, C Willson Contreras, RHSP Pierce Johnson, and 1B Dan Vogelbach to their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), and thus insuring that the foursome will not be eligible for selection in next month's Rule 5 Draft. RULE 5 DRAFT: Each MLB club is required to file its MLB Reserve List and the...
This is the week the BBWAA gets to announce its winners for the 2015 season. Bryant seems to be a lock for NL ROY (Monday), Maddon is likely to win Manger of the Year (Tuesday), and Arrieta is probably going to come up a bit short for the NL Cy Young (Wednesday). Unfortunately, HBP doesn't carry much weight, or Rizzo would have a real shot at the MVP (Thursday). The announcements...
Twenty Cubs minor league players were declared MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agents at 5 PM (Eastern) this past Friday. Among the more notable Cubs 6YFA are 2015 Cubs minor league strikeout leader RHSP Felix Pena, 2015 PCL Pitcher of the Year RHSP Carlos Pimentel, RHRP Starling Peralta, RHP (ex-OF) Jae-Hoon Ha, OF Pin-Chieh Chen, and RHRP Blake Parker. Tags: Cubs Minor...
As expected, the Cubs extended a $15.8m qualifying offer to Dexter Fowler, who will decline it. That means the Cubs will get an extra draft pick after the first round, in the event Fowler signs elsewhere. The Cubs also claimed Ryan Cook off of waivers from Boston, for some reason. Tags: 2015 Offseason
Now that we all have an extra 3 hours in the day, it's time to play everyone's favorite game: predicting where the free agents will land. I've listed 15 and added a separate category that allows you to pick which of the Cubs will be traded. I've started a Google Sheet, which y'll can add to just by clicking on that link. We'll make the deadline midnight Dec. 5, the day before...
I'm glad we didn't have to see what this Royals team would have done to the Cubs pen. Check that: it would have been a much more satisfying finish. Now crank up the hot stove! Get out your shopping lists and let the rumor mill fly. The Winter Meetings open up Dec. 6 in Nashville. Tags: 2015 Offseason
Look for the Cubs to outright at least two players this week, possibly more. Now that the Cubs season is over, C Taylor Teagrden and OF Quintin Berry will very likely get outrighted to Iowa (neither is likely to get claimed off waivers). Then once outrighted, both players will very likely elect to be a free-agent (both are Article XX-D players, Teagarden because he has accrued at...
That happened... Thanks everyone for everything all year. Tags: 2015 Cubs
Looks like we picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue. Tags: Cubs 2015 Game Thread
We’re still good, we’re still good, we’re still good... Tags: Cubs 2015 Game Thread
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