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CUBS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Lester Throws in Intrasquad Game at Riverview

John Andreoli and Ryan Dent slugged solo home runs and Rubi Silva drilled a two-run single, leading the Iowa Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Tennessee Smokies in a five-inning Spring Training minor league intrasquad game played on Field #1 at Mesa CubTown at Riverview Park this morning. Victor Caratini belted a two-run double and drew a walk and Kevin Brown singled, doubled, and...
Via Cub Reporter
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLBPA reacts to Kris Bryant's minor league assignment

In a move that didn’t come as much of a surprise, the Cubs made the decision that one of baseball’s top prospects, Kris Bryant, will start the 2015 season in the minor leagues. Bryant has been the talk of spring training thus far, hitting nine home runs in just 14 games this month. While his...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: 5 bold predictions for 2015

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsThe Chicago Cubs are heading into what is expected to be a very entertaining 2015 season, and there is a lot of excitement following the offseason and Spring Training that they have had. Theo Epstein went out and signed ace starting pitcher Jon Lester in free agency, which is causing a lot of excitement in and of itself. It is the first time that Epstein...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The unfortunate case of Kris Bryant

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports The Chicago Cubs made a controversial announcement on Monday, reassigning Kris Bryant to Minor League camp. Bryant, the team’s top prospect, led all of baseball with nine home runs this spring. Despite his performance, he was sent down. What’s worse, though, is this is the outcome everybody expected. While the Cubs have already said, and will...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Possible Friction Between the Cubs Management After Demotions

As expected, the Chicago Cubs sent uber prospects Kris Bryant and Addison Russell to minor league camp. What was unexpected was the team assigned 2B Javy Baez to Triple-A Iowa in the process. It is surprising that the team is sending Javier down after hearing they had done a complete 180 on Baez over the past several days. The move on Baez just might be causing some friction between...
Via Sports Mockery
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs send Kris Bryant, Javier Baez to minors

Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports The Chicago Cubs reassigned Kris Bryant and Addison Russell to Minor League camp on Monday, and also optioned second baseman Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa. “We entered camp with the presumptive move being to send him to Triple-A,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said, per ESPN.com. “It’s always the presumptive [move] for us move with young...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Bryant, Russell, Baez sent down

With Opening Night just six days away, the Chicago Cubs on Monday sent down Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Javier Baez. Kris Bryant and Addison Russell may not be starting off the year with the Chicago Cubs, but their call just a matter of time. Cubs fans are probably chagrined about Bryant not starting the season with the club. There’s no doubt he grabbed a ton of headlines...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Option Kris Bryant and Javier Baez to AAA Iowa

Many fantasy baseball owners were counting on Kris Bryant and spent a quality draft pick on the Chicago Cubs future superstar. Unfortunately for them, his rise to stardom has been pushed back a bit, as the front office has optioned him and Javier Baez to AAA Iowa. Bryant was crushing Spring Training pitching View image | gettyimages.com    TEAMGABRHTB2B3BHRRBIBBSOAVGOBP...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Weighing Javier Baez’s Terrible MLB Debut

To say Javier Baez had a rocky start to his big league career would be an understatement. After tearing up the minor leagues to the tune of .274/.331/.541, the 21-year-old rookie hit a putrid .169/.227/.324 in 52 games with the Chicago Cubs last year. His on base percentage was the lowest of any hitter who recorded at […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs Plan to Do What With Wrigley’s Renovations

Wrigley’s renovations have been in the news recently, with the delays in completing, costs involved, and how taxing the entire renovation plan will be on the people who live around the ballpark. What we haven’t really heard about is everything the Chicago Cubs plan on bringing their fans, and the surrounding neighborhood, once Wrigley’s renovations are completed. From hotels...
Via Sports Mockery
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Thank Kane County for the Memories by a Score of 5-2

Ryan McNeil threw three innings of shutout ball with four strikeouts, Charcer Burks delivered a double and an RBI triple and scored a run, and Frandy de la Rosa reached base four times (RBI double, two singles, and an HBP), drove-in a run, and scored another, leading the South Bend Cubs (Lo-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) to a 5-2 victory over the Kane County Cougars (Arizona Diamondbacks...
Via Cub Reporter
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Release Struggling Southpaw Doubront

The Chicago Cubs released lefty pitcher Felix Doubront today per MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat. Doubront signed with the Cubs in January as the ball club intended to shore up some left-handed depth, although he wanted to be a starter rather than a reliever. Unfortunately he was out of options and couldn’t be sent down to Triple-A Iowa, which could have done him some good. Doubront...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: What needs to happen for success in 2015-Part II

If the Chicago Cubs are going to live up to the expectations set this winter by their All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo, “We’re going to win the N.L. Central and you can quote me on that”, this young ball club will need to improve on a few things from last season. Chicago Cubs: What needs to happen for success in 2015-Part I Two areas especially critical: getting on base...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Super-Prospect Javier Baez A Bust?

It’s hard not to be caught up in the excitement of spring training. For many of us, it’s the first time we’ve seen live baseball on our televisions after a dreary winter offseason. Twitter and baseball-related boards all over the internet are set ablaze with discussions, ranging from the most basic predictions all the way down to the finite intricacies of player makeup and...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Drive to 25: Cubs Roster Update

I hope you’ve enjoyed the countdown marker on the sidebar that tells us we’re about a week away from Opening Night.  You probably also know that Fallout Boy and the Chicago Cubs will be performing for you live from a construction zone, but that’s just the way it is and Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has already prepared his players for that scenario (oy...
Via World Series Dreaming
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs’ Star Slugger Kris Bryant Likely to Miss MLB Opening Day

Kris Bryant of the U.S. Team looks on during batting practice prior to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game against the World Team at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Getty Images) The Chicago Cubs are hosting the St. Louis Cardinals April 5th for Opening Day of the 2015 MLB regular season, but their best player may be conspicuously...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 4 Reasons to Watch the Cubs in 2015

The Chicago Cubs are one of baseball’s most storied and oldest active sports franchises, having been established in 1870 as the Chicago White Stockings. From the 1876 through the 1908 season, the Cubs had won eight championships and was clearly baseball’s first true dynasty. Times have changed however, and the team, famously, hasn’t won a championship since that 1908 season...
Via Sports Mockery
4 days ago  |  Discuss

One of the Wrigley rooftop owners indicted on fraud charges

Are you sick to death of the seemingly neverending battle between the Chicago Cubs and the owners of rooftop clubs outside of Wrigley Field? The war between the two entities is still raging on, but it took an interesting turn this week – one of the rooftop owners was indicted on four counts of mail fraud after allegedly cooking the books to avoid paying the Cubs $600,000 owed to...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Scott Boras taking shots at Cubs' history over Kris Bryant

The battle over Kris Bryant’s service time clock, which hasn’t even started yet, was just taken in a bit of a personal direction by Bryant’s agent, Scott Boras. While speaking with Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Boras dragged out the Cubs’ history of losing as a reason to bring him up for Opening Day. “The opiate of player control cannot supersede the greater importance...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans Brief South Bend on Way to Succeed in Intrasquad Tilts

Shawon Dunston Jr stroked an RBI double, reached base on a bunt single, and scored two runs, Trey Martin clubbed an RBI triple, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and Gioskar Amaya reached basse threec times on two wallks and a single, helping the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to an 8-5 victory over the South Bend Cubs in Minor League Camp intrasquad action this morning on Field #6 at...
Via Cub Reporter
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Team on the Rise

When baseball fans think of futility, one of the first things that come to their mind is the Chicago Cubs franchise. The team has not won a World Series since 1908, which is the worst stretch of any current Major League team. Who knows what would have happened if Cubs fan Steve Bartman didn’t interfere with Moises Alou’s attempt to catch a foul ball in the 2003 National League...
Via Total Sports Live
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Wrigley Field be ready for opening night?

Even when someone finds themselves impossibly excited about the Chicago Cubs, it doesn’t take very long for some damn fool thing to happen that reminds you that you’re dealing with the Cubs. Regardless of their record this upcoming season — it may well be a few games under .500 or a few games over .500 — there’s no question that an exciting young team has been assembled...
Via Rumors and Rants
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the 25-man roster

Yesterday, we heard the strongest whispers yet that Javier Baez was making the Opening Day roster. While not altogether unexpected, it nonetheless helps to shape the roster (and with just 2 weeks left, we’ll be hearing a lot more of these soon, I’d wager). The 5th OF and the 6th (or 7th) reliever aren’t the most pivotal positions on the team, but those are probably the only...
Via Obstructed View
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Google Maps led to Edwin Jackson arriving late to stadium

Edwin Jackson was scheduled to start the Cubs’ game Tuesday afternoon against the A’s. Unfortunately, Jackson did not arrive to the stadium on time due to difficulty getting directions to Oakland’s spring training complex. The A’s now play their spring training games at Hohokam Park in Mesa, Arizona. That’s where Jackson thought he would end...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Greg Maddux asked for umpire’s advice on pitch and it worked

We all know respected Major League pitchers who have been around the game for years are more apt to get the benefit of the doubt with borderline calls. But what about umpires telling pitchers what pitch to throw? Maybe that’s just a Greg Maddux thing. In his book “Leo Mazzone’s Tales From the Braves Mound,”...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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