The “readiness” of the Chicago Cubs’ top prospects may not dictate when we see them arrive in Chicago. A comprehensive discussion of service time, Super Two status, and the promotion decision.
Month: February 2012
The Cubs’ left fielder is paid more than he’s worth, but that, of course, isn’t his fault. And it’s probably the big reason he hears the boos.
The Cubs’ GM is sticking to the “we need guys like Matt Garza” mantra.
Two of the Cubs’ top infield prospects hope to play together in Chicago soon. Dale Sveum wants to win Spring Training, Paul Maholm trusts his defense, and the BN Facebook page is blowing up.
If the Chicago Cubs weren’t in the 21st century before this year, they undoubtedly are now.
The Cubs would reportedly like to trade or extend Garza by mid-season, but what’s the market for him look like this Spring?
They aren’t sexy, but defense and baserunning could be hugely important to the Cubs’ relatively slim hopes in 2012. So it’s good to know the coaches and players are excited about them.
Details on the Cubs’ single-game ticket sale, as well as the games I plan on going to, and possible meet-ups.
It’s technically true. Anthony Rizzo crushes bombs, Chris Volstad understands his best bet, Randy Wells puts his head down, and Starlin Castro gets plunked.
The Cubs’ owner recently spoke on a variety of important topics.
The big lefty reliever is now under Reds control through 2015.
The Cubs are still involved in the not-yet-free agent, but the Red Sox, among others, are stepping up to “make a major push.”
Larry Lucchino and John Henry are glad it’s over, but disappointed in the result. And Henry adds a surprising piece of new information.
A rebound season from Soriano is not out of the question. Geovany Soto continues to recover, Paul Maholm has the flu, and more Bunt Tourney madness.
The strain is said to be minor, but you can’t blame us for being uneasy.
The biggest talker, Tony Campana, has been bounced. Dale Sveum likes Blake Parker, Ian Stewart likes Rudy Jaramillo, and Rudy Jaramillo likes Vernon Wells.
Dale Sveum may have hinted at a handful of pitching roles. Cubs players react to the Ryan Braun news, and Alfonso Soriano says the Cubs “won’t miss” Carlos Zambrano.
The Cubs’ shortstop has arrived at Spring Training, and he just addressed the offseason sexual assault allegations for the first time.
The Cubs’ manager has heard the fans’ calls, and is aware of Soriano’s propensity to stare his ball down. But is it really that big of a deal?
The Cubs’ pitching coach is already a fan of one of the team’s new, young pitchers.
No huge surprise there. Dale Sveum and the management team address the full squad today, an international draft is “inevitable,” and the two more Wild Cards will probably be in place this year.
The decision might not clear his name, but Braun will now be available to start the season.
The infielder wasn’t contacted directly by the Cubs when he was DFA’d, and wasn’t sure what was going to happen. He arrived today at Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.
The tournament is going on right now. Follow updates here and discuss here, if you like. It’s kind of absurd, but also kind of captivating.
Ian Stewart, David DeJesus and Bryan LaHair may get regular time against lefties, with Jeff Baker filling in occasionally.
Wood’s knee feels good, and the veteran righty is ready to head to back to set-up duties.