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Archive for March, 2014

John Baker Will Be the Cubs’ Backup Catcher

John Baker Will Be the Cubs’ Backup Catcher

It’s a surprise, but Baker won the job over George Kottaras and Eli Whiteside.

by March 26, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Chicago Cubs Place George Kottaras on Release Waivers (UPDATE, Plus Roster Implications)

Chicago Cubs Place George Kottaras on Release Waivers (UPDATE, Plus Roster Implications)

If true, Kottaras is very likely to depart the Cubs – and, either way, he won’t be the backup to start the year.

by March 26, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Exit Donnie Murphy, Headed Off to the Rangers

Exit Donnie Murphy, Headed Off to the Rangers

The infield picture clears up a bit. Does this mean Mike Olt makes the team?

Starlin Castro Says He Would Move Positions to Accommodate Javier Baez

Starlin Castro Says He Would Move Positions to Accommodate Javier Baez

It remains to be seen how this will play out, but it’s great to know that Castro has the right attitude, in any case.

by March 26, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
The Cubs Project to Have the 23rd Highest Payroll in Baseball to Start the Season

The Cubs Project to Have the 23rd Highest Payroll in Baseball to Start the Season

Just about $150 million shy of the league-leading Dodgers.

by March 26, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
There’s $20,000 On the Line for Opening Day (Plus a FREE Contest)

There’s $20,000 On the Line for Opening Day (Plus a FREE Contest)

Who doesn’t like to win money by watching baseball games?

by March 26, 2014 Fantasy Baseball, Meta
Lukewarm Stove: The Rangers Are Scouting Cubs Infielders

Lukewarm Stove: The Rangers Are Scouting Cubs Infielders

Darwin Barney and Donnie Murphy, in particular, each of whom is facing roster/starting questions.

by March 26, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Is Darwin Barney’s Role in Question? And Other Bullets

Is Darwin Barney’s Role in Question? And Other Bullets

Earlier this Spring, it seemed like there was no question that he was still *the* starting second baseman. Now?

by March 26, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 5, Padres 5 – March 26, 2014

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 5, Padres 5 – March 26, 2014

It wasn’t a great night for Cubs prospects, but at least they got in some action.

by March 26, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Myles: Castro Will Not Be Traded in 2014 … Probably

Myles: Castro Will Not Be Traded in 2014 … Probably

The story of Castro’s rise and fall, and the importance of his near-term future.

by March 26, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Pre-Gamin’: Cubs v. Padres (9:05 CT) – Lineup, Broadcast Info, etc.

Pre-Gamin’: Cubs v. Padres (9:05 CT) – Lineup, Broadcast Info, etc.

C.J. Edwards gets the start tonight, and Javier Baez mans shortstop. UPDATE: Kris Bryant, too.

by March 25, 2014 Pre-Gamin'
Spring Training Miscellany: Angels 8, Cubs 4 – March 25, 2014

Spring Training Miscellany: Angels 8, Cubs 4 – March 25, 2014

The Cubs had this one until an hilariously bad 9th inning. Albert Almora left the game with a bruised right knee, by the way.

by March 25, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Rumor: Rangers Looking at a George Kottaras Trade

Rumor: Rangers Looking at a George Kottaras Trade

The Cubs could carry John Baker as their backup, but I’m not crazy about losing Kottaras right now, all things considered.

by March 25, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Pre-Gamin’: Angels v. Cubs (3:05 CT) – Lineup, Broadcast Info, etc.

Pre-Gamin’: Angels v. Cubs (3:05 CT) – Lineup, Broadcast Info, etc.

Olt at third, Almora in center, Vogelbach at first, Barney at shortstop, Lake in left, Valbuena at second, Villanueva at DH. Lots of intrigue!

by March 25, 2014 Pre-Gamin'

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