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Draft Notes: Rodon Stumbling? Beede Off? Aiken Rising? More

Draft Notes: Rodon Stumbling? Beede Off? Aiken Rising? More

There is starting to be some shifting at the perceived top of the draft.

by March 24, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Chicago Cubs Playoff Odds Creeping Up Ever So Slightly

Chicago Cubs Playoff Odds Creeping Up Ever So Slightly

Now as high as 8.3%, according to Baseball Prospectus. It pays to be (relatively) healthy.

by March 24, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Chicago Cubs Prospect Organizational Depth: Left-Handed Pitching

Chicago Cubs Prospect Organizational Depth: Left-Handed Pitching

Pitching, in general, has improved in the Cubs’ system, but the left-handed side of the equation isn’t looking strong.

by March 24, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Minor Leaguers Released and a Bunch of Other Stuff and Other Bullets

Minor Leaguers Released and a Bunch of Other Stuff and Other Bullets

Some familiar names are no longer with the organization. Also: injury updates, statistical breakdowns, and interesting news.

What You Missed This Weekend: Baez Hurt and Cut and OK, Rumors, Roster Questions, More

What You Missed This Weekend: Baez Hurt and Cut and OK, Rumors, Roster Questions, More

It was a busy weekend for the Cubs and BN, so if you weren’t around or missed anything, here’s your one-stop catch-up.

It’s a Homer Party: Lake, Valbuena, and Olt Go Deep Six Times (VIDEO)

It’s a Homer Party: Lake, Valbuena, and Olt Go Deep Six Times (VIDEO)

Let’s watch, discuss, enjoy, and imagine that it’s June.

by March 24, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 10, A’s 6 – March 23, 2014

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 10, A’s 6 – March 23, 2014

It was Homer City, USA for the Cubs today. Well, some of the Cubs, anyway.

by March 23, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Chicago Cubs Release Tsuyoshi Wada

Chicago Cubs Release Tsuyoshi Wada

The 33-year-old lefty wasn’t going to make the big league team.

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

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

Mike Olt is at third base again, while Luis Valbuena heads to second, and Darwin Barney slides to shortstop.

by March 23, 2014 Pre-Gamin'
The Seventh Cut is Ramirez: Neil Ramirez Sent to Minor League Camp

The Seventh Cut is Ramirez: Neil Ramirez Sent to Minor League Camp

Ramirez looked good in very limited duty this Spring, but the Cubs will likely give him a chance to keep starting in the minors.

So, What’s Going to Happen to Luis Valbuena?

So, What’s Going to Happen to Luis Valbuena?

If Mike Olt emerges as the starter at third, and Darwin Barney holds the job at second, is Valbuena just a bench guy?

by March 23, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Travis Wood is an Opening Day Starter of Sorts and Other Bullets

Travis Wood is an Opening Day Starter of Sorts and Other Bullets

Wood will get the home opener, as Samardzija gets the season opener.

by March 23, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Another Big Arm Reaching Free Agency? Max Scherzer and Tigers Can’t Reach Extension

Another Big Arm Reaching Free Agency? Max Scherzer and Tigers Can’t Reach Extension

With Scherzer, Masterson, and Shields projected to be on the market, the Cubs could have some upper tier options.

by March 23, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Spring Training Miscellany: Reds 8, Cubs 3 – March 21, 2014 (Plus Castro)

Spring Training Miscellany: Reds 8, Cubs 3 – March 21, 2014 (Plus Castro)

The Reds blasted the Cubs today, though Edwin Jackson wasn’t *that* bad.

by March 22, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
BN Podcast Episode 48: Spring Storylines Wind Down as the Season Approaches

BN Podcast Episode 48: Spring Storylines Wind Down as the Season Approaches

We’ve had weeks to ponder Baez/Olt/Castro/Lake/Rotation/Bullpen/etc. Where do things stand with just a week to go?

by March 22, 2014 Podcasts
Pre-Gamin': Reds v. Cubs (3:05 CT) – Lineup, Broadcast Info, etc.

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

Mike Olt makes start number two at third base as the Reds come to Cubs Park.

by March 22, 2014 Pre-Gamin'

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