7-24-14: Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and 24-year-old Kyle Hendricks pitched seven strong innings for his first major league victory, leading the Cubs to a 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres, which snapped their five-game losing streak. Rizzo became the first National League player to reach 25 homers this season, which is his career high. He finished with 23 homers in 160 games last season. The future for the Cubs is bright indeed.
7-21-14: The Chicago Cubs already made the biggest splash in the trading deadline season and may not be done. The Cubs have received many interested phone calls regarding shortstop Starlin Castro but seem unlikely to trade him away this month. One man they are likely to trade away is starting pitcher Edwin Jackson. Jackson is owed roughly $26 million through the 2016 season and a couple teams including the New York Yankees have shown interest in the right hander. The Cubs are likely to make a move to clear a path for top prospects Javier Baez, Addison Rusell, and Arismendy Alcantara. It is likely that Baez will be the second baseman of the future in Chicago and Alcantara may be moved to third base leaving Russell possibly as the odd man out.
7-19-14: The Cubs dropped their third consecutive game on Friday to drop to 15 games below .500 on the season, but Anthony Rizzo continues to crush the baseball. He hit his 21st and 22nd home runs of 2014 to tie Giancarlo Stanton for the National League lead in that category. The large amount of young talent on the Cubs puts them in the position to be successful within the next few years.
7-17-14: It was an up-and-down first half for the Cubs. They closed out the first half with three straight series losses. However, there's a lot to like about the direction in which Chicago is heading. Core pieces Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo have both bounced back in a big way, and the team finally traded Jeff Samardzija, adding top prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney to what was already an excellent minor league system.
7-15-14: The Chicago Cubs have called up prospect Arismendy Alcantara to replace Darwin Barney as he was placed on the paternity list. Alcantara stayed with the team through the All Star break as the team got an extended look at one of their surplus shortstop prospects they may trade this July or offseason. Alcantara responded by getting four hits out of the gate to start his professional career with Chicago. The Cubs are in last place in the NL Central division and have a 4-54 record at the break which is good for 12 games behind the first place Milwaukee Brewers. Vice President of player development and amateur scout Jason McLeod received a two year extension this week for his work and success with the likes of Alcantara from Chicago.
7-14-14: Although Arismendy Alcantara was activated on Wednesday in Cincinnati and went 0-for-4 in his major league debut, he has made a tremendous impact on the Cubs the last couple of days. On Thursday, he led the team’s offense with three runs batted in as Chicago defeated the Reds in extra innings. Then on Friday, he scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
7-10-14: A Jay Bruce home run proved to be the difference for the Cubs as they dropped Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday 4-2. Billy Hamilton finished off the Cubs in the ninth inning of Game 2 as Chicago was swept away by the Reds 6-5. The Cubs have been swept in all three of their doubleheaders this season and they haven't won a game since trading starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for a bundle of prospects.
7-7-14: With their fourth consecutive
victory on Friday, the Cubs moved to just eight games below .500. Rick Renteria’s squad has not been above .500 all season, but they have a chance at accomplishing that feat for the first time since April 4, 2013. Justin Ruggiano has been hitting the cover off the ball recently. He hit home runs on Wednesday and Friday and is hitting 7-for-14 through three games in July. The Cubs continue to look towards the future, as they dealt Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, Dan Straily and a player to be named later on Friday.
7-3-14: There were some tense moments for Anthony Rizzo Tuesday night in Boston. He started the ninth with a single, went to third on a double by Starlin Castro and then scored on Luis Valbuena's sacrifice fly off Koji Uehara. He then caught Luis Valbuena's throw from third base to first on a grounder in time to get Dustin Pedroia for the final out and the 2-1 victory. Replay did show that the throw beat Pedroia to the bag.
7-2-14: The Chicago Cubs are the talk of baseball the closer we inch to the July 31 trading deadline. The Cubs tried to extend Jeff Samardzija and failed and he is all but packing his bags and heading out of Chicago. Surprisingly Jason Hammel has been a hotter commodity than Samardzija, or any free agent starting pitcher this season, because of his upcoming free agency. Hammel will also command less in terms of prospects than Samardzija and will be highly sought after this trading season. The Cubs announced at one point a willingness to move more pitching other than these two, most notably Edwin Jackson, but those talks have seemed to die down at least for now. There is no indication if that is because the Cubs are not actively shopping them or if the market for Jackson and others has yet to establish itself.
6-30-14: While it does not look like there will be a postseason appearance for the 2014 Cubs, they are playing .500 baseball at Wrigley Field. Even after losing four of six combined home games against the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds this past week, Chicago won the first two games of its series with the visiting Washington Nationals.
6-26-14: Jake Arrieta flirted with a perfect game as he retired his first 18 batters and struck out nine in seven innings of work, leading the Cubs to a 7-3 victory against Cincinnati on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. Overall, Arrieta allowed just two runs and three hits while improving to 3-0 with a 1.14 ERA in five June starts. This was his first win of the season at Wrigley. Despite the win, the Cubs still sit 13 games back of NL Central leading Milwaukee.
6-24-14: The Chicago Cubs have been the talk of the trading deadline already, and we’re barely halfway through June, because of the reported availability of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel but Chicago threw a couple more names in the pot this week. The Cubs have expressed a willingness to listen to deals involving pitchers Jake Arrieta and Edwin Jackson as well as Samardzija and Hammel making General Manager Theo Epstein a very busy and popular man these days around the league. Arrieta is under team control through 2017 after being acquired for Scott Feldman last season from the Baltimore Orioles and would be an attractive, although expensive, piece to acquire. Jackson would be expensive as well but only because he is still owed $27.3 million through the 2016 season. This all came about after the Cubs offered Samardzija a contract extension reportedly in the five years and $85 million range that was ultimately declined by Samardzija.
6-18-14: Jeff Samardzija allowed three runs, two earned, in six innings of work but was denied a victory Tuesday as the Marlins rallied against Cubs reliever Brian Schlitter for a 6-5 win. Junior Lake hit his ninth homer of the year and third in five games against the Marlins this year, but the Cubs went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. The lovable losers are 12 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.
6-17-14: The Chicago Cubs released closer Jose Veras after designating him for assignment last week and Veras latched on with the Houston Astros on a minor league deal. The Cubs hot stove market is heating up as multiple teams have already inquired about their starting pitching, namely Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The San Francisco Giants are said to have the most interest in Samardzija although there are mixed scouting reports on Hammel. Most around the league feel that Hammel is nothing more than a back end of the rotation type starter on a contending team so the Cubs should not expect a huge haul for the right hander. The Cubs do not seem content to sit around and wait for the trading deadline to start selling off players and may start trading earlier than anyone expects them to.
6-10-14: The Chicago Cubs have designated their closer Jose Veras for assignment this week. Veras is still only 33 years old but posted a 8.10 ERA in Chicago this season as he walked nearly 7.5 batters per nine innings. Instead of the Cubs dangling him at the trading deadline he will be free to have for any team for the prorated league minimum salary while the Cubs remain on the hook for his nearly $4.4 million in salary remaining to him including h is 2015 club option buyout. The Cubs will be sellers once again this season but pitchers Jason Hammel and Carlos Villanueva hope to stay with the team and help with the rebuilding that is going on according to an interview with MLB.com. The Cubs selected fourth in the MLB First Year Players Draft and took Indiana’s Kyle Schwarber, a catcher and an outfielder.
6-3-14: The Chicago Cubs have turned their attention away from the field and are likely beginning to court suitors for ace starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs had one of their top talent evaluators in Class-A Ball watching Hunter Harvey, a 2013 draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles that is ineligible to be traded until after this year’s draft. The Orioles are said to have the most interest in Samardzija but it is worth mentioning that the trading deadline is still two months away. The Cubs are also stirring up players in their own clubhouse due to the team dragging their feet on the new renovations at Wrigley Field. The snag has always been with striking a deal with the rooftop owners and players like Anthony Rizzo are growing frustrated after being promised new and updated facilities in the clubhouse, among other things.
5-28-14: The Chicago Cubs and the Ricketts family who own the club and Wrigley Field are working towards a deal that would renovate and expand the historic stadium. The new plan submitted by Tom Ricketts would place more seating in the Budweiser Bleacher seats, would put new lights in the outfield to reduce the shadows, four additional LED signs up to 650 square feet and a 2400 square foot video board in right field bringing Wrigley one step closer to the 21st century. Now if the Cubs could just do something about that constant swarm of seagulls all over the field during day games and finally strike a deal with the rooftop owners I think they would be on to something. The Cubs spent much of their Memorial Day weekend signing Manny Ramirez to a minor league deal to be a player coach in Triple-A.
5-21-14: The Chicago Cubs are going to be one of the most active teams at this year’s trading deadline with plenty of young power arms available in trade. The Cubs could trade Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, Jose Veras, and outfielder Nate Schierholtz as a part of their total rebuilding project. The Cubs would likely trade Edwin Jackson as well if they could find a team to take on his salary for this season and beyond. The Cubs got a fantastic package last summer for a lesser pitcher in Matt Garza who is older and was 10 weeks away from free agency while Samardzija on the other hand is under team control for the 2015 season as well the Cubs will surely be expecting a haul for his services.
5-15-14: The Chicago Cubs have the worst record in all of baseball with a dismal 13-25 record through 38 games. The Cubs are now all but guaranteed to trade ace starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija at this year's trading deadline in July. The Miami Marlins may be the Cubs top suitor for the right hander after losing their ace Jose Fernandez to Tommy John surgery. The Cubs are looking at the Marlins top prospect Andrew Heaney as possibly the centerpiece of the deal. Samardzija should fetch the Cubs a ton since he has one more year of team control after the 2014 season, albeit it will be an expensive 2015 season for his team as he enters his final season of arbitration eligibility. The Cubs also own the fourth overall pick in this year's MLB First Year Players Draft and are said to be looking at adding the best available player regardless of position with the pick.
5-7-14: The Chicago Cubs are in a fight with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the worst record in the National League and all of baseball and talks are already turning towards the July, 31 trading deadline. The Cubs are said to already be exploring trades and are definite sellers in the market unless they drastically improve in the month of May. The Cubs have dangled ace starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija for the past couple seasons and this is likely the year they finally pull the trigger on a deal for the right handed former Notre Dame football star. Matt Garza, former Chicago Cub, made news when addressing Samardzija about the possibility of a trade this summer telling him to "pitch his way out of Chicago" if he could. It sounds like Garza is a bit bitter with his former club but after multiple losing seasons it's hard to blame anyone for wanting to play for a contender.
4-28-14: The Chicago Cubs are once again the "lovable losers" after a month of baseball in 2014 with the worst record in the National League Central division and the entire National League. The future is bright though as the Cubs have a great farm system in on the backs of Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and C.J. Edwards. Speaking of Edwards the Cubs got a bit of good news on Edwards shoulder when an MRI showed no structural damage. The Cubs recently celebrated the 100th birthday of Wrigley Field which is an amazing and historic feat, especially in the modern age of baseball and corporate owned "bigger and better" stadiums and domes. Voting has opened up for the 2014 MLB All Star Game for this July so remember to vote your favorite Chicago Cubs into the game.
Once again the Chicago Cubs are off to a very poor start with a record of 5–12 and in last place of the National League Central division. Last week the cops were swept in New York by the by the Yankees in a day night doubleheader. They did not score a single run in either game. This week the Cubs will kick off a four game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
4-14-14: The season has barely started, yet already, the Chicago Cubs find themselves way out of first place. The Cubbies are just 4-8 thus far, but are still somehow already six games behind the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers. After a dramatic 6-3 win in 11 innings on Friday, Chicago dropped the final two games of their three game series to the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend. Anthony Rizzo has been a bright spot for the Cubs, as the young lefty is hitting .319 (.389 OBP) with a couple of bombs thus far.
4-7-14: Coming into the season, many expected the Cubs to lose 100 games, and they’re well on their way. They’ve gotten off to a 2-4 start out of the gates, and avoided a weekend sweep at the hands of the Phillies with an 8-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Wrigley. One bright spot has been the amazing start of newcomer Emilio Bonifacio, who leads all of baseball with 14 hits already, in just 28 at-bats. Chicago is hoping for bigs things out of young third baseman Mike Olt, though the former Ranger is hitting just .077 with one home run (his only hit) to start the year.
4-1-14: While runs were easy to come by in Texas, the opposite was true in Pittsburgh on Opening Day, as the Chicago Cubs fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 in 10 innings. Jeff Samardijza scattered five hits over seven impressive innings for the Cubbies, but Carlos Villanueva allowed a walk-off solo home run to Neil Walker leading off the 10th that sent the Cubs home losers. Emilio Bonifacio had four of Chicago’s six hits on the afternoon, while Travis Ishikawa paced the Pirates with two.
3-27-14: The Chicago Cubs may be on the verge of trading catcher George Kottaras to the Texas Rangers after they lost their own catcher in Geovany Soto for the next three months. The Cubs also traded away infielder Donny Murphy to the Texas Rangers in a waiver wire claim type trade with the Rangers taking on Murphy's $825 K salary as payment. With the trade for Murphy the Cubs have seemingly opened up a roster spot and a 2014 Opening Day start at first basemen for prospect Mike Olt. As the Cubs inch closer to Opening Day in 2014 Forbes has released their annual values for all 30 Major League Baseball teams and the Cubs are one of the five teams valued at over $1 billion coming in at the fourth highest value at $1.2 billion.
3-20-14: The Chicago Cubs sent down eight minor league players in the latest round of spring training cuts including reassigning Arodys Vizcaino, Brett Jackson, and Josh Vitters. Former Pittsburgh Pirate James McDonald lasted two pitches in his last start against the Oakland Athletics before leaving with a case of shoulder tendonitis, the same diagnosis that limited him to just six starts last season. Jake Arrieta finally made his spring training debut against live hitters, his Cubs teammates, on his road back from a stiff right shoulder. Starlin Castro is dealing with fluid buildup in his leg, this on top of the hamstring that has been hampering him, and has been held out of Cactus League games since March 2. Castro is said to be close to returning to games but no date has been set yet on his likely return. Some good news has come out of Cubs camp in recent weeks with the emergence of Javier Baez, possibly the starting second basemen for Chicago on Opening Day, and Mike Olt as a potent one-two punch in the middle of the lineup. Big time Cuban outfield prospect Jorge Soler has been sent down to Cubs minor league camp. The Cubs have a below .500 record in the Cactus League this year and are 4-6 in their last 10 games heading into a season where they are likely to struggle again all season long.
3-13-14: The Chicago Cubs are still the brain child of former Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein and are still in the middle of rebuilding and the transition that usually follows. This year the Cubs stayed quiet overall in the offseason with their only major move being Jose Veras signing to be the closer in Wrigley Field. The good news is the Cubs still have guys who sell tickets, put people in the seats, and make the games worth watching in Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, Edwin Jackson, and Jeff Samardzija. Maybe the Cubs finally see Anthony Rizzo finally reach his potential, I am sure manager Rick Renteria hopes so. The Cubs play in a tough division that is absolutely stacked right now so it may be another season or two before they compete in the NL Central again.
3-12-14: The five most expensive home games of the Chicago Cubs' 2014 schedule are: July 25th vs St. Louis, July 26th vs St. Louis, May 20th vs the New York Yankees, May 21st vs the Yankees, and June 28th vs the Nationals. The cheapest game on the schedule is April 21st vs Arizona, with an average asking price of $40.
3-5-14: The Chicago Cubs announced that shortstop Starlin Castro is going to miss a minimum of 7 to 10 days because he hurt his hamstring. It is also been announced that the cubs are looking to trade Jeff Samardzija before opening day. Earlier in February Chicago Cubs signed veteran infielder Emilio Bonifacio to a minor-league contract along with an invitation to their spring training.
1-24-14: The Cubs had a dismal 2013 going 66-96 but what they lacked on the field they made up for in experience as they are one of the youngest teams in the MLB. The Cubs have a farm system that will soon help breathe new life into the organization like Anthony Rizzo has done.
1-7-14: The latest news out of the Chicago Cubs camp is that they are finalizing agreement with José Verriste right-handed pitcher to a one-year deal with $4 million. The Cubs have also signed left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez Twin minor-league contract. The Cubs will need a lot more help than that cannot finish in last place once again perhaps they are saving their money for the Tanaka sweepstakes.
12-9-13: At the bottom of the division was Chicago Cubs winning only 66 games and finishing 31 games out of first place. To leave the cubs announced that Javier Baez will be this team starting shortstop season. Despite trading Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees the Cubs are still on the hook for the majority of his contract. Last season the Chicago Cubs finished 28th overall in runs scored and on-base percentage. Hey also had the 27th lowest team batting average at .238.
8/21/13 - The Chicago Cubs are three – seven in the last 10 games and find themselves in last place of the National League Central division. The Cubs have won only 25 games at home and are 20 games out of first place, virtually eliminated. Last night the Cubs fell to Dan Haren and the Washington nationals by score of 4-2. Shortstop Starlin Castro who was benched over the weekend was 0-4 with a strikeout. Third baseman Donnie Murphy hit a home run in the ninth inning off of Rafael Soriano. Over the weekend the coach will fly to the West Coast to face the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.
8/6/13 - Things haven't gotten better for the Cubs since trading Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees. They've currently lost four straight games and are in fourth place in the National League Central division. With Alfosno Soriano traded to the yankees they will play against the Phillies this week.
7/19/13 - In the National League Central division, fourth place belongs to the Chicago Cubs. At 42-51 they are 15 games out of first place and seem to be headed nowhere fast. The Cubs are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Cubs rank 12th in baseball in terms of team slugging percentage at a clip of .409. Alfonso Soriano leads the team in both batting average and home runs. He is only hitting .259 however, and has 16 homers. After the all-star break the Cubs will face the Colorado Rockies. The Cubs will likely once again be outsiders once October rolls around. 26 year old right hander Travis Wood is 6-6 with a nice ERA of 2.79. Wood has struck out 86 batters this season.
7/7/13 - LHP Travis Wood was the only Chicago Cub selected to the 2013 National League All-Star Team, his first ASG appearance. In 17 starts, Wood is 5-6 with a 2.69 ERA and a WHIP of 0.98.
6/12/13 - Once again the Chicago Cubs find themselves at the bottom of the NL Central division. Losers of two in a row the Cubs will take on The Cincinnati Reds this week. The Cubs have struggled this year hitting the ball with the team batting average of just .243. Alfonso Soriano has the best average of any starter at just .268. Last year the cubs won only 61 games and seem to be headed for a similar result. The lone bright spot on the pitching staff has been right-hander Travis Wood. What has pitched to a 2.65 ERA, clearly a team best. In his last start Travis Wood gave up only one run in six innings pitched. The Cubs are currently 16 games out of first place And 12 games out of the wildcard.