Thursday finally saw a splash on the free agent market when the Chicago Cubs signed starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a 3 year, $38 million deal. While Chatwood wasn’t the starting pitcher we were all looking forward to hearing that Cubs have signed (Shohei Ohtani), he is still a very adequate pitcher that immediately slots in at number four in the stacked Chicago rotation. Continue reading
It is no mystery to anyone that the Chicago Cubs front office will be on the lookout for starting pitching options to fill out the voids left in the rotation made by free agents Jake Arrieta and John Lackey. The real question is regarding the way in which Theo & Co. wish to fill out the back end of that rotation. Will it be with top of the rotation starters? Two middle of the rotation guys? Will they let guys come in on “prove it” deals? Continue reading
The Cubs made several roster moves mostly revolving around their bullpen on Friday just ahead of the non-tender deadline. Going into the day, two big league bullpen options and Chicago Cubs veterans Justin Grimm and Hector Rondon had still not been offered arbitration as a part of their team control. As the deadline came and went, it was just Grimm that was offered a contract. Rondon was non-tendered in addition to catcher Taylor Davis. Reliever Matt Carasiti was released. Continue reading
The Arizona Fall League wrapped up Saturday afternoon with the Mesa Solar Sox, the squad with all of the Cubs’ prospects, falling to the Peoria Javelinas by a score of 8-2. While watching Cubs prospects make it all the way to the league’s championship game is fun, the most important thing is seeing each player’s individual success (or lack thereof) while down in Mesa. Continue reading
Going into the 2017 NLDS between the Cubs and the Washington Nationals, expectations were that this series would be the most evenly matched of all of the incredible Postseason match-ups. That expectation is coming to fruition so far, just three games in. Continue reading
The Major League season is wrapping up, with the Cubs clinching a second consecutive National League Central title against their bitter rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. But even as we turn our focus over to the Postseason, we still have some time to take a look back at the season the minor league teams had in 2017. We have already covered the ups and downs of the Iowa Cubs and interesting season for the Tennessee Smokies, so today we keep moving down the ladder as we look at the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Continue reading
There wasn’t much team success to be found around the upper levels of the minors for the Cubs from a team perspective. Much like the Iowa Cubs, the Tennessee Smokies finished in 4th place in the Southern League North division with an overall record of 68-70.
But also like Iowa, the Smokies had several players that picked up for the lack of team success with plenty of individual success. The roster was full of talent and had several top prospects that showed out and a few that underperformed. Continue reading