In mid-October, right in the midst of the 2021 MLB postseason action, six teams of talented prospects from across the league made the trek to Arizona to take part in the Arizona Fall League. After 30 games – and a championship game – the AFL drew to a close with the Mesa Solar Sox standing on top.
Jed Hoyer continues to insist the Chicago Cubs will spend this winter in hopes of returning to the postseason as soon as next year. So far, it’s been nearly silent as far as legitimate rumors go, but it seems like he’ll steer clear of the most expensive free agents, instead focusing on finding value elsewhere.
Could Javy Baez play a role in shortstop Carlos Correa signing with the Chicago Cubs?. There will be no free agency signings in MLB for the foreseeable future due to the lockout. That means fans will have to wait a while for shortstop Carlos Correa to make his decision as to where he will play. One of the shortstops to sign prior to the lockout was Javier Baez, who joined the Detroit Tigers on a six-year deal. Could Baez help Correa decide which team to sign with?
MLB free agency is ramping up ahead of the anticipated Dec. 1 lockout – that is, unless you’re talking about the Chicago Cubs. Yet to make any significant signing this winter, you can rule out a Nick Castellanos reunion given the slugger’s demands. Castellanos opted out of the final two...
Undoubtedly the most glaring of the many needs facing the Chicago Cubs this winter was improving the starting rotation. In 2021, the rotation put up a dismal 5.27 ERA, 7.4 K/9 and 29th-ranked 2.6 fWAR. The notable additions Jed Hoyer and the front office have made will hopefully bring a much-improved rotation in 2022. While it lacks the firepower of the New York Mets’ or Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting five, Chicago’s rotation has the potential to be very solid and features quality building blocks as the team works through this current transition phase.
The Guardians traded outfielder Harold Ramirez to the Chicago Cubs and pitcher J.C. Mejia to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday in two deals that were connected to the flurry of roster moves a few days ago.
Both Ramirez and Mejia were designated for assignment on Friday, along with five others, to make room...
The Chicago Cubs have already been active so far this offseason. They picked up Wade Miley off of waivers from the Cincinnati Reds who will be a great addition to their staff. They also acquired Harold Ramirez from the Cleveland Guardians earlier on Monday to bolster their outfield and offensive depth. Now, they are reportedly interested in Steven Matz.
The Chicago Cubs should be active in the free agent market for 2022 with the likely addition of the DH in the NL giving extra incentive to go after hitters. The Cubs are in rebuild mode but that doesn’t mean they won’t be looking to add to the roster in free agency this offseason.
If the Chicago Cubs insist on shopping the bargain bin yet again this offseason, right-hander and Illinois native Mike Foltynewicz could be one of the names on what’s sure to be a lengthy list of potential fits. Over the weekend, I talked about why someone like Carlos Rodon is worth...
Finding a good starting pitcher on the trade market for the Chicago Cubs can be especially difficult with the team needing its prospects in order to get back on top of the NL Central. They can’t afford to give up too much future talent if the return isn’t absolutely worth it both at face value and in the numbers beyond.
Free agents are starting to come off the board in a hurry as many look to secure their next deals ahead of the lockout that’s likely to grip MLB on Dec. 1. As for the Chicago Cubs, they kicked things off by picking up Wade Miley off waivers and adding outfielder Harold Ramirez from Cleveland. But there’s still work to be done when it comes to the staff – and one guy who could be a perfect buy-low target is Corey Kluber.
So far, Jed Hoyer’s efforts toward remaking a starting rotation that, by almost every measure, ranked at or near the bottom of the league last year have consisted of picking up 35-year-old Wade Miley off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds. Suffice to say, that move alone won’t be enough to get the Chicago Cubs back on the right track in 2022.
Though the Chicago Cubs haven’t formally been linked to any huge free agent names via the pitching market, there are several mid-tier hurlers that would significantly benefit the club moving forward. Of course, if you can land a proven ace, you do it without question. Should the Cubs look to go the more budget-friendly route, it isn’t necessarily the worst thing as long as you sign more than one of them.
As a Cubs fan for the better part of five decades, it’s often difficult for me to acknowledge baseball conversations that comingle the Cubs and Mets. Both teams had crossed streams several times before Jed Hoyer traded shortstop Javier Báez to Flushing in July and now both appear to be pursuing some of the same available players, be it El Mago himself or Steven Matz.
It’s Black Friday – a day where deal-searching hobgoblins show the very worst in humanity as they scour department store shelves in hopes of finding some savings. The graciousness that comes with Thanksgiving vanishes into thin air with a ‘poof’ and it’s about getting your hands on what you need ahead of the gift-giving season.
The impact of top Chicago Cubs catching prospect Miguel Amaya needing Tommy John surgery is going to be felt throughout the organization, especially at the big league level, in 2022. All we’ve really talked about when it comes to this offseason is how Jed Hoyer and Carter Hawkins plan to...
With the current collective bargaining agreement expiring on Dec. 1, the Chicago Cubs would be wise to act now and make some moves before a work stoppage ensues. We all remember what happened to begin the COVID-shortened 2020 season. The league and MLBPA found themselves at a stalemate. If it wasn’t for commissioner Rob Manfred stepping in to force things along, odds are there would have been no 2020 season at all.
After pitching 13 years in the majors, pitcher Wade Davis has retired from playing baseball at the age of 36. The right-handed fireballer from Lake Wales, Florida was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devis Rays in the third round of the 2004 draft. He began his career as a starter, but transitioned to the bullpen where he excelled with the Kansas City Royals and Chicago Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs found themselves in an interesting spot at catcher. Willson Contreras is the starter behind the plate, but he is a year away from free agency. The Cubs had attempted to trade him during the last offseason but ended up changing their minds. Even with their firesale, Contreras remained on the roster as the Cubs held on to one of their assets.