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Cubs Minor League Report: Week 1

With another sub .500 season expected for the Chicago Cubs in 2014, most attention will be focused on their minor league affiliates. After the Cubs began their season last Monday, the minor league teams got started on Thursday, except for Short-A Boise which will start in June. Here is a look at some of the highlights from the first weekend of play down on the farm.   AAA Iowa Cubs: Iowa is the current home ...

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Bold Predictions for the Chicago Cubs for the 2014 Season

The Chicago Cubs kick off the 2014 season in Pittsburgh on Monday. Before the season starts, here's bold predictions I predict that will occur during the season: Not so bold: Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija will be traded before the non-waiver July 31st trade deadline. Not so bold: Starting pitcher Travis Wood will be the Cubs best pitcher again and another possible all-star. Medium bold prediction: First ...

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Chicago Cubs Release George Kottaras; Lose Donnie Murphy on Waivers to the Texas Rangers

The Chicago Cubs announced that they have released catcher George Kottaras and lost infielder Donnie Murphy to the Texas Rangers on waivers. The Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 38 players. The Cubs acquired Kottaras on November 26th from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations. Kottaras was recently designated by assignment by the Royals at the time. Now with Kottaras out of the mix for the backup r ...

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Chicago Cubs prosect Mike Olt makes Opening Day roster

Chicago Cubs general manger Jed Hoyer announced on Thursday that third baseman Mike Olt has made the Cubs opening day roster. Olt, 25, was acquired by the Cubs from the Texas Rangers last July in the package for Matt Garza. MLB.com had Olt ranked as the 14th prospect in the Cubs system. Although a 14th ranked prospect doesn't seem like much to be excited about, Olt has a lot of potential. In 2012, the Cubs ...

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Chicago Cubs Preview: Starlin Castro needs to have a big year

The Cubs head into this season with great talent at the shortstop position. Starlin Castro looks to be the starter on opening da, but top Cubs prospect Javier Baez could be waiting in the wings if Castro struggles. We have all heard of the core pieces for the Cubs future. Now it's only a matter of time before they get here and the Cubs have to figure out where to play them. One of those stars is Baez who co ...

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Chicago Cubs Preview: Cubs Bullpen looks to bounce back

Last season, the Chicago Cubs had one of the worse bullpens in all of  major league baseball. This off-season, the Cubs bullpen was heavily worked on and was the main area addressed in the off-season. But is it good enough to help lead the Cubs to success this season? After-all a good bullpen is one of the keys to success. Here is what to expect from a revamped Cubs bullpen. Jose Veras: The Cubs signed Vera ...

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8 Cubs Sleeper Prospects

Everyone knows about Albert Almora, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Jorge S0ler but I am here to tell you about some Cubs prospects that are flying under the radar. 1. Arismendy Alcantara SS/2B The Cubs are loaded with middle infield prospects. Javier Baez is the top one, but Alcantara isn't far behind. He doesn't get much recognition,and his season ended in July last year due to a broken foot, but he has a lo ...

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Chicago Cubs Sign Emilio Bonifacio to a Minor League Deal

The Chicago Cubs announced today that they have signed utility man Emilio Bonifacio to a minor league deal. Bonifacio is at Cubs camp and will look to compete for a roster spot. If Bonifacio makes the team come opening day, he will earn 2.5 million and can make an additional 425,000 in incentives. Bonifacio also has 574,000 coming from the Kansas City Royals. Cubs  manager Rick Renteria said Bonifacio will ...

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Chicago Cubs Lose Pitchers Brooks Raley and Brett Marshall to Waivers

The Chicago Cubs announced today that pitcher Brooks Raley was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins and pitcher Brett Marshall was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs had to clear one roster spot for the recent signing of Jason Hammel (not made official yet) on the 40-man roster. When the Hammell signing becomes official, the Cubs 40-man roster will be at 39 players. Raley was a start ...

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2014 Chicago Cubs Top 20 Prospects

Another baseball season is around the corner as Chicago Cubs pitchers and catchers will report to the new facilities is Mesa, Arizona this week. While the expectations at the major league level are still very low, a big part of the Cubs future continues to develop in the minor league levels. This year will be a big year to gauge where the Cubs will be in their rebuilding process. If there big time prospects ...

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