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Chicago Cubs Trade Rumors: Latest on Jeff Samardzija, James Russell and More

July 31, 2013 by Patrick Clarke · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs are fading fast in the National League wild-card race this summer and have acknowledged it by becoming big-time sellers in the lead-up to this July's trade deadline. Chicago already traded one of the faces of the franchise, outfielder Alfonso Soriano, to the New York Yankees this past weekend. The veteran left-fielder was batting .254 and had a team-best 17 home runs this season.  Pitchers Matt Garza, Scott Feldman and Carlos Marmol have also been dealt within the past month. With the potential for more deals to come, let's take a look at the latest buzz surrounding the Cubs as the ...

Chicago Cubs Trade Rumors: Breaking Down Buzz Surrounding NL Central Club

July 31, 2013 by Ryan Rudnansky · Leave a Comment 

Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline is at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and the Chicago Cubs have been mighty busy. The Cubs find themselves once again on the bottom of the pile this season, holding a 48-57 record and sitting 15 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Central lead. Naturally, with Chicago well out of the playoff race, the Cubs are looking to deal more proven players for young prospects to build around. Here's the latest buzz circulating around Wrigley Field as the trade deadline approaches.   Nate Schierholtz on the Move? Outfielder Nate Schierholtz is having a career year in his ...

3 Prospects the Chicago Cubs Shouldn’t Trade

July 30, 2013 by Jason S. Parini · Leave a Comment 

With the 2013 MLB trade deadline fast approaching Wednesday, MLB general managers have been on their phones more than a 13-year-old girl at the mall. Many trades have already been made, including two large deals by the Chicago Cubs. The North Siders sent left fielder Alfonso Soriano back to the New York Yankees and shipped ace Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers.  Although no player is irreplaceable on a rebuilding team such as the Cubs, some players have more value for the future than others. Guys like Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro have been mentioned as the "core of the future," ...

Chicago Cubs Trade Rumors: Dealing Jeff Samardzija Would Be a Mistake

July 29, 2013 by Donald Wood · Leave a Comment 

As the 2013 MLB trade deadline approaches, the rumors that the Chicago Cubs would consider dealing starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija are flying, but the organization should not make that deal. Despite having the talent to be a player the franchise builds around as a No. 2 or No. 3 in a dangerous rotation, the Cubs are still listening to offers, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports: No matter how high the asking price is, it wouldn’t equal the value that Samardzija holds as a five-year veteran who is truly starting to understand the game of baseball from a pitching perspective. The talented right-hander ...

Stock Up, Stock Down for Chicago Cubs’ Top 10 Prospects for Week 17

July 29, 2013 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

Up until this point in the year, the weekly Cubs prospect stock watch has been based off of the team's top prospects entering the season according to the Baseball America Prospect Handbook. However, following the team's trade of Matt Garza to the Rangers and with MLB.com recently updating its top 20 prospects for each team, I've opted to use its list of prospects moving forward. So here is an updated look at the Cubs' top prospects and how they performed over the past week of minor league action.   *No. 3 prospect RF Jorge Soler (fractured left shin) is currently sidelined and will not ...

Corey Black’s Mental Toughness and Power Arm Should Excite Cubs Fans

July 26, 2013 by Brian Mazique · Leave a Comment 

The man the Chicago Cubs are acquiring from the New York Yankees in exchange for Alfonso Soriano, per ESPN, could easily become a fan favorite in the Windy City. Corey Black is a 21-year-old pitcher who throws a fastball in the mid-to-upper 90s and also possesses a quality curveball, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Black stands just 5'11" and weighs 175 pounds, but the velocity he generates is what you would expect from a larger, more powerfully built presence on the mound. Per Mike Axisa of River Rave Blues, Black hit triple digits on the speed gun during ...

Pros and Cons of Chicago Cubs’ Controversial $500 Million Stadium Facelift

July 24, 2013 by Josh Schoch · Leave a Comment 

Wrigley Field is about to undergo a $500 million renovation that has been the subject of much discussion over the last few years. According to The Associated Press (h/t USA Today), the stadium is about to get a serious makeover. The Chicago City Council gave final approval Wednesday to a $500 million renovation of historic Wrigley Field that includes its first Jumbotron, improved facilities for the players in the bowels of the 99-year-old ballpark and a hotel across the street. The Chicago Cubs have played in one of the oldest, most famous stadiums in sports for the past 99 years, but now the team's ...

Chicago City Council Approves $500 Million Renovation of Wrigley Field

July 24, 2013 by Timothy Rapp · Leave a Comment 

Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs and one of the United States' most famous sporting venues, is about to get a few renovations.    Wednesday, July 24, at 3:37 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo The Chicago Cubs have released conceptual illustrations of their renovations (photos courtesy of The Huffington Post): ---End of Update---   From ABC7 Chicago: According to John Byrne of the Chicago Tribune, "The owners plan to spend $300 million for renovations to the historic ballpark and an additional $200 million on neighborhood development including the hotel at Clark and Addison streets." Byrne notes that the new renovation will include more advertising within Wrigley, the aforementioned ...

Re-Ranking the Top 10 Prospects for the Cubs After Matt Garza Trade

July 23, 2013 by Mike Rosenbaum · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs added to their impressive farm system on Monday. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported the trade of right-hander Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers in exchange for right-hander Justin Grimm, third baseman Mike Olt, right-hander C.J. Edwards and two players to be named later. The trade is reminiscent of the teams’ deal shortly before the 2012 deadline, when Chicago sent veteran starter Ryan Dempster to Texas for right-hander Kyle Hendricks and third baseman Christian Villanueva. However, there’s no question that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer commanded a better return this year, as both Edwards and Olt now rank among the ...

Complete Scouting Profile on New Cubs Pitching Prospect C.J. Edwards

July 23, 2013 by Chris Stephens · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs traded Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers and made off like bandits. According to the Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan, the Cubs received third baseman Mike Olt, right-handed pitchers Justin Grimm and C.J. Edwards and up to two players to be named later. Fans have gotten to see a lot of Olt and Grimm. Olt is ranked the No. 19 prospect on MLB's top 100 prospect list, while Grimm has seen his fair share of MLB action. So let's focus on Edwards, who was drafted in the 48th round of the 2011 draft. This year, Edwards was 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA and ...

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