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Cubs Trade Rumors: Latest on Chicago’s Pursuit of David Price and More

July 29, 2014 by Scott Polacek · Leave a Comment 

Fair warning—if you are a player on the Chicago Cubs who is not named Anthony Rizzo, you may very well get traded this season. Just ask Jeff Samardzija, Darwin Barney and Jason Hammel. The Cubs clearly aren’t going to compete for a postseason berth down the stretch in 2014, and the playoffs in 2015 probably aren’t going to happen either. However, Chicago is loaded with young and talented prospects, including Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Javier Baez, and counts Rizzo and Starlin Castro as potential franchise cornerstones. Cubs fans may always say “wait ’til next year,” but for once it may just ...

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

July 28, 2014 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

The focus of Chicago Cubs fans in 2014 continues to be as much on cities like Knoxville, Tennessee and Des Moines, Iowa, as it is on the city of Chicago. That's where the team's Double-A and Triple-A affiliates reside and where a number of the team's promising young prospects are currently playing on the path to the big leagues. This past week saw a pair of those top prospects take the next step in their development. On Tuesday, the team promoted Jorge Soler to Triple-A and Albert Almora to Double-A, as the two outfielders remain a big piece of the future puzzle. So here's an ...

Forget the Record, Cubs Fans Should Be Pleased with the State of the Cubs

July 24, 2014 by Jason S. Parini · Leave a Comment 

Despite the team's 41-58 record, fans of the Chicago Cubs have quite a few things to be excited about for the remainder of the 2014 season. Yes, that's right. Be excited for the future, Cubs fans. Then again, the motto "wait until next year" has been the party slogan for over a century. Though the big league team is struggling, prospects throughout the Cubs farm system are progressing steadily, and core players for the team are improving as well. Many aspects of the Cubs organization have already changed, from beer vendors to advertising. And according to Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, Wrigley Field will soon ...

Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo 1st in National League to Reach 25 Home Runs

With a pair of home runs in Tuesday's 6-0 win over the San Diego Padres, Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs became the first player in the National League to reach 25 homers this season, per ESPN Stats & Info. After hitting solo shots in the third and seventh innings of Tuesday's game, the red-hot first baseman has eight homers in July and five over his last four games. He's pushed his season-long slash line to a robust .283/.385/.539, with his .924 OPS good for fifth-best in the National League. Set to turn 25 on August 8, Rizzo is in the midst ...

Stock Up, Stock Down for Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects for Week 16

July 21, 2014 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

The focus of Chicago Cubs fans here in 2014 continues to be as much on cities like Knoxville, Tennessee, and Des Moines, Iowa, as it is on the city of Chicago. That's where the team's Double-A and Triple-A affiliates reside and where a number of the team's promising young prospects are currently playing on the path to the big leagues. This past week was certainly a memorable one for the team's top prospects. Albert Almora hit for the cycle on Monday, and then all three of the team's top three prospects in Addison Russell, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant homered on Thursday. That said, ...

Chicago Cubs Trade Deadline: Preview and Predictions

July 19, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

Even though the Chicago Cubs have unloaded their biggest trade pieces in Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, they still might have moves to make before the July 31 trade deadline. They have some veteran outfielders and relievers that still figure to be on the block, but not all of them are going to be dealt in all likelihood.  Based on future needs at the various positions of the players on the block, what prospects they can get in return and what players are ready to take over at the positions of the players on the trade block, here are five players ...

How Will Chicago Cubs Best Use Pile of Top Prospects to Build a Winner?

July 16, 2014 by Mike Rosenbaum · Leave a Comment 

It’s official: The Chicago Cubs have the best collection of young hitters in all of baseball. The acquisition of shortstop Addison Russell from the Oakland A’s as part of the Jeff Samardzija-Jason Hammel deal gives the Cubs five top-50 prospects in Kris Bryant (No. 3), Russell (No. 5), Javier Baez (No. 6), Arismendy Alcantara (No. 23) and Albert Almora (No. 36), while Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber both rank somewhere in the top 100. At the major league level, meanwhile, the Cubs have already locked up 24-year-old All-Stars Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro through at least the 2019 season. With a slew of ...

Starlin Castro Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding Cubs Star

July 15, 2014 by Chris Roling · Leave a Comment 

Updates from Friday, July 18 Jon Morosi of Fox Sports has the latest on Castro: Original Text To deal or not to deal seems to be the question the Chicago Cubs face with Starlin Castro. Castro, 24, has been the subject of trade rumors for quite some time now, despite yet another quality season from him at the plate. Provided the Cubs are once again cellar-dwellers, though, it makes sense that any and all players come up in rumors. Especially when Chicago's front office makes things worse by acquiring 2012 first-round pick Addison Russell, a shortstop at 20 years of age who is one of ...

Stock Up, Stock Down for Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects for Week 15

July 14, 2014 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs prospect rankings were shaken up last week when the team acquired Addison Russell, Billy McKinney and Dan Straily from the Oakland Athletics in a trade that saw Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel depart. With that move, a strong case can be made that the Cubs now have the best farm system in all of baseball, though they are still thin on impact pitching prospects. Regardless, the future has never looked brighter in Chicago, and for second baseman Arismendy Alcantara, one of the team's top prospects, the future appears to be now. So here's an updated look at the team's current top ...

5 Prospects the Cubs Should Give a Shot in the Second Half

July 11, 2014 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

It's no secret that the Chicago Cubs possess more exciting players in the minor leagues than they do in the major leagues. As sad as it is, most of the core of the team's future hasn't played a major league game yet. While the Cubs have gotten mixed results from their top prospects, there are a select few who deserve a shot at the big leagues this season.  If nothing else, calling up a couple of top prospects who are expected to be ready by Opening Day next season will let them take their lumps when it doesn't really matter. That isn't ...

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