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Joe Maddon Tampering Investigation Reveals No Violation by Cubs

April 29, 2015 by Scott Polacek · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs are officially in the clear after Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that an investigation found no evidence of tampering in the hiring of manager Joe Maddon this past offseason. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com passed along the good news for the Cubs, while MLB Communications shared a statement from the league: Comcast SportsNet Chicago's Patrick Mooney reported Cubs executives gave their phones and laptops to investigators as part of the investigation. Mooney also provided comments from Cubs GM Jed Hoyer: The Cubs hired Maddon about a week after he resigned from the Tampa Bay Rays' managing job. Maddon had an opt-out ...

Early Grades for Every Chicago Cubs Offseason Acquisitions

April 25, 2015 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

For the first time in a very long time, the Cubs were active in free agency and the trade market (from the buying end) this offseason. That meant a lot of roster turnover and a lot of questions going into this season. Some of those questions have begun to be answered, while others remain unanswered. Whatever the case may be, here are grades through the first two-and-a-half weeks of the season for the team's seven key new additions for 2015.   All stats used are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.Begin Slideshow

Is Chicago Cubs Phenom Kris Bryant Living Up to the Hype?

April 23, 2015 by Team Stream Now · Leave a Comment 

Kris Bryant was the talk of spring training, seemingly hitting a home run every at-bat. Now, Bryant has finally made it to the majors and has a week under his belt. How has the young prospect fared in his first seven major league games?Check out Scott Miller grading Bryant's first week in Major League Baseball.  All stats accurate as of April 23.Read more Chicago Cubs news on BleacherReport.com

Stock Up, Stock Down for Cubs Top 10 Prospects for Week 2

April 23, 2015 by Jason S. Parini · Leave a Comment 

There's not much that can dampen the spirits of Chicago Cubs fans, but that's especially true in 2015. The Cubs top two prospects are finally in the majors, Wrigley Field is in the middle of a massive facelift and next year doesn't seem as farfetched as usual. Even more exciting is that the Cubs have the best farm system in baseball, meaning that the future is even brighter than normal. It was virtually impossible to find a Cubs fan who was unaware of the impending arrival of top prospects Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, but there's even more to look forward to for ...

Jake Arrieta, Not Jon Lester, Will Be Cubs’ Real Ace in 2015

April 22, 2015 by Jacob Shafer · Leave a Comment 

Thirteen games into the season, an ace has emerged for the Chicago Cubs, and his name isn't Jon Lester. Through three starts, Lester—the offseason's big free-agent fish—has surrendered 12 runs and 24 hits in 15.2 innings. It's a small sample, and odds are the battle-tested left-hander will put up his usual solid numbers when all is said and done. So far, though, Jake Arrieta is carrying the load in the City of Broad Shoulders. It's not as if Arrieta came out of nowhere. Last season, the right-hander posted a 2.53 ERA and 0.989 WHIP, struck out 167 in 156.2 innings and finished ninth in ...

Hidden Under Kris Bryant Hype, Addison Russell Is Future MLB Superstar

April 21, 2015 by Mike Rosenbaum · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs aren’t messing around. Days after calling up uberprospect Kris Bryant, the Cubs called up phenom Addison Russell on Tuesday, a move that Jon Heyman of CBS Sports first reported. Russell was in Pittsburgh for Tuesday night’s game and made his major league debut at second base. While the news of Russell’s promotion comes as a surprise, there had been growing speculation that the Cubs might turn to the 21-year-old sooner rather than later after shifting him from shortstop to second base late last week. However, few expected him to get the call this soon. Entering Tuesday, Cubs second basemen ranked last in the ...

Kris Bryant’s MLB Arrival Is Spark 2015 Cubs Need to Make Good on Hype

April 20, 2015 by Jacob Shafer · Leave a Comment 

Hey, not sure if you've heard, but the Chicago Cubs have a new third baseman—fella by the name of Kris Bryant. Maybe you missed it; it's been one of those under-the-radar stories. All kidding aside, the Bryant era has officially begun on the North Side. The service-time shenanigans are in the rear-view mirror. The game's most hotly anticipated prospect, dubbed the man "with a golden bat and Zac Efron smile" by the The New York Times' Ben Strauss, is in The Show at last.   Now what?  If you're a Cubs fan guzzling from the trough of spring optimism, it's the start of ...

An Early Look at the Top 5 Cubs Trade Deadline Chips

April 18, 2015 by Jacob Kornhauser · Leave a Comment 

The MLB season is only a couple weeks in, but it's never too early to look at teams' trade assets. Every team has some; the Cubs have several. Unlike in past seasons, the Cubs may be buyers rather than sellers at this year's deadline. That could mean they're trading minor league or major league assets. It could also mean they're standing pat. Whether they decide to trade any of these players or not, these are the Cubs' top five trade chips two weeks into the season.Begin Slideshow

Kris Bryant’s 3-Strikeout Debut Shows Even Freaks of Nature Need Time to Adjust

April 17, 2015 by Jason Catania · Leave a Comment 

Top prospect Kris Bryant, who made his major league debut Friday afternoon for the Chicago Cubs, is going to be a stud. He just didn't look the part in his first shot at The Show. Big whoop. Bryant, whose massive potential and prodigious power have captured the baseball world recently, more or less has not stopped hitting between the minors, Arizona Fall League and this past spring training since being selected second overall in the 2013 draft. His career slash line in the minors prior to his call-up? Try .327/.426/.667. His 43 home runs between Double- and Triple-A last year led all ...

Kris Bryant vs. Padres: Stats, Highlights, Reaction from Cubs Prospect’s Debut

April 17, 2015 by Adam Wells · Leave a Comment 

After 12 days in Triple-A, Kris Bryant made his much-anticipated debut for the Chicago Cubs on Friday. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft hit cleanup against the San Diego Padres but didn't fare well in his role with the bat, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Bryant did have a chance to play hero late in the game, with the Cubs trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh and runners on first and second, but he grounded out to third base to end the inning. Even though it wasn't the debut most hoped Bryant would have—especially given how much hype this game ...

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