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  1. Are Castro's days in Chicago numbered?

    AJ Mass

    After the Chicago Cubs made big headlines by trading away pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for a package that included highly-touted shortstop prospect Addison Russell, the team was ecstatic about their new acquisiti...

    Blog | July 06, 2014
  2. Which Cubs pitcher is first to go?

    AJ Mass

    It's pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Chicago Cubs are going to be dealing away a starting pitcher -- if not more than one -- before the July 31 trade deadline. However, the question remains as to the identity of the first Cubs arm to leave...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  3. Cubs content to stick with Olt?

    AJ Mass

    The Chicago Cubs are certainly not operating under the delusion that they're going to be battling for a playoff spot come September, but they also aren't actively trying to lose games in 2014. That's why, even though there's room to let players battl...

    Blog | June 22, 2014
  4. Bryant gets a promotion

    AJ Mass

    The Chicago Cubs gave 2013 first round draft pick Kris Bryant a promotion on Wednesday, however it wasn't exactly what some fans of the team may have had in mind. As Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports, the third baseman who "led the Southern Lea...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  5. Samardzija's fate now sealed?

    AJ Mass

    Chances of a deal for Jeff Samardzija taking place over the next few weeks took a huge step forward as Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweets that a "source confirms Samardzija rejected a five-year offer from the Chicago Cubs" that was reportedly valued at ...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  6. Could Samardzija stay with Cubs?

    AJ Mass

    Maybe there's a chance the Chicago Cubs aren't going to trade away No. 1 starter Jeff Samardzija after all. That's the word on Waveland Avenue, as reported by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Multiple sources told Wittenmyer that the C...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  7. Giants in Shark hunt or not?

    AJ Mass

    There's no surprise that trade talk surrounding Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija is starting to heat up now that there are just six weeks remaining before the July 31 deadline. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, some of the teams...

    Blog | June 16, 2014
  8. Cubs in no rush with prospects

    AJ Mass

    The Pittsburgh Pirates finally promoted Gregory Polanco to the major leagues, and the outfielder made his debut on Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs, going 1-for-5 on the night. Seeing a top prospect get the call is sure to have Cubs fans now asking w...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  9. Is Samardzija leaving Chicago this week?

    AJ Mass

    The Milwaukee Brewers crushed the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, tagging starter Jeff Samardzija for eight earned runs in three innings and raising the pitcher's ERA from 1.68 to 2.54 in the process. Could that ignominious effort have been the last one for ...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  10. Orioles interested in Cubs' Samardzija?

    AJ Mass

    On Monday, Chicago Cubs fans witnessed a first in 2014: Jeff Samardzija actually got enough run support to win a game. The pitcher has a 1-4 record in 11 starts despite sporting a 1.68 ERA, in large part because of the 2.31 runs per game his team has...

    Blog | May 28, 2014
  11. Cuddyer's return key to Rockies deal?

    AJ Mass

    The Colorado Rockies lead the major leagues in hitting with a team batting average of .298, a good 20 points ahead of the next-best lineup. Of course, in terms of pitching, their ERA of 4.05 ranks only 20th in the league. A little extra help on the m...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  12. Blue Jays on market for 2B?

    AJ Mass

    The Toronto Blue Jays have already used seven different players at second base this season, with the most starts having gone to Ryan Goins, who was sent down to Triple-A Buffalo last Monday. ESPN Insider's Paul Swydan says he is not surprised tha...

    Blog | May 05, 2014
  13. Cubs closer carousel turns again?

    AJ Mass

    The Chicago Cubs lost Wednesday's game in epic fashion, as Pedro Strop was unable to protect a 5-2 lead entering the ninth inning. Even though three of the four runs charged to the would-be closer were unearned, the loss counts all the same -- and it...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  14. George Springer's here, so who's next?

    AJ Mass

    This season's first highly anticipated prospect has arrived. Speedy and powerful George Springer will get the chance to prove that the hype was indeed warranted. As Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle writes, "With their major league offense strug...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  15. Closer controversy for Cubs?

    AJ Mass

    Is there a closer controversy brewing for the Chicago Cubs? Although we're just one week into the 2014 season, there's already a growing concern that Jose Veras might not be the right pitcher to handle ninth-inning duties for the team. As Jesse Ro...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  16. Castro's slow start already forcing change

    AJ Mass

    It's a long season and nobody should be too upset with a player who may have started slow out of the gate. That said, there's already a little bit of grumbling coming out of Chicago as it relates to shortstop Starlin Castro's slow start. Castro w...

    Blog | April 03, 2014