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  1. 5 for '14: Who will be the surprise?

    Jesse Rogers

    The surprise of the 2014 Chicago Cubs isn't even on the roster yet. And, no, it's not top prospect Javier Baez. Baez is no surprise anyway, but a player who doesn't make any of the top prospects lists does qualify. Right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendri...

    Blog | March 30, 2014
  2. 5 for '14: Will Renteria's optimism waver?

    Jesse Rogers

    The job in front of new Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria is even tougher than what his predecessor, Dale Sveum, faced. And as we know, it didn't work out well for Sveum, who was dismissed after two years in charge. The ever-optimistic nature of ...

    Blog | March 29, 2014
  3. 5 for '14: When will top prospects arrive?

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- All the losing the Chicago Cubs have endured over the past few seasons is about to pay off. At least in a small way. If all goes right in 2014, fans should finally be able to see some of the team's heralded prospects, some of whom h...

    Blog | March 28, 2014
  4. 5 for '14: Will Rizzo and Castro rebound?

    Jesse Rogers

    MESA, Ariz. -- They return as the cornerstones of the Chicago Cubs' rebuilding strategy. Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro are the faces of the major league team now more than ever. Most of the veterans have been dismissed in recent years in favor ...

    Blog | March 26, 2014
  5. Road still winding for Javier Baez

    Doug Padilla

    CHICAGO -- One day after Chicago Cubs top prospect Javier Baez hit a home run on his first Double-A swing, the moment was still a topic of conversation at Wrigley Field. Manager Dale Sveum, though, was keeping it all in perspective, saying he had ...

    Blog | July 07, 2013
  6. Cubs may start to answer questions

    Jesse Rogers

    PITTSBURGH -- Amidst the tiring back-and-forth of the Wrigley Field renovation project (including a silly dalliance with the city of Rosemont), a greater interest in their minor leaguers and the promise of the upcoming No. 2 overall pick in the draft...

    Blog | March 31, 2013
  7. Cubs season preview: Bench

    Jesse Rogers

    The Chicago Cubs could actually have a very productive bench in 2013. Final roster guys who will only get limited at-bats are never a sure bet, but considering the Cubs could employ up to two platoons (in right field and third base) it means the non-...

    Blog | March 30, 2013
  8. Cubs season preview: Outfield

    Jesse Rogers

    The Chicago Cubs outfield is where things could come up short for the team this season. There is some hope out there but even if Alfonso Soriano, David DeJesus and Nate Schierholtz reasonably max out, they don't compare to other outfields around the ...

    Blog | March 29, 2013
  9. Cubs season preview: Infield

    Jesse Rogers

    The Chicago Cubs' infield could be one of the better ones in the National League -- at least on defense. Manager Dale Sveum truly believes that, and with a Gold Glove winner at second base in Darwin Barney and a two-time All-Star at shortstop in S...

    Blog | March 28, 2013
  10. Cubs season preview: Bullpen

    Jesse Rogers

    Though a few roles are still being worked out, the bullpen could be a strength for the Chicago Cubs this season. It wasn't bad last season and the addition of Japanese import Kyuji Fujikawa could solidify it even more -- that is if Carlos Marmol ...

    Blog | March 27, 2013
  11. Cubs season preview: Starting rotation

    Jesse Rogers

    The Chicago Cubs' starting rotation looked a lot better on the first day of spring training than on the last. Injuries to Matt Garza and Scott Baker have put major stress on the five who will begin the season starting games on the mound. Jeff Sama...

    Blog | March 26, 2013
  12. Season preview: Outfield

    Doug Padilla

    The old veterans of the Chicago Cubs roster all reside in the outfield where Alfonso Soriano, Marlon Byrd and David DeJesus patrol the expansive real estate. Soriano will still be swinging the big piece of lumber he has always taken to the plate, ...

    Blog | April 04, 2012
  13. Preparation big difference with these Cubs

    Bruce Levine

    CHICAGO -- The difference between the Mike Quade-run Chicago Cubs and Dale Sveum's group might be in preparation. This season's team got used to extra fielding and hitting practice after Cactus League games early in March. "This manager and coa...

    Blog | April 04, 2012
  14. Epstein: Cubs system lacks 'impact talent'

    Doug Padilla

    MESA, Ariz. -- Theo Epstein did not sugar coat it when it came to describing the talent in the Chicago Cubs' minor league system. "We need more talent; we lack impact talent," Epstein said. "We have a number of interesting guys, especially at the ...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  15. 'Noise' won't affect Theo's vision for Cubs

    Doug Padilla

    MESA, Ariz. -- Scream and yell, rant and rave all you want Chicago Cubs fans, the team's new front office will hear you, it just might not be listening all that closely. President Theo Epstein knows how these expectation things work. He worked for...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  16. Season preview: Bullpen

    Doug Padilla

    While the Chicago Cubs rotation is where the new front office made some additions, the bullpen is where some serious subtraction took place. Sean Marshall is gone and so is Jeff Samardzija, who has moved into the rotation. Andrew Cashner could ha...

    Blog | April 03, 2012