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  1. Midseason top five farm systems

    Keith Law

    Ranking all 30 organizations based on their minor league talent is a major undertaking each winter, which is why I always decline to do a re-ranking during the season. There's simply no way I could do it justice given the amount of work it requires. ...

    Blog | July 22, 2014
  2. Pivot points of the 2014 first round

    Christopher Crawford

    No matter how good a draft class is, there are always going to be pivot points in the first round; points in the draft where groups of similar talents and skill-sets begin to thin out and a team must move on to the next tier of players, however far t...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  3. Playing time, not record, a surprise

    Jesse Rogers

    CHICAGO -- If you're overly surprised by the Chicago Cubs' 5-12 record three weeks into the season then you must be an overly optimistic person. The season is going about as planned. Sure, there was always a chance they would employ a closer who ...

    Blog | April 21, 2014
  4. Too soon to tell Junior Lake's future

    Sahadev Sharma

    CHICAGO -- Junior Lake might be one of the more intriguing prospects to come through the Chicago Cubs system in a while. Throughout his minor league career he's received mixed reviews from scouts, who could always see that the tools were there for hi...

    Blog | September 22, 2013
  5. Castillo aims to keep starting catcher job

    Jesse Rogers

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If there is one position the Chicago Cubs seemingly are always trying to find a long-term starter for it's arguably at catcher. With Geovany Soto long gone, this year they'll turn to 25-year-old Welington Castillo. Cubs manager ...

    Blog | February 25, 2013
  6. Cubs' Barney adding a little power to mix

    Doug Padilla

    CHICAGO - At this point, if it isn't bolted down it seems like it could be traded, but Darwin Barney has a good chance of staying with the Chicago Cubs past July. There is always the chance he could be thrown into the mix to sweeten a deal -- and...

    Blog | July 15, 2012
  7. Former Chicago Cubs Gary Scott struggles to redefine his life aft...

    Tim Struby

    There's always tomorrow for Chicago Cubs fans. But there's only yesterday for former thirdbaseman Gary Scott.

    Story | Conversation | July 10, 2012
  8. espnW -- Tis the season for Major League Baseball call-ups

    Sarah Spain

    With Anthony Rizzo set to make his debut on the North Side, Sarah Spain uses this week's "That's What She Said," to offer a few more names who could see the big leagues soon.

    Story | Conversation | June 26, 2012
  9. Hector Santiago, Heath Bell, J.J. Putz among struggling closers w...

    Tristan H. Cockcroft

    Tristan H. Cockcroft looks at teams that have setup men who could take over for struggling closers sooner rather than later.

    Story | Conversation | May 03, 2012
  10. The Detroit Tigers are the latest example of teams looking to fil...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that the trade market has been unusually quiet this spring, and it could indicate a shift is happening throughout baseball. Teams are beginning to value low-cost alternatives more than well-traveled veteran talent.

    Blog | Conversation | March 27, 2012
  11. Reality closing in on Utley, Phillies

    Buster Olney

    CLEARWATER, Fla. -- When spring training begins, there is always time for the injured to heal. In February, Opening Day participation is never ruled out by wounded players or their managers. For everybody involved, the glass is always half full in Fe...

    Blog | March 20, 2012
  12. Chase Utley is in doubt for Opening Day as he battles chronic kne...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that for Chase Utley and the Phillies, reality is quickly closing in, as it's the middle of March and Utley is heading to see a knee specialist instead of taking the field to prepare for Opening Day.

    Blog | Conversation | March 20, 2012
  13. Dustin Ackley, Matt Wieters and other players who could make or b...

    Dan Szymborski

    Dan Szymborski looks at players such as Dustin Ackley, Matt Wieters and Austin Jackson who could make or break your fantasy season.

    Story | Conversation | March 13, 2012
  14. Ricketts talks free agency, Theo and more

    Bruce Levine

    Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts met with reporters on Tuesday and touched on a variety of subjects. On going after a big-ticket free agents: "Like I've always said, there is one person making decisions and one person accountable for those resul...

    Blog | November 29, 2011
  15. ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame: Jon Greenberg's media Hall of Fame

    Jon Greenberg

    These five media titans helped give us different view of our sports

    Story | Conversation | August 11, 2011
  16. Newest Pittsburgh Pirates Derrek Lee, Ryan Ludwick to debut Monda...

    There was a time -- really any time in the last 18 years -- when Derrek Lee knows getting traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates was like being sent to baseball's version of purgatory.

    Story | Conversation | August 01, 2011