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Cubbies Crib Mar 4, 2021

Chicago Cubs: PJ Higgins deserves your attention this spring

Amidst more trade rumors, the catching position may soon be in question for the Chicago Cubs. Willson Contreras is under contract through 2022, but has been subject of trade rumors the past few years and the future of the position is presumably Miguel Amaya’s after that. However, Amaya is not quite ready yet, and the Cubs need […] Chicago Cubs: PJ Higgins deserves your attention this spring - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
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How much would you pay the Cubs’ core players in contract extensions?

How much would you pay the Cubs’ core players in contract extensions?

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB via You make the call. Three key Cubs will be free agents after the 2021 season: Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. One more, Willson Contreras, has one more year before he hits free agencey after 2022. Of course, we’d like all of these guys to stay, at the right price. Per Jordan Bastian at cubs.com, President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer is open to that: In the early portion of camp, Javier Báez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo each said publicly that they look forward to the conversation with Hoyer. And all...
Cubbies Crib Feb 28, 2021

Cubs: Willson Contreras ‘proud’ of being mentioned in trade rumors

While this offseason brought some change to the Chicago Cubs, it wasn’t quite as dramatic as it could have been given the incessant trade rumors surrounding pretty much every member of the core. Third baseman Kris Bryant got most of the attention, given he’s a former NL MVP heading into his final year of control. […] Cubs: Willson Contreras ‘proud’ of being mentioned in trade rumors - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
Cubbies Crib Feb 26, 2021

Cubs: Kris Bryant won’t be traded any time soon and should be extended

I sound like a broken record. But the only way the Kris Bryant-Chicago Cubs trade rumors to end is for the team to either deal him now or agree on a contract extension. The same can be said for Javier Baez, Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo, but we’ll focus on Bryant for the sake of this […] Cubs: Kris Bryant won’t be traded any time soon and should be extended - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
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2021 Cubs spring training: Pitcher workouts and fielding and batting practice video

2021 Cubs spring training: Pitcher workouts and fielding and batting practice video

Chicago Cubs More video from Cubs camp. In today’s video courtesy of the Chicago Cubs, we see Jake Arrieta and Adbert Alzolay in discussion. I noted in Sunday’s post an article by Meghan Montemurro in the Tribune that quoted Jake as saying he’d had a number of discussions with Alzolay about pitching, and we see that in action here. Also visible in this video: Craig Kimbrel, our first look at Ian Happ, Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward, and also Kyle Hendricks, Willson Contreras and Shelby Miller. In Monday’s Tribune, Paul Sullivan writes about new Cubs righthander...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Feb 21, 2021
2021 Cubs spring training: Batting practice and pitcher workout video

2021 Cubs spring training: Batting practice and pitcher workout video

Chicago Cubs For the first time, we see a little BP. In today’s video courtesy of the Cubs, we see several catchers taking batting practice. Willson Contreras and Austin Romine, who will be the Opening Day roster catchers, are the first seen here. I must confess — the rest of the catchers in camp are guys I largely don’t recognize, so I’ll list them all here and perhaps you can figure out who’s who in the video: Miguel Amaya, Taylor Gushue, P.J. Higgins and Jose Lobaton. Also in the video are several pitchers throwing bullpen sessions: Duane Underwood Jr.,...
Cubbies Crib Feb 20, 2021

Cubs: It’s all going to depend on these four to get hot early

The Chicago Cubs core four of Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Anthony Rizzo will need a hot start to the season if this team has any shot of contending. There doesn’t seem to be much hope for Chicago in 2021.  The starting pitching looks thin, the bullpen is more question marks than proven […] Cubs: It’s all going to depend on these four to get hot early - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
Bleed Cubbie Blue Feb 20, 2021
2021 Cubs spring training: Even more pitcher workout video

2021 Cubs spring training: Even more pitcher workout video

Chicago Cubs A few more Cubs pitchers and their preparations for the season. Cubs pitcher and catcher workouts continued Friday at the team’s Sloan Park complex in Mesa, Arizona. In the video below, you can see workouts by Zach Davies, Andrew Chafin, Craig Kimbrel, Jake Arrieta, Adbert Alzolay and Brad Wieck, along with catchers Willson Contreras and Austin Romine. Regarding Kimbrel... well, I think it’s safe to say that most of us don’t have many fond memories of Kimbrel’s first two seasons with the Cubs, although he did pitch pretty well at the end of the...
Bleed Cubbie Blue Feb 19, 2021
2021 Cubs spring training: More pitcher workout video

2021 Cubs spring training: More pitcher workout video

Chicago Cubs Some more views of early spring workouts. In the absence of me being able to attend Cubs workouts this spring due to the pandemic, I am going to share with you videos that the Cubs make available. Here, as yesterday, is about three minutes’ worth of pitchers and catchers doing some warming up exercises and throwing. Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, Alec Mills and newly-signed Brandon Workman are visible in this video, along with a couple of peeks at Willson Contreras. This is how things go in the early days of camp, generally — bullpen warmups and various...
Cubbies Crib Feb 14, 2021

Cubs hope 2020 was just the beginning of Ian Happ’s breakout

Ian Happ was one of the few Cubs in 2020 to have a strong offensive season. The Chicago Cubs as a whole struggled offensively in 2020. The core group had by far their worst group that they have had in the big leagues. Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javy Baez and Willson Contreras all never got […] Cubs hope 2020 was just the beginning of Ian Happ’s breakout - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
Cubbies Crib Feb 9, 2021

Cubs expect Javier Baez and the core to step up offensively

After years of simply running back the same group and expecting different results, change has finally come to the Friendly Confines. Despite the new faces added to the mix, whether or not the Chicago Cubs contend in 2021 relies largely on a group of familiar names, namely Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Anthony […] Cubs expect Javier Baez and the core to step up offensively - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community
Bleed Cubbie Blue Feb 9, 2021
How many players are left on World Series winners five years after they win?

How many players are left on World Series winners five years after they win?

All three of these players might not be Cubs in 2022 | Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB via Here are the numbers. There are six Cubs remaining on the 40-man roster from the 2016 World Series champions: Kyle Hendricks, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Jason Heyward. Three of those players — Rizzo, Baez and Bryant — will be free agents after 2021 and perhaps not with the team in 2022 and beyond. That got me to thinking: In general, how many players remain with a team five years after they win a World Series? Here’s the answer to that...

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