5:58 PM EDT, Tue March 31, 2015

Teammates empathize with Kris Bryant

MESA, Ariz. – Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant hasn’t spoken publicly about his demotion to the minor leagues yet, but there was a consensus in the Cubs' locker room among those present Tuesday morning: “We’ve all been there.” The Cubs' front office listed plenty of baseball-related reasons for sending Bryant down on Monday, but his teammates know it’s mostly about business. A few weeks in the minor leagues this season gives the team an extra year of service time before Bryant would be eligible for free agency.
Over the Monster 2 hours ago

Baseball America ranks Red Sox farm system #2 in baseball

Adding Yoan Moncada to the mix surely helped the Red Sox leapfrog the competition. Spring training is still happening, even if we don't want it to. On the bright side, that gives us a little more time to look at prospects before their seasons kick off. Baseball America did just that, ranking the 30...

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Twitter mailbag: How does Addison Russell fit in?

MESA, Ariz. – We’ve entered the final week of spring training so it’s time to answer some Cubs questions put to Twitter in this week’s mailbag segment.

Cubs shoot down rumors that Wrigley Field won't be ready for Sunday

CHICAGO -- Wrigley Field will be ready for baseball on Sunday evening, the Chicago Cubs said on a conference call Tuesday afternoon. Cubs vice president of communications and community affairs Julian Green responded to rumors on Twitter -- he called them “loud and baseless accusations” -- that the park wouldn’t be ready for Sunday's game and was unsafe in certain areas. “The rumors that the upper deck and grandstand are not safe are false and an all-time low in Wrigley Field rumors and myths,” Green said.
Washington Post 5 hours ago

NL Central preview: Adding Jon Lester gives Cubs chance at division crown

The Chicago Cubs won 73 games last season, 17 fewer than the divison-leading St. Louis Cardinals, but they could contend for the National League Central crown in 2015. So could the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to Fangraphs, the Cardinals, Cubs and Pirates will have just four games separating them, with the Brewers and Reds close enough that a well-timed hot streak could make things interesting.Read full article >>
Plain Dealer 11 hours ago

Chicago Cubs spark outrage by sending down top prospect Kris Bryant: MLB links, updates, news

The Cubs reassigned top prospect Kris Bryant to minor league camp on Monday, despite the third baseman's torrid spring.

Cubs roster taking shape after Monday moves

MESA, Ariz. – Moving day for the Chicago Cubs on Monday answered some roster questions as the team sent three of their top prospects to the minors in Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell. It leaves 35 players left for 25 spots. The Cubs have less than a week to trim 10 more. “We don’t think it’s a high likelihood we’ll make a move outside of this camp,” Team President Theo Epstein said Monday. “We’ll monitor small trade possibilities but we think we have a lot of answers here in camp.

Cubs send three to minors but not just any three

MESA, Ariz. -- Tickets for Triple-A Iowa Cubs games might see an uptick in sales after the big league club sent them three of the most talented young players the organization has seen in years. In sending Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell down to the minors on Monday the Cubs reminded everyone their future isn’t quite here yet. “I could probably be in this game a long time and could not send down three players that talented on the same day ever again,” Cubs president Theo Epstein said in announcing the moves.

Podcast: Theo Epstein explains decision to cut Baez, Bryant

Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein talks to the media about the team's decision to send Javier Baez and Kris Bryant to the minors and the outlook for the two prospects.

Cubs Notes: More outfield for Kris Bryant

MESA, Ariz. – Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon says he wants top prospect Kris Bryant to play both the outfield and third base if he’s sent to Triple-A Iowa later this week. “You never know when the need is going to arise,” Maddon said. Bryant was in left field on Sunday against the Kansas City Royals for the second time this spring, but did not record an out or an assist. He received good reviews after his first game in the outfield last week, when he doubled off a runner at second base after making a catch, and also for backing up third base properly on an overthrow, preventing a...
Topeka Capital-Journal Mar 29, 2015

Cubs hammer Royals, 7-0

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Miguel Montero, Matt Szczur and Junior Lake homered, leading Edwin Jackson and the Chicago Cubs to a 7-0 exhibition win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Jackson allowed one hit and struck out three in 42/3 innings. The right-hander was hit hard in his previous outing after he had trouble finding Oakland’s spring ballpark. Jackson is competing for the last spot in the Cubs’ rotation after going 6-15 with a 6.33 ERA last season. read more

Jackson awaits word on role

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Sounding Zen-like and wearing a Spiritual Gangster (yoga) t-shirt Chicago Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson once again discussed his situation with the team after his spring start on Sunday. Having rebounded from an awful outing five days earlier, Jackson gave up just one hit in 4.2 innings to the Kansas City Royals Sunday but his demeanor wasn’t that different than it was on Tuesday when he got lost finding Hohokam Park and then got rocked by the Oakland Athletics.

Cubs waiting on Lester

CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon won’t announce his starting rotation for the beginning of the season until after ace Jon Lester pitches in a minor league game on Tuesday. Lester missed a spring start this month with a fatigued arm throwing off his preparation for the regular season which begins next Sunday night when the Cubs host the St. Louis Cardinals. The team has been cautious with Lester since he returned to the mound only pitching him in a “controlled” minor league game where they can dictate how long each inning lasts.
Chicago Tribune Mar 29, 2015

Cubs' Kris Bryant starts in left field vs. Royals

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Many of the Chicago Cubs' projected starting position players will get Sunday off as their final break before entering the final six days of spring training.

Cubs' Kris Bryant starts in left field vs. Royals

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Many of the Chicago Cubs' projected starting position players will get Sunday off as their final break before entering the final six days of spring training.
Northwest Herald Mar 28, 2015

Arrieta goes 4 shutout innings, homers as Cubs rout Rockies

MESA, Ariz. – Jake Arrieta pitched four shutout innings and also homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the split-squad Cubs routed the Colorado Rockies, 18-4, Saturday.

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