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With the way the Cubs tore down their roster and mostly steered clear of long-term, big-money contracts over the last few years, it’s no surprise some fans remain skeptical that the front office will actually go out and pony up the type of deal necessary to reel in a free-agent shortstop this winter. President of baseball operations Jed Hoyer isn’t…

The General Manager Meetings are over, and free agency officially began on Thursday. And with that, the most important offseason for the Cubs in years is finally underway. At his end-of-season presser last month, president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer discussed his desire to build on some of the successes the Cubs had at the end of the season. But…

During his end-of-season press conference a month ago, Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer wasn’t shy about acknowledging that there were still question marks around the roster that the most recent 162-game season didn’t answer. “I want to build on the momentum that we created at the end of the year, but I know that we have some holes…

Entering Friday, Matt Mervis had already been amongst the top performers in the Arizona Fall League. He’d hit a tied-for-league-best five homers. He’d struck out just five times in 51 at-bats, the lowest total of anyone with at least 25 at-bats in Arizona. He’d posted a .608 slugging percentage (ninth) and a .929 OPS (12th). That led to him being…

From July 6 through the end of the 2022 season, 11 different pitchers started at least one game for the Cubs. Missing from that group was Kyle Hendricks, who the Cubs had hoped would round back into form after a down year in 2021, but who instead battled injury and ineffectiveness and didn't pitch once in the second half of the season.

The Cubs are planning on a healthy Hendricks being back in the rotation come next season, but it remains to be seen whether they can truly count on that in 2023.

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Jed Hoyer has heard the comparisons, and he gets it. After seeing what the Cubs did in the second half of the 2022 season, posting a 39-31 record in the second half, there’s growing optimism that this team is somewhat in a similar position heading into the offseason that it was at the end of 2014. Like that year’s club,…...

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