Plenty of Depth, Lack of Pizzazz Defines Cubs’ Farm System

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“As the Cubs’ draft went on, we were sitting around in our draft room and we could tell what they were doing. We said ‘hey, they get it, they’re finally getting it’….That got my attention, the attention of a lot of other people in the game.”

Those words, spoken by Theo Epstein at his introductory news conference in Chicago in October of last year, speak volumes about the state of the Cubs’ farm system. Obviously, there is an element of intrigue there, with the Cubs’ drafting of a very strong class last year. They got several big prospects, and they were able to sign a big chunk of them, spending more in bonuses than they had in the previous two drafts combined.

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Big Questions in Cubdom: Should the Cubs Re-sign Kerry Wood?

In a tumultuous off-season for the Chicago Cubs, there have been a slew of players who have found themselves on the outside looking in with the new regime of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer doing some serious housecleaning. Aramis Ramirez has departed to Milwaukee, Carlos Pena won’t be brought back by the club, and Carlos Zambrano, Tyler Colvin, Sean Marshall, and Andrew Cashner have all been dealt away. One free agent, however, has Cubs fans torn between their loyalty to him and their willingness to allow the new baseball brain trust to shape the team as they see fit.

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Cubs Trade Cashner for Padres Super-Prospect Anthony Rizzo

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Today, the Chicago Cubs acquired San Diego Padres first baseman Anthony Rizzo and right-handed pitcher Zach Cates in exchange for one of their own super-prospects, right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na.

This move pretty much ends the idea of the Cubs signing Milwaukee Brewers mega-free agent Prince Fielder.

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Theo Epstein Talks at Winter Meetings, Reveals Plans for Cubs

In what historically is a fun event for fans of trades and free agent signings, the Winter Meetings are taking place next week in Dallas, Texas, and GM’s of various teams are already starting to talk to the media. Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ new President of Baseball Operations, took some time to talk to ESPN.com’s Bruce Levine on Thursday, and he had some interesting comments for the noted baseball scribe.

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Cashner Offers Cubs Glimpse into Future (and Hope) with First Start

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs came another step closer towards learning if their super-prospect Andrew Cashner could one day become the next Greg Maddux; or instead find his name in the same bin with guys like: Mike Harkey, Lance Dickson, Mark Prior and Angel Guzman. Or maybe he’ll end up somewhere in between.

Cashner made his first MLB start, and pitched extremely well in a no decision. In 5 1/3, he gave up just two hits and one run, walked run and struck out two. But unfortunately he left the game early due to tightness in his arm, and manager Mike Quade’s desire to err on the side of caution. Especially this early in the season.

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Some Cubbies Ramblings During a Deep Freeze

Hello again, everybody. We are a week removed from the Cubs Convention, and like they say, there is never really an off-season when the hot stove is sizzling.

More moves, more thoughts, more rumors, and more pontificating from the masses … just another week for the Cubs.

It is cold in Chicago. When it was 20 degrees warmer it is was freezing. Now it is mind numbing, bone-chilling ridiculousness.

So, with all that said, let’s ramble a little bit. Let’s just have the random stream of consciousness coming flying out on paper, or more accurately, an electronic screen.

By: Brian McCabe

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The Chicago Cubs, Mickey Mouse and plenty of General Managers

Carlos Pena, Adam LaRoche … or will it be Tyler Colvin?

First base is empty for the first time in a long time. Remember when Hee-Seop Choi was the Cubs first-baseman of the future? Yea, it is darn funny to think about that.

And this is just the first of many questions regarding the 2011 installment of the Chicago Cubs.

Will Tom Gorzelanny be traded?

Will Brandon Webb be signed?

Could Paul Konerko become a Chicago Cub?

Will Sean Marshall really remain in the set-up role?

What is Andrew Cashner’s role in 2011?

Will Kerry Wood come back?

Should the Cubs go after Zach Grienke?

Will Jeff Samardzija get a real chance?

As one can see, questions regarding the Cubs are flying around the Internet and some are most likely traveling around a hotel lobby in Lake Buena Vista, Florida as well.

By: Brian McCabe

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Cubs Super-Prospect Andrew Cashner makes MLB Debut

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First Starlin Castro, and now Andrew Cashner, gets to see his first Major League action in 2010. On Memorial Day, the Chicago Cubs conveyed that they’re focused on the future instead of the short term by selecting the contract of right-handed pitcher (and uber-pehnom) Andrew Cashner from Triple-A Iowa.

To make room for Cashner on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Angel Guzman was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The Cubs are 6 games out of first, and four games under .500. Given the enormity of their payroll, it’s been a very disappointing season to say the least. And it’s time to think about the long-term, because the short term offers little hope.

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