Former backup catcher and World Series champion set to replace Joe Maddon as Cubs skipper in 2020

In the most unsurprising move of what will be a busy offseason for the Cubs, they have made their decision on the next manager. Front office, locker room, and fan favorite David Ross has been hired to replace Joe Maddon as Cubs manager in 2020. The deal is a three-year deal with a club option for 2023. Local and national media had pegged Ross as the front-runner since the last day of the regular season when the Cubs announced that they mutually agreed…

With an off-season ahead full of questions and tough decisions, the most interesting one might be whether Yu Darvish pitches for the Cubs next season.

After losing six games in a row late here in September, including a four-game heart-breaking sweep to the rival Cardinals, the Cubs would essentially need a miracle to get into the postseason for the fifth consecutive season, something that has never been done in the long history of the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs would need to win all six of their remaining games as well as the Brewers to lose four out of six or…

All eyes will be on the likes of Yu Darvish, Kris Bryant, and Brandon Morrow to have bounce-back seasons but these under the radar players can be huge for the Cubs in 2019.

For a team that won 95 games in 2018 and had the best record in the National League 72 hours before their playoff demise, the Cubs have a lot of ifs and questions to be answered. We’ve heard the biggest questions all offseason. Will Kris Bryant’s shoulder continue to affect his swing? Is Yu Darvish finally healthy after starting only 8 games last year? Can Brandon Morrow…

Cubs sign RHP Kyle Hendricks to a contract extension that runs through 2023 with a vesting option that could become a club option for 2024.

After years of trying and being unable to sign members of their young core to contract extensions, the Cubs finally inked one of their core pieces. News broke Tuesday afternoon that the Cubs have signed Kyle Hendricks to a 4-year $55.5M contract extension that runs from 2020 thru 2023. The deal also includes a vesting option that will vest if Hendricks finishes in the top 5 in Cy Young voting in 2020, according the Jeff…

Cubs make a deal with the Nationals to acquire 2B Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy in the 2017 NLDS vs the Cubs

There is no question that the month of August has not been friendly to the Chicago Cubs. Kris Bryant returned to the DL with the same nagging shoulder injury and Yu Darvish was officially deemed done for 2018 with a stress reaction in his elbow. Brandon Morrow remains on the DL and is eyeing a September return. Mike Montgomery recently went to the DL with shoulder inflammation though the Cubs don’t believe he will miss much time.

These injuries certainly haven’t helped the Cubs but the Cubs haven’t…

The 28 year old slugger is primed to have a huge season in 2018 after another consistent 2017 campaign.

The last year and a half has been a hectic time for the Cubs with a World Series run for the ages and yet another trip to the NLCS in 2017 that ended in a game 5 loss at home in dominant fashion. Well, 2018 is a new year and the optimism around the Cubs remains at an all time high, led by the face of the franchise, Anthony Rizzo.

Even after another deep playoff run, there is a different feel…

Offseason full of pitching questions overshadows the need for a competent backup catcher behind Willson Contreras

The Cubs have already done a lot of their “heavy lifting” in the offseason. Their biggest glaring need was pitching in both their starting staff and in the bullpen. The Cubs knew that going into the offseason that they would need to replace John Lackey and Jake Arrieta in the rotation to go along with Wade Davis in the bullpen.

The Cubs have already filled one of the rotation spots with the 3 year deal that they signed with Tyler Chatwood earlier in the…

Anthony Rizzo wins 2017 Roberto Clemente award for all of his charitable work

Finally, something for Cubs fans to be happy about this week. Super-star and face of the franchise Anthony Rizzo has won the 2017 Roberto Clemente award. The Roberto Clemente award is seen as one of the highest honors that could be bestowed on a baseball player. It is awarded to the player that best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team”

Cubs to hire former Rays pitching coach and Joe Maddon favorite Jim Hickey to replace Chris Bosio as the pitching coach

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According to Bruce LeVine and Patrick Mooney, the Cubs have found their new pitching coach as they are set to hire Jim Hickey to replace recently fired Chris Bosio. Two days after being eliminated by the Dodgers in the NLCS, the Cubs fired Chris Bosio in what could be one of the most shocking events in the offseason. Hickey was sought after by the Twins, Cardinals, Giants, and Red Sox.

Bosio had a club option in his contract for…

No matter where free agency takes him, Jake Arrieta should always be appreciated by the fan base for the things he has been able to accomplish.

Whether you like it or not or can’t admit it to yourself, game 4 against the Dodgers may have very well been the last start of Jake Arrieta’s career with the Cubs. Now, this isn’t to say that the Cubs won’t re-sign him but all indications so far indicate his departure in free agency. …

Stephen Sciaraffa

Staff Writer- Wrigley Rapport

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