Cubs Commentary, Rumors & Analysis

While Hector Rondon’s Fastball Velo Was Fine in WBC, Slider Movement May be Real Issue

Despite having been hampered by a triceps injury and pitching poorly down the stretch last season, Hector Rondon hasn’t lost the faith of Joe Maddon. The former Cubs closer pitched only 9.1 innings in the second half of last year’s championship run, serving up meatballs that bloated his post-All-Star-break ERA to 6.41. …

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The Rundown: Bryant Wants to Play in WBC, Cubs Announce Rotation, Help Rizzo Raise Money with Dingers

The lack of participation from some of America’s best players in the World Baseball Classic has been a frequent topic, but the rising popularity of the event could change things on a couple fronts. The most influential factor might be FOMO, aka fear of missing out, as the guys playing meaningless Spring Training …

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Jeimer Candelario, Six Others Trimmed from Roster

The Cubs announced Thursday afternoon that they’d assigned six players to minor league camp and granted one more his release, thereby reducing the roster from 43 to 36 players. Jim Henderson was released while right-handed pitchers Williams Perez and Dylan Floro, as well as left-handed pitcher David Rollins (all non-roster invitees), were reassigned. …

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