| Nov 4, 2014
| 8:32 PM
One month after completing a full breakout season, Jake Arrieta is preparing for what he envisions will be an even better 2015.
Arrieta's optimism stems from more than just building on last season's success and the hiring of manager Joe Maddon.
| Oct 23, 2014
| 7:22 AM
Paul Provas, who was instrumental in the Chicago White Sox's signing of Joe Crede and the acquisition of John Danks, died Thursday in Dallas after a bout with brain cancer.
Provas, 63, was elected to the Texas and Midwest Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame in...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 5:52 AM
Eight players made at least one start in right field for the Chicago Cubs in 2014, and there are no guarantees that Jorge Soler will stabilize the spot next season.
The Cubs have played a greater emphasis in the past 12 months on versatility, and they...
| Oct 8, 2014
| 6:53 AM
Despite the well-deserved attention given to Javier Baez and Kris Bryant last spring, it was infielder Arismendy Alcantara who received the first major league promotion on the basis of his impressive first half at Triple-A Iowa, as well as his ability...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 5:37 AM
President Theo Epstein said Chris Coghlan would get an opportunity to play a "meaningful" role in 2015.
That role could become more important if the late struggles of Arismendy Alcantara continue.
After spending the first month at Triple-A Iowa,...
| Sep 4, 2014
| 4:54 PM
The Tribune’s Mark Gonzales answers readers’ questions about the possibility of Justin Grimm returning to the rotation, Kris Bryant’s exclusion from the 40-man roster, and Welington Castillo’s future:
Q: Justin Grimm originally...
| Sep 3, 2014
| 7:17 PM
Moving Javier Baez to shortstop wasn't what the Cubs had in mind when they stockpiled that position with the acquisition of minor league prospect Addison Russell on July 5.
But depth will be a key issue if the Cubs want to embark on their ascent to...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 8:36 PM
CINCINNATI — Timing is everything in baseball, whether it involves swinging the bat or perhaps even staging an auspicious major league debut.
Either way, Jorge Soler certainly knows how to make a favorable first impression.
The Cubs made the...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 7:38 PM
CHICAGO — Wrigley Field is known as the “Friendly Confines,” but the Orioles have had their share of challenges in two games this weekend here on Chicago's North Side.
The Orioles waited through a 3-hour, 9-minute rain delay Saturday...
| Aug 24, 2014
| 4:45 PM
CHICAGO -- Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez said his transition to the bullpen was made easier Saturday when the Orioles brought him in following their three-hour, nine-minute rain delay.
The delay allowed Jimenez to make his first relief appearance since...
| Aug 19, 2014
| 7:41 PM
No rookie hazing. No jealousy.
That's the current mission of Cubs veterans who welcome the balancing act of trying to finish the season strong while aiding rookies who could end up taking their positions in the near future.
"I think everything that...