Joe Maddon says NL Central is best division
LAS VEGAS -- The Cubs have seen enough of Paul Goldschmidt over the years to become annoyed by his prodigious home runs. Now, Chicago will be seeing a lot more of the slugger after a trade last week not only strengthened the Cardinals, it raised an already-intimidating bar for the National League Central crown. "I don't like the Diamondbacks right now at all," Cubs manager Joe Maddon quipped on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.
Winter Meetings Q&A: GM Jed Hoyer
Cubs GM Jed Hoyer met with reporters for roughly a half-hour on Monday evening on Day 1 of the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Here are the…
Cubs seek clubhouse leaders at Winter Meetings
LAS VEGAS -- In this era of advanced analytics, there are still intangible elements that even the most forward-thinking teams value. Attempting to quantify the impact of veteran leadership is an impossibility, but plenty of clubs still believe that quality can affect a clubhouse and an organization's culture. An offseason ago, the Cubs felt that the core group in place -- the bulk of which went through the run to the 2016 World Series triumph -- was ready to lean on its experience rather than requiring a veteran to step up as the primary voice of accountability. Now, as Chicago is trying to harness this fall's frustrations as fuel for 2019, the front office is intent on injecting leadership via an outside source this offseason.
Cubs hire Tommy Hottovy as pitching coach
CHICAGO -- Wrigley Field is not the only aspect of the Cubs that has undergone renovations. For the second offseason in a row, the ballclub has dealt with changes to the leadership structure of its coaching staff under manager Joe Maddon. On Thursday, the Cubs officially announced the makeup of their staff, which was highlighted by the hiring of Tommy Hottovy as the team's new pitching coach. Anthony Iapoce was previously unveiled as the Cubs' new hitting coach earlier this offseason, marking the third different pair of pitching and hitting coaches in three years for Chicago.
Brandon Morrow had elbow surgery in November
CHICAGO -- The Cubs were already in the market for bullpen help this offseason. That need became even more apparent on Thursday, when it was revealed that Brandon Morrow underwent a procedure on his right elbow last month. Speaking with reporters on Thursday, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein announced that Morrow had an arthroscopic debridement performed on his throwing elbow on Nov. 6 to clean up some cartilage in the joint. Morrow is not scheduled to resume throwing until early February, putting his availability for the start of the season in jeopardy.
Paul Goldschmidt vs. Pitchers
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