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Cubs Talk Podcast

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The Cubs Talk Podcast breaks down all things baseball on the North Side. Host Leila Rahimi, James Neveau, and Nate Poppen bring insider perspectives, regular player interviews, and news updates during the team's pursuit of another championship. New episodes release every Wednesday morning.

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The Cubs Talk Podcast breaks down all things baseball on the North Side. Host Leila Rahimi, James Neveau, and Nate Poppen bring insider perspectives, regular player interviews, and news updates during the team's pursuit of another championship. New episodes release every Wednesday morning.

Language:

English


Episodes

Implications of Cody Bellinger signing with the Cubs

3/1/2024
On a new Cubs Talk Podcast, Leila Rahimi, Peter Marzano and Nate Poppen discuss the implications of Cody Bellinger's signing with the Cubs and how the deal got done (1:09). Later, they discuss Jed Hoyer's relationship with Scott Boras and his clients and how players' relationships with the teams are continuing to decline (7:26). Finally, the trio discusses the Cubs' bullpen and the need for a left-hander (17:00). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:45:32

Cubs, Cody Bellinger agree to three-year deal

2/25/2024
On a special episode of the Cubs Talk podcast, James Neveau and Peter Marzano discuss the return of Cody Bellinger. The duo chats about the structure of the deal, what it tells us about Jed Hoyer's negotiating and spending habits, and how they feel the process played out. The guys also get into what impacts it could have on the team's roster, including on the futures of Matt Mervis, Pete Crow-Armstrong and many others. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:32:35

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts talks Cody Bellinger and spending

2/21/2024
On a new Cubs Talk Podcast, Leila Rahimi, James Neveau and Peter Marzano discuss and break down Cubs owner Tom Ricketts' media availability. They discuss the most glaring statements made by Ricketts (1:15), react to his comments about Cody Bellinger's free agency situation (8:54), and discuss the Cubs' lack of spending on free agents (13:45). They also discuss which players they are watching in spring training (31:30). All that and more! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:44:30

Craig Counsell already making an impact at Spring Training

2/16/2024
Cubs Spring Training is set to begin and to get you prepped and ready the Cubs Talk crew is joined by NBC 5 Sports anchor Mike Berman from Scottsdale, Arizona. The crew discusses new manager Craig Counsell's impact on the team so far (1:00), how will he manage the bullpen (10:16) and the young players like Pete Crow-Armstrong (13:40). They also dive into if the Cubs are missing Cody Bellinger and if the Cubs would look into bringing in Matt Chapman (24:48) and much more! See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:36:15

PECOTA unkind to North Siders, so is it time to hard-charge Bellinger signing?

2/9/2024
In today's Cubs Talk podcast, James Neveau and Peter Marzano discuss Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projections for the 2024 Cubs. Do they buy the Cubs as an 80-win team, and are they really second-best behind the Cardinals in the National League Central? Should Shota Imanaga and Hector Neris give them more of a boost? They discuss those questions, and also evaluate whether it's time to throw a bag of money at Cody Bellinger ahead of spring training, with the center fielder still on the market. Finally, the guys pick their favorite Cubs promo items of the year, as Pat Hughes and Christopher Morel both are immortalized in some unique ways. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:34:58

As free agents sign, are Cubs missing chance to make impactful offseason additions?

1/25/2024
On this episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Leila Rahimi, Nate Poppen and Peter Marzano discuss the most recent free agent signings and what it means for the Chicago Cubs. They break down Rhys Hoskins signing with the Brewers (:30). They also lament the Cubs missing out on relief pitcher Robert Stephenson (10:00) and why they DFA’d Codi Heuer (15:48). Later, they examine the latest news about the Hall of Fame class and the players that were snubbed (27:27). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:41:46

Thoughts on Cody Bellinger future with Cubs, Christopher Morel and more with Maddie Lee

1/17/2024
On a post-convention edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Leila Rahimi, Peter Marzano and James Neveau welcome Maddie Lee of the Chicago Sun-Times to talk about the North Siders. Cody Bellinger's future is first up to bat, with Shota Imanaga's pitch arsenal and potential adjustments to big league life next up. The group discusses the ongoing trade flirtations between the Guardians and Cubs over Emmanuel Clase, and then dives into how Craig Counsell will run the ship now that he's in the Chicago dugout. Finally, Pete Crow-Armstrong takes center stage, with Maddie breaking down his place on the roster pending the Bellinger decision, and how he's approaching his 2024 season. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:47:44

BREAKING NEWS: Shōta Imanaga reportedly signs with Cubs

1/9/2024
On a special "THEY FINALLY DID A THING" edition of Cubs Talk, Leila Rahimi, James Neveau and Nate Poppen break down the reported signing of Shōta Imanaga (00:33). They examine how his pitch arsenal could play in the big leagues and if they have any concerns before wrapping up with a quick chat about how his contract could allow the Cubs additional flexibility in free agency. Later, they discuss the Cubs Convention's lineup poster, which drew plenty of attention on social media (18:11). Finally, they update their thoughts on how the Cubs can make their offseason a success, and which players are key to that effort (28:29). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:36:52

New year, same quiet offseason for the Chicago Cubs

1/5/2024
It may be 2024, but things are feeling an awful lot like 2023 for the Cubs, as Leila Rahimi, James Neveau and Peter Marzano talk about the lack of action on the free-agent market for the North Siders. The trio talks about some minor league pitching signings, including Colten Brewer, but also discusses what avenues the Cubs still have to potentially add impact pieces. They also look at pitching coach Tommy Hottovy's wishlist and the realistic options the team has to fulfill those requests. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:37:13

Bueller? Bueller? Evaluating Cody Bellinger's status as Cubs continue quiet offseason

12/27/2023
On this episode of the Cubs Talk podcast, Leila Rahimi, James Neveau and Peter Marzano discuss the Cubs' continued quiet offseason. With the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees adding outfielders, are the Cubs the best fit for Cody Bellinger, and how much could his contract cost? The trio also discusses other avenues for the Cubs' free agency plans and whether the team could still strike in the pitching market. Finally, the group addresses their New Year's resolutions for the Cubs as 2023 comes to a close See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:45:26

What is taking so long in MLB free agency, trade market?

12/22/2023
Cubs fans are understandably feeling a bit Scrooge-like this holiday season, with the team biding their time before making any sort of freea gent moves. Leila Rahimi, Peter Marzano, Nate Poppen and James Neveau discuss the team's quiet offseason and discuss whether they're making a mistake in not being more aggressive in negotiating with players like Cody Bellinger or Matt Chapman. Later, the quartet discusses the trade market and whether the Cubs need to focus on pitchers like Shane Bieber or available position players to bolster their roster. Finally, the Cubs Convention and the absence of panels involving the Ricketts family and Crane Kenney is up for debate, and the crew throws some humorous ideas out to potentially spice up the yearly fan festival. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:45:26

How do Cubs proceed after Shohei Ohtani signs with Dodgers?

12/14/2023
In this episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast, James Neveau, Peter Marzano and Nate Poppen react to Shohei Ohtani landing with the Dodgers. Are the Dodgers the team to beat in the National League? What should the Cubs' priorities be after missing out on the superstar? Is a reunion with Cody Bellinger now a priority, or should they transition to other options at first base? Finally, should they be in the market for top-flight pitching free agents? Those answers, and more on how the Cubs will react moving forward from Ohtani. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:43:29

Winter meetings a strikeout for Cubs, most of MLB

12/7/2023
On a new Cubs Talk Podcast, Leila Rahimi and James Neveau break down the news, or lack thereof, from baseball's winter meetings. With Shohei Ohtani still making a decision, the Cubs seemingly out on Juan Soto and Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and still inquiring about Tyler Glasnow, there is plenty of uncertainty on the North Side, and the duo tries to make sense of an uneventful week. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:39:18

Recapping our favorite moments from the Cubs' 2023 season

12/3/2023
In a special Cubs Talk podcast, James Neveau and Peter Marzano kick their feet up by the fire and recap their favorite moments from the 2023 season. Christopher Morel's walkoff against the White Sox, Ian Happ's defensive heroics against the Brewers, and Mike Tauchman's incredible catch against the Cardinals all get the memory lane treatment, but which one came out on top? We share our top moments, and ask that you share yours as well this Thanksgiving holiday season. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:30:14

Will the Cubs make massive free agent splash at Winter Meetings?

11/30/2023
Leila Rahimi, Nate Poppen and James Neveau have your full preview of baseball's Winter Meetings. The trio discusses the latest news connecting Shohei Ohtani to the Cubs and whether they think the biggest free agent in baseball history could actually call the North Side home (1:31). Later, they discuss other potential options for the Cubs, including reports that the team has explored trades for Tyler Glasnow and Shane Bieber (18:39), as well as a free-agent pact with closer Josh Hader (28:59). Finally, they discuss whether the Cubs, famed for their secrecy, could pull off a massive trade for a player like Houston's Alex Bregman or Toronto's Bo Bichette (32:32). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:45:18

First impressions of new Cubs’ manager Craig Counsell

11/15/2023
On this episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Leila Rahimi and Peter Marzano recap Craig Counsell’s introductory press conference. They also discuss Craig Counsell finishing second in the NL Manager of the Year voting and how he can impact the Cubs in 2024. They also talk about who they think are the best managers in the MLB. Later, they discuss James Triantos winning Arizona Fall League Player of the Year. Finally, they talk about who the Cubs would have to give up to get Juan Soto. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:42:14

More Craig Counsell reaction, sour grapes from Brewers' ownership and our MLB free agency wish lists

11/8/2023
On this episode of the Cubs Talk podcast, Leila Rahimi, James Neveau and Nate Poppen offer their thoughts on Craig Counsell, and what it tells us about the Cubs (1:21). They also discuss Jed Hoyer's ruthless approach and what the future holds for David Ross (8:59). The trio gets into salty comments made by Brewers owner Mark Attanasio about Counsell's exit to Chicago (20:15), and finally, they each share their free agent wish list, and the one player they believe will be in a Cubs uniform by the time spring training rolls around (27:30). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:56:29

Craig Counsell in, David Ross out in stunning managerial move

11/6/2023
On an emergency edition of the Cubs Talk podcast, James Neveau and Peter Marzano react to the Cubs' hiring of Craig Counsell as their new manager. They discuss what it means for the franchise, as well as whether the Cubs did right by David Ross in firing him. Leila Rahimi discusses the move with MLB Network's Dan Plesac, and finally, James and Peter discuss what could come next for the North Siders. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:31:02

MLB free agency looms, and Cody Bellinger wins NL Comeback Player of the Year

11/3/2023
On this episode of the Cubs Talk podcast, Leila Rahimi and James Neveau discuss the return of former hitting coach John Mallee. The duo also discusses upcoming free agency, and how the team should approach their spending when it comes to Jeimer Candelario and others. Cody Bellinger's NL Comeback Player of the Year Award is dissected, and the two finally discuss the most likely scenarios we could see play out in the coming days, including Marcus Stroman's contract option. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:43:30

As Cubs negotiate Kyle Hendricks' extension, should team consider other options?

10/25/2023
On this episode of the Cubs Talk Podcast, Leila Rahimi, James Neveau, Nate Poppen and Peter Marzano discuss the MLB playoffs and a pair of Game 7's in the LCS (1:26). They then transition to Cubs news, with Kyle Hendricks negotiating an extension with the team (10:51), and whether the Cubs should explore other options as they evaluate their finances for free agency (19:10). Finally, they discuss how the Cubs could replace Craig Breslow in their front office (31:07), and James offers a hot take on MLB's weird Gold Glove finalist decisions (41:06). See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:46:57