The Daily CCO: Cubs Say Acquiring Tommy La Stella is Not a Precursor to Another Trade

The Cubs announced a rather surprising trade Sunday afternoon. The Cubs acquired INF Tommy La Stella from the Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino. The Cubs also sent three International bonus slots to the Braves. Slot No. 2 ($458,000), slot No. 3 ($309,300) and slot No. 4 (206,700). The Cubs received the Braves No. 4 slot […]

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The Daily CCO: Phillies Might Have to Alter Expectations to Trade Cole Hamels and Cubs News and Rumors

Cole Hamels would like to be traded this winter, but he won’t demand one according to a report from Bob Nightengale. There are not many teams that have both the prospect currency it would take to acquire him and the payroll flexibility to add the $96 million left on his contract over the next four […]

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The Daily CCO: Lester’s Agents Talked to Kansas City, Hammel is Looking for Three-Year Deal and Other Cubs News

What was thought to be a two-team race for Jon Lester might have another entry in the Kansas City Royals. The Red Sox and Cubs are considered the favorites to land Jon Lester this winter, but according to a report from FOX Sports Kansas City, Lester’s agents spoke with the Royals about their client. Dayton […]

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Cubs’ Joe Maddon Enjoys Being Part of the Free Agent Process

Joe Maddon is focused on nailing down the coaching staff right now. And the new Cubs’ skipper has spoken to a couple of his players (Edwin Jackson and Wesley Wright). But if he receives a call from Theo Epstein or Jed Hoyer about talking to a player the front office is interested in signing, he […]

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The Daily CCO: Dodgers Very Much in the Mix for Russell Martin? And Other Cubs News and Rumors

The Cubs are very interested in signing Russell Martin and so are the Pirates. Even with paying the high price to acquire Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh is not out on Martin. But the Dodgers would like to have a reunion with Martin, who finished 13th in the voting for National League MVP. According to a report from […]

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Scott Boras Shared Some Thoughts on Kris Bryant and the Cubs

Scott Boras held court Wednesday afternoon in the lobby of the Arizona Biltmore on the last full day of the GM Meetings. The always quotable Boras had plenty to say about the Cubs and the best prospect in the game, Kris Bryant. Several players and top prospects in the Cubs system have Scott Boras as […]

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Theo Epstein Shoots Down Predictions Cubs Could Sign Two Nine-Figure Starting Pitchers

With the payroll flexibility, the need for top of the rotation-type arms and Joe Maddon on board, predictions were made the Cubs would not only sign one, but two of the big name free agent pitchers this off-season. But that’s not the case, at least according to Theo Epstein. “It’s hard to acquire pitching. Period. […]

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The Daily CCO: A Russell Martin Update, Jake Arrieta Receives Cy Votes and Other Cubs News

Reports from the Sun-Times and ESPN Chicago pointed to a resolution, possibly by the end of the month, on whether or not Russell Martin will be signing with the Cubs. While the Sun-Times indicated the Cubs are inching closer to landing Russell Martin, there are at least four teams still in play for Martin, even […]

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The Daily CCO: Rumors Dominate the News During Day Two of the GM Meetings

Before reports hit the wire the Cubs were in talks with the Nationals for Jordan Zimmermann and working on a deal with Justin Masterson, rumors continued to swirl around the Chicago Cubs at the GM Meetings. Jed Hoyer provided an update Tuesday on Starlin Castro and according to a report from Patrick Mooney, Castro has […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Not Included on Cole Hamels Updated No-Trade List

Happy Veterans Day A tip of the cap to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice and served our country to protect our freedom, you are the true heroes. Cole Hamels has a clause in the six-year, $144 million extension he signed in July 2012 that allows him to submit a no-trade list by Nov. […]

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