A-Lot for the Cubs in the Week A-Head

The conversation throughout the game quickly shifted when the 162-game suspension for Alex Rodriguez was announced Saturday. Rodriguez is banned for the entire 2014 season and post-season but is planning to report to Spring Training with the Yankees. Rodriguez is going to fight the arbitrator’s decision and seek an injunction in Federal Court in the […]

Pitching, Samardzija, Spring Training and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Pitching remains a priority for the Cubs as the front office continues their pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka. But if they are unable to sign Tanaka do not look for the Cubs to turn their attention to Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana. The Cubs will likely look at re-signing Scott Baker or another free […]

Is Improvement in the Cards for the Cubs in 2014? And Other News and Rumors

Baseball’s Hall of Fame received three new members on Wednesday after the BBWAA voted in Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas. The three players will join managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa in Cooperstown this July in what should be a memorable induction ceremony. The Hall of Fame said the announcement will be […]

Samardzija Wants to Win with the Cubs and Other News and Notes

Jeff Samardzija spoke with Patrick Mooney prior to the holidays about his status and his desire to stay with the Cubs. Samardzija did not pull any punches and indicated then he is hopeful something could be worked out with the Cubs to keep him in Chicago. Samardzija pointed out his talks with the Cubs are […]

Pitching Remains at the Top of the Cubs List

Weekend Update The next seven days should be very interesting throughout the game. The Hall of Fame announcement will be made on Wednesday (Jan. 8) and it appears four players will join the trio of managers in Cooperstown this summer. Greg Maddux is still on 100 percent of the ballots that have been made public, […]

The Calm Before and Other Cubs News and Notes

The first Friday of the New Year is in the books and teams continue to work on their rosters with Spring Training just around the corner. And what ended up being a quiet week should change in the coming days. The Hall of Fame debate continued and with the announcement only four days away (Jan. […]

Time for the Cubs Core to Come Together and Other News and Rumors

The Cubs’ front office appears to be focused on Masahiro Tanaka and other starting pitching options in case they are unable to sign Tanaka. The bidding for Tanaka will begin next week and the Cubs are expected to be in the mix until the end for the 25-year old right hander. Once Casey Close begins […]

Resetting the Cubs Off-Season in the New Year

While Jeff Samardzija and Masahiro Tanaka garnered most of the attention throughout the holidays, the Cubs have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting on Feb. 13. The team has eight arbitration eligible players without a contract for next season.  Teams were showing interest in […]

Updating The Daily Tanaka and Other Cubs News and Notes

It’s the final day of 2013. Will the Cubs make any moves on the last day of the year? From all indications, the Cubs’ front office is focused on Masahiro Tanaka right now and for the most part, so is the rest of baseball. At least in between the Hall of Fame debates. Masahiro Tanaka’s […]

The Daily Tanaka and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Weekend Update It is the final Sunday of the year, 2014 is just around the corner. MLB teams will get back to work this week and it could be rather busy end of the year. The talk and focus around the game continues to be Masahiro Tanaka and where he will end up pitching in […]