Catching Up Cubs News and Notes While Waiting on the Tanaka Decision

With the Cubs Convention in the rearview mirror, the countdown to Spring Training has begun. Cubs’ pitchers and catchers officially report to Mesa in 23 days (Feb. 13). Several of the players have already made their way to the Cubs’ new facility to prepare for the start of camp. The City of Mesa is celebrating […]

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Players File for Salary Arbitration and Other Cubs News and Notes

Tuesday was the deadline for eligible players to file for salary arbitration. 146 players across the league filed for salary arbitration, including the eight remaining players on the Cubs’ roster. It is not believed the front office will end up in an arbitration hearing in February (Feb. 1 – Feb. 21) with Jeff Samardzija, Travis […]

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Updating the Tanaka Derby and Other Cubs News and Notes

Speculation continued Monday on which team will end up signing Masahiro Tanaka. And the usual suspects are still the favorites to sign the 25-year old right hander. The Tanaka derby will heat up in the coming days leading up to the deadline in ten days. Many have Tanaka signing with the Yankees with their new […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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