Tanaka Posts, Samardzija Wants to Stay with the Cubs and Other News and Rumors

The Rakuten Golden Eagles announced on Tuesday night they will grant Masahiro Tanaka’s request and allow him to jump to the majors next season. Rakuten formally posted Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday (Thursday in Japan) and the bidding is expected to begin very soon. Rakuten applied the maximum release fee, $20 million, to Tanaka. Under the […]

Rakuten Officially Announces Masahiro Tanaka Will Be Posted, Cubs Expected To Be All In On Tanaka

The Rakuten Golden Eagles’ team president Yozo Tachibana ended all speculation about Masahiro Tanaka on Tuesday night. During a press conference, Tachibana announced the team would post Tanaka and make him available to sign with a big league team this winter. Negotiations with Masahiro Tanaka, by the teams willing to pay $20 million to negotiate […]

Reports: Rakuten Golden Eagles Will Post Masahiro Tanaka

According to multiple reports from Japan, the Rakuten Golden Eagles have decided to make Masahiro Tanaka available to Major League Baseball teams and will post him this winter. The Japanese reports indicated Tanaka met with the team’s owner, Hiroshi Mikitani and was told of the team’s decision to allow Tanaka a chance to pitch in […]

Roster Moves, Rizzo on the Radio and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Cubs off-season roster shuffle continued on Monday when the front office basically swapped a young right-handed pitcher with upside for another young right-handed pitcher with upside. The Cubs claimed RHP Brett Marshall off waivers from the New York Yankees. Marshall was designated for assignment on Dec. 19 to make room on the 40-man roster […]

Cubs Working on the Big League Roster, Focus on the Minors and Other News and Rumors

Weekend Update It could be a very busy 72 hours throughout the game leading up to Christmas, especially if the Rakuten Eagles finally make a decision, one way or the other, to post Masahiro Tanaka. Players prefer to know where they will be playing prior to the holidays and there are several free agents still […]

The Tanaka Watch Continues and Other Cubs News and Notes

Despite the reports on Thursday morning, the Rakuten Golden Eagles have not made a decision on whether or not they will post Masahiro Tanaka this winter. Most still think he will be made available to Major League teams this off-season, but it is pretty clear that no one, not even Tanaka, knows at this point. […]

Rakuten Golden Eagles Trying to Persuade Masahiro Tanaka to Stay in Japan

Masahiro Tanaka wants to pitch in the majors next season and would like for his team to post him this winter. But the Rakuten Golden Eagles do not want to see their star pitcher leave and are reportedly offering him a significant pay increase to stay in Japan. A report from Japan on Wednesday night […]

Cubs Pencil in a Closer with the Signing of Jose Veras

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have a veteran arm to pitch in the back of their bullpen to start the season. The Cubs agreed to terms on a one-year contract with RHP Jose Veras that carries $4 million in guaranteed money. And Veras’ deal is one that could benefit the Cubs beyond the 2014 season […]

Masahiro Tanaka Wants to Pitch in the Major Leagues and Asks to Be Posted

According to multiple reports from Japan, Masahiro Tanaka met with the Rakuten Golden Eagles and told them he would like to pitch in the Major Leagues in 2014. Tanaka has asked his Japanese team to post him and make him available to sign with a MLB team. Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball finalized […]

Jason McLeod Discusses the Cubs Farm System on The Score

Jason McLeod joined Bruce Levine and Ben Finfer during Hot Stove Saturday on The Score. The Cubs’ Vice President of Scouting and Player Development discussed a variety of topics including where they plan on starting Javier Baez next season and which positions he might get some exposure to in Spring Training. The pitching the Cubs […]