The Daily CCO: Cubs Researching Benefits of Batting the Pitcher Eighth in the Lineup

Joe Maddon loves books, but he doesn’t manage by one. Maddon said that particular book was written so long ago it doesn’t really apply today. Maddon is known for thinking outside of the box and trying things with his lineups to get the most out of his players. After he took over as Cubs manager, […]

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The Daily CCO: Another Deadline Day in MLB and Cubs News and Rumors

Tuesday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to players for the 2015 season. And there could be a lot of player movement around Major League Baseball before 11:00pm CST. Jon Paul Morosi reported Monday night a GM he spoke with said “trade talks have intensified around MLB in last 48 hours.” Jake Arrieta, […]

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Cubs Face Roster Decisions Prior to Non-Tender Deadline

To tender or not to tender, that’s the next question for the front office. Tuesday (11:00pm CST) is the deadline to tender contracts to players for the 2015 season. The Cubs have 10 players on the roster that are arbitration eligible for next year and 22 players with 0-3 years (automatic renewals) of service time […]

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The Daily CCO: Gearing Up for a Busy Two Weeks

If November was any indication, it is going to be a very busy two weeks and an interesting last month of the year around Major League Baseball. Jed Hoyer pointed to the week after Thanksgiving and the first two weeks of December being the busiest free agent and trade time of the year. Hoyer is […]

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Cubs Weekend Headlines: News, Notes and Rumors from the Thanksgiving Holiday

It was a long, and rather busy holiday weekend for the Chicago Cubs. The biggest news was the Cubs putting together contingency plans in case the bleachers are not ready for Opening Night against the Cardinals. And the best news came from the Dominican Republic in that Pedro Strop required only five stitches to close […]

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The Daily CCO: Dave Martinez Inching Closer to a Job on Maddon’s Staff? And Other Cubs News and Rumors

Jed Hoyer said Wednesday he and Theo Epstein planned to talk to Joe Maddon about Dave Martinez joining the Cubs coaching staff. Martinez resigned his position with the Rays after being passed over for Tampa’s managerial opening. According to Marc Topkin, the Cubs asked for and received permission from the Rays to talk to Dave […]

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Versatility to Possibly Play a Bigger Role for the Cubs

The front office is working on ways to improve the big league roster. The Cubs have a list of free agents and possible trade targets Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer think will help certain areas of the team the front office feels should be addressed this winter. In an interview Saturday on Inside the Clubhouse […]

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The Daily CCO: Multiple Factors Have an Impact on the Free Agent Process and Other Cubs News

The Cubs are going through the free agent process with several players. The front office met with one player before he signed with another team and are heavily in the mix for Jon Lester. Jed Hoyer discussed the factors that can have an impact on where a free agent signs during his weekly spot on […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Have Areas the Front Office is Trying to Improve

The front office’s off-season plans appear to be on hold as the Cubs wait on a certain free-agent southpaw to decide where he wants to spend the next six or seven years. But that’s not the case. Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein have certain free agents and trade targets in mind that are not dependent […]

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The Daily CCO: A Full Plate of Updates on Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and Max Scherzer

Happy Thanksgiving Jon Lester is still going through the free agent process. Rob Bradford reported Wednesday night that a source does not see Lester signing with a team anytime soon. Lester has meetings scheduled with the Cardinals and Giants after the holiday. Nick Cafardo shot down internet reports the Red Sox increased their offer to […]

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