Player Acquisition Cost: LHP Steven Matz

In all of our past profiles, we’ve focused on Major League players that the Cubs could target in an effort to improve their club and qualify for the post-season. In this profile, we focus on Steven Matz, a left-handed pitching prospect for the New York Mets. Matz’s name has come up in rumors lately thanks […]


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Dan Haren and Tom Koehler Reportedly on List of Cubs Possible Trade Targets

The Cubs are exploring ways to add starting pitching to the roster. As the players received a much-needed breather Monday in New York, the front office prepared for the start of the International signing period as rumors continued to mount on which pitchers they might try to acquire before the deadline. Questions were raised Monday […]


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Cubs Pitching Discussions Reportedly Included Jon Niese, Update on Cole Hamels and More Rumors

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said in the last week the Cubs are looking for starting pitching. Reports have indicated the Cubs are working the phones trying to make a deal or two. The problem is there are less than a handful of sellers right now. Alex Anthopoulos and Sandy Alderson have also pointed […]


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Cole Hamels Update: Rangers Reportedly Having Ongoing Dialogue with the Phillies

According to a report from Jon Paul Morosi, the Rangers and Phillies are “having ongoing dialogue about Cole Hamels.” And he is apparently willing to waive his no-trade rights and will approve a trade to the Rangers. Morosi explained the Rangers “view Hamels as an elite upgrade with pursuing” even with Martin Perez, Matt Harrison […]


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Player Acquisition Cost: RHP Sonny Gray

As the Cubs young players continue to improve so has their overall record and the possibility of them playing in the post-season. The front office has made it no secret that they are looking for pitching to ensure them a place in the playoffs, but the kind that has multiple years of control. That control […]


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ESPN Tabs the Cubs as Favorites to Acquire Ben Zobrist

The front office is not only looking for a starting pitcher and at least one reliever for the backend of the pen, it is believed Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would like to add a position player to the Cubs’ roster. A report from the Sun-Times at the end of May indicated Ben Zobrist was […]


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Jonathan Papelbon’s First Choice, Reportedly a Trade to the Cubs

The Jonathan Papelbon rumors kicked into high gear Friday morning. Less than 24 hours after Papelbon closed out the Phillies’ first win since June 7 on nine pitches, all for strikes, Ken Rosenthal reported there was a “heavy scouting presence” on hand Thursday. And other teams are inquiring about Papelbon beyond the Blue Jays and […]


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Report: Cubs Calling Around the League Looking for a Starting Pitcher

Reports have pointed to the front office’s desire to add pitching to the Cubs’ roster. And according to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs “have contacted all of the 29 other teams seeking at least a mid-rotation starter capable of falling in behind Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta” in a playoff rotation. The Sun-Times […]


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Starlin Castro Reportedly is Not on the Phillies Radar

The Phillies may or may not have hit rock bottom Tuesday night. It has gotten so bad in Philadelphia that Andy MacPhail could be hired to clean house. And according to Ken Rosenthal, if Pat Gillick tabs MacPhail as his replacement that he could be the one that fires Ryne Sandberg. The Phillies are “making […]


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Player Acquisition Cost: LHP Scott Kazmir

The Cubs have been a roll lately looking more like the team they did in April, than the one they were in May. The team has gone back to winning in dramatic walk-off fashion thanks to some improved pitching in the rotation and in the bullpen. The bullpen improvement over the last couple of weeks […]


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