Jon Lester Update: Cubs Reportedly Being Aggressive, Red Sox Make Top Priority

The Jon Lester Sweepstakes took it up a notch Tuesday after a report from David Kaplan indicated the Cubs offer to Jon Lester was for north of $135 million and at least for six years. The Sun-Times shot down Kaplan’s report, saying it was not accurate. Kaplan maintained his source is accurate and the Cubs […]

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Cubs Reportedly Make Significant Offer to Jon Lester of Six Years and North of $135 Million

According to a report from Comcast SportsNet, the Cubs made a significant offer to free agent LHP Jon Lester. David Kaplan reported during his radio show on 87.7 The Game that he understands the Cubs submitted an offer to Jon Lester north of $135 million and for six years. The Cubs are believed to be […]

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Report: Rays Would Not Keep Dave Martinez from Interviewing with Another Team

Updated 11:45am CST – According to a report from Bill Chastain, Dave Martinez has decided to leave the Tampa Bay Rays. Ken Rosenthal reported Monday night that the Rays “would not stand in Dave Martinez’s way if the Cubs or another club requested to interview him for a coaching position.” Could Martinez officially being able […]

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Jon Lester Update: Red Sox Shift Focus to Lester, Giants in the Mix

The free agent process continued Monday for Jon Lester as his former bosses in Boston changed baseball’s winter season within a 12 hour time period. Even with signing Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, the Red Sox have plenty of room on its payroll for Jon Lester’s contract. And Boston thinks the additions of Ramirez and […]

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Acquisition Cost for Cole Hamels Remains High

Cole Hamels is believed to be one of the backup options for the Cubs and the Red Sox if either one of the teams is unable to sign Jon Lester. The Phillies scouted the Cubs system and big league team at the end of the season and Boston has reportedly rejected trade proposals from the […]

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The Daily CCO: Rumors, Rumors, Rumors and Cubs News and Notes

With two weeks to go before the start of the Winter Meetings, rumors continue to dominate baseball’s landscape. Teams continue to talk to agents and other clubs trying to improve their respective rosters. One huge free agent agreed to terms late Sunday. Hanley Ramirez and the Red Sox are expected to finalize a five-year, $90 […]

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Jon Lester Update: Interest is Booming in the Free Agent

Could it take a seventh year for a team to sign Jon Lester? Jon Lester’s free agent tour continues in the coming week. According to a report from WEEI, Lester has meetings scheduled with at least two teams prior to Thanksgiving. It is unknown which teams Lester will sit down with, but one could be […]

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Jon Lester Update: Meetings Scheduled with at Least Two More Unidentified Teams Next Week

According to a report from WEEI, Jon Lester has meetings scheduled with at least two more teams. Rob Bradford’s report did not indicate which two teams will sit down with Lester and try to persuade him to sign. Based on news from the week, the Cardinals and Blue Jays could be two of the teams […]

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Report: Cubs Have Talked to the Diamondbacks about Miguel Montero

According to a report from Nick Piecoro in the Arizona Repblic, the Cubs are one of at least three teams that have talked to the Diamondbacks about catcher Miguel Montero. The White Sox and Dodgers have also spoken with Arizona about its backstop. The Diamondbacks “continue to have dialogue with other clubs on a variety […]

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Nationals Reportedly Tell Teams Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister are Available

Jordan Zimmermann may be available after all … The Sun-Times reported last week the Cubs were in talks with the Nationals to acquire RHP Jordan Zimmermann. Gordon Wittenmyer said a trade was not imminent but there was enough interest from the Nationals that a deal was expected to be completed. The report was shot down […]

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