Report: Cubs, Orioles Discussed a Welington Castillo for Brian Matusz Swap

There are at least four teams reportedly interested in Cubs catcher Welington Castillo. The Orioles and Phillies are believed to be two of those teams and according to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs and Orioles discussed a deal that would have sent Castillo to Baltimore for lefty Brian Matusz. Levine reported Tuesday the […]


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Report: Cubs Pursuing Starting Pitching

Injuries and ineffectiveness this spring have depleted the pitching depth the front office thought it had when pitchers and catchers reported last month. According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs “are said to be pursuing starting pitching” and Welington Castillo “could be the player who brings back a pitcher in a trade before […]


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Orioles Have Reportedly Contacted the Cubs about Welington Castillo

Theo Epstein said the Cubs are considering starting the season with three catchers and that Joe Maddon would like to have Miguel Montero, David Ross and Welington Castillo on the Opening Day roster more than anybody else. Maddon has apparently changed his views and likes the options he would have with three catchers on the roster. […]


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Cubs Strongly Leaning Towards Keeping Three Catchers

Jesse Rogers talked to Theo Epstein about the team still having three catchers on the roster with less than two weeks left in Spring Training, and Epstein’s response, “We’re strongly leaning towards three catchers.” Welington Castillo is out of minor league options, so he either begins the season with the Cubs or another team as […]


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Cole Hamels Update: Phillies Just Keep Talking and Listening

Cole Hamels is not having the best Spring Training, but he’s healthy and working through command issues that are being blamed for his numbers. And unless there is a major shift in the Phillies demands or teams like the Red Sox or Rangers cave and give Ruben Amaro Jr. what he wants for Hamels, he […]


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Cubs Scouting Red Sox, Red Sox Scouting Cubs and Reportedly Trying to Find a Trade Partner for Allen Craig

According to a report from Nick Cafardo, the Red Sox “have had some of their top pro scouts around the Giants, Padres and Cubs” and Boston is trying to find a trade partner for Allen Craig. And the Belleville News-Democrat reported the Cubs are “one of the teams said to be the most interested” in […]


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The Daily CCO: All About The Bryant and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Kris Bryant is the talk of baseball right now. The Chicago and National media are focused on the Cubs’ top prospect. Jon Heyman said Bryant is putting on a show and putting pressure on the Cubs while Peter Gammons tweeted the reality of what it would mean to the Cubs long term for him to […]


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The Daily CCO: Theo Epstein Extension Update and Other Cubs News and Rumors

The Cubs won one and lost one on the first of back-to-back split squad days. And while half the roster picked up a win in Las Vegas, the other half struggled in Mesa and Tsuyoshi Wada left the game with an injury in the first inning. The Cubs play two more games Saturday before squaring […]


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Cole Hamels Update: One Team Might Have Recently Separated Itself from the Pack

Cole Hamels completed his second spring start Wednesday. The Pirates touched up Hamels for two runs on three hits in three innings. Hamels struck out one and walked two. Both runs off Hamels came courtesy of Jordy Mercer, a two-run homer with two outs in the third inning. In two starts (five innings) Hamels has […]


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Report: National League Designated Hitter Talks to Increase Next Off-Season

Will the National League and American League soon play the game under the same set of rules? During his stop in Cardinals’ camp, Tony Clark, the head of the MLBPA, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he thinks discussion of a universal designated hitter “will likely come up as a topic in the next round […]


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