Keeping Samardzija Long Term Remains Cubs Goal

Theo Epstein remains hopeful the team and Jeff Samardzija can agree to terms on a long term extension according to a report from ESPN Chicago. And during an interview with David Kaplan on Tuesday morning, Jed Hoyer said he thinks they’ve made it clear, the Cubs’ goal is to keep Jeff Samardzija. Jeff Samardzija is […]

Report: Cubs Could Be Out of the Mix for Suk-Min Yoon

A day after multiple reports indicated the Cubs were on hand to watch RHP Suk-Min Yoon throw a bullpen session at the Rangers’ facility in Surprise, Paul Sullivan reported the Cubs are unlikely to “get into a bidding war” for Yoon’s services. Sullivan reported the multi-year contract Suk-Min Yoon is looking for is “out of […]

Cubs Reportedly Watch RHP Suk-Min Yoon Throw

According to reports from the Rangers’ beat writers, the Cubs were in attendance Tuesday at the Rangers’ facility in Surprise to watch Korean RHP Suk-Min Yoon throw a bullpen session. The Cubs and Rangers watched Yoon throw the first of a series of bullpens that Scott Boras has set-up to help his client land a contract […]

Will the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija Avoid Arbitration?

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer say they value what Jeff Samardzija brings to the Chicago Cubs and Samardzija says he wants to pitch for the Cubs. So why can’t the two sides come to an agreement on a contract for the upcoming season? As of last Friday the two sides were reportedly $100,000 apart on […]

The Starting Pitcher Picture Remains Fuzzy for the Cubs

Several teams, including the Cubs, are looking to sign a starting pitcher or two before Spring Training begins. The Cubs could be waiting for the free agent market to play out a little to see who is left that would fit their needs. Jed Hoyer said they are looking for “innings” and the Cubs have […]

Blue Jays Reportedly Still Talking to Cubs about Jeff Samardzija

A day after Ken Rosenthal reported the Diamondbacks would rather revisit talks with the Cubs about Jeff Samardzija than sign either Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana, Jon Heyman and Bruce Levine reported the Jays are interested again in trading for Jeff Samardzija. The teams that were interested in signing Masahiro Tanaka are scrambling to fill […]

The Masahiro Tanaka Derby is Coming Down the Backstretch

While the speculation continues on which team will land Masahiro Tanaka, one thing is certain. By 4:00pm CST on Friday the daily Tanaka watch will be over. Reports suggested Masahiro Tanaka would make a decision by end of business on Wednesday because the team he agrees to terms with would need time to conduct a […]

Cubs in the Middle of the Masahiro Tanaka Speculation

The deadline to sign Masahiro Tanaka is Friday at 4:00pm CST but reports have suggested the news could surface on Tuesday or Wednesday which team has landed the 25-year old right hander. David Kaplan and Jim Bowden reported Monday that Tanaka could agree to terms on a contract at some point over the next two […]

Cubs Reportedly Make Formal Offer to Masahiro Tanaka

According to multiple reports including one from Bruce Levine, the Cubs submitted a formal offer to Masahiro Tanaka. Bruce Levine added his sources are indicating the Cubs are “the lead team” for Tanaka as of Saturday. The Japanese media is reporting Tanaka received at least five offers worth more than $100 million. The Cubs, Yankees, […]

Rick Renteria Confirms Cubs Met with Masahiro Tanaka

Earlier in the week it was assumed the Masahiro Tanaka derby was down to two teams, the Yankees and Dodgers, but that is not the case with a week left to the deadline (Jan, 24, 4:00pm CST). A day after two executives told Jayson Stark to beware of the Cubs when asked about Tanaka, Ken […]