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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Cole Hamels Update: At Least Five Teams Reportedly Showing Interest

The Cole Hamels rumors have increased over the last two days. When news surfaced that Rangers’ right-hander Yu Darvish is likely facing season-ending Tommy John surgery, Texas was immediately viewed as a landing spot for Hamels. Rangers’ surgeon Keith Meister discovered a slight tear in Darvish’s ulnar collateral ligament and recommended the surgery. Darvish is […]


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Cole Hamels Update: One of Phillies’ Top Scouts Reportedly at Red Sox Camp

According to reports from Nick Cafardo and the Boston Herald, Charley Kerfeld was at the Red Sox facility on Monday. Kerfeld is one of Ruben Amaro Jr.’s top advisors and he was in Fort Myers to get additional looks at the players the Phillies would like to acquire in a deal with the Red Sox […]


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Cubs’ Welington Castillo Reportedly Drawing Interest

Welington Castillo is in camp with the Cubs and the team is prepared to begin the season with him on the roster. But Castillo could be traded before the end of Spring Training and according to Nick Cafardo teams are showing interest in the 27-year old catcher. Nick Cafardo did not mention which teams have […]


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Cole Hamels Update: Phillies’ GM Doubts a Trade Will Happen

Spring Training is underway throughout baseball and Cole Hamels is in Clearwater preparing for his first Grapefruit League start on Friday against the Yankees. The Phillies are in no rush to trade Cole Hamels as Ruben Amaro Jr. waits to see which team will step up and pay the asking price he’s set for the […]


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Cole Hamels Update: Phillies Reportedly Not Making Progress in Talks with Red Sox

Spring Training is underway, the exhibition season begins next week and Cole Hamels does not appear to be on his way out of Clearwater anytime soon. Despite interest from a handful of teams, Ruben Amaro Jr. is not backing off his demands and is waiting for a team to pay his price to acquire Cole […]


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Cole Hamels Update: Phillies’ GM Said Demands Will Not Change

Cole Hamels faced the media onslaught Saturday in Clearwater and while he did not back down from the comments he made to Bob Nightengale, he was more diplomatic in what could be the first of many rounds with the media before he’s finally traded. Ruben Amaro Jr. addressed what many in the game think is […]


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Cole Hamels Update: Cubs One of the Four Likeliest Landing Spots?

According to Jim Duquette, the Cubs are one of the four likeliest landing spots for Cole Hamels. And Jim Bowden has heard, but has not been able to confirm, the Cubs are one of the four teams that have made a real trade offer to the Phillies for Cole Hamels. Ruben Amaro Jr. and Pat […]


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