Phillies Reportedly Close to Trading Jonathan Papelbon Before Backing Off Talks

As baseball approaches the All-Star break, the Cubs are reportedly looking for at least one starting pitcher, a reliever and a bat. One of the bullpen arms the Cubs have been heavily connected to by the mainstream media is Jonathan Papelbon. And he was reportedly pulled back last month when it appeared the Phillies were […]


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Player Acquisition Cost: RHP Tom Koehler

As the trade deadline approaches and the likelihood of a trade for starting pitching being made by the front office, we’re starting to get a clearer picture of what the Cubs are looking for. Reports have suggested that the club is looking for a pitcher with more than a year control and some upside rather […]


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Cubs Reportedly Among the Teams to Recently Scout LHP Scott Kazmir

According to a report from Susan Slusser, the Cubs were among four teams on hand last Thursday night at the Coliseum to watch LHP Scott Kazmir’s outing against the Mariners. The report from the San Francisco Chronicle indicated the Royals, Nationals and Twins were the other three teams scouting the lefty. Scott Kazmir shut down […]


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Report: Cubs Would Like to Add Left-Handed Hitting Outfielder, Gerardo Parra and Will Venable Possibilities

For the most part, the Cubs have been linked to pitchers, not position players, as the front office looks for rotation depth and possibly an impact starter. And despite the recent performance of the bullpen, the Cubs are still believed to be interested in acquiring Jonathan Papelbon as Rafael Soriano gets closer to pitching for […]


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Cubs Expected to be Very Active During 2015-16 International Signing Period

It’s July 2, the start of the 2015-16 International signing period and the Cubs are expected to be very active on the International free agent market. The Cubs were limited to signing players for $250,000 or less during the 2014-15 International signing period that ended on June 15. The Cubs are expected to exceed its […]


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Possible Pitching Options for the Cubs

The Cubs are expected to acquire a starting pitcher or two before the deadline. Mainly because the team does not have a fifth starter it feels comfortable with going forward. Injuries and poor performances have taken its toll on the depth the front office thought the Cubs had when pitchers and catchers reported back in […]


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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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