The Daily Tanaka: Let the Bidding on Masahiro Tanaka Begin

According to reports out of New York, Casey Close is back from vacation and the bidding on Masahiro Tanaka is expected to begin this week. And teams should receive clarity on how much it will cost to sign Tanaka in the coming days. The Yankees are expected to spare no expense to sign Tanaka. Ken […]

The Daily Tanaka: Cubs in the Mix, Mariners Could Be Favorites for Tanaka

The Tanaka Sweepstakes is expected to kick into high gear next week when his agent, Casey Close, returns from vacation. Even with Close not yet open for business to discuss Tanaka with teams, the rumors picked back up on Thursday about where Masahiro Tanaka could end up signing. And two different reports pointed to the […]

Cubs Reportedly Interested in Bringing Back RHP Chang-Yong Lim

In an effort to add depth to the bullpen last year, the Cubs signed RHP Chang-Yong Lim to a minor league contract in December of 2012 as he recovered from his second Tommy John surgery. The deal was reported as a two-year minor league contract at the time and was thought to include guaranteed money. […]

The Daily Tanaka: MLB Asks Rakuten for Written Assurance No Side Deal Exists with Masahiro Tanaka

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, “Major League Baseball is so concerned over possible circumvention of the new posting agreement that is has asked Masahiro Tanaka’s Japanese club to provide written assurances it has no side deal with the ace pitcher.” MLB’s request is in response to comments that Tanaka made after […]

Samardzija Stays in the Rumor Mill, Teams Contacting Tanaka and Other Cubs Notes

The front office and Jeff Samardzija continue to discuss ways for Samardzija to remain with the Cubs. Both sides have acknowledged the talks on a long term contract have taken place and both the team and Samardzija’s camp has labeled those discussions as amicable. Samardzija understands why the front office is listening to offers and […]

Cubs and MLB Focus Is On Masahiro Tanaka

The wait on the Rakuten Golden Eagles making Masahiro Tanaka available this winter ended on Thursday morning (7:00am CST) when MLB teams were officially informed Tanaka had been posted. The focus throughout the game quickly shifted to which team will be able to sign him and how much it will cost to land the 25-year […]

Report: Cubs Express Interest in RHP Jesse Crain

The Cubs may be looking to add another pitcher or two to their bullpen this winter. The Cubs announced the signing of LHP Wesley Wright and have reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract with RHP Jose Veras. The deal with Veras is pending a physical and the Cubs have not announced the signing […]

Cubs and MLB Could Find Out This Week If Masahiro Tanaka Will Be Posted

The Cubs and the rest of baseball could find out this week if the Rakuten Golden Eagles will make Masahiro Tanaka available this winter. As previously reported, Rakuten’s offices are closed through Dec. 23 but Tanaka has been making public appearances in Japan over the last two days according to Baseball America. Ben Badler reported […]

Cubs Reportedly Scout and Show Interest in RHP Joel Pineiro

According to a report from Puerto Rico, the Cubs were one of a handful of teams to recently watch RHP Joel Pineiro pitch for Leones de Ponce at the Roberto Clemente Stadium in his third start of the winter. Joel Pineiro underwent surgery on his right shoulder in June of 2012 and has not pitched […]

Braves Appear Out of the Running for Jeff Samardzija and Other Cubs News and Rumors

According to reports from David O’Brien and Mark Bowman, the Braves are no longer interested in trading for Jeff Samardzija. Both David O’Brien and Mark Bowman reported the Cubs’ asking price forced Frank Wren to look into different options to add starting pitching to his roster. Bowman indicated the Braves interest in Samardzija “died more […]