Yoan Moncada Reportedly Receives Clearance from Government

Updated Jan. 31, 8:59am CST – According to Ben Badler, Yoan Moncada is not cleared to sign yet. Major League Baseball will not let him sign, the government (OFAC) is not the obstacle. According to a report from Jesse Sanchez, Yoan Moncada’s agent received “a notification from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of […]


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Yoan Moncada Update: MLB Sent Memo to Teams Outlining New Regulations

Jesse Sanchez reported Wednesday that Major League Baseball “issued a memo to its clubs on Tuesday night that acknowledged new regulations for Cuban players” and “reminded teams that the League’s current policies for Cuban players remain intact until further notice.” As it currently stands, Cuban players will be required to receive an unblocking license from […]


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Cubs Reportedly Still Pushing Hard for Yoan Moncada, Could Have Private Workout Soon

The buzz around Yoan Moncada is increasing as the 19-year old Cuban infielder continues to wait for his unblocking license from OFAC. He’s already received free agent status from Major League Baseball, but he cannot sign or agree to terms with a team without clearance from the government (OFAC). Yoan Moncada started holding private workouts […]


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Cubs Will Reportedly Focus on Trading Welington Castillo and Possibly Travis Wood

The front office may be done with the heavy lifting this off-season but may not be done tweaking the roster with less than a month before pitchers and catchers report to Mesa. The Cubs pulled off the deal with the Astros Monday for Dexter Fowler and checked another area off the off-season wish list. While […]


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Report: Cubs Close to Acquiring Dexter Fowler from the Astros

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs are closing in on a deal to acquire OF Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros. Buster Olney has confirmed Levine’s report. Dexter Fowler is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season but would fit with what the Cubs have been looking for, a leadoff hitter […]


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Cubs Exploring Options for the Outfield

Based solely on the volume of reports this week, the front office is stepping up its efforts to add an outfielder to the Cubs roster. It was believed the Cubs were focused on adding a left-handed hitting centerfielder, but the search as expanded according to reports from Buster Olney and Ken Rosenthal. The Cubs would […]


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A Contract Extension on the Horizon for Theo Epstein?

Before the off-season went in a different direction than any one was expecting, it was believed Tom Ricketts would extend Theo Epstein’s contract at some point this winter. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have two years left on the original five-year contract that was signed in Oct. 2011. There were indications two months ago the […]


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Phillies Reportedly in Staredowns in Negotiations for Cole Hamels

According to a report from Hardball Talk citing Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly as the source, the Phillies negotiations for Cole Hamels are at a standstill. Jim Salisbury reported “the Phillies are involved in staredowns with four teams involving Cole Hamels.” The Red Sox, Cardinals, Rangers and Padres are apparently the four teams Ruben Amaro […]


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Cubs Looking for Help in the Outfield, Ability to Play Center Field a Plus

The Cubs focus since Jon Lester put on his Cubs jersey for the first time in public has been on adding depth to the outfield. Even with the addition of Chris Denorfia, the front office isn’t believed to be done looking for an outfielder that would give Joe Maddon options. Reports have suggested a left-handed […]


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Diamondbacks Reportedly No Longer Pursuing a Catcher

A report Monday from Jon Paul Morosi indicated the Diamondbacks were working hard to acquire a catcher and Welington Castillo was one of two backstops linked to Arizona. Something apparently changed in just over a 24-hour time period, because Dave Stewart told Nick Piecoro Tuesday he is no longer pursuing a catcher. According to the […]


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