Yoan Moncada Update: Tells MLB.com Looking to Sign Soon and Begin Pro Career in United States

Major League Baseball cleared the way Tuesday for INF Yoan Moncada to ink a deal with a big league team as soon as he can agree to terms on a contract. And the 19-year old told Jesse Sanchez that his goal is to sign “with a team soon, start training with them and make it […]


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The Daily CCO: James Shields to Sign by End of the Week? And Other Cubs News and Rumors

According to Jon Paul Morosi, the question of where James Shields will be pitching for the foreseeable future could soon be answered. Morosi reported Tuesday night Shields “has multiple offers in hand and is expected to sign by the end of this week.” Morosi said it’s unknown as to which teams have an offer on […]


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Five to Six Teams Reportedly Still Trying to Trade for Cole Hamels

According to reports from Bob Nightengale, there are five to six teams still trying to trade for Cole Hamels. Nightengale listed the Dodgers, Padres, Rangers, Cardinals and Red Sox as five of teams that “have expressed varying degrees of interest” to Ruben Amaro Jr. about Hamels. Nightengale did not mention a sixth team but none […]


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Report: Cubs Close to Signing LHP Pedro Feliciano to a Minor League Contract

Updated 9:20am CST, Feb. 4 – Jon Heyman confirmed Pedro Feliciano has signed a minor league contract with the Cubs. The deal would pay Feliciano $700,000 if he makes the roster and the contract includes an incentives package. According to Jon Paul Morosi, the Cubs are closing in on a minor league deal with veteran lefty […]


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Yoan Moncada is a Free Agent, Clear to Sign with a MLB Team

According to reports from Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel, Yoan Moncada is a free agent and can now sign with a Major League team. Major League Baseball sent a memo to the teams outlining the new conditions in which a Cuban player can be signed. According to Kiley McDaniel, “the special license is no longer […]


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James Shields Remains Unemployed as Pitchers and Catchers Prepare to Report

James Shields is still available and it’s not looking like he will receive the five-year, $110-plus million contract he was reportedly seeking earlier in the off-season. Multiple reports suggested in the fall that Shields was one of the back-up options for the Cubs in the event Jon Lester signed elsewhere. As the winter progressed Shields […]


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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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