The Daily CCO: Could Dave Martinez Land on Joe Maddon’s Coaching Staff?

The Tampa Bay Rays narrowed its managerial search to three finalists Friday: Kevin Cash, Raul Ibanez and Don Wakamatsu. And Joe Maddon’s former bench coach, Dave Martinez did not make it to the second round of interviews. The Rays are looking for a new voice in the clubhouse, so the man that was believed to […]

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Anthony Rizzo and Jed Hoyer Share Joe Maddon’s Less is More Philosophy

Anthony Rizzo made the media rounds Friday to promote his “Laugh-Off for Cancer” charity event on Jan. 15, the day before the 30th Annual Cubs Convention. And the Cubs’ first baseman answered a few questions about his team. Anthony Rizzo was asked about the managerial change and if he’s had a chance to speak with Joe […]

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The Daily CCO: Jon Lester Scheduled to Meet with the Cubs and Other News and Rumors

The Cubs will reportedly meet with Jon Lester a day after being outbid on one of the team’s off-season targets. According to a report from WEEI, Lester has a meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Chicago. The Cubs’ brass will roll out the red carpet and tell the southpaw why he should sign and front the […]

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The Daily CCO: Phillies Might Have to Alter Expectations to Trade Cole Hamels and Cubs News and Rumors

Cole Hamels would like to be traded this winter, but he won’t demand one according to a report from Bob Nightengale. There are not many teams that have both the prospect currency it would take to acquire him and the payroll flexibility to add the $96 million left on his contract over the next four […]

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The Daily CCO: Lester’s Agents Talked to Kansas City, Hammel is Looking for Three-Year Deal and Other Cubs News

What was thought to be a two-team race for Jon Lester might have another entry in the Kansas City Royals. The Red Sox and Cubs are considered the favorites to land Jon Lester this winter, but according to a report from FOX Sports Kansas City, Lester’s agents spoke with the Royals about their client. Dayton […]

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The Daily CCO: Dodgers Very Much in the Mix for Russell Martin? And Other Cubs News and Rumors

The Cubs are very interested in signing Russell Martin and so are the Pirates. Even with paying the high price to acquire Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh is not out on Martin. But the Dodgers would like to have a reunion with Martin, who finished 13th in the voting for National League MVP. According to a report from […]

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Cubs Have Sights Set on Russell Martin

The Cubs created more buzz Friday without saying a word. After an earlier report indicated the Cubs brass had a meeting scheduled with Russell Martin and his agents next week, Bruce Levine broke the news Friday morning the Cubs met with Martin and his agents Thursday. Martin is now the Cubs top priority. And he […]

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The Daily CCO: Anthony Rizzo Named to Sporting News 2014 National League All-Star Team

The Cubs All-Star first baseman had a very good year and Anthony Rizzo was named to the Sporting News National League All-Star team Wednesday. Anthony Rizzo beat out fellow first basemen Freddie Freeman, Adrian Gonzalez and Paul Goldschmidt. Anthony Rizzo was the only Cubs player selected to the NL team by a panel of 11 […]

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The Daily CCO: Starlin Castro is One of Two Staples in the Cubs Lineup

Starlin Castro had a very good season before he suffered a high ankle sprain on an awkward slide into home on Sept. 2. Castro bounced back from a subpar 2013 campaign in which he hit only .245/.284/.347 while looking very lost in the field. Castro earned his third trip to the Mid-Summer Classic in four […]

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Cubs Position Analysis – First Base

The second installment in our series of positional analysis is first base, a position that has become a great strength for the Cubs even if going into last season it had a lot of uncertainty. Much to blame was a disappointing season from Anthony Rizzo who had a solid 23 home runs and 80 RBI, […]

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