Day Two of the 2014 Cubs Convention: Welcome the Cubs New Skipper Rick Renteria

Rick Renteria and a majority of his coaching staff were on hand for the second session on Saturday afternoon. Rick Renteria, Brandon Hyde (bench coach), Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Bill Mueller (hitting coach), Mike Brumley (assistant hitting coach), Gary Jones (third base coach), Eric Hinske (first base coach), Jose Castro (quality assurance coach) and Mike […]

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Rakuten Golden Eagles Trying to Persuade Masahiro Tanaka to Stay in Japan

Masahiro Tanaka wants to pitch in the majors next season and would like for his team to post him this winter. But the Rakuten Golden Eagles do not want to see their star pitcher leave and are reportedly offering him a significant pay increase to stay in Japan. A report from Japan on Wednesday night […]

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Cubs Pencil in a Closer with the Signing of Jose Veras

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have a veteran arm to pitch in the back of their bullpen to start the season. The Cubs agreed to terms on a one-year contract with RHP Jose Veras that carries $4 million in guaranteed money. And Veras’ deal is one that could benefit the Cubs beyond the 2014 season […]

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Pitching Staff Remains a Work in Progress and Other Cubs News and Rumors

Baseball’s Winter Meetings have come and gone but the Cubs’ off-season is far from over. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made three changes to the big league roster over the last week. The Cubs acquired right-handed hitting outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Marlins for lefty hitting outfielder Brian Bogusevic and picked up and intriguing arm in […]

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Winter Meetings Day Two: Cubs Continue Talking Samardzija, Focus on Pitching

2013 Winter Meetings – Day Two As was the case on Monday, the front office is talking to several teams about ways they can improve the overall health of the organization. And any possible trades would require pitching in return. The Cubs talks with the Diamondbacks about Jeff Samardzija took a backseat when news surfaced […]

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Baseball’s Super Tuesday and Cubs News and Notes

Tuesday was one of the busiest days throughout the game in recent memory. There were a total of 12 different deals done in what has been nicknamed as ‘Transactions Tuesday’. The deals began early in the day when A.J. Pierzynski agreed to a one-year contract with the Red Sox and ended with the Yankees agreeing […]

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Cubs Name Eric Hinske First Base Coach

The Cubs completed Rick Renteria’s coaching staff on Tuesday when they announced the hiring of Eric Hinske as first base coach. Hinske played for the Diamondbacks last season. Eric Hinske joins Brandon Hyde (bench coach), Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Lester Strode (assistant pitching coach/bullpen coach), Bill Mueller (hitting coach), Mike Brumley (assistant hitting coach), Gary […]

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The Samardzija Rumors Continue and Other Cubs News and Notes

Weekend Update After a rather quiet holiday weekend, the Cubs figure to be very busy over the next seven days leading up to Baseball’s Winter Meetings (Dec. 9-12). Monday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to players for the 2014 season. And the trade rumors should increase significantly over the next week as […]

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Cubs Looking for Mike Olt to Compete for Third Base Job in Spring Training

The front office realizes the on the field product at the Major League level must improve. And while the plan has not changed to build the organization from the ground up for sustained success, a part of the building process includes winning games at the big league level. One of the many young players the […]

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Jed Hoyer Talks Cubs on 670 The Score

Jed Hoyer joined Bruce Levine and Ben Finfer during the Score’s new ‘Hot Stove’ show on Saturday morning. The Cubs’ GM discussed a variety of topics with Levine and Finfer including the coaching staff, Bill Mueller, the team’s desire to keep Jeff Samardzija and the front office’s willingness to promote players if they dominate the […]

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