Raises, Rumors, the Roster … and Other Cubs News and Notes

Jed Hoyer said again Tuesday afternoon that the Cubs are not done with the roster this off-season. The Cubs made at least one addition and appear to be working on a few more deals. The Cubs announced the signing of Paul Maholm on Tuesday after he broke the news on his Twitter account Monday night. […]

The Cubs are Not Done Shaping the Roster

Will the Cubs announce a trade for the third day in a row? Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer pulled the trigger on a trade Friday that the previous regime would never have done. A day after announcing the trade that sent Carlos Zambrano and a bunch of cash to Miami for Chris Volstad, Epstein and […]

Calculus, Sunk Cost … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer continued shaping their roster for the upcoming season on Thursday when they officially shipped Carlos Zambrano to Miami for Chris Volstad. The Cubs received a starting pitcher they control for the next three seasons for a pitcher that would have had a difficult time walking back into the Cubs clubhouse. […]

From the Wire … Carlos Zambrano for Chris Volstad Deal Official

Thursday marked Z end of an era for the Chicago Cubs when the trade of Carlos Zambrano to the Miami Marlins was officially announced. The Cubs will send at least $15 million along with Zambrano to Miami for Chris Volstad. The total amount the Marlins will receive depends on how much Chris Volstad makes for […]

Zambrano Out, Volstad In and Two Minor League Signings

Theo Epstein spent an hour on Wednesday afternoon discussing the state of the Chicago Cubs on WGN Radio. Epstein covered a variety of topics during the question and answer session about his team. The Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations was asked about Carlos Zambrano and how he fit would fit in with the team moving […]

From the Wire … Cubs Deal Zambrano to Miami for Chris Volstad

According to multiple reports, the Cubs have agreed in principal on a trade that would send Carlos Zambrano to the Miami Marlins for Chris Volstad. The deal is pending approval from the commissioner’s office due to the amount of money included in the deal … reports are suggesting between $15 and $17 million will be […]

Cubs Close to Trading Zambrano to Miami?

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are close on a deal that would send Carlos Zambrano to the Miami Marlins. Reports from Venezuela earlier on Wednesday indicated a deal could be in the works. Carlos Zambrano would have to waive his no-trade clause in order for the Cubs to trade him to […]

The High Cost of Matt Garza … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs finally announced the one-year contract with Reed Johnson on Tuesday. The agreement between the Cubs and Johnson surfaced on December 21 and Johnson spoke about re-signing with the Cubs during an interview on MLB Network Radio/XM Radio shortly after the agreement was leaked. Johnson made $900,000 last year and will be paid $1.15 […]

The PF Flyer, Matt Garza … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Baseball’s off-season is beginning its stretch run. With the holiday season in the rearview mirror, teams have a lot of work to do over the next six weeks leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting to camp. It should be a very interesting first month of Twenty-Twelve around the game as well as for the […]

Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 01/02/12

¡Feliz Año Nuevo a todos en la CCO! As an old year ended and a new one begins, the regular season came to an end for most of the winter leagues while the playoff season started for others. With teams fighting to keep playing in the post-season, several players raised their level of performance. Pitchers […]