Roster Moves, Darwin Barney and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Cubs stayed busy on the Friday before the Christmas holiday and announced three roster moves that ended up clearing one spot on the 40-man roster. The team finalized the contract with outfielder Nate Schierholtz that was agreed to during the Winter Meetings. The one-year deal is believed to be worth $2.25 million and includes […]

Shopping Soriano and Other Cubs Rumors

As Jed Hoyer pointed out in two different interviews last week, the Cubs are not done putting the roster together for next season. David Kaplan provided more information on what Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein may be working on shortly after multiple reports surfaced that the Cubs are talking to teams about Alfonso Soriano. The […]

Winter Meetings Day Three: Cubs Add an Outfielder and Have Offers Out to Free Agents

The Cubs reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Nate Schierholtz on day three of Baseball’s Winter Meetings. The Cubs did see several of their off-season targets come off the board but reportedly have offers out to free agents and are working on several options to improve the roster. The Cubs one-year […]

Winter Meetings Day Two: Cubs Exploring Third Base and Outfield Options

Day two of Baseball’s Winter Meetings was filled with more noise and rumors surrounding the Chicago Cubs … but no moves. The Cubs appear to be exploring all options to fill their needs at third base and in the outfield. The mainstream media linked the Cubs to numerous players on Tuesday including Yunel Escobar, Yuniesky […]

Rambling as The Boys Enjoy the Cali Sun and Fun

A bunch of the boys are whoopin’ it up in the desert made famous by Frank and his friends. A rollicking happy place where the scotch flows and the golf courses never end. A land of breathtaking mornings and gorgeous nights. A world where the stars shine brighter than spotlights. And finally, and most impactful […]

The Cubs Don’t Have Unlimited Assets to Deal … and Other News and Notes

The GM Meetings are underway in Indian Wells, California and the Cubs are “still in the stage of figuring out what opportunities will be there” for them. According to a report from the Tribune, it appears the Cubs will be filling their needs this winter with free agent signings rather than trades. Theo Epstein said […]

Time for the GMs to Meet … and Other Cubs Notes and Rumors

The annual General Manager Meetings officially begin Wednesday in Palm Springs. The meetings run through Friday and these meetings usually set the groundwork for future trades and free agent signings. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman made the trek out west and will continue conversations they’ve already had with other […]

Weekend Update … It’s Just the Beginning of the Cubs Off-Season

With free agency underway and the General Managers meetings in California during the coming week (November 6-9, Palm Springs), there figures to be a lot of news and even more rumors throughout the game over the next seven days. While activity might be at a minimum, the GM Meetings have historically set the tone for […]

… And About Those Cubs Prospects Lists

Over the past weeks, fans have been treated to an annual ritual, the posting of the organizational rankings by Baseball America (henceforth to be known as BA) and Baseball Prospectus. This year’s rankings have generated concerns by Cubs fans as to the state of the minor leagues and the organization as a whole. To accompany […]

Mike Lamb on Cubs Radar?

According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs “may look at signing veteran infielder Mike Lamb to a minor league deal.” The Cubs have looked all spring for a proven backup for Aramis Ramirez. The report indicated Lamb would be used as security in case of an Aramis Ramirez injury. The Brewers just […]