Cubs Still Interested in Cole Hamels?

After landing Jon Lester, Theo Epstein said the Cubs would not be adding another nine-figure starting pitcher to the roster this winter unless there was a 2-for-1 sale. But the Cubs President of Baseball Operations did not say anything about starting pitchers with eight-figure salaries. Nick Cafardo reported in his Sunday Notes Column that the […]

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Winter Meetings 2014: Cubs Have Work to Do in San Diego

Baseball’s Winter Meetings are underway in San Diego and run through Thursday (Dec. 7-11). It is expected to be a rather busy week at the annual gathering throughout the game. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are expecting a lot of activity this week, but not necessarily with the Cubs. The front office has a list […]

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The Daily CCO: Javier Baez is Playing Winter Ball and Other Cubs News and Rumors

Javier Baez has been cleared to play winter ball according to Carrie Muskat. Baez is playing ball in Puerto Rico starting on Dec. 11 for Cangrejeros de Santurce in the Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League. When a report surfaced in late October, Baez was expected to report to his winter ball team on Dec. 3. […]

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Cubs Weekend Headlines: News, Notes and Rumors from the Thanksgiving Holiday

It was a long, and rather busy holiday weekend for the Chicago Cubs. The biggest news was the Cubs putting together contingency plans in case the bleachers are not ready for Opening Night against the Cardinals. And the best news came from the Dominican Republic in that Pedro Strop required only five stitches to close […]

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Jon Lester Update: Cubs Reportedly Very Serious, Braves Out of the Mix?

Jon Lester has met with the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves. He reportedly does not have a sit down scheduled with the Cardinals, but he is expected to listen to the Giants’ proposal in the coming week. Lester has received an initial offer from the Red Sox in the $110-120 million range for six years […]

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The Daily CCO: A Full Plate of Updates on Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and Max Scherzer

Happy Thanksgiving Jon Lester is still going through the free agent process. Rob Bradford reported Wednesday night that a source does not see Lester signing with a team anytime soon. Lester has meetings scheduled with the Cardinals and Giants after the holiday. Nick Cafardo shot down internet reports the Red Sox increased their offer to […]

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The Daily CCO: A Whole New Off-Season? The Hall of Fame Ballot and Cubs News and Rumors

The Red Sox created the headlines Monday with the signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. And the consensus is that Boston’s moves will have a ripple effect throughout baseball. The Sox not only have the farm system to make any trade Ben Cherington feels would benefit the big league club but he now has […]

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Acquisition Cost for Cole Hamels Remains High

Cole Hamels is believed to be one of the backup options for the Cubs and the Red Sox if either one of the teams is unable to sign Jon Lester. The Phillies scouted the Cubs system and big league team at the end of the season and Boston has reportedly rejected trade proposals from the […]

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The Daily CCO: The Jon Lester Watch Continues and Cubs News and Rumors

Jon Lester’s free agent tour continued Thursday with a stop in Atlanta and a meeting with the Braves. According to report from David O’Brien, Jon Lester had lunch met with the Braves’ brass. Atlanta looked into trading for Lester at the deadline last July and scouted him extensively according to Gordon Edes before he was […]

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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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