Rambling about the Cubs as the USA Celebrates a Birthday

Hello again, everybody. It was very nice to see the Cubs bounce back strong from a five-game losing streak and sweep the Mets on the road. This quick turnaround exemplifies why the Cubs of 2015 are vastly different than many of their recent versions. During the past few years, the Cubs would turn a five-game […]


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Cubs Pitching Discussions Reportedly Included Jon Niese, Update on Cole Hamels and More Rumors

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said in the last week the Cubs are looking for starting pitching. Reports have indicated the Cubs are working the phones trying to make a deal or two. The problem is there are less than a handful of sellers right now. Alex Anthopoulos and Sandy Alderson have also pointed […]


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Cole Hamels Update: Rangers Reportedly Having Ongoing Dialogue with the Phillies

According to a report from Jon Paul Morosi, the Rangers and Phillies are “having ongoing dialogue about Cole Hamels.” And he is apparently willing to waive his no-trade rights and will approve a trade to the Rangers. Morosi explained the Rangers “view Hamels as an elite upgrade with pursuing” even with Martin Perez, Matt Harrison […]


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The Daily CCO: The Schwarber is Putting on a Show for the Cubs

Kyle Schwarber has done exactly what the front office wanted him to do in his ‘pit stop’ from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa, he has hit the baseball. Before Schwarber’s second game as the team’s DH, Joe Maddon said the only way he would stay with the team beyond Sunday was if the Cubs moved […]


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Starlin Castro Reportedly is Not on the Phillies Radar

The Phillies may or may not have hit rock bottom Tuesday night. It has gotten so bad in Philadelphia that Andy MacPhail could be hired to clean house. And according to Ken Rosenthal, if Pat Gillick tabs MacPhail as his replacement that he could be the one that fires Ryne Sandberg. The Phillies are “making […]


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Phillies Continue to Scout the Cubs System

Phillies’ scouts have been looking at players in the Cubs’ system at the Major and minor league levels for at least the majority of a calendar year. The Cubs first tried to make a deal with the Phillies last summer after a waiver claim was put in for LHP Cole Hamels. And while it was […]


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Player Acquisition Cost: LHP Cole Hamels

Rumors have swirled about potential interest by the Cubs in Cole Hamels since the last summer. With the team looking to contend, thanks to a host of young hitters on the cusp and a system lacking in high end pitching prospects, it’s been no secret that the front office has been looking for a high-end […]


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Cole Hamels Update: Phillies Reportedly Willing to Pay More of Remaining Salary, Cubs Still in the Mix?

Despite what Ruben Amaro Jr. is saying publicly, the Phillies are expected to trade LHP Cole Hamels before the trade deadline. The Phillies have the second worst record (19-33) in baseball, only the Brewers (17-34) have won fewer games than Philadelphia this season. Ruben Amaro Jr. is sticking to the company line that he does […]


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Cole Hamels Update: Red Sox Seen as Favorite, Cubs Reportedly Remain in Contact with Phillies

The Phillies are not in a rush to trade Cole Hamels and Ruben Amaro Jr. has continued his dialogue with teams on several fronts concerning players on his roster. Cole Hamels is the biggest name on the market right now and one that has the best chance to impact a team’s season. The Cole Hamels […]


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Cole Hamels Update: Phillies Asking Price Has Not Come Down

Cole Hamels hasn’t exactly gotten off to a good start this season. Hamels has only faced two teams in the Red Sox and Nationals, but only his first start against the Nationals looked like a Cole Hamels’ outing. The Phillies haven’t officially announced which game of the Marlins series Hamels will start. He’s in line […]


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