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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Jon Lester Update: Blue Jays Added to the Mix with the Red Sox and Cubs?

The Cubs and Red Sox could have a legitimate contender in the Jon Lester sweepstakes. According to a report from WEEI, the Blue Jays continue to show interest in Jon Lester. After pulling off the five-year deal with Russell Martin, it appears Alex Anthopoulos has his credit card out and is ready to spend money […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Say Acquiring Tommy La Stella is Not a Precursor to Another Trade

The Cubs announced a rather surprising trade Sunday afternoon. The Cubs acquired INF Tommy La Stella from the Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino. The Cubs also sent three International bonus slots to the Braves. Slot No. 2 ($458,000), slot No. 3 ($309,300) and slot No. 4 (206,700). The Cubs received the Braves No. 4 slot […]

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The Daily CCO: Phillies Might Have to Alter Expectations to Trade Cole Hamels and Cubs News and Rumors

Cole Hamels would like to be traded this winter, but he won’t demand one according to a report from Bob Nightengale. There are not many teams that have both the prospect currency it would take to acquire him and the payroll flexibility to add the $96 million left on his contract over the next four […]

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Cubs Viewed as a Force in the Market, Keeping All Options Open to Improve the Roster

The consensus around the game following last week’s GM Meetings is that it’s going to be a busy winter in the trade market due to the lack of impact players available in free agency. And while the Cubs may not make any trades themselves, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer could have an impact on the […]

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The Daily CCO: Dodgers Very Much in the Mix for Russell Martin? And Other Cubs News and Rumors

The Cubs are very interested in signing Russell Martin and so are the Pirates. Even with paying the high price to acquire Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh is not out on Martin. But the Dodgers would like to have a reunion with Martin, who finished 13th in the voting for National League MVP. According to a report from […]

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The Daily CCO: A Russell Martin Update, Jake Arrieta Receives Cy Votes and Other Cubs News

Reports from the Sun-Times and ESPN Chicago pointed to a resolution, possibly by the end of the month, on whether or not Russell Martin will be signing with the Cubs. While the Sun-Times indicated the Cubs are inching closer to landing Russell Martin, there are at least four teams still in play for Martin, even […]

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The Daily CCO: Rumors Dominate the News During Day Two of the GM Meetings

Before reports hit the wire the Cubs were in talks with the Nationals for Jordan Zimmermann and working on a deal with Justin Masterson, rumors continued to swirl around the Chicago Cubs at the GM Meetings. Jed Hoyer provided an update Tuesday on Starlin Castro and according to a report from Patrick Mooney, Castro has […]

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