Winter Meetings 2008: Day Four….Hendry Has Left the Building

The final day of the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas was dominated by the news that the Cubs pulled out of the talks for Jake Peavy. Kevin Towers reportedly wanted a ‘Herschel Walker‘ type deal with the Cubs parting with six or seven players in order to give the Padres what they feel Jake Peavy […]

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The Sale, The Payroll and Trader Jim

As the Cubs’ brass made their way to Las Vegas on Saturday, the most important news for the Chicago Cubs of the off-season hit the wire late on Friday night. According to multiple reports the sale of the Chicago Cubs is expected to be completed by Spring Training. It has been business as usual for […]

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Questions and Rumors Surrounding the Cubs

As the Winter Meetings approach, the Cubs appear focused on acquiring a left-handed bat for right field before trading for Jake Peavy. All indications are that the Cubs and Padres continue to discuss Peavy but until the new ownership is in place there is simply not enough remaining in the budget to add the former […]

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Moving Marquis and Other Rumblings

Did the trade of Javier Vazquez by the White Sox provide a market for Jason Marquis? Many feel Jim Hendry must move Jason Marquis and the $9.875 million he is owed for next season in order to clear space in the budget to add Jake Peavy and his contract to the Cubs rotation. Marquis would […]

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How will the Cubs ‘Shuffle the Deck’?

As the Winter Meetings approach most of baseball, with the exception of Will Carroll, is following the latest from the rumor mill. Some of the experts think next week in Las Vegas will be full of trades and signings while others feel the meetings could be an extension of what the off-season has already been […]

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Strange Days Indeed….A Most Peculiar Start to the Off-Season

For the Faithful that are young enough to remember John Lennon’s work after the Beatles, the title might make a little more sense. The final month of 2008 began with the unexpected announcement on Monday night that the Cubs did not offer arbitration to Kerry Wood. Reportedly Bobby Howry and Daryle Ward’s days as Cubs […]

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Arbitration, Ownership and Rumors

Monday marks the beginning of what could be a very busy two-week stretch for the Chicago Cubs. First up are two important deadlines. Monday is the last day teams can offer salary arbitration to their own free agents in order to be eligible for draft pick compensation. The Cubs are expected to offer Kerry Wood, […]

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All Quiet on the North Side…For Now

As the conclusion of the long Holiday weekend approaches, all of baseball has begun focusing their attention on Monday’s arbitration deadline and the Winter Meetings that begin in nine days in Las Vegas. On the Cubs front, the next two weeks should be anything but slow and boring. From Kerry Wood to Bobby Howry to […]

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Shopping on Black Friday?

Baseball’s off-season has been rather quiet to this point. A deal here and there but clearly more rumors on what could happen than actual activity. The report from Yahoo Sports by Tim Brown indicated the Cubs and Padres might have found the third team they have been looking for to help complete the deal for […]

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A Little Turkey and Peavy with a Side of Rumors

Happy Thanksgiving from the CCO…. The next twenty-four hours figure to be rather quiet throughout baseball but as the weekend comes to a close teams should start preparing for a busy start of the last month of the year. For the Cubs not only is Monday the deadline to offer arbitration to Kerry Wood and […]

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