The Daily CCO: Phillies Unlikely to Trade Cole Hamels and Cubs News and Notes

The Phillies have been listening to offers for Cole Hamels since at least last summer when the Cubs claimed him off waivers. But teams are not stepping up to pay the high price for Hamels and Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday he doesn’t foresee trading his southpaw. According to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer […]


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Cubs Reportedly Sign RHP Daniel Bard and LHP Francisley Bueno to Minor League Contracts

Updated 1:17pm CST, Jan. 18 – Jason McLeod confirmed Sunday morning the Cubs signed RHP Daniel Bard to a minor league contract. According to a report from Hardball Talk citing Mike Perchick as its source, the Cubs signed RHP Daniel Bard to a minor league contract. The deal includes a non-roster invitation to big league camp. […]


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The Daily CCO: Starlin Castro, Javier Baez and Other News, Notes and Rumors from the Cubs Convention

Starlin Castro addressed the two incidents in the Dominican Republic with the beat writers Friday and admitted he “was in the wrong situation at the wrong time.” Starlin Castro is living in Arizona now, preparing for Spring Training, but he could make a permanent move to Arizona and out of the Dominican Republic. Castro is […]


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Cubs and Jeff Samardzija Continue to Talk and Other News and Notes

While the Cubs appear to have added two pitchers to the mix Friday, a date was set for an arbitration hearing with Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs and Samardzija remain far apart on a long-term extension and have not been able to agree on financial terms yet on a contract for the upcoming season. According to […]


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Baseball’s Hot Stove is Heating Up and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Winter Meetings are less than a week away and Monday was a good preview of what is expected to be a busy three days in Orlando throughout the game. There was more player movement on Monday and teams decided to part ways with several players prior to Monday’s deadline to tender contracts for the […]


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Cubs Tender Contracts to Seven Players and Non-Tender Bard, Gamel and Lim

The Cubs tendered contracts to seven of the 11 arbitration eligible players prior to Monday’s deadline, and avoided arbitration with both George Kottaras and Donnie Murphy. The Cubs did not offer contracts to RHP Daniel Bard, IF/OF Mat Gamel and RHP Chang-Yong Lim. With Monday’s roster moves, the 40-man roster currently stands at 37 players.


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From the Wire … Cubs Avoid Arbitration with George Kottaras, Sign to One-Year Contract

According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Cubs signed George Kottaras to a one-year, $1.075 million contract for the 2014 season. The Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to the one-year deal with Kottaras. The one-year contract reportedly includes an incentives package. With Kottaras signed for next season, the Cubs have 10 players on the […]


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Time for the Cubs to Offer a Little Contract Tender-ness

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have roster decisions to make over the next 24 hours prior to Monday’s tender deadline. With the addition of George Kottaras, the Cubs now have a full 40-man roster and 11 players that are arbitration eligible for next season. With the recent report of the Cubs not willing to give […]


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Cubs Could Wait to Deal Samardzija Until Later in the Off-Season and Other News and Notes

The Jeff Samardzija rumors went into a different direction on Friday. Reports earlier in the week remained consistent that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were listening to offers for Samardzija. A report on Wednesday then indicated the Cubs were shopping Samardzija with at least eight teams in the mix. Nick Cafardo confirmed the Cubs’ statements […]


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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 11/18/13

Arizona Fall League MVP Kris Bryant and the Mesa Solar Sox could not seal the deal as they lost in the championship on Saturday. Meanwhile, winter baseball is heating up as reliever Marcus Hatley is on a roll in Mexico and Junior Lake remains hot in the Dominican Republic. The Cubs also added two more […]


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