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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Updating Samardzija, Tanaka, the Posting System and Other Cubs News and Notes

After a rather busy weekend, the Jeff Samardzija rumors quieted down on Monday. Jed Hoyer reiterated the team’s desire to sign Samardzija to a contract extension, and he explained the team is staying in contact with Samardzija and his agents. At least six teams (Nationals, Orioles, Pirates, Rockies, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays) have contacted the […]

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The Rumors Continue and Other Cubs News and Notes

Now that the Cubs have hired a majority of Rick Renteria’s coaching staff, the front office’s attention should turn to the big league roster. With the Winter Meetings in Orlando just over two weeks away, the rumors surrounding the Cubs will increase. The Cubs are believed to be listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija while […]

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Cubs Looking for a Southpaw and Other News, Notes and Rumors

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been upfront about their desire to add pitching to the roster this winter. The Cubs are thought to be looking at starters Scott Baker, Josh Johnson and Phil Hughes while trying to improve the bullpen in the process. The Cubs are reportedly in the market to add a lefty […]

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Kurt Suzuki Reportedly on the Cubs Radar

As expected, Kurt Suzuki is on the Cubs’ radar as a possible backup to Welington Castillo according to a report from Comcast SportsNet. The Cubs are looking to add a catcher or two this off-season and while they have been connected to Brian McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, neither big money free agents fit into the […]

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Reports Pointing Toward Rick Renteria Being the Cubs Next Skipper

If the timeframe reported on Monday night was correct, the Cubs’ front office should find out at some point on Wednesday if Boston will grant them permission to interview Torey Lovullo for their managerial opening. The decision made by the Red Sox ownership to deny Lovullo a shot at a big league skipper’s job raised […]

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Cubs Listening on Samardzija? Looking to Extend Wood? And Other News and Notes

Two more of the Cubs’ off-season storylines have surfaced, even without a manager or a coaching staff in place. And both involve pitchers that were in the Cubs’ rotation a year ago. According to a report from Buster Olney, the Cubs and Diamondbacks will continue talking about a trade that would send Jeff Samardzija to […]

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Baseball’s Other Season is Underway and Other Cubs News and Notes

Baseball’s off-season officially began as soon as the Series ended Wednesday night in Boston. The Cubs cleared three spots on their 40-man roster when Dioner Navarro, Scott Baker, Kevin Gregg and Matt Guerrier were allowed to hit the free agent market, as expected. The Cubs reportedly would like to bring back Scott Baker and Dioner […]

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Can’t Skip Over the Cubs Manager News and Other Notes

The Major League Baseball season will come to an end this week and once the last out of the Series is recorded the off-season officially begins and all 30 teams will start preparing for next season … and beyond. The Cubs’ front office will continue to focus on finding a new manager while addressing the […]

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Early Off-Season Storylines for the Chicago Cubs

The Cubs’ managerial search continued on Monday when Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer reportedly interviewed Rick Renteria in San Diego. Renteria is the third candidate known to have interviewed for the Cubs’ job. Epstein and Hoyer are expected to speak with Dave Martinez this week in Chicago about the skipper’s job after receiving permission from […]

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