Winter Meetings 2008: Dealing with a Deadline

Thursday is the final day of the Winter Meetings and Kevin Towers told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he “should know Thursday whether the much-discussed terms are finally set” in the Jake Peavy discussions. Towers and Jim Hendry met for an hour and a half on Wednesday night according to Bruce Levine and the Union-Tribune […]

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Winter Meetings 2008: Day Three….Will DeRo Stay, or Will DeRo Go?

Are the Cubs about to make a deal for either an outfielder or for Jake Peavy? Reports continued to surface throughout the day that the Cubs were close to landing Jake Peavy. Then one minute Mark DeRosa was in the possible “mega-trade” then the next he is not…by the way, one definition of the word […]

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Winter Meetings 2008: Cubs Waiting to Pull the Trigger?

Are there any truths buried in all of the rumors coming from the Bellagio in Las Vegas? The second day of the Winter Meetings were filled with more of the same for the Chicago Cubs….a lot of talk and speculation. According to the Tribune, Jim Hendry spoke with “representatives of three of four free agents” […]

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Winter Meetings 2008: Are the Cubs Close on Peavy?

Monday night in Las Vegas was more and more talk…with no action, at least on the Cubs front. Is it just the hype of the Winter Meetings, or will something soon transpire? The Cubs appear to be on the verge of landing Jake Peavy, but at what cost? And could the Phillies be the third […]

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Winter Meetings 2008: Afternoon Updates from Day One

Day one from the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas was more about what could happen…than what did. Ron Santo not being elected into the Hall of Fame and Greg Maddux officially announcing his retirement dominated the daytime headlines from the Bellagio. The Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday but according to Sam Zell, […]

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Tumbling Dice: Hendry Heading West for a Lefty and Jake Peavy?

Over the next few days the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas will become the Center of the Baseball Universe. The lobby, bars and restaurants of the luxury hotel will be turned into meeting rooms as clubs attempt to make improvements for next season….and in many cases, beyond. Jim Hendry reportedly has several areas he would […]

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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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