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 […]

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, […]

Third Team Found for Peavy Deal?

According to a report from the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles could be the third team involved in the would-be deal that would allow the Cubs to acquire Jake Peavy. The Baltimore Sun reported their sources have indicated the Cubs would send Felix Pie to the Orioles for left-handed starter Garrett Olson. Olson would be sent […]

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 […]

Royals Focused on Marshall and Fontenot?

In recent weeks the name of Mark Teahen has become more and more prevalent in the Cubs’ rumor mill. The Cubs have publicly stated their desire to add speed and athleticism to a lineup that their manager says is too right-handed. The Cubs appear interested in Mark Teahen, but at what cost? Phil Rogers mentioned […]

And the Winners Are….The CCO Prediction Contests

Before last season the CCO ran a series of four contests for the Faithful to make a few predictions on the upcoming year, as well as when a certain switch-hitting hitting infielder from the state of Maryland would be traded to the North Side of Chicago. While that deal did not happen last season, the […]

Is Jim Hendry Exploring the ‘Right’ Options? More from the Cubs Rumor Mill

Several reports since the end of the season stated one of Jim Hendry’s biggest off-season goals was to resign Ryan Dempster….and on Tuesday, the Cubs’ General Manager was able to scratch Dempster off his ‘to do list‘. The Cubs and Ryan Dempster agreed to a 4-year deal that could end up paying the Cubs’ best […]

Braves Near Deal for Peavy?

With just over 24 hours before free agency begins, the Padres and Braves are near a deal for Jake Peavy according to a report from Scott Miller on Miller’s report late Wednesday night stated “the Braves are offering a four-player package of players and San Diego is expected to request that Peavy waive his […]

Peavy and Prospects on the Brain

Another day and more rumors…. The Cubs are focused on acquiring Jake Peavy according to multiple reports and some are beginning to think if Jim Hendry fails to land Peavy, not only would he have lost out on one of his targets of the off-season but his pursuit of Peavy could end up costing the […]

Half of Hendry’s Plan-B Traded

Happy Veterans Day and ‘thank you‘ for everything you’ve done for this country… With less than three full days remaining before free agency begins, two trades were made on Monday and took a little of the limelight away from Geovany Soto and Evan Langoria. The A’s appear to have landed one of the big names […]