Report: Cubs Telling Teams Starlin Castro is Not Available

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been consistent since last July when the front office acquired Addison Russell from Oakland that Starlin Castro was the Cubs shortstop moving forward. The front office expects Starlin Castro to be at shortstop with the Cubs take on the Cardinals on Opening Night. And according to Jon Heyman, the […]

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Ryan Dempster Signs with the Cubs, Retires and Joins Front Office as Special Assistant

The Cubs announced Friday that RHP Ryan Dempster had re-signed with the team so he could retire as a member of the Cubs organization. Ryan Dempster officially announced his retirement from the game and was hired to be a special assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Ryan Dempster joins former teammates Ted Lilly and […]

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The Daily CCO: The Calm Before the Winter Meetings and Cubs News and Rumors

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Joe Maddon and the Cubs brass will make their way to San Diego for Baseball’s Winter Meetings (Dec. 8 – Dec. 11) and spend five days trying to improve the roster. With the coaching decisions out of the way, the front office’s focus should be on player personnel while waiting for […]

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The Daily CCO: Gearing Up for a Busy Two Weeks

If November was any indication, it is going to be a very busy two weeks and an interesting last month of the year around Major League Baseball. Jed Hoyer pointed to the week after Thanksgiving and the first two weeks of December being the busiest free agent and trade time of the year. Hoyer is […]

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Cubs Weekend Headlines: News, Notes and Rumors from the Thanksgiving Holiday

It was a long, and rather busy holiday weekend for the Chicago Cubs. The biggest news was the Cubs putting together contingency plans in case the bleachers are not ready for Opening Night against the Cardinals. And the best news came from the Dominican Republic in that Pedro Strop required only five stitches to close […]

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Jon Lester Update: Cubs Reportedly Very Serious, Braves Out of the Mix?

Jon Lester has met with the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves. He reportedly does not have a sit down scheduled with the Cardinals, but he is expected to listen to the Giants’ proposal in the coming week. Lester has received an initial offer from the Red Sox in the $110-120 million range for six years […]

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The Daily CCO: Dave Martinez Inching Closer to a Job on Maddon’s Staff? And Other Cubs News and Rumors

Jed Hoyer said Wednesday he and Theo Epstein planned to talk to Joe Maddon about Dave Martinez joining the Cubs coaching staff. Martinez resigned his position with the Rays after being passed over for Tampa’s managerial opening. According to Marc Topkin, the Cubs asked for and received permission from the Rays to talk to Dave […]

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Versatility to Possibly Play a Bigger Role for the Cubs

The front office is working on ways to improve the big league roster. The Cubs have a list of free agents and possible trade targets Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer think will help certain areas of the team the front office feels should be addressed this winter. In an interview Saturday on Inside the Clubhouse […]

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The Daily CCO: Multiple Factors Have an Impact on the Free Agent Process and Other Cubs News

The Cubs are going through the free agent process with several players. The front office met with one player before he signed with another team and are heavily in the mix for Jon Lester. Jed Hoyer discussed the factors that can have an impact on where a free agent signs during his weekly spot on […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Have Areas the Front Office is Trying to Improve

The front office’s off-season plans appear to be on hold as the Cubs wait on a certain free-agent southpaw to decide where he wants to spend the next six or seven years. But that’s not the case. Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein have certain free agents and trade targets in mind that are not dependent […]

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