Maddon’s Lineup Could Be a Daily Question for the Cubs

One of the many questions Joe Maddon will be answering on a daily basis is about his lineup. And those that paid attention to his lineups in Tampa know the only constant with his batting order is change. Maddon mixes it up trying to find the right combinations while running players in and out in […]


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Cole Hamels Update: Phillies are Waiting for a Team to Blink

Last week Ruben Amaro Jr. told Jim Salisbury that four teams have made real trade offers for Cole Hamels. Amaro Jr. did not provide details, which teams he was referring to or the identity of the four other teams that has kicked the tires on Hamels at some point this winter. It is unclear if Ruben […]


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Theo Epstein Ranked 16th Best General Manager in Baseball History

Mark Armour and Dan Levitt began the countdown last month of the 25 best general managers in baseball history in advance of the release of their book, In Pursuit of Pennants – Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball. The role of General Manager in baseball was created around 1920. Before that time, owners or managers […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs Check In at No. 13 in ESPN’s Pre-Spring Training Power Rankings

Countdown to Pitchers and Catchers Reporting to Mesa: 7 days The Cubs spent the off-season in the headlines. From the hiring to Joe Maddon to the signings of Jon Lester and Jason Hammel to trading for Miguel Montero and Dexter Fowler and the numerous other moves, the front office made significant changes to the big […]


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Asking Price for Cole Hamels Has Not Changed, Could Start Season with Phillies

The Phillies reportedly lost the team that had shown the most interest of late in trading for Cole Hamels when the Padres agreed to terms with James Shields late Sunday night. Padres’ GM A.J. Preller was determined to add a top of the rotation starter to his roster and did with Shields. And the consensus Monday […]


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The Week that Was in Cubs Headlines

It was a rather busy first week of February for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs added a pitcher to the roster while designating another for assignment. Pedro Strop settled with the Cubs and avoided arbitration while reports suggested the Cubs added a veteran lefty reliever on a minor league deal. The Welington Castillo and Travis […]


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James Shields Remains Unemployed as Pitchers and Catchers Prepare to Report

James Shields is still available and it’s not looking like he will receive the five-year, $110-plus million contract he was reportedly seeking earlier in the off-season. Multiple reports suggested in the fall that Shields was one of the back-up options for the Cubs in the event Jon Lester signed elsewhere. As the winter progressed Shields […]


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The Daily CCO: Trade to the Cubs Put a Huge Smile on Dexter Fowler’s Face

The front office added the top of the order bat that was missing from the Cubs roster with Monday’s trade with the Astros for Dexter Fowler. While Jed Hoyer said it was up to Joe Maddon as to where in the lineup Fowler will hit, the veteran outfielder grinds out at bats and has gotten […]


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Cubs Will Reportedly Focus on Trading Welington Castillo and Possibly Travis Wood

The front office may be done with the heavy lifting this off-season but may not be done tweaking the roster with less than a month before pitchers and catchers report to Mesa. The Cubs pulled off the deal with the Astros Monday for Dexter Fowler and checked another area off the off-season wish list. While […]


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Kris Bryant Plans on Making it Hard on the Cubs Not to Be Included on Opening Day Roster

The ‘Will Kris Bryant be on the Opening Day roster?’ questions have only begun. While the front office and Joe Maddon were asked countless times during the convention where the Cubs’ top prospect will start the upcoming season, the Kris Bryant Watch doesn’t officially start for another five weeks. Before the Cubs traded Luis Valbuena […]


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