Joe Maddon Talked Life, Baseball and the Cubs on MLB Network Radio

Joe Maddon was on Inside Pitch (MLB Network Radio) with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden during last Thursday’s media day. Maddon was a regular on the show for a number of years and it was always a pleasure listening to Maddon talk baseball on a weekly basis. Thursday was his first time on with Stern […]

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Phillies Reportedly Looking for Minimum of Three Top Prospects for Cole Hamels

The Phillies asking price for Cole Hamels might be more than the Cubs are willing to pay. According to a report from CSN Philly, the Phillies are “looking for at least three top prospects” in return for Cole Hamels, “two that can play right now and another that isn’t far away.” Jim Salisbury reported the […]

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Cubs Planning a Productive Week at the GM Meetings

The front office’s plans for the winter season took an unexpected detour that enabled them to hire Joe Maddon to call the shots in the dugout. Once Maddon’s coaching staff is set, the front office should be able to focus a majority of its attention to filling holes on the roster. The Cubs have already […]

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Cubs Not Looking to Exchange Bats for Arms Does Not Bode Well for a Cole Hamels Deal

It’s no secret. The Cubs are looking to upgrade the starting rotation. And one option the front office has explored is acquiring Cole Hamels from the Phillies. But do the two teams match up on a trade? The front office has the impact talent and depth in the system to pull the trigger on any […]

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The Daily CCO: Tsuyoshi Wada Named to MLB All-Star Team, Coaching Staff Update and Other Cubs News

Rosters for the upcoming Japan Series (Nov. 11-20) were announced Friday and Cubs’ lefty Tsuyoshi Wada was named to the MLB All-Star team that will travel to Japan to play a five-game series against Japanese teams. John Farrell replaced Ron Washington as the manager of the Major League All-Star team that features Evan Longoria, Robinson […]

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Cubs Have Sights Set on Russell Martin

The Cubs created more buzz Friday without saying a word. After an earlier report indicated the Cubs brass had a meeting scheduled with Russell Martin and his agents next week, Bruce Levine broke the news Friday morning the Cubs met with Martin and his agents Thursday. Martin is now the Cubs top priority. And he […]

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Second-Tier Pitching Options for the Cubs

By all accounts, Jon Lester is at the top of the Cubs list and is the front office’s primary pitching target of the off-season. James Shields has been mentioned as a fallback option in case the front office can’t land Lester. The Cubs are reportedly interested in Max Scherzer as well. And Cole Hamels is […]

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Report: Cubs Met with Russell Martin

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs met with Russell Martin and his representatives Thursday. Levine reported Wednesday the front office was scheduled to meet with Martin next week, presumably at the General Managers meetings. The Cubs appear to be very interested in Russell Martin and are targeting him as Jon Heyman said. […]

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The Daily CCO: Starlin Castro is Going to Be the Cubs Shortstop in 2015

Jed Hoyer reiterated Thursday what he and Theo Epstein have been saying since the Cubs’ season ended, Starlin Castro is the team’s starting shortstop in 2015. Buster Olney brought up Thursday how well the Cubs and Mets would match-up on a trade, swapping a shortstop for a pitcher, despite multiple reports from Cubs and Mets […]

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Major Changes Not Expected to Cubs Coaching Staff

With Joe Maddon in the fold, the coaching staff is a top priority for the Cubs’ new skipper and front office. The coaching staff was in place before Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer decided to switch gears and replace Rick Renteria with Joe Maddon. Brandon Hyde (bench coach), Chris Bosio (pitching coach), Lester Strode (assistant […]

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