Resetting the Cubs Off-Season in the New Year

While Jeff Samardzija and Masahiro Tanaka garnered most of the attention throughout the holidays, the Cubs have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting on Feb. 13. The team has eight arbitration eligible players without a contract for next season.  Teams were showing interest in […]

The Daily Tanaka and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Weekend Update It is the final Sunday of the year, 2014 is just around the corner. MLB teams will get back to work this week and it could be rather busy end of the year. The talk and focus around the game continues to be Masahiro Tanaka and where he will end up pitching in […]

Tanaka Posts, Samardzija Wants to Stay with the Cubs and Other News and Rumors

The Rakuten Golden Eagles announced on Tuesday night they will grant Masahiro Tanaka’s request and allow him to jump to the majors next season. Rakuten formally posted Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday (Thursday in Japan) and the bidding is expected to begin very soon. Rakuten applied the maximum release fee, $20 million, to Tanaka. Under the […]

Report: Cubs Express Interest in RHP Jesse Crain

The Cubs may be looking to add another pitcher or two to their bullpen this winter. The Cubs announced the signing of LHP Wesley Wright and have reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract with RHP Jose Veras. The deal with Veras is pending a physical and the Cubs have not announced the signing […]

Braves Appear Out of the Running for Jeff Samardzija and Other Cubs News and Rumors

According to reports from David O’Brien and Mark Bowman, the Braves are no longer interested in trading for Jeff Samardzija. Both David O’Brien and Mark Bowman reported the Cubs’ asking price forced Frank Wren to look into different options to add starting pitching to his roster. Bowman indicated the Braves interest in Samardzija “died more […]

From the Files of Cubs Rumors

The countdown to Lake Buena Vista has begun … and the rumors and activity throughout baseball picked up after the long holiday weekend. The Cubs continue to be linked to the same players, with a few exceptions. Jesse Crain joined the list of relievers the Cubs are looking at this winter. Brandon Webb, Jeff Francis, […]