The Daily CCO: Phillies Unlikely to Trade Cole Hamels and Cubs News and Notes

The Phillies have been listening to offers for Cole Hamels since at least last summer when the Cubs claimed him off waivers. But teams are not stepping up to pay the high price for Hamels and Ruben Amaro Jr. said Tuesday he doesn’t foresee trading his southpaw. According to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer […]

From the Wire: Cubs Agree to Terms on a One-Year Contract with OF Chris Denorfia

According to reports from Ken Rosenthal and John Baker, the Cubs have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran outfielder Chris Denorfia. The deal is pending a physical and it is a Major League contract according to Jon Heyman. The Cubs have not announced coming to terms with Chris Denorfia. The amount of […]

The Daily CCO: Jonny Gomes Remains a Possibility for the Cubs, Nick Swisher Too?

It’s no secret the Cubs are working on improving the depth in the outfield. That is one area Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would like to address before the start of the season. Jonny Gomes has been viewed as one possible option for the Cubs all off-season, and bringing in Joe Maddon furthered the speculation […]

Cubs Not Alone in Pursuit of Depth in the Outfield

After the additions of Jon Lester and David Ross to the roster, the front office was supposed to shift its focus to adding depth to the outfield. Theo Epstein said, “Outfield is probably one area where we’re most focused if we were going to add a significant or semi-significant piece the rest of the way. […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs News and Notes While Waiting for the Front Office’s Next Move

Saturday came and went with no movement on the Welington Castillo front or an acknowledgement from the team that David Ross had agreed to a two-year contract. Speculation continued as to where the Cubs could trade Castillo and what he might bring in return. The Cubs have a full 40-man roster with Ross’ contract pending. […]

The Daily CCO: Extension Talks with Jake Arrieta Still a Possibility this Off-Season

Jake Arrieta is coming off a career-year. Arrieta emerged as the top starter on the Cubs staff and posted a 10-5 record in 25 starts with a 2.53 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 2.26 FIP. Arrieta struck out 167 batters with 41 walks in 156 2/3 innings. Arrieta has been very good with the Cubs under […]

Cubs Turn Focus to Outfield, Could Make Multiple Moves

The front office is obviously not done with the big league roster even with the recent additions of Jon Lester, Jason Hammel, Miguel Montero and Jason Motte. The Cubs are believed to be looking for another starting pitcher, likely a low-risk, one-year deal to give Joe Maddon more options going into Spring Training. And the Cubs […]

Adding to the Outfield Still a Possibility for the Cubs, Colby Rasmus Not in the Mix

Theo Epstein said Monday after the Jon Lester press conference the Cubs could still add an outfielder to the roster, but according to multiple reports it won’t be Colby Rasmus. Shi Davidi reported Sunday that the Cubs met with free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus. The Cubs are looking for help in the outfield and would […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs Still Have Work to Do and Holes in the Roster to Fill

The Cubs had a very good week in San Diego but are far from finished with the roster. Jed Hoyer told the beat writers the Cubs are in the fourth or fifth inning of the off-season. Hoyer said, “We still have a lot of work to do. This is a busy week. We leave here […]

The Daily CCO: Cubs are Sticking to The Plan and Other News and Rumors

Theo Epstein met with the beat writers Wednesday afternoon in San Diego and shot down several internet reports about the Cubs pursuing a “big bat” and another top of the rotation-type starter on the free agent market, like James Shields. Epstein did not address signing Jon Lester but he did say the Cubs would not […]