The Daily CCO: Rumors, Rumors, Rumors and Cubs News and Notes

With two weeks to go before the start of the Winter Meetings, rumors continue to dominate baseball’s landscape. Teams continue to talk to agents and other clubs trying to improve their respective rosters. One huge free agent agreed to terms late Sunday. Hanley Ramirez and the Red Sox are expected to finalize a five-year, $90 […]

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The Daily CCO: Backup Options for the Outfield, Updating Lester and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Not only are the Cubs waiting on Jon Lester, but the front office has roster decisions to make while looking for backup options in the outfield. Thursday is the deadline (10:59pm CST) for teams to file their reserve rosters at the Major League and minor league levels to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft. […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Waiting on Lester, Red Sox Make an Offer? And Other News and Rumors

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and company reportedly met with Jon Lester on Tuesday and made their pitch to the southpaw that checks all of the front office’s boxes. The Cubs’ primary focus right now is Jon Lester. But he’s also the top priority for the Red Sox with the Braves and Cardinals very interested in […]

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The Daily CCO: Dodgers Very Much in the Mix for Russell Martin? And Other Cubs News and Rumors

The Cubs are very interested in signing Russell Martin and so are the Pirates. Even with paying the high price to acquire Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh is not out on Martin. But the Dodgers would like to have a reunion with Martin, who finished 13th in the voting for National League MVP. According to a report from […]

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Cubs Reportedly Expressed Preliminary Interest in Torii Hunter

The Cubs search for a veteran outfielder this winter has reportedly led them to Torii Hunter. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are one of seven teams that “have expressed preliminary interest” in Torii Hunter. Rosenthal reported the Tigers are Hunter’s first choice of the group that also includes the Twins, Royals, Rangers, Giants and […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Centered on Catching and Starting Pitching Upgrades

The silly season kicks into full gear throughout the league Monday when the GM Meetings begin at the Arizona Biltmore, which is less than 30 minutes from Cubs Park in Mesa. The Tribune reported the Cubs are “aligned financially to land two marquee free agents” and the front office has another recruiting tool with Joe […]

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Cubs Reportedly Had Internal Discussions about Michael Morse and Jonny Gomes

The front office is exploring ways to add veteran leadership to the roster with players that not only fill a need for the team but are willing to help with the development of young players. “We acknowledge the need for veterans,” Theo Epstein said last month. “Guys that have been around the league that know […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Being Linked to Free Agent Possibilities

Happy Halloween The cone of silence could be lifted Friday and the Cubs could announce Joe Maddon has been hired. Even if the hiring is made official, it is believed a press conference to introduce Maddon would not take place until next week, Monday at the earliest. Before the front office decided to engage with Joe […]

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Cubs Position Analysis – Left Field

Junior Lake was set to be the first in a wave of exciting Cubs prospects to ascend to the majors and rebuild the team from scratch after a strong first half season in 2013. However, by the end of this season, Lake’s struggles gave way to the re-emergence of a former rookie of the year […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Plan Patience as Focus Shifts to Competing in 2015

The Cubs have shifted its focus from a purely talent acquisition mode to a team that the front office feels is ready to compete next season while continuing the development of the young players at the Major League level. “We are going to compete while we develop young players. We are not going to go […]

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