Is Justin Masterson Still on the Cubs Radar?

Multiple reports Wednesday indicated the Cubs are still in the market to add starting pitching to the roster even with Jon Lester now in the fold. The Cubs could be exploring another short-term commitment, like the deal that brought Jason Hammel back to the North Side of Chicago. A top Cubs’ executive told Paul Sullivan […]

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Front Office is Not Done Shaping the Cubs Roster

The front office landed the Cubs top off-season target Tuesday when Jon Lester agreed to terms on a six-year, $155 million contract. And signing Jon Lester appears to be just the beginning of what could be a series of roster moves. Ken Rosenthal reported earlier in the week that if the Cubs were able to […]

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Winter Meetings 2014: Cubs Have Work to Do in San Diego

Baseball’s Winter Meetings are underway in San Diego and run through Thursday (Dec. 7-11). It is expected to be a rather busy week at the annual gathering throughout the game. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are expecting a lot of activity this week, but not necessarily with the Cubs. The front office has a list […]

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Cubs Weekend Headlines: News, Notes and Rumors from the Thanksgiving Holiday

It was a long, and rather busy holiday weekend for the Chicago Cubs. The biggest news was the Cubs putting together contingency plans in case the bleachers are not ready for Opening Night against the Cardinals. And the best news came from the Dominican Republic in that Pedro Strop required only five stitches to close […]

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The Daily CCO: Dave Martinez Inching Closer to a Job on Maddon’s Staff? And Other Cubs News and Rumors

Jed Hoyer said Wednesday he and Theo Epstein planned to talk to Joe Maddon about Dave Martinez joining the Cubs coaching staff. Martinez resigned his position with the Rays after being passed over for Tampa’s managerial opening. According to Marc Topkin, the Cubs asked for and received permission from the Rays to talk to Dave […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Have Areas the Front Office is Trying to Improve

The front office’s off-season plans appear to be on hold as the Cubs wait on a certain free-agent southpaw to decide where he wants to spend the next six or seven years. But that’s not the case. Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein have certain free agents and trade targets in mind that are not dependent […]

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The Daily CCO: A Full Plate of Updates on Jon Lester, Cole Hamels and Max Scherzer

Happy Thanksgiving Jon Lester is still going through the free agent process. Rob Bradford reported Wednesday night that a source does not see Lester signing with a team anytime soon. Lester has meetings scheduled with the Cardinals and Giants after the holiday. Nick Cafardo shot down internet reports the Red Sox increased their offer to […]

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The Daily CCO: The Jon Lester Watch Continues and Cubs News and Rumors

Jon Lester’s free agent tour continued Thursday with a stop in Atlanta and a meeting with the Braves. According to report from David O’Brien, Jon Lester had lunch met with the Braves’ brass. Atlanta looked into trading for Lester at the deadline last July and scouted him extensively according to Gordon Edes before he was […]

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The Daily CCO: Jon Lester Scheduled to Meet with the Cubs and Other News and Rumors

The Cubs will reportedly meet with Jon Lester a day after being outbid on one of the team’s off-season targets. According to a report from WEEI, Lester has a meeting scheduled for Tuesday in Chicago. The Cubs’ brass will roll out the red carpet and tell the southpaw why he should sign and front the […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Say Acquiring Tommy La Stella is Not a Precursor to Another Trade

The Cubs announced a rather surprising trade Sunday afternoon. The Cubs acquired INF Tommy La Stella from the Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino. The Cubs also sent three International bonus slots to the Braves. Slot No. 2 ($458,000), slot No. 3 ($309,300) and slot No. 4 (206,700). The Cubs received the Braves No. 4 slot […]

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