Rakuten Golden Eagles Trying to Persuade Masahiro Tanaka to Stay in Japan

Masahiro Tanaka wants to pitch in the majors next season and would like for his team to post him this winter. But the Rakuten Golden Eagles do not want to see their star pitcher leave and are reportedly offering him a significant pay increase to stay in Japan. A report from Japan on Wednesday night […]

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Winter Meetings Day Three: The Cubs Are Not Just Hanging Out in Orlando

2013 Winter Meetings – Day Three The Cubs continued laying the groundwork for future trades and possible free agent signings on Wednesday. Theo Epstein indicated the team has offers out to free agent starters and relievers plus a trade on the table for a position player. Theo Epstein addressed the Cubs lack of activity at […]

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The Rumors Continue and Other Cubs News and Notes

Now that the Cubs have hired a majority of Rick Renteria’s coaching staff, the front office’s attention should turn to the big league roster. With the Winter Meetings in Orlando just over two weeks away, the rumors surrounding the Cubs will increase. The Cubs are believed to be listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija while […]

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Cubs Looking for a Southpaw and Other News, Notes and Rumors

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been upfront about their desire to add pitching to the roster this winter. The Cubs are thought to be looking at starters Scott Baker, Josh Johnson and Phil Hughes while trying to improve the bullpen in the process. The Cubs are reportedly in the market to add a lefty […]

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Kris Bryant Wins AFL MVP and Cubs Continue to Explore Options

Weekend Update The Arizona Fall League wrapped up the 2013 season on Saturday with Mesa losing 2-0 to Surprise in the Championship game. But before the contest, Kris Bryant received the Joe Black Award for the Most Valuable Player in the Arizona Fall League. Bryant was impressive during the fall league and created quite the […]

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Samardzija Rumors Heating Up and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Cubs’ front office spent a majority of the week in Orlando laying groundwork on possible trades and free agent signings. With the GM Meetings in the rearview mirror, the front office has roster decisions to make in the very near future. Wednesday (Nov. 20) is the deadline for teams to file their reserve lists […]

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Rambling about the Cubs While Having No Idea …

This headline comes as no surprise to the regular “Ramblings” readers, but it fits in with what I know about the Cubs right now, and most likely what everyone really knows … or doesn’t. The General Managers meetings took place this week in Orlando, the Cubs held their “Season-Ticket Holder” presentations last week, and the […]

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Are the Cubs Interested in Jacoby Ellsbury? And Other News and Rumors

The biggest Cubs’ rumor to come out of Orlando on the final day of the GM Meetings on Wednesday was courtesy of Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. Feinsand reported the market on Jacoby Ellsbury looks thin and his source indicated “the Cubs are stealthily waiting in the wings.” While Feinsand is hearing […]

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Kurt Suzuki Reportedly on the Cubs Radar

As expected, Kurt Suzuki is on the Cubs’ radar as a possible backup to Welington Castillo according to a report from Comcast SportsNet. The Cubs are looking to add a catcher or two this off-season and while they have been connected to Brian McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, neither big money free agents fit into the […]

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