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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Nationals Reportedly Tell Teams Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister are Available

Jordan Zimmermann may be available after all … The Sun-Times reported last week the Cubs were in talks with the Nationals to acquire RHP Jordan Zimmermann. Gordon Wittenmyer said a trade was not imminent but there was enough interest from the Nationals that a deal was expected to be completed. The report was shot down […]

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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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Theo Epstein Shoots Down Predictions Cubs Could Sign Two Nine-Figure Starting Pitchers

With the payroll flexibility, the need for top of the rotation-type arms and Joe Maddon on board, predictions were made the Cubs would not only sign one, but two of the big name free agent pitchers this off-season. But that’s not the case, at least according to Theo Epstein. “It’s hard to acquire pitching. Period. […]

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Russell Martin, David Robertson, Max Scherzer, James Shields Among 12 Players Rejected Qualifying Offer

Monday afternoon (4:00pm CST) was the deadline for players to accept or decline the $15.3 million qualifying offer for the 2015 season and for the third straight off-season a qualifying offer was not accepted. All 12 players, including Russell Martin, David Robertson, Max Scherzer and James Shields, declined his previous team’s offer. Under the current […]

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The Daily CCO: Russell Martin to Reject Pirates Qualifying Offer and Other Cubs News and Rumors

Monday is the deadline for the 12 players to accept or reject the $15.3 qualifying offer for next season. The Cubs have been linked heavily to four of the 12 players: Russell Martin, Max Scherzer, David Robertson and James Shields. According to a report from Jon Heyman, as expected Russell Martin will officially reject the […]

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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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The Daily CCO: Tsuyoshi Wada Named to MLB All-Star Team, Coaching Staff Update and Other Cubs News

Rosters for the upcoming Japan Series (Nov. 11-20) were announced Friday and Cubs’ lefty Tsuyoshi Wada was named to the MLB All-Star team that will travel to Japan to play a five-game series against Japanese teams. John Farrell replaced Ron Washington as the manager of the Major League All-Star team that features Evan Longoria, Robinson […]

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The Daily CCO: Starlin Castro is Going to Be the Cubs Shortstop in 2015

Jed Hoyer reiterated Thursday what he and Theo Epstein have been saying since the Cubs’ season ended, Starlin Castro is the team’s starting shortstop in 2015. Buster Olney brought up Thursday how well the Cubs and Mets would match-up on a trade, swapping a shortstop for a pitcher, despite multiple reports from Cubs and Mets […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Would Surrender Second Round Pick for Right Free Agent Fit

The Cubs are in position to sign multiple free agents this winter and have been linked to all of the big names from Jon Lester to Max Scherzer to Russell Martin to David Robertson. But despite reports that have the Cubs signing both Lester and Scherzer to mega deals, the Cubs are not going to […]

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