The Samardzija Rumors Continue and Other Cubs News and Notes

Weekend Update After a rather quiet holiday weekend, the Cubs figure to be very busy over the next seven days leading up to Baseball’s Winter Meetings (Dec. 9-12). Monday is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to players for the 2014 season. And the trade rumors should increase significantly over the next week as […]

Cubs Could Wait to Deal Samardzija Until Later in the Off-Season and Other News and Notes

The Jeff Samardzija rumors went into a different direction on Friday. Reports earlier in the week remained consistent that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were listening to offers for Samardzija. A report on Wednesday then indicated the Cubs were shopping Samardzija with at least eight teams in the mix. Nick Cafardo confirmed the Cubs’ statements […]

Cubs Add Catching to Roster, Keep Listening to Offers for Jeff Samardzija

The Cubs added a much-needed catcher to the big league roster on Tuesday when they acquired George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations. The veteran catcher is penciled in as the backup to Welington Castillo. One of the many areas that must be addressed by the front office is the lack of […]

Updating Samardzija, Tanaka, the Posting System and Other Cubs News and Notes

After a rather busy weekend, the Jeff Samardzija rumors quieted down on Monday. Jed Hoyer reiterated the team’s desire to sign Samardzija to a contract extension, and he explained the team is staying in contact with Samardzija and his agents. At least six teams (Nationals, Orioles, Pirates, Rockies, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays) have contacted the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]