Strange Days Indeed….A Most Peculiar Start to the Off-Season

For the Faithful that are young enough to remember John Lennon’s work after the Beatles, the title might make a little more sense. The final month of 2008 began with the unexpected announcement on Monday night that the Cubs did not offer arbitration to Kerry Wood. Reportedly Bobby Howry and Daryle Ward’s days as Cubs […]

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Arbitration, Ownership and Rumors

Monday marks the beginning of what could be a very busy two-week stretch for the Chicago Cubs. First up are two important deadlines. Monday is the last day teams can offer salary arbitration to their own free agents in order to be eligible for draft pick compensation. The Cubs are expected to offer Kerry Wood, […]

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All Quiet on the North Side…For Now

As the conclusion of the long Holiday weekend approaches, all of baseball has begun focusing their attention on Monday’s arbitration deadline and the Winter Meetings that begin in nine days in Las Vegas. On the Cubs front, the next two weeks should be anything but slow and boring. From Kerry Wood to Bobby Howry to […]

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Have the Cubs Moved on from Peavy?

The on again, off again talks between the Padres and Cubs over a certain former Cy Young Award winner was given a new twist on Tuesday morning after a report in the Chicago Sun-Times by Gordon Wittenmyer. The Cubs’ beat reporter talked with Lou Piniella this past weekend and one of the questions he posed […]

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End of the Week Dis-N-Dat….Cubs Rumors Edition

On the last Friday before Thanksgiving, teams around the league appear to be positioning themselves for next month’s Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. The annual event starts on December 8th. Will the Cubs be players?….Kevin Towers thinks so. Here’s the latest from the mill including updates on Rafael Furcal, Jason Marquis, Raul Ibanez, Adam Dunn, […]

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Is Jim Hendry Exploring the ‘Right’ Options? More from the Cubs Rumor Mill

Several reports since the end of the season stated one of Jim Hendry’s biggest off-season goals was to resign Ryan Dempster….and on Tuesday, the Cubs’ General Manager was able to scratch Dempster off his ‘to do list‘. The Cubs and Ryan Dempster agreed to a 4-year deal that could end up paying the Cubs’ best […]

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Weekend Update….Cubs Rumors from the Hot Stove

The CCO predicted it could be a big week for the Cubs and while only one trade was made, it was a seven-day period most on the North Side will not soon forget. Geovany Soto and Lou Piniella received honors from the BBWAA and Carlos Zambrano earned his second Silver Slugger Award…but the biggest news […]

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A Big Week Ahead for the Cubs?

Will the Cubs land Jake Peavy? Will they resign Ryan Dempster before he hits the open market? What about Kerry Wood? Will Jim Hendry dive right into the free agent pool on Friday and make any additions to his roster? Those are just a few of the questions that could be answered in the coming […]

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Destinations Unknown: The Latest on Peavy to the Cubs and Other Rumors

The first full week of baseball’s off-season is in the books and to say the Hot Stove is in full swing would be an understatement. Players that have filed for free agency have until Thursday at midnight eastern to resign with their current organization, so at 12:01am on Friday they are free to negotiate and […]

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Hendry Focused on Peavy and Dempster

The groundwork has been laid and according to multiple reports, it is just a matter of time before Jake Peavy has a new team to pitch for next season and beyond. A report from the Associated Press on Thursday night quoted Padres’ GM Kevin Towers as saying, “The train’s kind of left the station” in […]

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