From the Wire….Gaudin Agrees to One-Year Contract

According to several reports on Friday afternoon, Chad Gaudin avoided arbitration and agreed to a 1-year deal with the Cubs. Several reports over the last two weeks suggested the Cubs could possibly non-tender Gaudin…those reports turned out to be purely speculation. The Cubs tendered contracts to all eligible players on Friday, but only agreed to […]

Winter Meetings 2008: Dealing with a Deadline

Thursday is the final day of the Winter Meetings and Kevin Towers told the San Diego Union-Tribune that he “should know Thursday whether the much-discussed terms are finally set” in the Jake Peavy discussions. Towers and Jim Hendry met for an hour and a half on Wednesday night according to Bruce Levine and the Union-Tribune […]

Winter Meetings 2008: Cubs Waiting to Pull the Trigger?

Are there any truths buried in all of the rumors coming from the Bellagio in Las Vegas? The second day of the Winter Meetings were filled with more of the same for the Chicago Cubs….a lot of talk and speculation. According to the Tribune, Jim Hendry spoke with “representatives of three of four free agents” […]

Winter Meetings 2008: Are the Cubs Close on Peavy?

Monday night in Las Vegas was more and more talk…with no action, at least on the Cubs front. Is it just the hype of the Winter Meetings, or will something soon transpire? The Cubs appear to be on the verge of landing Jake Peavy, but at what cost? And could the Phillies be the third […]

Winter Meetings 2008: Afternoon Updates from Day One

Day one from the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas was more about what could happen…than what did. Ron Santo not being elected into the Hall of Fame and Greg Maddux officially announcing his retirement dominated the daytime headlines from the Bellagio. The Tribune Company filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday but according to Sam Zell, […]

Questions and Rumors Surrounding the Cubs

As the Winter Meetings approach, the Cubs appear focused on acquiring a left-handed bat for right field before trading for Jake Peavy. All indications are that the Cubs and Padres continue to discuss Peavy but until the new ownership is in place there is simply not enough remaining in the budget to add the former […]

Moving Marquis and Other Rumblings

Did the trade of Javier Vazquez by the White Sox provide a market for Jason Marquis? Many feel Jim Hendry must move Jason Marquis and the $9.875 million he is owed for next season in order to clear space in the budget to add Jake Peavy and his contract to the Cubs rotation. Marquis would […]

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, […]

A Little Turkey and Peavy with a Side of Rumors

Happy Thanksgiving from the CCO…. The next twenty-four hours figure to be rather quiet throughout baseball but as the weekend comes to a close teams should start preparing for a busy start of the last month of the year. For the Cubs not only is Monday the deadline to offer arbitration to Kerry Wood and […]

Royals Focused on Marshall and Fontenot?

In recent weeks the name of Mark Teahen has become more and more prevalent in the Cubs’ rumor mill. The Cubs have publicly stated their desire to add speed and athleticism to a lineup that their manager says is too right-handed. The Cubs appear interested in Mark Teahen, but at what cost? Phil Rogers mentioned […]