The Daily CCO: Cubs Introduced Lester, Agreed to Terms with Motte and More Changes are on the Way

The Cubs had a very good Monday. Jon Lester donned No. 34 for the first time in blue pinstripes in what Theo Epstein called “a very, very significant day for the Cubs.” The Cubs got better on the field with Jon Lester now at the top of Joe Maddon’s rotation and better in the clubhouse […]

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Jon Lester Update: Multiple Offers on the Table, Teams Making a Final Push?

Is it down to a Final Four of the Cubs, Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers? Is this the week Jon Lester makes a decision? As has been the case for weeks, there are more questions than answers when it comes to Jon Lester. There are at least four teams with deep pockets in pursuit of […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Hitting Coach John Mallee to Work with Javier Baez in Winter Ball

Javier Baez has reported to his winter ball team in Puerto Rico and is expected to start playing in games next week (Dec. 11). Theo Epstein said Friday that Baez will play four-five times a week and see time at second base and shortstop. The Cubs new hitting coach, John Mallee is going to spend […]

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Jon Lester Update: Ryan Dempster Joins Cubs Recruiting Effort

Ryan Dempster is back with the Cubs in an official capacity. The Cubs and Dempster announced Friday he re-signed with the team, resigned and was added to the front office as a Special Assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Ryan Dempster has been pulling for his former teammate to sign with the Cubs and […]

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Ryan Dempster Signs with the Cubs, Retires and Joins Front Office as Special Assistant

The Cubs announced Friday that RHP Ryan Dempster had re-signed with the team so he could retire as a member of the Cubs organization. Ryan Dempster officially announced his retirement from the game and was hired to be a special assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Ryan Dempster joins former teammates Ted Lilly and […]

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The Daily CCO: Royals Will Reportedly Try to Keep James Shields and Cubs News and Notes

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said the front office will be aggressive on the free agent market. A top of the rotation-type starter is thought to be high on the Cubs’ off-season list. And many think the Cubs will pay Jon Lester big money to lead the rotation for several years. Other options for […]

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Theo Epstein Talks Cubs on WEEI in Boston

Theo Epstein joined Rob Bradford, Alex Speier and Kirk Minihane during Red Sox Hot Stove Show (WEEI in Boston) on Thursday night. The Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations discussed a variety of topics from  his first two off-seasons with the Cubs to the signing of Edwin Jackson to Anthony Rizzo to the importance of the […]

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Garza’s Guarantee … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

David Kaplan spoke with Matt Garza on Friday and he guaranteed that he would be ready to pitch by Opening Day. Garza recently started his off-season program and told Kaplan that if Spring Training started tomorrow he would be ready to go. Garza clarified his statement and said he’s not ready to pitch six innings […]

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Updating the Cubs Rumor Mill

While the rest of baseball focused on Josh Hamilton signing with the Los Angeles Angels, the Cubs rumor mill picked up a little on Thursday. According to the transactions page on Cubs.com, the Cubs designated Jeff Beliveau for assignment on Thursday. The Cubs will be able to use the spot on the 40-man roster to […]

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A Full Roster, Two Contracts Pending and More Decisions on the Cubs Horizon

The Cubs claimed right-handed reliever Sandy Rosario off waivers on Wednesday and by doing so they used up the last open spot on the 40-man roster. What Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer may or may not be working on is unclear at this point. But the Cubs have two contracts pending and no room to […]

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