Weekend Update … Tender Deadline and Pitching Questions Remain for the Cubs

It should be a busy seven days for the Chicago Cubs leading up to the Winter Meetings that officially begins a week from Monday. The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players is Friday (November 30) and the Cubs have five players that are arbitration eligible this off-season: Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, James Russell, […]

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Rambling While the Mercury is Dropping

The day of thanks is upon us. The stockings are itching, the gravy is flowing, and the cold wind is blowing. As winter settles in on the greatest city in the world, Chicagoans prepare for their first cold blast in close to two years. Skipping winter last year was nice, but I doubt Al Gore […]

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Cubs Comfortable Betting on Baker, Still Pursuing Pitching

The Cubs added a starting pitcher to the mix when they announced that Scott Baker signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal on Tuesday that includes a $1.5 million incentives package. Theo Epstein did a little rhyming when he discussed the signing with the mainstream media. Epstein said that “Scott Baker is a pitch maker” and […]

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Weekend Update … News, Notes and Cubs Rumors

Major League Baseball will be front and center with the announcements of the AL and NL Rookie of the Year (Monday), AL and NL Manager of the Year (Tuesday), AL and NL Cy Young (Wednesday) and AL and NL Most Valuable Player (Thursday) awards this week. And while baseball is focused on awards week, the […]

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Cubs Focused on Pitching … and Other News, Notes and Rumors

The GM Meetings have come and gone and while the Cubs did not make any moves or signings this week, they reportedly had multiple conversations with teams and agents and tried to lay the groundwork for the rest of the off-season. The Cubs are looking to add pitching, pitching and more pitching this winter. One […]

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Time for the GMs to Meet … and Other Cubs Notes and Rumors

The annual General Manager Meetings officially begin Wednesday in Palm Springs. The meetings run through Friday and these meetings usually set the groundwork for future trades and free agent signings. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman made the trek out west and will continue conversations they’ve already had with other […]

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Cubs Rumors Heating Up as GM Meetings Begin

The Cubs’ brass will continue laying the groundwork for the off-season this week at the GM Meetings in Palm Springs. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod and assistant GMs Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman will represent the Cubs at the general manager meetings that officially begin Wednesday and run through Friday. Jed Hoyer said last […]

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Weekend Update … It’s Just the Beginning of the Cubs Off-Season

With free agency underway and the General Managers meetings in California during the coming week (November 6-9, Palm Springs), there figures to be a lot of news and even more rumors throughout the game over the next seven days. While activity might be at a minimum, the GM Meetings have historically set the tone for […]

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Cubs Off-Season Kicks into Gear

The Cubs off-season picked up a little steam when news surfaced that the team had a low-level, informal discussion with Ryan Dempster about a possible return to the North Side of Chicago. The Cubs down played the discussion. Dempster is a free agent and is expected to sign a multi-year contract. The Cubs announced Thursday […]

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Rambling on a Deadline

Well, after an extremely quiet week, I am not sure what to ramble about … any ideas? The team looks different, I am not sure who is going to pitch, and well, the last two months of the season shall be interesting, as it is going to get ugly … very ugly. So let’s get […]

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