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 […]

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, the Cubs designated Jeff Beliveau for assignment on Thursday. The Cubs will be able to use the spot on the 40-man roster to […]

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 […]

Shopping Soriano and Other Cubs Rumors

As Jed Hoyer pointed out in two different interviews last week, the Cubs are not done putting the roster together for next season. David Kaplan provided more information on what Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein may be working on shortly after multiple reports surfaced that the Cubs are talking to teams about Alfonso Soriano. The […]

Weekend Update … Cubs Off-Season Work Continues

Baseball’s off-season figures to be rather busy over the next few weeks leading into the holidays. Teams are not done and that includes the Cubs. Even with Zack Greinke reportedly agreeing to terms on a six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers several big name players are still on the market and while the Cubs […]

Winter Meetings Day Three: Cubs Add an Outfielder and Have Offers Out to Free Agents

The Cubs reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Nate Schierholtz on day three of Baseball’s Winter Meetings. The Cubs did see several of their off-season targets come off the board but reportedly have offers out to free agents and are working on several options to improve the roster. The Cubs one-year […]

Report: Cubs Discussed Parameters of a Deal with Ryan Dempster’s Agent

According to a report from Bruce Levine, “the agent for free agent pitcher Ryan Dempster has had conversations with the Cubs about a possible return to the Cubs.” The Cubs have not made an offer according to Levine’s sources but money and length of a contract has been discussed. Ryan Dempster rejected a two-year, $26 […]

Winter Meetings Day Two: Cubs Exploring Third Base and Outfield Options

Day two of Baseball’s Winter Meetings was filled with more noise and rumors surrounding the Chicago Cubs … but no moves. The Cubs appear to be exploring all options to fill their needs at third base and in the outfield. The mainstream media linked the Cubs to numerous players on Tuesday including Yunel Escobar, Yuniesky […]

Cubs Non-Tender Stewart, Make Roster Moves and Continue Looking for Pitching

The Cubs made three roster moves prior to Friday’s deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players. As expected the team did not tender a contract to Ian Stewart for next season. The Cubs would like to re-sign Stewart to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training but right now he is […]

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, […]