Updating the Tanaka Derby and Other Cubs News and Notes

Speculation continued Monday on which team will end up signing Masahiro Tanaka. And the usual suspects are still the favorites to sign the 25-year old right hander. The Tanaka derby will heat up in the coming days leading up to the deadline in ten days. Many have Tanaka signing with the Yankees with their new […]

Pitching, Samardzija, Spring Training and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Pitching remains a priority for the Cubs as the front office continues their pursuit of Masahiro Tanaka. But if they are unable to sign Tanaka do not look for the Cubs to turn their attention to Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana. The Cubs will likely look at re-signing Scott Baker or another free […]

Pitching Remains at the Top of the Cubs List

Weekend Update The next seven days should be very interesting throughout the game. The Hall of Fame announcement will be made on Wednesday (Jan. 8) and it appears four players will join the trio of managers in Cooperstown this summer. Greg Maddux is still on 100 percent of the ballots that have been made public, […]

Resetting the Cubs Off-Season in the New Year

While Jeff Samardzija and Masahiro Tanaka garnered most of the attention throughout the holidays, the Cubs have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting on Feb. 13. The team has eight arbitration eligible players without a contract for next season.  Teams were showing interest in […]

The Tanaka Watch Continues and Other Cubs News and Notes

Despite the reports on Thursday morning, the Rakuten Golden Eagles have not made a decision on whether or not they will post Masahiro Tanaka this winter. Most still think he will be made available to Major League teams this off-season, but it is pretty clear that no one, not even Tanaka, knows at this point. […]

Pitching Staff Remains a Work in Progress and Other Cubs News and Rumors

Baseball’s Winter Meetings have come and gone but the Cubs’ off-season is far from over. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made three changes to the big league roster over the last week. The Cubs acquired right-handed hitting outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Marlins for lefty hitting outfielder Brian Bogusevic and picked up and intriguing arm in […]

Winter Meetings Day Three: The Cubs Are Not Just Hanging Out in Orlando

2013 Winter Meetings – Day Three The Cubs continued laying the groundwork for future trades and possible free agent signings on Wednesday. Theo Epstein indicated the team has offers out to free agent starters and relievers plus a trade on the table for a position player. Theo Epstein addressed the Cubs lack of activity at […]

Cubs Reportedly Showing Interest in RHP Mitchell Boggs and RHP Roberto Hernandez

The Cubs’ front office is exploring ways to add pitching to the big league team and have shown interest in right handed reliever Mitchell Boggs and right handed starter Roberto Hernandez. Hernandez is better known as Fausto Carmona from his days in Cleveland. Reports on Wednesday morning indicated the Cubs had spoken to Miami about […]

Winter Meetings Day Two: Cubs Continue Talking Samardzija, Focus on Pitching

2013 Winter Meetings – Day Two As was the case on Monday, the front office is talking to several teams about ways they can improve the overall health of the organization. And any possible trades would require pitching in return. The Cubs talks with the Diamondbacks about Jeff Samardzija took a backseat when news surfaced […]

Cubs Reportedly Show Interest in RHP Jason Hammel and Meet with Scott Baker’s Agent

The Cubs are exploring ways to improve their pitching staff and would like to add both starters and relievers to the mix. According to a report from Jon Paul Morosi, the Cubs have shown interest in free agent Jason Hammel. The Cubs are at least one of 12 teams that have shown interest in Hammel […]