The Daily CCO: A Whole New Off-Season? The Hall of Fame Ballot and Cubs News and Rumors

The Red Sox created the headlines Monday with the signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. And the consensus is that Boston’s moves will have a ripple effect throughout baseball. The Sox not only have the farm system to make any trade Ben Cherington feels would benefit the big league club but he now has […]

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Jon Lester Update: Interest is Booming in the Free Agent

Could it take a seventh year for a team to sign Jon Lester? Jon Lester’s free agent tour continues in the coming week. According to a report from WEEI, Lester has meetings scheduled with at least two teams prior to Thanksgiving. It is unknown which teams Lester will sit down with, but one could be […]

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Report: Cubs Have Talked to the Diamondbacks about Miguel Montero

According to a report from Nick Piecoro in the Arizona Repblic, the Cubs are one of at least three teams that have talked to the Diamondbacks about catcher Miguel Montero. The White Sox and Dodgers have also spoken with Arizona about its backstop. The Diamondbacks “continue to have dialogue with other clubs on a variety […]

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Nationals Reportedly Tell Teams Jordan Zimmermann and Doug Fister are Available

Jordan Zimmermann may be available after all … The Sun-Times reported last week the Cubs were in talks with the Nationals to acquire RHP Jordan Zimmermann. Gordon Wittenmyer said a trade was not imminent but there was enough interest from the Nationals that a deal was expected to be completed. The report was shot down […]

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The Daily CCO: Backup Options for the Outfield, Updating Lester and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

Not only are the Cubs waiting on Jon Lester, but the front office has roster decisions to make while looking for backup options in the outfield. Thursday is the deadline (10:59pm CST) for teams to file their reserve rosters at the Major League and minor league levels to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft. […]

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Reports: Cubs Met with Jon Lester … Cardinals Join Cubs, Red Sox and Braves in Pursuit of Lester

According to a report from Carrie Muskat, the Cubs met with Jon Lester on Tuesday in the second stop of his recruiting tour. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are trying to convince the veteran southpaw to sign with the Cubs. The team would not confirm the meeting with Lester took place. Two more teams have […]

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Jon Lester Update: Braves Have Meeting Scheduled for Thursday

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are reportedly meeting Tuesday with Jon Lester, but the Cubs are not the last stop on his recruiting tour. Buster Olney reported Tuesday morning that Lester will meet with the Braves later in the week and reports from David O’Brien indicated the meeting will take place Thursday as John Hart […]

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Will the Cubs Explore Trading for Miguel Montero?

The Blue Jays stepped up and landed a starting catcher Monday when Alex Anthopoulos outbid Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer for Russell Martin. Reports suggested the Cubs finished a close second to Toronto for Martin and were willing to add a fifth year “in certain scenarios” and go beyond the four-year deal for $64-65 million […]

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Jon Lester Update: Blue Jays Added to the Mix with the Red Sox and Cubs?

The Cubs and Red Sox could have a legitimate contender in the Jon Lester sweepstakes. According to a report from WEEI, the Blue Jays continue to show interest in Jon Lester. After pulling off the five-year deal with Russell Martin, it appears Alex Anthopoulos has his credit card out and is ready to spend money […]

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Cubs Reported as a Possible Suitor for RHP Kenta Maeda

Reports have indicated the Hiroshima Carp could post RHP Kenta Maeda before the end of the month. Once he’s posted, Maeda will garner a lot of attention as teams across the league lineup to commit the $20 million fee for the right to negotiate a deal with him. Last year it was believed the clubs […]

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