Kevin Youkilis Reportedly Joining Cubs Front Office as a Special Assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer

According to reports from Mark Gonzales and Carrie Muskat, the Cubs have hired Kevin Youkilis to be a special assistant to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Kevin Youkilis joins former Cubs’ Kerry Wood, Ted Lilly and Ryan Dempster as special assistants to Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Tim Wilken is also a special assistant to […]


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Cole Hamels Update: Phillies are Waiting for a Team to Blink

Last week Ruben Amaro Jr. told Jim Salisbury that four teams have made real trade offers for Cole Hamels. Amaro Jr. did not provide details, which teams he was referring to or the identity of the four other teams that has kicked the tires on Hamels at some point this winter. It is unclear if Ruben […]


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Theo Epstein Ranked 16th Best General Manager in Baseball History

Mark Armour and Dan Levitt began the countdown last month of the 25 best general managers in baseball history in advance of the release of their book, In Pursuit of Pennants – Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball. The role of General Manager in baseball was created around 1920. Before that time, owners or managers […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs Check In at No. 13 in ESPN’s Pre-Spring Training Power Rankings

Countdown to Pitchers and Catchers Reporting to Mesa: 7 days The Cubs spent the off-season in the headlines. From the hiring to Joe Maddon to the signings of Jon Lester and Jason Hammel to trading for Miguel Montero and Dexter Fowler and the numerous other moves, the front office made significant changes to the big […]


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Asking Price for Cole Hamels Has Not Changed, Could Start Season with Phillies

The Phillies reportedly lost the team that had shown the most interest of late in trading for Cole Hamels when the Padres agreed to terms with James Shields late Sunday night. Padres’ GM A.J. Preller was determined to add a top of the rotation starter to his roster and did with Shields. And the consensus Monday […]


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Chris Bosio Talks Cubs Pitching on Inside the Clubhouse

Cubs’ pitching coach Chris Bosio joined Bruce Levine and Wayne Randazzo during Saturday’s Inside the Clubhouse (670 The Score) to discuss his staff before Spring Training begins. Chris Bosio tells it the way it is. Bosio has produced results during his three seasons with the Cubs. And the front office values the pitching infrastructure of Chris […]


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Cubs Have Discussed James Shields, Talks with Padres Have Reportedly Heated Up

Updated 6:28pm CST – According to multiple reports, the Padres have given James Shields their last and final offer. The Padres want to sign Shields and are still considered the favorites. San Diego has been told they are not the only team Shields is talking to. Other teams are “heavily involved in the bidding.” One […]


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Joe Maddon Talks Cubs, James Shields and Defensive Shifts on MLB Network Radio

Joe Maddon joined Casey Stern and Jim Bowden during the last hour of Friday’s Inside Pitch (MLB Network Radio) and the Cubs’ skipper had plenty to say about his new team and one of his former pitchers. The convention really left an impression on Maddon and he’s looking forward to the team and fan base […]


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The Week that Was in Cubs Headlines

It was a rather busy first week of February for the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs added a pitcher to the roster while designating another for assignment. Pedro Strop settled with the Cubs and avoided arbitration while reports suggested the Cubs added a veteran lefty reliever on a minor league deal. The Welington Castillo and Travis […]


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The Daily CCO: Cubs Expecting Resolution and Vindication Soon on Tampering Charges

Major League Baseball has not ruled on the tampering charges the Rays filed against the Cubs over the hiring Joe Maddon. A resolution was expected two months ago on the matter. According to a report from Marc Topkin, Theo Epstein is expecting the Cubs to be cleared of the charges soon. Bob Nightengale reported Thursday […]


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