Cubs’ Joe Maddon Enjoys Being Part of the Free Agent Process

Joe Maddon is focused on nailing down the coaching staff right now. And the new Cubs’ skipper has spoken to a couple of his players (Edwin Jackson and Wesley Wright). But if he receives a call from Theo Epstein or Jed Hoyer about talking to a player the front office is interested in signing, he […]

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Scott Boras Shared Some Thoughts on Kris Bryant and the Cubs

Scott Boras held court Wednesday afternoon in the lobby of the Arizona Biltmore on the last full day of the GM Meetings. The always quotable Boras had plenty to say about the Cubs and the best prospect in the game, Kris Bryant. Several players and top prospects in the Cubs system have Scott Boras as […]

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Jon Lester Update: Down to the Red Sox and Cubs?

Uncertainty is the only certainty in life, and in baseball, and those that were certain Jon Lester would sign with the Cubs this winter did not figure in his attachment to the Boston Red Sox. As the off-season has progressed it has become more and more apparent Lester has no ill feelings toward the Red […]

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Theo Epstein Shoots Down Predictions Cubs Could Sign Two Nine-Figure Starting Pitchers

With the payroll flexibility, the need for top of the rotation-type arms and Joe Maddon on board, predictions were made the Cubs would not only sign one, but two of the big name free agent pitchers this off-season. But that’s not the case, at least according to Theo Epstein. “It’s hard to acquire pitching. Period. […]

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The Daily CCO: A Russell Martin Update, Jake Arrieta Receives Cy Votes and Other Cubs News

Reports from the Sun-Times and ESPN Chicago pointed to a resolution, possibly by the end of the month, on whether or not Russell Martin will be signing with the Cubs. While the Sun-Times indicated the Cubs are inching closer to landing Russell Martin, there are at least four teams still in play for Martin, even […]

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Cubs Happy with Hector Rondon Closing, Search for Bullpen Help Could Lead to Andrew Miller

Hector Rondon had a good season, and he was among the best in baseball in the second half. Plus the Cubs have options behind Rondon to close games which make the Cubs reported interest in David Robertson questionable at best. Signing a closer, or relievers, to a long-term contract seldom works out and is typically […]

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Report: Cubs Working on a Deal with RHP Justin Masterson

According to a report from the Sun-Times, the Cubs are working on a one-year contract with RHP Justin Masterson. Justin Masterson “is said to be willing to sign a low-cost one-year deal, possibly similar to the $1 million deal the Cubs gave RHP James McDonald last winter.” The Cubs have been connected to Masterson for […]

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Red Sox Could Be Cubs Biggest Competition for Jon Lester

Don’t count out the Red Sox in the Jon Lester sweepstakes. Gordon Edes reported late Monday night, “a well-connected baseball executive who has conversations on the subject with the Red Sox, predicted that Boston will indeed re-sign Lester, and may make an exception in Lester’s case to their pledge not to offer a long-term deal […]

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Report: Cubs Had Face-to-Face Meetings with Agents for Jon Lester and Jason Hammel

The GM Meetings began Monday at the Biltmore in Phoenix and the Cubs are talking to agents of the players the front office are interested in signing this winter. According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs had face-to-face meetings with the agents for Jon Lester and Jason Hammel. Lester is represented by ACES […]

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The Daily CCO: Cubs Not Included on Cole Hamels Updated No-Trade List

Happy Veterans Day A tip of the cap to those that have given the ultimate sacrifice and served our country to protect our freedom, you are the true heroes. Cole Hamels has a clause in the six-year, $144 million extension he signed in July 2012 that allows him to submit a no-trade list by Nov. […]

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