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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Theo Epstein Denies Tampering with Joe Maddon, Welcomes MLB Investigation of the Cubs

The Tampa Bay Rays began yelling foul more than two weeks ago and seven days after Joe Maddon was introduced as the 54th manager of the Chicago Cubs, Major League Baseball has decided to investigate the tampering charges filed by the Rays. Joel Sherman broke the news Monday that MLB had “decided to unleash its Department […]

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MLB Investigating Cubs for Tampering with Joe Maddon

Updated 4:01pm CST – According to a report from ESPN Chicago, the Cubs and Joe Maddon’s agent, Alan Nero, have been notified by Major League Baseball that the league is investigating tampering charges. Jed Hoyer had no further comment, said the team stands by previous statements, there was no tampering. A week after Joe Maddon […]

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Joe Maddon Talked Life, Baseball and the Cubs on MLB Network Radio

Joe Maddon was on Inside Pitch (MLB Network Radio) with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden during last Thursday’s media day. Maddon was a regular on the show for a number of years and it was always a pleasure listening to Maddon talk baseball on a weekly basis. Thursday was his first time on with Stern […]

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Phillies Reportedly Looking for Minimum of Three Top Prospects for Cole Hamels

The Phillies asking price for Cole Hamels might be more than the Cubs are willing to pay. According to a report from CSN Philly, the Phillies are “looking for at least three top prospects” in return for Cole Hamels, “two that can play right now and another that isn’t far away.” Jim Salisbury reported the […]

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Cubs Planning a Productive Week at the GM Meetings

The front office’s plans for the winter season took an unexpected detour that enabled them to hire Joe Maddon to call the shots in the dugout. Once Maddon’s coaching staff is set, the front office should be able to focus a majority of its attention to filling holes on the roster. The Cubs have already […]

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Second-Tier Pitching Options for the Cubs

By all accounts, Jon Lester is at the top of the Cubs list and is the front office’s primary pitching target of the off-season. James Shields has been mentioned as a fallback option in case the front office can’t land Lester. The Cubs are reportedly interested in Max Scherzer as well. And Cole Hamels is […]

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Report: Cubs Met with Russell Martin

According to a report from Bruce Levine, the Cubs met with Russell Martin and his representatives Thursday. Levine reported Wednesday the front office was scheduled to meet with Martin next week, presumably at the General Managers meetings. The Cubs appear to be very interested in Russell Martin and are targeting him as Jon Heyman said. […]

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The Daily CCO: Starlin Castro is Going to Be the Cubs Shortstop in 2015

Jed Hoyer reiterated Thursday what he and Theo Epstein have been saying since the Cubs’ season ended, Starlin Castro is the team’s starting shortstop in 2015. Buster Olney brought up Thursday how well the Cubs and Mets would match-up on a trade, swapping a shortstop for a pitcher, despite multiple reports from Cubs and Mets […]

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