Weekend Update … Andrew Cashner and the Cubs Search for Starting Pitching

The Cubs are still looking at starting pitching options and possibly adding another piece to the bullpen … even with the addition of Kerry Wood. Randy Bush spent a little time Saturday morning on Talkin’ Baseball. The Cubs’ Assistant GM discussed the Cubs’ off-season and said Andrew Cashner will get the opportunity to start next […]

Jim Hendry is Shopping … Gorzelanny and Fukudome?

With six shopping days left before Christmas, Jim Hendry is talking to at least one free agent and is shopping a couple of his own players. The question is, will he find any takers? Reports surfaced Friday morning that the Mets are interested in Tom Gorzelanny. Then came the tweet from Jerry Crasnick (ESPN) that […]

Will Big Z Stay or Will Big Z Go?

“A likely target” … Three little words from Bill Madden in the New York Daily News that caused all of baseball to ask, will Carlos Zambrano be traded to the New York Yankees? Last winter there were rumblings that Brian Cashman asked Jim Hendry about Carlos Zambrano. Those rumors were quickly squashed but in the […]

Cubs Off-Season Stirred … But Not Shaken

Cliff Lee’s shocking decision to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies changed the off-season throughout the league. With Lee off the market, the Yankees and Rangers will turn their attention to other players, which in turn will have a direct impact on the Chicago Cubs. The Lee signing affects not only the teams trying to acquire […]

Winter Meetings Day Three: Cubs Targeting Matt Garza?

The Cubs began Day Three in Orlando by spending $10 million on Carlos Pena … and spent the night discussing how to improve their pitching staff. A late report from Bruce Levine indicated the Cubs and Rays met for a second time and “discussed parameters of a trade that would send right-handed pitcher Matt Garza […]

Winter Meetings Day Three: Cubs Talking Pitching

With Carlos Pena signed, sealed and delivered on Wednesday morning (Pena inked a one-year contract with the Cubs worth $10 million. Pena will earn $5 million in 2011 and will receive the other $5 million in January of 2012), the Cubs turned their attention to adding a pitcher to their staff. According to reports, the […]

Winter Meetings Day Two: Cubs Close on Carlos Pena?

Updated – 12/8/10 – 1:00am CT – The Cubs are close on a one-year, $10 million deal with Carlos Pena. Multiple reports early Wednesday morning indicated the Cubs had agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Carlos Pena. According to the Sun-Times, the deal is close but not done and could be made official […]

Rumors, Rumors and More Rumors for the Cubs at Day Two of the Winter Meetings

The Cubs might not be making any moves, as of yet, but Jim Hendry is doing a lot of talking. Tuesday was a busy day for the Cubs that reportedly will end with a second meeting in 24 hours with Carlos Pena’s agent, Scott Boras. According to the rumor mill, Hendry aggressively shopped Tom Gorzelanny, […]

Cubs Expected to be Active but Limited During Winter Meetings

Jim Hendry and company are at the Happiest Place on Earth … but will the Cubs make any moves over the next week in Lake Buena Vista? Reportedly the Cubs are looking to fill three needs during Baseball’s Winter Meetings, which officially begin Monday: a left-handed first baseman, a starting pitcher and a right-handed setup […]

Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Baker … Tender Contracts to All Arbitration Eligible Players

According to multiple reports, the Cubs tendered contracts for the 2011 season to all arbitration eligible players before Thursday’s deadline. The Cubs avoided arbitration with Jeff Baker and agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.175 million.