Orioles (officially) hire Hyde as manager; Potential replacements; Cubs rumored in pursuit of Descalso

Orioles (officially) hire Hyde as manager; Potential replacements; Cubs rumored in pursuit of Descalso
I’d like to apologize for not really keeping pace with the articles during the Winter Meetings, but frankly I despise reporting on rumors, and was sort of waiting for concrete news to drop, that unfortunately never did. The Cubs were in “lockdown” mode, pursuing creative avenues to free up cash and roster space in order... Read more »

Rule 5 Draft Overview

Rule 5 Draft Overview
Rule 5 Draft Summary MLB Phase, In: None MLB Phase, Out: None There were only 14 players selected in the MLB portion of the Rule 5 draft this season. The three players (C Jhonny Pereda, RHP Trevor Clifton, RHP Erick Leal) that likely drew the most attention from the Cubs system were not among them. Clifton... Read more »

Rumors: Nothing "Imminent" For Cubs As Winter Meetings Begin

Rumors: Nothing "Imminent" For Cubs As Winter Meetings Begin
The time has come, the annual MLB Winter Meetings got underway in Las Vegas on Monday. Four days in which team executives and player agents can meet and start serious negotiations for sought after free-agents. This week is when the hot stove reaches full temperature, so let’s check the rumor mill. Cubs Rumors GM Jed... Read more »
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Cubs news and notes: Lee Smith headed to the Hall; World Series hero Miguel Montero retires

Cubs news and notes: Lee Smith headed to the Hall; World Series hero Miguel Montero retires
Lee Smith headed to the Hall of Fame The man who held the Major League saves record for 13 years finally got the call to Cooperstown. A seven-time All Star, Lee Smith led his league in saves on four occasions, and finished in the Top 5 of Cy Young voting three times. He also set the MLB... Read more »

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 9

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 9
Good morning! As the calendar turns to December, some of the half-season contracts for Cubs in the off-season leagues begin to expire, while others are heading home for the holidays. However, the games do go on and players like Ryan Court are looking for a chance to hook-up with an MLB team, quite possibly a... Read more »

Luis Valbuena, 33, dies in car accident

Luis Valbuena, 33, dies in car accident
A late night car accident in Venezuela claimed the life of former Cubs infielder Luis Valbuena. The crash occurred after a Winter League game. Former Major League infielder Jose Castillo was also killed. Valbuena spent three seasons in a Cubs uniform (2012-14), becoming one of the most productive waiver claims in organization’s recent history. Known... Read more »
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Morrow questionable for Opening Day; Cubs finalize coaching staff; Cubs rumor mill remains quiet as Winter Meeting approach

Morrow questionable for Opening Day; Cubs finalize coaching staff; Cubs rumor mill remains quiet as Winter Meeting approach
Brandon Morrow Underwent Offseason Elbow Surgery The need to add a bullpen arm has become more acute with word received today that on November 6th oft-injured closer Brandon Morrow underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. Theo Epstein says he expects the hard-throwing right-hander to miss the beginning of the season. Theo Epstein says Brandon Morrow... Read more »

A few of the Cubs minor free agents sign elsewhere; Another coach departs organization

A few of the Cubs minor free agents sign elsewhere; Another coach departs organization
  Hancock to Japan Recently non-tendered reliever Justin Hancock has signed a one-year deal with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. His contract is for $620K, a figure well above the approximate $200K he would have made with the Cubs on a split contract, so financially at least the Cubs decision paid off for Hancock. His situation... Read more »

Latest Rumors: Cubs interested in adding leadership; Hyde a managerial candidate

Latest Rumors: Cubs interested in adding leadership; Hyde a managerial candidate
Player movement was dammed up in the early part of the offseason as teams mostly focused on positioning themselves for the large number of high profile stars on the free agent and trade market, but over the past week some of the sluice gates have been opened. And of course, to the surprise of no one familiar... Read more »
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Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 8

Cubs in the Off-Season Leagues - Week 8
Good morning! The Cubs are seeing a rising force in the off-season leagues, as Kwang-Min Kwon is emerging as a player in far off Australia. For more about Kwon and the rest of the Cubs, take a look inside today’s report. Dominican Winter League Aguilas Cibaenas Despite pounding out 9 hits on Monday, Cibaenas could... Read more »