Report: Cubs to hire Joe Maddon

UPDATE 7:00 Details keep trickling in.  George Offman Tweets that the value of the deal could be close to Mike Scioscia’s $6 million per year.  Officially, for what it’s worth, both sides continue to deny a deal is done. UPDATE 5:15: Joel Sherman confirms Heyman’s report, with these tweets: Can confirm @JonHeymanCBS report #Cubs have reached... Read more »

Cubs Outright Vitters, Kalish, Valaika and McDonald off the 40 Man Roster

Cubs Outright Vitters, Kalish, Valaika and McDonald off the 40 Man Roster
The Cubs front office started the process of clearing spots on the 40 man roster today by outrighting outfielders Josh Vitters and Ryan Kalish, infielder Chris Valaika, and pitcher James McDonald. All four players cleared waivers bringing the Cubs 40 man roster down to 37. Vitters, Kalish, and Valaika were all assigned to AAA Iowa,... Read more »

Cubs Notes: Maddon, Peavy, Hammel, Lester, Martin, Fall League

Cubs Notes: Maddon, Peavy, Hammel, Lester, Martin, Fall League
Well, here we are.  Today is the last day of the baseball season.  The culmination of a year’s worth of strategy, planning, and execution is upon us and either the Giants or the Royals will reap the biggest reward from all that work. Tomorrow it starts over again.  It will be 5 days before the... Read more »
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Venturing into the unknown: Cubs look to add the right intangibles to emerging young talent

Venturing into the unknown: Cubs look to add the right intangibles to emerging young talent
I had a friendly discussion with one of the most intelligent people I know.  He thought the Giants best strategy was to pitch Madison Bumgarner in Game 6.  I thought it was better to start him in Game 5. My reasoning was this:  Game 5 was pivotal.  Starting Bumgarner put the odds in their favor... Read more »

Could Lester and Peavy reunite with the Cubs?

Could Lester and Peavy reunite with the Cubs?
We have talked about Jon Lester as a possibility for the Cubs for a long time now.  We also have said they would like to add a second starter, not necessarily a second top of the rotation type, but at least someone who can give them good innings. Could that second pitcher be Jake Peavy... Read more »

It's time to win: Maddon would add new dimension to Cubs plan

It's time to win: Maddon would add new dimension to Cubs plan
The longer the Cubs remain silent, the more you get the feeling that Joe Maddon will be the Cubs manager.  There are some, such as Buster Olney of ESPN, who believe this is a done deal.  The recent departure of Cubs coach Jose Castro, who took a job with the Braves, also seems to portend... Read more »
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ESPN releases top 30 for 2015 Draft

ESPN releases top 30 for 2015 Draft
When it comes to the draft these days, we’re pretty much talking about a year round job.  We have seen that this front office scouts players early and often and develops relationships with draft prospects — basically they are accumulating as much information over as large a time frame as possible.  They are looking for... Read more »

Cubs Notes: Hamels, Shields, Zobrist, Buehrle, Markakis, Kwang-Hyun Kim, Zimmer

Cubs Notes: Hamels, Shields, Zobrist, Buehrle, Markakis, Kwang-Hyun Kim, Zimmer
All of the Joe Maddon speculation has momentarily distracted us from the most important part of the offseason — upgrading the Cubs experience and talent level on the field. Cole Hamels Several factors will contribute to reports tying the Cubs to Cole Hamel this offseason: 1)  They have the prospects to get it done; 2)... Read more »

Dance continues as Maddon decision looms

Dance continues as Maddon decision looms
It’s an off day in the World Series and the Cubs are already stealing some headlines as the team most feel is the likeliest to land Joe Maddon.  It’s possible that may come today.   As Patrick Mooney states, The commissioner’s office tries to impose a news blackout during the World Series, wanting to keep... Read more »
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EconoBall: Greater than the Sum of its Parts?

EconoBall: Greater than the Sum of its Parts?
With Joe Maddon being the talk of Cubs fans, I had this great idea: I’d try to statistically determine who the best managers were.  For the first time, I have to report a failure. The idea was pretty simple.  I looked at a team’s wins over the course of every season since 1980.  (Chosen because... Read more »
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