Cubs News and Notes: Mooney on Gomes, Castillo, Valbuena, Ross and other notes around the league

8:30 UPDATE:  Good stuff from Patrick Mooney (h/t Ghost Dawg) on the Cubs direction at this point. Some of Mooney’s more interesting points and quotes… Ideally, the Cubs would like to add a more established outfielder to their lineup and a bigger veteran presence to the clubhouse. Jonny Gomes is seen as a good fit... Read more »

Cubs agree to trade Justin Ruggiano to the Mariners

Cubs agree to trade Justin Ruggiano to the Mariners
UPDATE 4:45:  Hoyer again on MLBNR, via a tweet from The CCO: Jed Hoyer said #Cubs need versatility in the OF, thinks team lacks that right now… Well, that is interesting.  Versatile OF’er could imply a few things.  For one, it could mean a switch-hitter, under which Dexter Fowler, Ben Zobrist, and Coco Crisp would fit... Read more »

Cubs announce 2015 minor league coaches, coordinators

In non-trade related news, the Cubs have finalized their coaching and minor league coordinator staffs.  Here are the assignments below (new assignments are in bold).  Click on chart to enlarge.   Conspicuously absent is Dave Keller, the former Daytona manager who a) seems to have his teams in contention and b) oversees a lot of... Read more »
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News and Notes: Could Cubs extend offseason budget? Scout talks Cubs future; Lester bonus details; Maddon, and more

News and Notes: Could Cubs extend offseason budget? Scout talks Cubs future; Lester bonus details; Maddon, and more
It’s more of a guideline, but it is commonly perceived that GMs, just like everyone else, like to get their shopping done before the holiday season.  That is not to say they won’t go bargain hunting afterward, but the expectation is that there will be some significant activity over the next week.  We could even... Read more »

Cubs Offseason Improvement Plan? Simple: Control the Strike Zone

Cubs Offseason Improvement Plan? Simple: Control the Strike Zone
With all the speculation and rumors that surface this time of year, we see lots of names thrown about.  Very often that name is the big name or the latest name to come out on the rumor mill as available. The Cubs, I presume, would do their due diligence on all of these players but... Read more »

Cubs get cash, not PTBNL, from A's and other notes

Cubs get cash, not PTBNL, from A's and other notes
There is something about the PTBNL that intrigues us.  Unless it is a special circumstances, as with Neil Ramirez and making sure they were comfortable with his health, the player is usually inconsequential in the long term.  But it feels like the last unsolved piece of a greater mystery, that last present when you visit... Read more »
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Cubs sign Jason Motte

Cubs sign Jason Motte
Edited 7:00 PM The Cubs added a much needed veteran reliever in Jason Motte, according to Bruce Levine.  It is a one year deal pending a physical, though it was not specified whether it was a major or minor league deal. UPDATE:  It is a one year $4.5M guarantee according to Jeff Passan.  That probably... Read more »

Marco Hernandez to Boston as PTBNL to Boston

Marco Hernandez to Boston as PTBNL to Boston
The Cubs wound up giving up a pretty solid player for LHP Felix Doubront in Marco Hernandez.  While I didn’t have him in my top 25 prospects lists, he does have big league potential, even if his numbers and inconsistent play say otherwise. Hernandez has solid tools across the board, shows good athleticism, flows to... Read more »

Dodgers sign Brett Anderson

Dodgers sign Brett Anderson
This one is a bit disappointing,   I do not know if the Cubs were even interested in Brett Anderson but he’s always an intriguing flyer.  The problem isn’t with his stuff or his command.  It has been his inability to stay healthy.  He put up a 2.91 ERA (2.99 FIP) last year but it... Read more »
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The Jon Lester Press Conference (Live), will wear #34

UPDATE: For those of you who are into jersey numbers, it appears that Lester will wear #34. The press conference is set to begin at 1:00 pm CT and this is the live feed, courtesy of MLB.com Enjoy!
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