Category: Cubs Rumors

Cubs Sign Daniel Descalso

Cubs Sign Daniel Descalso
After rumors last week, the Cubs have signed utility infielder Daniel Descalso to a two-year contract. The contract was reported to be for $5 million with an option for a third year. According to Ken Rosenthal the contract could be worth as much as $8.25 million with incentives. Option for 2021 in Descalso’s contract with... Read more »

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 »

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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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 »

Cubs Rumors Roundup and Roster Updates

Cubs Rumors Roundup and Roster Updates
Pitching Coach Search I promised to provide further thoughts on the Cubs Pitching Coach search after the team announced Jim Hickey was stepping away due to personal reasons just before the Thanksgiving break and so here we go. It appears that the early front runner for the gig is an internal option. According to Sahadev... Read more »

Chicago Cubs Offseason Primer

Chicago Cubs Offseason Primer
Congratulations To Boston and Their Fans First of all, a tip of the baseball cap to the 2018 Boston Red Sox on their World Series Championship. This was a juggernaut club with a valid argument to be considered among the greatest in baseball history. Few clubs achieve a 108-win season, and even among those that do,... Read more »
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Cubs IFA and Draft signings update

Cubs IFA and Draft signings update
Today marks the first day of the 2018-19 international signing period and it also marks the beginning of the end for the 2018 draft signings, as the deadline to sign most players comes this Friday. IFA Signings I gave a preview of the Cubs potential targets last week and the team did indeed sign all... Read more »

Cubs 2018 International Free Agency Primer

Cubs 2018 International Free Agency Primer
Under penalty the past two years, the Cubs have taken a roundabout approach during the international free agency periods, focusing the majority of their limited resources on Mexico and other non-traditional markets like Panama and Colombia. Their signings out of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela have mostly focused on polished, but lower ceiling players. Come this July,... Read more »

Q & A with Buster Olney: Darvish, Machado, NL power teams

Q & A with Buster Olney: Darvish, Machado, NL power teams
Hi all! I talked to ESPN’s Buster Olney on Friday afternoon about what he thinks is going on with Yu Darvish, what it would take for the Cubs to land Manny Machado, and why the Cubs are still one of the best two teams in the National League. Tonight is ESPN’s “Sunday in the Seats”... Read more »
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With Yu Darvish The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

With Yu Darvish The Waiting Is The Hardest Part
In an off season that seems to be in a state of paralysis, the speculation over free agent starter Yu Darvish continues to mount. A flurry of conflicting reports emerged tonight on the tall right hander’s future roiled the internet. The first report Monday was good news for the Cubs. Jon Morosi went on MLB Network... Read more »