Category: Rumors/Speculation

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 »

Cubs Rumors, Minor League Deals, and a Look Around the Division

Cubs Rumors, Minor League Deals, and a Look Around the Division
The hot stove isn’t hot or even tepid at this point. Room temperature, maybe? I think that may be the best descriptor for the current situation as the front office took the temperature of the room at the GM meetings and now has an idea of who is available, at what price, and when movement in... Read more »

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 »
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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 »

The Frozen Hot Stove

The Frozen Hot Stove
Mother Nature has provided the perfect metaphor for this offseason with the deep freeze this past week. It is hard to talk about much else since one of our favorite pastimes in the winter months has been so boring, but it isn’t just our imagination that this previous year’s activity was different. # of @mlbtraderumors... Read more »
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Rumor Thread: Nats acquire Mark Melancon

Rumor Thread: Nats acquire Mark Melancon
Two days from the  non-waiver trade deadline, the Cubs are eerilly quiet , though they may make one internal change this weekend.. Update: 6:15 PM (John) Padres close to trading Matt Kemp to the Braves for Hector Olivera (per Joel Sherman) A bit of a head scratcher to me as I am not sure why the... Read more »

Rumor Thread: Lucroy race heats up, Dodgers after Bruce, Melancon on the block?

Update (9:30) Rumors of a three-team trade between the Reds, Dodgers and another team continue. Jason Stark notes the Rays aren’t the mystery team, and the search continues. Jon Heyman adds that the Dodgers want to move Yasiel Puig but aren’t sure if they can get any value. Angels reporter Taylor Blake Ward mentions the Cubs... Read more »

Rumor Thread: Marlins acquire Cashner; Would Nats trade Giolito for Miller?

Rumor Thread: Marlins acquire Cashner; Would Nats trade Giolito for Miller?
  Update 2:00 pm (John): Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Pirates are seeking bullpen help now plus prospects for their closer Mark Melancon.  The Pirates price makes sense since they may not be willing to sell now given their past success.  But with the Cubs and Cardinals both playing well, their chances for 2016 are... Read more »
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Cubs GM Meetings and Hot Stove Preview

Cubs GM Meetings and Hot Stove Preview
GM Meetings are often prelude.  It used to be a time when front office types got together to discuss procedural matters.  Deals rarely happened.  The game has changed with the advent of technology: cell phones, texting ,emails, etc. facilitate communication across long distances and among multiple people in the same general time frame. Still, it... Read more »