Posts in category "Rumors/Speculation"

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 »

Mets not the only team eyeing Cubs shortstops. And expect Cubs to ask for established MLB pitching

Mets not the only team eyeing Cubs shortstops. And expect Cubs to ask for established MLB pitching
Much has been made of the Mets interested in Starlin Castro or Javier Baez.  The teams match up well in that the Mets need hitting and the Cubs need starting pitching.  Each has what the other team wants. But Mets GM Sandy Alderson has proven difficult to extract value from in the past.  The Cubs... Read more »

Cubs rebuffing offers on Ruggiano, Coghlan; may consider dealing Russell, Wright, Bonifacio for right price

Cubs rebuffing offers on Ruggiano, Coghlan; may consider dealing Russell, Wright, Bonifacio for right price
Jon Heyman wrote something yesterday that seems to have raised some eyebrows, The Cubs have rebuffed inquiries by the Yankees and others for outfielder Justin Ruggiano, and also are expecting to keep the rejuvenated Chris Coghlan, figuring they need outfielders who can hit next year more than a second-tier prospect. After all, this Cubs team has... Read more »
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As trade deadline nears, rumors will fly...but ignore deadline hype. Follow the pattern.

As trade deadline nears, rumors will fly...but ignore deadline hype. Follow the pattern.
The Cubs seasons under Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are essentially split seasons.  The first 3 months are about evaluation and the search for long term parts among their prospects and bargain signings.  The next one is about cashing in short term parts for potential long term pieces, and the last 2 are playing with... Read more »

Cubs still have parts to deal as deadline nears but are all of them worth shopping?

Cubs still have parts to deal as deadline nears but are all of them worth shopping?
There has been little activity since the Cubs big trade of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, but that is to be expected.  The two pitchers were the Cubs most valuable pieces the team had and the only two trade chips expected to bring back impact talent, which as we all know, they did. So what’s... Read more »

Rumor Thread: Buzz on David Price, Javier Baez ,Starlin Castro. Plus Kris Bryant tops one prospect list

Rumor Thread: Buzz on David Price, Javier Baez ,Starlin Castro. Plus Kris Bryant tops one prospect list
There has been a distinct lack of Cubs-related rumors the past 10 days or so, but with 16 days remaining until the non-waiver deadline things will hopefully start to pick up. There are several teams actively seeking relief help, such as the Braves and Angels, which is actually one area the Cubs could afford to... Read more »
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Trade Rumors: Danny Duffy to the Cubs?

Trade Rumors: Danny Duffy to the Cubs?
Trade rumors keep percolating as Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammell both appear to be on their way out of Chicago.  For Hammel, teams that have talked with the Cubs believe he will be moved in the next two weeks.  For Samardzija, a “Top 4″ of Giants, Blue Jays, Royals, and Yankees seems to be emerging. The... Read more »

Turns out Jeff Samardzija talks with Cubs were only mostly dead

Turns out Jeff Samardzija talks with Cubs were only mostly dead
It seems the Cubs are finally winning some ball games.  They are 16-12 since mid-May and 9-6 in June, which is tied for 2nd best in the NL for the month.  This is not to say the Cubs are a winning team all of the sudden, there are too many holes to patch up for... Read more »

Looking ahead to the 2015 Cubs

Looking ahead to the 2015 Cubs
While frustration mounts with another losing season, the Cubs seem to be going ahead as scheduled and positioning themselves to take a step forward next season, much like the Houston Astros have done this year. Spring training will hold some intrigue as Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara will have had about a full season in... Read more »
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Cubs may trade Jason Hammel early

Cubs may trade Jason Hammel early
Last year the Cubs traded Scott Feldman nearly a month before the trade deadline (July 2nd) and picked up two talented, but inconsistent MLB ready players in Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop.  In doing so, they set the market early before trading their big prize, Matt Garza, in a deal that landed 4 good prospects.... Read more »