Category: Cubs Rumors

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 »

The Case for Making a Splash Now (And for Yu Darvish)

The Case for Making a Splash Now (And for Yu Darvish)
There have been two large schools of thought on the Cubs offseason. One has been that the Cubs should execute a cautious approach. This approach is what the Cubs offseason has largely looked like so far. They have chosen to invest in short term deals with slightly higher AAV committed to the players. They have... Read more »

What Now?

What Now?
The two biggest dominoes fell in less than 24 hours to finally break the logjam that has been the 2017-2018 off-season. The Cubs were reportedly a possibility for each of Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton, but instead each went to an AL team as the hot stove might finally heat up. The extent of the... Read more »
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Cubs Make the First Cut for Ohtani

Cubs Make the First Cut for Ohtani
Shohei Ohtani is the most anticipated free agent signing of the offseason. He is perhaps the most unique player of the modern era. Ohtani is one of the youngest Japanese players to come over, and so any comparisons to previous imports is apples to oranges. He can hit 100 mph with his fastball, but is... Read more »

When the Stove Heats Up, Keep Kyle Schwarber

When the Stove Heats Up, Keep Kyle Schwarber
This has been one of the slowest offseasons for trades and free agent signings in my memory, and the popular view is that the markets for Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton are holding up the rest of the dominoes. Right now, Stanton being moved seems likely to happen before Ohtani chooses a team,... Read more »

Could The Cubs Do A Bad Contract Swap With Jason Heyward?

Could The Cubs Do A Bad Contract Swap With Jason Heyward?
On December 15, 2015 the Cubs signed Jason Heyward to an eight-year $184 million contract. The tall right fielder was one of the most highly sought-after players on the free agent market that year. Heyward had a lot of appeal due to his elite defense and offensive ability that showed flashes of emerging. Teams believed... Read more »
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Tuesday Talking Points: An Anniversary, SP Depth, Best Bullpen, Craig Sager

Tuesday Talking Points: An Anniversary, SP Depth, Best Bullpen, Craig Sager
This week marks my one year anniversary at Cubs Den. I remember the excitement of opening the email from John last December, and I also remember feeling a bit nervous about hitting “publish” on that first piece. Myles and I came aboard at the same time, and I’ve genuinely enjoyed his work here along with... Read more »

Cubs Notes: Could Cubs deal Bowden? Orioles interested in Feldman? Updates from AZ prospects

Cubs Notes: Could Cubs deal Bowden? Orioles interested in Feldman? Updates from AZ prospects
My schedule is somewhat reversed from many in that I have less time on the weekends, so let’s catch up on some news and notes over the past couple of days. Cubs activate Matt Garza, DFA Michael Bowden.  Is a minor deal in the works? I was at the game yesterday when the Cubs DFA’d... Read more »

Anthony Rizzo locked up by Cubs, Samardzija and Garza next?

Anthony Rizzo locked up by Cubs, Samardzija and Garza next?
These are heady times to be a Cubs fan. I have always truly envied franchises that preemptively locked up their young talent. Cleveland was really good at it back in the 90’s when they had a wealth of young stars coming through their organization. Tampa Bay has been sort of the model franchise of late.... Read more »
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Cubs "lay groundwork", expect to make deals before the winter meetings

Cubs "lay groundwork", expect to make deals before the winter meetings
The GM meetings passed and the Cubs didn’t get anything done as far as addressing their key needs (SP, OF, 3B) on the roster.  That doesn’t mean we have to necessarily wait until the December winter meetings, however. I don’t think there’s going to be a void of news between now and Nashville,” the Cubs’... Read more »