Category: Free Agency

Thoughts on Cubs hiring of Carter Hawkins as GM, and the statement from Tom Ricketts to season ticket holders

Thoughts on Cubs hiring of Carter Hawkins as GM, and the statement from Tom Ricketts to season ticket holders
Carter Hawkins continues a trend of recent hires by the Cubs from outside the organization which have been widely acclaimed throughout the industry. Among those hires: Dan Kantrovitz as VP or Scouting, Justin Stone as the Director of Hitting, and Craig Breslow as Director of Strategic Initiatives (who has since been promoted to Assistant GM/VP... Read more »

Paring to (and Through?) the Core... the Conclusion

“When my fist clenches, crack it open.Before I use it and lose my cool.When I smile, tell me some bad news.Before I laugh and act like a fool.” Let’s try this again… I was attempting to carry my previous article into the various trade scenarios being bantered about in the media. Click-bait articles abound, with... Read more »

A Look At The Cubs In-House Contractual Decisions

A Look At The Cubs In-House Contractual Decisions
There are times within your life, and times within a baseball organization, when you have to prioritize what is important. Sacrifices may have to be made, but you need to keep your eye on the prize. Some things carry more weight than others. Two beers in the hand are worth one in the chest. Especially... Read more »
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Left Handed Reliever Xavier Cedeño Signs With Cubs

Left Handed Reliever Xavier Cedeño Signs With Cubs
The Cubs finally added a lefty to the bullpen mix signing Xavier Cedeño to a one-year deal Tuesday. According to the Athletic’s Patrick Mooney, the contract is valued at $900,000 and is not guaranteed. The Cubs opened camp hoping to add another reliever who would fit within their budget and landed Xavier Cedeño with a... Read more »

Cubs sign reliever Tony Barnette

Cubs sign reliever Tony Barnette
The Cubs signed another veteran relief pitcher Friday, adding former Ranger Tony Barnette to a one-year deal for $750K. The contract also includes a reported $3M team option for the 2020 season. Cubs sign free agent reliever Tony Barnette to one-year deal plus option for 2020. — Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) February 1, 2019 The 35... Read more »

Cubs Continue Adding Bullpen Depth: Sign Junichi Tazawa

Cubs Continue Adding Bullpen Depth: Sign Junichi Tazawa
The Cubs continued their concerted effort to add bullpen depth, signing Junichi Tazawa to a minor-league deal. Cubs sign reliever Junichi Tazawa to minor league deal. — Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) January 26, 2019 The 32 year-old came from Japan to the Red Sox in 2009 and was highly effective early in his career. He hasn’t... Read more »
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Cubs Sign Reliever George Kontos to Minor League Deal

Cubs Sign Reliever George Kontos to Minor League Deal
The Cubs added another veteran reliever Friday, agreeing to a minor-league deal with George Kontos. Kontos, an Illinois native. has played most of his career for the San Francisco Giants. Bruce Levine of 670 the Score was the first to break the news. Chicago Cubs and reliever George Kontos in agreement on minor league deal.... Read more »

Cubs Sign Relief Pitcher Brad Brach

Cubs Sign Relief Pitcher Brad Brach
The Cubs made a veteran addition to their bullpen signing right-hander Brad Brach to a one-year deal Thursday. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported the deal as being valued at $4.35 million with an option for 2020 that could make the deal $9.5 million. Brach deal with #Cubs is at least $4.35M for one year, sources... Read more »

Cubs Rumors: Heyward to Giants? Harper Watch

Cubs Rumors: Heyward to Giants? Harper Watch
Hope everyone had a good holiday whatever you celebrate. The Cubs hot stove is starting to show a flicker of heat. At least enough for me to write a new rumor article. The Bryce Harper to Cubs talk refuses to die, despite getting very little oxygen. With that in mind, scenarios to unload Jason Heyward’s... Read more »
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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 »