Category: Winter Meetings

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 »

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 »

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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The Offseason Through the Lens of the Long Term

The Offseason Through the Lens of the Long Term
Set against the magnitude of what teams like the Angels and Yankees are doing this offseason, the Cubs’ approach to the winter might seem underwhelming or even disappointing to some. They have picked around the edges of the roster, adding Tyler Chatwood, Brandon Morrow, and Drew Smyly so far, but other than being among the... Read more »

Taking Stock of the Rumor Mill

Taking Stock of the Rumor Mill
The winter meetings are here, and with them comes the inevitable flurry of free agency and trade activity. The Cubs still have gaps to fill, and as things stand currently, there are a couple of possibilities looming. First, there’s the rumored signing of former Rays pitcher Alex Cobb. This has lingered in the air for... Read more »

What to expect from the Cubs in the 2013 Winter Meetings

What to expect from the Cubs in the 2013 Winter Meetings
With all the trades and major signings and trades so far, in some ways it feels like the winter meetings have already begun.  That isn’t necessarily true of the Cubs, who have picked up potential role players in backup catcher George Kottaras and LH reliever Wesley Wright as well as players who will provide depth... Read more »
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Winter Meetings Thread: McDonald, Navarro, Kazmir, non-tenders and other notes

Winter Meetings Thread: McDonald, Navarro, Kazmir, non-tenders and other notes
Today seems as good as any day to start our Winter Meetings thread, which are actually about a week away.  That doesn’t mean things can’t happen until then.  It’s safe to assume the Cubs have laid down some groundwork during the GM meetings and it’s possible teams may want to strike before the meetings start,... Read more »

Winter Meetings Day 2 Preview: Cubs could get creative at 3B, Rule 5 trade an option

Winter Meetings Day 2 Preview: Cubs could get creative at 3B, Rule 5 trade an option
The Cubs didn’t get a deal done as of this writing, but we learned a lot about what to expect.  It isn’t much different than our original preview.  It also mirrors what we talked about on our “Rebuilding the Cubs” article. The Cubs have 3 roster spots open for now and will lose one once... Read more »

The Domino effect: What Pujols, Wilson signings means for the Cubs

The Domino effect: What Pujols, Wilson signings means for the Cubs
Well, perhaps Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer haven’t been quite as idle as we think they’ve been.  By staying in the race for Albert Pujols — or at least allowing people to think they were in the race, he was able to drive the best hitter off the best team in the NL Central.  The... Read more »
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Cub Winter Meetings Notes 12/8: Darvish, Garza, Johnson, Rule 5 Draft

Cub Winter Meetings Notes 12/8: Darvish, Garza, Johnson, Rule 5 Draft
Things began to get a little interesting late last night, although not all of it was good news for the Cubs.  Here’s a few tidbits to start the day and keep our fingers crossed that this will be the day the Cubs finally do something.  David DeJesus was a nice, solid signing…but we need more... Read more »