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Samardzija signs a $55m extension? UPDATE: Nope.

All the baseball writers were apparently scooped by the ESPN coverage of today's Indiana-ND game.  Had 2 rewind DVR 2 make sure heard it right, but ESPN's Indiana-ND hoops broadcast said Jeff Samardzija has resigned w/

Mark Prior Retires

Mark Prior officially announced his retirement today at the winter meetings. Sadly, this was a move a long time coming. Prior threw his last big league pitch over seven years ago and has been trying to make it back ever since, but his body just couldn't hold up.  Despite everything that has happened since the 2003 season, […]

“Daily” Facepalm 11.26.13

Anything happening with Samardzija? Tom Loxas reported that the Cubs and Jays might be close last weekend, but since then nothing as happened, and other sources (i.e. Julie's) say not much is happening. I don't really see much happening either. Still, Loxas's sources seem to think that the Cubs want to get some resolution on Samardzija […]

Cubs (officially) putting their WGN broadcast rights up for auction

In a move widely expected for some time, the Cubs excercised a contractual option to end their TV deal with WGN following next season, according to the Chicago Tribune. TV deals are where the big money is these days and while it's not the whole Cubs package (70 games or so) the Cubs will likely be […]

“Daily” Facepalm – 11.3.13 : Deckchair removed from Titanic

Brad Ausmus to manage Tigers Ausmus is currently in Detroit finalizing the deal. Hopefully the contact includes a clause requiring Ausmus to smoke five packs a day to ensure continuity with previous leadership. Gammons originally quasi-connected the Cubs with Ausmus weeks ago, though it was unclear whether there was actually any interest or if it […]

Cubs shopping Castro for pitching?

Matthew Cerrone of Metsblog is reporting that the Cubs are looking for pitching in a Starlin Castro trade, 'according to people familiar with the organization'. With Javier Baez breathing down his neck much more quickly than expected and the equally fast-moving Kris Bryant blocking Baez from moving to 3b, the Cubs might have to make up their […]

Cubs to make a run at Brian McCann?

Tim Dierkes from MLBTR tweets: Have talked to multiple agents who think Cubs will spend good money on FA catcher this winter. They are underestimating Welington Castillo! — timdierkes (@timdierkes)

Dale Sveum fired

Per Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs fired Dale Sveum today. Honestly, I would have been okay with this whichever way it went. I was never super enamored with Sveum, but I don't think he's awful either. The best guess is that Sveum was fired due to some combination of: Starlin Castro regressed big time this year […]

Could Starlin Castro be run out of town?

Castro was dropped to eighth in the batting order last night, right about where he belongs based on his numbers this season. Not surprisingly, Starlin Castro is a little frustrated with his season. Per the Sun-Times: Sometimes you have a tough season and you want to please everybody. But when you listen to everybody, it’s […]

Series Preview: Reds (65-52) at Cubs (52-65)

The Reds have had a great season, and all they have to show for it is looking up at two teams above them in the standings. At least they have a relatively solid grip on that last wild card spot, though that (thankfully) isn't as great of a position as a team would like. Joey […]

Series Preview: American League (107-94) at National League (94-107)

Team overviews Since the usual would make no sense, I'll list the top three players as well as the team that leads the league in that category. Players with an asterisk did not make the ASG roster.   NL Team NL 1st NL 2nd NL 3rd AL Team AL 1st AL 2nd AL 3rd wRC+ 110 (Cardinals) 162 […]

Daily Facepalm 7.10.13

Cubs 'closing in' on deal with Taiwanese RHP Jen-Ho Tseng MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez says the Cubs are close to a deal with the Taiwanese pitcher, who is ranked 29th in mlb.com's list and 23rd on BA's. For a while he projected to be the #1 prospect in this year's class, but he scuffled a bit […]

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