When a Japanese team decides he’s willing to let a player negotiate with US teams, there’s a process that I’m sure you’re all familiar with. It’s called the posting system. Currently, the highest bid wins the right to negotiate exclusively with the player. I mentioned yesterday that changes could be coming, but changes could be […]
Gordon Whittenmeyer has an article up that claims the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija are quite far apart on a possible contract extension. He says that getting one done this offseason, or ever with the Cubs, seems unlikely at this point. He also claims the Cubs would trade him by the deadline or even this offseason […]
Masahiro Tanaka is among the leaders in who the OV crowd predicts the Cubs will sign and not too surprisingly, we've already learned they are interested. According to Phil Rogers, Tanaka will be the Cubs top priority this offseason. There's good reason for that, but I wanted to compare him to some other Japanese pitchers, […]
Mike Olt was acquired in July, along with CJ Edwards, Justin Grimm and a player to be named later (Neil Ramirez), for Matt Garza. Olt was having a horrible season and there were vision concerns at the time of the trade. I seem to recall it being better or even all fixed at the time […]
John Allen Muhammad, one of the two DC Snipers, plead not guilty. He was later found guilty and sentenced to death. He was killed by the government in November 2009.
The Cubs signed Ryan Sweeney to a 2-year deal for $3.5 million according to Bob Nightengale. The Chicago
I know all of you have been laying awake at night and wondering if you might get a chance to see either Billy Williams or Ernie Banks at the Cubs Convention in January. Sure, they have both been there every other year, and the Cubs never miss an opportunity to trot the 1969 Cubs out […]
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)
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 […]
I don't really care whether or not Brad Ausmus replaces Dale Sveum, but someone here might so here's what Julie has to say. I didn't read it all and don't care because it's just rearranging deck chairs. If it happens, it's not a big deal. Zero wins added. O deck chairs added.
MLBTR linked an article that was written by Ken Rosenthal that discussed the Cubs manager Dale Sveum. Rosenthal's article Sooner or Later, Sveum's a Goner offers some information I had not yet read. Essentially, the Cubs hired Sveum as a bridge to the a bigger name. But let’s get one thing straight: The Cubs did […]
Tom Tango's Fans Scouting Report is up now. I'd been meaning to publish a link to it, but forgot so thanks to an email I got from Tango, it's being done now. The full list of teams and brief explanation can be found and the Cubs players can be found below. So please take 10 […]
Apparently you can't do anything at all once you sign a contract with the Cubs. Take, for example, section C(2) of the Cubs' guarantee language. It says the Cubs may convert a player's contract "If Player is injured in any Prohibited Activity." The prohibited activities are as follows: "(A)uto racing, motorcycling, piloting, co-piloting, learning to […]
Well, this doesn’t make me too confident in the Cubs financial situation. Cubs GM Hoyer confirms money the big issue in moving DeJesus. Saves 2.5 mil. Hoyer left door open for DeJesus return if option not picked up — Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs)
David DeJesus was just traded to the Washington Nationals. Why on earth did this happen?