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Cubs have talked extension with Jeff Samardzija

From Jed Hoyer via David Kaplan: "We've had discussions w/Samardzija because we like him + want to keep him. We'll see where things go. We like hearing he wants to be here." — David Kaplan (@thekapman)

Muskat: Cubs poised to name Rick Renteria next manager

From Muskat: Theo Epstein hired Dale Sveum to help establish the Cubs Way, and now he's picked Rick Renteria to take the team to the next level. On Thursday, the Cubs will introduce Renteria as their 53rd manager and fourth in the last five years, according to a Major League source. There will be no […]

Red Sox continue to be assholes

I wish I could say this was surprising, but the Red Sox ownership couldn’t do anything that would surprise me. The Cubs have been denied permission to ask about Lovullo’s availability for their managerial job, at least for now, as Red Sox higher-ups are claiming their agreement to allow Theo Epstein to leave to become […]

Changes coming to the posting system as early as November 1st

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 […]

Gordo claims Jeff Samardzija extension is unlikely

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 Stats and Scouting Report, Why the Cubs are Interested

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 wants to win the 3rd base job

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 […]

10 years ago today

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.

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 […]

Fans Scouting Report

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 […]

Cubs players can’t do anything

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 […]

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