The Cubs re-signed Darnell McDonald to a minor league contract on the non-tender deadline.
Remember to vote for the Hall of Fame here at Obstructed View. Jacoby Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, has said that he wants Carl Crawford money for his client. Crawford, who signed with the Red Sox after the 2010 season got $142 million over 7 years (that's the benchmark for Boras for his newest client). Is […]
Teams have inquired on Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija and the Blue Jays are putting together a package of young players to try and land him, a source tells Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com (on Twitter). Even though Anthopoulos is looking into starters, he insisted that he has yet to make an offer to anyone (
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)
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 […]
Per Mark Gonzalez of the Tribune on
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 […]
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)