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Daily Facepalm 2.1.12

Garza arbitration hearing set for Friday Matt Garza's arbitration hearing is set for Friday. The Cubs offered $7.5m and Garza asked for $12.95m. We haven't heard any rumblings about a settlement, but that doesn't mean much given the Cubs reporters' access to this front office. No word from ace Cubs reporter Nick Cafardo of the […]

More on Theo Epstein compensation

Nick Cafardo hears from one AL executive that the compensation for Theo Epstein will likely be significant. 10. The Cubs and Red Sox will soon meet with a representative of the Commissioner’s Office or the commissioner himself to discuss the Epstein compensation issue. The best school of thought on this comes from an AL GM […]

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been busy

The Cubs were having a rather quiet offseason until December 23rd when they traded Sean Marshall. In a span of one month they’ve traded Marshall, DJ LeMahieu, Tyler Colvin, Carlos Zambrano, Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Ha. All of them except Ha were on the team’s 40-man roster. A new front office trading current players is […]

“You better know who your ninth starter’s going to be”

I’ve been a bit confused by one of Theo’s comments since taking over as President of Baseball Operations. “We need starting pitching. You can’t take your chances very seriously as a club if you go in to the season without, not just five guys you can point to, but six, seven and eight guys. You […]

Winter Meetings Day 2 Open Thread ***UPDATED***

Carlos Zambrano is convinced he’ll remain a Cub next year. DALLAS — Carlos Zambrano has told friends that after meeting with Cubs President Theo Epstein a few weeks ago in Chicago, he’s convinced he will be able to remain a Cub in 2012. “All the things he wanted to see gone are now gone,” said […]

Cubs news and rumors

Manager MILWAUKEE — The Cubs will meet Wednesday with Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum about their vacant managerial position. Sveum was already scheduled to travel here to meet with the Red Sox about a their manager job. Chicago general manager Jed Hoyer said there is no favorite among the candidates and no deadline to select […]

When Theo Met Carlos: A Cubs Story [Kindle Edition]

“We met today at his request,” Epstein said. “It went well. He expressed a strong desire to be a Cub (again) and an even stronger desire to have a strong 2012 season. He’s in great shape. He’s working out twice a day, pitching down in Venezuela. I told him that we’d let him earn his […]

Theo’s First Mistake

It’s still really early in the Era of the Super Friends, so the opportunities for Theo and the Wonder Twins to screw up have been minimal so far. Maybe you disagreed with the firing of Quade (you should open your mouth a little wider when you speak). You weren’t alone if you wished Ryne Sandberg […]

Carlos Zambrano’s Trade Value

I feel like the debate regarding whether or not to trade Carlos Zambrano has been ongoing for as long as his career has. In reality it began after the 2006 season. So much of his career as a starter has seen fans and media members argue in one way or another that Zambrano should be […]

An example of very poor journalism

I was reading this article on CSN Chicago by Patrick Mooney and came across this part of it: No, Francona wouldn’t need a formal interview here, but there are many reasons to doubt a reunion, from the way the Red Sox collapsed to a Cubs front office that doesn’t want to “recreate the Boston show.” […]

Terry Francona wants Cubs job?

Dave Van Dyck is reporting that a source close to Terry Francona is saying that Tito “deep down” badly wants to manage the Cubs. For his part, Francona says he is “trying to stay under the radar” with his unspoken candidacy, but a source very close to him says “deep down” he badly wants to […]

Should the Cubs sign Starlin Castro to an extension?

I haven’t heard any rumors about the Cubs being willing to throw Starlin Castro a multi-year extension, but thought it might be interesting to consider it. The point of signing him to the extension would to be to buy out all or at least some of his arbitration years in order to keep the cost […]

Reality Check

As Cubs fans we’re used to not getting good news. If some player leaves a game early we’re trained to think it’s a career ending surgery that will lead to Aaron Miles or Neifi Perez taking over full time. If the team is leading we think it’s only a matter of time before they’ll be […]

Theo Begins a New Era By Eating Lunch (gasp!)

The Age of Theo is upon us and the world of Cubdom is dancing about as much as someone can dance until you stop and remember that we haven’t won anything yet.  But this is what we wanted when the Ricketts took over from the stodgy, crusty Tribune. We wanted a real sign that the […]

Hoyer and McLeod to Cubs officially official?

Jed Hoyer is expected to be named the new GM of the Cubs sometime next week. Jason McLeod will presumably become the Assistant GM. I won’t tell you about the post I had ready to publish before the Theo news broke this evening other than I didn’t really believe the Hoyer to Cubs speculation. The […]

Not Everyone is Happy About Theo Coming to the Cubs

I am used to seeing some pretty awful stuff written in the Sun-Times.  After years of employing Jay Marriotti, you pretty much just expected ooze to seep from the newspaper, but you get used to the usual players.  Telander lives off his reputation and phones in the occasional column consisting of one word paragraphs, shallow […]

Talks at a stalemate, Theo as President only?

Not that we didn’t already know this considering how long the two sides have been at it, but Gordon Edes says the two sides are stalemated though some progress has been made. There appears to be resolution on at least one issue, according to a baseball source who has spoken with Red Sox officials. As […]

Relax, Cubs fans!

Brett on Bleacher Nation has done a fantastic job rounding up the Theo rumors over the past week. It’s been one of the few sites I even bother to check for info. It’s something that would drive most people mad seeing as how conflicting the reports are. The only quibble I have with any of […]

Evaluate GM Decisions At The Time They Are Made!

You’ve probably read similar articles elsewhere and are sure to read them in the future, but the Boston Globe took a look at Theo’s transactions and marked them as successes or failures. If you’ve been reading this site or ACB before it for any amount of time you know I have serious issues with how […]

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