The move will save the Cubs a little green for 2012.
Archive for October, 2011
The Cubs may have to explore a bad contract swap if they want to move Alfonso Soriano this Winter, but would the Angels’ Vernon Wells be a desirable – or even fair – return?
Quade will meet for a second time with Cubs brass this week, and will be informed of his future (or non-future) with the team.
After winning the World Series, LaRussa is going out on top. I hated typing that.
Kerry Wood and Carlos Pena, among others, are officially free agents. The Cubs could get in on CC Sabathia, Buster Olney doesn’t expect much compensation to the Sawx, and Carlos Zambrano is being scouted.
Ramirez is unlikely to return to the Cubs in 2012, and may have played his last game as a Cub.
New blood may want the revenue associated with a center field jumbotron. Ryan Dempster is a leader, the Cubs are targeting another front office hire, sabermetrics and the Cubs, the Tax Man is a-callin’, and Josh Vitters is a-tryin’.
Dempster will return to the Cubs in 2012 for a cool $14 million.
The Commissioner doesn’t think the Red Sox and Cubs can come to an agreement by Tuesday. The third base market sucks, Bryan LaHair has high hopes, Matt Szczur is nice, and ‘The Wall’ at Wrigley Field.
The State fully-funded the construction of a multimillion-dollar restaurant at U.S. Cellular Field, but an agreement provides that the White Sox don’t have to share any of the profits with the State.
What is the plan with respect to some of the most important legacy members of the Chicago Cubs’ front office?
At least it wasn’t his rotator cuff. Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein are fast friends, Bud Black rumors popping up, Keith Law hates the Cubs’ 2011 draft, a tome on Jed Hoyer, and MLB’s amateur signing issues.
Not one, not two, not three, not four…
Epstein is reserving judgment, but, more importantly, is crafting the right public message.
Or he may not. It depends. Maybe. Yes, yes, he wants to stay. Or not. No, probably not. The beat goes on.
He was under contract through 2012, and instead will get severance. UPDATE: Gordon Wittenmyer disputes the report.
Who wouldn’t love Castro? Carlos Zambrano is pitching in Venezuela, personnel could still be coming from Boston, John Farrell is not coming from Toronto, and Epstein doesn’t want to talk about Ryne Sandberg.
What’s been expected for a week is now officially official: Theo Epstein has added two trusted aides to his front office staff.