Alfonso Soriano may finally be on the move, the Albert Pujols smoke thickens, the Angels pick up a catcher not named Geovany Soto, Yu Darvish’s situation remains up in the air, and much, much more.
Month: November 2011
Ricketts talks about the budget, changes to the draft, Wrigley renovations, roster moves, Carlos Zambrano, and more.
The versatile 31-year-old outfielder is a solid addition.
An interview with the man in charge of MLBTR about the Chicago Cubs’ offseason plans, chances in 2012, and long-term prospects.
More rumors on what the Cubs might get for Matt Garza, plans for Jeff Samardzija, and interest in Prince Fielder, David Wright and David DeJesus, among others.
Another interesting take on the Chicago Cubs’ farm system.
GM Jed Hoyer sounds confident Pena will depart for a multi-year deal. The Cubs coaching staff is taking shape, Bryan LaHair is back in Venezuela, and Carlos Zambrano is flipping.
Cubs Rumor Blowout: More Pujols Smoke, Chase Headley, Ian Stewart, and David DeJesus Interest, and a Hoyer in a Pear Tree
Today bore as many Cubs rumors as the last few weeks combined. So much hasn’t yet been covered, including more on Pujols, a Jed Hoyer interview, and bits on Chase Headley, Ian Stewart, and David DeJesus.
Might take a similar job with the Texas Rangers next year.
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum looks to have hired his top lieutenant.
An examination of the reasons the Chicago Cubs should not sign free agent first baseman, Prince Fielder.
The Cubs’ left fielder is still owed $54 million over the next three years, so the Cubs are near the point where they’d take just about any salary relief to unload Soriano.
A variety of sources say the possibility Garza is dealt is becoming more real. The Cubs are expecting a haul, though.
The front office could be planning any number of things for 2012. Randy Wells is available, Carlos Marmol should be traded, Ron Santo should be a Hall of Famer, and Matt Murton is staying in Japan.
Oh my. Pursuing Fielder was almost an expectation at this point, but Pujols? That’s pretty surprising.
An examination of the reasons the Chicago Cubs should sign free agent first baseman, Prince Fielder.
One report says the Cubs have been “very aggressive” behind the scenes, both in trade talks and in pursuing a variety of free agents.
If Pena departs via free agency, the Cubs will pick up an extra draft pick between the first and second round in 2012.
The Cubs have about two weeks to figure out what to do with their arbitration-eligible players. Lou Montanez is gone, and so is Ed Wade.
Z needs a little more rest. Joe Girardi digs Dale Sveum and Theo Epstein, the Cubs are still irked about the CBA, Marwin Gonzalez’s Winter plans change, and Junior Lake will have a long year.
There are fears that Darvish will not be posted, but SI says he is still more likely than not to come to the States this year. Matt Garza is good, Josh Vitters is coming along, and the Cubs have re-signed some minor leaguers.
Kevin Goldstein takes on the Cubs’ system, describing it as thin in star power, but heavy in depth. Short scouting reports on the top players, too.
Dale Sveum wants an old friend as pitching coach, and wants Craig Counsell on his bench. Theo Epstein is unhappy about the CBA changes, and Jim Hendry anticipated it.
Ramirez was expected. Pena was a bit of a surprise.
Pre-Thanksgiving bits on Prince Fielder, Matt Garza, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish, Carl Crawford, Geovany Soto, Carlos Marmol and more.
Carlos Marmol is clearly a tradable piece, but what about Geovany Soto? And is Hank Conger an intriguing trade target?