Another busy November Monday (was there this much news in prior Novembers and I slacked, or is this genuinely the newsy-rumoriest November in years? I’m thinking the latter). Plenty of Lukewarm Stove bits and another excellent front office hire will be discussed later, among other things. Until then, bullets…

  • Ken Rosenthal¬†reports¬†that the long-running collective bargaining agreement fight over changes to how teams spend on the draft is at a close or very near it. According to Rosenthal, “the new deal is expected to include significant restraints on the amount of money teams spend on draft picks and significant changes in draft-pick compensation for free agents.” As a team newly-wont to spend greatly on the draft – and with a front office who creatively takes advantage of draft-pick compensation – these changes could be harmful to the Cubs. Until we see what the changes actually are, however, it’s hard to say how harmful.
  • Another one of those these-are-the-Cubs-managerial-candidates writeups. This, from Carrie Muskat, gives a few paragraphs on each candidate – Pete Mackanin, Dale Sveum, Mike Maddux, and Sandy Alomar, Jr.


  • Patrick Mooney discusses the Cubs’ new statistically-inclined bent, despite pleas from Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer that it’s not all about the quantitative side of the game. Mooney looks at each of the Cubs’ four managerial candidates’ responses to questions about their approach to using statistics.
  • I noted last week that Dale Sveum was getting a second interview with the Boston Red Sox, and it looks like that will happen as soon as Tuesday. He’ll meet with Red Sox owner John Henry, so it’s fair to say he’s a finalist for that job.
  • A couple of write-ups on the charity event this weekend attended by Theo Epstein and a few other baseball executives (raising funds for Hurricane Irene victims in Vermont). One focuses on Epstein’s relationship with Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman, who says he’s learned to be “very, very wary” of dealing with Epstein (which he meant as a compliment), and another is a more thin take on the event.
  • Two sources told the AP that the sale of the Houston Astros to Jim Crane is on the agenda at this week’s owners meetings, to be voted on Thursday. The deal is believed to include an agreement by Crane to move the Astros to the American League, beginning with the 2013 season.


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