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The New CBA is Announced: Draft, Free Agency, HGH Testing, Instant Replay Among the Notable Changes

The New CBA is Announced: Draft, Free Agency, HGH Testing, Instant Replay Among the Notable Changes

The new CBA changes a number of things in dramatic ways. The draft and international free agency are wildly different. Ditto free agent compensation.

by November 22, 2011 MLB News and Rumors
Soxenfreude: Kenny Williams for a Day

Soxenfreude: Kenny Williams for a Day

A burglar apparently really wanted to live the life of Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams.

by November 22, 2011 Cubs Humor
Lukewarm Stove: The Hard Sell on Yoenis Cespedes?

Lukewarm Stove: The Hard Sell on Yoenis Cespedes?

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been to the Dominican Republic to see the Cuban star, and possibly meet with his advisor. What might it mean?

by November 22, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
The Gravity of the Cubs’ Farm System Woes and Other Bullets

The Gravity of the Cubs’ Farm System Woes and Other Bullets

I didn’t know just how bad it’s been. Dale Sveum talks about pitch counts, Ryne Sandberg returns to the Iron Pigs, Matt Garza is not valuable, and Marlon Byrd is thankful.

Lukewarm Stove: The Cubs’ Rebuilding Process, Cespedes, Darvish, Sizemore, Buehrle, Pujols

Lukewarm Stove: The Cubs’ Rebuilding Process, Cespedes, Darvish, Sizemore, Buehrle, Pujols

Theo Epstein says building for the future trumps winning in 2012, Epstein and Hoyer are in the DR to meet with Yoenis Cespedes’ advisors, Yu Darvish might not be available, Mark Buehrle could get four years and $60 million, and much more.

by November 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Chicago Cubs 2012 Spring Training Schedule

Chicago Cubs 2012 Spring Training Schedule

The Cubs released their 2012 Spring Training schedule today.

by November 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Multiple Teams Have Contacted the Cubs About Matt Garza – And the Cubs Are Listening

Multiple Teams Have Contacted the Cubs About Matt Garza – And the Cubs Are Listening

The Yankees, Red Sox, and Rangers, among them. There are a number of reasons the Cubs should be listening – and they are.

by November 21, 2011 Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Rumors
The (First) Official Bleacher Nation Shirt is Now Available

The (First) Official Bleacher Nation Shirt is Now Available

The Bleacher Nation shirt is here – and it comes in a variety of styles. It’s not the greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s the greatest thing since bread.

by November 21, 2011 Meta
Dale Sveum Starts Assembling His Coaching Staff by Building from Within

Dale Sveum Starts Assembling His Coaching Staff by Building from Within

Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo will be back in 2012, and others are expected back as well. But what about pitching coach Mark Riggins?

by November 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Tyler Colvin to the Red Sox? and Other Bullets

Tyler Colvin to the Red Sox? and Other Bullets

Could Colvin be the compensation for Epstein? The new CBA is expected tomorrow and will include HGH testing, the AFL is over, and Astros fans are pissed about the move.

God’s Wrath Knows No Offseason: Carlos Zambrano Eats a Line Drive

God’s Wrath Knows No Offseason: Carlos Zambrano Eats a Line Drive

Sixteen stitches later, Zambrano says he’s all right, and will make his next scheduled start in Venezuela. Ozzie Guillen is skeptical.

by November 20, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Lukewarm Stove: About Prince Fielder and Dale Sveum

Lukewarm Stove: About Prince Fielder and Dale Sveum

Can new Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum help get Prince Fielder to come to the Cubs? Wait. Are the Cubs even planning on pursuing Fielder?

by November 19, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Dale Sveum Dominates the Bullets and Other Dale Sveum Bullets About Dale Sveum

Dale Sveum Dominates the Bullets and Other Dale Sveum Bullets About Dale Sveum

Tons more from the last 24 hours of Dale-mania, including his thoughts on Zambrano, Castro and Marmol. His plans for the coaching staff, and more. Oh, and stuff on re-signing Kerry Wood. So there’s that.

by November 19, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Roster Moves: Vitters, Lake, Szczur, Beliveau In, Montanez, Caridad, Smit Out

Roster Moves: Vitters, Lake, Szczur, Beliveau In, Montanez, Caridad, Smit Out

The Cubs are preparing for next months’ Rule Five Draft by protecting some of their top prospects.

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