In, out, in, and out again – Francona doesn’t see the Cubs’ job as a good fit right now, and says he’d be better off sitting 2012 out.
Month: November 2011
Multiple sources say the Cubs are going to listen to offers on any player this Winter. The Cubs are reportedly looking at Bruce Chen, will “consider” re-signing Kerry Wood, and are in on another Cuban prospect.
The lefty is looking for at least four years and at least $56 million, so these could be some pricey meetings.
The Cubs will continue the process of following up with candidates this week, and hopefully narrow the list down to a final choice by the end of the week or early next week.
A deal could be for more than just Theo compensation, but it won’t involve prospective managers. Theo and Jed will meet Starlin Castro, Ryne Sandberg will probably head back to Philly, and not everyone loves the proposed CBA.
The new CBA could immediately cost the Cubs a draft pick, other Cubs-centric rumors, plus more news and rumors from around MLB.
Baseball America focuses on the Cubs’ 2011 draft and upper-level prospects in the Cubs’ system.
Two team sources say the Japanese ace is on the Cubs’ radar this Winter.
Epstein met with Zambrano yesterday, and outlined the process by which Zambrano can return to the Cubs for the 2012 season. That’s the story, anyway.
The Chicago Cubs’ third baseman will not be returning to the team in 2012 says his agent.
The Cubs aren’t kidding around. Theo hopes to settle his compensation issue this week, the CBA is close (but no cigar), Scott Boras talks about Fielder and Pena, and Shiraz Rehman has duties.
Jed Hoyer interviewed Hale via phone yesterday.
Matt Kemp gets big money, Jose Reyes probably will soon, the Marlins could move Hanley Ramirez and Gaby Sanchez, and Chase Headley might not be available yet. Plus plenty more from a busy weekend and Monday around baseball.
Execs touch on a wide range of subjects, from Prince Fielder versus Albert Pujols, to Mark Buehrle versus CJ Wilson, to Yu Darvish versus Stephen Strasburg, to the Cubs’ manager versus the Red Sox manager.
And, given the marketplace, the Cubs might be able to net a nice return, despite Marmol’s down 2011.
The former Director of Player Personnel for the Diamondbacks is the newest member of the Chicago Cubs’ ever-expanding front office of awesomeness.
And a source says Wood is expected to return to the Cubs in 2012.
A new CBA is on the way, the Cubs sift managerial candidates, one of those candidates is going back to Boston, and the Houston Astros’ sale/move could be approved this week.
In other words, neither Ryne Sandberg nor Terry Francona got the job.
Sandy Alomar, Jr. describes the process a bit more, pundits place guesses, Carlos Zambrano pitches better, and Theo Epstein still loves the Red Sox.
The Cubs will get a closer look at the Cuban star to decide whether they want to make an offer.
The Cubs’ offseason plans could come into focus, a new manager could be hired soon, Theo will meet with Carlos Zambrano, and the Marlins go nuts on free agent offers.
Yesterday’s (final?) managerial candidate met with the media, as did the Cubs’ GM. All the interesting and relevant quotes.
Well, the new logo and uniforms certainly are … bold.
Another big ‘ole round-up of news and rumors from around MLB, each of which touches on the Chicago Cubs.
The Cleveland Indians’ bench coach is a bilingual, up-and-coming, Chicago resident.