Archive for November, 2011

Theo Epstein, Carlos Zambrano, and a Story About “Earning His Way Back”

Theo Epstein, Carlos Zambrano, and a Story About “Earning His Way Back”

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 Aramis Ramirez “Ship Has Sailed”

The Aramis Ramirez “Ship Has Sailed”

The Chicago Cubs’ third baseman will not be returning to the team in 2012 says his agent.

by November 15, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors

Jason McLeod, Himself, Will Observe Yoenis Cespedes and Other Bullets

Jason McLeod, Himself, Will Observe Yoenis Cespedes and Other Bullets

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.

by November 15, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Obsessive New Manager Watch: Chicago Cubs Have Interviewed DeMarlo Hale

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Chicago Cubs Have Interviewed DeMarlo Hale

Jed Hoyer interviewed Hale via phone yesterday.

by November 15, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Lukewarm Stove: Kemp, Reyes, Headley, Pujols, Fielder, Wilson, Ramirez, Cubs

Lukewarm Stove: Kemp, Reyes, Headley, Pujols, Fielder, Wilson, Ramirez, Cubs

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.

Baseball Executives Anonymously Speak Their Mind

Baseball Executives Anonymously Speak Their Mind

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.

by November 14, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors

Lukewarm Stove: Other Teams Are Likely to Ask About Carlos Marmol This Week

Lukewarm Stove: Other Teams Are Likely to Ask About Carlos Marmol This Week

And, given the marketplace, the Cubs might be able to net a nice return, despite Marmol’s down 2011.

by November 14, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Chicago Cubs Add Another Top Name to the Front Office Mix: Shiraz Rehman

Chicago Cubs Add Another Top Name to the Front Office Mix: Shiraz Rehman

The former Director of Player Personnel for the Diamondbacks is the newest member of the Chicago Cubs’ ever-expanding front office of awesomeness.

by November 14, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Lukewarm Stove: Theo Epstein Has Spoken With Kerry Wood

Lukewarm Stove: Theo Epstein Has Spoken With Kerry Wood

And a source says Wood is expected to return to the Cubs in 2012.

by November 14, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
“Significant” Changes to the Draft Coming and Other Bullets

“Significant” Changes to the Draft Coming and Other Bullets

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.

by November 14, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

The St. Louis Cardinals Have Hired Mike Matheny as Manager

The St. Louis Cardinals Have Hired Mike Matheny as Manager

In other words, neither Ryne Sandberg nor Terry Francona got the job.

by November 13, 2011 MLB News and Rumors
The Cubs’ Managerial Search Enters the Home Stretch and Other Bullets

The Cubs’ Managerial Search Enters the Home Stretch and Other Bullets

Sandy Alomar, Jr. describes the process a bit more, pundits place guesses, Carlos Zambrano pitches better, and Theo Epstein still loves the Red Sox.

Lukewarm Stove: The Cubs Will Hold a Private Workout for Yoenis Cespedes

Lukewarm Stove: The Cubs Will Hold a Private Workout for Yoenis Cespedes

The Cubs will get a closer look at the Cuban star to decide whether they want to make an offer.

by November 13, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Theo and Jed Will Get Down to Business at GM Meetings Next Week and Other Bullets

Theo and Jed Will Get Down to Business at GM Meetings Next Week and Other Bullets

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.

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Sandy Alomar, Jr. Speaks – and So Does GM Jed Hoyer

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Sandy Alomar, Jr. Speaks – and So Does GM Jed Hoyer

Yesterday’s (final?) managerial candidate met with the media, as did the Cubs’ GM. All the interesting and relevant quotes.

by November 12, 2011 Chicago Cubs News