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Thoughts, Quotes, and Reactions to the Acquisition of Ian Stewart

Thoughts, Quotes, and Reactions to the Acquisition of Ian Stewart

You know, for a relatively minor deal, there is a whole lot of acrimony. Is it deserved? What’s the future for Ian Stewart, and our faith in Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer?

Theo Epstein Adds More Detail to the Circumstances Upon Which Carlos Zambrano Could Return to the Cubs

Theo Epstein Adds More Detail to the Circumstances Upon Which Carlos Zambrano Could Return to the Cubs

It still doesn’t seem likely, but Epstein wants to make sure everyone knows it’s possible.

by December 9, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
A Little More on the Cubs’ Rule 5 Pick, Lendy Castillo

A Little More on the Cubs’ Rule 5 Pick, Lendy Castillo

The Cubs took a chance on a high upside reliever yesterday in the Rule 5 Draft. He’s got the stuff, but it’s a long way from A-ball to the bigs.

Theo Epstein Thinks About Things Differently and Other Bullets

Theo Epstein Thinks About Things Differently and Other Bullets

Pujols leaving the Central meant something different to Epstein. Everybody’s mum on Darvish, more Rule 5 Draft info, Jim Hendry’s ready to return, and the Epstein compensation fight marches on.

Chicago Cubs Trade DJ LeMahieu and Tyler Colvin to the Rockies for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers

Chicago Cubs Trade DJ LeMahieu and Tyler Colvin to the Rockies for Ian Stewart and Casey Weathers

Seems like quite a bit to give up for a third baseman who hasn’t done anything in two years.

Lukewarm Stove: About Those Matt Garza/Texas Rangers Trade Discussions

Lukewarm Stove: About Those Matt Garza/Texas Rangers Trade Discussions

Yes, they’re talking. And, yes, the Cubs are asking for a huge return.

by December 8, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Winter Meetings Thursday Mid-Day: Just Another Quiet Day, Right?

Winter Meetings Thursday Mid-Day: Just Another Quiet Day, Right?

The biggest positional domino (Albert Pujols) and the biggest pitching domino (CJ Wilson) just fell. So, where do things stand for the Cubs on a number of rumors?

Multiple Reports: Albert Pujols Will Sign with the Los Angeles Angels

Multiple Reports: Albert Pujols Will Sign with the Los Angeles Angels

Ten years, $250 to $260 million. And a full no-trade clause. St. Louis weeps.

by December 8, 2011 MLB News and Rumors
The 2011 Rule 5 Draft – Live Updates and Discussion

The 2011 Rule 5 Draft – Live Updates and Discussion

The Cubs may pick up or lose some fringe prospects today. Live coverage of the Rule 5 Draft here.

by December 8, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
Theo Epstein’s Thoughts on Long-Term Contracts and Other Bullets

Theo Epstein’s Thoughts on Long-Term Contracts and Other Bullets

He’s not a fan. The Rule 5 Draft is this morning, Carlos Pena is still on the Cubs’ payroll, compensation to the Padres should be easy, and Tim McCarver is an award-winner.

You Gotta Be Kidding Me: Albert Pujols Decision Not Expected Today

You Gotta Be Kidding Me: Albert Pujols Decision Not Expected Today

No one believes he is still seriously considering the Cubs, but that doesn’t mean his decision isn’t holding up the Cubs.

Japanese Ace Yu Darvish Will Be Posted Later Today

Japanese Ace Yu Darvish Will Be Posted Later Today

The pitcher will be made available to the MLB team who bids the most … just to talk to him.

Winter Meetings Wednesday Evening: Hey, Something Actually Happened

Winter Meetings Wednesday Evening: Hey, Something Actually Happened

It was the Marlins, and it was Mark Buehrle. But it was something. Rumors still flying about Pujols, Fielder, Kuroda and Stewart, as well as bits on Ike Davis, Kerry Wood, and Yu Darvish. And more.

Report: Marlins Sign Mark Buehrle (UPDATE)

Report: Marlins Sign Mark Buehrle (UPDATE)

Four years and $58 million. UPDATE: Pondering the Carlos Zambrano-related implications.

by December 7, 2011 MLB News and Rumors
Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena Decline Arbitration

Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena Decline Arbitration

As expected. If they sign elsewhere, the Cubs get a couple draft picks.

by December 7, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
The Padres Acquire Houston Street, and Suddenly Rumors of Ian Stewart Pop Up Again

The Padres Acquire Houston Street, and Suddenly Rumors of Ian Stewart Pop Up Again

With the Padres off the market for a closer, did the Cubs just lose their best bargaining chip in trying to get Chase Headley? Maybe they’re trying to regain a little negotiating leverage.

WInter Meetings Wednesday Morning: Pujols, Fielder, Gonzalez, Pena, Zambrano, Cespedes

WInter Meetings Wednesday Morning: Pujols, Fielder, Gonzalez, Pena, Zambrano, Cespedes

As the Pujols turns … it’s the third day in Dallas at baseball’s Winter Meetings. Here’s another roundup of the latest rumors.

Albert Pujols is Gumming Up the MLB Transaction Works

Albert Pujols is Gumming Up the MLB Transaction Works

What happened to the incredibly active Winter Meetings we were supposed to have? My guess: Albert Pujols happened.

Dale Sveum Hearts the Cubs’ Pitching Staff and Other Bullets

Dale Sveum Hearts the Cubs’ Pitching Staff and Other Bullets

The Cubs have the pitcher to go far, says Sveum. Hmm. David DeJesus is probably leading off, Jed Hoyer doesn’t like no-trade clauses, and the coaching staff should be finalized soon.

Winter Meetings Tuesday Evening: Fielder, Pujols, Darvish, Soriano, Gonzalez, Cespedes, Danks, Beckham

Winter Meetings Tuesday Evening: Fielder, Pujols, Darvish, Soriano, Gonzalez, Cespedes, Danks, Beckham

More of the latest from the Winter Meetings. Albert Pujols is close to a decision, the Cubs are probably in on Prince Fielder, the Cubs might not be in on Yu Darvish, and much, much more.

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