Epstein continues to impress. Today, he candidly and carefully addressed the recent rash of Matt Garza trade rumors.
Month: January 2012
Things turn quickly. Or, appearances aren’t always as they seem. Some truism like that.
The move opens up a 40-man roster spot for Paul Maholm.
The recently-turned 22-year-old catcher-turned-pitcher is taking well to his new craft.
The latest from around the rumor mill as we run up to the Cubs Convention. Can the Cubs move Alfonso Soriano? How openly are the Cubs discussing a Matt Garza trade? Is Carlos Marmol a lock to return to the Cubs?
The Cubs’ newest prospects all slide into the organizational top 30 according to both men, and the Cubs’ system as a whole is on the rise.
I hop on a podcast to discuss Matt Garza, Paul Maholm and Prince Fielder. Maholm says his shoulder is all good, Bud Selig is coming back, and Koyie Hill will eat our souls.
Neither fact should be used to conclude anything about the truth or falsity of the sexual assault allegations.
The Maholm signing isn’t a “precursor” to another move, the Cubs have offered Kerry Wood a “substantial” raise, and Jeff Samardzija is expected to prepare to be a starter in Spring Training.
A source believes the Cubs and Wood aren’t going to be able to come to an agreement.
As always, there are a huge number of interesting sessions, and fun events.
At first glance, this looks like a steal for the Cubs.
Is signing Kerry Wood really just business? Randy Wells could be the odd man out, Jed Hoyer will be on TV, and Greg Maddux is a hipster.
The Cubs have been negotiating with Maholm for some time. His addition would bring the presumed members of the 2012 rotation to … six.
David Mick schools us in the sabermetrics associated with assigning “one number” to the players and prospects involved in a trade, leading us to the ultimate question: what is Matt Garza “worth”?
How far down the road is probably debatable, but it sounds like the talks are at least serious.
Most sources agree: the Cubs netted a pitcher of approximately equivalent value when they swapped Carlos Zambrano for Chris Volstad. But a lower maintenance pitcher, with more team control.
Teams may not be interested in such an expensive risk. We should find out for sure soon enough.
The Cubs want Wood back, and Wood wants to come back. But could the offered contract really be so bad that Wood has no choice but to go elsewhere?
Who will join the late Ron Santo? The Red Sox still expect a “quality player” for Theo Epstein, the Cubs Convention is coming up, and the Cubs have released a few minor leaguers.
The Cubs still want to go eight or nine deep, but they’re closer to that than you might think. The Cubs wisely hold off on commenting on Castro, and fans have low expectations for 2012.
Jed Hoyer is excited to have Anthony Rizzo in the fold, and Anthony Rizzo is excited to be in the fold. What do you know? I’m excited, too.
Wow. Big trade. The first baseman of the future is here.
But can you really count them “in”? The Fielder sweepstakes remains very much up in the air, but today’s Anthony Rizzo acquisition probably takes the Cubs out.
The Cubs are working the phones to unload Soriano for some cash savings, with the Orioles popping up the most frequently.
The allegations are serious, but we know very little right now.