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Cubs Sign Pitcher Andrew Carpenter to Minor League Deal with Spring Training Invite

Cubs Sign Pitcher Andrew Carpenter to Minor League Deal with Spring Training Invite

The 27-year-old righty will fight for a spot in the bullpen.

Prospects’ Departure: Peralta, Cerda, Burgess, Jiminez

Prospects’ Departure: Peralta, Cerda, Burgess, Jiminez

The Rule 5 Draft was probably a net loss for the Cubs, but hopefully it won’t be by the time next season is over. Still, some of the losses sting.

Winter Meetings Week Ends and Other Bullets

Winter Meetings Week Ends and Other Bullets

There wasn’t a lot of action around baseball, but it’s coming. Also, Fujikawa is coming. And big changes to TV deals could be coming.

Winter Meetings Thursday Evening: Revere, Bourn, Soriano, Youkilis, Johnson, Wells

Winter Meetings Thursday Evening: Revere, Bourn, Soriano, Youkilis, Johnson, Wells

There wasn’t a ton of activity on the final day of this year’s Winter Meetings, which mirrored the rest of the week. But there are things to discuss.

Chicago Cubs Re-Sign Ian Stewart ($2 Million, Plus $500K in Incentives – Deal Not Guaranteed)

Chicago Cubs Re-Sign Ian Stewart ($2 Million, Plus $500K in Incentives – Deal Not Guaranteed)

Welcome back, Ian.

by December 6, 2012 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Reports: Jason Grilli Will Decide Between Cubs, Blue Jays, and Pirates Eventually (UPDATES: Probably Pirates)

Reports: Jason Grilli Will Decide Between Cubs, Blue Jays, and Pirates Eventually (UPDATES: Probably Pirates)

Each has offered a two-year deal, apparently. (LATEST UPDATE: Grilli says he’s undecided, but tea leaves strongly say Pittsburgh.)

by December 6, 2012 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Early Look at Cubs Rule 5 Pick Hector Rondon

Early Look at Cubs Rule 5 Pick Hector Rondon

Big, hard-throwing reliever with upside. But, he’s also had two elbow surgeries in the last three years.

2012 Rule 5 Draft (LIVE) – Picks, Moves, Reactions, etc.

2012 Rule 5 Draft (LIVE) – Picks, Moves, Reactions, etc.

The Cubs pick second overall.

Winter Meetings Thursday Morning: Schierholtz, Other Outfielders, Dempster, Marmol, Reynolds, Lannan

Winter Meetings Thursday Morning: Schierholtz, Other Outfielders, Dempster, Marmol, Reynolds, Lannan

The overnight/early morning rumors are tied in large part to the Nate Schierholtz signing.

Scott Boras Says the Cubs Are Rich and Other Bullets

Scott Boras Says the Cubs Are Rich and Other Bullets

The superagent – the master of only-slightly-veiled messages – talks about how valuable the Cubs are, and how much money the Ricketts must be making in appreciation.

BREAKING: Cubs Sign Outfielder Nate Schierholtz to One-Year Deal (UPDATE: $2.25M Plus Incentives)

BREAKING: Cubs Sign Outfielder Nate Schierholtz to One-Year Deal (UPDATE: $2.25M Plus Incentives)

The 28-year-old was non-tendered by the Phillies. Multiple reports say it’s happening.

by December 5, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Now *That’s* a Rumor: The Cubs and Ryan Dempster Are Reportedly Talking About a Contract

Now *That’s* a Rumor: The Cubs and Ryan Dempster Are Reportedly Talking About a Contract

No offer is on the table, but conversations are happening. Reportedly.

by December 5, 2012 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Winter Meetings Wednesday Evening: Blanton, Betancourt, Farnsworth, Free Agent Offers, Rule 5 Draft

Winter Meetings Wednesday Evening: Blanton, Betancourt, Farnsworth, Free Agent Offers, Rule 5 Draft

The Cubs have some offers out to free agents, but no time table for hearing on them. Here’s the latest from Nashville.

Fun With Movie Posters: Bryan LaHair is Mr. Baseball

Fun With Movie Posters: Bryan LaHair is Mr. Baseball

A silly diversion from Winter Meetings (inaction) stress …

by December 5, 2012 Cubs Humor
Winter Meetings Wednesday Afternoon: Keppinger, Holland, Grilli, Dempster, Bay

Winter Meetings Wednesday Afternoon: Keppinger, Holland, Grilli, Dempster, Bay

Keppinger is off the Cubs’ board, and it looks like he’s going to the other side of Chicago.

Lukewarm Stove: Is Jason Bay the Bounce-Back Candidate Du Jour for the Cubs?

Lukewarm Stove: Is Jason Bay the Bounce-Back Candidate Du Jour for the Cubs?

He’s got a long way to bounce.

by December 5, 2012 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Tomorrow’s Rule 5 Draft: Expect Anything

Tomorrow’s Rule 5 Draft: Expect Anything

Annually one of the most fun – even if overrated – events of the year. So what can we expect from the Cubs? Is it even possible to credibly answer that?

Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Marmol Drawing “Plenty of Interest”

Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Marmol Drawing “Plenty of Interest”

That doesn’t mean the Cubs will deal them for certain, but it’s nice to have options.

by December 5, 2012 Chicago Cubs Rumors

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