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Archive for December, 2012

Stomaching The “Process” in the “Rebuilding Process”

Stomaching The “Process” in the “Rebuilding Process”

It’s very easy to talk about “years,” but it’s another thing to live them. When are the Cubs going to start spending money again, anyway?

by December 10, 2012 Analysis and Commentary
Prospects’ Progress: Loosen and Hernandez

Prospects’ Progress: Loosen and Hernandez

One of the Cubs’ better infield prospects (about whom you’ve heard little), and a pitching prospect (about whom you’ve heard little).

Yes, Virginia, Having a Huge Payroll Matters and Other Bullets

Yes, Virginia, Having a Huge Payroll Matters and Other Bullets

The Dodgers’ spending spree is likely to spark debate about the importance of spending a lot of money on payroll.

by December 10, 2012 Chicago Cubs News
Rays Send Shields and Davis to Royals for Crapload of Prospects

Rays Send Shields and Davis to Royals for Crapload of Prospects

Including, of course, uber prospect Wil Myers. Any impact to the Cubs here?

by December 10, 2012 MLB News and Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: Ludwick, Ross, Bourn, Soriano, Jackson, Otani, Greinke, Dempster

Lukewarm Stove: Ludwick, Ross, Bourn, Soriano, Jackson, Otani, Greinke, Dempster

With Greinke signed, you can expect an uptick in activity. And things might get interesting in the Cubs’ outfield.

by December 9, 2012 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Dodgers Reportedly “Closing In” on Six-Year, $145 Million Deal with Zack Greinke (UPDATE: Agreed to Terms)

Dodgers Reportedly “Closing In” on Six-Year, $145 Million Deal with Zack Greinke (UPDATE: Agreed to Terms)

Not quite yet a done deal, but it looks like it’s going to happen. And the Dodgers will continue their quest to sign every expensive player ever.

by December 8, 2012 MLB News and Rumors
That McCarthy Deal and the “Crazy Market” and Other Bullets

That McCarthy Deal and the “Crazy Market” and Other Bullets

The Cubs were in on Brandon McCarthy, Ryan Dempster is turning down offers, the market is acting strangely, and Carlos Marmol is a good soldier.

by December 8, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Well, Shucks – Brandon McCarthy Signs with Diamondbacks

Well, Shucks – Brandon McCarthy Signs with Diamondbacks

For just two years and $15.5 million. Grumble.

by December 7, 2012 MLB News and Rumors
Fujikawa Introductory Press Conference: Role, Why the Cubs, and Flippability

Fujikawa Introductory Press Conference: Role, Why the Cubs, and Flippability

The Cubs’ new reliever is planning to set-up for Carlos Marmol, is excited about the Cubs, and doesn’t seem to worried about the possibility of a trade.

by December 7, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: McCarthy, DeJesus, Grilli, Stewart, Marmol, More

Lukewarm Stove: McCarthy, DeJesus, Grilli, Stewart, Marmol, More

A surprisingly dense, and rather interesting, Lukewarm Stove on the heels of the Winter Meetings.

by December 7, 2012 Chicago Cubs Rumors
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.

by December 6, 2012 Chicago Cubs Transactions, MLB News and Rumors
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

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