That sound you hear is hundreds of Cubs fans hitting the floor after fainting from excitement.
Yeah, the title is a little on the nose, but this picture from a BN’er demanded a headline. Also, a video look at Kyuji Fujikawa.
Bits on the Cubs’ targets for the week, Alfonso Soriano, Kyuji Fujikawa, Derek Holland, and R.A. Dickey, among others.
A brief look at what you can expect this week.
This goes beyond the mere, generic “listening to offers” or even “shopping him around.” It sounds a bit more concrete.
The reliever can get some extra cash if he becomes the Cubs’ closer.
The Japanese closer gets two years and at least $9.2 to 9.5 million.
Potentially Interesting Non-Tenders: Lannan, Pelfrey, Jurrjens, Torres, Sweeney, Reynolds, Wilson, Others
The free agent lanscape shifted considerably yesterday, particular in the “rummage bin” category – and that’s not an insult to these guys.
Are you ready for games starting on February 23?
The roster, the ballpark, the offseason.
Non-Tender Decisions: Garza, Samardzija, Russell, Valbuena Tendered, Stewart, Chapman, Putnam Non-Tendered
As the day wore on, the Stewart part became expected. Chapman and Putnam are a mild surprise.
Pursuing Bourn would be something of a surprise. But is it a pleasant one?
Does that mean both Ian Stewart and Luis Valbuena will be non-tendered?
It’s been a busy couple days around baseball.
Obviously the big decision for the Cubs is whether or not to tender third baseman Ian Stewart a contract.
A highly-touted prospect and a lesser-discussed one. Each is looking for a breakout in 2013.
Yeah, that’s somewhat sarcastic. But not as much as I wish it was. Brett Jackson’s offseason, Rob Deer already at work, and early Draft looks.
The 25-year-old comes over from the Commissioner’s Office.
If you’re not going to use technology to make stupid music videos featuring folks you respect and admire, you’re doing it wrong.
The latest from the Lukewarm Stove has a few familiar names resurfacing.
A few Chicago writers have already shared some thoughts on Sammy’s candidacy.
After just seven at bats in the VWL, Vitters was sent home. At least Luis Valbuena is raking down there, right?
The 32-year-old free agent visited Chicago a couple weeks ago.
The Cubs were never credibly connected to Upton, but, at that price … should they have been?
How does the Feldman signing impact the rest of the offseason? And what’s the plan for Feldman?
The move drops the 40-man roster back down to 40 to accommodate newly-signed pitcher Scott Feldman.