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Lukewarm Stove: Tanaka, Samardzija, Price, Balfour

Lukewarm Stove: Tanaka, Samardzija, Price, Balfour

The waiting game, and hefty prices.

by December 20, 2013 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Prospects Progress: Jorge Soler

Prospects Progress: Jorge Soler

The leg injury really dampened what was shaping up to be a very impressive season.

by December 20, 2013 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
No Kurt Suzuki for the Cubs, Which, Um, Ok?

No Kurt Suzuki for the Cubs, Which, Um, Ok?

He had long ceased to make sense for the Cubs, and he’s getting a big league deal from the Twins.

by December 20, 2013 MLB News and Rumors
Starlin Castro Has $3.6 Million Seized in the Dominican Republic

Starlin Castro Has $3.6 Million Seized in the Dominican Republic

It’s a fairly bizarre story, so far as it has been reported. Hopefully it isn’t a distraction.

by December 20, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
The Merit of “Winning” the Offseason and Other Bullets

The Merit of “Winning” the Offseason and Other Bullets

Is it usually a bad thing to be hailed a winner of the offseason?

by December 20, 2013 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Masahiro Tanaka: Loud Noises! No One Knows Anything

Masahiro Tanaka: Loud Noises! No One Knows Anything

Nothing has been decided about his posting future just yet. Ease up.

by December 19, 2013 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Cubs Add Outfielder Mitch Maier to Minor League Signing Group (Wada, Sanchez, Hottovy)

Cubs Add Outfielder Mitch Maier to Minor League Signing Group (Wada, Sanchez, Hottovy)

The Cubs’ minor league signing contingent is growing very large.

Discussing the Javier Baez, Starlin Castro Shortstop Situation

Discussing the Javier Baez, Starlin Castro Shortstop Situation

Baez is to stay at shortstop in the near-term, and yet he could soon be knocking on the door to the bigs.

Cubs Announced 2014 Minor League Managers, Staff, Coordinators

Cubs Announced 2014 Minor League Managers, Staff, Coordinators

Not a lot of turnover in the organization, which is a good sign.

by December 19, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
No More Blackouts? Well, Not Exactly and Other Bullets

No More Blackouts? Well, Not Exactly and Other Bullets

The FCC is reconsidering things, but the impact to MLB could be minimal.

by December 19, 2013 Chicago Cubs News
Reports Say that Reports Say Masahiro Tanaka Will Not Be Posted (UPDATE)

Reports Say that Reports Say Masahiro Tanaka Will Not Be Posted (UPDATE)

Still waiting to see an original report myself, but that’s what the buzz is.

by December 19, 2013 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Cubs Reportedly Sign Lefty Jonathan Sanchez to a Minor League Deal

Cubs Reportedly Sign Lefty Jonathan Sanchez to a Minor League Deal

Sanchez has fallen on hard times as a starter, but maybe he can reinvent himself in the bullpen.

Cubs Reportedly (Still) Interested in Catcher Kurt Suzuki

Cubs Reportedly (Still) Interested in Catcher Kurt Suzuki

A mild bit surprising, given the presence of Welington Castillo and George Kottaras. A quality third catcher?

by December 18, 2013 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Are We Really Still Debating the Utility of Pitcher Wins and Losses?

Are We Really Still Debating the Utility of Pitcher Wins and Losses?

The stat is not only awful on its own merits, it is harmful because of what it has been held up to be.

by December 18, 2013 Analysis and Commentary
Yet Another Big-Time Cuban Player Defects: Rusney Castillo

Yet Another Big-Time Cuban Player Defects: Rusney Castillo

The 26-year-old outfielder was one of the better players in Cuba, and offers versatility.

by December 18, 2013 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
For Posterity: The MLB/NPB Posting Agreement

For Posterity: The MLB/NPB Posting Agreement

In case you wanted to know the particulars of the recent agreement between MLB and NPB regarding posting players.

by December 18, 2013 MLB News and Rumors
What the Cubs Wanted from the Braves for Jeff Samardzija, and Rebuilding Considerations

What the Cubs Wanted from the Braves for Jeff Samardzija, and Rebuilding Considerations

One report has the Cubs asking for Jason Heyward or Justin Upton, each of whom is a free agent after two seasons.

by December 18, 2013 Chicago Cubs Rumors
MLB’s Revenues Passed $8 Billion This Year and Other Bullets

MLB’s Revenues Passed $8 Billion This Year and Other Bullets

The business of baseball is booming. Say what you will about everything else, but there’s no denying that part.

by December 18, 2013 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors

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