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Cubs Reportedly Sign James McDonald to a Minor League Deal

Cubs Reportedly Sign James McDonald to a Minor League Deal

The 29-year-old righty dealt with shoulder issues last year.

Chicago Cubs Reportedly Agree to Terms with Jason Hammel (UPDATE: One-Year, $6M)

Chicago Cubs Reportedly Agree to Terms with Jason Hammel (UPDATE: One-Year, $6M)

Among the better “lesser” pitching options on the market.

by January 31, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Keith Law’s Top 14 Cubs Prospects for 2014 Has a Few Surprises

Keith Law’s Top 14 Cubs Prospects for 2014 Has a Few Surprises

Quite a few pitchers in the top 14, actually. So that’s nice.

by January 31, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
So, Maybe Ubaldo Jimenez Isn’t As Attractive on a Bargain Deal As I Thought

So, Maybe Ubaldo Jimenez Isn’t As Attractive on a Bargain Deal As I Thought

More context for Jimenez’s 2013 success really frames his free agency in a different way.

by January 31, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Arbitration Hearings Can Start Next Week: Cubs and Jeff Samardzija Close on a Deal?

Arbitration Hearings Can Start Next Week: Cubs and Jeff Samardzija Close on a Deal?

There was a decent-sized gap in the ask and the offer. Has it been closed? And what about a long-term deal?

by January 31, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors
A New Pitch for Dallas Beeler? And Other Bullets

A New Pitch for Dallas Beeler? And Other Bullets

Beeler has always been an interesting, if not compelling, pitching prospect. Will things be different in 2014?

Lukewarm Stove: Blue Jays Moves, Samardzija, Burnett, Yoon, Chen, Prospects

Lukewarm Stove: Blue Jays Moves, Samardzija, Burnett, Yoon, Chen, Prospects

The Blue Jays missed on a couple earlier deals, so they continue to wait. So does the market.

by January 30, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Guest Post: The Chicago Cubs, Baseball Currency, and the Importance of Prospects

Guest Post: The Chicago Cubs, Baseball Currency, and the Importance of Prospects

Accumulating young players and prospects isn’t solely about dreaming on their future productivity.

by January 30, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
How is Baseball Doing These Days? Are We Concerned About Demographics Yet?

How is Baseball Doing These Days? Are We Concerned About Demographics Yet?

Fans of baseball are getting older and older, and viewership continues to recede.

by January 30, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: That Rosemont Offer is Still on the Table

Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: That Rosemont Offer is Still on the Table

But it doesn’t sound like anyone expects the Cubs to actually entertain it.

by January 30, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Minor League Baseball is Awesome: Kane County Cougars Theme Nights

Minor League Baseball is Awesome: Kane County Cougars Theme Nights

The Cougars have released their theme night schedule. Ah, minor league fun.

by January 30, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
The Highs and Lows of the Cubs’ Catching Situation and Other Bullets

The Highs and Lows of the Cubs’ Catching Situation and Other Bullets

As encouraging as the starting situation looks, the depth and future are terrifying.

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