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Cuban Infielder Aledmys Diaz Could Sign Soon, Will Reportedly Receive Offer from Cardinals

Cuban Infielder Aledmys Diaz Could Sign Soon, Will Reportedly Receive Offer from Cardinals

The Cubs were connected to Diaz last year, but we haven’t heard much lately. He could get $20 to $30 million.

by February 19, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Tom Ricketts Speaks: Rooftops, Outfield Signage, Spending, Playoffs

Tom Ricketts Speaks: Rooftops, Outfield Signage, Spending, Playoffs

Is a rooftop deal close? Is the right field sign going up? Is there spending on the way? Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?!? (Relax, Jim.)

by February 19, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Starlin Castro is in Great Shape, Did Some Hitting, is Ready to Go, and All That Good Stuff

Starlin Castro is in Great Shape, Did Some Hitting, is Ready to Go, and All That Good Stuff

Does any single player mean more to the 2014 – and beyond – Cubs than Castro?

by February 19, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Reds Set to Extend Homer Bailey – Six Years, $105 Million

Reds Set to Extend Homer Bailey – Six Years, $105 Million

What do the numbers look like if Jeff Samardzija were to get a similar deal?

by February 19, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
They Have THE POWER – Two Cubs Prospects Among Those with the Best Power Tool

They Have THE POWER – Two Cubs Prospects Among Those with the Best Power Tool

You know one of ‘em is Javier Baez, but who’s the other one? And who has the top power tool overall? Spoiler: it’s Baez.

by February 19, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Building the Cubs: Parallel Fronts and Adjusting “The Plan”

Building the Cubs: Parallel Fronts and Adjusting “The Plan”

Were the Cubs ever really going to try and build on parallel fronts? If so, why haven’t they? What do we make of more losing?

by February 19, 2014 Analysis and Commentary
Developing Prospects in the Minors and the Majors and Other Bullets

Developing Prospects in the Minors and the Majors and Other Bullets

Anthony Rizzo has some thoughts on developing the next wave of youngsters for the Cubs.

Well at Least Justin Masterson and the Indians Aren’t Close to an Extension Just Yet

Well at Least Justin Masterson and the Indians Aren’t Close to an Extension Just Yet

Hope remains that at least a few of the big name would-be free agent starters will actually make it to the market.

by February 18, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
Cubs Players Shooting Hoops, or, Is There Anything Javier Baez Can’t Do?

Cubs Players Shooting Hoops, or, Is There Anything Javier Baez Can’t Do?

Don’t play him in HORSE. You will lose. Well, unless you’re Ryan Sweeney.

Checking in on TV Deals Around Baseball: Dodgers, Padres, Astros

Checking in on TV Deals Around Baseball: Dodgers, Padres, Astros

Of note to the Cubs: even after inking a big money deal, the potential problems don’t go away.

by February 18, 2014 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
Among the Craziest – and Baseball Bat-iest – Baseball Fights You’ll Ever See

Among the Craziest – and Baseball Bat-iest – Baseball Fights You’ll Ever See

Featuring a dude swinging a bat at the pitcher’s head … and it wasn’t even the batter.

by February 18, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
Jason Hammel Doesn’t Want to Be Flipped – How Can We Make That Happen?

Jason Hammel Doesn’t Want to Be Flipped – How Can We Make That Happen?

Pondering the scenarios in which Hammel is not traded by the Cubs midseason.

Positional Players Report Today, and We’re Off and Running

Positional Players Report Today, and We’re Off and Running

The first full squad workout is tomorrow. Baseball!

by February 18, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Javier Baez Arrives in Arizona to Destroy Spring Training and Other Bullets

Javier Baez Arrives in Arizona to Destroy Spring Training and Other Bullets

Take heed, ye pitchers of the Cactus League. Javier the Destroyer is upon you.

Orioles Reportedly Agree to Terms with Ubaldo Jimenez – Jeff Samardzija Impact?

Orioles Reportedly Agree to Terms with Ubaldo Jimenez – Jeff Samardzija Impact?

The Orioles were believed to be among the leading, and most logical, suitors for Samardzija.

by February 17, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Around the League: Cardinals Insurance, Garza Vacation, Yankees Questions, Raccoon

Around the League: Cardinals Insurance, Garza Vacation, Yankees Questions, Raccoon

Why didn’t Matt Garza accept an offer from the Angels? And how do the Cardinals replace injured players so easily?

by February 17, 2014 MLB News and Rumors
Let’s Talk About Extensions: Homer Bailey, Jeff Samardzija, FA Starters, Atlanta Braves

Let’s Talk About Extensions: Homer Bailey, Jeff Samardzija, FA Starters, Atlanta Braves

The Reds are on the verge of extending Homer Bailey, and it bums me out. Also: is a no-trade clause the Samardzija hang-up?

by February 17, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Details on Emilio Bonifacio’s Contract and Chances to Make the Team

Details on Emilio Bonifacio’s Contract and Chances to Make the Team

Bonifacio gets $2.5 million plus incentives if he makes the big league team, which seems likely at this point.

by February 17, 2014 Chicago Cubs News

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