Articles by: Brett Taylor


Chicago Cubs Claim Righty Zach Putnam Off Waivers from Rockies

Chicago Cubs Claim Righty Zach Putnam Off Waivers from Rockies

The 25-year-old reliever will presumably be a candidate for the bullpen next year.

Report: The Cubs Are Interested in Dan Haren (UPDATES: Bruce Levine Hears It, Too)

Report: The Cubs Are Interested in Dan Haren (UPDATES: Bruce Levine Hears It, Too)

We’d speculated it earlier in the week, and now there’s a national report to match the speculation. (UPDATES: More confirmations of Cubs’ interest.)

by November 2, 2012 Chicago Cubs Rumors

Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Don’t Expect Any State Help

Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Don’t Expect Any State Help

Governor Quinn got his way on the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority.

by November 2, 2012 Chicago Cubs News
Cubs Hire New Minor League Hitting Coordinator (Essentially): Anthony Iapoce

Cubs Hire New Minor League Hitting Coordinator (Essentially): Anthony Iapoce

He spent the last couple years as a roving hitting instructor in the Blue Jays organization.

Arizona State and the Cubs End Their Plans to Share New Facilities in Mesa

Arizona State and the Cubs End Their Plans to Share New Facilities in Mesa

ASU isn’t too happy about it, and wants to make sure everyone knows.

by November 2, 2012 Chicago Cubs News
Dan Plesac Will Interview for the Cubs’ Color Job and Other Bullets

Dan Plesac Will Interview for the Cubs’ Color Job and Other Bullets

He’ll join Eric Karros as the two formal candidates of which we’re aware. Also, some second base prospects get some love.

A Complete Transcript of Tonight’s Season Ticket Holder Conference Call With Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer

A Complete Transcript of Tonight’s Season Ticket Holder Conference Call With Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer

I was fortunate enough to sit in on tonight’s call, and I scribbled notes furiously. Enjoy.


Oh My: Carrie Muskat Says the Cubs Have Been in Contact with Ryan Dempster’s Agent (UPDATE: “Far From Serious”)

Oh My: Carrie Muskat Says the Cubs Have Been in Contact with Ryan Dempster’s Agent (UPDATE: “Far From Serious”)

Yeah, you read that correctly. What that contact means, we don’t yet know. (UPDATE: Doug Padilla says the talks are “far from serious.”)

by November 1, 2012 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Options Decisions and the Cubs: Youkilis, Reynolds, Soria, Feldman, Braden

Options Decisions and the Cubs: Youkilis, Reynolds, Soria, Feldman, Braden

The free agent market opened up a bit more this week, and here’s a look at how a handful of names might impact the Cubs’ offseason plans.

Astros’ GM Offers a Really Fascinating Description of What Kevin Goldstein Does for the Astros

Astros’ GM Offers a Really Fascinating Description of What Kevin Goldstein Does for the Astros

If I could oversimplify it, he’s the Astros’ resident Internet nerd.

by November 1, 2012 MLB News and Rumors
Super Joe is Just Clark Kent and Other Bullets

Super Joe is Just Clark Kent and Other Bullets

Joe Mather is gone, Eric Karros is favored, Starlin Castro’s agent is fired, and we’re having a Little Boy.

Bruce Levine on Johnson, Marmol, Polanco, Barney, LaHair, Greinke, Hamilton, Expected Payroll

Bruce Levine on Johnson, Marmol, Polanco, Barney, LaHair, Greinke, Hamilton, Expected Payroll

Quite a few relevant and interesting hot stove-type discussions here.

by October 31, 2012 Chicago Cubs Rumors

Royals Acquire Ervin Santana from Angels

Royals Acquire Ervin Santana from Angels

It cost a borderline non-prospect, but Santana will be expensive in 2013.

Ken Rosenthal Would Be Surprised if Angels *Don’t* Trade a Pitcher This Week

Ken Rosenthal Would Be Surprised if Angels *Don’t* Trade a Pitcher This Week

Option decisions on Dan Haren and Ervin Santana are looming, and one or both is expected to be dealt soon.

Theo Epstein on Carlos Marmol and the Closer Situation for 2013

Theo Epstein on Carlos Marmol and the Closer Situation for 2013

How does Epstein feel about Carlos Marmol going into 2013, and how would Epstein deal with a void at the back of the bullpen if it should develop.

by October 31, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors