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Lukewarm Stove: Not Selling, Niese, Samardzija, Giants, Astros, Shields, Much More

Lukewarm Stove: Not Selling, Niese, Samardzija, Giants, Astros, Shields, Much More

The Cubs reportedly aren’t interested in Jon Niese anymore. Any other pitcher trades make sense? A familiar face, perhaps? Plus so much more from the rumor mill.

Weekend Catch-Up: Pitching Rumors, Roster Moves, Frustrating Games, More

Weekend Catch-Up: Pitching Rumors, Roster Moves, Frustrating Games, More

Rumor bits to discuss, together with roster moves and frustrating baseball.

Rumor: Cubs and Mets Have Discussed Lefty Jon Niese (UPDATE: Dodgers Interested?)

Rumor: Cubs and Mets Have Discussed Lefty Jon Niese (UPDATE: Dodgers Interested?)

Is Niese the guy he was a few years ago? Or is here purely a back-end depth guy? And if the latter, how much is he really worth?

by June 28, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: Waiting on Sellers, Nationals Salary, Mets Need Bats, More

Lukewarm Stove: Waiting on Sellers, Nationals Salary, Mets Need Bats, More

It’s almost July, but the true sellers still haven’t emerged from the pack.

Theo Epstein Speaks: Buyers and Sellers, Lester, Schwarber, Maddon, More

Theo Epstein Speaks: Buyers and Sellers, Lester, Schwarber, Maddon, More

The Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations discussed a range of topics in a few radio interviews this morning.

Report: Cubs Targeting Scott Kazmir as Possible Trade Piece

Report: Cubs Targeting Scott Kazmir as Possible Trade Piece

Kazmir has made sense as a rental for the Cubs for a while. This just adds a little to that discussion.

by June 25, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Pitcher Needs, Hamels, Phillies, Reds, Cueto, Sale, Rodriguez, More

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Pitcher Needs, Hamels, Phillies, Reds, Cueto, Sale, Rodriguez, More

Are the Cubs going to pick up a pitcher sooner rather than later? Are the recent Hamels/Rangers rumors going anywhere? Are the Reds selling?

Financial Flexibility, Future Chicago Cubs Trade Activity, and the Impending IFA Period

Financial Flexibility, Future Chicago Cubs Trade Activity, and the Impending IFA Period

How active will the Cubs be on the trade market? How much salary can they take on? And how do those things relate to the new IFA period, coming in 10 days?

Rumor: Rangers and Phillies Discussing Cole Hamels

Rumor: Rangers and Phillies Discussing Cole Hamels

We’ll see if this heats up, but, for now, it emphasizes how fluid the trade market is.

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs in Contention, Hamels Scratched, Papelbon, Kazmir, Castro, More

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs in Contention, Hamels Scratched, Papelbon, Kazmir, Castro, More

The Cubs are “clearly in contention,” so they’ll continue to look for upgrades – including on the starting pitching side.

More Indications that Cubs Will Blow Out IFA Budget Starting on July 2

More Indications that Cubs Will Blow Out IFA Budget Starting on July 2

Another report has the Cubs among the teams gearing up to spend big this year.

Phillies Reportedly Scouting Cubs Minor League System

Phillies Reportedly Scouting Cubs Minor League System

Keeping in mind that teams scout other teams’ systems all the time, there is a plausible connection here with respect to Jonathan Papelbon.

by June 12, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Jonathan Papelbon Reportedly Interested in Cubs, but Phillies Trade Demands May Be Steep

Jonathan Papelbon Reportedly Interested in Cubs, but Phillies Trade Demands May Be Steep

You never quite know what the Phillies will seek in return, but it seems highly likely that a sell-off is coming. Papelbon can block trades to many teams.

Will the Chicago Cubs Look Like a Good Fit to David Price? Sure Sounds Like It

Will the Chicago Cubs Look Like a Good Fit to David Price? Sure Sounds Like It

The lefty ace will be one of the top free agents after this season, and he wants to go somewhere that sounds a lot like Chicago.

Lukewarm Stove: Mets and Brewers Talk Trade, Scouts on Lake, Cubs on Relievers, More

Lukewarm Stove: Mets and Brewers Talk Trade, Scouts on Lake, Cubs on Relievers, More

The draft is over, and the rumors are now going to start flying even more aggressively.

Cubs Have Reportedly Had Trade Talks with Phillies about Closer Jonathan Papelbon

Cubs Have Reportedly Had Trade Talks with Phillies about Closer Jonathan Papelbon

This is coming even after the Cubs got Rafael Soriano.

Javier Baez Likely Out Closer to Six to Eight Weeks, Muddying Midseason Waters

Javier Baez Likely Out Closer to Six to Eight Weeks, Muddying Midseason Waters

With an earlier return, not much might change with the Cubs’ midseason plans (whatever they are). Now? It’s a little more difficult.

Chicago Cubs Sign Free Agent Rafael Soriano to Minor League Deal

Chicago Cubs Sign Free Agent Rafael Soriano to Minor League Deal

If Soriano’s stuff has returned, he’d immediately be a big help in the Cubs’ bullpen.

by June 9, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors

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