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Theo Epstein Speaks: Welington Castillo’s Future, Roster Flexibility, Pitching Additions, More

Theo Epstein Speaks: Welington Castillo’s Future, Roster Flexibility, Pitching Additions, More

The Cubs could go with three catchers, if it comes to that, or they could find a landing spot for Castillo. Also: they can and will make additions as necessary.

by February 22, 2015 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: Hamels, Moncada, Greinke, Beachy, Zimmermann, Shields

Lukewarm Stove: Hamels, Moncada, Greinke, Beachy, Zimmermann, Shields

Moncada and Hamels remain popular names. Zimmermann might cut off extension talks, Beachy signs with the Dodgers, more.

by February 21, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Spring Training Blowout: Trade Candidates, Excitement, Pictures, Videos, More

Spring Training Blowout: Trade Candidates, Excitement, Pictures, Videos, More

So much to see, read, and discuss coming out of Mesa, Arizona.

by February 20, 2015 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Because You Still Want Slivers of Hope on Yoan Moncada

Because You Still Want Slivers of Hope on Yoan Moncada

Cubs fans are hopeful by nature, and there are a couple very small, new reasons for hope on Moncada. Small. Very small.

by February 19, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: Hamels, Moncada, Olivera, Dodgers Bullpen, Future Free Agents, More

Lukewarm Stove: Hamels, Moncada, Olivera, Dodgers Bullpen, Future Free Agents, More

It’s still unknown if and when the Cubs will do a little Spring cleaning. Also, the latest on the big Cuban names, and much more.

by February 18, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Cubs Reportedly “Not Out” on Yoan Moncada, But Other Teams Are Clear Favorites

Cubs Reportedly “Not Out” on Yoan Moncada, But Other Teams Are Clear Favorites

When “not out” is as far as you can go, that’s probably not saying much. Such is the case here, where Moncada remains very likely to go to another team, and soon.

by February 17, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Holiday Weekend Catch-Up: Mets Pitchers, Rooftops Suit, Hamels, Prospecting, More

Holiday Weekend Catch-Up: Mets Pitchers, Rooftops Suit, Hamels, Prospecting, More

If you celebrated with the presidents yesterday, you may have missed some things. That, and the rest from the weekend.

Cole Hamels Rumors: Cubs May Have Discussed, No Real Momentum; Red Sox Make Offer

Cole Hamels Rumors: Cubs May Have Discussed, No Real Momentum; Red Sox Make Offer

It’s very unlikely at this point that Hamels opens the season with any other team but the Phillies. Still, there’s a lot of interest.

by February 16, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Mets Reportedly No Longer Looking to Deal a Pitcher- Possible Cubs Implications

Mets Reportedly No Longer Looking to Deal a Pitcher- Possible Cubs Implications

This could cut a number of ways. Clearer path for the Cubs to deal a back-end guy? Or is the market really bad?

by February 14, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: The Trouble With Opt-Outs, Cuban Stars, Chapman, Porcello, More

Lukewarm Stove: The Trouble With Opt-Outs, Cuban Stars, Chapman, Porcello, More

It turns out there’s another wrinkle to James Shields’ deal with the Padres: an opt-out clause.

by February 13, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Cole Hamels May Yet Be Traded Before the Season Starts – Do the Cubs Make Any Sense?

Cole Hamels May Yet Be Traded Before the Season Starts – Do the Cubs Make Any Sense?

The Cubs had interest at one time, but things have changed since then. The Phillies would be best served making a deal soon, but will they actually do it?

by February 12, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
More on the Cubs Scouting Yoan Moncada, and On His Timeline

More on the Cubs Scouting Yoan Moncada, and On His Timeline

It still sounds like a decision is coming much sooner than would put the Cubs in the race.

by February 12, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
James Shields Confirms That His Decision Came Down to the Padres and Cubs

James Shields Confirms That His Decision Came Down to the Padres and Cubs

The money was actually extremely close, and Shields chose the better fit. I still don’t register too much disappointment.

Yoan Moncada to Work Out for the Cubs, But Don’t Get Too Excited

Yoan Moncada to Work Out for the Cubs, But Don’t Get Too Excited

It remains the case that Moncada wants to sign quickly (which the Cubs can’t offer him), and this may just be about performing adequate scouting diligence when there’s an opportunity.

by February 11, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: Hamels, Lee, FA Pitchers, Castillo, Much More

Lukewarm Stove: Hamels, Lee, FA Pitchers, Castillo, Much More

Given where we are in the offseason, there’s a surprising amount to discuss.

by February 10, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Turning the Corner on the Mini James Shields Saga and Other Bullets

Turning the Corner on the Mini James Shields Saga and Other Bullets

The Cubs’ offer was reportedly what we suspected: limited to three years and a vesting option. Apparently, he had other four-year offers, though. In any case, it’s time to move on.

by February 9, 2015 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Padres Reportedly Agree to Four-Year Deal with James Shields

Padres Reportedly Agree to Four-Year Deal with James Shields

The end of the tortured story is what we expected. Shields would have been a nice cherry, but it was a great Cubs offseason nonetheless.

James Shields Decision Imminent? Padres Still Likely? How Much Does He Improve Cubs? (UPDATES)

James Shields Decision Imminent? Padres Still Likely? How Much Does He Improve Cubs? (UPDATES)

Today could finally be the day, and no one is really backing off of the Padres as a favorite. Shields could improve the Cubs by a fair bit, though.

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