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James Shields Latest: Lots of Padres Signals, Epstein Asked Maddon About Shields (UPDATES)

James Shields Latest: Lots of Padres Signals, Epstein Asked Maddon About Shields (UPDATES)

All reasonable signs out there point to Shields going to the Padres. But no deal is done yet. More thoughts on Shields and the Padres, and Shields and the Cubs. (UPDATES on negotiations.)

James Shields Update: Cubs Legitimately Interested, But Padres May Be Favorite

James Shields Update: Cubs Legitimately Interested, But Padres May Be Favorite

If the Cubs could get Shields at the right deal, it sounds like they’d do it. But it also sounds like the Padres make the most sense. Lots more in this morning’s update.

by February 6, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: Shields Latest, Martinez, Tigers, Marlins, Miley

Lukewarm Stove: Shields Latest, Martinez, Tigers, Marlins, Miley

The offseason is winding down, but the rumor mill keeps churning. Are the Padres looking likelier for James Shields?

Cubs Could Still Deal Welington Castillo and Travis Wood Before Spring Training

Cubs Could Still Deal Welington Castillo and Travis Wood Before Spring Training

We’re just a couple weeks out from pitchers and catchers reporting, but it sounds like moves remain on the table.

by February 5, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Oh My: Chicago Cubs Reportedly Among the Teams James Shields is Considering

Oh My: Chicago Cubs Reportedly Among the Teams James Shields is Considering

This is a pretty significant development and a surprising turn. The Cubs may only be “kicking the tires” at this point, but that’s still something.

by February 4, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: Shields Heating Up, Moncada Favorites, More Cuban Defectors

Lukewarm Stove: Shields Heating Up, Moncada Favorites, More Cuban Defectors

Teams are rumored to be in on Shields, and then immediately out. The Dodgers might be the favorites on Moncada.

Chicago Cubs Reportedly Close to Signing Lefty Pedro Feliciano to a Minor League Deal

Chicago Cubs Reportedly Close to Signing Lefty Pedro Feliciano to a Minor League Deal

Feliciano would be a no-risk flyer, and the latest addition in an increasingly-crowded bullpen competition.

James Shields Could Sign Soon, and His Market May Be Clarifying: Cardinals, Padres, Yankees

James Shields Could Sign Soon, and His Market May Be Clarifying: Cardinals, Padres, Yankees

Shields is reportedly expected to sign by the end of this week as he sorts out his offers. Grumble, grumble, Cardinals, grumble.

Report: Yoan Moncada is Finally Officially Free to Sign

Report: Yoan Moncada is Finally Officially Free to Sign

We’ll finally find out just how the market for the 19-year-old Cuban super prospect will shake out.

The Difficulty in Getting an Insane Bargain on James Shields, Even at This Late Date

The Difficulty in Getting an Insane Bargain on James Shields, Even at This Late Date

Huge contracts tend not to be signed in February. But if a guy like Shields has to take a serious price cut, it seems like many teams would figure out a way to accommodate him in the budget.

Lukewarm Stove: So Much Shields, Samardzija, Greinke, Britton, Cotts

Lukewarm Stove: So Much Shields, Samardzija, Greinke, Britton, Cotts

It sure feels like this is the week James Shields should sign, but we still know so little about where and for how much. As his price tag continues to fall … no. I won’t go there. Well, maybe a little …

OFAC Declares Yoan Moncada Unblocked, Now It’s Up to MLB (UPDATE)

OFAC Declares Yoan Moncada Unblocked, Now It’s Up to MLB (UPDATE)

OFAC won’t be issuing the specific license MLB was requiring Cuban players to get, so it’s apparently up to MLB to change its policy, which could happen soon.

The Latest on Yoan Moncada and the Government Clearance Mystery

The Latest on Yoan Moncada and the Government Clearance Mystery

A superprospect’s future is up in the air as MLB and the U.S. Government try to come together on how Cuban players will be cleared to sign.

Lukewarm Stove: Moncada, Ibanez, Papelbon, Janssen, White Sox

Lukewarm Stove: Moncada, Ibanez, Papelbon, Janssen, White Sox

More unraveling of the Yoan Moncada story, and how MLB will proceed with Cuban players.

Perhaps a Tough Market for James Shields Should’ve Been Expected, Cubs Still Unlikely

Perhaps a Tough Market for James Shields Should’ve Been Expected, Cubs Still Unlikely

Maybe the age, the draft pick compensation, and the robust pitching market next year should have been warning signs all along. Can the Cubs get a steal?

Yoan Moncada Could Be Cleared to Sign Soon, Cubs Still One of Four Favorites (But … )

Yoan Moncada Could Be Cleared to Sign Soon, Cubs Still One of Four Favorites (But … )

There are some crazy things going on behind the scenes, and they could lead to Moncada finally being available soon. That’s probably not great news.

Wondering About the Continued Holdup on Cuban Prospect Yoan Moncada

Wondering About the Continued Holdup on Cuban Prospect Yoan Moncada

The complicated relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, and the impending changes thereto, could have Moncada caught in the middle.

Lukewarm Stove: Shields, Mesoraco, Moncada, Beachy, Free Agent Pitching Class, More

Lukewarm Stove: Shields, Mesoraco, Moncada, Beachy, Free Agent Pitching Class, More

With each day that goes by without a big-time extension, the post-2015 pitching class becomes potentially more ridiculous.

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