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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.

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 …

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