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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.

A Lukewarm Stove to Distract You: Castillo, Shields, Hamels, Gomes, Strop, Soto, More

A Lukewarm Stove to Distract You: Castillo, Shields, Hamels, Gomes, Strop, Soto, More

A few signings to go over, the latest on James Shields and Cole Hamels, a Cubs arbitration case, and more.

Phillies and Rays Not Likely to Be Aggressive on Yoan Moncada?

Phillies and Rays Not Likely to Be Aggressive on Yoan Moncada?

They’ve typically been mentioned as among the primary suitors, but you wonder whether they’ll be in at the expected price tag.

Cubs Said to Be “Very Interested” in Yoan Moncada, May Hold Private Workout Soon

Cubs Said to Be “Very Interested” in Yoan Moncada, May Hold Private Workout Soon

The hurdles in getting him remain, but the Cubs could be right there for Moncada for a while.

by January 22, 2015 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Rockies Working C Wilin Rosario at 1B/OF – Implications for Catching Trade Market?

Rockies Working C Wilin Rosario at 1B/OF – Implications for Catching Trade Market?

Which will immediately make you wonder about the Welington Castillo trade market. And then you wonder whether carrying three catchers is suddenly plausible.

Lukewarm Stove: Rasmus, Castillo, Shields, Hamels, Moncada, More

Lukewarm Stove: Rasmus, Castillo, Shields, Hamels, Moncada, More

Colby Rasmus has found a home, which leads to an interesting question. Also: where is James Shields going to wind up? Will Cole Hamels ever be traded?

Cubs Still Showing “Strong” Interest in Yoan Moncada, Who is Conducting Private Workouts

Cubs Still Showing “Strong” Interest in Yoan Moncada, Who is Conducting Private Workouts

It’s no surprise the Cubs remain interested. The question remains the timing. But the Rangers, interestingly, provide a glimmer of hope.

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