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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.

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.

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