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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 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.)

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?

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.

Cardinals Reportedly Sign Carlos Villanueva, and His Mustache, to Minor League Deal

Cardinals Reportedly Sign Carlos Villanueva, and His Mustache, to Minor League Deal

Villanueva is a pretty fantastic addition for the Cardinals on a no-risk, minor league deal. Grumble.

by February 4, 2015 MLB News and Rumors
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 …

The Super Bowl Casts Shade on Baseball and Other Bullets

The Super Bowl Casts Shade on Baseball and Other Bullets

The national prominence of the Super Bowl underscores the increasing regionality of baseball. Also: another Yoan Moncada update.

by February 1, 2015 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
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.

New Commissioner Notes: Aging Fan Base, Draft, International Signings, DH, More

New Commissioner Notes: Aging Fan Base, Draft, International Signings, DH, More

Rob Manfred spoke to a number of outlets this week, and shared some interesting thoughts on the future of the sport.

by January 30, 2015 MLB News and Rumors
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?

Former Cubs Catcher John Baker Off to Make New Fans in Seattle

Former Cubs Catcher John Baker Off to Make New Fans in Seattle

Baker was a lot of fun in 2014, and now he’s off to the Mariners on a minor league deal.

by January 28, 2015 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors

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