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MLB Notes: Pace Changes Coming, Best Transactions, Votto’s Value, Charging the Mound

MLB Notes: Pace Changes Coming, Best Transactions, Votto’s Value, Charging the Mound

The latest and greatest from around baseball, including an 88-year-old fantasy camper charging the mound.

by February 16, 2015 MLB News and Rumors
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
At 81.5 Wins, You’re Taking the Over for the Cubs, Right? And Other Bullets

At 81.5 Wins, You’re Taking the Over for the Cubs, Right? And Other Bullets

I don’t think it’s an unreasonably low mark, but I think the Cubs are more likely to reach 82 wins this year than to finish .500 or worse.

by February 15, 2015 Chicago Cubs News, 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
MLB Reportedly Considering Shrinking the Strike Zone

MLB Reportedly Considering Shrinking the Strike Zone

The problem of the expanding bottom of the strike zone has likely been a significant factor in falling offensive production.

by February 13, 2015 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
Stop What You Are Doing and Watch This Royals Fan Hype Video Immediately

Stop What You Are Doing and Watch This Royals Fan Hype Video Immediately

There are not words to properly describe the knowing absurdity of this video. I really want a Cubs version.

by February 12, 2015 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.

Jonathan Lucroy Out Four to Six Weeks with Hamstring Injury

Jonathan Lucroy Out Four to Six Weeks with Hamstring Injury

Every win is going to count in the NL Central this year, so any impact to the Brewers here is notable.

by February 11, 2015 MLB News and Rumors
Jackie Robinson West Team from Chicago Stripped of Little League Title

Jackie Robinson West Team from Chicago Stripped of Little League Title

One of the best stories of last year now has a decidedly unhappy ending. You just feel terrible for the kids.

by February 11, 2015 MLB News and 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
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

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