The move will save the Cubs a little green for 2012.
Month: October 2011
The Cubs may have to explore a bad contract swap if they want to move Alfonso Soriano this Winter, but would the Angels’ Vernon Wells be a desirable – or even fair – return?
Quade will meet for a second time with Cubs brass this week, and will be informed of his future (or non-future) with the team.
After winning the World Series, LaRussa is going out on top. I hated typing that.
Kerry Wood and Carlos Pena, among others, are officially free agents. The Cubs could get in on CC Sabathia, Buster Olney doesn’t expect much compensation to the Sawx, and Carlos Zambrano is being scouted.
Ramirez is unlikely to return to the Cubs in 2012, and may have played his last game as a Cub.
New blood may want the revenue associated with a center field jumbotron. Ryan Dempster is a leader, the Cubs are targeting another front office hire, sabermetrics and the Cubs, the Tax Man is a-callin’, and Josh Vitters is a-tryin’.
Dempster will return to the Cubs in 2012 for a cool $14 million.
The Commissioner doesn’t think the Red Sox and Cubs can come to an agreement by Tuesday. The third base market sucks, Bryan LaHair has high hopes, Matt Szczur is nice, and ‘The Wall’ at Wrigley Field.
The State fully-funded the construction of a multimillion-dollar restaurant at U.S. Cellular Field, but an agreement provides that the White Sox don’t have to share any of the profits with the State.
What is the plan with respect to some of the most important legacy members of the Chicago Cubs’ front office?
At least it wasn’t his rotator cuff. Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein are fast friends, Bud Black rumors popping up, Keith Law hates the Cubs’ 2011 draft, a tome on Jed Hoyer, and MLB’s amateur signing issues.
Not one, not two, not three, not four…
Epstein is reserving judgment, but, more importantly, is crafting the right public message.
Or he may not. It depends. Maybe. Yes, yes, he wants to stay. Or not. No, probably not. The beat goes on.
He was under contract through 2012, and instead will get severance. UPDATE: Gordon Wittenmyer disputes the report.
Who wouldn’t love Castro? Carlos Zambrano is pitching in Venezuela, personnel could still be coming from Boston, John Farrell is not coming from Toronto, and Epstein doesn’t want to talk about Ryne Sandberg.
What’s been expected for a week is now officially official: Theo Epstein has added two trusted aides to his front office staff.
Your (and my) captions for the epically beautiful depiction of man love from yesterday’s Theo Epstein introductory press conference.
A rough time line of what’s coming up this offseason. Important dates, notes, etc.
An announcement on the duo is expected shortly after the World Series ends.
The introductory press conference wasn’t Theo’s only stop yesterday. He dropped in on a number of other media spots, and here are all of the notable quotes and thoughts.
Cameras caught Cubs’ Owner Tom Ricketts expressing the inner joy felt by all Cubs’ fans today.
Live coverage (bullet-style) of the press conference introducing the Chicago Cubs’ new President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein.
With Theo Epstein coming in as President of Baseball Operations, what’s to come of Crane Kenney? And why does the media hate him so much? It turns out there are some fair reasons.
Epstein is the best executive the Cubs could get, and that’s enough. The new President is in town and ready for his debut, Mike Quade is expecting to be dumped, a number of managerial candidates are discussed, and Roy Oswalt is a free agent.
ESPN’s Buster Olney says Zambrano’s declining performance may be an impediment to the Cubs moving the pitcher to the Marlins.
Commissioner Selig says if the two sides don’t have an agreement in place by November 1, he’ll make the decision.
For those itching, like me.
Deciding about the future of Ryan Dempster may be one of the more difficult decisions facing incoming President of Baseball Ops Theo Epstein and presumed GM Jed Hoyer.