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Chicago Sun Times:
MILWAUKEE — The Cubs are one of numerous teams with top scouts in the Dominican Republic this week to look at power-hitting Cuban defector Yoennis Cespedes. But the Cuban defector the Cubs are targeting with greater interest, according to sources, is another athletic, hard-hitting outfielder — a seven-years-younger version of the flavor-of-the-month Cespedes: Jorge Soler, 19. Soler, who defected this year and is expected to become a free agent within weeks, is exactly the kind of player the Cubs’ new regime is looking for as it restocks the farm system and tries to build a long-term home-core contender. The Washington …
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Shiraz Rehman will be the Chicago Cubs assistant to the general manager, reporting to Jed Hoyer.
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Here are some notes from the GM Meetings as team owners and presidents check in to Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel in anticipation of the quarterly Owners Meetings:
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos is strongly considering re-signing free agent second baseman Kelly Johnson. “There’s a lot of scenarios and ways that we could go and bringing Kelly back is certainly one of them,” Anthopoulos...
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The Cubs conducted follow-ups with each of their managerial candidates on Wednesday, including a meeting late Tuesday with Dale Sveum, but have yet to trim the field.
Aramis Ramirez won't be back with the Cubs, according to his agent.
MILWAUKEE -- The Boston pipeline connection was turned on again Monday with the hiring of Shiraz Rehman as the Chicago Cubs' assistant to the general manager.
Agent Paul Kinzer said on Monday there's no chance Aramis Ramirez will return to the Cubs and that the third baseman was looking for a three- to four-year deal with a new team. Ramirez wants a World Series ring.
The Red Sox are prepared to open up their search for a new manager as the candidate they once seemed to favor, Dale Sveum, neared an agreement with Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs .
The Cubs are telling teams they'll listen to trade offers on everyone this winter while trying to rebuild the team to be competitive in the future, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports tweeted something very similar around the same time, so perhaps the Cubs are trying to get the word out. ESPN's Buster Olney also joined in, saying Sean Marshall...
General manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday that president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has talked to Kerry Wood about the possibility of returning, and Hoyer has talked to the pitcher's agent, Pat Rooney.
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