Found January 14, 2012 on MLB Trade Rumors:
The first few items of this post concern Alfonso Soriano, Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez.  Are we sure it's 2012?  As we wrap up a busy Friday the 13th, here are a few items to take us into the weekend... Alfonso Soriano reiterated that he is willing to waive his no-trade clause, but only if the Cubs deal him to a contender, reports ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine.  Soriano is owed $54MM through 2014 and the Cubs are reportedly willing to pay most of that salary in a possible deal. Pedro Martinez tells Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal that a few teams contacted him about a possible comeback last season, but the future Hall-of-Famer firmly stated he isn't making a comeback. Indians GM Chris Antonetti told a group of reporters (including's Jordan Bastian) that the Tribe wasn't interested in bringing back Manny Ramirez, saying Ramirez was "not a positional fit."  While it could be argued Ramirez would be a nice right-handed comp...

Ricketts hopes Castro's legal issue resolved soon

Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts hopes the sexual assault allegation against All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro gets settled soon. Ricketts had little to say Saturday at the Cubs Convention other than ''we all hope it gets resolved as quickly as possible.'' The 21-year-old Castro released a statement Friday saying he has cooperated with authorities investigating an allegation...

Call To The Bullpen: Bud Selig’s Contact Extension and Legacy, Plus Hot Stove Updates on Garza, EJax, Prince, and more

In this edition of the Call to the Bullpen, Corey and I discuss Bud Selig’s extension as Commissioner and, if he were to retire tomorrow, what his legacy would be. We also talk Matt Garza possibly being traded, the Yankees looking at Edwin Jackson, an update on where Prince Fielder may wind up with the options dwindling, and we focus special attention on the Oakland A’s as their...

Cubs bring back RP Wood for 2012

The Chicago Cubs will bring back relief pitcher Kerry Wood for the 2012 season.Wood, who was 3-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 55 relief appearances in his second go-around with the Cubs last season, was offered a $3 million deal for next year with an option for 2013.Wood left Chicago as a free agent in 2008, playing for the Cleveland Indians for two seasons before being traded to the New York...

Alfonso Soriano is Cubs’ best bet for cleanup spot

They shipped out troublesome former ace Carlos Zambrano, let top hitter Aramis Ramirez leave in free agency and decided against bringing back power hitter Carlos Pena. So what do the Cubs do with the big-ticket holdover they couldn’t move this winter? They bat Alfonso Soriano cleanup, of course. This...

Cubs manager Sveum says team not after Fielder

The Chicago Cubs are not among the MLB teams try to woo free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder.New Cubs manager Dale Sveum told reporters that the team isn’t try to fill its need for a power bat in the middle of the lineup by acquiring Fielder, who hit .299 with 38 home runs and 120 RBIs last season."There haven't been any discussions with us for Prince, that's just...

Thursday Cubs Headlines

After Kaplan claimed Kerry Wood was close to moving on, he then took credit that his story spurred the Cubs to up their offer for Kerry and that he should be signing with the Cubs soon. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports broke the news saying it's likely to be a one-year deal with some sort of 2013 option. - Theo downplayed talks regarding Matt Garza, claiming more has been reported in...

Cubs bring back Wood with new deal

Kerry Wood is staying with the Cubs. In an announcement perfectly timed to kick off the Cubs Convention on Friday, Wood and the team reached agreement on a one-year deal for $3 million plus an option.

Reliever Kerry Wood, Cubs reach $3M deal for 2012

CHICAGO - Kerry Wood wanted to play at home and the Chicago Cubs' new management wanted to keep him. The sides...

Starlin Castro: I’ve ‘fully cooperated’ with police

Star Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was questioned Friday by Chicago police about allegations of sexual assault made by a woman who says Castro attacked her three months ago, law enforcement sources said. Castro voluntarily appeared at the Chicago Police Department’s Belmont Area detective headquarters...

Source: Cops, Castro talk about alleged assault

Chicago Cubs All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro was questioned by Chicago police for seven hours Thursday night and into Friday morning over allegations of sexual assault, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Cubs don't feel deadline pressure to sign Wood

The convergence of the Cubs Convention and Kerry Wood’s charity event makes Friday a logical day to announce his return to the Cubs.

Cubs: Hope springs eternal, even in midwinter

That Theo Epstein: butter wouldn't melt in his mouth. Moments after he told media, "We'll see," about re-signing Kerry Wood, adding, "It's obviously something that would be nice for our fans if we were to make it happen."… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Rangers' Feliz works with former star pitcher in shift to starting role

He's working with Pedro Martinez in transition to starter.
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