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In what historically is a fun event for fans of trades and free agent signings, the Winter Meetings are taking place next week in Dallas, Texas, and GM’s of various teams are already starting to talk to the media. Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ new President of Baseball Operations, took some time to talk to ESPN.com’s Bruce Levine on Thursday, and he had some interesting comments for the noted baseball scribe.
Perhaps the most telling of those comments was Theo’s insistence that the Cubs’ top priority this off-season will be to improve their starting pitching. He said that Matt Garza “(is) exactly the type of guy that we would like to build around”, and also said that Jeff Samardzija and Andrew Cashner could definitely be candidates for the rotation. He did dismiss speculation of moving Sean Marshall into the rotation, calling him “the best left-handed reliever in baseball.”
Dissecting those comments is a pretty simple task. There has been speculation that Garza is a guy that the Cubs cou...
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Theo Epstein has worked furiously the last five weeks to put his management team in place as the new president of baseball operations with the Chicago Cubs.
He's running down his list of players to call and chat up. He flew to Florida to fire manager Mike Quade and has hired a new skipper in Dale Sveum. Epstein also has visited the team's academy in the Dominican Republic...
The other day we received following email from your Chicago Cubs:
The Friendly Confines will add another iconic symbol this holiday season: A 30-foot decorated holiday tree will welcome visitors and ice skaters to Wrigley Field when The Rink at Wrigley opens. A Grand Opening celebration is planned in coordination with the lighting of the decorated holiday tree near the Wrigley...
Chris Bosio says he is leaving the Milwaukee Brewers' organization to become the Chicago Cubs' pitching coach.
Bosio tells the Appleton (Wis.) Post-Crescent he is going to work for longtime friend and new Cubs manager Dale Sveum. Bosio says he is excited and they're "going to be prepared, are going to have intensity and a lot of enthusiasm.''
The Cubs declined...
The Cubs will likely be active at next week's Winter Meetings, but don't expect to see Theo Epstein holding court much in the lobby of the Hilton Anatole.
Chicago Cubs outfielder David DeJesus had no problem signing with a team in transition, after spending the last nine years playing on similar teams.
The Cubs signed him Wednesday to a two-year deal with a club option for a third that could pay him $15 million. And his wife, Kimberly, is excited, too. She tweeted that she was ‘‘born and raised’’ in Wheaton, her dad had Cubs season tickets and Ryne Sandberg was her childhood crush. ‘‘When...
Phil Rogers: The free-agent signing of David DeJesus means Brett Jackson probably will start 2012 with Triple-A Iowa, a far better situation than had Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer handed Jackson the right-field job in spring training.
Talking baseball while wishing ESPN the Magazine had spared us the Ozzie Guillen/dog kisser cover: 1) Sometimes it really is good to think about something. I’m glad I didn’t write about the David DeJesus signing on Wednesday, when it happened, because I would have gotten it wrong.
Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts on Friday discussed the status of Carlos Zambrano and Crane Kenney, on WSCR-AM 670’s “Mully & Hanley” show.
Chris Bosio says he is leaving the Milwaukee Brewers' organization to become the Chicago Cubs' pitching coach. Bosio tells the Appleton (Wis.) Post-Crescent he is going to work for longtime friend and new Cubs manager Dale Sveum. Bosio says he is excited and they're "going to be prepared, are going to have intensity and a lot of enthusiasm." The Cubs declined comment on...