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CUBS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Wrigley Field bleacher renovation for Cubs’ opening day may be delayed

  CHICAGO — The timeline may be off for the Chicago Cubs to have the Wrigley Field bleacher renovation done by opening day.   Cubs spokesman Julian Green says unseasonably cold and windy weather is partly to blame. He also says city of Chicago crews installing a new water main are also keeping the Cubs from starting deep foundational work. The home opener against St...
Via NESN.com
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wrigley Field bleacher renovation might not be done by Opening Day

  The timeline may be off for the Chicago Cubs to have the Wrigley Field bleacher renovation done by opening day. Cubs spokesman Julian Green says unseasonably cold and windy weather is partly to blame. He also says city of Chicago crews installing a new water main are also keeping the Cubs from starting deep foundational work. The home opener against St. Louis is April 5. Green...
Via AP on Fox
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wrigley Field bleacher renovation may be delayed

Tweet The timeline may be off for the Chicago Cubs to have the Wrigley Field bleacher renovation done by opening day. Cubs spokesman Julian Green says unseasonably cold and windy weather is partly to blame. He also says city of Chicago crews installing a new water main are also keeping the Cubs from starting deep foundational work. The home opener against St. Louis is April 5...
Via Los That Sports Blog
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs offer Jon Lester deal ‘north of $135 million’

            The Chicago Cubs have made a “significant offer north of $135 million” to free agent pitcher Jon Lester, according to CSN’s David Kaplan. Kaplan believes the Cubs offer would be for six years. But the Cubs will be competing with the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, San Francisco Giants and Boston Red Sox for Lester’s services...
Via Sports-Glory
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Chicago offers Jon Lester contract 'north of ' $135M

The Chicago Cubs are a team on the brink of being competitive. They have a great lineup, albeit a young lineup, and showed that they can hit with anyone in baseball last season. The only thing they are lacking lies in the starting rotation. Chicago has been associated with many of the big name starters on the market and now have reportedly made an offer to Jon Lester.#456422556...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs reportedly offer Jon Lester more than $135 million

Let me start this off by saying I like Jon Lester and think he’s an excellent pitcher, but if this latest report is true, Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs have officially lost their minds. A report on Tuesday claims the Cubs have offered the free agent left-hander a six-year deal worth “north of” $135 million. Lester is the top lefty on the market this winter and I understand...
Via Rumors and Rants
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What do the Chicago Cubs do if they strike out in free agency?

At the time of this writing, we’re not too deep into the 2014-15 Major League Baseball offseason quite yet. The Winter Meetings have yet to transpire. There are still multiple marquee free agents available out on the market, and still major trade chips that have yet to move. However, for the Chicago Cubs, it would appear that the clock is ticking on their opportunity to make something...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Is Jon Lester Even Interested in the Cubs?

Jon Lester is in the sights of the Chicago Cubs, and they have a strong interest. The question though, is how interested in the Cubs is Lester? Interested enough to ask a long time former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster about what playing for the North Siders is like. A few days ago Dempster was on the Kap and Haugh” show talking about his time in Boston with Dempster. Back in 2013...
Via World Series Dreaming
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs 40-Man Roster Moves

The Cubs have put C.J. Edwards on the 40-man and that is the extent of their Rule 5 deadline roster moves. You can check out AZ Phil's full list of Rule 5 eligibles if you wish, but I don't see any obvious names that will get selected. Maybe Zach Cates or Ivan Pineyro or Starling Peralta, but there's certainly no one on there that folks should all be too worried about...
Via Cub Reporter
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: New free agent and trade targets

Following the Toronto Blue Jays’ acquisition of three-time All-Star Russell Martin, the Cubs are beginning to find new offseason targets. Martin and the Blue Jays agreed to a backloaded 5-year, $82 million ($16.4 million per year) contract, which would pay the backstop $20 million during his age 34, 35, and 36 seasons. While Martin would have been a great fit on the Cubs’ young...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

MMO Fan Shot: A Case For Pursuing Cubs SS Addison Russell

An MMO Fan Shot by Marc Miller There has been much discussion and debate about whether the Cubs and Mets will match up for a deal this winter.  Many say it would be a natural fit as each team’s strength is the other team’s weakness, which seems to make for a good match. Early reports have been that a deal between the teams is unlikely because of substantially differing views...
Via Mets Merized Online
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs trade Vizcaino for La Stella

For those of you keeping track, that brings Paul Maholm‘s total value to the Cubs to Tommy La Stella, but we had to throw in some IFA slot money (we got one back to make the numbers work). The trade makes sense to me. Arodys might have a future as a power reliever, but that’s an area the Cubs are flush with. The Cubs are also flush with middle infielders, but you’re deluding...
Via Obstructed View
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Acquire 2B Tommy La Stella From Braves, Leading To Lots Of Speculation

The Cubs made a puzzling move today and traded RHP Arodys Vizcaino to the Braves for second baseman Tommy La Stella. The Cubs also got Atlanta’s No. 4 international signing bonus slot and sent their Nos. 2, 3 and 4 international signing bonus slots to the Braves. La Stella, 25, is strictly a second baseman and made his big-league debut this year with the Braves and batted .251...
Via Mets Merized Online
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Acquire Tommy La Stella; Starlin Castro On Way Out?

The Chicago Cubs acquired infielder Tommy La Stella from the Atlanta Braves for relief pitcher Arodys Vizcaino. The acquisition of La Stella made Ken Rosenthal take to twitter on Sunday afternoon in an effort to explain why he thinks Starlin Castro will be the odd man out of the Chicago Cubs infield. #Cubs’ Castro may be odd man out, but his contract is very club-friendly: $43M...
Via Sports Mockery
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Go Big Or Go Home: Chasing Addison Russell

An MMO Fan Shot by Marc Miller There has been much discussion and debate about whether the Cubs and Mets will match up for a deal this winter.  Many say it would be a natural fit as each team’s strength is the other team’s weakness, which seems to make for a good match. Early reports have been that a deal between the teams is unlikely because of substantially differing views...
Via Mets Merized Online
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon, Chicago Cubs, Opening Day Opponent Announced

Chicago Cubs Baseball – As previously reported, the Chicago Cubs will play a night game to open up the 2015 MLB season at Wrigley Field … their opponent has been announced, and it’s a long-time rival. The Chicago Cubs will host the St. Louis Cardinals in the Sunday night major league opener on April 5. Originally scheduled for April 6, the game was moved up to become ESPN’s...
Via Sports Mockery
11 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs may be back on WGN in 2015

With all of the talk about the Chicago Cubs opting out of their WGN deal so that their cable and broadcast TV rights would expire at the same time, the Cubs might end up turning back to their long-time partner. According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs and WGN are in talks to renew their partnership for 2015, possibly with more games getting moved to CSN Chicago and...
Via Awful Announcing
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon vows to buy a round for Cubs fans after a win

At the end of his introductory press conference, new Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that he’d buy the media a round of drinks. Apparently, no one took him up on the offer, and Maddon is offering a make-good to Cubs fans after an early season win. Cubs Manager Joe Maddon said since the media didn't drink at the Cubby Bear, he will buy a round for all Cubs fans after an early...
Via The Outside Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs must be shallow in free agency pool

For the past three seasons, the Chicago Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein stood at the pulpit, preaching the virtue of patience to a weary, impatient fan base. Ever since the Ricketts family bought the team from Tribune owner Sam Zell, the fans were forced to rethink how a sustainable, winning team should be built after having been fed the quick fix solutions...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein shoots down free agency rumors

Rumors have been swirling around the North Side of Chicago since free agents have been able to sign with teams on November 4. Multiple reports have indicated the Cubs have interests in big-name free agent targets such as Max Scherzer, Jon Lester, and Russell Martin. On the afternoon of November 12, speaking to the Comcast SportsNet’s Patrick Mooney, Theo Epstein shot down talks...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jon Lester reportedly set to meet with Cubs next week

The Chicago Cubs are in the market for a dominant, No. 1 pitcher to anchor their rotation. With numerous talented, young position players to build around, the Cubs brass has the flexibility and payroll to acquire a few veterans to carry the load and help instill a winning mentality on the field and in the locker room. New skipper Joe Maddon is the perfect candidate to manage...
Via The Sports Daily
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Chicago Cubs in Talks to Acquire All-Star Pitcher

Multiple sources told the Chicago Sun-Times’ Gordon Wittenmyer that the Cubs are actively engaged in talks to acquire Jordan Zimmermann from the Nationals, though without any mention of whom the Cubs might be giving up. Jordan Zimmermann: The All-Star Pitcher From the report: One source said the teams have enough mutual interest that names have been discussed. Another said he expected...
Via Sports Mockery
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Wrigley Field Bleachers Torn Down As Stadium Undergoes Renovations (Photos)

Wrigley Field is starting to look pretty different these days. The Chicago Cubs broke ground last month on a $575 million renovation project, and the first things to go were the iconic bleachers. Chicago photographer Nick Ulivieri posted photos of the progress Tuesday, and the ballpark looks rather eerie. Something is missing. http://t.co/pIVlv74Fta— Nick Ulivieri (@ChiPhotoGuy...
Via NESN.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Manny Ramirez still not ready to retire

Manny Ramirez still hasn’t made a full-fledged transition from player to coach. Ramirez, who served as a player-coach this season with the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate, currently is playing in the Dominican Republic, his agent told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. The 42-year-old apparently isn’t ready to retire as a player just yet. Manny Ramirez'...
Via NESN.com
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Was Joe Maddon being classless?

The Chicago Cubs appear on the verge of hiring Joe Maddon. The team announced on Friday that Rick manager Rick Renteria has been fired, which lends credence to recent reports indicating the Cubs have agreed to terms with Maddon. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he and the team’s front office were faced...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss
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