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Cubs Rumors: Chicago intent on signing impact starting pitcher

The Chicago Cubs continue to take steps towards being consistently competitive and achieving their first playoff berth since 2008. One key ingredient the Cubs hope to find is another impact starter to pitch alongside Jake Arrieta.#456054212 / gettyimages.comAccording to John Arguello of Cubs Den, the Chicago Cubs are looking for an impact starting pitcher to add to their near-complete...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wrigley Field Renovations Begin

Today, the Chicago Cubs have taken an important step towards the long-term stability of the franchise. No, they didn’t sign anyone, nor did they do anything personnel related. Instead, the Cubs have torn down the left-field bleachers in preparation for building a set of jumbotrons and advertisements that will modernize the 100 year old Field. The Cubs have been mired in lawsuit...
Via Sports Mockery
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Royals are in the World Series (and yes, I’m a little bit jealous)

My first reaction to the Royals sweeping the Orioles out of the ALCS and clinching a World Series berth last night was the same as any non-A’s/Angels/Orioles fan with a shred of decency and a sense of wonder: This is really cool. The Royals were pathetic for just as long as the Pirates were, and they were arguably hopeless for even longer. As Charlie reminded me last night, the...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

State of the Cubs: Don't take Starlin Castro for granted

The Cubs are in a Catch-22 situation with Starlin Castro. The trade rumors would have intensified if they hadn’t signed him to a long-term extension — seven years, $60 million, club option for 2020 — and he got closer and closer to big paydays in arbitration and free agency. But that deal also looks so reasonable — and an All-Star shortstop is so hard to find — that he...
Via Pro Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Chicago could look to trade Tsuyoshi Wada

The Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, spoke yesterday about the state of the club and needs going forward at an event for season ticket holders. Epstein mentioned the strength of the bullpen and pitching depth in general, but also the need to add impact pitching from without the organization. He did not mention starting left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada.#455677172...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Andrew Friedman Leaves Rays, Becomes Dodgers President Of Baseball Ops

Andrew Friedman has left the Tampa Bay Rays for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Friedman, who took over as the Rays’ general manager following the 2005 season, resigned from his position Tuesday. The Los Angeles Dodgers hired Friedman as their new president of baseball operations. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti will remain with the organization. He’ll transition into a new role...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Theo Epstein wants to win NL Central in 2015

According to Chicago Cubs team president Theo Epstein, the rebuilding days have ended, and the time for winning has begun. The Cubs have called up their share of young talent during the second half of the just-completed season, and they have many more on the way. According to MLB.com's Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat, Epstein told the players that they are now ready to compete...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Takeaways From Cubs Season Ticket Holder Meeting

The Cubs had their season ticket holder meeting Friday to discuss with the fans there every game the plans for the coming months. The Cubs had a lot of things they talked about, and some things will be completed and ready before Opening Day 2015. Bruce Levine from 670 The Score was there live-tweeting the event, so everyone could see the plans. Here are a few key things to understand...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Epstein- Any discussion of team starts with Anthony Rizzo

Many fans of the Chicago Cubs believe that the team needs to go out and find a veteran free agent to be the on field general, and to be their leader. Theo Epstein though disagrees with the fans in this aspect. He sees that in Anthony Rizzo. Epstein -Any discussion of team starts with Anthony Rizzo. He stepped up as a leader and community contributor . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine...
Via World Series Dreaming
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Future of Kyle Schwarber

As you should know by now, if you have been paying any attention to what we have been writing, yesterday, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein met with a crowd of season ticket holders that the time to compete was now. If the Cubs want to do that, he knows there is a lot of work ahead of him, including the ability to add quality starting pitching. Adding starting...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs hope TV deal becomes ‘magic bullet’ for payroll

The Cubs are going to be really good in the future. Just ask them. It might be next season. It could be the year after that. And just wait until the new TV deal finally kicks in. President of business operations Crane Kenney hinted that could happen before 2020, painting a rosy picture for season-ticket holders and Chicago reporters during Friday’s dog-and-pony show at the Oriental...
Via Pro Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Future of Addison Russell

If you thought that super prospect Addison Russell was the future short stop for the Chicago Cubs, you might want to hold off on that thought. Yesterday, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein told the crowd of season ticket holders that the time to compete was now. In order to do so, he admitted that in order to do so, the  Cubs must add quality starting pitching...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

For the Love of Starlin Castro

Starlin Castro was one of the featured names brought up by Theo Epstein when he spoke with the season ticket holders in a press conference talking about the future. When discussing the future (which includes a goal of competing for the division in 2015) Epstein started by saying that the Cubs needed to add some top of the rotation pitching, but also noted that they need to build...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Epstein: We need top of rotation starter

Today, Theo Epstein talked to Chicago Cubs season ticket holders, telling them that the goal for 2015 was to contend for the National League Central division crown. In order to do this, the Chicago Cubs have to do some serious work on their team, because as things stand, the 2014 Cubs are a long way off to contend for anything more than a .500 record. Sure, they finished 74-88 on...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Theo: It’s Time to Compete

Do you trust me? Today, at the annual meet and greet for the Chicago Cubs season ticket holders and the front office, Theo Epstein told a crowd of season ticket holders that the time had come to compete. Theo: ”It’s time to compete.” #Cubs — Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) October 10, 2014 You heard that right, Epstein told a crowd of season ticket holders that the Cubs are...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Thoughts on the Colorado Rockies front office moves

Dick Monfort is the real problem for the Colorado Rockies.Dreams do come true.However, as is the case with Colorado Rockies fans, those dreams don't always play out the way they were originally thought up.On Wednesday morning, Rockies fans were jolted out of their sleep by text messages from friends announcing that Christmas had come early. The Rockies had accepted the resignation...
Via Rockies Review
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs release 2015 Spring Training schedule

With the Chicago Cubs it’s always “wait till next year.” And just last week during his annual end of the season “state of the cubs” press conference Theo Epstein threw down the gauntlet to his own organization saying that 2015 is next year. Theo, the smartest man in the room, regardless of whatever room that is, pretty much said the Chicago Cubs will be competitive/contenders...
Via The Sports Bank
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Schwarber & Zagunis Star at Riverview Park

Kyle Schwarber singled, doubled, and scored a run, Mark Zagunis ripped an RBI double and scored and drove-in another run with a sacrifice fly, and Charcer Burks singled twice and walked, in a seven-inning AZ Instructional League Cubs intrasquad game played this morning on Field #1 at the Under Armour Performance Center at Riverview Park in Mesa, AZ.  The contest was game one in...
Via Cub Reporter
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs Could Be Interested In Signing Ex-Red Sox Jonny Gomes

Jonny Gomes might be on Theo Epstein’s radar. The Chicago Cubs are in the market for a veteran outfielder with playoff experience and leadership qualities, according to ESPN.com’s Jesse Rogers. League sources told Rogers that the Cubs could be interested in signing Gomes for such a role. Gomes is set to become a free agent after spending 2014 with the Boston Red Sox and Oakland...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Free Agents Every Cubs Fan Needs to Know

If you asked 10 Chicago Cubs fans who the biggest names in the free agency market were, the answers would remain consistent: James Shields, Max Scherzer, and most importantly, Jon Lester. It has been well documented that the Cubs should chase Lester, and the Cubs should be considered frontrunners for the southpaw’s services. However, there are far more names in this year’s market...
Via Sports Mockery
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs and Effective Walk Rate

Theo Epstein held a presser to debrief on the 2014 season. I look forward to those happening in October or November, but that should come relatively soon. The tone of the conference was near-universally positive, and that makes sense. There are a lot of things to be optimistic about, chief among them our cheap, dynamic core of players both already in the majors or just about to be...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Javier Baez to be Opening Day 2B

In a recent quote, Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein announced that Javier Baez will be the Cubs starting second baseman to start the 2015 campaign.#453229750 / gettyimages.comThis is according to a report by Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney for Comcast Sportsnet Chicago on csnchicago.com:But the reality is the Cubs still expect Baez to be their Opening Day second...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Guarded Optimism for 2015

Theo Epstein has been the President of Chicago Cubs Baseball Operations for the past three years, and Jed Hoyer has been his General Manager. In that time, the Cubs had a combined record of 180-286, which includes this years record of 73-89. They are 106 games under the .500 mark under their tenure, leaving some fans to wonder if their jobs are in jeopardy because they have not...
Via World Series Dreaming
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Shaughnessy- Not Quite Right

As is his style, Dan Shaughnessy had a rant last weekend on the state of the Red Sox. “Nobody’s mad at the local nine, ” he wrote. “After all, they’ve won the World Series three times in 10 years and they won it last year…everybody is happy just to enjoy another day in America’s most beloved ballpark..” “Fenway fans, ” he goes on, “don’t mind paying the highest...
Via Fenway West
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Manny Ramirez could be on Cubs coaching staff in 2015

The Chicago Cubs need all the help they can get, so the addition of a former MLB slugger to the coaching staff shouldn’t hurt. Ex-Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez could get a coaching job next season with the Cubs, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Theo Epstein, former Sox general manager and current Cubs president, did not rule out the possibility of hiring Ramirez when...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss
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