Cardinals Billion-Dollar TV Deal and In-Market Streaming

As digital technology and internet speeds have improved, there has been an increasing realization that consumers do not — or should not, given the incredibly powerful cable providers — need to subscribe to massive cable bundles with hundreds of channels. Netflix has shown people the amount of programming they could have for under $10 per month, and iTunes and Amazon have allowed...
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Chicago Cubs: minor trades ensure an active offseason

In regard to the Chicago Cubs mild trade deadline deals, the prevailing view has been that the team dropped the ball on an opportunity to address serious areas of concern for a legitimate playoff run. Many believed, or rather hyped, that with the unexpectedly early turnaround this year, the front office would be eager to make the additions of a contender rather than that of a team...
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Epstein: Cubs went down at trade deadline swinging for the fences

The big deal for a starting pitcher or a flame-throwing closer never materialized as Friday's non-waiver trade deadline came to a close, but it wasn't for a lack of taking some big cuts, Cubs president Theo Epstein said. "We certainly were very aggressive in my mind packaging our prospects, especially for controllable, impact, major-league talent,” Epstein told reporters, “including...
Via Fox Sports
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Larry Lucchino stepping down as CEO and President of Boston Red Sox

Larry Lucchino, CEO and President of the Boston Red Sox has announced that he will resign from his positions within the organization at the end of the 2015 season. It is no surprise that Boston has struggled both on and off the field this season, and lack of activity at the trade deadline has people wondering whether the front office cares about the team’s future. Now, the Red...
Via OutsidePitchMLB
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Trade Deadline thoughts: Cubs Did the Right Thing

I have been out camping this entire weekend, so I missed out on all the trade reactions throughout baseball, including those fans made about the ones the Chicago Cubs made. This is probably a good thing, as that allowed me to give you my unfiltered and unaffected thoughts. I know that the Cubs did not make that big splash fans were hoping for, but the deals that they did make were...
Via World Series Dreaming
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Larry Lucchino to Step Down As Red Sox CEO

Thanks to The Boston Herald (the lone newspaper in town not in the hip pocket of John Henry) we learn that Larry Lucchino will leave his post as President and CEO of the Red Sox at the end of this year. Lucchino's tenure has been a stormy and—at times—controversial one. He was widely perceived to be the Darth Vader to Theo Epstein's Luke Skywalker—an edgy relationship that...
Via FenwayNation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

No Cubs Blockbuster: Which is Fine

The MLB deadline for trades has ended. Big moves made by buyers and sellers and we know who is all in and who is rebuilding. One of baseball’s most looked at teams during the deadline was the Chicago Cubs. The young team has been in the Wild Card race since the start of the season;they are currently 54-47, and 2.0 games behind the 2nd Wild Card Giants. Thus has seen a swirling...
Via Real Sports Entertainment Network
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs acquire Dan Haren from Miami Marlins

Put the Chicago Cubs on the board as they have made their first trade of the day, acquiring starting pitcher Dan Haren of the Miami Marlins. Haren offers the Cubs depth in a rotation I believe that lacks just that. It is not the impactful move that we are all anticipating from Theo Epstein. I believe that this is just a precursor to a big trade that Epstein is currently working on...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Similar Past, Divergent Present, And Bright Future Of The Houston Astros And Chicago Cubs

Following the 2011 season both the Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs made changes to their front office. The Astros and Cubs both installed a new head baseball decision maker, Jeff Luhnow and Theo Epstein, respectively, to spearhead a march towards respectability. Following several dismal seasons, this was no small task. Instead of a quick turnaround, both executives embarked...
Via The Sports Quotient
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs threatening historically low offensive numbers at Wrigley

The Chicago Cubs have played at Wrigley Field for a long, long time. Yet no Cubs team has hit as poorly at the friendly confines as this one. That's despite Chicago contending for a playoff spot, and boasting two players in the Home Run Derby. The Chicago Tribune delved deep into the numbers to show just how poorly this team has performed at the plate in its home yard. On Monday...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Epstein says club not close to trading for a big-contract pitcher

With Friday's trade deadline ticking down, the Chicago Cubs continue their efforts to trade for a starting pitcher, however it appears less likely that the club will make a big splash on a pitcher with a big contract such as Cole Hamels. “I don’t necessarily think we’re close to trading for a big contract,” team president Theo Epstein told reporters Monday. “Certainly...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Fans: DON’T PANIC (redux)

So I know what you’re thinking.  Bottom of the ninth, down a run after the Chicago Cubs bullpen had blown yet another save against a subpar-on-paper team.  The Cubs, in fact, were down to their last out in the game.  But before we get into that, let’s talk about a pregame quote: ."It's every fan's right to panic, but we can't." -@Cubs manager Joe Maddon on the pregame show...
Via World Series Dreaming
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs release RHP Edwin Jackson

CHICAGO (AP) The Cubs released right-hander Edwin Jackson on Monday, one week after he was designated for assignment. Jackson, 31, was 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 23 relief appearances for the Cubs this season. Signed to a four-year deal worth $52 million before the 2013 season, Jackson struggled badly over his first two years with the Cubs, going 14-33 with a 5.58 ERA and was moved...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

As deadline looms, time for Cubs front office to step up to the plate

Joe Maddon has been an instant success. He's put a hustling, fun team on the field that has put itself in contention for a wild-card spot. Wrigley Field hasn't seen the postseason since 2008, and if the playoffs are to return, it's now time for Chicago's front office to step up to the plate. The Cubs are scuffling, coming off a home sweep by baseball's worst team, the Philadelphia...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Papelbon saves No. 17 in potential audition

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon almost looked like a salesman Friday at Wrigley Field, chatting up Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer hours before he earned his 17th save in 17 opportunities in a 5-3 vict...
Via Philly Sports Live
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Phillies-Cubs Preview

Rumors have been swirling since the winter that the Chicago Cubs are interested in acquiring Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels. With the trade deadline approaching, Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer will get an up-close look at the left-hander Saturday when he takes the mound at Wrigley Field. Reports surfaced in the offseason that Chicago was looking...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Revisiting the Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop trade

Prior to the trade deadline two years ago, the Cubs dealt Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Orioles for Pedro Strop and Jake Arrieta, which has proved to be a great Theo Epstein move. Understatement? Maybe. The Cubs drafted Scott Clevenger in the 2006 MLB Draft. Leading up to the deal, Clevenger was a steady presence in the Chicago Cubs’ farm system. The main part of...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Only Papi And Pedroia In Top 20 MLB Jerseys

The jerseys of only two Red Sox players appear on the Top 20 Most Popular Jerseys list—according to David Ortiz comes in at #9, while Dustin Pedroia falls just outside the Top 10 at #11. Of course, if you count former Red Sox players, the number doubles. Former top Boston prospect Anthony Rizzo (now with Theo Epstein and the Cubbies) ranks at #10, while the guy Rizzo was...
Via FenwayNation
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: GM Epstein quick to call Tigers about prying lefty ace Price

The Chicago Cubs would love to reunite Detroit Tigers ace David Price with his former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein reportedly was one of the first to contact the Tigers about Price's availability. Detroit, scuffling to a disappointing season, reportedly will put Price on the trade block before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline...
Via Fox Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Edwin Jackson Era is (Thankfully) Over

The Edwin Jackson era is over for the Chicago Cubs, to the delight of the fans. Theo Epstein’s biggest Cubs flop was designated for assignment on July 19th. This allowed the activation of RHP Rafael Soriano, who was signed by the Cubs organization earlier this year. Jackson’s Cubs career was nothing short of a disaster. He was signed to a 4-year, $52-million deal in 2013 after...
Via Real Sports Entertainment Network
13 days ago  |  Discuss

They Should Have Passed

The recent announcement that Edwin Jackson was DFAed finally ends the long saga of undoubtedly Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer’s worst acquisition for the Cubs. Jackson, signed to a 4-year/$52 million contract prior to the 2013 season, struggled mightily in 2013 and 2014 before being demoted to the bullpen. Overall, he finished with a 5.37 ERA in 347 innings with the Cubs. Yet Jackson...
Via Cub Reporter
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Finally dumping Jackson shows Cubs making moves for the right reasons

Finally, the Chicago Cubs can take their eyes off the Edwin Jackson train wreck. Having long lost all trust of his manager, teammates and management, Jackson has finally been jettisoned. Cubs general manager Theo Epstein decided to designate Jackson for assignment on Sunday despite the team still owing him a substantial amount of money, $15.6 million of his $52 million deal that...
Via Fox Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: Edwin Jackson designated for assignment

Theo Epstein can finally breathe a long-awaited sigh of relief. Edwin Jackson, seemingly one of Theo Epstein’s biggest mistakes as Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations, was designated for assignment to activate newly acquired relief pitcher, Rafael Soriano. Prior to the 2013 season, the Cubs signed Jackson to a four year $52 million deal. With the contract’s magnitude...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting Red Sox Lineup for the Next Five Years

Since the dawn of the Ben Cherington regime, we have been consistently reminded about the depth of talent found in the Boston Red Sox farm system. One of the greatest mistakes Theo Epstein ever made in his time as General Manager of the Red Sox was to completely deplete the team’s farm depth, leaving them vulnerable to decline almost as soon as the 2007 World Series had been won...
Via Baseball Essential
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Two Teams To Watch In the Second Half

Although hard to believe, the 2015 MLB season has already reached the halfway point.The All-Star break always provides some rest and relaxation before the final push for the playoffs, in many cases spurring under-performing teams into high gear and getting their seasons back on track.Of the many teams that stand a chance to make a late run and perform to their expected levels, two...
Via The Sports Quotient
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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