Source: Cubs and Royals are among the suitors for Joba Chamberlain. Doesn't sound like anything is imminent with either, however.
Chicago Tribune "Rick Renteria and his wife Ilene had a house-hunting appointment Thursday. But the new Cubs manager already is in the midst of building his own foundation with slightly more than two months before the start of spring training. The perennially upbeat Renteria revealed he has contacted several..." December 07
CSN Chicago "Cubs fans and the Chicago media will dissect the relationship between Rick Renteria and Starlin Castro. Renteria knew the Castro questions would be coming during Thursday’s meet-and-greet session at Wrigley Field. The new Cubs manager already made it a priority to reach out to the franchise..." December 06
CSN Chicago "The Cubs are looking for a closer and John Axford has already posted the personal classified ad on his Twitter account. “MST (Man Seeking Team),” Axford wrote. “Tall athletic male with blue/green eyes and a love for film and mustaches seeking loving team for employment!” There’s mutual..." December 06
ESPN.com "Donning a Chicago Cubs jersey for the first time, new manager Rick Renteria is excited about the opportunity to lead the Cubs, including embattled shortstop Starlin Castro. Castro is coming off his worst season as a professional -- hitting just .245 -- but the positive-minded Renteria is ready..." December 05
Let me be clear ,Theo never mentioned any contract figure . Another source has indicted the Cub offer is higher than 5 yrs $55. Mil.
Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs bolstered the left side of their bullpen Wednesday night by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with free agent left-hander Wesley Wright. Wright, 28, was not tendered a contract Monday night by the Tampa Bay Rays. Wright posted a 3.69 ERA in 70 games with the Houston..." December 05
If Nippon Pro Baseball accepts $20mil max posting fee with team with worst record gets first shot at Tanaka - Hou, Miami, CWS, Cubs.lined up
The #Cubs signed left-handed reliever Wesley Wright to a one-year contract believed to be for $1.425 million.
Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs’ pursuit of Japanese free agent Masahiro Tanaka could get very serious very fast, according to sources who say the business side of the operation already is boasting that the Cubs might land the top pitcher on the market. What puts Tanaka in play for the Cubs — who often are forced..." December 04
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Hardball Talk "Eric Hinske isn’t wasting any time going from playing to coaching, joining new Cubs manager Rick Renteria’s staff as first base coach. Hinske played for the Diamondbacks this year, hitting .173 in 52 games to finish up a 12-season career in which he won a Rookie of the Year award and then went..." December 03
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
Chicago Tribune "The Cubs retained the rights of nine arbitration eligible players, led by pitcher Jeff Samardzija and second baseman Darwin Barney. How long they remain with the Cubs could be dictated by the trade market and the progress of their top prospects. Samardzija, one of the Cubs’ top trade chips,..." December 03
Source: #Cubs non-tender Mat Gamel
George Kottaras settles with #cubs. $1.075M plus incentives.
WEEI Boston "According to multiple major league sources, Cubs reliever Daniel Bard will not be a tendered a contract by Chicago prior to tonight’s midnight deadline. Bard had pitched in three games in the Puerto Rican Winter League, pitching for Criollos de Caguas. But after allowing eight runs on no hits..." December 02
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
Sources: #BlueJays’ deal with Dioner Navarro is two years, $8M. Pending physical.
MLB.com "Do the Cubs keep a solid defender like Darwin Barney at second base or look for another option? That's one of the decisions the Cubs face Monday in advance of the 10:59 p.m. CT deadline for Major League teams to tender contracts to their arbitration-eligible players. The Cubs have eight other..." December 01
Gammons Daily "The Cubs endgame on Jeff Samardzija is to let the market play out. Several teams including the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays have called on the righthander who will be 29 come January 25, but the Cubs’ feeling is that when the Masahiro Tanaka posting saga has played itself out and the free agent..." November 29
MLB Trade Rumors "Left-hander Ted Lilly's comeback attempt has stalled due to persistent shoulder and back pain, and the 15-year veteran is set to announce his retirement from professional baseball, he told Andreina Salas Guzman Venezuelan news outlet El Universal (Spanish link). "My body in general is telling..." November 27
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs acquired backup catcher George Kottaras from the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for cash and will give him a chance to win a spot in spring training. Kottaras, 30, hit .180 with five home runs in 100 at-bats for the Royals last year, and is a career .214 hitter with the..." November 27
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Told Dioner Navarro is moving to resolution, Boston not in pursuit
Teams have inquired about StarterJeff Samardzija. Source: Toronto putting together package of young players.
Hardball Talk "Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that the Cubs have signed outfielder Casper Wells to a minor league contract. He’ll presumably receive an invite to spring training. Wells made more news this year for bouncing around from team-to-team and making relief appearances in blowout games than..." November 23
Cubs name Bill Mueller new hitting coach with Brandon Hyde as bench coach.
#RedSox regard Dioner Navarro as more of fallback option if other free agent catcher dominoes don't fall their way
Not a huge shock Cubs add inf Arismemdy Alcantara and P Dallas Beeler to 40 man roster which stands at 39
Chicago Tribune "Two Chicago legends, Ernie Banks and Oprah Winfrey, were honored today by another, Barack Obama, when he awarded them the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the county’s highest civilian honor. Banks, 82, is a bald and bespectacled Hall of Famer who still is called “Mr. Cub” more than 40 years..." November 20
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
CSN Chicago "The winter meetings are three weeks away and Jeff Samardzija has already been linked to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays and Pittsburgh Pirates. Yes, the Cubs are open for business, with a front office that believes no one is untouchable, a Wrigley Field..." November 17
CBSSports.com "A little less than two weeks ago, the Cubs named Padres bench coach Rick Renteria their new manager. The club reportedly sought someone who could help their young players develop at the big league level, something that did not happen under previous skipper Dale Sveum. Renteria's impressive..." November 17
SB Nation "Chicago Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant was named Most Valuable Player of the Arizona Fall League, the league announced Saturday. Bryant hit .364/.457/.727 in 20 games for the Mesa Solar Sox, helping lead the team to the AFL Championship. He reached base at least once in every single game,..." November 17
Fansided "It was announced on Twitter that the Chicago Cubs have picked up both catcher Eli Whiteside and Jeudy Valdez yesterday. With Dioner Navarro searching for big time money and starting job elsewhere, the Cubs are looking for someone who can back up Welington Castillo. Not sure if Whiteside will be..." November 16
"We've had discussions w/Samardzija because we like him + want to keep him. We'll see where things go. We like hearing he wants to be here."
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.
USA Today "Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire's call except balls and strikes. "The clubs are very excited..." November 14
Owner: "Serious reservations" among clubs about posting process. Possible no agreement is reached, which means no Tanaka this off-season.
CSN Chicago "The Cubs don’t plan to make a huge investment in a free-agent catcher like Brian McCann or Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Instead, sources say, the Cubs have Kurt Suzuki on their radar as they try to find a catcher to complement building-block piece Welington Castillo. Suzuki, 30, has built up a..." November 13
CBSSports.com "Officials from the Cubs and Marlins both agree they may have something to talk about. The Cubs have a stockpile of high-end position prospects and the Marlins have a long list of fine young pitchers. Prospect-for-prospect deals are rare because they require a strong stomach. Needless to say,..." November 13
Source says Mariners have "no interest" in Ellsbury. Market looks thin, but source adds that Cubs are stealthily waiting in the wings.
Diamondbacks would like to add a corner bat and have interest in trading for Cubs OF Nate Schierholtz, sources say. @FOXSports1