Bleed Cubbie Blue "Earlier today, you read here about the Cubs' signing of lefty Jonathan Sanchez to a minor-league deal. The team now has signed three more players to such deals with spring-training invitations: The signings of pitchers Tsuyoshi Wada and Tommy Hottovy have been previously reported. Wada..." December 19
Chicago Tribune "The Cubs signed free agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league deal, according to a source. The deal is said to include incentives if he makes the major league roster. Sanchez, 31, threw a no-hitter in 2009 and won 13 games for the Giants in 2010 but has been hampered by control..." December 19
Foxsports.com "Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy joined "The Buzz" podcast Wednesday and said there's a chance that MLB pitchers could have the option of wearing special protective headgear as early as the 2014 season. He said the headgear would look like a hat but would be able to protect a..." December 19
Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had $3.6 million seized from his bank accounts Wednesday for refusing to pay 3 percent of his contract to a baseball school in the Dominican Republic, according to published reports. Castro’s father, Diogenis Castros, reportedly signed the agreement with..." December 19
Looks like Rakuten is not giving up on Tanaka. Hochi says they are going to offer him an $8m salary. http://t.co/PJRk1Cqa0U
Source: Cubs are interested in catcher Kurt Suzuki.
Cubbies Crib "With the New York Yankees‘ signing of former Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, it appears as if Chicago second baseman and former Gold Glove award winner Darwin Barney will stay put on the North Side heading into next season. Barney, 28, maintained his Gold Glove-caliber defense in 2013,..." December 17
Forbes.com "It was a very good year for Major League Baseball; as in historic. According to a source speaking on condition of anonymity, for 2013 MLB gross revenues will exceed $8 billion for the first time, ever. While exact figures were not revealed, baseball will end 2013 with revenues between $8-$8.5..." December 17
CBSSports.com "With Monday's official announcement that Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed to a new posting system, the focus now shifts completely to whether or not phenom Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. We know his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, want to keep him, though..." December 17
SB Nation "Major League Baseball announced a new system that will change the way Japanese baseball players join the league. The new agreement will bring drastic change to the previous posting system. Before, NPB teams would post players who wanted to make the move to MLB. MLB teams would then place blind..." December 17
Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs are one of several teams interested in signing free agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. The Cubs envision Sanchez as a reliever, according to a source. Several other teams interested in Sanchez prefer to employ him as a starter -- a role that Sanchez has performed for most of..." December 16
Florida Times Union "Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University..." December 16
Chicago Sun-Times "If you paid attention during this week’s winter meetings, you might have spotted Mark Prior at some point in the background as Cubs officials networked in the lobbies and corridors of the Swan and Dolphin Resort. In many ways, he’s part of the background of everything the Cubs do — and more..." December 14
Yankees interest in Cubs Darwin Barney may pick up . (Royals sign Omar Infante) teams talked earlier.
Cubs signed INF Ryan Roberts to minor league contract with invitation to spring training.
SI.com "The Hot Stove quickly cooled from a scalding first week of December to a lukewarm second week, despite the occurrence of the annual winter meetings. In fact, in the age of modern telecommunication, offseason activity may even slow down with everyone under the same roof. "Everybody just holds their..." December 13
ESPN.com "The Chicago Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, the club announced on Friday. Hendriks, 24, is 2-13 with a 6.06 ERA in his career in parts of three seasons with the Twins. He was originally signed by Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in..." December 13
CSN Chicago "The Cubs and Jeff Samardzija continue to play their game of chicken, heading toward a trade or a long-term contract. But for now, the team is willing to hold onto its best pitcher. “There’s no trade imminent,” team president Theo Epstein said Wednesday. “We’ll see what happens. We hope he’s..." December 12
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves were one of the few teams that left the Winter Meetings without making a significant trade or free-agent signing. In fact, they made no move at all. Still, general manager Frank Wren seemed pleased with progress made on several fronts and said the work could culminate in a deal or..." December 12
CBSSports.com "On Thursday, the Cubs send outfielder Brian Bogusevic to the Marlins in exchange for outfielder Justin Ruggiano. The Cubs announced the move on Twitter. Bogusevic, 29, is a career .236/.313/.370 hitter (86 OPS+) with 17 home runs in 773 career plate appearances in the majors. He's capable of..." December 12
ESPN.com "Baseball agent Scott Boras hasn’t changed his stance since the general manager meetings last month. He still wants the Chicago Cubs to act like a big-market team and spend some money -- presumably on his clients -- though he does understand their game plan. “It appears as though we’re looking..." December 11
Chicago Tribune "The Cubs are looking to add more than one starting pitcher — which may become necessary if workhorse Jeff Samardzija is traded. "We could well sign more than one starter," general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday, shortly before Rakuten Golden Eagles President Yozo Tachibana told reporters he was..." December 11
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
Indians among teams with interest in FA reliever John Axford. Mariners, Orioles, Cubs have also been linked to him. Has closing experience.
MLB.com "After a series of injuries and several comeback attempts, it appears Mark Prior is ready to call it a career. The right-hander, now 33, was in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Monday for the Winter Meetings, where he told reporters he was retiring. Prior also indicated he could take a job in the..." December 10
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
Cubs looking at reliever trade market. Eyeing Nats' Storen, Clippard among others.
CSN Chicago "The Cubs won’t be looking to make a big splash as they head into Orlando for the winter meetings. Robinson Cano is a Seattle Mariner. Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran are New York Yankees. Masahiro Tanaka's future is still up in the air. Theo Epstein is confident in the plan. As new..." December 08
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.