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South Side Sox 19 hours ago

The offseason begins with a new Chicago manager and old arguments

Cubs' reported hiring of Joe Maddon will naturally lead to comparisons with Robin Ventura, most of them meaningless and unhelpful We just spent a postseason watching two very different managers steer wild card teams to the very top of their sport. Bruce Bochy is best known for having the largest head in the game. Ned Yost is accused of seldomly using his. Keep this in mind when you process the Cubs' imminent hiring of Joe Maddon. I's a good move by the Cubs. It's questionable how they accomplished it -- given Theo Epstein's history of messy transactions, I'm guessing there will be a...

Cubs decline '15 option on Fujikawa

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs declined a 2015 team option on right-handed relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa, the organization announced Thursday, making him a free agent. Fujikawa spent two seasons in a Cubs uniform but underwent Tommy John surgery after just 12 appearances in 2013. He returned late in 2014, pitching in 15 games and compiling a 4.85 ERA. Overall, Fujikawa appeared in 27 contests as a Cub, producing a 1-1 record with two saves and a composite 5.

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Chicago Sun-Times 3 hours ago

Joe Maddon: A real ray of hope for Cubs

Finally, after five seasons of bad baseball from the Cubs and superhuman patience from their fans, something real. Something with flesh, bones and a track record of achievement at the major-league level. A proven player? Whoa, whoa. Easy there, Cubs fans. What’s your rush? Provided all the I’s get dotted and the T’s get crossed, what we have here is a top-notch manager, Joe Maddon, a man who has tasted success and can pass on its secrets to his troops. It’s...
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 29, 2014

Joe Maddon, Cubs historic deal announcement could come Thursday

The Cubs were poised to make their biggest free-agent splash in the Theo Epstein era Wednesday night, closing in on a multiyear deal to hire Joe Maddon as their manager, according to several sources. With the conclusion Wednesday night of the World Series, an announcement was expected as early as Thursday for the two-time American League manager of the year, who last week exercised an opt-out clause in his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Sources on both sides of...

Cubs' cut 40-man roster down to 37

CHICAGO -- In advance of free agency beginning next week the Chicago Cubs cleared room off their 40-man roster by outrighting three players to Triple-A Iowa, including former 2007 first round pick Josh Vitters. Vitters, outfielder Ryan Kalish and infielder Chris Valaika all cleared waivers, allowing the Cubs to send them to the minors. Additionally, pitcher James McDonald elected free agency after spending the year on the disabled list. The Cubs' 40-man roster stands at 37.
Chicago Tribune Oct 29, 2014

Cubs will hire Joe Maddon as manager: report

The Chicago Cubs appear on the verge of shocking the baseball world with the hiring of manager Joe Maddon.

Cubs will hire Joe Maddon as manager: report

The Chicago Cubs appear on the verge of shocking the baseball world with the hiring of manager Joe Maddon.

What would a Maddon coaching staff look like?

CHICAGO -- As the World Series comes to an end, so too should the Joe Maddon saga. One way or another, the Chicago Cubs will either pull the trigger on a deal or pass on the former Tampa Bay Rays manager by the end of the week, according to industry sources. They owe at least that much to current manager Rick Renteria. As we await word from Wrigley Field, it’s worth examining what a Maddon coaching staff might look like. Remember, it’s not just the manager the Cubs said was coming back for 2015, they also invited almost everyone else back and already hired two new coaches in hitting...
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 29, 2014

Cubs in talks with Joe Maddon, could have answer by Friday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With the ball in his hands and his team leading the World Series three games to two, Jake Peavy had the starting assignment every pitcher dreams of — a chance to win the series. But the night terrors that ensued during the Kansas City Royals’ seven-run second inning Tuesday might haunt Peavy for quite some time. ‘‘I can’t imagine anything being any sweeter,’’ Peavy had said of the opportunity to put the San Francisco Giants on his...

Chat alert: Jesse Rogers at noon CT

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Chicago Sun-Times Oct 27, 2014

Rick Renteria hasn’t heard anything from Cubs while Joe Maddon rumors swirl

A year ago, Rick Renteria was told to wait: The Cubs liked him for their managerial opening from the first week of the hiring process but needed to check out other options before signing him. Now he’s not even being told that much. In fact, barely a month after team president Theo Epstein said Renteria would “absolutely” return for a second season as manager, multiple sources say neither Epstein nor ownership has contacted Renteria during four days of...

Baseball executive on potential Maddon hiring: 'There is no script for this'

CHICAGO -- If in fact the Chicago Cubs are looking into hiring former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon for the job that current skipper Rick Renteria occupies they’re heading into some unchartered baseball territory, at least according to one longtime executive who wanted to remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the situation. “There is no script for this,” the executive said over the weekend. “All you can do is the best you can to treat (Renteria) with as much respect as you can.
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 26, 2014

Royals’ James Shields would be great fit in Cubs’ rotation

SAN FRANCISCO — When Kansas City Royals ace James Shields walked off the mound at the end of a scoreless sixth inning Sunday night at AT&T Park, after his final start of the year, he looked more like Big Game James than he ever has. Not just because of the strong performance in Sunday’s pivotal Game 5 start against the San ­Francisco Giants. Mostly because now the Big Hunt is about to start for free-agent pitching, and nobody’s hungrier for the kind of...
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 26, 2014

Dale Sveum wants to manage again but won’t promote himself

SAN FRANCISCO — Dale Sveum didn’t get calls from any of the three teams that filled managerial openings in the last month, or from the Minnesota Twins, who are in the final stages of filling their vacancy. And he isn’t sure where he’ll stand when the Tampa Bay Rays regroup and start interviews to replace Joe Maddon. “If somebody calls, they call,” said Sveum, who has been on the Kansas City Royals’ coaching staff since a few hours after he was fired as...
Chicago Sun-Times Oct 26, 2014

Ozzie Guillen would love to coach for Joe Maddon — with Cubs

SAN FRANCISCO — When Ozzie Guillen heard the news about Joe Maddon’s sudden free agency — and reports of the Cubs’ just-as-sudden interest — the response was immediate: Count him in. “This is one guy I’d love to coach for,” said the former White Sox manager who’s on the World Series broadcast team for ESPN Deportes. “He’s a very good baseball man. And he’s not a guy who’s going to be looking behind his back thinking I want to take his job....

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