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5 takeaways for the White Sox and Cubs from the quiet winter meetings

Cubs President Theo Epstein’s declaration that “you guys will be busy” during the winter meetings didn’t materialize fully. In fact, the Cubs didn’t complete a transaction, unless we count the naming of the player to be named in the Tommy La Stella trade. The Cubs did manage to plant some seeds...

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The Cubs are reportedly pursuing Daniel Descalso

Could the former Rockie, Cardinal and D-back find himself in blue pinstripes? The Cubs have been looking into acquiring an infielder who would provide some veteran presence. Here’s an idea that’s out there: #Cubs in strong pursuit of free-agent infielder Daniel Descalso, sources tell The Athletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 14, 2018 Ken Rosenthal’s tweets usually have reliable information in them, so let’s look at Daniel Descalso. He’s played for the Cardinals, Rockies and Diamondbacks in a nine-year career, mostly at second and third base. The Cubs could use...

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Baseball history unpacked, December 14

Buckner’s birthday, and other stories A wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. Today in baseball history: 1916 - The Chicago Cubs swap OF Joe Kelly to the Boston Braves for coach Fred Mitchell, who will become Chicago’s new manager. (3) 1948 - It’s a busy day for the Phillies as the team purchases pitcher Ken Trinkle from the Giants and trade pitchers Walter Dubiel and Dutch Leonard to the Cubs for first...

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Here’s why teams trade for players like Conor Lillis-White

A bit more detail on the PTBNL the Cubs received from the Angels and why this matters. Al noted on Thursday that the Cubs received Conor Lillis-White in exchange from the Angels as the player-to-be-named for Tommy La Stella. As the comments rolled in, I saw a bit of an addition to the article that might help explain the return. Lillis-White sounds to be the type of lefty who tops out in the very low 90’s, and relies on breaking stuff. Which might not sit well with some of you who’d want “something more exciting.” The starting point on the entire trade is that La Stella, regardless...

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Chicago Cubs need to look internally to find success in 2019

Much of the offseason focus surrounding the Chicago Cubs centers around free agents and potential trade chips. But it’s time for some self-reflection instead. With so many questions surrounding the Chicago Cubs and what they’ll do this offseason, fans need to take a step back and focus on what the team already has internally. Sure, all […] Chicago Cubs need to look internally to find success in 2019 - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cubs roster move: Conor Lillis-White acquired from Angels

The Cubs made a transaction! If you’ve been waiting around all week for the Cubs to make a deal or signing or something during the Winter Meetings, well, now the Meetings are over but the Cubs have apparently made a transaction: Source: the #Angels are sending LHP Conor Lilis-White to the Cubs to complete the Tommy La Stella trade. https://t.co/pul32wQ6bc— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) December 13, 2018 Lillis-White was the Angels’ 32nd-round pick in the 2013 draft. Last year he posted a 3.50 ERA and 1.306 WHIP in 46 appearances covering 72 innings combined between Double-A...

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Chicago Cubs: Albert Almora might be team’s most expendable asset

While the Chicago Cubs offseason has yet to take off in any sort of direction, changes from the 2018 roster seem imminent. A trade involving center fielder Albert Almora could be on the horizon for a team with more pressing needs. By showcasing elite defense and impeccable baseball instincts, Albert Almora has rightfully solidified himself […] Chicago Cubs: Albert Almora might be team’s most expendable asset - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Angels send Conor Lillis-White to the Cubs because they don’t need any stinkin’ lefties

What is Billy Eppler doing anyway? Back on November 29th, the web-a-sphere was set on fire with the blockbuster trade that sent Tommy La Stella from the Cubs to save the Angels 2019 campaign. Part of that deal was “future considerations” to be sent back to the Cubs. Part of me was hoping that meant Billy Eppler just had to be nice to Theo Epstein at the Winter Meetings and maybe save him a spot in the Starbucks line at Mandalay Bay. But no, apparently that meant the Angels are sending Conor Lillis-White to the Cubs. Who is Conor Lillis-White you might ask (and probably did)? He has...

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Cub Tracks’ static discharge

“Please don’t take it the wrong way”, and other bullets Oh good. The Winter Meetings are over. Wasn’t that fun? So many new players! Oh, wait. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. We’re all victims of circumstance. Damn. When do we start making up stuff in order to have content? The only earthshaking news is from Atlanta. Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). Boras said he's heard a rumor about the Cubs possibly listening for trade offers on Kris Bryant but assured...

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2018 MLB Winter Meetings: Day 3

Signings and hirings and trades, oh my. The biggest headline of Tuesday’s Day 2 activities at the Winter Meetings was probably the signing of Andrew McCutchen by the Phillies to a three-year, $50 million contract. Other Tuesday moves included the trade of Ivan Nova to the White Sox and the Royals officially announcing they had signed Billy Hamilton to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2020. And then there was this announcement: #Cubs coach Brandon Hyde will be the #Orioles’ next manager, sources tell The Athletic. First reported as close: @JoelSherman1.— Ken Rosenthal...

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Winter meetings journal: It's just another season for Joe Maddon

LAS VEGAS - When first asked last month at a St. Petersburg Thanksmas charity event about lame duck status going into the final season of his contract managing the Cubs, Joe Maddon said he preferred to consider it his free-agent year.Speaking to the Chicago and national media

BenFred: Goldschmidt's dominance against Cubs, Brewers looms large

LAS VEGAS • Could it be possible that the Cardinals’ trade for perennial MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt made a bigger splash elsewhere in the division than it did in St. Louis?

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Chicago Cubs: Former Cub Miguel Montero officially retires from baseball

Over the weekend, former Chicago Cubs backstop Miguel Montero decided to hang up his cleats, announcing his retirement from Major League Baseball. The Chicago Cubs acquired Miguel Montero back in 2015 in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for two minor league pitching prospects. The Cubs received a proven two-time All-Star who solidified things […] Chicago Cubs: Former Cub Miguel Montero officially retires from baseball - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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The Cubs should look into signing Troy Tulowitzki

Because under the circumstances, why not? Troy Tulowitzki was once one of the best players in baseball. He had three straight top-5 MVP finishes, won a couple of Gold Gloves, and is a five-time All-Star. But serious injuries have ruined most of his career. He hasn’t played a game of baseball — anywhere — since July 28, 2017. Today, the Blue Jays cut ties with him: ROSTER MOVE: We've released SS Troy Tulowitzki, making him a free agent.— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) December 11, 2018 That’s an awful lot of money the Jays just ate. Tulo has two years and $34 million left on...

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2018 MLB Winter Meetings: Day 1

Will there be a lot of activity this week? Or will what happens in Vegas stay in Vegas? BCB’s Josh Timmers has already posted two excellent previews of this year’s Winter Meetings — one Cubs-specific, the other more general — and you should read them if you haven’t already. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are the players everyone’s going to be watching this week, but the week could end with them both remaining free agents. So far this offseason, most of the action has been in the trade market, rather than big free-agent signings. A few minor signings — such as the return of...

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White Sox and Cubs have long shopping lists as the winter meetings begin

Adding free-agent superstar Bryce Harper wouldn’t be enough to shore up all of the holes on the young White Sox roster. And even a successful trade for left-hander Cole Hamels on July 27 didn’t vault the Cubs any further than the National League wild-card game. So both teams have plenty of boxes...

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Winter (meetings) wonder: The Cubs are watching their wallets while the White Sox suddenly have money to burn

You might have thought Cubs President Theo Epstein and White Sox general manager Rick Hahn had swapped bodies the other day if you weren’t paying closer attention. While Hahn was fueling speculation the Sox would be in the mix to add a megabucks free agent to a 100-loss team that’s nowhere close...

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Cub Tracks links up

Talking about Yu, Miggy’s agency, Doug deep, and other bullets Sunday, and the breakfast buffet doesn’t include a surfeit or a plethora. That’s a shame as both words mean a lot to me, but it is what it is. There are some rather toothsome offerings on hand if you can get past my little yolks. Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome). When Miguel Montero essentially negotiated his own contract extension with the @Dbacks more than six years ago, he hardly could have known the experience...

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Chicago Cubs: Free agent relievers that could interest the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs need to focus on revamping the bullpen this offseason. While some guys may come up from the farm and/or via trade, there are some notable veterans out there that could come in via free agency. We’re still months from Spring Training and the Chicago Cubs already suffered a tough blow. Closer Brandon […] Chicago Cubs: Free agent relievers that could interest the Cubs - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cubs prospect Interview: Christian Donahue

The infielder signed with the Cubs in 2017 as an undrafted free agent. I finally broke my streak, and interviewed a Cubs hitting prospect. Christian Donahue was very generous with his time on a recent Monday night, and we talked “the island,” player development, and Oregon State baseball, as well as his career. TH: Thanks for taking some time to talk with my readers today. CD: Not a problem. TH: You’re from Hawaii. As regionalism would seem less there than on the mainland, how does someone end up choosing a squad on the island? CD: Quite a bit of it ends up being individual...

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Chicago Cubs: Is the team holding back to make run at Nolan Arenado?

If the Chicago Cubs truly don’t have the ability to spend big this offseason, could they instead pivot to next year’s free agent class instead? A lot of Chicago Cubs fans will consider this winter a complete and utter failure unless Theo Epstein and the front office find a way to ‘get creative’ and land […] Chicago Cubs: Is the team holding back to make run at Nolan Arenado? - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Baseball history unpacked, December 7

Free agents galore, The Professor’s birthday, and other stories A wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. Today in baseball history: 1876 - The first annual meeting of the National League is held. The New York Mutuals and the Philadelphia Athletics are expelled because the two teams had decided not to play their final games in the west without permission. Also, William Hulbert is elected to succeed Morgan Bulkeley...

'He's honestly the perfect Cardinal'

After the Cardinals acquired All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in a deal with Arizona, Cubs president Theo Epstein said the NL Central 'was a great division before that trade and even better now.

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Chicago Cubs: Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals shifts the Central

Everyone is focused on the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers, but the St. Louis Cardinals are back in the mix after landing slugger Paul Goldschmidt. The St. Louis Cardinals are the first National League Central team to strike this offseason, landing slugger Paul Goldschmidt via trade. The Cardinals will send pitcher Luke Weaver, catcher Carson […] Chicago Cubs: Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals shifts the Central - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cubs Rumors: A look at the latest rumblings from the Hot Stove

As the Winter Meetings approach, the Hot Stove is scorching. What are the latest Cubs rumors? Will the team make a run at Bryce Harper this month? This week brought the first major free agent signing of the offseason. You likely won’t find it on any Cubs rumors board – but it will undoubtedly impact […] Cubs Rumors: A look at the latest rumblings from the Hot Stove - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Baseball history unpacked, December 5

All Ron Santo, all the time, and other stories A wildly popular Cubs-centric look at baseball’s past. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along as we review select scenes from the rich tapestry of Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball history. Today in baseball history: 1973 - The Cubs’ plan to trade their veteran third baseman Ron Santo is thwarted when he becomes the first player to invoke the new 10 and 5 rule. The team wanted to send their 33-year-old infielder to the Angels for two pitchers, but his 10+ years in the major leagues with 5+ being in Chicago gave him...

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Cubs historical Heroes and Goats: 2003, part 6

The Cubs play a rain shortened eight-game homestand The Cubs returned home for what was originally scheduled as a nine-game homestand beginning May 2. They returned home with a one-game lead in the division and a 16-12 record. With the Rockies, Brewers and Cardinals each scheduled for three games at Wrigley, the cubs would be looking to build upon their lead. Game 29, May 2: Cubs 7, Rockies 4 (17-12) Ramon Martinez, the one who played for the Cubs, was an infielder signed as an international free agent in 1993 by the Royals. He’s not to be confused with Ramon, the pitcher, who was the...

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Chicago Cubs Rumors: The latest in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes

It’s been pretty quiet to-date when it comes to juicy Cubs rumors. But with Winter Meetings approaching, we have some Bryce Harper news to share. Superstar free agent Bryce Harper is still on the market and the Chicago Cubs still have the chance to pick up the former MVP and Rookie of the Year. In […] Chicago Cubs Rumors: The latest in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Lefty Jorge De La Rosa is set to enter free agency

After spending the season with the D-backs and Cubs last season, Jorge De La Rosa is set to enter free agency before the 2019 season About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United St

Lefty reliever Justin Wilson hits free-agent market

Lefty reliever Justin Wilson hits the free-agent market after striking out 69 batters in 45 2/3 innings pitched with the Cubs About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States an

Daniel Murphy set to enter free agency in 2019

Daniel Murphy is set to enter free agency after spending time with the Nationals and Cubs in 2018 About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member club