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Baseball history unpacked, December 11

Fukudome time | Speed up the game, and other stories ... on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings a you a lighthearted 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*. Beware of rabbit holes. Today in baseball history: 1917 - In one of the most lopsided deals in baseball history, the Phillies trade Pete Alexander to the Cubs, along with starting catcher Bill Killefer, for right-hander Mike Prendergast, who compiles a...

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Chicago Cubs: Looking back on the trade for Derrek Lee

As we all hope for a big move from the Chicago Cubs at the Winter Meetings, let’s re-visit the deal that brought slugger Derrek Lee to the North Side. We’ve all heard the saying, “If you can’t beat them, join them.” In the case of one former member of the Chicago Cubs, it was more […] Chicago Cubs: Looking back on the trade for Derrek Lee - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cubs trade rumor: Nationals interested in Kris Bryant

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports What would be a fair return if KB went to DC? Earlier Tuesday, I took note of this Kris Bryant trade rumor at MLB.com: In fact, the Nationals have made an initial inquiry to the Cubs about trading for third baseman Kris Bryant, sources say. Bryant is among the top position player trade candidates in baseball this winter, and industry sources said Monday that there’s a better chance of the Cubs trading Bryant than the Indians dealing shortstop Francisco Lindor. The article goes on to note that any KB trade might have to wait until the third-base...

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Phillies rumor: Club in talks for Cubs star Kris Bryant

Could the Phillies add a former MVP to their infield this offseason? The Phillies and Cubs have had talks about former MVP Kris Bryant, according to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago. A major hold up in any trade involving Bryant is a grievance being heard over Bryant’s service time, which could determine […] Phillies rumor: Club in talks for Cubs star Kris Bryant - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - A Philadelphia Phillies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Astros: What if they drafted Kris Bryant instead of Mark Appel?

What if the Astros had drafted Kris Bryant in 2013 instead of Mark Appel? One of the more interesting bits of news coming out of the Winter Meetings is that the Cubs are exploring potential trades for star third baseman Kris Bryant. The news poses an interesting question — what if the Astros had drafted […] Astros: What if they drafted Kris Bryant instead of Mark Appel? - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Winter Meetings, Day 1 recap

Photo by Chaz Niell/ Anything big happen? The first day of the winter meetings brought some of the rumors we’re used to this time of year, a big free agent signing and an eyebrow raising quote. Rumors This is the time of year when the craziness begins. You’ve heard about “interested”, “kicking the tires” and all the other cliched saying reporters use. This is when they go into overdrive. This is the one, though, for Phillies fans that kicked things up a notch. Cubs have had talks with Phils on Bryant . Nothing there at the moment. Service time grievance still an issue .—...

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Chicago Cubs: Three blockbuster trades that could reshape the team

With the great majority of talk surrounding the club’s unwillingness to spend in free agency, here are big three trades the Cubs could make this winter. Over the course of the past two seasons, seemingly every conversation surrounding who the Cubs might acquire or trade for has centered around money. Granted, the financials have just […] Chicago Cubs: Three blockbuster trades that could reshape the team - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cubs trade retrospective: The team goes all-in, trading prospect Joe Carter for Rick Sutcliffe

Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via This was a big risk of a deal, but in the end it worked out. The next in a string of looking at Cubs trades as if they happened today. June 13, 1984 Sensing a potential division title, or more, the Cubs have traded prospect Joe Carter to Cleveland for right-handed pitcher Rick Sutcliffe. Apparently, Dennis Eckersley might be looking for a new jersey number. The story sounds about 95 percent accurate, though the Cubs might not have properly run all the necessary players through waivers properly yet. (Because Cubs?) That will be a separate debate...

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Chicago Cubs: In another world, Gerrit Cole would be a perfect fit

Major payroll limitations have all but guaranteed the Cubs won’t pursue Gerrit Cole this offseason, despite a clear need in the starting rotation. In the midst of free agency with the annual Winter Meetings underway from San Diego, the Chicago Cubs still have their work cut out for them. While the team has many holes […] Chicago Cubs: In another world, Gerrit Cole would be a perfect fit - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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An updated estimate of the Cubs 2020 payroll and luxury tax

Photo by Rob Foldy/ A look at where they stand as the Winter Meetings begin As of the beginning of this year’s baseball Winter Meetings, the Cubs have made only minor moves. They purchased Jharel Cotton from the Athletics November 23, claimed CD Pelham on waivers from the Rangers November 27, and signed Dan Winkler as a free agent December 6. None of these are going to move the needle for the 2020 Cubs much. They were designed for bullpen depth. All of the above pitchers have options remaining and could ride a new version of the Iowa Shuttle if needed. (I say “new” because the...

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Chicago Cubs add an intriguing high upside arm via free agency

Don’t be surprised if we see a lot of these types of signings from the Chicago Cubs this offseason – a high-risk, high-reward guy whose future is unclear. In recent years, Theo Epstein has uncovered some gems when bargain shopping. We saw left-handers Kyle Ryan and Brad Wieck play integral roles for the Cubs in […] Chicago Cubs add an intriguing high upside arm via free agency - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs: Trey Mancini could be another big outfield bat

The Baltimore Orioles may make outfielder Trey Mancini available via trade. If so, could he be a target for the Chicago Cubs? It’s no secret the Chicago Cubs could use outfield help for next season, specifically in either right or center field since Kyle Schwarber is in left (assuming he doesn’t get traded). I’ve already […] Chicago Cubs: Trey Mancini could be another big outfield bat - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Tigers interested in Addison Russell, per report

Photo by Jon Durr/ Russell was the Chicago Cubs’ shortstop for several years before being non-tendered this offseason. The Detroit Tigers have interest in former Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, according to a report from MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Russell, now a free agent, was part of the Cubs’ 2016 World Series title run at just 22 years of age, but poor performance and rising cost in arbitration finally led to the Cubs releasing him earlier this week. Off the field, Russell’s reputation has been in tatters since allegations of domestic violence against his now ex-wife...

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The Cubs are working on a minor-league deal with Brandon Morrow

Photo by David Banks/ Hey, you never know. Brandon Morrow’s tenure with the Cubs didn’t end the way anyone would have liked. He pitched only half a season with the team, before the 2018 All-Star break. He was dominant then, but injuries have prevented him from throwing a single pitch since. Last month, Morrow hinted he might be willing to sign a minor-league deal with the team. Here’s what his agent, Joel Wolfe, said in a Sun-Times article linked in that BCB story: “I don’t believe Brandon would sign with anyone else until the Cubs decide what they want to do,” Wolfe said....

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Brad Brach coming back to Mets bullpen with one-year deal

Brad Brach was a solid trade-deadline addition for the Mets in 2019, earning him another look for next season. The right-handed reliever is returning to the Mets on a one-year deal with a player option for 2021. Brach’s deal with the Mets is for $850,000, and the Cubs still owe him another $500,000 this season. Brach’s...

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The Cubs' 10 worst trades of the 2010s

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ These were not pretty. As was the case with the bottom 10 Cubs by WAR article I wrote here last month, the purpose of this article is not to denigrate or embarrass any of the players involved. My purpose here is simply to note some trades made by the Cubs over the last 10 seasons, both by former GM Jim Hendry and by Theo Epstein’s front office, that were miscalculations or mistakes in some way, or that simply didn’t produce the value for the team that would have made them worth doing. Some of these were just miscalculations. Others were just badly...

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Chicago Cubs are starting to look around for someone to trade

The Cubs are starting to get ‘giddy’ wanting to trade anyone whether its Willson Contreras, Daniel Descalso, or even Jason Heyward–the Cubs are looking to trade anyone. The Chicago Cubs are looking to trade someone, anyone in this matter. They’re looking at trading Willson Contreras, Daniel Descalso or even Jason Heyward, who is unlikely to […] Chicago Cubs are starting to look around for someone to trade - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs: Junior Guerra is an interesting depth option

The non-tender deadline provided the Chicago Cubs with some unexpectedly strong free agent options including former Brewers pitcher Junior Guerra. A surprising amount of valuable players became free agents at this year’s non-tender deadline and the Chicago Cubs have good reason to be interested. Between former Oakland Athletics closer Blake Treinen and Philadelphia Phillies middle […] Chicago Cubs: Junior Guerra is an interesting depth option - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rising talent Carlson and steady starter Rondon claim Cardinals' minor-league awards

Like Hudson before him, Carlson, a comp pick thanks to a free-agent who signed with the Cubs, wins organization award as a prelude to his arrival in the majors.

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The Cubs’ 10 best trades of the 2010s

Photo by Jamie Sabau/ Theo & Co. have traded very, very well. This article was first conceived as “The Cubs’ 10 best transactions of the 2010s,” which would have included free-agent signings, draft picks, etc. But I decided to narrow it down to trades, in no small part because Theo Epstein’s front office has been very, very good at them. Having said that, you’ll see that the best of these are four years gone. More recently, the trading magic has diminished somewhat. These deals are listed in chronological order, not by WAR or any other statistical measure. To some extent they...

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Royals Review Radio: The “I for one, welcome our new Royals overlord” episode

The Royals have a new boss in town. The Royals have a new owner, and Max Rieper, Shaun Newkirk, and Matthew Lamar get together to bow down to the mustached one, John Shermanm in the hopes that his wise stewardship brings another championship. They also discuss the Whit Merrifield trade rumors with the Cubs and look at the non-tender free agent market. Among the topics we discuss: Will John Sherman spend money on the team? What does new ownership mean for Dayton Moore? What would a deal with the Cubs for Whit Merrifield look like? What are some non-tendered free agents that could help the...

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Cubs Rumors: There’s no way we’re trading Anthony Rizzo this winter

I don’t care what the recent rumors suggest: the Chicago Cubs are not looking to trade Anthony Rizzo – no matter how drastic of a change is afoot. The Chicago Cubs are not going to trade Anthony Rizzo. Say it with me, everyone. I was hesitant to even give this lip service but it’s part […] Cubs Rumors: There’s no way we’re trading Anthony Rizzo this winter - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs ‘still interested’ in Nicholas Castellanos

Cubs heading toward a reunion with Nicholas Castellanos? It may be more likely than it seems. According to the Chicago Cubs and Jon Morosi, the Cubs are ‘still pursuing’ free-agent Nicholas Castellanos. It is no surprise as he went on a tear last season, hitting .321/.356/.646 with 16 home runs and 36 RBI in 51 […] Chicago Cubs ‘still interested’ in Nicholas Castellanos - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs: David Ross looks like he could take over a selling team

Tides have changed forcing the Chicago Cubs front office to shake things up heading into 2020. What does this mean leading into next year’s trade deadline? The weather outside may be frightful but there’s nothing worse than getting through the week without live baseball. Right now, a good many Chicago Cubs fans are celebrating the […] Chicago Cubs: David Ross looks like he could take over a selling team - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cubs already priced out of Zack Wheeler sweepstakes

The Chicago Cubs might look to add a free-agent starting pitcher this winter, but it almost certainly will not be Zack Wheeler. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that he already received an offer north of $100 million and is likely to sign for somewhere in the range of five years. Wheeler would seemingly have […] Cubs already priced out of Zack Wheeler sweepstakes - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Jackie Bradley Jr. trade speculation with Red Sox includes Diamondbacks, Cubs, Mets

Jackie Bradley Jr. could be on the trade market for the Boston Red Sox. Are the Arizona Diamondbacks an option for the outfielder?        

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Chicago Cubs face a tough task in suddenly tough Cincinnati Reds

Jumping from one division rival to the other, infielder Mike Moustakas could continue to be a thorn in the Chicago Cubs side for years to come. Free agent infielder Mike Moustakas signed a four-year, $64 million deal with the Cincinnati Reds to kick off the week. The Reds are planning to play Moustakas at second base, […] Chicago Cubs face a tough task in suddenly tough Cincinnati Reds - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Lorenzo Cain, Keston Hiura, Josh Hader, and every other Brewers player not named Christian Yelich available for trade

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Reports indicate Milwaukee’s openness to discuss trading an aging Cain and others Jeff Passan recently published an article on ESPN.com regarding players that will, should be, or could be traded this offseason. Along with the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, and New York Mets, the Milwaukee Brewers were highlighted under the sub-heading, “We’ve Discussed Pretty Much Everyone, So Might As Well.” Mookie. Lindor. Nolan. Hader. Cain. Story. KB. Whit. Kluber. Duffy. Ray. Joc. With the tender deadline past and free agency starting...

Nick Castellanos - ON FIRE since joining Chicago Cubs

Nick Castellanos has been absolutely tearing it up since he joined the Cubs at the trade deadline! He has 12 home runs and is batting .346 in just 31 games with Chicago as they push for a postseason spot! Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.co

Frank Thomas on Cubs at deadline: 'I wouldn't be surprised if big things happen' | MLB WHIPAROUND

The Cubs lead the NL Central but are having a down year. Frank Thomas said he wouldn't be surprised if they pull a blockbuster trade before the deadline. #FOXSports #MLB #Cubs #FrankThomas

Ken Rosenthal on Bumgarner trade talks and potential deadline moves for the Cubs | FOX MLB

Ken Rosenthal joins Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas and Kevin Burkhardt to discuss Madison Bumgarner trade talks and who the Cubs might add at the trade deadline. #FOXSports #MLB #MadisonBumgarner #Cubs #KenRosenthal