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Chicago Cubs: Jake Odorizzi could strengthen the starting rotation

The Cubs should pursue free agent Jake Odorizzi to strengthen the rotation. Free agency is underway during what should be a lively offseason for many ball clubs, especially the Chicago Cubs. This is a winter destined for change on the north side of Chicago and there are many weaknesses that need to be addressed in […] Chicago Cubs: Jake Odorizzi could strengthen the starting rotation - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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Mets Trade Profile: Would Kris Bryant be a good fit in Queens?

Since Steve Cohen officially became the owner of the New York Mets the team has been connected to not only every major free agent but every major player on the trade block. What about Kris Bryant? One trade target that is intriguing for the New York Mets franchise is Chicago Cubs third baseman, Kris Bryant. […] Mets Trade Profile: Would Kris Bryant be a good fit in Queens? - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - New York Mets News & Fan Community

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The Offseason: 11/24/2020

Photo by Tom Pennington/ No, the Phillies aren’t going to trade for Blake Snell Not a whole lot of news going on so let’s just right to the links, shall we? On to the links. Phillies news: If the Phillies want to add some pitching, here are some names they should be considering. Here is CBS Sports sizing up the team’s minor league system and top ten prospects. MLB news: Apparently the Red Sox and Cubs talked about a Kris Bryant trade this summer? That would have been something. Speaking of the Cubs, they announced their new president of baseball operations...

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Boston Red Sox: Looking to trade for Kris Bryant?

Will the former NL MVP end up with the rebuilding Boston Red Sox next season? A Kris Bryant trade to the Boston Red Sox should not come as earth-shattering news to baseball fans. Last summer, sources confirmed discussions between the Chicago Cubs and Red Sox centered around Bryant. With the MLB offseason officially upon us, […] Boston Red Sox: Looking to trade for Kris Bryant? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cubs need to pursue Brad Hand in an effort to shore up the bullpen

If the Cubs can move some money, signing Brad Hand should be a priority. Without shedding payroll in the form of a Kris Bryant trade (or something along those lines), the Chicago Cubs will once again go with the ‘quantity over quality’ approach when building the bullpen. But if they do finally trade Bryant and […] Cubs need to pursue Brad Hand in an effort to shore up the bullpen - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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Red Sox Reportedly Discussed Kris Bryant Trade, See Him As Left Fielder

Ready for a particularly juicy trade rumor, Red Sox fans? Boston and the Chicago Cubs discussed a trade involving star third baseman Kris Bryant during the summer, the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales reported Monday, citing multiple sources. Gonzales did not speculate about any particulars of a potential trade, but he did note the Red Sox […] The post Red Sox Reportedly Discussed Kris Bryant Trade, See Him As Left Fielder appeared first on NESN.com.

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Mariners Moose Tracks, 11/23/20: Spencer Patton, Nate Lowe, and Theo Epstein

Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports New hirings and free agency updates. In Mariners News... Check out the newest Mariners Insider Podcast from 710 ESPN Seattle as Shannon Drayer and James Osborn discuss the Mariners’ Rule 5 draft protections and standouts from the Fall Development League. Around The League... Free agent RHP Spencer Patton, who pitched for the Cubs in 2016 before spending the last 4 seasons in the NPB, is drawing interest from MLB and NPB teams with the Rangers said to be confirmed as one of the teams in the market for Patton. Angels new GM Perry Minasian...

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Chicago Cubs: Five realistic trade scenarios for Javier Baez

If the Cubs intend on trading from the core, Javy Baez could be a magical trade chip. In their reported willingness to unload any of the players who have helped make this one of the most successful runs of Chicago Cubs baseball any of us can remember, newly-promoted Jed Hoyer could probably get the most […] Chicago Cubs: Five realistic trade scenarios for Javier Baez - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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Cub Tracks tanks for nuttin’

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ #Cubs and #MLB news you can use. Trade them all, we hear nobody actually say, but it’s in the air. Break up the core, scatter the golden apples of the sun to the four corners of the Earth. Gather all the young arms that they may raise them in victory one day, for surely the desire for pure profit and the desire for athletic achievement can meet somewhere for drinks and light conversation. Kreskin can’t be the only happy medium and anyway he isn’t under team control. KB made SI. pic.twitter.com/BL4dnSffW2— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs)...

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There’s a Kris Bryant trade rumor out there... is it viable?

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ The Nats are supposedly interested. It’s been widely assumed, especially since the departure of Theo Epstein as Cubs President of Baseball Operations and Jed Hoyer succeeding him, that the Cubs were setting themselves up for major changes this offseason. That includes the possible trades of major stars, including Kris Bryant. Here’s the latest Bryant trade rumor: Sources: #Nats are considering a trade for #Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, among numerous hitters they’re currently monitoring on the market. Free agent DJ LeMahieu is another option, as...

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Cubs Rumors: Washington Nationals eyeing a trade for Kris Bryant

The Nationals are reportedly considering a trade for Cubs slugger Kris Bryant. Fasten those seatbelts, folks. No, we’re not riding along with Pat Hughes for the ninth inning of a close ballgame. We’re officially in Hot Stove season – one that seems likely to be wildly different than what we’ve grown accustomed to as Cubs […] Cubs Rumors: Washington Nationals eyeing a trade for Kris Bryant - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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Cub Tracks marks smooth transition

Photo by David Banks/ #Cubs and #MLB news you can use. Had this been yesterday, this would have been all-Theo, all the time. But that was so 24 hours ago, and while we have no newer news, we still don’t plan to live in the past, Ian Anderson. Maybe we’ll just stop in for the occasional vintage season, Jed Hoyer. I know this may be true, but if the Cubs make even a single move that prioritizes money over the return, I’m going to riot. If you have to shake things up or trade someone to reduce salary, fine, do it. But you better not be SEEKING monetary relief as the...

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Cubs need to go hard after free agent Charlie Morton on a one-year pact

If the Cubs have learned anything this offseason, it’s that arms are going quick. The Cubs are looking to replace at least two arms in the rotation, potentially more. They will have to move swiftly in order to sign top targets, if free agency is the vehicle they choose to bolster the rotation. Left-handers Robbie […] Cubs need to go hard after free agent Charlie Morton on a one-year pact - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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Wednesday Bantering: Cubs open to trades, who would you want?

Photo by David Banks/ I had a rather major fish tank disaster yesterday, so I’m going to be missing today. But, with Theo Epstein leaving the Cubs, and the news that there is going to be a fire sale of any Cub player who makes more than the minimum, I thought I’d ask which Cub you would most like to see come to the Blue Jays. I honestly thought Epstein had a job for life after winning a World Series for the Cubs. But, when he is ready, he’ll have all the job offers he could want. I’d imagine the Mets will offer him a fortune if he’d give up his year...

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Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez. Should the Cubs trade them or keep them?

A MLB.com panel addresses these three, and so will I. Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez have been three of the most important Chicago Cubs since 2015. Of this, there is no doubt. But we now stand in an uncertain situation for the Cubs and baseball as a whole. Cubs revenues were down (as were everyone’s) in 2020 because there were no fans in the stands. We don’t know what the 2021 season will look like due to the pandemic. There have been strong hints that the Cubs will reduce payroll for 2021. And so, we are in a situation where, instead of hearing of...

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Cubs News: Mike Minor looks like an ideal one-year target for the team

In their search for more pitching, the Cubs should be in on veteran Mike Minor. There is no shortage of free agent arms for the Chicago Cubs to pursue this winter and they desperately need some quality behind Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks. Given that Alec Mills has earned himself a spot in the team’s […] Cubs News: Mike Minor looks like an ideal one-year target for the team - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein has Hall of Fame resume

As Theo Epstein walks away from the Chicago Cubs, his Hall of Fame credentials should not be in question. The Chicago Cubs are facing a transitionary period. Virtually every veteran player on the roster can be had in trade, although the price will not be cheap depending on the target. As the roster is being […] Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein has Hall of Fame resume - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Does Theo Epstein’s exit from Chicago signal an opportunity for the Tigers?

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs seem on the verge of at least a partial teardown. The Tigers could potentially speed up the rebuild with a trade. An era came to a close on Tuesday as Chicago Cubs general manager Theo Epstein stepped down from his position with the club. Epstein came to Chicago from the Boston Red Sox back in the 2011-2012 offseason with the goal of ending the longest streak without a title in baseball history. In just four seasons he was able to accomplish that goal. The Cubs mortgaged the future to win now, and in 2016 they got it done, winning...

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Former Cubs reliever Lindy McDaniel has passed away

lindymcdaniel.com The righthander pitched 21 big-league seasons. Lindy McDaniel, a righthanded reliever who pitched for the Cubs from 1963-65, has passed away at age 84, per the Associated Press. McDaniel pitched for the Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Yankees and Royals in a 21-year career from 1955-75, and had his best years in St. Louis and New York. He did have three fine years for the Cubs and led the National League in saves in 1963 with 22. He was also involved in two significant Cubs trades, both arriving and departing. The Cubs acquired McDaniel from the Cardinals,...

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Chicago Cubs: These three teams could be ready to trade for Kris Bryant

These three teams are the perfect candidates to make a bid for Kris Bryant. As the offseason heats up, so do the trade rumors surrounding the Chicago Cubs. The latest reports say the Cubs are listening to all offers and there are no untouchables on the roster. One player who has been linked to multiple […] Chicago Cubs: These three teams could be ready to trade for Kris Bryant - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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The Cubs are reportedly willing to trade ‘almost every veteran’

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/MLB Photos via Take this with the grain of salt it deserves. Buried 16 paragraphs into Buster Olney’s Sunday notes column at ESPN.com is this blurb about the Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein, the Chicago Cubs’ head of baseball operations, has acknowledged that the team faces changes this winter. In conversations with other teams, the Cubs are signaling there will be significant turnover on the roster, with a willingness to move almost any veteran — as well as just about anyone from the core group of position players who won the 2016 World Series, including...

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Here’s a Kris Bryant trade idea. It would bring two good prospects to the Cubs.

Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ The Cubs third baseman might wind up with another team this winter. Here’s one thought, found on Twitter. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant will be a free agent after 2021. He’ll be expensive to keep via arbitration next season, so it’s logical that the Cubs might be thinking about trading him. It might not be easy, given his poor 2020 and injuries, but here’s an idea from a Blue Jays fan I found via Twitter: Thinking about some #BlueJays trades, just for fun. #Cubs send Kris Bryant & $5M or so for Alejandro Kirk & a Patrick Murphy type pitching prospect....

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Cubs: Evaluating the odds each player is traded this offseason

It seems the Cubs will finally make some long-awaited trades. But who will go? The Chicago Cubs face some immense decisions as they look at their roster. Will they hang on to any of the players who played a role in ending a 108-year championship drought? Or is it open season on the position player […] Cubs: Evaluating the odds each player is traded this offseason - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs ready to blow the roster up enitrely

The Chicago Cubs have reportedly made the decision to completely change over their roster, making everyone available. Despite winning the NL Central in 2020, the Chicago Cubs are at a crossroads. They not only have to rebuild their rotation due to departures in free agency, but there may be a mass exodus in the coming […] Chicago Cubs ready to blow the roster up enitrely - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs: NL DH rule will dictate if the Cubs trade Kyle Schwarber

If the DH sticks in the NL, the Cubs seem far likelier to trade Kyle Schwarber. We’re still awaiting any type of official word, but it looks like the National League will operate with the designated hitter again in 2021. Recent reports suggested as much – and if they prove to be true, it could […] Chicago Cubs: NL DH rule will dictate if the Cubs trade Kyle Schwarber - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs: Four free agent options to strengthen the starting rotation

The Chicago Cubs have plenty of options to strengthen the backend of their starting rotation in 2021. If the Chicago Cubs are able to repeat as National League Central Division champions in 2021, they will do so relying heavily on their starting rotation. Lineup issues and questions aside, Chicago’s rotation was a strength in 2020 […] Chicago Cubs: Four free agent options to strengthen the starting rotation - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs: Five designated hitter candidates team could pursue

If there is a designated hitter next year, the Cubs should target these free agents. Will there or won’t there be a designated hitter in the National League in 2021? There have been conflicting reports about this, though Buster Olney recently reported that there will indeed be a DH in the Senior Circuit next year. […] Chicago Cubs: Five designated hitter candidates team could pursue - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News and Fan Community

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Cub Tracks keeps it light

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ #Cubs and #MLB news you can use Not much news, I’m afraid. The situation is so desperate that Ryan Tepera made SI. Sad times, slappers. Because of course the Cubs are gonna run it all back, except with less of the same players, since they’re going to trade everybody for Nolan Arenado, except to the Yankees. Or the Dodgers. And they don’t figure to be a force on the FA market. The Cubs have the same set of needs and roadblocks they usually have. Contact man for leadoff. rotation fillers, a functioning bullpen, bats with hits in them, and somebody to sign...

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