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  1. Luis Valbuena could be the Cubs’ starting third baseman

    Dec 29, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Third base has become an increasingly difficult position to fill properly. As an example, Juan Uribe has earned the biggest contract at the position this off-season, recieving $15 million over two years from the Dodgers. As a result, the Cubs may end up having to give their starting third base job to Luis Valbuena, Carrie…

  2. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

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    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  3. A bunch of players were claimed off waivers today

    Dec 23, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Today we saw an unusual amount of players claimed off waivers. They can probably best be described as 40-man roster stocking stuffers. Here’s a quick look at the busy day of transactions: The Blue Jays claimed third baseman Brent Morel off waivers from the White Sox Morel hit 10 homers in 126 games with the…

  4. Starlin Castro has $3.6 million seized in a legal dispute

    Dec 19, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that  Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has had $3.6 million seized from his bank accounts as the result of a legal dispute with a baseball school in the Dominican Republic. The upshot: the baseball school claims that Castro’s father agreed to give the school a percentage of Castro’s…

  5. Cubs sign reliever Jose Veras to one-year pact

    Dec 17, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Cubs have reached agreement on a one-year, $4 million contract with right-handed reliever Jose Veras. The deal also carries a $5.5 million club option for the 2015 season along with some undisclosed performance-based incentives. Veras drew interest on the open market from the Astros and…

  6. Darwin Barney could be an option for the Yankees

    Dec 14, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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    Many viewed Omar Infante as the most likely replacement for Robinson Cano, but that possibility is off the board now that he has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $30 million deal with the Royals. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago now wonders whether the Yankees will revisit the idea of trading for Cubs…

  7. Braves sign Mat Gamel

    Dec 13, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Mat Gamel, who was a top prospect and the heir apparent at first base for the Brewers before multiple knee surgeries derailed his career, has signed a minor-league contract with the Braves. Atlanta isn’t a great landing spot for Gamel because the Braves have Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson locked into corner infield jobs, although…

  8. Marlins trade Justin Ruggiano to Cubs for Brian Bogusevic

    Dec 12, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have traded outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Cubs for outfielder Brian Bogusevic. Ruggiano was pushed into extended action for the Marlins this year and struggled, hitting just .222 with a .694 OPS in 128 games, but if limited to a part-time role he’s capable of…

  9. Diamondbacks “talking about” Indians’ Justin Masterson

    Dec 10, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Now that the Diamondbacks have found their coveted power bat in Mark Trumbo, the club’s offseason focus has shifted to starting pitching. David Price of the Rays, Chris Sale of the White Sox and Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs are some of the names that have been frequently suggested, but ESPN’s Buster Olney says the…

  10. Starlin Castro is getting into The Best Shape Of His Life

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Add another name to the list, as Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is getting into The Best Shape Of His Life: The Cubs are making sure shortstop Starlin Castro reports to Spring Training in better shape. The team assigned strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss to the Dominican Republic to…

  11. Cubs interested in trading for Drew Storen or Tyler Clippard

    Dec 9, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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    The Cubs are one of a handful of clubs without a closer and it appears that they could turn to the trade market to fill the role. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs are eying deals for Nationals relievers Drew Storen or Tyler Clippard among other possibilities. Adam Kilgore of the…

  12. 2013 Winter Meetings Preview

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

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    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — Greetings from the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, deep in the dark recesses of the happiest place on Earth. I have been down here with my children since last Tuesday, doing battle with a mouse. The mouse is a worthy adversary. Much respect for him and his hyper-efficiency at separating…

  13. Mariners management called dysfunctional by former skipper and front office personnel

    Dec 8, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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    If you read one thing today, make it this Seattle Times profile of the Mariners’ front office. Geoff Baker, the author of the piece, talked to former M’s manager Eric Wedge, former special assistant Tony Blengino and scouts who are still affiliated with the team. What he found wasn’t pretty. A taste: One of those…

  14. Cubs, reliever John Axford showing mutual interest

    Dec 6, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Despite a solid showing in a limited sample of innings at the end of the 2013 regular season and in the post-season with the Cardinals, reliever John Axford was non-tendered as he was set to earn at least $4 million following back-to-back poor seasons with the Brewers and falling out of the closer’s role. MLB’s…

  15. Report: Cubs offering Jeff Samardzija around five years and $55 million

    Dec 6, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT

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    It was reported Wednesday that the Cubs intend to listen to offers on right-hander Jeff Samardzija during next week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, but they haven’t given up all hope in retaining him for the long-term. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago was told by a source that the Cubs have offered Samardzija…

  16. Report: Rangers moving toward deal with catcher J.P. Arencibia

    Dec 6, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

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    The Rangers are zeroing in on catching help on the heels of A.J. Pierzynski leaving Texas for a one-year deal with the World Series champion Red Sox. While Kurt Suzuki was mentioned as a possibility earlier this week, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and J.P. Arencibia are “progressing” toward a deal. Arencibia…

  17. Cubs are planning to shop starter Jeff Samardzija at next week’s MLB Winter Meetings

    Dec 4, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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    There was a report Sunday stating that the Cubs’ preference with Jeff Samardzija is to work out a long-term contract extension. But it appears that those negotiations have lost all momentum. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick is hearing that the Chicago front office plans to “do some serious listening” on the 28-year-old right-hander at next week’s Winter…

  18. Diamondbacks close to a deal with Daniel Hudson

    Dec 4, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    They couldn’t agree to a contract before Monday night’s deadline, so the Diamondbacks non-tendered Daniel Hudson, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the two sides are close to hammering out a new deal for him to stick around. Hudson is recovering from a pair of Tommy John elbow surgeries and figures to…

  19. Phillies acquire Brad Lincoln from the Blue Jays for Erik Kratz and Rob Rasmussen

    Dec 3, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

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    A minor trade in among all these high-profile deals, via MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki: Phillies have acquired RHP Brad Lincoln from Blue Jays in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and LHP Rob Rasmussen. — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) December 4, 2013 Lincoln was out of minor league options and the Blue Jays are loaded with relievers. The…

  20. 2013 Non-tender Tracker

    Dec 2, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

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    We’ll be writing up the non-tenders as they come in prior to Monday’s midnight deadline. These players immediately become free agents. AMERICAN LEAGUE Angels – RHP Juan Gutierrez, RHP Tommy Hanson, INF Chris Nelson, RHP Jerome Williams All of these were expected. Hanson and Williams would have cost upwards of $4 million apiece. Williams is…

  21. George Kottaras avoids arbitration with Cubs

    Dec 2, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

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    The Cubs and catcher George Kottaras have agreed to a one-year, $1.075 million contract to avoid arbitration, reports CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Kottaras was acquired from the Royals last week in exchange for cash considerations. The 30-year-old earned $1 million this past season while batting .180/.349/.370 with five home runs and 12 RBI over 126…

  22. Report: Blue Jays will trade or non-tender J.P. Arencibia

    Dec 2, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Dioner Navarro agreeing to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Blue Jays seemed to signal that 2013 starting catcher J.P. Arencibia was on his way out of Toronto and sure enough Shi Davidi of Sports Net reports that Arencibia will be non-tendered if they can’t find a trade before tonight’s deadline. Arencibia has very…

  23. Blue Jays sign Dioner Navarro to two-year deal

    Dec 2, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Dioner Navarro has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Blue Jays, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Navarro went from 24-year-old All-Star in 2008 to little-used, unproductive backup from 2010-2012, but the switch-hitting catcher put together a big season in a part-time role for the Cubs this year. He hit .300 with…

  24. Cubs’ preference is to lock up Jeff Samardzija

    Dec 1, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe: Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Cubs — Trade talks have been going on and when push comes to shove, he might get traded. But the Cubs’ No. 1 preference would be to re-sign Samardzija and lock him in beyond 2015 and build their future around him, according…

  25. Cubs acquire George Kottaras from Royals

    Nov 26, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Designated for assignment by the Royals last week, catcher George Kottaras has been traded to the Cubs for cash considerations. Kottaras has posted some ugly batting averages over the years, including .180 in 46 games this past season, but he draws lots of walks with decent power and has topped a .700 OPS in four…

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