Holiday Shopping: Cubs and MLB About to Wheel and Deal in Earnest

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The Monday before Thanksgiving is typically busy for everyone, not just MLB.  We have to get ready for the big cooking job on Wednesday and Thursday, pack up for the trip to meet up with a gathering of loved ones, and all kinds of other activities to prepare for a Continue reading Holiday Shopping: Cubs and MLB About to Wheel and Deal in Earnest

Quickie Cubs 40-Man Preview

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Now that awards season is coming to a close (with the MVP awards still to be announced), we turn our attention to the Chicago Cubs’ 40-man roster, which stands at 31 now after free agent departures and recent claims and minor signings.  That leaves 9 spots to protect a good Continue reading Quickie Cubs 40-Man Preview

The Unfortunate Side Effect of Being Loaded

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Wednesday afternoon, Chicago Cubs infield prospect Jeimer Candelario was voted into the final spot on the East Division squad for the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game.  This is quite a nice addition to the resume for Candelario, who has been quietly lighting it up in the Cubs’ lower minors as he’s Continue reading The Unfortunate Side Effect of Being Loaded

The Cubs Roster Crunch is Coming (Probably After the Break)

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First off, congratulations to Chicago Cubs players Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant for being selected as All-Star reserves this year. The Rizzo/Bryant bro show is on the go to Ohio! @Cubs (I'm using your GIF, thanks) pic.twitter.com/0NJgf0IaLH — Randall J. Sanders (@RandallJSanders) July 6, 2015 Not so lucky for pitchers, though I Continue reading The Cubs Roster Crunch is Coming (Probably After the Break)

Rule 5 Intrigue

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As we head into Thanksgiving and await the Winter Meetings, there appears to be a new wrinkle in the land of Rule 5.  We’ve written before about some of the Cubs players that could potentially be lost to Rule 5 in early December, which is mildly annoying but not really Continue reading Rule 5 Intrigue

Looking ahead to the Rule 5 Draft

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We know that the Cubs set their reserve lists yesterday and protected Dallas Beeler and Arismendy Alcantara.  We were waffling a bit on Beeler, but Alcantara was, as they say, a no-brainer.  Someone was gonna take him if the Cubs didn’t 40-man him up.  Presently, Chicago-North is at 39 filled Continue reading Looking ahead to the Rule 5 Draft

Cubs Designate Bryan LaHair For Assignment as They Prepare For the Rule 5 Draft

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As the Rule Five draft looms in the near future, the deadline for teams to set their 40 man roster arrives today. With that being the case, the Chicago Cubs made a flurry of moves to ensure that players who would be vulnerable to the draft, that the club valued, Continue reading Cubs Designate Bryan LaHair For Assignment as They Prepare For the Rule 5 Draft

Wheelin’ and Dealin’ While Waiting For Their Next Big Opportunity

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We open with a tweet from intrepid Cubs beat reporter Carrie Muskat: With recent moves, addition of RHP Gutierrez, #Cubs 40-man roster now at 33. Plenty of room Garza, Vizcaino, Stewart still on 60 day DL. Their status will be updated between now and 5 days after World Series ends   The Continue reading Wheelin’ and Dealin’ While Waiting For Their Next Big Opportunity