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RUMOR: Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts Has Signed Off on 'Huge' Expenditure

​After the St. Louis Cardinals pulled off a blockbuster trade for first baseman ​Paul Goldschmidt, some people began waiting to see how the Chicago Cubs would respond. While they haven't made any moves yet, the Cubs have reportedly received the okay from owner Tom Ricketts to go after big name free

12UP.COM - 2018-12-11 15:36:48

Source: Harper Would Like to Play for Cubs, Front Office Would Need to Move Money First

Following the Bryce Harper rumors has been like watching a tennis match, with attention shifting back and forth as teams and motives change by the minute. The same is true even if you focus just on the Cubs. Several early reports had them playing it safe, then came word that they were more “in” than

CUBSINSIDER.COM - 2018-12-11 22:39:56

Cubs may need to subtract before adding some bullpen help

Nearly one year ago, the Cubs acquired two major pillars of their successful bullpen by signing closer Brandon Morrow and resilient Steve Cishek. But the Cubs are among several teams this winter who haven’t signed any significant free agents or acquired an established reliever.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 2018-12-12 15:00:00

Boras Mum On Interest Of Cubs, White Sox In Harper

LAS VEGAS (670 The Score) -- Always provocative, powerful agent Scott Boras entertained media members for what seemed like a world-record 56 minutes at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday. Standing on a cameraman box and pontificating to around 100 reporters, Boras refused to tip his hand on where supe

RADIO.COM - 2018-12-12 23:05:25

Could the Cubs Actually Improve By Doing Something Uncomfortable Like Trading Ben Zobrist?

We recently talked about how, even if the Cubs have to get “creative” this offseason to make improvements via the trade market, it’s not exactly going to be easy sledding because of the years their most tradable pieces just had.

BLEACHERNATION.COM - 2018-12-10 11:13:28

Cubs Might Have To Consider Dealing Quintana For Hicks To Add A Quality Hitter

There’s too much quiet coming out of the Cubs’ suite in Las Vegas, unless you count the rhetoric over how they fizzled last season because they didn’t have a David Ross or Jon Jay on their bench. They’ve got bigger issues, in particular fixing a lineup that produced only 4.1 runs per game after the

FORBES - 2018-12-11 07:00:00

Cubs Reportedly Looking to Add Two Relievers (Thank Goodness), But Could Wait Things Out

I won’t spend another post belaboring the Cubs’ extraordinary needs in the bullpen, but I don’t think it hurts to stop highlighting how scary things look right now among the guys currently under control as possible relievers on the 40-man roster:

BLEACHERNATION.COM - 2018-12-12 10:02:12

Trade Rumors: Cubs, Hardy, Holt, Yankees

The Cubs have been linked to the reliever market, though they may wait until January before making any new acquisitions. As one source speculates to the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales, the Cubs might first need to clear some payroll space before adding to their bullpen. Rumors of a lack of a spendi

MLBTRADERUMORS.COM - 2018-12-12 12:33:53

Hoyer: Cubs ‘Unlikely to Make Any Deals’ at Winter Meetings

If you’re feeling like the Winter Meetings have ground to a halt, you’re not alone. Things have been pretty slow, especially for the Cubs, though most of that is because everyone on the outside is looking for big moves. Or the Big Move, as it were. And while the Cubs have been active when it comes t

CUBSINSIDER.COM - 2018-12-13 01:48:52

Cubs Have Reportedly Spoken to Agents for Relievers Brad Brach, Bud Norris, and Jake Diekman

Something something money is tight something something I’m tired of talking about it something. OK, so here’s more on the Cubs’ money situation. WAIT. No. STOP. NOT THAT. But there are some names in here, at least:

BLEACHERNATION.COM - 2018-12-12 14:45:23

Chicago Cubs Rumors: 3 hitters to target this offseason

There are plenty of Chicago Cubs rumors floating around about who they may target, but these three names are ideal fits. The baseball offseason is about to gather a head of steam with the Winter Meetings already kicking off early this week. The Chicago Cubs have had just over a month to wind down fr

DAWINDYCITY.COM - 2018-12-11 09:00:41

Tipsheet: Joe Maddon copes with lame-duck status in Chicago

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is comfortable in the limelight. He courts the media. He pulls motivational stunts that draw attention to himself. He is a big-time celebrity in the Windy City, having brought a World Series championship to Wrigleyville and guided the Cubs to perennial contention.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH - 2018-12-12 16:30:00

Cubs manager Maddon stays cool, embraces challenges ahead

If Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein is the smartest guy in the room, manager Joe Maddon is the coolest. Maddon seemed cool under pressure Tuesday during his session with a large media gathering at the winter meetings in Las Vegas.

DAILY HERALD - 2018-12-11 23:57:00

Report: Cubs Interested in RHP Adam Ottavino

Add free agent right-handed Adam Ottavino to list of late-inning relievers the Cubs are reportedly interested in signing. The Winter Meetings is in full swing in Las Vegas. And the Cubs have been linked to another free agent reliever. According to a report by Bruce Levine on 670 the Score, RHP Adam

CHICAGOCUBSONLINE.COM - 2018-12-11 17:39:46

Long wait finally ends for Hall of Fame closer Lee Smith, who hopes to have a Cubs cap on his plaque

Lee Smith was best known for two things during his Cubs career: the long, slow walk from the bullpen to the mound in the late innings and his steely glare toward the plate before unleashing a pitch.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 2018-12-10 20:00:00

Can budget-strapped Cubs solve need for late-game relief?

LAS VEGAS -- If you're still looking for the Chicago Cubs to go swimming in the deep end of the free-agent pool, you may have to wait for another offseason. Once again, the front office more than intimated that it won't be spending the big bucks this winter.

ABC7 CHICAGO - 2018-12-11 16:28:17

FanGraphs Dropped Their New Top 31 Chicago Cubs Prospect Rankings

When I went to see Yu Darvish’s rehab start in South Bend this summer, I thought I was going to leave with a smile, confident that the Cubs starter was on his way back to the big leagues. And while I did leave with a smile that day, it was obviously not because of that.

BLEACHERNATION.COM - 2018-12-08 11:28:59

Tipsheet: Cubs regroup, search for new veteran leaders

The Chicago Cubs lost their way in 2018 for a host of reasons, including a leadership void in the clubhouse. They won the same number of playoff games as the Cardinals did last season, zero, and that won't do for a franchise that appeared destined to become dynastic.

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH - 2018-12-11 12:08:00

Cubs manager Joe Maddon is reading 'Managing Millennials for Dummies' to better connect with his players

The developments comes after Cubs president Theo Epstein said teams need to change the way they handle players because they are now dealing with "ultra-millennials." Maddon is in the final year of his contract, and there is a belief that he and the Cubs need to improve in 2019 for him to keep his jo

BUSINESS INSIDER - 2018-12-12 16:55:16

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer says finding another David Ross is key

LAS VEGAS -- With the lack of leadership in the clubhouse in 2018 dubbed a "miscalculation," the Chicago Cubs are searching for their next David Ross. The former catcher turned Cubs executive/ESPN broadcaster famously won over Chicago and the Cubs locker room in 2015 and 2016, helping the team to a

ABC7 CHICAGO - 2018-12-11 04:18:47