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Chicago Cubs Trade Central: Who’s Going Next?
July 6th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs proved on Friday that they are not waiting until the trade deadline; they are in sell mode right now.  Friday’s big trade that send Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Dan Strailey and the A’s top two prospects has fans wondering...

Breaking Down the Chicago Cubs’ Blockbuster Deal
July 5th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Late last night the Chicago Cubs pulled the trigger on a blockbuster deal that sent Jeff Samardzija AND Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for SS Addison Russell, OF Billy McKinney and RHP Dan Strailey.  This deal comes as a huge surprise to most because of its timing...

Chicago Cubs Internal Options for Post-Deadline Rotation
July 4th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** With the trade deadline fast approaching and much of the Chicago Cubs’ starting rotation apparently available, who could we taking the mound for the Northsiders in the second half?   Kyle Hendricks, RHP, Iowa Cubs Although it’s a thin field, Kyle Hendricks is considered the Cubs’ top pitching prospect and is doing a...

Is Jeff Samardzija Hurting His Trade Value?
July 4th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are going to trade Jeff Samardzija in the next four weeks, that is a fact.  What is still up for debate is how much they are going to get for him.  A month ago Samardzija was pitching like the best pitcher in baseball but a rough month...

Jeff Samardzija Turns Down Latest Cubs’ Offer… Thank God
June 19th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1*** It was reported yesterday by Gordon Wittenmyer, of the Chicago Sun-Times, that Chicago Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija turned down the team’s latest 5-year offer.  The proper reaction to this news is “Thank God!!” followed by an emphatic fist pump.  The deal the Cubs’ offered Samardzija was 5 years, 85 million...

Cubs Begin Shopping Samardzija and Hammel
June 15th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Here we are six weeks before the July 31st trade deadline and the market for Chicago Cubs Starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel is beginning to take shape, per Charlie Wilmoth of mlbtraderumors.com and others.  The buzz is that the Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners are the...

Making the Case for KEEPING Jason Hammel
June 6th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Yesterday we discussed why the Cubs should pull the trigger and trade Jason Hammel to the highest bidder.  But today we make the case for keeping the 31-year-old right-hander. ***PHOTO1*** As discussed yesterday, Jason Hammel has been the Cubs best overall pitcher in 2014 and they will have a need for him...

Making the Case for TRADING Jason Hammel
June 5th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
If you have been following along recently, you may have noticed that Jason Hammel was not included in the three part series, “Cubs that Need to Go”, published this past weekend.  In all likelihood, the Chicago Cubs will trade Jason Hammel at the trade deadline but there is a scenario...

Cubs That Need to Go, Part 3
June 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Here in part three of “Cubs that Need to Go” we have two more moves that the Chicago Cubs need to make before the July 31st trade deadline.  Take a look.   Emilio Bonifacio: Emilio Bonifacio may be the Cubs most valuable trade chip (aside from Jeff Samardzija) at this point in time. ...

Cubs That Need to Go, Part 2
June 1st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** As we inch closer to the July 31st trade deadline the Chicago Cubs plans become clearer.  We have two more players who you can expect to be on the move in the next two months here in part two of our three-part installment.   Darwin Barney: Last week we discussed the situation that...

Cubs That Need to Go, Part 1
May 31st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** The Chicago Cubs are headed towards another late summer purge so its time to sell high and cut away the fat.  In addition to the immanent trade of Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs should also be cutting ties with the following players in the next two months. Check out who’s leaving...

What Can the Orioles Offer for Samardzija?
May 30th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Recently, the Baltimore Orioles have showed a peaked interest in Chicago Cubs Starter Jeff Samardzija.  This is an interesting suitor for the Cubs big righty, especially since the New York Yankees have also shown interest.  Baltimore is a better trade partner than they Yanks because of their deeper farm system,...

Cubs Need to Sell High on Samardzija
May 27th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Lets be honest, the Chicago Cubs are going to trade Jeff Samardzija this year.   The only question left is when?  An argument can be made for dealing Samardzija tomorrow as well as waiting until the very last minute on July 31st, but either way, the Cubs are in a great...

Jeff Samardzija is Finally Exceeding Expectations
May 26th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** In order to be considered a success young prospect needs to exceed the franchise’s expectations, surpass his potential, otherwise, he’s just regular.  Jeff Samardzija has been battling his “potential” ever since he was a 5th round pick by the Chicago Cubs back in 2006.  And until recently, Samardzija was only...

Ryan Dempster and Chicago Cubs Discussing Possible Return
December 9th, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Major League sources have confirmed that the Cubs are having talks about a possible comeback for Ryan Dempster, the team's former ace who was traded to the Texas Rangers last season. Dempster has reportedly turn downed offers during the offseason, keeping the possibility of him donning Cubs pinstripes alive. If...

Chicago Cubs Reported to Be Interested in Miami Marlins Slugger Giancarlo Stanton
November 27th, 2012 at 7:15 PM
The Chicago Cubs may be making a big splash this offseason, as the team is rumored to be pursuing Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins are having their traditional fire sale, and if Chicago could cash in, Stanton would be a major pickup for a team that lacks power in the lineup....

Chicago Cubs 101: Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays on the Verge of Mega-Trade
November 13th, 2012 at 9:44 PM
***PHOTO1*** We don't normally talk about non-Cubs related manners on Chicago Cubs 101, but sometimes things in the baseball world are just too big to go unnoticed. While the potential blockbuster trade brewing between the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins may not directly involve the Cubs, save for the...

Rumors of Starlin Castro-Justin Upton Blockbuster Trade Begin to Swirl
November 11th, 2012 at 3:56 PM
If the Cubs want to make a major splash this winter, there would be no bigger move Theo Epstein could make then trading away Starlin Castro. The shortstop, who signed a seven year deal earlier this year, has been linked to trade rumors in which the Cubs would send away...

Chicago Cubs Trade for Dan Haren Falls Apart
November 3rd, 2012 at 4:33 PM
***PHOTO1*** Although multiple sources had confirmed a move sending Carlos Marmol to the Anaheim Angels in exchange for Dan Haren, the most reputable being Marmol himself, it seems as though the deal is now dead. Matt Garza also believed the deal had been done, tweeting his goodbyes to Marmol and a...

Chicago Cubs Trade Carlos Marmol to Anaheim Angels for Dan Haren; Neither Teams Confirm Move
November 2nd, 2012 at 7:14 PM
As reported by Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the Chicago Cubs have sent reliever Carlos Marmol to the Anaheim Angels for Dan Haren. Chicago Cubs 101 reported just a few hours ago that the Cubs were said to have an interest in acquiring the pitcher, and it now seems as...