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  1. Rumors Roundup for Wednesday

    Doug Mittler

    The winter meetings inched closer to a conclusion on Wednesday, and the rumor mill in San Diego finally centered on someone not named Jon Lester. Lester has a $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, and Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was...

    Blog | December 10, 2014
  2. The market for Max Scherzer

    Doug Mittler

    The free agent pitcher under the most intense scrutiny at the winter meetings was Jon Lester. Now that Lester has landed a $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, the attention shifts to Max Scherzer, who, at the very least, will end up as a very ri...

    Blog | December 10, 2014
  3. Potential trade partners for Hamels

    Doug Mittler

    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro finally has conceded that his team is in a rebuilding mode, and he has no greater bargaining chip than ace lefthander Cole Hamels, who has four years and $96 million left on his current contract. With the hot ...

    Blog | November 25, 2014
  4. Boston still an option for Lester?

    Doug Mittler

    The Boston Red Sox reportedly have an agreement on a five-year, $90 million deal with Hanley Ramirez and a $100 million deal in place with Pablo Sandoval. But what does that say about Boston's pursuit of a free agent starting pitcher, particularly Jo...

    Blog | November 24, 2014
  5. Why deals could happen quickly

    Doug Mittler

    Baseball has officially reached the hot stove season, with 121 players becoming free agents at the conclusion of the World Series. If last year is any indication, we will not have to wait until the Winter Meetings in December to see some significant ...

    Blog | November 01, 2014
  6. What's next for Renteria?

    Doug Mittler

    The worst-kept secret in baseball became official Friday when the Chicago Cubs announced the firing of manager Rick Renteria to make room for free agent Joe Maddon. Renteria ended up as the odd man out after the Cubs finished 73-89, 17 games out ...

    Blog | November 01, 2014
  7. Could Guillen work for Maddon?

    Doug Mittler

    Ozzie Guillen is dropping some not-so-subtle hints that he would like to join the coaching staff on the next team managed by free agent Joe Maddon. "This is one guy I'd love to coach for," Guillen told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times o...

    Blog | October 28, 2014
  8. Could Shields end up at Wrigley?

    Doug Mittler

    Somewhat overlooked by the virtuoso performance by the Giants' Madison Bumgarner on Sunday night was the solid outing by Royals counterpart James Shields, whose effectiveness in high-leverage games had been called into question. Shields' ERA in 1...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  9. Odds of a Mets-Cubs deal

    Doug Mittler

    The four-game wraparound series between the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs has the feel of a Winter Meetings preview. After all, the Mets have built a stockpile of young pitching and the Cubs have an abundance of youthful hitters, particularly at sh...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  10. Lester on Cubs' offseason radar?

    Doug Mittler

    The future is now for prized infield prospect Javier Baez, who was promoted from the minors and will make his major league debut for the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies. The Cubs have asked for patience as they wait patiently...

    Blog | August 05, 2014
  11. Nats seeking a shortstop?

    Doug Mittler

    Unable to reach a long-term extension with Ian Desmond, the Washington Nationals reportedly are seeking a possible replacement. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com reports the Nats are "actively seeking" a young shortstop now that Desmond, a free agent...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  12. Possible trade fits for James Russell

    Doug Mittler

    The Chicago Cubs kicked off the July trade deadline sweepstakes with the blockbuster that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland. Could another Cubs pitcher be the next to go? Peter Gammons tweeted Monday that the name of reliever James ...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  13. Hammel trade sooner than later?

    Doug Mittler

    All signs point to Jason Hammel having a new home in the next few weeks. But if and when the Chicago Cubs pull the trigger on a deal, the 31-year-old righthander will be open to returning to the North Side next season. "I would assume they are pre...

    Blog | June 24, 2014
  14. The market for Samardzija, Hammel

    Doug Mittler

    Earlier this week, we mentioned how the trade buzz regarding the Chicago Cubs involves more than just Jeff Samardzija, who is pitching way better than his 2-6 record might indicate. Could those talks be picking up steam? Gordon Wittenmyer of the C...

    Blog | June 14, 2014
  15. Trade value for Jason Hammel

    Doug Mittler

    We are still more than a week from Memorial Day, and the Chicago Cubs are 13 games out of first place. It's not as if the Cubs were viewed as viable playoff contenders to begin with, but a 13-27 record only enhances the speculation that Theo Epstein...

    Blog | May 17, 2014
  16. Milwaukee Brewers Carlos Gomez, Arizona Diamondbacks Gerardo Parr...

    Doug Mittler

    In ESPN The Magazine's Money Issue, Doug Mittler writes that as new defensive metrics gain relevance in MLB, bargain players like Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra won't be underpaid for long.

    Story | Conversation | April 16, 2014