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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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 reports the Nats are "actively seeking" a young shortstop now that Desmond, a free agent...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Cubs more open to dealing Samardzija?

    Doug Mittler

    Among the more valuable trade chips in the Chicago Cubs' rebuilding efforts is righthander Jeff Samardzija, a free agent after 2015 who could bring back some of the top-shelf prospects that Theo Epstein covet. Epstein and his staff shopped Samardz...

    Blog | March 17, 2014
  10. Why Cubs won't rush Baez

    Doug Mittler

    Once the Chicago Cubs announced that Starlin Castro would be out 7-10 days with a hamstring strain, it was only natural to speculate whether top prospect Javier Baez would now get a chance to be the Opening Day shortstop. But, as Jesse Rogers of E...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  11. Cubs' plans for Javier Baez

    Doug Mittler

    The Chicago Cubs have big plans down the road for top infield prospect Javier Baez, who is expected to begin the 2014 season playing shortstop at Triple-A Iowa, reports's Carrie Muskat. The Cubs already have a big league shortstop in 24-ye...

    Blog | January 20, 2014
  12. Who could trade for Jeff Samardzija?

    Doug Mittler

    A key bargaining chip in the ongoing makeover of the Chicago Cubs is righthander Jeff Samardzija, who saw his ERA rise to 4.34 last season but has linked to more than a handful of teams in recent weeks. One report earlier this week said there is a...

    Blog | November 30, 2013
  13. MLB: Status updates and picks for all the top spring training pos...

    Doug Mittler

    In this, Doug Mittler takes a close look at all the top position battles across the National League. Spring training will sort them out, but we also have some early hunches on who might win each.

    Story | Conversation | February 21, 2011
  14. New MLB playoff format lowers the bar

    Doug Mittler

    At this week's owners meetings, Bug Selig indicated he would like to move ahead with expanding the playoffs. The commissioner should study the last few seasons before making that decision, because there would surely be some unintended consequences.

    Story | Conversation | December 07, 2010