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Cub Tracks Has A Full Sunday

Sundays tend to run a little light, but wrapping up the Winter Meetings has everyone in a writing mood. A lot of the moves were minor, but they will still play an important role on the Cubs' 2014 season.

You can see on Jed's face what a chore these people are.
You can see on Jed's face what a chore these people are.
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The Cubs have done things!

From Comcast SportsNet

  • Scott Boras thinks the Cubs are an "all day sucker." I think Scott Boras is a self-serving ego-maniac.
  • In his new role as an analyst for MLB Network, Mark DeRosa says the Cubs should keep starter Jeff Samardzija.
  • The recently retired Mark Prior has a message for the Cubs, their fans, and the teams' well-regarded prospects: nothing is destined.
  • Theo Epstein is keeping a low profile while waiting for Wrigley Field renovations and a new TV deal.
  • Picking up outfielder Ryan Kalish is another Red Sox reunion.

From Cubs Den


  • The Cubs made minor progress at the Winter Meetings.
  • That included picking up some catching depth in the form of Charles Cutler. A cool bit: the link includes a highlight of Cutler smoking a three-run double for Israel in the WBC.
  • Theo Epstein says Jeff Samardzija is the team's opening day starter. Is this the proverbial "vote of confidence?"


  • (Video) Jesse Rogers and Doug Padilla talk about Scott Boras' assessment of the Cubs' situation.
  • The Cubs have been active, but might need yet more patience.
  • Justin Ruggiano was acquired because he was a better fit for the Cubs' outfield.

From the Chicago Tribune

  • Jed Hoyer says more deals are in the works.
  • In the wake of the Winter Meetings, there is plenty to assess for the Cubs and Jeff Samardzija.
  • Most of what Scott Boras says is self-serving hot air. But I thought this comment could spark some discussion. The "super-agent" thinks there's a flaw in the system when amateur Cuban defector Jose Abreu can sign for so much more money with the White Sox than recent Cubs' draftee Kris Bryant.
  • We know the Cubs are interested in Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. But did you know Tanaka's current employer once wanted Theo Epstein to be a consultant?
  • The Cubs have shut down Junior Lake for the winter due to fatigue.
  • Former Marlins manager Jack McKeon believes new Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde will be a major league manager.

From the Chicago Sun-Times

From the Daily Herald

Today's food for thought