From Comcast SportsNet:
- Theo Epstein shot down the idea that the Cubs would sign two pitchers this off-season that would require nine-figure contracts.
- Patrick Mooney explains why a reunion with starter Jason Hammel makes sense.
- Not long after standing on the soapbox for Kris Bryant, Scott Boras said that the Cubs are making moves to help the team be competitive.
- Kyle Schwarber would love the chance to work with Russell Martin.
- Phil Rogers does the math on a rotation that features Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, Tsuyoshi Wada, Jon Lester, and Jason Hammel. Even if you don't like math, you'll probably like what you see here.
- Wada's first outing in the Japan All-Star Series didn't go very well, but given the overwhelming reaction by the fans, the results hardly mattered.
- Anthony Rizzo became the youngest player to receive the Branch Rickey Award for humanitarian service.
From ESPN Chicago:
- C.J. Edwards wants people to know that he's healthy now. That and he's ready to go home for the offseason.
- Jesse Rogers gives his observations from the general manager meetings in Phoenix.
- More from Scott Boras: "There are grand incentives to tank a season." Daddy, he used the t-word.
From CBS Chicago:
- Joe Maddon must enjoy buying drinks for people, because now he hopes to extend the offer to Cub fans at some point next season.
From the Chicago Tribune via RedEye Chicago:
- Standing in the way of the Cubs' plans for Russell Martin: the Los Angeles Dodgers?
- Paul Sullivan writes that you don't know Theo Epstein if you don't think he'd like to steal Jon Lester out from under the noses of his former bosses in Boston.
From the Chicago Sun-Times:
- [AUDIO & VIDEO] Joe Maddon had a pair of interviews on Friday, one on the Kap & Haugh Show on The Game and one on the Dan Patrick Show. He still hasn't heard back from Rick Renteria.
From Cubs Den:
- John Arguello looks at whether Russell Martin could be the biggest key to the offseason for the Cubs.
From Chicago Cubs Online:
- Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada had a showcase for teams last Wednesday in Guatemala, and the Cubs had a strong scouting presence there.
- The Cubs also could be one of the teams that post a bid for Korean lefty Hyeon-Jong Yang.
- From his interview with Kap & Haugh: Joe Maddon enjoys being part of the free agent process.
From Chicago Cubs 101:
- Tim Duxbury makes a case for why the Cubs should pass on Max Scherzer.
From Cubs Insider:
- Evan Altman looks at the numbers and asks: Can Russell Martin be worth $75 million?
- More by the numbers, this time from Nate Schmidt who looks at the 2014 season from a Plate Discipline perspective.
- Mark Jablonowski examines the Yoan Moncada Madness and how international amateur free agency rules could change as a result of it.
- Most Chicagoans probably remember the 1985 Bears singing the "Super Bowl Shuffle". Fewer probably remember the 1969 Cubs singing "Pennant Fever".
Today's food for thought:
- If you have kids, odds are you've probably worked with them on a science project at some point. In San Francisco, they took it a step further by putting together science projects in only 24 hours.
- You've probably watched at least one movie from Pixar Animation, but have you ever thought about the math that goes into making one?
- Last week we had robots doing balancing acts on cinder blocks; this week it's robots involved in ballets of katana swordplay and soda can balancing.