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December 30th

December 29th

Goodbye Darvish, belated Goodbye Theo / "Hot" Stove Thread

If the departure of Theo Epstein in mid November was not a clear sign of things to come, today's trade of Yu Darvish certainly heralds the arrival of a rebuilding phase for the Chicago Cubs. It has been widely reported that the Cubs and Padres agreed on a deal sending Darvish and Caratini to sunny San Diego, fomer Brewer Zach Davies to the Cubs rotation, and two pairs of young shortstops and outfielders to Cubs' minor league facilities for years to come.

If 2020 were a baseball player, it would be Steve Garvey.

You know, the Padres have always sort of held a special place in my baseball heart. 
They're that chunk of burnt fat off an Italian beef I got at some bar on Lincoln that stuck in my artery since I watched that Garvey homer in 1984.
You'd think it might be getting better after all these years, but now with this Yu Darvish trade to Garvey's old team to clear some money?

Tums won't help.

We knew change was coming, but whatever, man.
2020 sucks.

December 11th

2020 Cubs Rule 5 Draft Prep

12/10 UIPDATE: 

SELECTED BY CUBS IN MAJOR LEAGUE PHASE OF 2020 RULE 5 DRAFT
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Gray Fenter, RHP (selected by Cubs from Baltimore Orioles AAA Norfolk roster)

CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS SELECTED IN MAJOR LEAGUE PHASE OF 2020 RULE 5 DRAFT
NONE  

PLAYERS SELECTED BY CUBS IN AAA PHASE OF 2020 RULE 5 DRAFT
1. Nicholas Padilla, RHP (selected by Cubs for AAA Iowa from Tampa Bay Rays Hi-A Charlotte roster) 
2. Samuel Reyes, RHP (selected by Cubs for AAA Iowa from Pittsburgh Pirates Hi-A Bradenton roster) 

CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS SELECTED IN AAA PHASE OF 2020 RULE 5 DRAFT
1. Yunior Perez, RHP (selected by Detroit Tigers for AAA Toledo from Cubs AA Tennessee roster)
2. Jeffrey Passantino, RHP (selected by Pittsburgh Pirates for AAA Indianapolis from Cubs AA Tennessee roster)  

December 2nd

To Tender or Not to Tender... That is the Question

12/2 UPDATE

The Cubs have signed RHSP Colin Rea, LHRP Kyle Ryan, and RHRP Dan Winkler to 2021 MLB contracts (terms TBD) and tendered 2021 MLB contracts to all other unsigned players on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) except OF Albert Almora, OF-1B Jose Martinez, OF Kyle Schwarber, and RHRP Ryan Tepera.

So Almora, J. Martinez, Schwarber, and Tepera are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign an MLB or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs) without any salary restrictions.   

The Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 34 (six slots are open). 

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