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St. Louis Cardinals now a ‘likely landing spot’ for three-time All-Star in MLB free agency

The St. Louis Cardinals are reportedly closing in on replacing team icon Yadier Molina with the best catcher in MLB free agency.

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Al Yellon

Cubs historical sleuthing: Greg Maddux on the basepaths edition

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Just when did the Cubs righthander make this baserunning play?

Getty Images says:

Robby Thompson #6 of the San Francisco Giants gets his throw off to complete the double-play over the top of Greg Maddux #31 of the Chicago Cubs during a Major League Baseball game circa 1987 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.

Right away I can tell you that’s not 1987, because the Cubs weren’t wearing that style of road uniform that year. They were...

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Al Yellon

Cubs free agent target: Johnny Cueto

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This just might work for the 2023 Cubs.

I was perusing Fangraphs’ Top 50 Free Agents and found former Cubs nemesis Johnny Cueto listed at No. 32 — ahead of some guys I’ve already written about in this series — and I thought, “Why not look at this guy?”

Cueto had a really good year for the White Sox, posting a 3.35 ERA (3.79 FIP) and 1.225 WHIP. That was good for 3.5 bWAR, almost a full WAR point better than any Cubs pitcher (Marcus...

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Josh Timmers

Outside The Confines: Winter is here

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Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry has passed. The Winter Meetings are about to start. Where will Aaron Judge and Trea Turner sign? And other news from around baseball.

Good morning. The best week of the winter is upon us. At least, we hope every year that the Winter Meetings are the best week of the winter.

Hall-of-Fame right-hander Gaylord Perry died yesterday of natural causes at the age of 84. Perry played 22 years in the big leagues, won...

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Duane Pesice

Baseball history unpacked, December 2

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A thrice-weekly digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB factoids, gathered from reputable sources. RIP Ronnie.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue is pleased to present a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and various narratives to follow as they unfold over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along.

Today in baseball history:

1887 - The International League...

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Cubs Analyst Has Big Wish For Free Agency

The Chicago Cubs are very likely to lose longtime catcher and 2016 World Series champion Willson Contreras in free agency. However, that does not mean that they won’t target other top-of-the-line free agents.

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Five possible landing spots for Carlos Correa in free agency

While many organizations would love to have Correa manning shortstop in 2023, few teams will be able to afford the close to $30 million annual fee he is expected to get. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five teams with the best chance to win the Correa sweepstakes.

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Al Yellon

Cubs historical sleuthing: Managerial edition

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We know who these two managers are. But when did this happen?

Getty Images focused on the visiting manager here:

Manager Buck Rodgers #37 of the Montreal Expos argues with an umpire during a Major League Baseball game against the Chicago Cubs circa 1986 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.

The Cubs manager in this photo is Gene Michael. Michael managed the Cubs for the last 102 games of 1986 and the first 136 of 1987. Rodgers was the Expos manager both of...

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Top shortstop deals expected to be $250M+

Top shortstops, including Carlos Correa and Trea Turner, are expected to sign deals worth over $250 million this winter The Chicago Cubs are expected to be in the running for the top shortstops of this free-agent class.

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Willson Contreras reportedly receiving interest from top contender

Free agent catcher Willson Contreras figures to be in demand on the open market and might have a very attractive option in one particular team.

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Al Yellon

Cubs free agent target: Noah Syndergaard

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He’s not what he used to be, but he could still be useful.

Noah Syndergaard. Thor. Once thought of as one of the best pitchers in baseball. A No. 1 pick (38th overall) of the Blue Jays in 2010, traded to the Mets for the reigning Cy Young winner (R.A. Dickey), then posting several good seasons in New York, even while missing much of 2017 with a lat injury.

Then there was Tommy John surgery. He didn’t pitch at all in 2020 and made only two late-season appearances in...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks’ rumors swirl

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#Cubs,#MLB, and #MiLB news you can use, four days a week. Cubs haven’t gotten to first base yet. Any action is theoretical.

Welcome to today’s edition of Cub Tracks news and notes™, a greatest-hits collection of Chicago-style beat writers and bloggers, ground from #Cubs, #MiLB, and #MLB baseball, overheated, and then cold-brewed overnight for maximum flavor.

“Change comes from within.” — Zen aphorism, often...

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Josh Timmers

BCB After Dark: Winter Meetings Blues

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The late-night/early-morning club for Cubs fans asks if the Cubs will make a big acquisition at the Winter Meetings.

Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the jumpin’ joint for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. We’re so glad to that you decided to stop in this evening. I hope to find you well tonight. Come on in and relax for a while. There is still one table by the fireplace still available if you’re looking to warm up. Let us know...

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OTD in 2011: Cubs Sign OF David DeJesus

At the beginning of the Chicago Cubs' first rebuild, when Theo Epstein took over as the President of Baseball Operations, the Cubs needed bodies to fill positions.

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Top Cubs Prospect Shares His Next Career Goal

The Chicago Cubs are still in the midst of the rebuilding process after a disappointing finish to the 2022 season. Chicago went 74-88 and finished in a distant third place in the National League Central division, 19 games behind the division champion and archrival St.

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Xander Bogaerts linked to Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs among teams interested in free agent shortstop Xander Bogaerts Major League Baseball’s offseason has been rather quiet to this point – perhaps a little too quiet.

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Astros Meeting with Former Cub Willson Contreras

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Houston Astros plan to meet with former Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras at the Winter Meetings beginning this Sunday.

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Cubs Free Agent First Base Options

In case you missed Monday's big news, according to Bob Nightengale, longtime Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and the Houston Astros agreed to a three-year contract worth nearly $60 million.

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Al Yellon

Cubs historical sleuthing: Mike Schmidt edition

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The Phillies slugger tormented Cubs pitching for years.

Getty Images says:

1980s Mike Schmidt Number 20 Batting Phillies And Chicago Cubs Baseball Game Veterans Stadium Philadelphia Pa USA

Well. That’s less articulately phrased than some of the other Getty descriptions I’ve found, and it’s also wrong.

Why? Because both Schmidt and the Cubs catcher are wearing the National League centennial patch on their right sleeve. That means this photo has to...

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Astros to meet with All-Star catcher Willson Contreras

Contreras almost became an Astro months ago, as the club apparently agreed to acquire him from the Cubs in exchange for pitcher José Urquidy. However, Astros owner Jim Crane reportedly squashed the deal to keep the talented pitcher.

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