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The Astros had the dumbest possible justification for their alleged sign-stealing scheme Major League Baseball has already spoken to over 60 people in its investigation of the Houston Astros' alleged sign-stealing scheme using a camera, a video monitor and a trash can. According to Andy Martino at SNY, here's how the Astros justified what they were doing:.

Dodgers Prospect Watch: A Closer Look at Carlos Sepulveda While all the headlines at the 2019 Winter Meetings focused on some of the top players in the MLB free agent and trade markets, the Rule 5 draft also took place on Thursday, which featured a number of baseball's most intriguing prospects.

Willson Contreras and his boundless energy join Cubs All-Decade Team With the 2010s coming to a close, NBC Sports Chicago is unveiling its Cubs All-Decade Team, highlighting the players who made the biggest impacts on the organization from 2010-19. It didn't take long for Willson Contreras to introduce himself to Major League Baseball.

These 6 Prospects Could Be First Beneficiaries of New Hitting Development Practices The Cubs hired a new director of hitting, along with several new coaches last month, signalling big changes across the system when it comes to how they're looking to develop hitters.

Chicago Cubs: Watch out for fan apathy if team doesn’t improve For the second offseason in a row, it seems as if the Chicago Cubs don't plan on making any major improvements to their roster, but may subtract instead.

The Major League Baseball vs. Minor League Baseball war just got worse That was a response to Commissioner Rob Manfred's claim during the Winter Meetings that Minor League Baseball was doing just that. In an article at Hardball Talk Saturday morning, Craig Calcaterra quotes MLB's response to the memo:. This doesn't sound too friendly, to put it mildly.

Cubs Rotation Candidates There's a chance the Cubs begin the 2020 season with Tyler Chatwood back in the rotation, per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times. In the final season of the three-year, $38MM deal signed before 2018, Chatwood arguably represents the most reliable option currently on the roster.

Cub Tracks looks at the big board We have kind of a followup to the front page's events and the early flowering of a couple of trade rumors. Bob Rosenberg is out, for nebulous reasons. Here's today's Cubs News and Notes. As always, means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both. means paywall.

Cubs All-Decade Team: Catcher, Willson Contreras We go behind the plate and name a catcher to our Cubs All-Decade Team.

Shogo Akiyama Reportedly Deciding Between 4 Teams, Decision Expected by Christmas Japanese outfielder Shogo Akiyama fits nearly all the Cubs' needs, which is why they've been targeting him this offseason. They only box he doesn't check is cost, which is to say he isn't willing to offer his services for the price of…on the house.

Latest On Nationals' Third Base Plans Having lost third baseman Anthony Rendon to the Angels earlier this week, the Nationals have turned their attention to the top free agent remaining on the market, Josh Donaldson, per reports from Jon Heyman of MLB Network and Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Cubs sign oft-injured reliever Brandon Morrow to minor-league deal Brandon Morrow hasn't pitched in a big-league game since July 2018, but he'll get a shot at making a comeback next season. Morrow is set to sign a minor league deal with the Cubs, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. It's worth $1 million if he makes the Cubs' roster and could reach $2.25 million if Morrow makes 65 big-league appearances.

Chicago Cubs: A gamble on Shogo Akiyama makes a lot of sense Are the Chicago Cubs smart for wanting to invest in Shogo Akiyama after Kosuke Fukudome failed to live up to the hype in 2008?

FLASH SALE: Save $15 on these Chicago Cubs bobbleheads The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame is having a FLASH SALE for all Chicago Cubs fans. Take $15 off these Cubs High Five bobbleheads! Chicago Cubs fans, we…

Sky-High Upside Easily Justifies Risk-Free Minors Deal for Brandon Morrow After weeks of reports, the Cubs have indeed agree to a minor league deal with oft-injured former closer Brandon Morrow. Not surprisingly, news of the deal comes the day after the Rule 5 Draft, which Morrow would have been eligible for had he signed earlier.

MLB Free Agency: Brandon Morrow Reportedly Signs With Cubs Pitcher Brandon Morrow had high hopes when he signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Cubs prior to the 2018 season, but after two injury-plagued seasons, he's reportedly going to give the North Side another try. According to multiple reports, Morrow has agreed to a one-year minor league contract with the Cubs.

Cubs sign Brandon Morrow to minor-league deal And last week, it was reported that the Cubs and Morrow were working on a minor-league deal. Such deals had to wait until after the Rule 5 Draft, because had Morrow signed before then, he'd have been eligible to be chosen. Today, that's a done deal:. That's a really good deal for the Cubs.

Cubs To Re-Sign Brandon Morrow The Cubs have struck a deal to bring back veteran reliever Brandon Morrow, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. It's a minor-league pact. If Morrow can finally recover from longstanding arm issues, he'll still need to earn his way onto the MLB roster. Should that come to pass, he'll be paid at a $1MM rate with $1.25MM in potential incentive pay.

2020 MLB Draft Prep: UCSB While college hitting direction can almost be backward in its usefulness, a college pitching coach is often the best decision these days. If a coach is used to "the pro way," his default might be to "claim a guy on waivers" or "summon someone from Triple-A" as a Plan B.

Yu Darvish Reportedly Has "No Intention" Of Waiving No-Trade Protection While the Cubs are getting some phone calls on veteran righty Yu Darvish, the team ultimately can't move him on its own accord. That's because his contract includes full no-trade rights for the time being. In theory, the Cubs can sort out a swap and then leave it to the prospective acquiring team to convince Darvish to waive his protection.

Chicago Cubs may implode under Theo Epstein this offseason The Chicago Cubs are struggling to make moves early on in the offseason. The reasons that many are overlooking may surprise you. In recent years, the Chica…

Cubs Organizational Breakdown, Pt. 3: Cubs Have Plenty at 2B Beyond Nico Hoerner One thing that I am sure you will notice about this year's breakdown series is that there's a good deal of overlap between the positions. For example, PJ Higgins has been mentioned in both the catcher and first base posts.

What kind of manager will David Ross be? On the other hand, Aaron Boone stepped right in with the Yankees and did a spectacular job mixing and matching players to replace a large part of his roster who were injured. Before I tell you more about Ross, a little history lesson.

With Winter Meetings over, Cubs gearing up for 'trading season' There's still some guys that teams are focused on, but I do think that the way things are moving - traditionally, Christmas was always a boundary for free agents, so to speak. Everybody wanted to be signed by Christmas. "Maybe we're going back to that.

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