NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Chris Capuano #38 of the New York Mets throws a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning during a game at Citi Field on September 27, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
The latest out of the north side of the Windy City has the Cubs looking at Chris Capuano, potentially moving Ian Stewart in exchange for Blake DeWitt, will-he/won't-he rumors on Epstein moving Garza, "Epstein is a conspiratorial genius and pretending to like one player so nobody knows he wants the other" rumors, and Red Sox fans looking for a closure (and payment):
Cubs Interested in Chris Capuano - Chicago Sun-Times
"Sources say that search includes a run at left-hander Chris Capuano, a former 18-game winner who rebounded from 2009 Tommy John surgery to go 11-12 with a 4.55 ERA and make 31 starts. He’s a guy manager Dale Sveum and anticipated new pitching coach Chris Bosio know well from Capuano’s five seasons in Milwaukee."
Rox ask Cubs for DeWitt in exchange for Stewart " Hardball in the Rockies
"The Cubs are known to be interested in Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart, and the Denver Post reported Friday that the Rox have asked for versatile infielder Blake DeWitt in return."
Could Ian Stewart be next Cubs 3B? - Muskat Ramblings
"A left-handed hitter, Stewart battled injuries in 2011, and batted .156 in 48 games with the Rockies. He was the Rockies’ starting third baseman to begin the season but suffered a season-ending wrist injury at Triple-A Colorado Springs on Aug. 4 but took part in instructional league in the fall. He has a career .236 average with 54 homers and 187 RBIs."
Pujols/Cubs Interest all a ruse? - @dgoold
"Locally thought is #Cubs are trying to drive up Pujols price. What if they are trying to appear less interested in their target, Fielder?"
Trading Garza not on Epstein's mind - chicagotribune.com
"Whether Epstein can afford to build around Garza is a question he’s asking himself before the Winter Meetings begin on Monday in Dallas. General manager Jim Hendry dealt four of his top prospects to Tampa Bay last January in the Garza trade, depleting the system for the possibility of contending in 2011."
Time For Chicago To Settle Its Debt - Over the Monster
"The loss of Theo Epstein was devastating not only to the Red Sox baseball operations, but to greater New England as a whole. We knew that, but I'm not sure we all knew the extent of the devastation."
Winter league update " Muskat Ramblings
"While the Venezuelan Winter League waits for Carlos Zambrano’s return to the mound, here is an update on Cubs prospects playing this offseason..."
Speculating On Possible Matt Garza Trades - MLB Daily Dish
The Chicago Cubs are apparently open to trading Matt Garza, so we've taken an in-depth look at what the Cubs might be able to command from a few different potential suitors.