The big story on the Chicago Cubs right now is coming from David Kaplan of CSNCHICAGO, who suggests that his sources indicate the team will be going through a complete rebuild under Theo Epstein.
But the better story is over at Bleed Cubbie Blue, where Al Yellon describes similarities to a previous Cubs rebuild -- and how this next rebuild might actually be accomplished.
The Cubs signed reliever Manny Corpas today, too:
Cubs to go through a complete rebuild - David Kaplan
"A look at the current makeup of the Cubs roster shows a handful of big contracts that the Cubs are having trouble trying to move despite their willingness to eat significant portions of the remaining dollars. From Alfonso Soriano to Carlos Zambrano, to Ryan Dempster, the Cubs have approximately $50 million tied up in players who do not figure to be a part of their future when they are ready to win."
On Rebuilding The Cubs - Bleed Cubbie Blue
"Just how can Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer rebuild the Cubs while not completely giving up on 2012? Here's one idea."
- Twitter / @JonHeymanCBS - "Manny corpas signs major-league deal with cubs. Rangers also offered big-league contract."
Reactions To John Danks' Extension - MLB Daily Dish
"It seems like just the other day Chicago White Sox's brass talked about rebuilding. We listened, politely nodded, and believed it to a certain degree. After all, the last thing you want to be is mediocre in any sport. Something about Kenny Williams rebuilding is just ... I don't know, not possible."
- Twitter / @Ken_Rosenthal - "Corpas had TJ in Sept. 2010. Rehabbed with #Rangers part of '11. They declined option on him. Pitched winter ball in Panama."
Cubs sign Manny Corpas - chicagotribune.com
"Corpas could help fill a bullpen spot that will be vacated when Sean Marshall is officially traded to the Reds for young starter Travis Wood. That is expected to be announced Friday, after the players involved pass their physicals, as is the Corpas signing."
Corpas to sign with Cubs - Muskat Ramblings
"Corpas has a 12-16 record and 3.93 ERA for his career, striking out 206 batters and walking 80 in 286 innings. He is best known for his work during the Rockies’ run to the World Series in 2007, when he saved 19 games with a 2.08 ERA in 78 innings of work. He finished the 2007 postseason with five saves and a 0.87 ERA."
Source -- Bill Buckner to coach Cubs farm team, not for Boston Red Sox - ESPN Chicago
"Ending speculation that he could be hired to join the Red Sox coaching staff, former Boston first baseman Bill Buckner will join the Chicago Cubs' Class A affiliate Boise Hawks as their hitting coach, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap."