The Chicago Cubs remain one of the more intriguing teams this off-season. The past few days we've seen increased rumors/chatter/discussion of moving Matt Garza, with a number of teams interested and dangling some of their own top prospects to entice a deal. We also have a really great 3-part interview of Tom Ricketts, and a couple signed Cuban prospects:
- BCB Interview: Tom Ricketts: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 - Bleed Cubbie Blue
Check out this extensive 3-part interview of Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts conducted by Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue. Truly outstanding with some enlightening answers.
New year, more rumors - Carrie Muskat
"The Marlins, Yankees, Red Sox and Blue Jays also have reportedly been in touch with the Cubs about Garza, but Theo & Co would have to be overwhelmed with a package of top prospects to part with the right-hander."
Cubs sign two Cuban prospects - Chicago Tribune
"The outfielder is Yasiel Balaquert, a 19-year-old with "modest tools," according to the magazine. The pitcher is Carlos Martinez, 20, a 6-foot-4 right-hander who was mainly a reliever in Cuba."
Matt Garza Rumors: Marlins Interested, Jays Offering Kyle Drabek? - MLB Daily Dish
Add the Miami Marlins as another team interested in trading for Chicago Cubs starter Matt Garza. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Marlins have serious interest in acquiring Matt Garza from the Cubs after losing out on Gio Gonzalez, who was traded to the Nationals.
Baseball whispers: Kyle Drabek bait for Matt Garza - Chicago Tribune
"Kyle Drabek, who was seen as the key to the Blue Jays' Roy Halladay trade with the Phillies, is being dangled to the Cubs in talks for Matt Garza. He had a nightmare 2011 but some scouts believe he can regain his value if he stops trying to learn a cutter."
Detroit Tigers Pursuing Matt Garza - MLB Daily Dish
Among several suitors, the Detroit Tigers have emerged as a possible destination for Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza, according to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Chicago Cubs News and Notes: Manny Corpas, Rebuilding, Prince Fielder - MLB Daily Dish
After trading Sean Marshall for Travis Wood and prospects, the Cubs showed they are willing to rebuild and take on a new identity going forward. Patience will be a virtue for the fans, but also the organization from top-to-bottom. The work has only begun. Let's check out the latest happenings for Chicago's north side team...