Russell Martin Will Reject His Qualifying Offer
Nov09

Russell Martin Will Reject His Qualifying Offer

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Russell Martin will reject his qualifying offer. This news really isn’t a surprise, since pretty much everyone knew Martin was never going to accept the deal. He’s set to receive a huge payday this off-season, getting four or five years, and likely around the same average annual value as the $15.3 M that the qualifying offer would have paid him. Martin met with the Cubs this week. He...

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Francisco Liriano Still Deciding Whether to Accept Pirates Qualifying Offer
Nov09

Francisco Liriano Still Deciding Whether to Accept Pirates Qualifying Offer

According to Ken Rosenthal, Francisco Liriano is still deciding whether to accept the qualifying offer made by the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. Rosenthal says that the lefty is considering “several options.” Sources: Liriano still deciding whether to accept #Pirates ' qualifying offer, considering "several options." — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 9, 2014 Obviously Liriano is still deciding,...

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Russell Martin Meets With the Cubs, Talking to Four Teams
Nov07

Russell Martin Meets With the Cubs, Talking to Four Teams

Bruce Levine reports that Russell Martin met with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, and that the catcher is talking with four clubs. The Cubs met with free agent Russell Martin and his agent on Thursday . Russell talking with four clubs . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 7, 2014 Earlier in the week we heard that the Cubs would be going after Martin. The Pirates are probably one of the four clubs Levine mentions. I’m...

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Pirates Announce Major League Coaching Staff Changes
Nov05

Pirates Announce Major League Coaching Staff Changes

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced three coaching changes today, although none of them were the addition of a new bench coach. The Pirates switched Rick Sofield and Nick Leyva, moving Leyva to being the first base coach, and switching Sofield from first base to the third base coach. Leyva remains as the infield coach, and Sofield is still the outfield-baserunning coach. The Pirates also added Brad Fischer to the Major League staff. No...

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Cubs Will Target Russell Martin
Nov04

Cubs Will Target Russell Martin

The Chicago Cubs will target free agent catcher Russell Martin, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Martin has been predicted to land with the Cubs on a few free agent lists, with one of them being the MLBTR predictions. The Cubs have a lot of money to spend, a young offense, and will need pitching and catching. Heyman says they could also target one of the top free agent starters. Heyman also notes that the Dodgers are expected to...

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Joe Maddon to be the Next Manager of the Cubs?
Oct29

Joe Maddon to be the Next Manager of the Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs have hired Joe Maddon to be their next manager, according to Jon Heyman. joe maddon to become cubs manager. story up soon at @CBSSports — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 29, 2014 When Maddon left the Rays last week, it was speculated that he could join the Cubs, especially after teams like the Mets and Dodgers were ruled out as possible destinations. The Cubs have been rebuilding under Theo Epstein, and have...

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