As Ichiro's contract is about to come to an end, the Mariners have an opportunity to reach out to Japan to get his replacement in three-time Central League batting champion Norichika Aoki.
November 10, 2011
The Cubs acquired outfielder Abner Abreu and right-handed pitcher Carlton Smith from the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Kosuke Fukudome and a cash consideration Thursday. In addition, outfielder Tyler Colvin was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.
The Cubs led the National League in quality starts last year with 95. It's been quite a different story in the early going of this season.
Even as the Cubs whittled their roster down to a manageable size by the middle of March, uncertainty hung over several areas of the team.
There should be a completely new feeling at spring training for the Cubs.
February 19, 2011
The Cubs wrapped up their organizational meetings, and then general manager Jim Hendry prepared for double-dip trips to Orlando, first for the GM meetings and then the winter meetings next month.
November 16, 2010
It's possible that rookie shortstop Starlin Castro could be moving up in the world, or at least in the Cubs' batting order.
Sooner or later, the talk was bound to start. On Monday, it finally did. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com wrote that if the Cubs don't turn things around soon, they should consider firing manager Lou Piniella and replacing him with bench coach Alan Trammell.