This isn’t the NBA, so the Cubs didn’t have to put the full-court press on once the free-agent marketplace opened on Friday at 11 p.m. Chicago time.
The White Sox declined to pick up a $10 million option for Alexei Ramirez on Wednesday.
The Cubs were one of the four teams still standing in October when a New York writer asked Theo Epstein about the best blueprint for winning in the playoffs.
Nick Hostetler has begun to do the legwork for next June’s amateur baseball draft and likes what he has seen.
When the Jordan Zimmermann trade rumors surfaced last offseason, there was a thought that he would set the meter at whatever Jon Lester got and leave it running.