Pittsburgh Pirates


The Minnesota Twins announced on Friday that they have hired former Cubs manager Mike Quade as the skipper of their Triple-A affiliate Rochester Red Wings.


The Toronto Blue Jays went into stealth mode and signed Russell Martin, taking an All-Star/Gold Glove catcher off the board and forcing the Cubs to think about Plan B behind the plate. 


PHOENIX — Russell Martin could be the next big domino to fall for the Cubs.


The Cubs think Russell Martin could be the right player at the right time, the free-agent splash that makes sense because of his production, leadership and postseason experience.     


An offseason that already promised the potential for big splashes will get one if – when? – the Cubs land Joe Maddon.