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08:14 AM ET 08.29 | The new Cubs regime has its first signature signing, as it on Tuesday made a long-term commitment Starlin Castro. Castro may not be the last recipient of the new largesse. [General manager Jed Hoyer] and his boss, President Theo Epstein, might want to get someone like pitcher Jeff Samardzija locked up soon. "Probably the hardest two things to find are top-of-the-rotation starters and shortstops," Hoyer said. "We made it clear to Starlin that we wanted him to be the first one. We will certainly entertain (more signings) ... on a case-by-case basis. Certainly we won't just start signing players without feeling they are proven to us and are a significant part of our future."

Chicago Tribune

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August 29, 2012  09:45 AM ET

I know it has been another long year on the North Side on reporting on Cubs baseball, but there is no way Strasberg will be a Cub next year or years down the road.

August 29, 2012  09:49 AM ET

Why is the article snippet talking about Strasburg's outing last night?

August 29, 2012  09:50 AM ET

Good work, interns. While you will hopefully change it later, you copied the Strasburg article here. Your attention to detail is outstanding.

August 29, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Good work, interns. While you will hopefully change it later, you copied the Strasburg article here. Your attention to detail is outstanding.

^^^^^^THIS +7

August 29, 2012  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why is the article snippet talking about Strasburg's outing last night?

Because this site sucks ????

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August 29, 2012  11:32 AM ET

Finally got the right article. Wow, they used the word largesse. Impressive, most impressive.

August 29, 2012  12:20 PM ET

Theo is beginning to spend his owners' money.
It will be interesting to see if he learned from his mistakes in Boston in the last three years (Beckett, Lackey, Crawford, etc.) to not pay players more than they are worth.

August 29, 2012  12:26 PM ET

Jeff Samardzija is a top-of-the rotation starter? He has a career ERA of 4 and a quarter, this year 4.09. You can't hold the win-loss record against him, due to playing for the Cubs, but when did an ERA north of 4 make you a top of the rotation pitcher?

August 29, 2012  02:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Jeff Samardzija is a top-of-the rotation starter? He has a career ERA of 4 and a quarter, this year 4.09. You can't hold the win-loss record against him, due to playing for the Cubs, but when did an ERA north of 4 make you a top of the rotation pitcher?

When you are a Cubbie, and one of the best they have available.
Also, it doesn't hurt in Chicago to be an ND football hero!

August 29, 2012  04:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Finally got the right article. Wow, they used the word largesse. Impressive, most impressive.

The opposite of littlesse?

August 29, 2012  04:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Jeff Samardzija is a top-of-the rotation starter? He has a career ERA of 4 and a quarter, this year 4.09. You can't hold the win-loss record against him, due to playing for the Cubs, but when did an ERA north of 4 make you a top of the rotation pitcher?

maybe this pitcher is not as good as the cubs predicted then again castro is not worthed the type of contract's money given by the cubs,THIS ss IS WORTHED ABOUT 30 MILLIONS 7 YEARS AND NO MORE THAN THAT,,,,,

August 29, 2012  04:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Why is the article snippet talking about Strasburg's outing last night?

strasburg would be the right starter in the cubs rotation!!!

August 29, 2012  04:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

strasburg would be the right starter in the cubs rotation!!!

another gregg maddux,,,

August 29, 2012  04:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Theo is beginning to spend his owners' money. It will be interesting to see if he learned from his mistakes in Boston in the last three years (Beckett, Lackey, Crawford, etc.) to not pay players more than they are worth.

apparently he has not learn from his own mistakes,, why?? because castro is not worthed 60 or 80 millions for the 7 years long term contract,,,, if theo did had learn from his past errors as a GM, he should have signed castro for 30 millions 7 years deal,,,,

August 29, 2012  04:47 PM ET

the colorado rockies had signed more than one talented player to a 7 years deal for as little as 30 millions deal, then again it depends who is the GM in charge!!!

August 29, 2012  04:49 PM ET

now if theo have a plan like the red sox or like the jays, sign the players to a long term contract then trade them all together with their contract to a another team on the july's deadline,,,,, if that's theo's idea then everything would work perffectly,,,

August 29, 2012  04:50 PM ET

the braves is another team who has signed players to a low cost in many contracts,,,,,

August 29, 2012  04:52 PM ET

the rangers had sigfned alot of talented players to a small amount in cost considerations,,, big contracts little $$$$$ money imvested then again all has to do with whom is the GM!!!!

 
August 29, 2012  04:54 PM ET

the angels are the worse team in paryoll, hate to say it but the halos have too many players signed to a big tag in every year except trumbo and mike trout other than that,,, every player has a tag for 3 millions per year and the big contracts are from 80 millions to 260 millions long term,,,

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