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07:39 AM ET 12.13 | The Midwest has already seen an early deep freeze, but, nearing the new year, things could be warming up on the trade front. After balancing the Cubs' lineup Thursday morning, general manager Jed Hoyer said the team could receive some gifts for Christmas. "There will be good things that come out of these (winter) meetings over the next few weeks," Hoyer said. ... Trade talks involving Jeff Samardzija could resurface as the Cubs chatted with several teams. The Braves could entice the Cubs' preference for young power pitchers with a surplus that includes J.R. Graham, Mauricio Cabrera (the younger brother of Cubs reliever Alberto Cabrera) and David Hale. The Braves "have been pushing hard," for a starting pitcher, a top scout for an American League said, adding a match with the Cubs makes sense.

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December 13, 2013  08:29 AM ET

This poor Cubbies Fans are waiting in the wings!!!

December 13, 2013  08:55 AM ET

The Cubs are irrelevant.

December 13, 2013  09:23 AM ET

The Cubs will be the Cubs. They trade one good player to receive a prospect. when that prospect developes into a good player when it comes time to pay him a fair contract the cubs trade him. The Cubs are destined to be a bottom feeder for years to come. How the Cubs miss the Astros in NL Central

December 13, 2013  09:25 AM ET

The day they stop telling other teams Samardzija is all that, then they can make some deals.

December 13, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The Cubs will be the Cubs. They trade one good player to receive a prospect. when that prospect developes into a good player when it comes time to pay him a fair contract the cubs trade him. The Cubs are destined to be a bottom feeder for years to come. How the Cubs miss the Astros in NL Central

It's like they're owned by ol' lady McCaskey.

December 13, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Epstein has not been the magic wand the Cubs front office though they were getting. They have little offense. Less than average starting pitching. And a shaky bullpen. Their defense is inconsistent. Other than hat the Cubs look pretty good.

December 13, 2013  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Epstein has not been the magic wand the Cubs front office though they were getting. They have little offense. Less than average starting pitching. And a shaky bullpen. Their defense is inconsistent. Other than hat the Cubs look pretty good.

Yeah they have not done anything under Theo. But, he never claimed it would be instant. 2015 was the goal. Build up the system, dump overpayed players first (which he has done). When the youth is ready, then spend on filling the roster with the big time free agents. I admit Im getting nervous, but I try to remember to be patient.

December 13, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Yeah they have not done anything under Theo. But, he never claimed it would be instant. 2015 was the goal. Build up the system, dump overpayed players first (which he has done). When the youth is ready, then spend on filling the roster with the big time free agents. I admit Im getting nervous, but I try to remember to be patient.

I think you're right. No one could have come in and fixed all the problems in a couple of years. Theo has done the right thing to rid the Cubs of some of those bad contracts. The problem I see though, is that the guys they are signing long-term to be the cornerstone of the franchise (castro, Rizzo), may not be the kind of players that lead you to contention.

December 13, 2013  10:20 AM ET

I am giving Theo a couple more years, as he has shed huge boneheaded salaries, and is getting his pieces in place right now. 2015 is optimistic, I am thinking more like 2016

December 13, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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I am giving Theo a couple more years, as he has shed huge boneheaded salaries, and is getting his pieces in place right now. 2015 is optimistic, I am thinking more like 2016

Whoa, he shed guys, not salaries. Soriano makes $18 million this coming year. the Yankees pay $5 million of that and the Cubs pay $13 million ....

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December 13, 2013  01:18 PM ET

We tend to forget that the Cubs had to completely change the culture that Hendry had in place and I believe they are doing it the right way, by loading their farm system. If you look at the A's, Rays, Cardinals and a few of the other top teams in baseball, they have very deep farm systems and it gives them the ability to be winners for many years. It just doesn't happen overnight. I am a life-long Cubs fan and, yes, it's hard to be patient, but it will pay off in the long run.

December 13, 2013  03:10 PM ET
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Treading water. They've won nothing, and have three vastly superior teams in the same division. Castro sucks, and Theo has proven little.

there could be a posibility some team or both teams could benefit from this trade except,,nobody knows
who in reality are those prospects!!!!

December 13, 2013  03:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The Cubs will be the Cubs. They trade one good player to receive a prospect. when that prospect developes into a good player when it comes time to pay him a fair contract the cubs trade him. The Cubs are destined to be a bottom feeder for years to come. How the Cubs miss the Astros in NL Central

the cubs had replaced those pesky astros,after all the astros were the one's who supplied those phillies!!!!

December 13, 2013  03:15 PM ET

Cubs won't be relevant for another 4-5 years. Their farm system is barren and those that made to the bigs are... mediocre at best. They need to resist the temptation to make a splash FA signing, but to stick to philosophy of developing and stockpiling talents (pitching pitching pitching!!!)

December 13, 2013  03:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Epstein has not been the magic wand the Cubs front office though they were getting. They have little offense. Less than average starting pitching. And a shaky bullpen. Their defense is inconsistent. Other than hat the Cubs look pretty good.

should a new set of coaches/managers would help them to achieve their goals in full??

December 13, 2013  06:10 PM ET
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Cubs won't be relevant for another 4-5 years. Their farm system is barren and those that made to the bigs are... mediocre at best. They need to resist the temptation to make a splash FA signing, but to stick to philosophy of developing and stockpiling talents (pitching pitching pitching!!!)

it would be the wise thing to do except,,,the cubs can't ressist the temptation towards the lights of the free agents!!!

December 13, 2013  08:39 PM ET
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Yeah they have not done anything under Theo. But, he never claimed it would be instant. 2015 was the goal. Build up the system, dump overpayed players first (which he has done). When the youth is ready, then spend on filling the roster with the big time free agents. I admit Im getting nervous, but I try to remember to be patient.

Believe in Theo, he did it for the BoSox and started with much better talent.
Turning around a losing club with few assets is a project that takes time; 2015 is a possibility to begin becoming relevant.

 
December 13, 2013  08:46 PM ET

I thought Samardzija was a good WR for ND, but not so much a good pitcher, over 4.00 ERA for his career. Maybe a football team will come calling..

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