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The Cubs have 11 arbitration eligible players and today they have to decide which ones to tender a contract to. Those 11, and their projected salaries (Matt Swartz) are below. The service time for each player is in parentheses. Jeff…

Remember to vote for the Hall of Fame here at Obstructed View. Jacoby Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, has said that he wants Carl Crawford money for his client. Crawford, who signed with the Red Sox after the 2010 season got…

Have you always wanted to be a member of the BBWAA so you could vote for players for the Baseball Hall of Fame?  Well now you can! Well, not really, but let's pretend! We did this last year and I…

George Kottaras and Theo Epstein have a history. Acquired in 2006 for 5 starts of David Wells, Kottaras spent the first few years of his career as a top catching prospect, with great patience, moderate pop, and the ability to…

Anything happening with Samardzija? Tom Loxas reported that the Cubs and Jays might be close last weekend, but since then nothing as happened, and other sources (i.e. Julie's) say not much is happening. I don't really see much happening either. Still,…

Teams have inquired on Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija and the Blue Jays are putting together a package of young players to try and land him, a source tells Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com (on Twitter).  For his part, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos didn't…

We already have a contest trying to determine who will sign with the Cubs. I thought this one would be similarly interesting. It'll also be very simple.  I'm going to ask everyone to guess the total dollar amount (including posting fees,…

Fielder who can't field now Ranger with no range (h/t to Sam Miller for that headline) Huge trade, both in landscape and girth, as Detroit swaps Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler from the Rangers. This is a really interesting trade,…

From Jed Hoyer via David Kaplan: "We've had discussions w/Samardzija because we like him + want to keep him. We'll see where things go. We like hearing he wants to be here." — David Kaplan (@thekapman) November 16, 2013 We've…