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Cubs interested in Kuroda?

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Cubs interested in Kuroda?

Now that the Dodgers are out of the running for Hiroki Kuroda, the talk is about Theo Eptsein being interested in the Japanese right-hander.

Epstein tried to deal for Kuroda at the July trade deadline while he was with the Red Sox and he isn't expected to return to the Dodgers since they signed Chris Capuano Friday. He may decide to return to Japan, but what about the Cubs?

Kuroda lost 16 games for the Dodgers last season but posted a 3.07 ERA in 32 starts. He struck out 161 batters and gave up 49 walks over 202 total innings. Do you think Epstein should pursue Kuroda?

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.