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Cubs Expected To Pursue Ben Zobrist

May 29, 2015 8:56 PM

The Chicago Cubs are expected to pursue a trade with the Oakland Athletics for Ben Zobrist this summer.

Zobrist recently returned to action after undergoing knee surgery.

The 34-year-old has a reputation as a utility player with plus-defensive skills at multiple positions.

Zobrist is under contract for $7.5 million this season. He'll be a free agent this coming fall.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Jon Lester Remains Hitless In Major League Career

May 28, 2015 2:17 PM

After going 0-for-2 against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, Jon Lester is now 0-for-59 at the plate during his Major League career.

Lester, who came to the National League this past offseason when he signed with the Chicago Cubs, is 0-for-23 with 15 strikeouts this season. He had been 0-for-36 with the Boston Red Sox and a half-season with the Oakland Athletics.

The left-hander has the most hitless at-bats of any player in history and the most at the start of a career, surpassing the 0-for-57 start for former San Diego Padres pitcher Joey Hamilton.

Bob Buhl went 0-for-70 over the course of an entire season for the Atlanta Braves and Cubs in 1962.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Oakland Athletics, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Cubs Plan To Keep Kyle Schwarber At Catcher

May 26, 2015 8:45 AM

The Chicago Cubs haven't ruled out promoting Kyle Schwarber this season.

They selected Schwarber in the first round of last June's Major League Baseball draft.

There has been talk of moving Schwarber into the outfielder from catcher, but Jaron Madison, Chicago's director of player development, says the plan is to keep him at his primary position for now.

"Yeah. With all the work he's done in the offseason and spring training and big league camp, and going into this year and what he's done so far this year, we're more certain than ever that he's going to stay behind the plate long-term," Madison said, "We're committed to that right now."

Tommy Birch/Des Moines Register

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Joe Maddon Upset Over Memorial Day Schedule

May 26, 2015 8:23 AM

Joe Maddon wasn't happy the Chicago Cubs played an early-afternoon game on Memorial Day after playing a day game in Phoenix on Sunday and then traveling through "two time zones" to get home.

"I don't understand why [the] Memorial game has to be played during the day," Maddon said Monday before taking on the Washington Nationals in a 1:20 p.m. CT start. "There's fireworks and stuff [you can do at night]."

The Cubs play more day games than any team in the majors, though over the years the number of night games on their schedule has increased.

"Quite frankly to play a day game two time zones away then come back [to] another one the next day ... it's tough," Maddon said. "It's not easy, but we're not going to make excuses."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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Welington Castillo Was 'Shocked' By Trade

May 21, 2015 6:55 AM

Welington Castillo was surprised when the Chicago Cubs traded him to the Seattle Mariners earlier this week.

"I was shocked," he said. "I wasn't expecting it. Now I'm here. It was a long day [Tuesday]. Now I'm here and ready to go. I'm really excited to be here."

Castillo spent his entire career with the Cubs, signing as a non-draft free agent in 2004.

"It's a little weird, but it feels good to be here," he said. "It's good ... and the right place to be to win games, and that's all that matters."

Castillo is expected to get his first start for the Mariners on Thursday afternoon.

Ryan Divish/Seattle Times

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Mariners Acquire Welington Castillo From Cubs

May 19, 2015 12:48 PM

The Chicago Cubs have traded Welington Castillo to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for reliever Yoervis Medina.

Castillo, 28, has played his entire six-year career for Chicago after the catcher was signed as an amateur free agent in 2004.

Medina, 26, who had a 3.00 ERA and one save in 12 games for the Mariners this season, will report to Triple-A Iowa.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Cubs, Mets Discussed Russell, Syndergaard Trade

May 12, 2015 4:33 PM

The New York Mets and Chicago Cubs have said that they won't trade Noah Syndergaard and Addison Russell, respectively, but the two clubs discussed a trade during the offseason.

According to sources, the Mets asked the Cubs about Russell multiple times, knowing with certainty that Syndergaard would have to be included in such a deal.

Chicago wants to hold onto Russell, so talks never got serious.

John Harper/New York Daily News

Tags: Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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New Bleachers Open At Wrigley Field For deGrom-Lester

May 11, 2015 3:34 PM

For the first time this season, new sections of bleachers will be open at Wrigley Field when the Chicago Cubs host the New York Mets on Monday night.

Jon Lester will face off against Jacob deGrom.

The renovated left- and center-field bleacher sections will debut. The right-field bleachers are scheduled to open in June.

Michael Radano/MLB

Tags: Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Struggling Defensively, Among Worst In NL

May 11, 2015 3:15 PM

The Chicago Cubs entered the week at 15-15, but have struggled defensively.

The Cubs have the worst fielding percentage in the National League and the second-worst in baseball.

Chicago has made 27 errors in 30 games. They've turned the fewest double plays in the NL and rank 25th in the Major Leagues in terms of defensive efficiency.

"I think the defense has been good," Joe Maddon said. "We've made some errors but if you look at us getting to baseballs we do a really good job."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

Keith Law/ESPN

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Scout: Javier Baez 'Needs A Change Of Scenery'
The Cubs have a number of top-level prospects and some believe that Javier Baez is getting lost in the shuffle.

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Maddon Calls Umpire's Strike Zone 'Egregiously Bad'
Joe Maddon let D.J. Reyburn know his thoughts on the field before being ejected in the sixth inning and continued his criticism after the game.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Place Chris Denorfia On DL
The Cubs will place Chris Denorfia on the disabled list after he left Monday night's game with a pulled hamstring.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

Sources: Cubs Have Touched Base With Phillies On Hamels
Chicago is winning, which may make them more aggressive on the trade market as the midseason approaches.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

MLB Finds Cubs Didn't Tamper With Maddon
Major League Baseball has concluded its investigation into whether or not the Cubs tampering with Joe Maddon when hiring him this offseason.

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Reds on Wednesda

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Cubs Giving Kris Bryant Time In Center
Kris Bryant started in center on Thursday after subbing for Dexter Fowler, who is dealing with a right groin injury, a day earlier.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Addison Russell Goes Hitless In Debut
The infielder went 0-for-5, but the Cubs came from behind to beat the Pirates 9-8.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Source: Cubs To Promote Addison Russell
He has primarily been a shortstop but moved over to second base recently in preparation for a promotion to the Major Leagues.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Fan 'Alert' After Being Struck By Foul Ball At PNC Park
Monday night's game between the Cubs and Pirates at PNC Park was delayed 23 minutes when a fan was hit by a foul ball.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Lester Tosses Glove To First To Get Out
Jon Lester, who has famously had issues throwing to first base, solved his issues by tossing his entire glove to get an out.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Cubs Outlast Padres; Bryant Plays Like Top Prospect
Kris Bryant was 2-for-3, with a pair of singles and three walks on Saturday.

Kris Bryant Not Discouraged With Debut
Cubs prospect Kris Bryant struck out in his first three at-bats against James Shields on Friday at Wrigley Field.

Kris Bryant Ready To Make An Impact In Chicago
The Cubs delayed his Major League debut a few weeks to delay his service time and ensure another season of club control.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Cubs Used Team Approach To Draft Bryant
The Cubs went against conventional wisdom when they drafted Kris Bryant in 2013.

Phil Rogers/MLB

Cubs Still Being Investigating For Tampering With Maddon
Major League Baseball is still investigating whether the Cubs tampered with Joe Maddon when they hired him away from the Rays nearly six months ago.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

Lester Makes Pickoff Throw For First Time In Two Years
Jon Lester's throw to first on Monday night was errant, suggesting teams may test him more often and that he had a reason not to throw anywhere but home plate over the last two years.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Six MLB Pitchers Wearing 'Dome' Insert
White Sox pitcher Hector Noesi has used a Kevlar padding insert in caps this season or in spring training.

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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