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Ernie Banks Suffered Heart Attack

Jan 25, 2015 6:12 PM

Ernie Banks' family has announced that the Cubs Hall of Fame shortstop died after suffering a heart attack.

Banks, a two-time National League MVP who spent his entire major league career with the Cubs, died Friday at the age of 83.

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'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks Dies At Age 83

Jan 24, 2015 1:49 AM

"Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who never lost his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite years of playing on losing Cubs teams, died Friday night. He was 83.

The Cubs announced Banks' death, but did not provide a cause.

"Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time," Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs, said in a statement released by the team.

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Cubs Aren't Ready To Name Bryant Third Baseman

Jan 20, 2015 7:38 AM

The Chicago Cubs traded Luis Valbuena to the Houston Astros in the Dexter Fowler deal on Monday, creating a void at third base.

Despite an opening at the position, Jed Hoyer said the Cubs aren't ready to name prospect Kris Bryant their Opening Day starter.

Bryant was the Minor League Player of the Year in 2014.

"It's totally independent," Hoyer said. "Kris' development is independent of any move we made today. We have a number of guys who will be working at third [this spring]."

Carrie Muskat/MLB

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Cubs Acquire Dexter Fowler From Astros

Jan 19, 2015 11:55 AM

The Chicago Cubs have acquired Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros in exchange for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-handerDan Straily.

The move gives Houston a new third baseman and rotation insurance.

Chicago had reportedly been looking to add another outfielder.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

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Joe Maddon Receives Warm Welcome From Cubs Fans

Jan 17, 2015 10:36 PM

Joe Maddon was the man of the moment Saturday, and the reception for Cubs' new manager was every bit as warm as it was loud.

Maddon is quite popular around town these days, particularly on the North Side. After all, many believe the long-suffering franchise is poised for bigger things and he's just the guy to lead them there.

''Bring on the expectations,'' he said.

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Wrigley Field Bleachers Won't Open Until May

Jan 17, 2015 10:29 PM

Visiting teams won't have their home runs thrown back onto Wrigley Field until May 11, at least, as the Cubs announced the stadium's famous bleachers won't be open for the first month of the 2015 season.

The target date is May 11 for the left field bleachers and late May for the right field bleachers, Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said at the team's convention Saturday.

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Lester Not In Favor Of Using Pitch Clock

Jan 17, 2015 2:06 PM

New Cubs left-hander Jon Lester is not in favor of a pitch clock in order to speed up games, according to an report.

MLB will experiment with a clock at Double-A and Triple-A this season after testing it at the Arizona Fall League last year. It won't be in the majors in 2015, but could make its way there in the coming years -- something Lester firmly opposes.

"If you [use a pitch clock] you take the beauty out of the game," he said Friday night at the Cubs' fans convention. "There's such a cat-and-mouse game as far as messing up hitters' timing, messing up pitchers' timing. Different things that fans and people that have never played this game don't understand. I feel like if you do add a clock it just takes all the beauty away from the game. I think you're going down a path you don't want to go down."

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Rizzo: Cubs Will Win NL Central

Jan 16, 2015 7:52 AM

Anthony Rizzo is setting the bar high for the Chicago Cubs this season.

At the end of last season Rizzo predicted the Cubs would make the playoffs, he's added a potential World Series to the mix.

"It's [winning the NL Central] going to happen this year," Rizzo said. "It's what we're going to do. We're going to play and we're going to win the NL Central, you can quote me on that. We should be the team, with all due respect to every other team, we're going to do some things this year. That's what we're going to put our sights on and we're not going to accept anything else.

"It [winning the World Series] will be fun. Once we do, we're going to figure out how we're going to do it again. That's a long ways away. That's nine or 10 months away. Right now we're focused on the convention, then spring training, and becoming a team and going from there."

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Cubs Land Chris Denorfia

Dec 31, 2014 4:57 PM

The Chicago Cubs have reportedly reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Chris Denorfia.

Denorfia, 34, spent parts of five seasons with the San Diego Padres, mostly serving in a platoon role in the outfield, before being traded to the Seattle Mariners last season.

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Cubs Interested In Stephen Drew

Dec 29, 2014 5:01 PM

The Chicago Cubs are among the clubs interested in signing Stephen Drew.

The 31-year-old Drew hit .162/.237/.299 in 300 plate appearances during the 2014 season.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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Starlin Castro Questioned By Police
Cubs shortstop has been questioned by the Dominican Republic police in connection with a nightclub shooting.

Report: Padres, Phillies Discussing Trade For Hamels
The Boston Globe reported last week the Padres, Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Rangers were interested in Cole Hamels.

David Ross To Sign With Cubs
It was reported earlier Friday that Ross would sign with the Padres, but he ends up with the Cubs.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Mariners Acquire Ruggiano From Cubs
Seattle will send right-hander Matt Brazis to Chicago in return.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Jason Motte Signs With Cubs
Jason Motte has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs, according to a source.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Lester's Deal Includes Record $30M Signing Bonus
Jon Lester's new deal with the Cubs calls for a MLB record $30M signing bonus.

Red Sox Wanted To Discuss Lester Deal More In Spring
The Red Sox made Lester an offer of $70 million over four years, which has been reported multiple times. Cherington wishes Boston had a chance to improve that offer, which he felt was a starting point

Jason Mastrodonato/Mass Live

Vegas Now Lists Cubs With 12-1 Odds To Win World Series
Las Vegas likes the Cubs much better now that Jon Lester is in the mix.

David Purdum/ESPN

Boston's Final Offer To Lester Was $135M Without Vesting Option
Jon Lester will receive $155 million over six years with the Cubs as well as a vesting option for a seventh season.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Jon Lester To Sign With Cubs On Six-Year, $155M Deal
Jon Lester also considered the Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers.

Ken Rosenthal/Fox Sports

Report: Lester Decision 'Nearing Finish Line'
Jon Lester is expected to have all his final offers on the table soon, possibly by the conclusion of Tuesday night.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Cubs Get Montero From Diamondbacks For Two Pitchers
Chicago sent right-handed pitchers Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley to the Diamondbacks.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Cubs Nearing Deal For Miguel Montero
A trade could be completed by the end of Tuesday.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Cubs, Diamondbacks Discussing Montero Trade
The Cubs are looking for a veteran catcher after missing out on Russell Martin.


Sources: Lester's Pick Slowed By Negotiations
Jon Lester has multiple offers of at least $150 million over six years, which has slowed down his ultimate choice because of having to deal with negotiations with those teams, according to sources.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Jon Lester Expected To Choose Between Cubs, Giants
Jon Lester has also been considering the Red Sox and Dodgers.

Ken Rosenthal/Fox Sports

Source: Hammel Will Return To Cubs
Jason Hammel, 32, will get a two-year deal for $18 million with a club option for a third season and a $2 million buyout.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Won't Trade Starlin Castro
A few teams have asked, but the Cubs aren't making Starlin Castro available via trade.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Giants Continue Focus On Lester, Possibly Headley
The Giants continue to have interest in free-agents Jon Lester and Chase Headley.

San Jose Mercury News

Martinez Joins Maddon On Chicago's Staff
Dave Martinez, who was Joe Maddon's bench coach with the Rays, will fill the same role with the Cubs.

Jesse Martinez/ESPN