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Extension Talks Between Cubs, Theo Epstein Are 'Status Quo'

May 3, 2016 8:08 AM

Theo Epstein, who is not under contract with the Chicago Cubs past this season, says contract extension talks with ownership are "status quo."

It doesn't appear as though there have been any snags in talks, but rather the two sides need to make time for serious negotiations.

Tom Ricketts said during spring training he expects to make Epstein the highest-paid team baseball executive in the game.

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Kris Bryant To Have MRI On Right Ankle

Apr 29, 2016 8:11 AM

Kris Bryant will have a precautionary MRI on his right ankle after he rolled it as he rounded the bases on Thursday as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs labeled the injury as a mild sprain.

"I don't know," Joe Maddon said when asked if Bryant will miss time. "I honestly don't know. You saw him jog off the field. I don't want to create conjecture. Let's see what happens with the test."

Bryant, 24, is hitting .289/.372/.506 with four home runs and 15 RBI this season.

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Jake Arrieta Flattered By Accusations Of PED Use

Apr 27, 2016 7:56 AM

Jake Arrieta says it's "flattering" that some in the game are questioning whether he has used performance-enhancing drugs to achieve his status among the elite pitchers.

"It's somewhat flattering, especially when some of those comments are coming from some of the best players in the game," said Arrieta, the reigning National League Cy Young winner.

Arrieta wouldn't name names but said his teammates have told him other players have wondered whether he is cheating the system. Arrieta is 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA this season.

"I think it's funny," he said. "I've always been in good shape. I just sucked early in my career from a statistical perspective. My body has always been very similar to how it is now. The results are different, so people want to question things. That's the nature of sports."

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Fan Joins Cubs On Field To Celebrate Arrieta's No-Hitter

Apr 22, 2016 2:56 PM

A fan joined the Chicago Cubs on the field to celebrate Jake Arrieta's no-hitter on Thursday night in Cincinnati.

The Cubs beat the Reds 16-0 behind Arrieta.

It was Arrieta's second no-hitter in his last 11 regular season starts.

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Jake Arrieta Throws No-Hitter Against Reds

Apr 22, 2016 8:29 AM

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cincinnati Reds 16-0 on Thursday night as Jake Arrieta tossed his second career no-hitter.

"I envisioned pitching like this even when I had a 5 [ERA] in Baltimore," Arrieta said after the game. "Regardless of how long it took or what I had to go through to get there."

Arrieta is 4-0 in four starts this season with a 0.87 ERA. He didn't even have his best stuff against Cincinnati.

"He was definitely off," David Ross said. "He was probably off for the first four or five innings."

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Cardinals Looking Into Policy After Cubs T-Shirt Flap

Apr 21, 2016 8:17 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals intend to re-evaluate their "long-standing policy" of disallowing shirts with the word "suck" on them after a controversy this week at Busch Stadium, according to the club's head of security.

"It's not targeted at any one shirt," Cardinals spokesman Ron Watermon told ESPN.com. "We should have a new policy in place by next homestand."

A number of Chicago Cubs fans reported running into trouble at Busch Stadium when wearing manager Joe Maddon's "Try Not To Suck" T-shirts during the three-game series between the clubs this week.

The genesis of the shirt came last year when Maddon jokingly told call-up Javier Baez "try not to suck" when advising him on his role with the big league club.

The phrase caught on, the shirt was mass produced, and sales benefit Maddon's foundation, Respect 90, which supports athletics for kids in inner-city Chicago. The Cubs have adopted the simple mantra "Try Not To Suck" for the season.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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Kyle Schwarber To Have Surgery This Week

Apr 19, 2016 7:34 AM

Kyle Schwarber is set to have surgery on his injured left knee this week.

The Chicago Cubs already expect him to miss the season with ACL and LCL tears, but an exact recovery timeline remains uncertain.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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Jason Heyward Says He Left Cardinals For Chicago's Locked-Up Core

Apr 19, 2016 7:26 AM

Visiting Busch Stadium for the first time since he left the St. Louis Cardinals to sign with the Chicago Cubs, Jason Heyward was careful to clarify some of his December comments, which he thinks were misconstrued.

Heyward said at his introductory news conference he would "rather grow up with a bunch of guys and make them family and be able to cherish that without feeling like I had to restart."

Mike Matheny was among those that took exception to what as perceived as a shot at the Cardinals' aging core.

Heyward said Monday that he wasn't talking about the players' ages -- he was talking about their contracts.

If the Cardinals decline Matt Holliday's $17 million option for next season, he could be a free agent in November. Adam Wainwright is signed through 2018. Yadier Molina is signed through 2017 with an option for 2018.

"In Atlanta my first three years, I felt like we had a special group, some guys who did some special things in this game and are still doing special things in this game. Some guys have moved on," Heyward said. "It was kind of a heart-breaking experience for me that the business broke us up that quickly. Dealing with the process of figuring out where I'm going to go, free agent-wise, I just felt like Chicago's going to give me a great opportunity to be with these guys for the majority of my contract."

Many Cardinals fans were hurt or angry that Heyward chose the Cubs, and many elected to boo the outfielder at the game Monday.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

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Cubs, Theo Epstein Haven't Had Extensive Talks

Apr 12, 2016 6:33 AM

The Chicago Cubs expect to agree to a contract extension with Theo Epstein at some point, but so far the talks haven't been extensive.

"We haven't talked a lot about it," Chicago's lead executive said. "The talks we have had very amicable productive, moving in the right direction."

Bruce Levine/670 The Score

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Cubs Acquire Giovanni Soto From Indians

Apr 11, 2016 4:31 PM

The Chicago Cubs have acquired Giovanni Soto from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for cash considerations.

The Indians designated Soto for assignment last week.

Chicago had space on their 40-man roster after placing Kyle Schwarber on the 60-day disabled list.

Soto, 24, was a 24th-round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2009.

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Kyle Schwarber Vows To Return 'Bigger, Faster And Stronger'
Kyle Schwarber vowed to return "bigger, faster and stronger" after he tore two ligaments in his left knee in an outfield collision with Cubs teammate Dexter Fowler on Thursday.

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Cubs Lose Schwarber For The Rest Of The Season
Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber has full tears to the ACL and LCL in his left knee.

ESPN.com

Chip Hale 'Embarrassed' After Loss To Cubs
The Diamondbacks have struggled to begin the season, including a 14-6 loss to the Cubs on Thursday night.

ESPN

Kyle Schwarber Suffers Ankle Sprain During Collision
Dexter Fowler made contact with Kyle Schwarber's legs as the two converged chasing a line drive from Jean Segura of the Diamondbacks in left-center.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs, Theo Epstein Expect New Deal 'Sometime Soon'
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein have both said recently that a new deal for the club's top executive is getting closer.

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Cubs To Sign Jake Buchanan
Jake Buchanan was released by the Astros earlier Thursday.

Evan Drellich/Houston Chronicle

Cubs Release Shane Victorino, Re-Sign Him To Minors Deal
The Cubs released Shane Victorino, Munenori Kawasaki and Manny Parra on Tuesday, and then re-signed all three to Minor League contracts.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Jeff Samardzija Spoke With Cubs About Possible Reunion
Jeff Samardzija, who signed a five-year, $90 million deal with the Giants, met with Theo Epstein in Chicago early in the offseason about a possible reunion with the Cubs.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Game Delayed When Jason Heyward Swarmed, Stung By Bees
Jason Heyward was surrounded by a swarm of bees and stung multiple times during the top of the third inning at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona.

ESPN

Jake Arrieta Will Start Cubs' Opener
Cubs starting pitcher Jake Arrieta had left his last spring outing with a blister on his right thumb.

ESPN.com

Shane Victorino Won't Make Cubs' Roster, Mulling Rehab Offer
Joe Maddon announced on Thursday that Shane Victorino won't be on the Cubs' Opening Day roster.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Madison Bumgarner, Jason Heyward Exchange Words
Madison Bumgarner thought Jason Heyward and Dexter Fowler were stealing signs during the spring game between the Giants and Cubs.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Jake Arrieta Leaves With Blister, Says He'll Be Ready For Opener
Jake Arrieta says he'll be ready for Opening Day on April 4 despite leaving Thursday's spring start against the Giants in the first inning with a blister on his thumb.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs May Make Kyle Schwarber Personal Catcher For Jason Hammel
The Cubs want Kyle Schwarber's left-handed bat in the lineup regularly and making him Jason Hammel's personal catcher is one way to accomplish that.

Patrick Mooney/CSN Chicago

Lester Has Been Pitching With Bone Chip For Years
The Cubs knew about Jon Lester's bone chip in his pitching elbow when they signed him.

ESPN.com

Cubs Want Jason Heyward To Get Work In Center Field
Over his Major League career, Jason Heyward has played 774 of his 835 games in right field.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Jason Heyward Gave Addison Russell Gifts For No. 22
Addison Russell will now wear No. 27 for the Cubs.

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Cubs Wouldn't Go Past Five Years In Talks With Jake Arrieta
When the Cubs discussed a potential long-term deal with Jake Arrieta this offseason the length of the deal was the main sticking point.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Jake Arrieta Seeking At Least Six-Year Deal From Cubs
Jake Arrieta has discussed a long-term deal with the Cubs and is looking for at least a six- to seven-year deal to remain with the club, according to the pitcher.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Briefly Explored 'Mega Extension' For Jake Arrieta
The Cubs briefly explored a "mega extension" for Jake Arrieta this offseason, but the two sides didn't agree on the length of a new contract, according to a report.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports