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Cubs Could Sign Jake Arrieta To Long-Term Deal

Feb 8, 2016 7:29 AM

The Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year, $10.7 million contract with Jake Arrieta, but a long-term deal may make sense for both sides as the 2016 season approaches.

Arrieta will not be a free agent for two more seasons.

Bruce Levine of CBS Sports projects that Arrieta could sign a four-year deal worth in the range of $85 to $90 million with two club options that could add another $50 million to the right-hander's haul.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Report: Cubs, Arrieta Agree To One-Year, $10.7M Deal

Feb 6, 2016 3:57 AM

Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has agreed to a $10.7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major league service, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Friday night.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Cubs, White Sox Continue To Monitor Dexter Fowler

Jan 28, 2016 9:29 AM

Dexter Fowler is still a free agent as spring training fast approaches.

Fowler, who will turn 30 in March, had one of his best seasons in 2015.

He will most likely have to settle for a one- or two-year deal and the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox continue to keep tabs on him.

"The Cubs are still the most likely landing spot for Fowler," a baseball executive said. "He should have taken the Cubs' qualifying offer and moved into the free agent class of 2017."

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Working To Find Right Fit For Kyle Schwarber

Jan 26, 2016 4:40 PM

The Chicago Cubs aren't exactly sure where Kyle Schwarber will play this coming season, but the 2014 first-round pick is open to any position.

Schwarber, who played in the outfield and even had a brief appearance at third base, would prefer to catch.

"Everyone has a different opinion on where they think he should be, for whatever reason," coach Mike Borzello said. "Selfishly, I think he's capable of being the leader of this team at some point. I think he has that kind of makeup. I think he has that kind of personality. He cares about the right things.

"I know I'm a catcher, but I feel this is the best position for the leader to be," Borzello said. "That's why I think him being behind the plate would be the best thing. But we'll see how it all plays out."

Schwarber made 36 starts in left and 15 behind the plate in 2015.

"He's going to be a left fielder/catcher," Borzello said. "I still need him to continue to work as if he's going to be an everyday catcher, because when you sporadically play behind the plate, you kind of lose that rhythm unless you continue to work."

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Austin Jackson Being Pursued By Angels, Brewers, Cubs, Rangers

Jan 22, 2016 9:04 AM

The Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers are among the teams that have at least some level of interest in Austin Jackson, according to a report.

The Cubs could bring Jackson back "for the right price."

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Cubs, Jake Arrieta Remain $5.5M Apart

Jan 16, 2016 2:45 AM

The Cubs and 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta are $5.5 million apart on a contract, but the sides believe a deal will get done before an arbitration hearing.

The sides exchanged salary figures Friday after the Cubs to terms with six other arbitration-eligible players.

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Theo Epstein, Cubs Aren't Close To Extension

Jan 14, 2016 10:03 AM

The Chicago Cubs aren't close to signing Theo Epstein to a new contract.

Epstein is entering the final year of his five-year, $18.5 million deal.

"We talk all the time, and it comes up," Tom Ricketts said. 

Epstein has repeatedly said that he isn't concerned about his future.

"It's just a matter of time," Ricketts said.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Fernando Rodney In 'Active Talks' With Four Teams

Jan 7, 2016 7:31 AM

Fernando Rodney is in "active talks" with multiple teams and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres are all in the mix.

Rodney struggled with the Seattle Mariners in 2015, but turned things around following a trade to the Cubs.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Epstein Stresses Jorge Soler's Value To Cubs

Dec 21, 2015 7:12 AM

The Chicago Cubs expect Jorge Soler to be their starting right fielder next April.

Theo Epstein admitted that there has been trade interest in Soler, but stressed his value to the franchise.

Soler, 23, has been linked to the Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays and San Diego Padres for several months.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Matheny Disagrees With Heyward's Aging Comments

Dec 20, 2015 12:41 PM

Mike Matheny took exception to recent comments from Jason Heyward, who cited the Cardinals' aging core as one of the reasons he signed with the up-and-coming Cubs rather than staying in St. Louis.

Matheny, who has managed the Cardinals to a 100-win season in 2015, said the comments are not "going to ring too well with our club."

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Heyward Has Two Opt-Outs In Cubs' Contract
Jason Heyward agreed to an eight-year, $184 million deal with the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Jason Heyward Agrees To Eight-Year, $184M Deal With Cubs
The Cardinals and Nationals also pursued Jason Heyward.


Nationals Emerge As Suitor For Jason Heyward
The Cubs and Cardinals also had been known to be in the hunt for the outfielder.


Ben Zobrist Signs Four-Year, $56M Deal With Cubs
It was rumored on Tuesday evening that Ben Zobrist was deciding between the Cubs and Mets.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Yankees Acquire Starlin Castro From Cubs
The Cubs will receive Adam Warren, Brendan Ryan and possibly a player to be named later in the deal.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Cubs, Diamondbacks No Longer Targeting Shelby Miller
The Braves have been discussing Shelby Miller in trades, but the Cubs and Diamondbacks are no longer in the mix for the young pitcher.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Bryant Filed Service-Time Grievance Against Cubs
The dispute stems from Chicago's insistence that Kris Bryant needed more experience in the minor leagues and keeping him there, thus preventing him from being eligible for free agency after the 2020

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs, Trevor Cahill Agree On One-Year, $4.25M Deal
The Cubs have agreed to a one-year, $4.25 million deal with Trevor Cahill.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Cubs, Rays Discussing Javier Baez Trade
Javier Baez, 23, has played parts of the last two seasons with Chicago after beginning in the Minor Leagues.

Marc Topkin/Tampa Bay Times

John Lackey Agrees To Two-Year, $32M Deal With Cubs
The Cubs have agreed to terms with John Lackey on a two-year contract worth $32 million, according to multiple sources.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Showing Interest In John Lackey
The two sides are believed to be discussing both two- and three-year contracts.

Tim Brown/Yahoo! Sports

No Indications Cubs In On Johnny Cueto, Zack Greinke
David Price appears to be the lone significant pitching target for Chicago this offseason.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Acquire Rex Brothers From Rockies
The Cubs have acquired Rex Brothers from the Rockies in exchange for left-hander Wander Cabrera.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Yankees Considering Starlin Castro For Infield
The Yankees reportedly aren't interested in trading Brett Gardner for Castro, but are still looking at a trade for him at a lower price.

Mark Feinsand/New York Daily News

Braves, Cubs Have Discussed Trade Centered Around Pitching
Options appear to include Shelby Miller and/or Julio Teheran.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Arrieta Admits To Arm Fatigue During Postseason
Jake Arrieta admitted that he was dealing with arm fatigue as the Chicago Cubs attempted to end their World Series drought this fall.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Keeping Tabs On Jeff Samardzija
Jeff Samardzija and Theo Epstein were "hanging together" on Wednesday night, according to a report.

Phil Rogers/MLB

Arrieta Edges Out Greinke, Kershaw For NL Cy Young Honors
Jake Arrieta went 14-1 with a 0.75 ERA over the final three months, the lowest second-half ERA in history for a starting pitcher (minimum 12 starts).

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Maddon Wins Third Manager Of The Year Award
Joe Maddon won his third Manager of the Year Award on Tuesday after guiding the Cubs to a 97-65 record and a berth in the NLCS.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Kris Bryant Named NL's Top Rookie
Kris Bryant was a unanimous pick for National League Rookie of the Year after he hit .275 with 26 home runs and 99 RBIs to go with a .369 on-base percentage for the Cubs.


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