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Cubs Acquire Rex Brothers From Rockies

Nov 25, 2015 4:38 PM

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

Brothers, who turns 28 next month, split last season between the Rockies and Triple-A Albuquerque, going 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA in 17 Major League relief appearances.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Yankees Considering Starlin Castro For Infield

Nov 20, 2015 4:40 PM

The New York Yankees have been evaluating their infield and view Starlin Castro as a potential option.

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.

The Cubs have several middle infielders and a potential Castro trade has been rumored for nearly a year.

Mark Feinsand/New York Daily News

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

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Braves, Cubs Have Discussed Trade Centered Around Pitching

Nov 20, 2015 4:31 PM

The Chicago Cubs have discussed a possible trade with the Atlanta Braves centered around the latter's young, controllable pitching.

Options appear to include Shelby Miller and/or Julio Teheran.

Ken Rosenthal writes that the Cubs are "doing background work" on somewhere around a dozen rotation options.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Arrieta Admits To Arm Fatigue During Postseason

Nov 19, 2015 5:01 PM

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

Arrieta was named the National League Cy Young winner on Wednesday. He threw nearly 250 innings in 2015.

"I think that throwing that many innings this year after not being over, I'm not sure the total, about 170-180 ... you can train and you can prepare and you be in top physical condition but without having a workload like that under your belt it's natural for your body to wear down or let you know, 'Hey, we're getting into an area we haven't been before,'" Arrieta said on a conference call.

"The fatigue did set in. I'll be the first to tell you."

Arrieta threw 229 innings in the regular season which was 73 more than he ever had thrown. He added 19.2 more in the postseason.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Keeping Tabs On Jeff Samardzija

Nov 19, 2015 8:43 AM

The Chicago Cubs are looking to add a starting pitcher this offseason and are keeping tabs on Jeff Samardzija.

Samardzija and Theo Epstein were "hanging together" on Wednesday night, according to a report.

Phil Rogers/MLB

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

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Arrieta Edges Out Greinke, Kershaw For NL Cy Young Honors

Nov 18, 2015 8:13 PM

Jake Arrieta won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday after going 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA in 2015.

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).

The right-hander got 17 first-place votes for 169 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Zack Greinke drew 10 first-place votes and had 147 points. Clayton Kershaw had the other three firsts and 101 points.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Maddon Wins Third Manager Of The Year Award

Nov 18, 2015 7:35 AM

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

Maddon, who also won the award in the American League with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 and 2011, got 18 first-place votes, for 124 points.

The St. Louis Cardinals' Mike Matheny came in second, with nine first-place votes and 87 points, followed by Terry Collins of the New York Mets, who was listed atop three ballots and had 49 points.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Kris Bryant Named NL's Top Rookie

Nov 17, 2015 7:10 AM

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 Chicago Cubs.

The 23-year-old tied for the Major League home run lead among first-year players while leading all full-time NL rookies in OBP, slugging and OPS.

Bryant received all 30 first-place votes, for a total of 150 points, from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Monday.

The San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy was second, with 70 points, and Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang third, with 28 points.


Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Sources: Cubs To Explore Interest In Baez, Soler

Nov 16, 2015 9:18 AM

The Chicago Cubs will at least explore the trade interest they have received for Javier Baez and Jorge Soler, according to sources.

The Cubs aren't willing to move Kris Bryant, Addison Russell or Kyle Schwarber.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cubs Raise Season Ticket Prices

Nov 14, 2015 4:50 PM

Cubs fans partied all season and into October as their team won its first playoff games since 2003, but the price of making it to the 2015 National League Championship Series is an average 10.4 percent price increase for 2016 season tickets.

According to the formula from Team Marketing Report's proprietary Fan Cost Index and information provided by the Cubs, the average season ticket will be $49.75 in 2016. The average season ticket was a little less than $45 last season. If you throw in the club box infield and outfield sections, which are considered premium seating and excluded from the TMR survey, the average 2016 Cubs season ticket is $55.09.

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Cubs, Mariners, Royals Interested In Jackie Bradley
Amid reports that Dave Dombrowski could break up the young outfield of the Red Sox, the Cubs, Mariners and Royals have shown interest in Jackie Bradley, Jr.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Boras Plans To Discuss Arrieta's Future With Cubs
Scott Boras discussed a potential contract extension between the Cubs on Jake Arrieta while meeting with reporters on Wednesday.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Haven't Discussed Trading Miguel Montero
Miguel Montero is signed for two more seasons but the Cubs have Kyle Schwarber and prospect Willson Contreras waiting in the wings.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Price Primed For $200 Million Contract, Blue Jays Won't Be In Play
David Price is expected to receive a contract of around seven years and north of $200 million this offseason as perhaps the most coveted free agent on the market.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Alex Gordon Likely To Opt For Free Agency
The Cubs, White Sox, Orioles and Astros are among teams rumored to have interest in Alex Gordon.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Cubs Have No Plans To Trade Kyle Schwarber
The Cubs have said they'll look to add pitching this offseason, which means a position player or two could be moved from the current roster.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Will Look To Add 'Impact Pitching'
Theo Epstein addressed the media on Thursday, less than 24 hours after the Mets swept the Cubs in the NLCS.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

NLCS Ratings Highest Since 2010
The National League Championship Series had its largest television audience since 2010 despite lasting just four games.

Associated Press

Reds Could Sell Off Talent To Rebuild With Top Picks
The plan would be to go for a bottom-out rebuild in the style of the Cubs and Astros.

Buster Olney/ESPN

'Rookie Of The Year' Actor Trying To Bring Cubs Good Luck
Thomas Ian Nicholas, who played Henry Rowengartner, the rocket-armed 12-year-old who lifted the Cubs to a World Series championship in the 1993 film "Rookie of the Year," will be in attendance at Wr

Arash Markazi/ESPN

Cubs Name Jason Hammel Starter For Game 4
Jason Hammel lasted just three innings in a playoff start against the Cardinals on Oct. 13.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Duda May Not Start For Mets In Game 3
Terry Collins suggested Monday afternoon that he isn't sure if Lucas Duda will be in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Maddon Plays Rocky Theme For Cubs Amid 0-2 Hole
After the Cubs lost the first two games of the NLCS against the Mets at Citi Field over the weekend, Joe Maddon used the theme music from the film Rocky to inspire his players.

Joey Nowak/MLB

Mets Monitoring Swelling In Matt Harvey's Right Triceps
Matt Harvey is scheduled to start Game 5 of the NLCS, but the Mets are wary of swelling in the right-hander's triceps.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Matt Harvey On Track For Game 5 Start
Matt Harvey is on track to start Game 5 of the NLCS after showing no lingering effects from the liner he took off his right shoulder on Saturday night.

Barry M. Bloom/MLB

Jake Arrieta's Velocity Dips During Game 2 Start
On fire during the second half of the regular season, Jake Arrieta turned in his second consecutive subpar outing in Game 2 of the NLDS on Sunday night.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs To Start Kyle Hendricks In Game 3
The Cubs will likely pitch Jason Hammel in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Mets To Start Noah Syndergaard In Game 2
Mets manager Terry Collins had thought Noah Syndergaard might need some extra rest but has decided to go with the right-hander in Game 2.

Cubs, Mets Were Never Close To Hitting-For-Pitching Trade
They have seemed like a good match for a trade in recent years, but Sandy Alderson says the Mets and Cubs have never been close to a hitting-for-pitching trade.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Resale Prices For NLCS Tickets Increasing Steadily
The Mets will host the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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