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David Ross To Sign With Cubs

Dec 19, 2014 7:52 PM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to sign David Ross to a two-year, $5 million deal.

It was reported earlier Friday that Ross would sign with the San Diego Padres, but he ends up with the Cubs.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Mariners Acquire Ruggiano From Cubs

Dec 17, 2014 3:51 PM

The Seattle Mariners have acquired Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs.

Seattle will send right-hander Matt Brazis to Chicago in return.

Ruggiano is expected to make more than $2 million in arbitration.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

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

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Jason Motte Signs With Cubs

Dec 16, 2014 7:21 AM

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

Motte has spent his entire Major League career with the St. Louis Cardinals. He had a 4.68 ERA in 29 appearances this past season.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Lester's Deal Includes Record $30M Signing Bonus

Dec 15, 2014 1:52 AM

Jon Lester set MLB records for largest signing bonus and biggest upfront payment with his $155M, six-year deal with the Cubs, according to an report.

The pitcher's contract calls for a $30M signing bonus, of which $15M is due by April 1, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press on Sunday.

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

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Red Sox Wanted To Discuss Lester Deal More In Spring

Dec 10, 2014 7:08 PM

Ben Cherington says he wishes the Boston Red Sox had some time with negotiate with Jon Lester prior to the 2014 season.

Lester agreed to a deal with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. He became a free agent this offseason after the Red Sox dealt him to the Oakland Athletics in July.

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.

"Back at the beginning of this process, we made a commitment with (Lester's agent Seth Levinson) and Jon to not talk about the details of the conversations publicly and we've honored that," Cherington said. "So I'm not going to stop honoring that now.

"The problem when pieces of conversations or pieces of information get put out without the whole context of what's going on, it can sort of shape the public narrative. All I can say is that we had a lot of conversations prior to making an offer. I think there was a decent understanding on both sides of where, back in spring training, and during the season, of where the range of both sides were looking. We felt that we could enter into a conversation, and we could start a conversation and that’s the only way you get to a deal, is to start a conversation. We just weren't able to have the kind of dialogue back in the spring, or during the season, that we wanted to.

"As I've said before, can we learn things from what happened? Sure. Always can. But right now, once you get into free agency, it becomes a different animal. We understand that. Simply put, the Cubs offered more than we did and he made a choice and we respect it and wish him nothing but the best. We go back to focusing on putting our team together and we feel really good about where we are."

Jason Mastrodonato/Mass Live

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Vegas Now Lists Cubs With 12-1 Odds To Win World Series

Dec 10, 2014 10:59 AM

Las Vegas likes the Chicago Cubs much better now that Jon Lester is in the mix.

At 12-1 odds, the Cubs have moved into the top tier of favorites in Las Vegas to win the 2015 World Series.

The Cubs began the offseason at 40-1 to win the World Series at the Westgate SuperBook, but have seen their odds steadily increase over the last month with the addition of manager Joe Maddon. They were at 18-1 to begin the week at the SuperBook.

The Cubs haven't won the World Series since 1908.

David Purdum/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Boston's Final Offer To Lester Was $135M Without Vesting Option

Dec 10, 2014 7:52 AM

Jon Lester agreed to terms with the Chicago Cubs late Tuesday night, turning down a chance to return to the Boston Red Sox.

Lester will receive $155 million over six years from the Cubs as well as a vesting option for a seventh season.

Boston's final offer was for six years and $135 million and it did not include a vesting option, according to a report.

The Red Sox originally offered the left-hander a four-year, $70 million deal in March in an effort to keep him from becoming a free agent.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Jon Lester To Sign With Cubs On Six-Year, $155M Deal

Dec 10, 2014 1:23 AM

Jon Lester will sign with the Chicago Cubs on a six-year, $155 million deal, according to sources.

Lester also considered the Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Red Sox were the runners up with a six-year, $135 million bid.

The Giants were willing to offer a seven-year deal worth $168 million.

Ken Rosenthal/Fox Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Report: Lester Decision 'Nearing Finish Line'

Dec 9, 2014 7:51 PM

Jon Lester is nearing a decision on where he'll sign as a free agent.

The left-hander is "nearing the finish line," according to a source.

He is expected to have all his final offers on the table soon, possibly by the conclusion of Tuesday night.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Get Montero From Diamondbacks For Two Pitchers

Dec 9, 2014 7:42 PM

The Chicago Cubs have acquired Miguel Montero from the Diamondbacks in a trade that will send two Minor League pitchers to Arizona.

Chicago sent right-handed pitchers Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley to the Diamondbacks.

Montero, 31, is a .264 career hitter with a .763 OPS over parts of nine seasons in Arizona. He is in the middle of a five-year, $60 million contract and has $40 million owed to him over the next three seasons.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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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

Sources: Dodgers Enter Race For Lester
The Dodgers are a late entrant in the race to sign Jon Lester, according to sources.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Lester Could Decide On New Team By Week's End
There is, however, no deadline in place for the left-hander to come to terms on a deal, according to source.

Ian Browne/MLB

Wrigley Field Bleacher Renovation May Be Delayed
The Cubs may not have the bleacher renovation done by Opening Day.

Report: Cubs Offer Lester $135M Deal
Jon Lester has drawn interest from multiple teams and has an offer on the table from the Cubs.

David Kaplan/CSN Chicago

Lester Has Offer On Table From Red Sox
The Red Sox made a contract offer to Jon Lester earlier this week, according to a source.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Cubs Didn't Want To Block Schwarber By Signing Martin Long-Term
The Cubs lost in their bid to sign Russell Martin, who received a five-year, $82 million deal from the Blue Jays.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Red Sox To Meet With Lester Before Cubs
That seems to indicate that Boston met with the left-hander on Monday, but nothing has been confirmed.

Rob Bradford/WEEI

Multiple Teams Interested In Masterson
Justin Masterson is coming off a disappointing season in which injuries were an issue, but he is still drawing interest.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Jays Agree Upon Five-Year $82M Deal With Russell Martin
The Blue Jays have agreed upon a five-year deal with Russell Martin.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Cubs Appear To Be Front-Runners For Martin
Russell Martin could receive a deal in the four-year, $64 million range on the open market.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Cubs, Hammel Have Mutual Interest In Return
The Cubs were one of at least nine teams that had shown interest in Jason Hammel at the general manager meetings, according to a source.

Patrick Mooney/CSN Chicago

Cubs Send Aroyds Vizcaino To Braves For Tommy La Stella
Arodys Vizcaino returns to Atlanta, where he began his professional career.