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Blue Jays Claim Ben Rowen From Cubs

Aug 3, 2015 7:36 PM

The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed Ben Rowen off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

Toronto then assigned Rowen to Triple-A Buffalo.

Signed to a Minor League deal by the Los Angeles Dodgers this winter, Rowen was traded from L.A. to the Baltimore Orioles in the trade that sent a Competitive Balance draft pick and Ryan Webb to the Dodgers. Despite outstanding numbers, the O's didn’t feel they had a roster spot for Rowen, and he was released from his contract, after which he inked a minors pact with the Cubs.

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Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor, Waiver

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Dan Haren 'Probably' Retiring After 2015 Season

Aug 3, 2015 7:51 AM

Dan Haren is leaning towards retirement at the end of the season.

When the Miami Marlins traded him to the Chicago Cubs last week, Haren tweeted that he would wearing jersey #50 as a Cub, which was his number when he first broke into the Major Leagues "and it'll probably be my last."

When asked about the tweet, the right-hander expanded a little bit and left the door open for 2016.

"I would say right now the chances are this will probably be it," he said. "I don't want to say this is it and pull a Brett Favre. That's why I said 'probably' [on Twitter]. At least I leave myself a little way out.  Chances are this is it.  After the season, I'll relax and see where I'm at. I definitely want to make a push to get to where this team wants to go."

Haren considered retiring last offseason after being traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Marlins.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Tags: Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Cubs To Acquire Dan Haren From Marlins

Jul 31, 2015 1:37 PM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to acquire Dan Haren in a trade with the Miami Marlins, according to a report.

The Marlins will receive two Minor League players in the deal.

Haren, 34, has a 3.42 ERA, 6.1 strikeouts per nine innings and 3.52 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cubs, Red Sox Discussing Carlos Carrasco With Indians

Jul 31, 2015 9:24 AM

The Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox are discussing a trade with the Cleveland Indians for Carlos Carrasco, according to multiple reports.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Boston is looking for controllable pitching, including Carrasco.

Chicago is also looking for a starting pitcher, according to Ken Rosenthal.

Carrasco is signed through 2018.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cubs, Mariners Discussing Unknown Players

Jul 30, 2015 9:50 PM

The Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners have held trade discussions recently, but the nature of those talks are unknown.

The conversations reportedly didn't involve Starlin Castro and there are a wide range of targets at play.

Chicago has been connected to pitching upgrades in the starting rotation and bullpen.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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

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Cubs Aggressively Shopping Starlin Castro

Jul 30, 2015 3:28 PM

The Chicago Cubs are aggressively attempting to trade Starlin Castro, according to a report.

Chicago is trying to plug the young infielder into "any deal" with other clubs.

Joe Maddon told Castro earlier this week that he didn't have to worry about trade rumors.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Blue Jays, Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees Were Waiting For Price To Hit Market

Jul 29, 2015 4:14 PM

The Detroit Tigers are now in sell-mode, which adds elite starter David Price to the trade market.

The Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees are among the teams that were hoping Price would become available.

In the wake of reports that Price is available, the San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros have also been linked to the left-hander.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Padres, Cubs Have Talked; San Diego Likes Javier Baez

Jul 29, 2015 2:36 PM

The San Diego Padres, while fielding offers for just about anyone on their roster, have shown interest in Chicago Cubs prospect Javier Baez.

The Padres and Cubs have engaged in talks recently. Andrew Cashner, a former Cub, could be a fit for Chicago.

San Diego has received offers for Cashner and Tyson Ross.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Maddon Tells Starlin Castro Cubs Won't Deal Him

Jul 29, 2015 12:54 PM

Starlin Castro isn't in the starting lineup for the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, but a trade isn't on the horizon.

Joe Maddon had a talk with Castro on Tuesday night and told the young infielder that he's "not getting traded" and not to worry about rumors.

Marco Gonzales/Chicago Tribune

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cubs, Padres Have Discussed Starlin Castro

Jul 27, 2015 9:02 PM

The Chicago Cubs have discussed Starlin Castro with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego hasn't been reported as a buyer ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, but they view Castro as a long-term starter.

Castro is owed $37 million over the next four seasons. His contract also carries a $16 million option in 2020.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Sources: Rangers, Dodgers Likely To Trade For Hamels
The Phillies continue to discuss Cole Hamels with a number of teams.

Cole Hamels No-Hits Cubs Amid Trade Rumors
Cole Hamels struck out 13 in the first no-hitter against the Cubs in 50 years.

Cubs, Phillies Have Talked About Hamels Trade
With a playoff appearance in their sights, the Cubs have been in discussions with the Phillies on a deal for Cole Hamels, according to sources.

David Kaplan/CSN Chicago

Cubs Have Expressed Interest In David Price
According to multiple sources, the Cubs were among the first teams to express interest in acquiring David Price from the Tigers.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Trade Market For Papelbon Appears To Be Cooling
Jonathan Papelbon, who has expressed his desire to be traded multiple times, is no longer being actively pursued by the Blue Jays, Cubs and Dodgers, according to sources.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Cubs May Package Baez, Castro In Deal For Hamels
The Cubs are rumored to be one of the potential destinations for Cole Hamels as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Cubs, Dodgers, Orioles, Rangers, Red Sox Scout Hamels
The Dodgers have been linked to top-level starters as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, while the Cubs, Rangers and Red Sox contacted the Phillies about Cole Hamels in recent weeks.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Kris Bryant Signs Memorabilia Deal With Fanatics Authentic
Cubs rookie star Kris Bryant has agreed to a autograph and memorabilia exclusive with Fanatics.

Cubs To Recall Kyle Schwarber
Kyle Schwarber will take Miguel Montero's place on the roster as the latter player will be put on the 15-day disabled list with a jammed thumb.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Phillies May Have Been Close To Papelbon Trade In June
The Phillies were close to dealing Jonathan Papelbon last month before ending talks, according to other Major League clubs.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Cardinals Left Fuming Over Game-Tying Hit In Loss To Cubs
The Cardinals are upset that Addison Russell's game-tying single was called fair on Tuesday night.


Cubs Have 'Financial Resources' For Trade
The Cubs have the financial resources to add players to the Major League roster at the trade deadline, according to president of business operations Crane Kenney.

David Kaplan/CSN Chicago

Cubs Likely To Target Howie Kendrick In Free Agency
The Cubs are expected to target Howie Kendrick in free agency this winter, according to sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Lester Ends Longest Hitless Streak To Begin Career
Jon Lester got a hit in the 67th at-bat of his career on Monday, ending the longest hitless streak to begin a Major League career.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Seek Starting Pitching, Left-Handed Outfielder
The Cubs have had more talks about acquiring a starting pitcher than a position player, but they would also like to add a left-handed hitting outfielder.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

All-Star Game Starters Announced
Josh Donaldson sets the all-time single-season voting record, while Bryce Harper finishes as the top NL vote-getter.

Press Release

Cubs Meet With Joe Torre To Discuss Issues In Baseball
One topic that was discussed was the ever changing strike zone -- especially an expanding lower half.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Mets Aren't In Hurry To Trade Jon Niese
The Mets haven't engaged in serious talks with the Cubs or Dodgers about Niese, according to two sources.

David Lennon/Newsday

Joe Maddon Entertains Cubs With Magician To 'Lighten Things Up'
Joe Maddon brought in a magician to perform for the Cubs before Tuesday's game against the Mets.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Joe Maddon Lashes Out At Replay System After Loss
Angry with a call on the final play of the Cubs' loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday night, Joe Maddon lashed out at the replay system, calling for an overhaul that includes "nerds" well versed in ana

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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