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Yasiel Puig Back On DL With Hamstring Strain

Aug 29, 2015 2:04 AM

Yet again it is a hamstring strain keeping Yasiel Puig out of the Dodgers' lineup and on the disabled list.

The team placed its right fielder on the DL prior to Friday's win over the Cubs at Dodger Stadium. 

Puig missed 39 games early in the season with a left hamstring strain, and he had already missed three games during the recent road trip because of this right hamstring strain.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Game Recap, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Acquire Fernando Rodney From M's

Aug 27, 2015 7:49 PM

The Cubs acquired struggling right-handed reliever Fernando Rodney from the Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced on Thursday after their to the Giants.

Rodney, 38, pitched for Cubs manager Joe Maddon in Tampa Bay in 2012 and 2013. He went 5-5 with a 5.68 ERA and 16 saves in 54 appearances for the Mariners this season before being designated for assignment last Sunday.

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

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Peavy, Posey Lead Giants To Win Over Cubs

Aug 27, 2015 1:23 AM

Buster Posey followed Brandon Belt's leadoff triple in the sixth with a go-ahead double, Jake Peavy won for the second time in six starts, and the Giants beat the Cubs 4-2 on Wednesday night to stop Chicago's six-game winning streak.

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Tags: San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Maddon Believes This Could Be The Year For The Cubs

Aug 25, 2015 1:11 AM

Even before his team's latest win, a ninth-inning, walk-off home run by Kris Bryant on Monday, Cubs manager Joe Maddon believed this could finally be the year for his storied franchise.

Is it possible the Cubs can win the World Series?

"Of course, of course it is," he told the Waddle & Silvy show on ESPN Radio on Monday morning. 

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Place Jason Motte, Jorge Soler On DL

Aug 24, 2015 3:30 PM

For the most part, the Cubs have experienced good health this season, but they were dealt a double blow on Monday when right-hander Jason Motte (right shoulder strain) and outfielder Jorge Soler (left oblique strain) were placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Both were expected to fill key roles down the stretch as the Cubs try to secure their first playoff spot since 2008.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Send Playoff Ticket Info To Season-Ticket Holders

Aug 21, 2015 6:29 AM

The Chicago Cubs sent out playoff ticket invoices to season-ticket holders on Thursday.

If the season ended before Friday's action, the Cubs would play a one-game Wild Card on the road. They are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008, when they had the best record in the National League.

There are three pricing tiers: one for the wild-card/divisional series, one for the league championship series and, yes, one for the World Series.

For the first round, prices range from $45 for upper reserved outfield seats to $160 for club box infield seats. A bleacher ticket would cost $75.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Cubs To Sign Trevor Cahill

Aug 19, 2015 1:30 PM

The Chicago Cubs have signed Trevor Cahill to a Minor League contract.

Cahill, 27, opted out of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.

He had spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves previously this season.

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Dexter Fowler Clears Revocable Waivers

Aug 19, 2015 6:51 AM

The Chicago Cubs recently placed Dexter Fowler on revocable waivers and the outfielder has gone unclaimed.

In related news, the Cubs have yet to put Starlin Castro on waivers.

Fowler, 29, is in his first season with the Cubs after coming over from the Houston Astros in an offseason trade that sent Luis Valbuena and Dan Straily to the Astros.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley

Aug 14, 2015 7:13 AM

The San Francisco Giants aren't the only team seriously interested in Chase Utley.

According to sources, several teams have made trade offers for the Philadelphia Phillies infielder.

The Los Angeles Angels, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.

Utley has a $15 million club option for 2016 that no longer will vest automatically based on plate appearances. His club option would then drop to $11 million, but the Phillies would be expected to take the $2 million buyout instead.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Utley Seeks Playing-Time Assurance To Waive No-Trade

Aug 14, 2015 6:58 AM

Chase Utley has drawn trade interest after clearing revocable waivers, but possesses full no-trade protection by way of ten-and-five rights.

Utley will only authorize a trade if he receives certain assurances of playing time, according to a report by Buster Olney.

He will be a free agent after the season and reportedly wants to play in 2016.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Utley Clears Waivers, Now Eligible For Trade
Chase Utley cleared waivers on Tuesday night and is now eligible to be traded by the Phillies.

ESPN

Contenders Continue To Scout Chase Utley
The Cubs, Giants and Yankees all had scouts at Monday night's game between the Phillies and Diamondbacks.

Jim Salisbury/CSN Philly

Lester Has Developed New Pitch With Cubs
David Ross says Jon Lester has developed a "frontdoor two-seamer" that he didn't have during his time with the Red Sox.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Telephone Threat Prompts Police To Evacuate Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field was evacuated for about an hour on Sunday after a threat was telephoned in.

Associated Press

Starlin Castro Hesitant to Change Positions
If the Cubs ask Starlin Castro to change positions, the shortstop plans to sit down with the team's front office.

Bruce Levine/670 The Score

Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees Could Pursue Chase Utley
The Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees are the teams most likely to pursue Chase Utley before the end of August, according to an industry source.

Andy Martino/New York Daily News

Jed Hoyer Expects August Trades To Be Tougher Than Usual
The Cubs would like to add pieces for the stretch run during the August waiver period, but Jed Hoyer believes that doing so could be tougher than some other years because of parity this season.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Cubs Re-Sign Clayton Richard
After recently being designated for assignment by Chicago, Clayton Richard declined an outright assignment and elected free agency.

Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune

Blue Jays Claim Ben Rowen From Cubs
Toronto then assigned Ben Rowen to Triple-A Buffalo.

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Dan Haren 'Probably' Retiring After 2015 Season
Dan Haren considered retiring last offseason after being traded from the Dodgers to the Marlins.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Cubs To Acquire Dan Haren From Marlins
The Marlins will receive two Minor League players in the deal.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Cubs, Red Sox Discussing Carlos Carrasco With Indians
Carlos Carrasco is signed through 2018.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Cubs, Mariners Discussing Unknown Players
The conversations reportedly didn't involve Starlin Castro and there are a wide range of targets at play here.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Blue Jays, Cubs, Dodgers, Yankees Were Waiting For Price To Hit Market
The Tigers are now in sell-mode, which adds elite starter David Price to the trade market.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

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

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Maddon Tells Starlin Castro Cubs Won't Deal Him
Starlin Castro isn't in the starting lineup for the Cubs on Wednesday, but a trade isn't on the horizon.

Marco Gonzales/Chicago Tribune

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

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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

ESPN.com

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

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