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Jason Heyward Working Overtime To Recapture Swing

Jan 16, 2017 6:58 AM

Jason Heyward hasn't taken his normal amount of time off this offseason so that he can work on fixing his swing.

"It's easier said than done trying to do it in season," Heyward said. "The offseason allows you to slow things down and focus on all the little things."

Heyward has been aided by coach Eric Hinske and with frequent visits from hitting coach John Mallee. They are trying to find the stroke that allowed him to hit 27 home runs with the Atlanta Braves in 2012.

"He's trying to mirror the swing he had then," Mallee said. "Right now the path is not the same it was then. It's not making a change. It's getting him back to who he was."

Heyward hit .230/.306/.325 for the Cubs in 2016.

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Cubs To Meet With President On MLK Day

Jan 15, 2017 7:25 PM

It's special when any championship team gets to visit the White House to be honored by the president. But Monday's appearance in Washington by the World Series winning Chicago Cubs has more significance: It's the beginning of the last week of Chicago native Barack Obama's administration, and it's also Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"This is the ultimate time to go to the White House as an athlete, to meet the president after winning a ring," Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward said at this weekend's Cubs winter fan convention. "For me being an African-American there's something (special) about it. And for my teammates who are from Venezuela there's something about it, guys from Alabama or Mississippi (or wherever), there's something about it for them. Yes, there's a lot of significance for a lot of different reasons."

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Schwarber Wants To Be Ready As Backup Catcher

Jan 15, 2017 1:23 AM

Don't tell Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber he can't catch, but ultimately he knows his position is mostly in the outfield where he'll return to action in 2017 after recovering from a serious knee injury last season.

"I'm not stupid," Schwarber said on ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Friday. "We have a really good catcher up here. We have Willson (Contreras) and we have Miggy (Miguel Montero). I can contribute in a different way. I don't have to be the guy that throws out runners. But I can guide a pitcher through the game."

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Cubs, Jake Arrieta Agree To One-Year, $15.64M Deal

Jan 14, 2017 1:42 AM

The Chicago Cubs and 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $15.64 million deal, an MLB source confirmed to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Friday.

FanRag Sports first reported the agreement.

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Cubs Will Visit White House Before Obama Departs

Jan 11, 2017 8:34 AM

The Chicago Cubs will take up President Barack Obama on his invitation to visit him at the White House before his departure later this month.

The Cubs will make their visit on Monday, a team source has confirmed.

Obama extended the invitation to Joe Maddon during a congratulatory telephone call in early November as he flew back to Washington aboard Air Force One.

Obama is a known Chicago White Sox fan, but White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Obama rooted for the Cubs because he's from Chicago and the White Sox didn't make it to the championship.

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Rooftop Owner Who Cheated Cubs Gets 18 Months

Jan 10, 2017 7:39 AM

An 18-month prison sentence has been given to a man found guilty of defrauding the Chicago Cubs out of the team's cut of revenues from his rooftop club near Wrigley Field.

R. Marc Hamid was found guilty in July of multiple counts of mail fraud and illegal bank structuring for falsifying attendance records at the Skybox on Sheffield.

The former co-owner of the club was accused of hiding over $1 million in revenue to avoid paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties to the Cubs and taxes.

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Kris Bryant Marries Longtime Girlfriend

Jan 9, 2017 7:28 AM

Kris Bryant married his longtime girlfriend, Jessica Delp, over the weekend.

The couple announced the nuptials with multiple photos on social media.

Bryant, 25, was named the National League MVP this past season.

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Jason Hammel Drawing Little Interest As Free Agent

Jan 2, 2017 8:38 AM

Few teams have shown interest in signing Jason Hammel, who had his club option bought out by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

It was viewed as a positive when the Cubs bought Hammel out as he was expected to be one of the top starters available.

However, clubs appear unwilling to offer Hammel a multiyear deal.

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Jason Hammel To Change Agents, Likely To Join ACES

Dec 21, 2016 7:43 AM

Jason Hammel is leaving Octagon and will likely join ACES, according to major league sources.

Hammel is among the best starters remaining on the free agent market.

The Chicago Cubs declined Hammel's $12 million option for 2017 in favor of a $2 million buyout.

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Roughly 20 Teams Interested In Tyson Ross

Dec 21, 2016 7:34 AM

Tyson Ross threw less than six innings last season before ultimately undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in October.

Roughly 20 clubs are interested in Ross, according to Jon Heyman, who lists the San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians as suitors.

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Theo Epstein: Cubs Haven't Seen Real Jason Heyward Yet
Jason Heyward struggled at the plate, hitting just .230, in his first season with the Cubs.

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Joe Maddon Defends Use Of Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis Chapman admitted he never voiced his concerns to Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

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Record Six Teams To Pay Luxury Tax This Season
The Dodgers will have to pay a luxury tax of $31.8M this season.

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Koji Uehara Agrees To $6M Deal With Cubs
Koji Uehara had better offers from other teams but chose to take less to join the Cubs, according to a source.

ESPN

Tyson Ross Drawing Interest From Cubs
The Cubs are still involved in talks with Tyson Ross, who they would use as depth behind their veteran starting pitchers.

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Cubs, Koji Uehara Agree Upon $4.5M Deal
Looking to improve against left-handed hitters late in games, the Cubs have reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year, $4.5 million deal with Koji Uehara.

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Dexter Fowler Agrees To Join Cardinals
Outfielder Dexter Fowler helped lead the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years.

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Red Sox Tried To Trade For Wade Davis
The Red Sox offered Travis Shaw, who they eventually dealt to the Brewers for Tyler Thornburg.

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Yankees, Aroldis Chapman Agree On Five-Year, $86M Deal
Aroldis Chapman's deal with the Yankees is the highest contract ever for a relief pitcher.

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Cubs Nearing Trade For Wade Davis
Wade Davis is set to become a free agent after the 2017 season.

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Aroldis Chapman Seeking Six-Year Deal
Aroldis Chapman is looking for a six-year deal and says the Cubs haven't shown interest in re-signing him.

ESPN

Dexter Fowler, Blue Jays Apart In Talks; Cardinals Remain Possibility
Dexter Fowler is reportedly seeking a deal worth $18 million annually.

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Blue Jays Showing 'Strong Interest' In Dexter Fowler
If the Blue Jays land Dexter Fowler, they'll likely slide him into one of their corner outfielder spots.

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Cubs Sign Jon Jay To One-Year, $8M Deal
Outfielder Jon Jay hit .291 in 347 at-bats for the Padres last season.

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Cubs Prospect Leads Mesa Solar Sox To AFL Title
Ian Happ hit a pair of home runs on Saturday to lead the Mesa Solar Sox to a 6-1 win over the Surprise Saguaros.

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Kris Bryant Named NL MVP
Kris Bryant led the National League with a 7.67 WAR and was the only NL player in the top ten in that category. He also ranked third in the NL in home runs (39), fourth in OPS (.939) and sixth in RBIs

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Cubs Will Reach Out To Steve Bartman 'At The Right Time'
Tom Ricketts says the Cubs are looking to make peace with Steve Bartman after they ended the club's 108-year World Series drought earlier this month.

ESPN

Anthony Rizzo Headlines Gold Glove Winners
Jason Heyward is the first position player in Major League Baseball history to win three straight Gold Glove Awards with three different teams.

ESPN

Diamondbacks Hire Jared Porter Away From Cubs
The Diamondbacks have hired Jared Porter as senior vice president and assistant general manager.

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Cubs Plan To Issue Qualifying Offer To Dexter Fowler
The Cubs will tender Dexter Fowler the one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer by Monday's deadline.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag