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Pedro Strop Agrees To New Deal With Cubs Through 2018

Feb 24, 2017 2:37 PM

Pedro Strop has agreed to a new contract with the Chicago Cubs that will run through the 2018 season.

"I love this team and feel really part of this and I love the fans and the city of Chicago," Strop said.

Strop is now signed through 2018 with a club option for 2019. He will make $5.85 million in 2018 while his club option is for $6.25 million in 2019 with a $500,000 buyout.

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

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Cubs Considering Kyle Schwarber As Leadoff Hitter

Feb 24, 2017 6:53 AM

The Chicago Cubs need a new leadoff man with Dexter Fowler gone and Joe Maddon is considering Kyle Schwarber for the role.

Schwarber doesn't bring speed to the equation, but he gets on base.

In addition to the power-hitting outfielder, Ben Zobrist and Jon Jay are the leading candidates for the No. 1 spot.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

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Anthony Rizzo: Cubs Won't Be Hated Like Yankees, Red Sox

Feb 17, 2017 6:32 AM

Anthony Rizzo doesn't think the Chicago Cubs' success will make them villains much like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.

Rizzo and others around the Cubs keep talking about the "likeable" personalities within their young core, the "authenticity" of players, the "fun" they have.

However, Rizzo got a taste of how some fans perceive success while working out in the offseason.

"I had an older man in the gym telling me he's a big Red Sox and Patriots fan," Rizzo said. "And he said, 'Yeah, congrats, you guys won one, but you haven't done anything until the whole country hates you.’

"In a way it's true, because growing up a die-hard Dolphin fan, I hated Tom Brady because he was the best. And now it’s like I'm almost a Patriots fan because he's so good."

Gordon Wittenmeyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Jake Arrieta Hoping To Reach Extension Agreement With Cubs

Feb 16, 2017 8:24 AM

Jake Arrieta hopes to remain with the Chicago Cubs beyond this season, but the pitcher is also aware of how the business of baseball works.

"Time flies quickly," Arrieta said. "It feels like only a few months ago that I was traded over here and starting my career as a Cub. I've had some incredible experiences with this organization. I owe a lot to this team, this organization, this ownership. I don't want to see that time come to an end, but unfortunately the business side shows its head every once in a while. I still think there is opportunity and chances we can have good conversations as far as an extension is concerned."

The Cubs say there has been no movement between the sides since the team and Arrieta agreed on a $15.6 million deal for 2017.

"There is an open dialogue there," he said. "I believe we will have talks. I don't think it's really my No.1 priority. I want to focus on my health and coming into camp and being well rested and in as good a shape as I possibly can."

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Kyle Schwarber Will Catch On Limited Basis This Spring

Feb 14, 2017 5:04 PM

Kyle Schwarber will catch for the Chicago Cubs on a limited basis this spring.

The 23-year-old reported to camp with pitchers and catchers on Tuesday though he'll mostly be a left fielder when the team opens the 2017 season.

"We're really going to go slow with it," Theo Epstein said. "His primary focus is to be a left fielder. ... His future is too valuable. He has such a great impact with his bat and the person that he is we don't want to do anything that can jeopardize the length of his career."

Schwarber returned early from knee surgery to help the Cubs win the 2016 World Series. He went 7-for-17 after missing all but the first three games of the regular season due to an outfield collision.

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Travis Wood Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Royals

Feb 14, 2017 6:47 AM

The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a two-year deal with Travis Wood, according to a source.

The deal is reportedly worth $12 million. Wood will compete for a job in Kansas City's starting rotation.

Wood made 77 appearances, going 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA in 61 innings for the Chicago Cubs last season.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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Nevada Sportsbook Projects Cubs To Win Most Games, Padres Least

Feb 13, 2017 8:55 AM

The first sportsbook release of over/under win totals for Major League teams was released on Friday by the Atlantis in Reno, Nevada.

The defending champion Chicago Cubs have the highest projected win total at 95.5, while the San Diego Padres have the lowest at 64.5.

The remainder of the top five are as follows:

Cleveland Indians - 92.5
Los Angeles Dodgers - 91.5
Washington Nationals - 90.5
Boston Red Sox - 90.5

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

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Cubs Lack 'Impact Starters' At Minor League Level

Feb 10, 2017 7:22 AM

The Chicago Cubs are flying high after winning the World Series, but they are well aware of potential holes in their farm system.

The Cubs feel there is a need for pitching depth, especially among starters at the higher levels of the Minor Leagues.

"Organizationally, we really don't have the impact starters at the upper levels," Jason McLeod said. "I do think with the volume of arms we have taken over the past few years and signed internationally, guys are coming on. We now feel really good, not just with the depth of the organization but having some major league starting impact guys who are at the the A-ball level and progressing toward Double-A now."

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

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Royals, Jason Hammel Agree On Two-Year, $16M Deal

Feb 6, 2017 12:29 AM

Free-agent pitcher Jason Hammel and the Royals reached agreement on a $16 million, two-year contract Sunday, a source told ESPN's Jim Bowden, confirming multiple reports.

The deal, pending a physical, includes a mutual option for a third year.

Hammel, 34, went 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 30 starts with the Cubs last season.

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Cubs Acquire Eddie Butler From Rockies For James Farris

Feb 2, 2017 7:53 AM

The Chicago Cubs have acquired Eddie Butler and the bonus money for the No. 94 international signing slot from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for James Farris and bonus pool money for slot No. 28.

Slot No. 94 carries a $235,200 value, while slot No. 28 is worth $563,700.

Butler, a 2012 supplemental first-round pick, could be another option for Chicago's starting rotation. He has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Rockies, posting a 6-16 record and 6.50 ERA in 36 appearances (28 starts).

Carrie Muskat/MLB

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David Ross Joins ESPN As Baseball Analyst
Fresh off a World Series victory with the Cubs, David Ross is joining ESPN as a baseball analyst.

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Brett Anderson Agrees To Deal With Cubs
Free-agent pitcher Brett Anderson is coming off his second back surgery in three years, and was limited to just four appearances with the Dodgers last season.

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Cubs Still Looking To Add Depth To Starting Rotation
The Cubs, looking to defend their World Series title, want to add depth to their starting rotation heading into the 2017 season.

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

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Cubs To Meet With President On MLK Day
The World Champion Cubs will meet with President Barack Obama on Monday, the beginning of the last week of his administration.

ESPN.com

Schwarber Wants To Be Ready As Backup Catcher
Kyle Schwarber is recovering from a serious knee injury last season.

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Cubs, Jake Arrieta Agree To One-Year, $15.64M Deal
The Cubs and pitcher Jake Arrieta have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year deal on Friday.

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

ESPN

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

Associated Press

Kris Bryant Marries Longtime Girlfriend
Kris Bryant, 25, was named the National League MVP this past season.

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Jason Hammel Drawing Little Interest As Free Agent
Few teams have shown interest in signing Jason Hammel, who had his club option bought out by the Cubs earlier this offseason.

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Jason Hammel To Change Agents, Likely To Join ACES
The Cubs declined Jason Hammel's $12 million option for 2017 in favor of a $2 million buyout.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Roughly 20 Teams Interested In Tyson Ross
Tyson Ross threw less than six innings last season before ultimately undergoing thoracic outlet surgery in October.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

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.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

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

ESPN.com

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

ESPN.com

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.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

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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