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Wrigley Renovations May Not Be Ready For Opening Day

Mar 3, 2015 3:53 PM

The Chicago Cubs will seek permission to work longer hours on renovations at Wrigley Field.

They will not attempt to work 24 hours a day.

Cubs officials suggested Monday they would ask for city permission to work around the clock on the massive renovation project to get the iconic ballpark ready for the April 5 Opening Day.

The team wants to expand the work schedule to 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The work is now being done from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Associated Press

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Lester Will Start Opener For Cubs

Mar 2, 2015 4:26 PM

Jon Lester will start on Opening Day for the Chicago Cubs, which means he'll throw the first pitch of the 2015 season.

Lester will start on April 5 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The left-hander signed a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs in December.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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Maddon Coy About Where Bryant Will Begin Season

Mar 2, 2015 8:32 AM

Joe Maddon is impressed with how Kris Bryant has looked so far this spring, but that doesn't mean he's secured a spot on the Opening Day roster with the Chicago Cubs.

"He's solid, he's motivated," Maddon said. "He's got a really nice way about him. He's really good, he knows he's really good, but he carries that very well. I like that. False humility doesn't do anything. It's kind of a worthless quality. I think his humility is sincere, but he also knows that he's good."

Bryant hit .325 with 43 home runs and 110 RBI at the Double-A and Triple-A level last season.

Maddon was asked if Bryant will be the third baseman for the Cubs on Opening Day.

"Somewhere," Maddon said, smiling. "There's all kinds of Opening Days."

Carrie Muskat/MLB

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Judge Rules In Favor Of Signage At Wrigley Field

Feb 20, 2015 7:48 AM

A temporary restraining order petition on a video board and additional signage planned for the right field bleachers at Wrigley Field has been denied by a U.S. District Court Judge.

Judge Virginia M. Kendall ruled the temporary restraining order, brought by attorneys for a group of investors who own two rooftop clubs along Sheffield Ave., did not show that "irreparable harm" would come to the businesses before an "expedited" preliminary injunction hearing.

A March 23 hearing has been set to determine whether or not the Cubs are allowed to erect a 2,250-square-foot video board along other signage that would block the views from the rooftops in question.

"We are humble and hopeful and thankful that the judge ruled as she did today," said Dennis Culloton, the spokesman for Tom Ricketts, who was speaking for the Cubs. "And grateful that she's very respectful of Opening Day approaching April 5."

The rooftop clubs were not asking for construction on the bleachers, the first phase of the ballpark's $375 million renovation, to be halted -- just the erection of the video board and signs.

Jon Greenberg/ESPN

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Youkilis Joining Cubs As Special Assistant

Feb 18, 2015 4:58 PM

The Chicago Cubs have hired Kevin Youkilis as a special assistant.

Youkilis played under executive Theo Epstein when they pair were both with the Boston Red Sox.

Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune

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Cubs Will Experiment With Lineup Possibilities

Feb 17, 2015 4:43 PM

The Chicago Cubs will experiment with different lineup possibilities under Joe Maddon this coming season.

Maddon has been doing some research on lineups, particularly about the pluses and minuses of having the pitcher bat eighth. The manager inserted his pitcher into the No. 8 spot seven times with the Tampa Bay Rays.

"It's always dangerous to write up a lineup card in January because guys can get hurt," Jed Hoyer said, "but there's no doubt that guys batting sixth, seventh, and eighth now will be more experienced, more talented and certainly have better on-base skills than they have in the past."

Carrie Muskat/MLB

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2015 MLB Draft Order Set

Feb 10, 2015 8:42 AM

The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will part with the 13th overall pick because the Kansas City Royals issued Shields a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.

First Round

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds
12. Marlins            
13. Rays
14. Braves
15. Brewers
16. Yankees
17. Indians
18. Giants
19. Pirates
20. Athletics
21. Royals
22. Tigers
23. Cardinals
24. Dodgers
25. Orioles
26. Angels

Compensation Picks

27. Rockies          
28. Braves
29. Blue Jays
30. Yankees
31. Giants
32. Pirates
33. Royals
34. Tigers
35. Dodgers
36. Orioles

Competitive Balance Round A

37. Astros    
38. Rockies
39. Cardinals
40. Brewers
41. Padres
42. Indians

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Cubs 'Kicking The Tires' On Shields

Feb 5, 2015 7:23 AM

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly "kicking the tires" on free agent starter James Shields.

Shields is the last major free agent on the market and his cost has appeared to decline.

The right-hander reportedly plans to make a decision by the end of the week and the Cubs are intereted.

David Kaplan/CSN Chicago

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Ernie Banks Suffered Heart Attack

Jan 25, 2015 6:12 PM

Ernie Banks' family has announced that the Cubs Hall of Fame shortstop died after suffering a heart attack.

Banks, a two-time National League MVP who spent his entire major league career with the Cubs, died Friday at the age of 83.

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'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks Dies At Age 83

Jan 24, 2015 1:49 AM

"Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who never lost his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite years of playing on losing Cubs teams, died Friday night. He was 83.

The Cubs announced Banks' death, but did not provide a cause.

"Words cannot express how important Ernie Banks will always be to the Chicago Cubs, the city of Chicago and Major League Baseball. He was one of the greatest players of all time," Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Cubs, said in a statement released by the team.

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Cubs Aren't Ready To Name Bryant Third Baseman
The Cubs traded Luis Valbuena to the Astros in the Dexter Fowler deal on Monday, creating a void at third base.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Cubs Acquire Dexter Fowler From Astros
The Cubs have acquired Dexter Fowler from the Astros in exchange for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-hander Dan Straily.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Joe Maddon Receives Warm Welcome From Cubs Fans
New managerJoe Maddon tells Cubs fans, "bring on the expectations."

Wrigley Field Bleachers Won't Open Until May
The target date for the left field bleachers is May 11, and late May for the right field bleachers.

Lester Not In Favor Of Using Pitch Clock
MLB will experiment with a pitch clock at Double-A and Triple-A this season.

Rizzo: Cubs Will Win NL Central
At the end of last season Anthony Rizzo predicted the Cubs would make the playoffs, he's added a potential World Series to the mix.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Land Chris Denorfia
Denorfia, 34, spent parts of five seasons with the Padres, mostly serving in a platoon role in the outfield, before being traded to the Mariners last season.

Jamal Collier/MLB

Cubs Interested In Stephen Drew
The 31-year-old Drew hit .162/.237/.299 in 300 plate appearances during the 2014 season.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Starlin Castro Questioned By Police
Cubs shortstop has been questioned by the Dominican Republic police in connection with a nightclub shooting.

Report: Padres, Phillies Discussing Trade For Hamels
The Boston Globe reported last week the Padres, Cubs, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Rangers were interested in Cole Hamels.

David Ross To Sign With Cubs
It was reported earlier Friday that Ross would sign with the Padres, but he ends up with the Cubs.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Mariners Acquire Ruggiano From Cubs
Seattle will send right-hander Matt Brazis to Chicago in return.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

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

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Lester's Deal Includes Record $30M Signing Bonus
Jon Lester's new deal with the Cubs calls for a MLB record $30M signing bonus.

Red Sox Wanted To Discuss Lester Deal More In Spring
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

Jason Mastrodonato/Mass Live

Vegas Now Lists Cubs With 12-1 Odds To Win World Series
Las Vegas likes the Cubs much better now that Jon Lester is in the mix.

David Purdum/ESPN

Boston's Final Offer To Lester Was $135M Without Vesting Option
Jon Lester will receive $155 million over six years with the Cubs as well as a vesting option for a seventh season.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Jon Lester To Sign With Cubs On Six-Year, $155M Deal
Jon Lester also considered the Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers.

Ken Rosenthal/Fox Sports

Report: Lester Decision 'Nearing Finish Line'
Jon Lester is expected to have all his final offers on the table soon, possibly by the conclusion of Tuesday night.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Cubs Get Montero From Diamondbacks For Two Pitchers
Chicago sent right-handed pitchers Jeferson Mejia and Zack Godley to the Diamondbacks.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN