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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

Jul 26, 2015 4:48 PM

The Rangers and Dodgers have emerged over the weekend as the likely favorites to trade for Phillies pitching ace Cole Hamels , multiple sources told ESPN.com.

The Phillies also continue to discuss Hamels with at least four other teams -- the Cubs, Giants, Yankees, and Red Sox, a source said. However, those teams are said to have had more trouble matching up on a potential deal than the Dodgers or Rangers.

ESPN.com

Tags: Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cole Hamels No-Hits Cubs Amid Trade Rumors

Jul 25, 2015 7:20 PM

Phillies left-handed ace Cole Hamels enhanced his trade value even more, becoming the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Cubs in 50 years while leading Philadelphia to a 5-0 win Saturday.

There was drama down to the final out, when center fielder Odubel Herrera fell on the warning track but managed to lean forward and catch Kris Bryant's fly ball to end the game.

Hamels struck out 13 in the first no-hitter versus the Cubs since Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game in 1965. 

ESPN.com

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award, Trade Rumor

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Cubs, Phillies Have Talked About Hamels Trade

Jul 24, 2015 7:12 AM

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

Hamels has three years left on his current contract plus an option year.

David Price, who could be had for a lower price because he will become a free agent after the season, isn't in play yet. The Detroit Tigers haven't yet put the right-hander on the block, according to sources.

David Kaplan/CSN Chicago

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cubs Have Expressed Interest In David Price

Jul 23, 2015 7:13 AM

According to multiple sources, the Chicago Cubs were among the first teams to express interest in acquiring David Price from the Detroit Tigers.

While the Cubs have expressed preliminary interest in the left-hander, eight or more teams are likely to consider dealing for Price over the next week if the Tigers do place him on the block.

Bruce Levine/CBS Chicago

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Trade Market For Papelbon Appears To Be Cooling

Jul 22, 2015 2:55 PM

It might suddenly become harder for the Philadelphia Phillies to trade Jonathan Papelbon.

Papelbon, who has expressed a desire to be traded multiple times, is no longer being actively pursued by the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers, according to sources.

Earlier this month, those three clubs were considered the most likely to deal for the closer.

"Several sources have confirmed that the Phillies were so close to moving Papelbon last month that they were telling teams to make their best offer. Then they abruptly pulled back, apparently to wait for the hiring of Andy MacPhail as their next team president," writes Jayson Stark.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cubs May Package Baez, Castro In Deal For Hamels

Jul 22, 2015 2:51 PM

The Chicago Cubs are rumored to be one of the potential destinations for Cole Hamels as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

"Other clubs say the Cubs are dangling Javier Baez and Starlin Castro as the centerpieces of a potential deal. But the Phillies appear no more than lukewarm about either of them," writes Jayson Stark.

It's hard to see how the Cubs could offer the Philadelphia Phillies a package for Hamels without including some of the young players they'd prefer to build around.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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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.

ESPN.com

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.

ESPN

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

Should Cubs Trade Starlin Castro?
Starlin Castro can hit, but he has hurt the Cubs in the field.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Looking For Starting Pitching
Chicago has reached out to a number of clubs, among them the Mets and Angels, in search of a match.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Schwarber Happy To Help Cubs, Not Disappointed By Demotion
Kyle Schwarber finished his six-game stint with the Cubs on Sunday, finishing his brief Major League debut 8-for-22 with a home run and six RBI.

Dane Mizutani/ESPN

Cubs Expected To Sign Big Name Pitcher This Winter
David Price and Jordan Zimmermann appear to be the leading candidates at this point.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Joe Maddon's Group Texts Bring Cubs Together
Joe Maddon and first-base coach Brandon Hyde send a mass text to Cubs players letting them know the upcoming game's lineup well ahead of time.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Kyle Schwarber Will Join Cubs For Week
Kyle Schwarber will join the Cubs from Double-A Tennessee for the next six games, which includes five games in American League parks in which he can be used as the designated hitter.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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