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Jon Lester Named Cubs' Opening Day Starter

Mar 5, 2019 7:52 AM

The Chicago Cubs have named Jon Lester their Opening Day starter.

Lester earned the nod for the fourth time in five years.

The left-hander didn't start on Opening Day in 2016 with Jake Arrieta coming off a Cy Young win.

"I've been fortunate enough to do this a few times," Lester said. "It's always a huge honor. ... To be entrusted with that a couple times here and other places, it's just a huge honor to have that on your shoulders and try to get your team off to a good start."

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Kris Bryant Open To Extension With Cubs

Mar 1, 2019 8:24 AM

Kris Bryant has yet to discuss a contract extension with the Chicago Cubs, but he is open to the idea.

Bryant said it would be "dumb" not to listen to what the Cubs would have to offer.

He isn't scheduled to hit free agency until after the 2021 season.

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Cubs Add Xavier Cedeno To Bullpen

Feb 14, 2019 8:47 AM

The Chicago Cubs have signed Xavier Cedeno to add another left-handed option to their bullpen, according to sources.

Cedeno, 32, went 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 33 1/3 innings last season. He split it between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers.

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Cubs To 'Enhance' Domestic Violence Training

Feb 13, 2019 8:13 AM

The Chicago Cubs are working to "enhance" their domestic violence training and awareness after Addison Russell was suspended for 40 games last year after violating the league's domestic abuse policy.

Russell will be a full participant in spring training, but will sit out the first 28 games of the regular season to complete his suspension.

"We've taken this plague of domestic violence to heart," Theo Epstein said. "We've really stepped up and enhanced our training. By the time spring training is over, every single employee in the organization will have gone through enhanced domestic violence training. Every major league player, every major league coach, every major league staff member. Every minor league player, every minor league staff member [and] every member of the front office will have gone through a pretty rigorous domestic violence training program to increase education and awareness."

Russell's ex-wife, Melisa-Reidy Russell, went public with allegations of domestic abuse in September.

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Cubs Respond After 'Racially Insensitive' Emails Are Leaked

Feb 5, 2019 1:39 PM

Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Chicago Cubs, is distancing himself from what he characterized as "racially insensitive" email exchanges involving his father, Joe Ricketts.

The messages were publicly leaked by splinternews.com.

The elder Ricketts, the founder and former CEO of TD Ameritrade, holds no title with the Cubs.

"We are aware of the racially insensitive emails in my father's account that were published by an online media outlet," Tom Ricketts said in a statement. "Let me be clear: The language and views expressed in those emails have no place in our society.

"My father is not involved with the operation of the Chicago Cubs in any way. I am trusted with representing this organization and our fans with a respect for people from all backgrounds. These emails do not reflect the culture we've worked so hard to build at the Chicago Cubs since 2009."

The emails go back several years and include racist messages and jokes that Joe Ricketts comments on in a positive manner.

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Cubs, Brad Brach Agree Upon One-Year, $4.35M Deal

Jan 25, 2019 7:43 AM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year, $4.35 million deal with Brad Brach, according to a source.

In addition to Brach's $3 million salary, the deal includes a $1.35 million buyout option for 2020.

Brach, 32, had a 3.59 ERA and 12 saves in 69 relief appearances last season for the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves.

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Yadier Molina Says Beef With Kris Bryant Will Linger Into Season

Jan 23, 2019 7:38 AM

Kris Bryant called St. Louis boring during a lighthearted interview at Cubs Convention last week, which made several members of the Cardinals upset.

Yadier Molina was especially upset with the comments and won't let it go.

He called Bryant a "loser" on Instagram and expanded on his reaction this week.

"Oh, it will. It will carry [into the season]," Molina said. "I can't wait to get on the field."

"St. Louis is home. If anybody says anything bad about my home, I'm going to be there for us. I said to the guys, 'We are like a family. We have to stick together. We have to defend ourselves, and we have to defend our ground.' Whoever says something about us, we are going to be there to defend us."

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Cubs Have Considered Trading Ben Zobrist

Jan 20, 2019 9:14 PM

The Chicago Cubs are facing a budget-crunch and have considered the idea of trading Ben Zobrist, according to a report.

Zobrist carries a $12.5 million salary for 2019 and the Cubs are looking for bullpen help.

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Yadier Molina Takes Exception To Kris Bryant's Comments

Jan 20, 2019 1:34 AM

The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals won't see each other until early May, but the heat already has been turned up on one of baseball's best rivalries.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant called St. Louis "boring" during a comedic moment at the team's annual fan convention this weekend. When Cardinals star catcher Yadier Molina heard about the comment, he responded by saying "only stupid players and losers" make fun of other cities.

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Bryant, Longoria Frustrated That Harper, Machado Remain Unsigned

Jan 19, 2019 1:22 AM

Cubs star Kris Bryant and Giants third baseman Evan Longoria both expressed frustration for free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, who remain unsigned with less than a month to go before spring training begins.

 

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Joe Maddon: Bryce Harper To Cubs Is 'Not Going To Happen'
The Cubs have a limited budget this offseason, but had been expected to be players for Bryce Harper for several years.

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Cubs Sign Addison Russell To One-Year, $3.4M Deal
Shortstop Addison Russell can make a total of $4M with incentives.

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Cubs Hire Mark Loretta As Bench Coach
Mark Loretta replaces Brandon Hyde, who was hired as manager of the Orioles last month.

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Cubs Agree To Deal With Kendall Graveman
Right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman is still rehabbing after having Tommy John surgery in late July.

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Cubs, Daniel Descalso Agree On Two-Year, $5M Deal
The Cubs have agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with Daniel Descalso that includes a club option for 2021.

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Cubs Focused On Filling Veteran Leadership Void
The Cubs are searching for another David Ross after suffering from a lack of leadership in the clubhouse this past season.

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Mets Hire Chili Davis As Hitting Coach
Chili Davis was the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs last season under Joe Maddon.

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Cubs Tender Contract To Addison Russell
Addison Russell will miss the first month of next season after accepting a 40-game suspension late in 2018.

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Cubs Trade Tommy La Stella To Angels
The Cubs have traded Tommy La Stella to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

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Cubs Pitching Coach Jim Hickey Resigns
Jim Hickey cited personal reasons for the decision.

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Cubs May Be In On Bryce Harper After All
The Cubs aren't expected to be big spenders this offseason, but that may not rule them out of the Bryce Harper sweepstakes entirely.

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Cubs Appear Open To Trading Kris Bryant
Kris Byrant struggled during the 2018 season, batting .272 with 13 homers in 102 games.

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Cubs, Joe Maddon Won't Talk Extension This Offseason
The Cubs have won more regular season games than anyone in baseball over the last four years.

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Cubs Won't Make Plays For Bryce Harper, Manny Machado
The Cubs have long been linked to Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in free agency, but they reportedly "will not be a factor" for either.

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Cubs Pick Up Option On Cole Hamels
The Cubs also trade Drew Smyly to the Rangers for a player to be named.

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Cubs Pick Up Options On Brandon Kintzler, Pedro Strop
The Cubs have exercised their club option on the contract of Pedro Strop, while fellow reliever Brandon Kintzler picked up his player option.

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Scott Boras Jokingly Claims Bryce Harper Has Deal In Place
Bryce Harper becomes a free agent ten days from now since the World Series is complete.

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Rangers Name Shiraz Rehman Assistant GM
Shiraz Rehman has spent the last seven years in baseball operations with the Chicago Cubs.

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Cubs Name Anthony Iapoce New Hitting Coach
The Cubs have their third hitting coach in as many seasons, hiring former Rangers hitting coach Anthony Iapoce.

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Cubs Fire Hitting Coach Chili Davis
The Cubs saw a notable drop in offensive production, especially in the second half of the season.

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