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Joey Votto Beats Cubs' Four-Man Outfield Shift

Aug 15, 2017 9:17 AM

The Chicago Cubs used an unusual four-man outfield shift with Joey Votto at the plate on Monday night, but it was ultimately unsuccessful.

With Votto coming to the plate in the top of the fifth inning, third baseman Kris Bryant moved to left-center field, with left fielder Kyle Schwarber playing near the foul line. Jon Jay remained in center, with Jason Heyward in right field.

The left side of the infield was left entirely open with shortstop Javier Baez playing up the middle.

Votto beat the alignment by doubling to right field.

"Joey Votto right now is ungodly," Joe Maddon said. "Whatever you do, you're taking chances anyhow. It's almost like [San Diego Padres legend] Tony Gwynn when he was good.

"We'll continue to throw it out there when we think it's the right thing to do."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Wives Of Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper Fuel Cubs Rumors

Aug 8, 2017 9:17 AM

Bryce Harper will become a free agent after the 2018 season and rumors about where he'll land have been swirling for years.

Peter Gammons reported earlier this year that Harper wants to play for the Chicago Cubs. Harper grew up with Kris Bryant in the Las Vegas area and the two are close friends.

The player's wives fueled the rumors with the Washington Nationals in Chicago to play the Cubs this past weekend. The posted a photo on social media together with the hashtag, #HarperToTheCubs.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Jake Arrieta Likes 'His Chances' In Free Agency

Aug 7, 2017 7:55 AM

Jake Arrieta will be a free agent for the first time in his career this winter and the pitcher is confident he'll cash in.

Arrieta, who was the 2015 NL Cy Young, has a 3.88 ERA, 4.11 FIP and 124 strikeouts in 127.2 innings this season.

"I haven't had the year I would like, but it's not over yet," he said. "How many people can do what I do, anyways? A handful of guys?

"But one season shouldn't diminish what the whole package is, and what a guy can do. You can struggle for a little while. It's going to happen. If a guy hits .200 for a while, it doesn't mean he's a .200 hitter.

"Everyone wants to have a career year, but if I stick to what I'm doing, I like my chances. I'll be fine."

Arrieta has a 2.08 ERA since the end of June.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Cubs Place Addison Russell On DL; Call Up Rob Zastryzny

Aug 4, 2017 1:11 PM

The Cubs have placed shortstop Addison Russell on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 2 because of a strained right foot.

Russell is batting .241 with 10 homers and 36 RBI. The Cubs announced the move before Friday's game against the NL East-leading Nationals.

Chicago also called up left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Iowa. Zastryzny made one appearance for the Cubs in May and pitched in eight games for them last season.

ESPN.com

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Tigers Trade Justin Wilson, Alex Avila To Cubs

Jul 31, 2017 12:51 AM

On the eve of baseball’s July trade deadline, the Tigers parted Sunday night with prime-time reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila in a deal that brings two strong prospects to a youth-starved Tigers system.

The Tigers got switch-hitting third baseman Jaimer Candelario and 18-year-old shortstop Isaac Paredes in a swap that sends Wilson and his lightning-bolt left arm to the Cubs.

Detroit News

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

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Multiple Teams Have Interest In Tigers' Justin Wilson

Jul 30, 2017 10:22 PM

Detroit spent Sunday evening narrowing their list of suitors for lefty reliever Justin Wilson, with the potential of a deal Sunday night or Monday morning.

Five teams remain in the mix for Wilson, according to an industry source. The Astros are considered the favorites, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, but the Nationals and Cubs also remain in the hunt according to MLB.com's Phil Rogers and other sources. MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal reported that the Cubs are heavily involved in talks.

Other teams that have been linked at some point to Wilson include the Rockies, Rays, Dodgers, Red Sox, Brewers, Indians and Yankees.

MLB.com

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals, New York Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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John Lackey Rules Out Moving To Bullpen

Jul 19, 2017 7:16 AM

John Lackey has given no thought to pitching out of the bullpen for the Chicago Cubs.

"No, that ship has sailed," Lackey said. "That ain't going to happen. There's two places for me to be: starting or at home. Except for the playoffs or in big games -- we can compromise."

Lackey came off the disabled list to allow one run, five hits and two walks in five innings.

Associated Press

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Jose Quintana Strikes Out 12 In Cubs Debut

Jul 16, 2017 7:42 PM

It might be premature to call the trade for Jose Quintana a complete success already. But if Sunday is any indication, the Cubs have found a top-of-the-rotation pitcher.

Quintana was outstanding in striking out 12 Orioles over seven innings while surrendering only three hits without issuing a walk. It propelled the Cubs to an 8-0 win and a series sweep.

ESPN.com

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Brewers Don't Feel Need To Deal After Cubs Land Jose Quintana

Jul 14, 2017 7:37 AM

The Milwaukee Brewers hold a 5.5-game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central.

On Thursday, the Cubs made a big splash by acquiring Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox for the second half of the season. David Stearns says the Brewers won't make a reactive move to counter the Cubs.

"I think that can be a little bit dangerous," Stearns said. "We have to make moves that make the most sense for our franchise, and that's regardless of what a particular rival or another team in our division is doing.

"The Cubs are doing what they think they need to do to improve their team. Obviously we're going to continue to look at the market and see if there's a fit for us down the road."

Mark Feinsand/MLB

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Cubs Acquire Jose Quintana From White Sox

Jul 13, 2017 12:01 PM

The Chicago Cubs have acquired Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox for a four-player package that includes two of their top prospects.

The White Sox will receive outfielder Eloy Jimenez, right-hander Dylan Cease and infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.

Jimenez and Cease were considered the Cubs' top prospects.

Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Theo Epstein: Better Play, Not Trades Will Boost Cubs
The Cubs continue to disappoint, but Theo Epstein remains patient with the defending World Series champions.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Have Inquired With Tigers About Alex Avila, Justin Verlander
The Cubs have inquired with the Tigers about Alex Avila and Justin Verlander ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline.

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Kris Bryant Sprains Ankle, May Require DL Stint
Kris Bryant left Wednesday night's game after stepping awkwardly on third base following his catch of a pop fly in the fifth inning.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Cut Miguel Montero After Being 'Bad Teammate'
The Cubs have designated Miguel Montero for assignment after he publicly called out Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases against the Nationals on Tuesday night.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Miguel Montero Blames Jake Arrieta For Nationals' Seven Steals
Miguel Montero blamed the total on Jake Arrieta's slow delivery, which he says kept him from throwing out runners.

Associated Press

Kyle Schwarber 'Not Surprised' Cubs Demoted Him
Kyle Schwarber was sent down to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday after hitting .171 in 64 games this season.

ESPN

Addison Russell's Wife Files For Divorce, Won't Talk To MLB
Addison Russell's wife has filed for divorce and will not meet with Major League Baseball to discuss the investigation into domestic abuse claims.

ESPN

Anthony Rizzo Won't Be Suspended For Violating Collision Rule
Major League Baseball says Anthony Rizzo violated the home-plate collision rule in Monday's game between the Cubs and Padres but will not be disciplined.

ESPN

Andy Green Calls Out Anthony Rizzo After Home Plate Collision
Andy Green did little to conceal his feelings about the home-plate collision that knocked Austin Hedges out of Monday night's game, calling Anthony Rizzo's hit "a cheap shot."

ESPN

Addison Russell Hasn't Heard Anything About Possible Suspension
Addison Russell hasn't heard any results from Major League Baseball's investigation into an Instagram post by a friend of his wife's that alleged domestic violence.

Gordon Wittenmeyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Anthony Rizzo 'All-In' As Cubs' Leadoff Hitter
After getting on base for the fifth consecutive time to start a game on Sunday, Anthony Rizzo says he is "all-in" as the new lead-off hitter for the Chicago Cubs.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Selling Wrigley Field Ivy For $200
The leaves were gathered after last season, when the Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years.

Chris Cwik/Yahoo! Sports

Anthony Rizzo Homers In First-Ever Leadoff Start
Anthony Rizzo homered off of Zack Wheeler to open Tuesday's game between the Cubs and Mets.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

2017 MLB Draft First Round Results
The first round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft was held on Monday night with a lot of young talent coming off the board early.

RealGM Staff Report

Addison Russell Denies Domestic Violence Accusation
Addison Russell has denied an accusation of domestic violence against his wife amid a Major League Baseball investigation.

ESPN

Does Bryce Harper Want To Play For Cubs?
Bryce Harper is eligible for free agency after the 2018 season and his next contract is expected to be worth more than $400 million.

Peter Gammons

Cubs Hoping Kyle Schwarber Will Rebound From 7-Hole
Looking to help Kyle Schwarber get on track, the Cubs are moving the slugger down in the batting order.

Carrie Muskat/MLB

Theo Epstein Visits Struggling Cubs In San Diego
Theo Epstein visited the Cubs in San Diego on Tuesday, saying he is providing "moral support" for the reigning champions amid their ongoing struggles and insisting no drastic changes are imminent.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Carlos Zambrano Will Pitch In Venezuelan Winter League
Carlos Zambrano will return to the mound, but it remains to be seen if he will aim to make a Major League comeback.

Bruce Levine/670 The Score

Joe Maddon Becomes Eighth Active Manager With 1,000 Wins
Joe Maddon celebrated with a glass of red wine made by Big Smooth Wines out of Lodi, California in the press room.

Associated Press