Chicago Cubs: Is Albert Almora on the trade block?

With Dexter Fowler‘s return to the Chicago Cubs came the demotion of Albert Almora, Jr. What is next for the young prospect? Albert Almora, Jr., came in with a defensive bang. The number five prospect in the Chicago Cubs farm system nailed Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera at the plate on June 8. During his […] Chicago Cubs: Is Albert Almora on the trade block?...
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Cubs to recall veteran reliever Joe Nathan on Sunday

According to a report from Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune on Saturday, the Chicago Cubs will recall veteran relief pitcher Joe Nathan from Triple-A Iowa. While slated to promote Nathan prior to Sunday’s matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cubs have yet to announce a corresponding roster move. Finally attempting to bolster their bullpen, […] The post Cubs to recall...
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Former closer Nathan set to join Cubs' bullpen

The Cubs will add another piece to the bullpen on Sunday when veteran right-hander Joe Nathan joins the team.
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Joe Nathan to Join Cubs Sunday

As they look for ways to improve a bullpen long perceived to be a team weakness, the Cubs are turning to an old strategy. And I do mean old. Not only has the Theo Epstein regime made a habit of betting on injured and reclaimed pitchers, but their next addition is a little long in the tooth. Joe Maddon announced Saturday that the Cubs would be adding 41-year-old Joe Nathan to the...
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Two-Start Pitchers, Week 17: Professor Hendricks

Just look at him. Smiling. Slender. Smart. Coming in at a 190LBs while standing a svelte 6'3" if you gave this man some wispy eyebrows, a cardigan and a pipe you'd have yourself a run-of-the-mill ivy league professor. In the greens of Dartmouth's baseball team, though, you get Kyle Hendricks, the unbecoming, unannounced, unheralded almost ace of the MLB-best Chicago Cubs. Could...
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Chicago Cubs: Should they bring Dexter Fowler back in 2017?

When the Chicago Cubs signed Dexter Fowler to a one-year deal, it stunned the baseball world–especially the Orioles. With a mutual option for 2017, it was assumed they would buy him out to allow Albert Almora to take over. But should the two reconsider that plan? It’s a world of buyouts and options in contracts […] Chicago Cubs: Should they bring Dexter Fowler back in 2017...
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Chicago Cubs: Jason Heyward has time to prove his worth

Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward has been a disappointment at the plate, but his defense has helped buoy him until the bat comes around, and there’s still plenty of time. When you sign an eight year/$184 million deal to join the Chicago Cubs in their quest for a World Series title the expectation on you […] Chicago Cubs: Jason Heyward has time to prove his worth - Cubbies...
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8 hours ago

Cubs 5, Brewers 2 (7.22.16)

The Cubs again have the best record in baseball, which they lost for a brief period when they forgot how to win. They lost 14 of 18 and with last night’s 5-2 win over the Brewers, the Cubs have now won 6 of their last 8 games. Baseball predictions are silly up to a point, but I’m going to predict the Cubs are about to go on a run that’s similar to what they did in the first...
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8 hours ago

Hammel: 'I felt pretty good'

Jason Hammel talks about his outing in the Cubs' 5-2 win over the Brewers on Friday night.
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18 hours ago

Maddon on Fowler: It’s apparent how important he is to us

Joe Maddon talks about how important it is to have Dexter Fowler back in the lineup following the Cubs' 5-2 win over the Brewers on Friday night.
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19 hours ago

BP Wrigleyville: The Cubs Are On A Record Pace! by Kazuto Yamazaki

No, the record isn`t `most wins.` Still, a record pace!
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Anthony Rizzo is the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs

If you look back to the 2012 Chicago Cubs lineup and compare it to that of 2016, you’ll find just two similarities. One is Travis Wood, one of the most effective long relievers in the game. The other, Anthony Rizzo, who is establishing himself as an MVP candidate for the best team in the NL Central, as well as serving as the CEO of the Cubs family. At the beginning of this 2016...
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Cubs activate Fowler from DL, add Montgomery to roster

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Chicago Cubs have activated Dexter Fowler from the 15-day disabled list after the outfielder missed a month with a strained right hamstring. Fowler was activated before Chicago's game on Friday night in Milwaukee, returning to his customary leadoff position in the lineup. The switch-hitter was hitting .290 with seven homers, 28 RBIs and six steals in 64 games...
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Pleskoff Scouting Report: Eloy Jimenez

  TEAM: Chicago Cubs AGE: 19 POSITION: Outfielder BATS: Right THROWS: Right HEIGHT: 6-foot-4 WEIGHT: 205 lbs. ACQUIRED: The Chicago Cubs signed Jimenez as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2013 ***** STRENGTHS Jimenez is a legitimate five-tool player. Of all his wonderful talents, however, power may be his greatest skill and most advanced tool. [...
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1 day ago

Theo Epstein Very Transparent in Discussing Cubs’ Plans

My favorite part about Theo Epstein’s tenure in Chicago has been deciphering his GM-speak. Well, okay, watching him more or less intentionally plunge the Cubs into a franchise-worst nosedive before pulling back on the stick and climbing to (potentially) unseen heights has been my favorite part. But I’ve really enjoyed listening to what he’s had to say about the process the...
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A Month In, Contreras Still Shining

It’s been just over a month since catching prodigy Willson Contreras was called up to the major leagues, and in true Cubs prospect fashion, Contreras made his debut with a bang against the division rival Pirates. Contreras sent a first pitch home run into the bleachers during his first at bat at Wrigley Field, and […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
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Cubs reportedly interested in Josh Reddick

Slated to become a free agent this upcoming winter, Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick will likely find himself on another team between now and the August 1st trade deadline. As the longest-tenured member of the A’s, it’s not going to be easy for the team’s brass to move him. But picking up something of substance in a trade is better than the alternative of seeing him...
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Scouting Dan Vogelbach and Co.

The Cubs had no room for Dan Vogelbach. Hit though he may, the absence of the designated hitter in the National League was always an inhibitor for his future there, to say nothing of the wealth of young bats the Cubs have amassed at or near the major-league level. For several months, Vogelbach was an obvious potential trade candidate simply because the Cubs had nowhere to put him...
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Cubs bolster bullpen, acquire lefty Mike Montgomery from M's

CHICAGO -- The Cubs added bullpen help Wednesday by acquiring left-hander Mike Montgomery from the Seattle Mariners for first baseman and designated hitter Dan Vogelbach.Chicago also obtained right-handed prospect Jordan Pries in the deal. Right-hander Paul Blackburn also goes to Seattle.The 27-year-old Montgomery has a 2.34 ERA in two starts and 30 relief appearances with the Mariners...
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Dream diet: Cubs' Hammel loads up on chips to avoid cramping

CHICAGO (AP) Jason Hammel says potato chips have helped end chronic cramping issues. Now the Chicago Cubs right-hander has enough salty snacks to last the rest of the season. Hammel was greeted at his Wrigley Field locker Wednesday morning by a 6-foot high stack of cardboard boxes filled with chips. They were a gift of Pennsylvania-based Utz. ''That's classic,'' a smiling Hammel...
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First-Hand Looks: South Bend Cubs

The following report was submitted by Grant Jones, a member of BP’s prospect team, after a few recent scouting trips to the see the South Bend Cubs. Original video of most prospects is included. We hope you enjoy. Eloy Jimenez (video) – Jimenez has been the most impressive player in the Midwest League, hands down. When […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: STL: Could the Cubs trade Javy Baez?

The SportsTalk Live panel talks about whether Javy Baez could be on the trading block as the deadline approaches.
Via CSN Chicago
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryant’s Sophomore Statement: Warm is the New Hot

“We have Kris Bryant, and you don’t.” Typically, it’s a trademark majestic bomb that motivates the popular fan jibe, but on June 27, 2016, it was three of them, plus two doubles thrown in for good measure. On that night, at least, Kris Bryant’s awesome offensive firepower was the story du jour. But closer observation revealed a more striking trend. Through a purposeful...
Via BP Wrigleyville
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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