Chicago Cubs Reaction: Jon Lester, Willson Contreras are locked in

Chicago Cubs’ ace Jon Lester seems to be getting along without long-time battery partner David Ross – thanks to Willson Contreras. In his final spring outing against the Cleveland Indians, Lester and new batterymate Willson Contreras locked in and found some consistency. The veteran lefty at times lacked control, but was able to work through it with the young catcher, […...
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The Chicago Cubs: A Dynasty in the Making

We’ve written a lot about the Cubs over the past year-plus. Nor is there any secret as to why that’s the case. After undergoing a deep rebuild, the organization resurfaced with a roster full of young homegrown stars and talented free-agent additions. The club played at high level throughout 2016, ultimately leading to one of the most exciting games in baseball history. The Cubs’...
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The Rundown: Cubs Roster Almost Set, Arrieta Talks Offseason Prep, Trade Value Rankings

Many a Cubs fan’s heart was rent by the news that Munenori Kawasaki had been released Tuesday afternoon. There’s still a possibility that he could come back if he doesn’t find a gig elsewhere, but he’s not going to factor in the roster either way. The team later announced that Caleb Smith had been returned to the Yankees under the terms of the Rule 5 draft (he was selected...
Via Cubs Insider
1 hour ago

Chicago Cubs News: Jake Arrieta sharp in loss; injuries a lingering concern

The Chicago Cubs dropped a decision to the San Francisco Giants, despite a strong start from Jake Arrieta. Injuries, meanwhile, remain a big concern. Despite a middle-innings rally, the Chicago Cubs fell once again – this time to the San Francisco Giants. The visitors scored five times in the ninth, courtesy of three homers, two […] Chicago Cubs News: Jake Arrieta sharp in loss...
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2 hours ago

Kyle Hendricks apparently got food poisoning from Taco Bell

MLB opening day is fast approaching, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a final few silly spring training ailments and injuries. Kyle Hendricks found that out the hard way after an ill-advised run to Taco Bell in Las Vegas. That’s according to a few different reports, including Bruce Levine: And as Cubs HQ notes, the food poisoning was just the final oddity of the Cubs trip...
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Face of the Philosophy: Schwarber’s (Not So) Hidden Strength

Kyle Schwarber led off the final inning of 2016 with an outlandish degree of confidence. He reportedly strode to the batter’s box, nonchalantly reassuring Mike Borzello, “Borzy, I’ve got this. Don’t worry. I’m locked in.” Naturally, he was right. It’s a special twenty-three-year-old who can bring that kind of self-assurance – and deliver – in […]
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In The Loop: What we can expect from Jason Heyward

David Kaplan and David DeJesus analyze Jason Heyward's potential bounce-back campaign for the Cubs in 2017.
Via CSN Chicago
10 hours ago

Cubs: Ben Zobrist's path back to October and a possible three-peat

Ben Zobrist has been an integral part of the last two World Series champion. Now the Cubs' utility man has his sights set on a third straight.
Via CSN Chicago
11 hours ago

Cubs return Rule 5 lefty Caleb Smith to Yankees as roster comes into focus

MESA, Ariz. - Matt Szczur vs. Tommy La Stella - and a combination of right/left, outfield/infield and contractual considerations - appears to be the final
Via CSN Chicago
11 hours ago

Cubs Return Rule 5 Pick Caleb Smith To Yankees

The Cubs are returning left-hander Caleb Smith to the Yankees, reports Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago (Twitter link). Chicago selected Smith in the Rule 5 draft in December.
Via MLB Trade Rumors
13 hours ago

Russell's back improving as Zobrist returns

Ben Zobrist returned to the Cubs lineup Tuesday after missing more than one week because of a stiff neck while Addison Russell remained day to day, still nursing a sore back.
13 hours ago

Cubs Related Podcast: John Arguello of Cubs Den Talks Prospects, Eloy Jimenez’s Contact, Albert Almora’s Power

John Arguello talks about the flurry of young Cubs prospects, Eloy Jimenez’s contact rate, Albert Almora’s improved power, Willson Contreras’s development, and more. The post Cubs Related Podcast: John Arguello of Cubs Den Talks Prospects, Eloy Jimenez’s Contact, Albert Almora’s Power appeared first on Cubs Insider.
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14 hours ago

Watch: Chesny Young Puts Cubs on Board with Two-Run Jack

Cubs prospect Chesny Young took Matt Cain deep to left-center to put the Cubs on the board in the 3rd inning. The post Watch: Chesny Young Puts Cubs on Board with Two-Run Jack appeared first on Cubs Insider.
Via Cubs Insider
16 hours ago

Inbox: Has Baez earned full-time job at 2nd?

Javier Baez, playing time and pitching are among the questions in this week's Cubs Inbox.
16 hours ago

Montero launches effort to help sick children

Miguel Montero and his wife have created the Miguel and Vanessa Montero Foundation to provide medical assistance to seriously ill children of Venezuela. Their goal is to bring one or two Venezuelan children a year to the U.S. to get medical treatment.
16 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Injuries pose the largest threat to this year’s Cubs

With Opening Night just days away, the Chicago Cubs are already battling a nemesis: the injury bug the team largely avoided during their 2016 World Series run. Spring Training has gone fairly smoothly to this point. The Chicago Cubs have answered the rotation question, which remained the one big question mark heading in. The real […] Chicago Cubs: Injuries pose the largest threat...
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16 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Farm system depth could mean the trading block for some

It took 108 years, but the Chicago Cubs have won a World Series and put together one of the best rosters in all of baseball. Theo Epstein put on his smock and took out his magic paintbrush to create the true masterpiece that is the Chicago Cubs projected starting lineup. All the years of turmoil in Chicago didn’t go to waste, as year after year the Cubs drafted young players like...
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Chicago Cubs: Is this the year Addison Russell becomes a superstar?

When you think about the young nucleus of the Chicago Cubs with MVP and franchise staple Kris Bryant at the helm, it is sometimes easy to forget just how good Addison Russell was for the World Champions. After a successful rookie campaign in 2015, Russell posted 22 home runs and 95 RBIs at the back end of the Cubs lineup while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense at shortstop. For...
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Joe Maddon announces Chicago Cubs starting rotation for 2017

On Thursday, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon announced the official starting rotation for the start of the 2017 season, which begins for the Cubs when they face their rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, on April 2. Although Maddon had previously announced that Cubs ace Jon Lester would get the start for the Cubs opening day game in St. Louis, the rest of the rotation was not announced...
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Cubs to wear gold-trimmed jerseys to celebrate World Series win

The Chicago Cubs on Friday provided a glimpse of the special jerseys the team will wear for its first series of the 2017 MLB season to commemorate their World Series victory last fall.The Cubs official Twitter account teased images of the unis, which feature gold stitching and lettering. Gold trim will also be featured on the team’s cap. As noted the tweet, the special-edition...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Fantasy Frolics: Wait on Arrieta; Look for Buxton

You will find nothing in this article stating that “Mike Trout is a great hitter and should be selected in the first round.” Or that “Wade Boggs has retired. so don’t take him.” This isn’t about the obvious. But with many fantasy drafts set for this weekend, owners thirsty for advice need to know who to grab and who to avoid. Not to brag (OK, so to brag), I have won my...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jake Arrieta crushed a home run off Zack Greinke

Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, unlike many others that play his position, is no easy out.Arrieta recorded a career-high 17 hits last season, with two home runs as well. It didn’t take him long to hit one this year, either, even though it was in an exhibition game.The Cubs squared off against the Diamondbacks in a Grapefruit League game on Thursday, and Arrieta took a pitch from Zack...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Theo Epstein has great response to being named greatest leader

Fortune magazine named Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein the World’s Greatest Leader in its annual list, and the man himself had a rather incredulous response.Epstein finished ahead of the likes of Pope Francis in landing the honor, but he made it quite clear that he felt extremely undeserving.“Um, I can’t even get my dog to stop peeing in the house,” Epstein told ESPN’s...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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