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  1. The Mets are hesitant to trade Marlon Byrd

    Jul 13, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd AP

    After a lost year, Marlon Byrd has exceeded all expectations this season by batting .263 with 15 home runs, 49 RBI, and an .804 OPS through 77 games  With the Mets unlikely to make a run at things, many have logically speculated that the club will attempt to sell high by the trade deadline later…

  2. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 12, 2013, 6:50 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v New York Yankees

    Yankees 8, Royals 4: Jeter returns. And got a hit! And an RBI! And scored a run! And left with a strained quadricep! Oy vey. Braves 6, Reds 5: Freddie Freeman wins the Final Vote than goes out and has himself a nice night (3 for 4, 4 RBI). Bad news, though: Jason Heyward left…

  3. Scott Baker to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

    Jul 11, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    scott baker getty

    When the Cubs signed right-hander Scott Baker to a one-year, $5.5 million contract over the winter, they were hoping that he would be fully recovered from Tommy John surgery by the early part of April. It didn’t turn out that way, as he suffered a setback with his elbow during his first Cactus League start…

  4. Marlins sign No. 6 overall pick Colin Moran

    Jul 11, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Colin Moran

    Tomorrow is the deadline for draft picks to sign and Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that the Marlins have agreed to a deal with No. 6 overall pick Colin Moran. According to Rodriguez, the University of North Carolina third baseman is getting the slot recommended bonus for the sixth pick,…

  5. Cubs sign No. 2 overall pick Kris Bryant for $6.7 million

    Jul 10, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Kris Bryant

    No. 2 overall pick Kris Bryant and the Cubs have agreed to a deal ahead of Friday’s deadline for draft picks to sign. And despite all the headlines about Bryant holding out for more money than the Cubs were comfortable paying Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the San Diego third baseman will get…

  6. Matt Garza “is bracing for a trade” before July 31

    Jul 10, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    matt garza getty

    I speculated Monday that the sudden influx of “Matt Garza and the Cubs have talked contract extension” reports were mostly the Cubs attempting to use the media to generate some negotiating leverage for an inevitable trade. Garza was asked about the situation and pegged the chances of agreeing to an extension at “50-50″ but according…

  7. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 10, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Baltimore Orioles

    Rangers 8, Orioles 2: Adrian Beltre hit two homers on a 4 for 4, 5 RBI night. He has an 11 game hitting streak and is 21 for his last 43. Wrecking crew. — He’s not a member of the All-Star team despite a line of .319/.362/.551. Thank you, Jim Leyland, though, for giving us five middle…

  8. Cubs release Shawn Camp

    Jul 9, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Shawn Camp

    Shawn Camp cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and the Cubs have released the 37-year-old reliever. Camp led the National League with 80 appearances last season, throwing 78 innings with a 3.59 ERA and 54/21 K/BB ratio, but didn’t generate much interest as a free agent and re-signed with the Cubs for…

  9. Alfonso Soriano: “I don’t want to be on this team if they don’t want me here”

    Jul 9, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano is finally showing some signs of life lately, going 16-for-42 (.381) with six homers and four doubles in the last 10 games to bring his overall numbers toward respectability. And since the Cubs have been looking to trade him for years now the subject is once again being talked about in Chicago, where…

  10. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 9, 2013, 7:03 AM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Brewers 4, Reds 3: Holy moly that was a crazy game-ending catch for Carlos Gomez, robbing Joey Votto of the go-ahead home run: Incredible. Rays 7, Twins 4: The Rays continue to roll, winning their ninth in ten chances. Joe Maddon talked about his team going ten games over .500: “The thing I like is…

  11. Padres to sign first-round pick Hunter Renfroe

    Jul 8, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Hunter Renfroe

    Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Padres first-round pick Hunter Renfroe is in San Diego today in order to take his physical, the final step before finalizing his contract. Renfroe, a 22-year-old outfielder out of Mississippi State, was selected No. 13 overall in last month’s First-Year Player Draft. No word yet on the terms involved,…

  12. Wei-Yin Chen to rejoin Orioles’ rotation Wednesday

    Jul 8, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    Wei-Yin Chen

    Baltimore’s rotation will get a boost Wednesday, with left-hander Wei-Yin Chen set to come off the disabled list and start against Texas. Chen has been out for the past two months with a strained oblique muscle, but pitched very well before the injury and has a 3.83 ERA in 40 career starts since signing with…

  13. Matt Garza and the Cubs have talked contract extension

    Jul 8, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    Matt Garza and the Cubs “have discussed some contract options that would keep him in Chicago” beyond this season, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago. Garza is an impending free agent who’s healthy for the first time since the middle of last season and pitching well, so the Cubs wanting to keep him around…

  14. Cubs “confident” they’ll get a deal done with Kris Bryant

    Jul 8, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Kris Bryant

    With only five days remaining until the deadline to sign this year’s draft picks the Cubs and No. 2 overall pick Kris Bryant are still negotiating. Here’s what general manager Jed Hoyer told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com: There’s no update. We basically have four or five days left of discussions. We’re confident we’ll get it…

  15. Report: Nationals acquire Scott Hairston from Cubs

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    Looking for another weapon to combat left-handed pitchers, the Nationals picked up Scott Hairston from the Cubs on Sunday night, a source told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal says the Cubs will get a minor league pitcher in return. Hairston had to be expecting a bigger role than the one he found in Chicago after signing…

  16. A manager saving his closer in a tie game on the road backfires again

    Jul 7, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    Shocking, I know. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle decided against using closer Jason Grilli, one of the best relievers in baseball, as his team battled the Cubs in an 11-inning affair this afternoon. Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte tied the game with a solo home run. Hurdle went to Vin Mazzaro in…

  17. Nationals “have kicked the tires on” Matt Garza

    Jul 7, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    garza getty

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has it: The Nationals have kicked the tires on Cubs right-hander Matt Garza, one person familiar with the situation said. Talks between the teams have not progressed to the point of the Nationals offering the Cubs a formal proposal. Garza is also thought to be drawing trade interest from the…

  18. Play of the Day: Francisco Liriano starts 9th with nifty between-the-legs snag

    Jul 6, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Chicago Cubs

    Francisco Liriano held the Cubs to two runs on four hits and four walks with seven strikeouts over a nine-inning complete game. The lefty lowered his ERA to 2.20 in his 11th start of the season as he continues to top the list of baseball’s best off-season bargains. Liriano started off the bottom of the…

  19. Report: Cubs wanted Jonathan Schoop, Eduardo Rodriguez from Orioles for Matt Garza

    Jul 5, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

    matt garza getty

    Per Eduardo Encino of the Baltimore Sun, the Cubs wanted middle infielder Jonathan Schoop and left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez from the Orioles for starter Matt Garza. Schoop rated as the organization’s #3 prospect and Rodriguez #5 according to Baseball America at the end of October last year. Garza missed about nine starts to begin the…

  20. Cubs talking with multiple teams about Matt Garza

    Jul 5, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    Matt Garza picked a good time to start pitching well. At least from the Cubs’ perspective. Buster Olney reports that the Cubs are “making progress” on talks with multiple teams for the services of their starter, including Texas, Boston, Toronto, Cleveland, the Dodgers “and maybe Baltimore.” Olney adds that “a couple of more teams in the…

  21. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 5, 2013, 6:16 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    White Sox 3, Orioles 2: A walkoff homer for Adam Dunn won it, but seven shutout innings — with 11 strikeouts — from Jose Quintana helped make it possible. Athletics 1, Cubs 0: Offense-lovers need not apply. Dan Straily allowed only one hit in seven shutout innings. Travis Wood had six shutout innings of his…

  22. Unclaimed on waivers, Carlos Marmol accepts Dodgers’ assignment to Triple-A

    Jul 4, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    As soon as the Dodgers acquired Carlos Marmol from the Cubs earlier this week they placed him on waivers and predictably no other team wanted anything to do with the $5 million or remaining on his contract. Marmol passed through waivers unclaimed and was outrighted off the 40-man roster, accepting an assignment to Triple-A. By…

  23. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: AL & NL Cy Young

    Jul 2, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Matt Harvey

    Yesterday, we took a look at what WAR had to say as far as midseason awards winners. Now, I’m making my own choices, starting with the Cy Young Awards. First, let’s get the charts out of the way, here are the top 10 in the AL by ERA and both versions of WAR. ERA 1.…

  24. Dodgers acquire Carlos Marmol from Cubs for Matt Guerrier

    Jul 2, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    In a swap of relievers who were designated for assignment, Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs have traded Carlos Marmol and about $200,000 in international signing bonus money to the Dodgers for Matt Guerrier. Marmol certainly has a lot more upside than Guerrier, who’s been little more than middle relief-caliber since signing…

  25. Cubs trade Feldman, Clevenger to Orioles for Arrieta, Strop, and international bonus money

    Jul 2, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

    Scott Feldman

    Trading season is officially upon us, as Keith Law of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs have traded right-hander Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger to the Orioles for right-hander Pedro Strop, right-hander Jake Arrieta, and about $400,000 in international signing bonus slot amount. It’s tough to have a good feel for how valuable the international…

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