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  1. Travis Wood wants a long-term extension with the Cubs

    Jul 17, 2013, 9:40 AM EST

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    Travis Wood had a 4.22 ERA through his first three seasons, but this season he’s taken a huge step forward with a 2.79 ERA and his first All-Star appearance. And now the 26-year-old left-hander would like to guarantee himself a nice payday while sticking with the Cubs long term. Wood told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com…

  2. Cubs likely to trade Matt Garza this week

    Jul 15, 2013, 1:27 PM EST

    Matt Garza Getty

    Matt Garza shot down yesterday’s report that the Cubs informed him he was going to be traded, but that obviously doesn’t mean he’s staying in Chicago. In fact, David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that Garza is likely to be traded this week. According to Kaplan “several teams have decided they are willing to engage Theo…

  3. All-Star roster fun: McCann, Melancon, Romo, Balfour, Holland, Tillman added

    Jul 14, 2013, 7:15 PM EST

    Brian McCann AP

    The weekend preceding the All-Star Game festivities is always fun because the list of actual All-Stars expands by about ten players as injured players step down and would-be snubs finally get their call. Today, American League Sunday starters Bartolo Colon of the Athletics, Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners, and Justin Verlander of the Tigers were…

  4. Matt Garza receives word he will likely be traded

    Jul 14, 2013, 6:45 PM EST

    Matt Garza Getty

    Cubs starter Matt Garza has been informed that he will likely be traded, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The right-hander has emerged as the most sought-after pitcher, posting a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts since making his season debut on May 21. Garza missed the first seven weeks of the season due to…

  5. All-Star Futures Game wrap: U.S. beats World 4-2

    Jul 14, 2013, 5:05 PM EST

    Xander Bogaerts

    Not that the score really matters, but the U.S. team topped the World squad in the All-Star Futures Game again this year, winning 4-2 and outhitting the competition 9-3. Of course, this game is more fun to watch for the individual performances that any sort of team effort. So, let’s get right to the prospects…

  6. Rangers, Blue Jays are the “front-runners” for Matt Garza

    Jul 14, 2013, 2:36 PM EST

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    From beat writer Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas: Many of the same teams that have had strong interest in Chicago Cubs right-hander Matt Garza were on hand to watch his outing on Saturday night at Wrigley Field. The Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays remain the front-runners for a trade with Chicago, according to industry sources. The Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants have also…

  7. Pirates “studying deals” for Alex Rios, Nate Schierholtz

    Jul 14, 2013, 1:41 PM EST

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    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune has the scoop: Looking to upgrade in right field, the Pirates are studying deals for Nate Schierholtz and Alex Rios. It is possible that they’ll make a move sooner rather than later, as they are tied for the NL Central lead while last in OPS at the position (slash line…

  8. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Jul 14, 2013, 8:57 AM EST

    Matt Garza Getty

    Get used to hearing about Matt Garza a lot around here over the next couple of weeks, as he figures to be the most popular name on the market leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Fortunately for the Cubs, he has been doing his part to bolster his value recently. While Garza…

  9. Tim Lincecum hurls no-hitter against Padres

    Jul 14, 2013, 1:12 AM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    It took a whopping 148 pitches, but Tim Lincecum recorded his first career no-hitter Saturday in the Giants’ 9-0 victory over the Padres. It was the most pitches thrown in a game since Edwin Jackson got to 149 in his no-hitter for the Diamondbacks on June 25, 2010 and the second most since 2005. Lincecum’s…

  10. The Mets are hesitant to trade Marlon Byrd

    Jul 13, 2013, 1:25 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 12, 2013, 6:50 AM EST

    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…

  12. Scott Baker to begin minor league rehab assignment Sunday

    Jul 11, 2013, 7:35 PM EST

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    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…

  13. Marlins sign No. 6 overall pick Colin Moran

    Jul 11, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Jul 10, 2013, 5:02 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 10, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Jul 10, 2013, 6:51 AM EST

    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…

  17. Cubs release Shawn Camp

    Jul 9, 2013, 1:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 9, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 9, 2013, 7:03 AM EST

    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…

  20. Padres to sign first-round pick Hunter Renfroe

    Jul 8, 2013, 8:45 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Jul 8, 2013, 3:50 PM EST

    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…

  22. Matt Garza and the Cubs have talked contract extension

    Jul 8, 2013, 2:54 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 8, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

    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…

  24. Report: Nationals acquire Scott Hairston from Cubs

    Jul 7, 2013, 11:36 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jul 7, 2013, 7:55 PM EST

    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…

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