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  1. Alfonso Soriano as a Granderson replacement seems far-fetched

    Feb 24, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    The silver lining about a 10-week injury to Curtis Granderson: Opening Day is still more than a month away. Losing Granderson’s power is far from an ideal way for the Yankees to start the spring, but it’s hardly a season-wrecker either. And while there might be some concern over whether Granderson will regain his power…

  2. Scott Baker expected to join Cubs rotation in mid-April

    Feb 23, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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    Gordon Wittenmyer, who serves as a beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, explains this situation: Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he anticipates right-hander Scott Baker getting his first spring start sometime in the middle of March, then opening the season on the disabled list and – barring setback – making his Cubs debut sometime in…

  3. Ian Stewart expected to miss 10-14 days with quad strain

    Feb 23, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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    The Cubs non-tendered Ian Stewart in October before bringing him back on a one-year, $2 million contract with the chance to compete for the starting third base job, but he’s going to be a bit behind this spring. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Stewart will miss 10-14 days after an MRI revealed…

  4. Matt Garza diagnosed with mild lat strain

    Feb 19, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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    The Cubs got some good news on Matt Garza, as an MRI exam on his lat injury revealed only a minor strain. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that Garza will rest for a week, which means his Cactus League debut will be pushed back, but so far at least the injury is nothing that should…

  5. Alfonso Soriano says he would accept a trade to “six or seven” teams

    Feb 18, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT

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    Alfonso Soriano wasn’t shy last season in saying that he would veto a potential trade to the eventual World Series champion Giants, but he hasn’t ruled out accepting a trade elsewhere. According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Soriano said today that he has given the Cubs a list of “six or seven” teams where…

  6. Matt Garza to undergo MRI on strained lat muscle

    Feb 18, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza was hoping to start 2013 on a healthy note after he was shut down last season due to a stress reaction in his throwing elbow, but things might not work out that way. Garza was 20 pitches into a batting practice session yesterday before he had to cut things short due to a…

  7. Matt Garza can’t complete first live batting practice session

    Feb 17, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza missed the final 11 weeks of the 2012 season because of a stress reaction in his pitching elbow. And he might still be dealing with that injury. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the right-hander left his first live batting practice session Sunday in camp. Garza was holding his left side,…

  8. Cubs “leaning toward” using Carlos Villanueva as reliever

    Feb 15, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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    When the Cubs signed Carlos Villanueva to a two-year, $10 million deal in December it was assumed that he’d be in the starting rotation, but now Carrie Muskat of MLB.com writes that they “seem to be leaning toward using Villanueva out of the bullpen.” Villanueva said all the right things about filling whatever role is…

  9. Report: Cubs “on the fringes” for free agent outfielder Michael Bourn

    Feb 11, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: So much for that. Carrie Muskat, who covers the Cubs for MLB.com, writes that Bourn to the Cubs is “not happening.” Could this be a case of Bourn’s agent, Scott Boras, making a last-ditch effort to create a market for his client? 8:06 PM: There’s been plenty of chatter over the past couple of…

  10. Carlos Marmol “very pissed off” about abuse charges, files blackmail countersuit

    Feb 11, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Carlos Marmol arrived at Cubs camp today and spoke to reporters about the abuse charges he’s facing in the Dominican Republic. Details have been scarce, but a 24-year-old woman filed a civil suit alleging a domestic assault incident in October. Marmol said today that he gave the woman a ride home from a party and…

  11. Cubs make two-year, $5 million contract official with Scott Hairston and DFA Tony Campana

    Feb 10, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have finalized their two-year, $5 million free agent contract with Scott Hairston and designated Tony Campana for assignment to clear roster room. Hairston will get regular playing time in right field this season in Chicago after batting .263 with a solid .803 OPS and a…

  12. Carlos Marmol’s abuse case sent to higher court in Dominican Republic

    Feb 9, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Via Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Dominican newspaper El Nacional reports that Carlos Marmol appeared at a hearing Friday regarding a domestic abuse case in the Dominican Republic. The judge sent the case to a higher court, which will render a ruling at an unknown date. Marmol had a criminal complaint filed against him last week…

  13. Joe Saunders’ deal with Mariners worth $6.5 million

    Feb 8, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Saunders will make $6.5 million and could earn an additional $1 million with incentives. The deal includes a mutual option for 2014. 4:49 PM: It’s not official yet, but Joe Saunders has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says it’ll be…

  14. Matt Garza throws first bullpen session since July

    Feb 5, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Matt Garza took a big step in his recovery from the elbow injury that ended his season, throwing a bullpen session yesterday for the first time since July. “Matty looks like he is in great shape,” pitching coach Chris Bosio said, via Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago. “It looks like he worked hard in the…

  15. Matt Garza is feeling better

    Feb 1, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza hurt his elbow last year and ended up throwing only 103 innings.  He’s feeling much better now: Just finished my first bullpen of spring! Glad to be back on the bump! #gottawalktorun#gameready — Matt garza (@Gdeuceswild) February 1, 2013   Garza just signed a $10.25 million contract for 2013.  It’s his walk year…

  16. Carlos Marmol accused of abuse in the Dominican Republic

    Jan 31, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune passes along a report from the Dominican newspaper ListinDiario.com. that Carlos Marmol has been accused of abuse by lawyers for a 24 year-old woman in the Dominican Republic. A criminal complaint has been filed by the alleged victim, but no criminal charges have been filed. Marmol’s attorney denies the allegation…

  17. The Ricketts family takes a new tack to get Wrigley Field renovated

    Jan 21, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    Since the day they bought the Cubs, the Ricketts family has been trying to get Wrigley Field renovated. For over two years their efforts were focused on getting public funds to do so. This has gone nowhere, mostly because the Ricketts seem to be awful at politics. Their first attempt was to ask for state…

  18. The Cubs talked to the Diamondbacks about Justin Upton

    Jan 19, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

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    Justin Upton recently rejected a trade that would have sent him to the Mariners, but the Diamondbacks continue to shop him aggressively. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the Cubs and Diamondbacks recently discussed a possible trade involving Upton. However, talks quickly fizzled when Arizona asked for shortstop Starlin Castro in return. Interestingly, the…

  19. Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

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    By noon we’d already done a dozen posts about players and teams avoiding arbitration ahead of today’s deadline, so something had to give. We’ll keep posting the more noteworthy cases, but here’s a roundup of the not-so-noteworthy ones that will be updated throughout the day. • Gaby Sanchez and the Pirates: $1.75 million • Antonio…

  20. Matt Garza agrees to one-year, $10.25 million deal with Cubs to avoid arbitration

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

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    The Cubs and right-hander Matt Garza have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.25 million contract. Garza’s representation at CAA Baseball made the announcement on Twitter. Garza gets a slight raise from the $9.5 million salary he made last season. The 29-year-old right-hander posted a 3.91 ERA and 96/32 K/BB ratio over 103 2/3…

  21. The Mariners think they’re getting better, but probably aren’t

    Jan 17, 2013, 1:18 AM EDT

    Jason Bay

    In Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik’s defense, he did aim high, pulling off a deal for Arizona’s Justin Upton that was negated by the right fielder’s no-trade clause. However, the moves that he’s actually completed this winter to aid the offense don’t bode particularly well for the Mariners’ 2013 hopes. – Traded OF Trayvon Robinson to…

  22. Luis Valbuena, Cubs avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 10, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Luis Valbuena has avoided arbitration with the Cubs by signing a one-year, $930,000 deal, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Chicago claimed Valbuena off waivers last April and he ended up getting 303 plate appearances, including 72 starts at third base, but he hit just .219 with four homers and a .650 OPS. Valbuena’s career…

  23. Manny Corpas returns to Rockies on minor league deal

    Jan 10, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Manny Corpas, who began his career as a rookie closer on the NL-winning Rockies before struggling with injuries, has returned to Colorado on a minor-league contract. Corpas spent last season with the Cubs, posting a 5.01 ERA and 28/16 K/BB ratio in 47 innings at age 29 after missing all of 2011 following Tommy John…

  24. The Cubs are out on Yuniesky Betancourt

    Dec 31, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Yuniesky Betancourt said he expects to have a major league deal soon. One of the teams who was considering him was the Cubs, who had visions of placing Betancourt at third base. Justin Bopp of MLB Daily Dish reports that that isn’t happening, however, now that Ian Stewart has re-signed with the team. Betancourt hit .228/.256/.400 with…

  25. Matt Garza vows to be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza didn’t make another start after July 19 this past season due to a stress reaction in his throwing elbow, but he’s hoping for better luck in 2013. According to David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, Garza hasn’t had any issues with his elbow since he resumed throwing earlier this month. Barring any setbacks, he fully…

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