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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Dodgers close to acquiring Carlos Marmol from Cubs

    Jul 1, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Dodgers “are closing in on a trade” for Carlos Marmol, who was designated for assignment by the Cubs last week. Marmol is owed about $5 million for the rest of this season, so presumably the Cubs have agreed to eat a significant portion of that money to…

  8. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 1, 2013, 6:51 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Miami Marlins

    Marlins 6, Padres 2: An improbable walkoff grand slam from Jeff Mathis caps an improbable winning month from the Miami Marlins. 15-10 in June for the worst team in baseball. Not bad. Oh, and Mathis’ homer was the 3,000th in team history. Pirates 2, Brewers 1: A 14th inning walkoff win for the hottest and…

  9. Ryan Sweeney diagnosed with fracture in left rib cage

    Jun 30, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    ryan sweeney sliding getty

    From MLB.com beat reporter Carrie Muskat: Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney has a fractured left rib, suffered when he crashed into the outfield wall at Safeco Field on Saturday, and will not be able to do any baseball activities for four to six weeks. Sweeney was injured after catching Kendrys Morales’ fly ball for the second…

  10. Reds release Mark Prior

    Jun 28, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    mark prior injured

    Mark Prior’s latest comeback attempt involved working as a reliever at Triple-A for the Reds, but he’s been on the disabled list with a shoulder injury since late April and today they released him. Since moving to the bullpen full time last season Prior has 47 strikeouts in 35 innings at Triple-A, but that also…

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

    Jun 28, 2013, 6:52 AM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    Dodgers 6, Phillies 4: Six straight wins for the Dodgers as Yasiel Puig singled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning. Puig also smacked into the scoreboard in right field, so he’s basically Bryce Harper in multiple respects. That seventh inning rally was occasioned by the bases being loaded on a walk, a…

  12. Matt Garza continues to improve his trade value

    Jun 27, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    Matt Garza was limited to two starts after the All-Star break last season due to a stress reaction in his elbow and a lat strain kept him from making his season debut this year until May 21, but he’s heating up at the right time for the rebuilding Cubs. Garza struck out 10 batters over…

  13. The Braves likely to pursue Kevin Gregg

    Jun 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves are interested in Cubs’ reliever Kevin Gregg: The Braves are among the many teams expected to show interest in Cubs closer Kevin Gregg, who owns a 1.11 ERA in 25 appearances. Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez utilized Gregg as his closer while they were together with the Marlins…

  14. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 27, 2013, 6:53 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    Blue Jays 3, Rays 0: R.A. Dickey throws a Maddux (i.e. a shutout in under 100 pitches), with his knuckler back up to the velocity he featured so often during his Cy Young season. Game was over in two hours, ten minutes. Athletics 5, Reds 0: A.J. Griffin needed 108 pitches for his two-hit shutout…

  15. No. 2 pick Kris Bryant “nowhere close to a deal” with Cubs.

    Jun 26, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    Kris Bryant

    No. 1 pick Mark Appel has already signed, as have 3-4-5 picks Jonathan Gray, Kohl Stewart, and Clint Frazier, but Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that No. 2 pick Kris Bryant is “nowhere close to a deal” with the Cubs. July 15 is the deadline for the Cubs to sign the San Diego slugger who…

  16. Carlos Gomez sitting out Tuesday with shoulder sprain

    Jun 25, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

    carlos gomez wall getty

    From Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel comes word that center fielder Carlos Gomez is not in the Brewers’ starting lineup on Tuesday evening against the Cubs because of lingering discomfort in his left shoulder. Gomez was diagnosed with a left shoulder sprain on Sunday afternoon after leaping into the center field wall to make…

  17. Starlin Castro snaps 269-game consecutive starts streak

    Jun 25, 2013, 6:22 PM EDT

    starlin castro getty

    Cal Ripken Jr. can go ahead and pop some bubbly. As noted by MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Brewers. It is the first time he’s been absent from Chicago’s order in the last 269 games, which was the longest active consecutive…

  18. Cubs give Carlos Marmol his walking papers

    Jun 25, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    As expected the Cubs just released Ian Stewart from Triple-A, but they also made an even bigger move by designating Carlos Marmol for assignment. Marmol has been awful this season, making it easy to forget that not so long ago he was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball and his career ERA in…

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

    Jun 24, 2013, 5:30 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Mets 8, Phillies 0: Matt Harvey blanks the Phillies on two hits for six innings and David Wright went 4 for 5 with two doubles, a triple and a homer. I know the Mets have problems, but man, when it goes right for them it’s really pretty. Something about the purity of an ace and…

  20. Twins sign No. 4 pick Kohl Stewart for $4.5 million

    Jun 19, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Kohl Stewart

    No. 4 pick Kohl Stewart and the Twins have agreed to a deal and Jim Callis of Baseball America reports that the high school right-hander from Texas will get the exact slot bonus amount of $4,544,400. Minnesota was linked to Stewart throughout the draft process and several reports suggested that the Twins would have taken…

  21. Alfonso Soriano on Carlos Marmol: “He used to be good”

    Jun 17, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano Getty

    Carlos Marmol blew another save yesterday, turning a 3-0 ninth-inning lead into a 4-3 loss to wipe away seven shutout innings from Matt Garza. He was only in the game because Kevin Gregg had pitched four games in a row, but the former closer served up a walk-off three-run homer and afterward teammate Alfonso Soriano…

  22. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 17, 2013, 6:49 AM EDT

    Anna Scorecard

    Athletics 10, Mariners 2: This game was a Father’s Day treat for me. Why? Because I used it to teach my daughter how to keep score. I printed out scoresheets. I did a little sketch on the top of hers to illustrate the numbers which correspond with each defensive position. I paused the TV after…

  23. Play of the Day: the Mets go back to Little League

    Jun 16, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v. New York Mets

    Though they came back in grand fashion against Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol, the Mets had staked the Cubs to a 3-0 lead in the fifth after a litany of errors reminiscent of a Little League game. With runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the fifth against Mets starter Jeremy…

  24. The Carlos Marmol show rages on

    Jun 16, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    In today’s series finale against the Mets, Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol allowed four runs and recorded just one out in the ninth inning as the Mets stormed from a 3-0 deficit to walk off as 4-3 winners. Cubs starter Matt Garza pitched brilliantly over seven innings and James Russell tossed a perfect eighth to bring…

  25. David DeJesus sprains shoulder after crashing into fence, headed to disabled list

    Jun 15, 2013, 9:51 AM EDT

    David DeJesus Getty

    There was a scary moment in last night’s Cubs-Mets game, as outfielder David DeJesus crashed into the center field fence in the third inning while chasing a ball off the bat of Juan Lagares. Here’s a link to the video. DeJesus writhed in pain on the ground for a few minutes before getting to his…

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