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  1. Report: Cubs to re-sign non-tendered third baseman Ian Stewart

    Dec 6, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Ian Stewart

    Ian Stewart, reportedly healthy again after wrist surgery, is set to re-sign with the Cubs, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale reports that it’s a one-year, $2 million deal with up to $500,000 in incentives. Stewart hit .156/.243/.221 in 122 at-bats for the Rockies in 2011 and .201/.292/.335 in 179 at-bats with…

  2. What does Michael Bourn do now?

    Dec 6, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    It’s safe to say the Twins won’t be getting a Christmas card from Michael Bourn, not after they filled the center field needs of two of his most likely suitors this winter. With Denard Span in D.C., Ben Revere in Philadelphia, B.J. Upton in Atlanta and Angel Pagan in San Francisco, the market for Bourn…

  3. Braves sign Reed Johnson to one-year deal with option

    Dec 6, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Reed Johnson

    Even though Reed Johnson struggled after coming over from the Cubs in the Paul Maholm-Arodys Vizcaino deal in July, the Braves saw something they liked. They re-signed the veteran outfielder to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014. Johnson, who turns 36 later this week, hit .302/.355/.444 in 169 at-bats for the Cubs…

  4. Cubs sign Nate Schierholtz to one-year, $2.25M contract

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

    schierholtz getty

    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Cubs agreed to a one-year contract on Wednesday night with free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz. Financial terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed. Schierholtz attracted a pretty strong market after being non-tendered in late November by the Phillies, at one point drawing interest from nine different teams —…

  5. Cubs prospect Brett Jackson “has completely overhauled his swing”

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brett Jackson

    Cubs outfielder Brett Jackson ranked among Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects in 2010, 2011, and 2012, but the big knock against him was a very high strikeout rate and questions about whether he’d be able to hit for a decent batting average in the majors. This year Jackson showed very good power at Triple-A, but…

  6. Nationals sign Dan Haren to one-year, $13 million contract

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    Dan Haren

    Dan Haren has agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract with the Nationals, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Last month the Angels nearly traded Haren to the Cubs for Carlos Marmol and then, when that fell through, declined his $15.5 million option and paid him a $3.5 million buyout. In other words, Haren will…

  7. Cubs tell Carlos Marmol that he’s on the block

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Carlos Marmol appeared pretty excited last month upon learning he was being traded to the Angels for Dan Haren, only to see the deal fall through because of medical concerns about Haren’s hip. Still a Cub, Marmol has been told he is a trade candidate, but that the team won’t “give him away,” reports Gordon Wittenmyer…

  8. Cubs ink Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa to two-year, $9.5 million deal

    Dec 1, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

    Kyuji Fujikawa

    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that Fujikawa is guaranteed $9.5 million as part of his deal with the Cubs. That’s a pretty nice chunk of change for a rebuilding team to give to a closer, especially one who has never pitched in the United States, but the Cubs are obviously confident he can make an impact in…

  9. The Cubs plan to shop Alfonso Soriano at the Winter Meetings

    Dec 1, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The Cubs explored potential ways to unload Alfonso Soriano prior to the July 31 trade deadline this year, but a deal failed to materialize. They plan to try again over the next few days. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Cubs plan to meet with teams regarding Soriano during the Winter Meetings in…

  10. Breaking down Friday’s non-tenders: Wilson, Reynolds and more

    Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson Getty

    Here’s the official list of Friday’s non-tenders: American League Angels: none Athletics: OF Jermaine Mitchell Mitchell had already been designated for assignment. He had a breakthrough 2011 in Triple-A, hitting .302/.401/.453, but he regressed to .252/.345/.386 for Sacramento last season. Astros: none Blue Jays: C Bobby Wilson Wilson is minor league contract material. The 29-year-old…

  11. Pirates get Zach Stewart from Red Sox, Vin Mazzaro and Clint Robinson from Royals

    Nov 28, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Vin Mazzaro

    Pittsburgh made a pair of minor trades, acquiring right-hander Zach Stewart from the Red Sox for a player to be named later and getting right-hander Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Clint Robinson from the Royals for minor leaguer pitchers Luis Santos and Luis Rico. Boston got Stewart from Chicago in the Kevin Youkilis trade, but…

  12. Cubs sign Scott Feldman to one-year, $6 million contract

    Nov 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Scott Feldman pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the third inning in Game 2 of their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    Free agent right-hander Scott Feldman has agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs, the team announced. The deal also includes $1 million in potential incentives. Feldman became a free agent when the Rangers declined his $9.25 million option for 2013. Texas was hesitant to stick with Feldman in the rotation even after…

  13. Michael Bowden hoping to join Cubs’ rotation in 2013

    Nov 24, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

    michael bowden getty

    Michael Bowden was drafted as a starter by the Red Sox back in 2005 and had success in that role for the first four years of his minor league career. And yet he’s made only two career starts at the major league level against 67 career relief appearances. But that script could be flipped next…

  14. Japanese team buys Bryan LaHair from Cubs for $950,000, signs LaHair to $4.5 million deal

    Nov 22, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    When the Cubs designated Bryan LaHair for assignment earlier this week it was reportedly because they were working on a deal to send the first baseman to Japan and now we have the details of that agreement. According to ESPN Chicago he’ll get a two-year, $4.5 million contract to join the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and…

  15. Cubs sign outfielder Brian Bogusevic to minor league contract

    Nov 21, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

    Brian Bogusevic

    Brian Bogusevic, who opened last season as the Astros’ primary right fielder, was one of four players to sign minor league deals with the Cubs on Wednesday, Baseball America’s Matt Eddy reports. The Cubs also added former Braves catcher J.C. Boscan, veteran utilityman Alberto Gonzalez and failed outfield prospect Johermyn Chavez. Bogusevic, a 2005 first-round…

  16. Cubs get former sixth overall pick Barret Loux from Rangers

    Nov 20, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

    barret loux

    If you pay attention at all to the MLB Amateur Draft, you’re probably familiar with pitcher Barret Loux. The 6-foot-5 righty from Texas A&M was selected sixth overall in June 2010 by the Diamondbacks but went unsigned after a physical revealed a labrum tear in his shoulder and multiple issues with his elbow. He spent…

  17. Cubs designate Bryan LaHair for assignment

    Nov 20, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    bryan lahair getty

    Bryan LaHair batted .286/.364/.519 with 14 home runs over his first 74 games this season for the Cubs and was named to the NL All-Star team in early July. Four months later, he’s out of the major leagues. According to MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat, the Cubs designated LaHair for assignment on Tuesday night so that he…

  18. Chris Volstad, Vin Mazzaro, Brayan Pena among Royals’ roster cuts

    Nov 20, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    Kansas City trimmed seven players from its 40-man roster today by designating them for assignment, including catcher Brayan Pena and right-handers Chris Volstad and Vin Mazzaro. Pena has been the Royals’ backup catcher for the past four seasons, but hasn’t hit since a solid showing in 2009 and has a career .248 batting average with…

  19. Cubs re-sign reliever Shawn Camp to one-year deal

    Nov 19, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    Shawn Camp

    Shawn Camp has re-signed with the Cubs on a one-year deal worth $1.35 million in upfront money and another $200,000 in potential incentives. Last offseason Chicago signed Camp to a minor-league contract and he ended up leading the NL in appearances while throwing 78 innings with a 3.59 ERA and 54/21 K/BB ratio, but at…

  20. Cubs sign Dioner Navarro to one-year contract

    Nov 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    navarro warm-up

    I started writing this post assuming the Cubs had signed catcher Dioner Navarro to a minor-league deal, but now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that it’s actually a major-league deal worth $1.75 million. Navarro is a 28-year-old former All-Star, but not much else about him suggests $1.75 million is a worthwhile investment. He’s hit just…

  21. Matt Garza gets good news on elbow injury

    Nov 15, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    Matt Garza‘s elbow injury kept the Cubs from being able to trade him and then kept him from pitching in August and September, but it won’t keep him from a normal offseason routine. Garza had his elbow scanned by doctors earlier this week and Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that he was given a clean…

  22. The Dan Haren-Carlos Marmol trade fell through because of Haren’s health

    Nov 8, 2012, 7:14 AM EDT

    Dan Haren AP

    The Cubs and Angels had a Dan Haren-for-Carlos Marmol trade all but done. It feel through, however, with many speculating that it was due to issues surrounding Marmol’s no-trade clause or cold feet by one side or something. Many others, however, believe that it fell through because of Haren’s health. David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com has a…

  23. Cubs interested in Brandon McCarthy and Shaun Marcum

    Nov 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy Getty

    According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times the Cubs “already have expressed interest in” Brandon McCarthy and “another buy-low candidate the Cubs are eyeing” is Shaun Marcum. General manager Jed Hoyer indicated that the Cubs will probably try to sign some veterans to reasonably priced one- or two-year deals, like they did last…

  24. The Wilson Defensive Awards were announced last night

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    We mentioned this last week, but last night the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network. As we said previously: sponsored awards like this are kind of “whatever,” but in a world where people still take the Gold Glove awards seriously, I’m cool with any viable competitor. As you’ll recall, there were awards for the…

  25. Padres could be a fit for Dan Haren this winter

    Nov 4, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    dan haren getty

    Free agent right-hander Dan Haren had a frustrating 2012, posting a pedestrian 4.33 ERA across 176 2/3 innings while fighting a lingering lower back issue. Haren should still find plenty of interest on the open market this offseason, but if he would rather do a one-year “prove-it” style of deal to reestablish his value, there’s…

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