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

    Jan 21, 2013, 8:30 AM EST

    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…

  2. The Cubs talked to the Diamondbacks about Justin Upton

    Jan 19, 2013, 8:56 AM EST

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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…

  3. Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jan 17, 2013, 10:11 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jan 17, 2013, 1:18 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 10, 2013, 3:45 PM EST

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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…

  7. Manny Corpas returns to Rockies on minor league deal

    Jan 10, 2013, 10:15 AM EST

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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…

  8. The Cubs are out on Yuniesky Betancourt

    Dec 31, 2012, 9:42 AM EST

    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…

  9. Matt Garza vows to be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

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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…

  10. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  11. Sandy Rosario is on the move again!

    Dec 21, 2012, 2:54 PM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Miami Marlins

    Sandy Rosario has been claimed off waivers yet again, going from the Cubs to the Giants in what has been a ridiculous series of moves for the 27-year-old right-hander. Here’s the complete list and keep in mind that this has all occurred since October: – Claimed off waivers by the Red Sox from the Marlins…

  12. Carlos Villanueva’s deal with Cubs worth $10 million over two years

    Dec 20, 2012, 9:40 AM EST

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    Carlos Villanueva agreeing to sign with the Cubs was first reported last night and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the details: $10 million for two years. Chicago is also said to be on the verge of signing Edwin Jackson to a four-year, $52 million deal, which means the Cubs will have added Jackson, Villanueva,…

  13. Cubs “now the front runner” for free agent Edwin Jackson

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:23 PM EST

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    That whole Anibal Sanchez thing didn’t quite work out, so the Northsiders are trying a different route. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM, the Cubs are “now the front runner” for free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson, who is also being courted currently by the Rangers. Bowden says the “ballpark” asking price is…

  14. Cubs agree to deal with righty Carlos Villanueva

    Dec 19, 2012, 7:39 PM EST

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    From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Cubs have agreed to a contract with free agent right-hander Carlos Villanueva. No word yet on the financial terms of the deal. The length is also a mystery, but chances are it’s a one-year pact. Villanueva posted a decent 4.16 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 122/46…

  15. Twins set to sign Mike Pelfrey for $4 million

    Dec 16, 2012, 7:52 PM EST

    Mike Pelfrey

    CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman is reporting that the Twins and Mike Pelfrey have come to terms on a one-year deal worth $4 million. The deal includes $1.5 million in incentives for the rehabbing right-hander. The soon-to-be 29-year-old Pelfrey had a 2.29 ERA in three starts for the Mets last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He…

  16. UPDATE: Anibal Sanchez not expected to decide between Cubs and Tigers tonight

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:43 PM EST

    Anibal Sanchez

    UPDATE: Nightengale reports that there will be no decision from Sanchez tonight, as talks with the Cubs and Tigers are expected to continue in the morning. 7:50 PM: Per Nightengale, Sanchez’s agent says, “He has not decided. Negotiations are ongoing..” 7:14 PM: Nightengale reports that the Tigers have bumped their offer to Sanchez. The specifics…

  17. The Cubs would eat $26 million of the $36 million owed Alfonso Soriano

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    The Cubs ate a lot of Carlos Zambrano‘s contract when he went to the Marlins just to be rid of him and they are willing to do the same thing with Alfonso Soriano, reports Jon Heyman: specifically, $26 million of the $36 million Soriano is owed over the next two seasons. The catch: you gotta…

  18. The Phillies discussed a Domonic Brown for Alfonso Soriano trade

    Dec 11, 2012, 5:41 PM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    This isn’t happening, it seems. But it was discussed, and if it had happened it would have been pretty spiffy for a number of reasons: Jon Heyman reports that the Phillies talked to the Cubs about a straight-up deal of Domonic Brown for Alfonso Soriano. Man, imagine this one a couple of years ago when…

  19. Matt Garza resumes throwing five months after elbow injury

    Dec 11, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Matt Garza

    Matt Garza did some throwing yesterday for the first time since being shut down in mid-July with a stress reaction in his elbow, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Garza announced via Twitter that he “felt great.” Prior to the injury Garza was rumored to be on the trading block and for a while the…

  20. Cubs introduce Kyuji Fujikawa, say Carlos Marmol is still the closer

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:13 PM EST

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    After signing Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year, $9.5 million deal the Cubs introduced the Japanese reliever in a press conference at Wrigley Field today, during which general manager Jed Hoyer said that Carlos Marmol remains the team’s closer. That puts Fujikawa in a setup role after he saved 202 games in six seasons as a…

  21. Dale Sveum says Starlin Castro only focuses about “80 to 85 percent of the time”

    Dec 7, 2012, 10:34 AM EST

    San Diego Padres v Chicago Cubs

    Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com spoke with Cubs officials about what it means for the team to depend on young kids like Starlin Castro. And manager Dale Sveum dealt directly with Castro’s notable lack of concentration at times last season: “He came a long way, but still has to even concentrate more,” Sveum said. “We’ve got…

  22. Cubs to introduce Kyuji Fujikawa tomorrow at Wrigley Field

    Dec 6, 2012, 7:25 PM EST

    Kyuji Fujikawa

    After agreeing to terms with Japanese right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa on a two-year, $9.5 million contract over the weekend, the Cubs plan to introduce him to the media tomorrow morning at Wrigley Field. Fujikawa, 32, will receive a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $4 million for 2013 and 2014. His contract includes a vesting…

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

    Dec 6, 2012, 4:45 PM EST

    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…

  24. What does Michael Bourn do now?

    Dec 6, 2012, 4:29 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 6, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

    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…

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