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  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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

    Jan 21, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

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    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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. The Cubs are out on Yuniesky Betancourt

    Dec 31, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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    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…

  19. 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…

  20. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    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:…

  21. Sandy Rosario is on the move again!

    Dec 21, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Dec 20, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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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,…

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

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

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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…

  24. Cubs agree to deal with righty Carlos Villanueva

    Dec 19, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Dec 16, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

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    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…

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