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

    Nov 20, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. Cubs designate Bryan LaHair for assignment

    Nov 20, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Cubs sign Dioner Navarro to one-year contract

    Nov 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

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

    Nov 4, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  11. Dan Haren hits free agency after Angels decline option

    Nov 3, 2012, 12:22 AM EDT

    Dan Haren Getty

    It appeared Dan Haren was Chicago-bound just a few hours ago, but he’s now a free agent. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels have declined the $15.5 million club option on Haren’s contract for 2013. He will receive a $3.5 million buyout and test the open market. Yes, somehow the Angels were able…

  12. UPDATE: The Dan Haren-for-Carlos Marmol swap is not happening

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

    Dan Haren AP

    UPDATE: Oh boy. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com was told by a source that the deal is off. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that Carlos Marmol would have signed off on the trade, but the Cubs pulled the deal off the table for some reason. It could be because of the money involved or the medicals…

  13. Gold Glove Award winners, as they’re announced…

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is revealing the 2012 Gold Glove Award recipients tonight during an hour-long program on ESPN2. We’ll list this year’s winners below as they are announced. Let the outrage commence! CATCHER American League: Matt Wieters National League: Yadier Molina LEFT FIELD American League: Alex Gordon National League: Carlos Gonzalez CENTER FIELD American League:…

  14. Braves exercise options on Brian McCann, Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm

    Oct 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hudson McCann

    Atlanta has exercised its options on catcher Brian McCann, right-hander Tim Hudson, and left-hander Paul Maholm, bringing all three players back for 2013 at a combined cost of $27.5 million. McCann faded badly in the second half and was benched in the Wild Card playoff game, but it would have been tough for the Braves…

  15. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    I stopped caring about the Gold Glove awards sometime between designated hitter Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a “first baseman” and Derek Jeter winning five as a “shortstop” but MLB has announced three (or four) finalists per league at each position and here they are: (Note: Coaches and managers vote for the Gold Glove award…

  16. Royals claim Chris Volstad off waivers from Cubs

    Oct 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    Chris Volstad was a flop in Chicago after the Cubs acquired him from the Marlins in the Carlos Zambrano salary dump, going 3-12 with a 6.21 ERA in 21 starts. Today the Royals claimed Volstad off waivers, which is an odd move considering he made $2.66 million this season and would be in line for…

  17. Mike Trout headlines this year’s class of Fielding Bible Award winners

    Oct 25, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Getty

    If you have lost patience with the Gold Glove Award as a measure of defensive excellence, the Fielding Bible Awards are here to help. Voted on by a 10-person panel which includes the likes of Bill James, Peter Gammons, Rob Neyer, Joe Posnanski, Doug Glanville, John Dewan and the video scouting team at Baseball Info…

  18. Drew Storen among Super Two qualifiers

    Oct 23, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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    From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com: Washington reliever Drew Storen, who failed to hold a ninth-inning lead against St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series, is among six extra players eligible for salary arbitration this winter under baseball’s new labor contract. San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, New York Mets catcher Josh Thole,…

  19. Alfonso Soriano talks trade possibility, retirement

    Oct 3, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano pulled off quite the rebound this season, hitting .262/.322/.499 with 32 homers and 108 RBI. Still, he’s not sure about his future with the Cubs and he’s weighing retirement once his contract ends, CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney reports. “It depends how long,” Soriano said when asked if he wants to stay with the Cubs. “If they…

  20. Everth Cabrera first in 14 years with four steals, no hits

    Sep 30, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Everth Cabrera, Juaquin Arias

    Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera did something pretty unusual today in a loss to the Giants; he became the first player since the White Sox’s Lou Frazier in 1998 to steal four bases without recording a hit. Cabrera walked twice and stole second and third each time. He scored on a Hector Sanchez throwing error on…

  21. Mike Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    At the tender age of 21, Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 30 HR/30 SB club when he hit his 30th home run Sunday off the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Trout’s 30-30 season is the 60th in major league history. 37 different players had combined on the previous 59. The youngest to do it…

  22. Ryan Braun makes history by joining 40/30 club

    Sep 29, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    The Brewers lost 7-6 to the Astros last night and now sit five games behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot with five games left to play. While the Brewers’ playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, Ryan Braun is busy making history. Braun doubled in the sixth inning last night before stealing…

  23. Darwin Barney loses his errorless streak in the most Cubs’ way possible

    Sep 29, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Darwin Barney was just three outs away last night from setting the new single-season record for consecutive errorless games at second base. It didn’t happen. Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton hit a grounder up the middle in the bottom of the eighth inning which was fielded by Barney, but he made a wild off-balance throw to…

  24. Yadier Molina’s back is already feeling “way better”

    Sep 23, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

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    The news is surprisingly good for Yadier Molina. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the All-Star catcher woke up with no stiffness on Sunday morning after making an early exit from Saturday’s 5-4 victory over the Cubs. “I feel a lot better, way better,” Molina told Goold. “It’s spasms still a little bit,…

  25. Yadier Molina hurt trying to avoid pitch, leaves game

    Sep 22, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    4:35 p.m. EDT update: The Cardinals report that Molina departed due to lower back spasms. Consider him day-to-day. /// Yadier Molina was removed from Saturday’s game against the Cubs in the ninth inning after injuring himself while getting out of the way of a Carlos Marmol pitch. It appeared to be either a hip or oblique…

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