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  1. Blue Jays sign Dioner Navarro to two-year deal

    Dec 2, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Dioner Navarro AP

    Dioner Navarro has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Blue Jays, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Navarro went from 24-year-old All-Star in 2008 to little-used, unproductive backup from 2010-2012, but the switch-hitting catcher put together a big season in a part-time role for the Cubs this year. He hit .300 with…

  2. Cubs’ preference is to lock up Jeff Samardzija

    Dec 1, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe: Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Cubs — Trade talks have been going on and when push comes to shove, he might get traded. But the Cubs’ No. 1 preference would be to re-sign Samardzija and lock him in beyond 2015 and build their future around him, according…

  3. Cubs acquire George Kottaras from Royals

    Nov 26, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Designated for assignment by the Royals last week, catcher George Kottaras has been traded to the Cubs for cash considerations. Kottaras has posted some ugly batting averages over the years, including .180 in 46 games this past season, but he draws lots of walks with decent power and has topped a .700 OPS in four…

  4. Blue Jays GM denies Jeff Samardzija trade rumors (sort of)

    Nov 25, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    Offseason trade rumors have linked Jeff Samardzija to various teams and over the weekend Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reported that “Toronto is putting together a package of young players” in an attempt to get the right-hander from the Cubs. However, when asked about the Samardzija rumors on MLB Network radio Blue Jays general manager…

  5. Blue Jays “putting together package of young players” for Cubs starter Jeff Samardzjia

    Nov 24, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Some potentially interesting Sunday morning hot stove tweets … Teams have inquired about StarterJeff Samardzija. Source: Toronto putting together package of young players. — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 23, 2013 Alex Anthopolous won’t comment on specifics but they are exploring starters with teams…we have NOT made an offer to anybody regarding a SP — JIM…

  6. Does McCann to New York set up a Salty, Red Sox reunion?

    Nov 23, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    It’s the catcher market that has moved the most quickly in free agency this winter, with Brian McCann becoming the first elite free agent to come to terms, agreeing to a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees on Saturday. The other catcher deals: Carlos Ruiz – Phillies (three years, $26 million) Geovany Soto –…

  7. Welington Castillo undergoes knee surgery

    Nov 17, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

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    Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Cubs catcher Welington Castillo underwent arthroscopic surgery — as scheduled — this weekend on his banged-up right knee. The procedure was deemed a success and Castillo is expected to be fully recovered in 4-6 weeks. The 26-year-old Dominican hit .274/.349/.397 with eight home runs and 32 RBI…

  8. Daniel Bard struggling in Puerto Rican Winter League

    Nov 17, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Daniel Bard is healthy and hoping to reestablish himself in the Puerto Rican Winter League. But the experiment is not off to a very promising start. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the 28-year-old walked five batters and gave up three earned runs Saturday in his third appearance for Criollos de Caguas. He threw multiple…

  9. The Cubs have talked to Jeff Samardzija about an extension

    Nov 15, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    David Kaplan is reporting that the Cubs have approached starter Jeff Samardzija to get the ball rolling on a contract extension. The right-hander, who turns 29 in January, can become a free agent after the 2015 season. Samardzija wrapped up 2013 with a 4.34 ERA in a career-high 213.2 innings of work, his second year…

  10. Diamondbacks discussing Jeff Samardzija deal with Cubs

    Nov 4, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com has a juicy rumor, reporting that the Diamondbacks and Cubs are talking about a potential Jeff Samardzija trade after previously engaging in some talks around the trade deadline. Samardzija is 29 years old and under team control for 2014 and 2015, but he’s about to get expensive via arbitration and failed…

  11. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  12. Projecting the 2013 Gold Glove winners

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Manny Machado

    Let’s go down the list: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez Mauer is still the AL’s best defensive catcher, but he played a mere 660 innings behind the plate this year, compared to 1,200 for Wieters and 1,115 for Perez. Wieters has won the last two, so he’s the favorite here. Still, I…

  13. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Gold Glove award winners are announced Tuesday, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league: AL, catcher: Matt Wieters, Joe Mauer, Salvador Perez AL, first base: Chris Davis, James Loney, Eric Hosmer AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Ben Zobrist, Dustin Pedroia AL, third base: Manny Machado, Evan Longoria,…

  14. Jose Abreu skepticism sounds like Yasiel Puig skepticism

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jose Abreu‘s reported $68 million deal with the White Sox isn’t even official yet and there are already lots of prominent media members questioning whether Chicago over-committed to an “untested” player with some question marks attached. I have no idea. I’ve seen Abreu play a couple times on television, I’ve read the same write-ups everyone…

  15. The Cubs sign Ryan Sweeney to a two-year deal

    Oct 8, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

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    Why wait until the offseason to sign dudes? The Chicago #Cubs sign Ryan Sweeney to a two year, $3.5 million deal — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 8, 2013   Sweeney hit .266/.324/.448 with six homers and 19 RBI in 212 plate appearances this season. The Cubs had signed him to a minor league deal and…

  16. Cubs fire manager Dale Sveum

    Sep 30, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Dale Sveum seemed to know he was a goner as soon as team president Theo Epstein declined to comment on whether he’d be back for the final season of his contract in 2014 and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Cubs have fired Sveum. Sveum lasted two years with the Cubs, going 61-101…

  17. 2013 leads the way in spectacularly bad offensive performances

    Sep 29, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    By OPS, the 2013 season boasts three of the six worst offensive seasons since 2000: .545 – Cesar Izturis (2010 Orioles) .559 – Alcides Escobar (2013 Royals) .562 – Nick Punto (2007 Twins) .564 – Neifi Perez (2002 Royals) .565 – Adeiny Hechavarria (2013 Marlins) .569 – Darwin Barney (2013 Cubs) .576 – Ramon Santiago…

  18. Cardinals shut out the Cubs 7-0 to clinch the NL Central

    Sep 27, 2013, 11:11 PM EDT

    David Freese

    Though a formality at this point, the Cardinals officially clinched the NL Central tonight with a 7-0 blanking of the Cubs. The offense got to Cubs starter Travis Wood early, scoring three times on a two-run double by Yadier Molina and an RBI single by Jon Jay. Wood exited after the first, as the one…

  19. The slowest player in baseball

    Sep 25, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    You know that dream where you are running and running but are not actually getting anywhere. I know people have all sorts of theories about this dream and what it means. Some say it indicates that you have too many things going in your life and can’t quite keep up. Some say it’s the body…

  20. Daniel Bard, now with the Cubs, might pitch winter ball

    Sep 24, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT

    Daniel Bard Getty

    After another miserable season that saw him get dropped by the Red Sox and claimed off waivers by the Cubs right-hander Daniel Bard told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he’s considering pitching winter ball: There’s a good chance of it happening. We at least need the innings, just to have something going into…

  21. Dale Sveum says Anthony Rizzo’s season is “not as bad as everybody makes it out to be”

    Sep 23, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Anthony Rizzo has been one of the most disappointing aspects of the Cubs’ season, as the 23-year-old first baseman has seen his OPS drop 60 points following a very promising first season in Chicago last year. He’s been particularly bad since June 1, hitting just .214 with 12 homers and a .692 OPS in 100…

  22. Cubs rally late, prevent the Braves from clinching the NL East for at least a little while

    Sep 21, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Travis Wood, Dioner Navarro

    The Braves entered the day with a magic number of one to clinch the NL East and eliminate the Washington Nationals from division title contention. If they could overcome Cubs starter Travis Wood, they could bust out the bubbly at Wrigley, but the Cubs had other ideas. Wood surrendered a run in the fourth on…

  23. The Cubs will not release Kevin Gregg

    Sep 21, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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    Word came down yesterday that the Cubs were considering releasing Kevin Gregg after he voiced his displeasure to the media about being removed from the closer role. However, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that he will remain with the club after Cubs president Theo Epstein accepted his apology this morning. It appears that…

  24. Theo Epstein is considering releasing Kevin Gregg

    Sep 20, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Cubs closer Kevin Gregg went on a tirade in front of the media following this afternoon’s loss at the hands of the Braves at Wrigley Field. Gregg entered the top of the ninth to protect a 5-5 tie, but surrendered four runs in the inning en route to a 9-5 loss. After the game, he…

  25. Braves score four times in ninth to lower magic number to 1

    Sep 20, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves' Brian McCann celebrates hitting a RBI single while playing the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Chicago

    The Braves busted open a 5-5 game with four runs in the ninth to beat the Cubs 9-5 on Friday and clinch at least a tie in the NL East with the Nationals scheduled to play later tonight. All four runs in the ninth came after Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked by Kevin Gregg to…

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