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  1. Twins claim outfielder Jordan Schafer off of waivers from the Braves

    Aug 3, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    The Braves were crunched for roster space, so they designated Jordan Schafer for assignment on Friday. The Twins decided to put a claim in on him.

  2. The Braves are going to designate Jordan Schafer for assignment

    Aug 1, 2014, 1:04 PM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    Perhaps he and Uggla can join up to fight crime someplace?

  3. Cubs trade James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio to the Braves for a catching prospect.

    Jul 31, 2014, 4:52 PM EDT

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    The Braves get their lefty and a venerable super sub. The Cubs get an interesting catching prospect.

  4. 2014 Trade Deadline Tracker

    Jul 31, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

    David Price

    Recapping all of Thursday’s dealings in one spot.

  5. Quote of the Day: Darwin Barney on the Cubs’ roster makeover

    Jul 5, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

    Darwin Barney Getty

    Darwin Barney is feeling a little lonely in the Cubs’ clubhouse these days.

  6. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 24, 2014, 7:14 AM EDT

    Pineda Pine Tar

    Michael. Hey, Michael. You got a little, um . . . no, the other side. Yeah, good. You got it.

  7. Cubs interested in trading for Drew Storen or Tyler Clippard

    Dec 9, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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    The Cubs are one of a handful of clubs without a closer and it appears that they could turn to the trade market to fill the role. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs are eying deals for Nationals relievers Drew Storen or Tyler Clippard among other possibilities. Adam Kilgore of the…

  8. Tigers, Pirates in touch with Cubs

    Jul 31, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

    Nate Schierholtz

    The Cubs still have pieces on the table after dealing Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano, and CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney says the Pirates and Tigers have been sniffing around in advance of this afternoon’s trade deadline. The Pirates are most likely interested in Nate Schierholtz to help with their right-field situation. Schierholtz has been a very…

  9. The Carlos Marmol show rages on

    Jun 16, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    In today’s series finale against the Mets, Cubs reliever Carlos Marmol allowed four runs and recorded just one out in the ninth inning as the Mets stormed from a 3-0 deficit to walk off as 4-3 winners. Cubs starter Matt Garza pitched brilliantly over seven innings and James Russell tossed a perfect eighth to bring…

  10. Cubs place Kyuji Fujikawa on disabled list with muscle sprain in forearm

    Apr 13, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    Kyuji Fujikawa Getty

    The Cubs just named Kyuji Fujikawa as their closer last Sunday, but they’ll now have to go back to the drawing board for the ninth inning. According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Fujikawa has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a muscle sprain in his right forearm. Rafael Dolis has been called…

  11. Kyuji Fujikawa replaces Carlos Marmol as Cubs closer

    Apr 7, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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    As first reported by Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs have made a change at closer. Kyuji Fujikawa, who was signed to a two-year, $9.5 million free agent contract this winter after spending the last 12 seasons in Japan, will be Chicago’s new ninth-inning man. He struggled mightily in Saturday night’s late loss…

  12. Braves win on ninth-inning homers from Uptons

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton, Justin Upton

    Not only did B.J. and Justin Upton homer as teammates for the first time Saturday, but they did it in style, launching solo homers in the bottom of the ninth as the Braves came back to beat the Cubs 6-5. The Cubs were up 5-1 when the Braves rallied for three runs in the bottom…

  13. Cubs survive another Carlos Marmol scare, beat Pirates 3-2

    Apr 4, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    After Carlos Marmol‘s shaky showing got him pulled from a save chance on Opening Day, the Cubs reiterated that he was still their closer. Marmol, though, wasted no time in putting that to the test. Handed another 3-0 lead on Wednesday — thanks to a Nate Schierholtz homer providing two insurance runs in the top…

  14. Carlos Marmol yanked from first save chance

    Apr 1, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Carlos Marmol began the season as the Cubs’ closer, but manager Dale Sveum didn’t hesitate to yank the right-hander when things started to unravel. Handed a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning, Marmol struck out Garrett Jones and then hit Andrew McCutchen with a pitch. McCutchen stole second base, Pedro Alvarez singled him home, and…

  15. 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…

  16. Cubs activate Carlos Marmol, send Rafael Dolis to minors

    May 28, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Rafael Dolis‘ reign as Cubs closer was short and ugly, and today the 24-year-old rookie was demoted back to the minors after being stripped of ninth-inning duties. Dolis’ departure coincides with Carlos Marmol‘s sooner-than-expected return from a hamstring injury, as the Cubs deemed him ready to come off the DL after he tossed back-to-back scoreless…

  17. Cubs place Carlos Marmol on disabled list with strained right hamstring

    May 12, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Carlos Marmol‘s miserable start to the season just took another unfortunate turn. The Cubs announced this morning that Marmol was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring. The erratic right-hander was pulled from last night’s game against the Brewers due to the injury and traveled back to Chicago to undergo an…

  18. Kerry Wood, Carlos Marmol ugly it up again

    Apr 7, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    In the Cubs’ first game Thursday, Kerry Wood took a blown save in the eighth and Carlos Marmol got the loss in the ninth. In the second game Saturday, Wood took the loss in the eighth and Marmol got tagged with a blown save in the same inning. Wood got the call to start the…

  19. Kerry Wood shows us his best Carlos Marmol

    Apr 5, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood

    Entering a 1-0 game with one on and two outs in the eighth, Kerry Wood walked three straight batters to tie up Thursday’s matinee between the Cubs and Nationals. It wasn’t a case of Wood completely losing the strike zone, but he did keep just missing after getting to two strikes on both Adam LaRoche…

  20. Running down the rosters: Chicago Cubs

    Feb 14, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro, Darwin Barney, Marlon Byrd

    Forget about 2012 and probably 2013 as well; the Cubs are thinking long-term after luring Theo Epstein from Boston as their new showrunner. This year’s club won’t necessarily be one of the worst in baseball — the pitching depth could help it avoid that fate — but there’s also little in the way of upside…

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