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  1. Rosenthal: Cubs listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija

    Jul 27, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    It’s was assumed the Cubs already moved their biggest chip when they sent Matt Garza to Texas, but work came down from FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal on Saturday that they’re listening to offers for Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija and the Cubs discussed a contract extension over the winter without getting very far. He’s making $2.64 million this…

  2. Pouliot’s midseason award picks: AL & NL Cy Young

    Jul 2, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    Matt Harvey

    Yesterday, we took a look at what WAR had to say as far as midseason awards winners. Now, I’m making my own choices, starting with the Cy Young Awards. First, let’s get the charts out of the way, here are the top 10 in the AL by ERA and both versions of WAR. ERA 1.…

  3. Kirk Gibson says Jeff Samardzija “should just shut the (bleep) up and pitch”

    Jun 3, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Kirk Gibson

    Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija and Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams got into a weird little shouting match during Saturday’s game and no one involved seems quite sure why it happened (or at least willing to say publicly). Asked yesterday about the incident, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson praised Samardzija’s performance and called it all “part…

  4. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jun 3, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    At the pool

    My kids started their summer vacation on Friday. Two hours into their first day without school my son told me he was bored. After that, and my extended “you have no reason to be bored, there are kids all over the world who would love to have all of the things and advantages you’ve had”…

  5. Cubs may give Carlos Marmol another crack at closing

    Apr 16, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    It sounds like Cubs manager Dale Sveum is just about ready to give Carlos Marmol another chance in the closer role just a week after stripping him of ninth-inning duties. “I would be lying to you if he wasn’t working his way back into it,” Sveum told Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune. “He is…

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

    Apr 8, 2013, 6:09 AM EDT

    Country Breakfast

    Royals 9, Phillies 8: Country. Breakfast. Billy Butler drives in seven via a grand slam and a three-run double. The loss is an especially disheartening one for Philly, as they were staked to a 4-0 lead early with their ace on the hill. Cole Hamels was rocked, though, and now stands at 0-2 with a 10.97 ERA…

  7. 2013 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Chicago Cubs. The Big Question: Is Theo Epstein pushing the Cubs any closer to contention? He most definitely is,…

  8. Scott Baker sent for precautionary MRI on right elbow

    Mar 18, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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    The Cubs have been aiming for right-hander Scott Baker to join their rotation at some point in April, but after a bumpy Cactus League debut yesterday, he’s now being sent for an MRI on his surgically-repaired right elbow. Baker, who is currently working his way back from Tommy John surgery, gave up three hits —…

  9. Cubs made offer “well above” five years, $30 million to Jeff Samardzija

    Mar 16, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    The Cubs and Opening Day starter Jeff Samardzija are still far apart on a deal that would cover his remaining two years of arbitration, reports Jon Heyman. The club offered him a contract “well above” Rangers lefty Derek Holland‘s five-year, $30 million deal signed on March 20 last year. Cubs president Theo Epstein isn’t worried,…

  10. Jeff Samardzija named Opening Day starter for Cubs

    Mar 3, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

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    This is obviously related to the Matt Garza news. According to MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat, Cubs manager Dale Sveum announced Sunday morning in camp that Jeff Samardzija will get the nod on Opening Day — Monday, April 1 — against the Pirates. Garza would have been given the honor, but he has been ruled out until…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Matt Garza vows to be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Getty

    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…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. Jeff Samardzija ends his season on a high note

    Sep 9, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

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    Jeff Samardzija entered Saturday’s start against the Pirates with full knowledge that it would be his last. Over the next couple of hours, he pitched like a man wanting to make a grand final statement. The former Notre Dame wideout struck out nine batters in a complete-game victory at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, allowing just four…

  18. Jeff Samardzija to be shut down after Saturday start

    Sep 7, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    The Cubs have seen enough from Jeff Samardzija to judge his 2012 a successful season, and manager Dale Sveum announced Friday that Samardzija’s 28th start Saturday against the Pirates would be his final outing of the year. It is a precautionary move. Samardzija is currently at 165 2/3 innings this season after throwing 88 while…

  19. Johnny Cueto bests Cubs for NL-leading 16th win

    Aug 18, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto Getty

    Johnny Cueto continued to bolster his case for the National League Cy Young award this afternoon against the Cubs, giving up two runs over eight innings as part of a 5-3 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. Cueto is now the National League’s first 16-game winner. David Price of the Rays got there…

  20. The Cubs are watching Jeff Samardzija’s workload

    Aug 15, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    Jeff Samardzija has had his ups and downs this year, but on the whole his conversion into a starting pitcher has been a nice one for the Cubs. He’s shown he can do the job and looks to be an important part of the rotation for 2013. But his time in the rotation in 2012…

  21. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 14, 2012, 6:05 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Derek Lowe pitches to Texas Rangers during their MLB American League baseball game in New York

    Yankees 8, Rangers 2: I suppose the critical mass of people mocking the Yankees’ pickup of Derek Lowe was just too delicious for God or Loki or Fate or whatever controls our world to pass up, because He/it/whatever decided to play it funny with us and allow Mr. Lowe to toss four scoreless innings in…

  22. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jul 24, 2012, 6:16 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Seattle Mariners

    Yankees 4, Mariners 1: Obviously Ichiro in Yankees clothing is the weirdest thing to hit baseball in some time. Must be how it felt to see Willie Mays wearing a Mets jersey or — and I really don’t think it’s hyperbole to say it — Babe Ruth in a Boston Braves uniform. OK, if that’s…

  23. Jeff Samardzija allows one hit over eight innings in beating Pirates

    Jul 23, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    In a pitcher’s duel that included just six hits, the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija was a little better than the Pirates’ Erik Bedard Monday, leading to a 2-0 win for the Cubs. Andrew McCutchen‘s infield single in the fourth was the only hit Samardzija gave up in eight innings of work. The Pirates got another single…

  24. Joe Mauer back in Twins’ lineup after sprained right thumb

    Jun 9, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

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    According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com, Joe Mauer is back in the Twins’ starting lineup this afternoon against the Cubs. He’ll catch left-hander Scott Diamond and bat third against right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Mauer has missed the last four games with a sprained right thumb, but it was never a major concern. He made it through…

  25. Starlin Castro loses track of number of outs

    Jun 4, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Starlin Castro is the Cubs’ best player, but his rookie mistakes aren’t so endearing now that he’s in his third season. With the Cubs up 2-1 in the fifth inning of Monday’s game and the Giants having the bases loaded with one out, Brandon Crawford hit a grounder to second baseman Darwin Barney. Barney made…

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