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  1. The Rangers have been scouting Darwin Barney

    Mar 26, 2014, 8:20 AM EDT

    Darwin Barney Getty

    There is a pretty big demand for middle infielders among contending teams these days. The Yankees, the Tigers and now the Rangers either have age, injury or simple lack of quality to contend with among their infielders. And with Stephen Drew seemingly radioactive, there aren’t a lot of candidates around baseball to fill these holes.…

  2. 2014 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 11, 2014, 12:03 AM 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 2014 season. Next up: The Chicago Cubs. The Big Question: Is the wait almost over? It has been 105 long years since the north…

  3. Mike Olt says his vision is just fine

    Feb 23, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Cubs prospect Mike Olt had a rough 2013. He posted a meager .739 OPS with the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock. Then the Rangers traded him to the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal. With Triple-A Iowa, Olt posted a .551 OPS in 152 plate appearances. He was bothered by vision issues, a symptom…

  4. Luis Valbuena could be the Cubs’ starting third baseman

    Dec 29, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    Third base has become an increasingly difficult position to fill properly. As an example, Juan Uribe has earned the biggest contract at the position this off-season, recieving $15 million over two years from the Dodgers. As a result, the Cubs may end up having to give their starting third base job to Luis Valbuena, Carrie…

  5. 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…

  6. Cubs make out well in trading Matt Garza to Rangers

    Jul 22, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    Matt Garza

    The new rules that took effect last year made trading quality free-agents-to-be to be trickier than ever. That’s because the deal itself makes a supplemental first-round pick just disappear into the ether. The acquiring team is forced to offer extra compensation for something it’s not going to get back in return, while the seller knows…

  7. A manager saving his closer in a tie game on the road backfires again

    Jul 7, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Clint Hurdle

    Shocking, I know. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle decided against using closer Jason Grilli, one of the best relievers in baseball, as his team battled the Cubs in an 11-inning affair this afternoon. Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Pirates outfielder Starling Marte tied the game with a solo home run. Hurdle went to Vin Mazzaro in…

  8. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and hightlights

    Apr 26, 2013, 6:04 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    Royals 8, Tigers 3: You can try to make Phil Coke a multi-inning reliever all you want, but he’s still going to be a lefty specialist. And when he comes in and has trouble even getting the lefties out, you can’t stick with him. He’s not the one who gave up the grand slam to…

  9. Jean Segura was involved in one of the weirdest baserunning plays you’ll ever see

    Apr 20, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

    Jean Segura Getty

    Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t steal first base. Brewers’ shortstop Jean Segura did it last night against the Cubs. Hang with me for a second. It all started after Segura reached on an infield single to begin the bottom of the eighth inning. After he successfully stole second base, Ryan Braun…

  10. 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,…

  11. Ian Stewart to begin season on DL with quadriceps injury

    Mar 20, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ian Stewart

    Ian Stewart has been out since mid-February with a quadriceps injury and now the Cubs third baseman has been ruled out for Opening Day. This offseason the Cubs non-tendered the arbitration eligible Stewart and then re-signed him to a one-year, $2 million deal. Similar to what the Tigers did with Brennan Boesch last week, they…

  12. Ian Stewart expected to miss 10-14 days with quad strain

    Feb 23, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    Ian Stewart AP

    The Cubs non-tendered Ian Stewart in October before bringing him back on a one-year, $2 million contract with the chance to compete for the starting third base job, but he’s going to be a bit behind this spring. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Stewart will miss 10-14 days after an MRI revealed…

  13. 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…

  14. Cubs promote top prospects Josh Vitters, Brett Jackson

    Aug 5, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

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    The 43-62 Cubs are turning things over to the kids. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, third base prospect Josh Vitters and outfielder prospect Brett Jackson are headed to Los Angeles, where they’ll be added to the active 25-man roster before the Cubs’ series-finale Sunday against the Dodgers. Vitters, the third overall selection in the 2007…

  15. Carlos Marmol is back as the Cubs’ closer

    Jun 16, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol Getty

    Carlos Marmol notched his first save since May 2 yesterday against the Red Sox, but in typical Marmol-fashion, it wasn’t easy. Marmol gave up a one-out single to Jarrod Saltalamacchia before Mike Aviles reached on a fielding error by third baseman Luis Valbuena. He then struck out Daniel Nava looking before walking Scott Podsednik to…

  16. Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart “may have nerve damage”

    Jun 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ian Stewart

    As if Ian Stewart‘s Cubs career wasn’t off to a bad enough start thanks to a .201 batting average through 55 games now the third baseman acquired from the Rockies in December is on the disabled list with a sore left wrist. Stewart dealt with similar wrist problems last year and was a late scratch…

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