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Why haven't the Cubs signed this guy yet, Part 3: Jon LesterThere are a lot of people who say the Cubs should sign Jon Lester so he could get his 200th win in a Cubs uniform and, near the end of the 2021 season when fans are allowed back in Wrigley Field, get a sendoff from Cubs fans.

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Why haven't the Cubs signed this guy yet, Part 2: Tommy La StellaLa Stella was in 2019, but instead of keeping him and making him an arb offer, they traded him to the Angels for minor-league Conor Lillis-White, who never pitched a single game in the Cubs organization and was released last May.

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Cubs, Jon Sciambi fits the profile of historic broadcasters at WrigleyNew Cubs play-by-play man Jon Sciambi knows the passion, history and tradition that's in the air on game day at Wrigley Field - and he can't wait to start.

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Why haven't the Cubs signed this guy yet, Part 1: Carlos RodonThat was one pick before the Cubs picked Kyle Schwarber — and it was said by some at the time that had Rodon been on the board when the Cubs' turn came up, they likely would have taken him instead of Schwarber.

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Cub Tracks in parkCubs and #MLB news you can use.

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The Weekly: Affiliate News, Miguel Amaya Stays Hot, Lots of Video, and the Rain KingAffiliate News Major League Baseball officially sent out professional development licenses to each of the 120 teams they invited to play affiliated ball for the 2021 season.

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Column: Farewell to Chicago Tribune colleague Mark GonzalesFew have covered baseball better or longer than Mark Gonzales, who left the Chicago Tribune on Friday to begin a new chapter in his career.

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Cubs News: Corey Kluber got paid, which is bad news for the CubsThat doesn't bode well for a team like the Cubs, searching for diamonds in the rough.

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Cubs sign top international shortstop prospect HernandezThe Cubs made a significant move for their future on Friday in signing Cristian Hernandez, one of the top players in the international free agent class.

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For Cubs, DJ LeMahieu Is One That Got Away a€” AgainThe longer LeMahieu been gone, the more apparent his loss has been to the Cubs.

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For Cubs, DJ LeMahieu is one that got away — againThe longer LeMahieu been gone, the more apparent his loss has been to the Cubs.

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Cubs, Ian Happ fail to agree to a new deal; gap reportedly quite smallIt looks like the Cubs and Ian Happ will head to an arbitration hearing after failing to agree to a deal prior to Friday afternoon's deadline.

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Chicago Cubs: Get to know top international signee Cristian HernandezThe Cubs made their biggest international splash in years, locking up one of the top prospects available in infielder Cristian Hernandez.

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1989 Cubs Historical Heroes and Goats: Part 11The Mets took the early lead in this one. In the second inning, Darryl Strawberry led off with a single and then Dave Magadan walked.

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For Cubs, DJ LeMahieu is one that got away — againThe longer LeMahieu been gone, the more apparent his loss has been to the Cubs.

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Padres avoid arbitration with Pham, 4 othersThe San Diego Padres avoided arbitration with Tommy Pham, Dinelson Lamet, Dan Altavilla, Emilio Pagan, and catcher Victor Caratini.

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Cristian Hernandez Leads Big IFA Class, Continues Cubs' Youth MovementAfter waiting for 16 months for the Cubs to sign shortstop Cristian Hernandez, the deal was officially announced Friday.

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Cubs News: Some notable January happenings in team historyJanuary is the start of a new year, deals being made, Spring Training is around the corner.

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Chicago 2021 sports teams being left in the dust alreadyWasn't this year supposed to be a respite from the cruel and unusual? And we're just talking sports here.

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The extra-inning placed runner and 7-inning doubleheaders are likely back for 2021There is some logic to MLB's fear about the pandemic messing with the schedule. This is why I've been for of a plan some owners favor, which would be to delay spring training until April and play a 162-game season starting in May and ending in October, with playoffs in a bubble in November.

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2021 Could Be Quite the Tipping Point for the Cubs' Farm SystemAfter yesterdays international free agent spending spree, today is a good day to take stock of the Cubs minor league system.

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Chicago Cubs: Theo Epstein returns to Major League BaseballFormer Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has returned to Major League Baseball as a consultant to the commissioner's office.

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Three reclamation projects who would be worth the gamble for Cubs in 2021The Cubs don't plan to spend big in free agency, but there are a few low-risk, high-reward options who could make sense in 2021.

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Cub Tracks marks the spot"‘Yes,' Bill Veeck said, ‘I knew as soon as I heard you that the fans in the bleachers and the fans in the luxury boxes knew that they could sing better than you."

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Cubs avoid arbitration with Bryant, Baez, ContrerasThe Cubs avoided arbitration with three of their biggest stars, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Kris Bryant, shortstop Javier Baez, and catcher Willson Contreras.

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How Ian Happ's Arbitration Filing, Rare Hearing Impacts Cubs' WinterHapp's case marks only the third time since 1993 the Cubs will take a player to an arbitration hearing, but they reached agreements on the deadline day...

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How Ian Happ's arbitration filing, rare hearing impacts Cubs' winterHapp's case marks only the third time since 1993 the Cubs will take a player to an arbitration hearing, but they reached agreements on the deadline day for filing with four significant players: Kris Bryant , Javy Baez , Zach Davies and Willson Contreras.

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Friday Night News  Arbitration News, IFA, Trade Talks, and No ConventionToday was one of the busiest days I can recall when it comes to Cub news in the past six months.

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Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras sign 1-year deals with the Chicago Cubs, avoiding arbitrationKris Bryant, Javier Baez, Willson Contreras and Zach Davies all signed one-year deals with the Chicago Cubs on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

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Ian Happ Headed to Arbitration in First Year of Eligibility After Failing to Reach Salary SettlementIan Happ took over for Kris Bryant as the Cubs' union rep and it appears he may have inherited a labor beef in the process.

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Cubs avoid arbitration with four players, including Javy Baez, Kris Bryant and Willson ContrerasOutfielder Ian Happ was the only player who was unable to come to an agreement by Friday's deadline.

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Cubs reach deals with Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Willson ContrerasThe Cubs reached deals to avoid arbitration with three of their biggest names: Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez.

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Cubs and Ian Happ can't agree on contract terms and will go to arbitrationIt'll be the first Cubs arb hearing since 2018, if it happens.

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5 Influencing Factors for Cubs' Willson Contreras' Trade MarketAs rumors swirl around his name, here are five factors that could impact Willson Contreras' trade market.

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New York Mets' Francisco Lindor, Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant avoid abitration with dealsFrancisco Lindor, Kris Bryant, Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager were among 112 players who agreed to one-year contracts Friday, leaving just 13 to swap salary arbitration figures during a slow off-season in the aftermath of the financial carnage caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Chicago Cubs avoid arbitration with Kris Bryant, Javy BaezThe Cubs avoided arbitration with Kris Bryant and Javy Baez. Bryant will make $19.5 million this season, and Baez will make $11.65 million.

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Chicago Cubs: David Bote has an uncertain role heading into 2021Cubs utilityman David Bote will look to bounce back after a down season in 2020.

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Cubs avoid arbitration with Zach DaviesPlayers and teams can still settle on a contract figure before going to an arb hearing, even if they exchanged figures Friday and didn't settle.

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Cubs Settle with Kris Bryant for $19.5 Million, Zach Davis for $8.63 MillionThough the delay in reporting initially made it seem as though the Cubs might be heading to the arbitration table with more than one player for the first time in decades, that won't be the case.

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Cubs avoid arbitration with Kris BryantBelow is some language I'm going to put in all the articles about Cubs 2021 arb player contracts, so bear with me, you'll likely read it again.

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Cubs Avoid Arbitration With Bryant, Contreras, DaviesThe Cubs have avoided arbitration with third baseman Kris Bryant, catcher Willson Contreras and right-hander Zach Davies, per reports from Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago and Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com.

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Cubs Settle with Willson Contreras for $6.65 MillionNot long after it was announced that Javy Báez had agreed to an $11.65 million contract, word came out that Willson Conteras had settled for $6.65 million.

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Cubs avoid arbitration with Willson ContrerasThe range of figures estimated for Willson Contreras by MLB Trade Rumors was between $5 million and $7.4 million, so they're just a bit higher than the midpoint of those estimates.

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Cubs avoid arbitration with Javier BaezThe Cubs entered Friday, the final day teams had to settle 2021 contracts with players before they went to an arbitration hearing, with five arb-eligible players still unsigned: Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Zach Davies and Ian Happ.

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Cubs 2021 arbitration deadlineHeadlined Friday's signings, which included catcher Willson Contreras and.

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Cubs, Javy Baez Reach $11.65 Million Agreement for 2021The Cubs entered the day with five players who were unsigned, including Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Zach Davies and Ian Happ,.

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Cubs reach agreement with Baez, Bryant, Contreras, DaviesThe Cubs entered the day with five players who were unsigned, including Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Zach Davies and Ian Happ,.

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Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Javy Baez, Settle for $11.65 MillionThe Cubs and Javy Báez have settled on a salary of $11.65 million for 2021, a relatively nominal raise over his $10 million base pay in 2020.

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Cubs' All-Time Best International Signings, in 5 CategoriesThe Cubs kicked off the international signing period by reportedly adding at least seven players by Friday afternoon, a group headlined by shortstop Christian Hernandez.

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Cubs' all-time best international signings, in 5 categoriesThe Cubs kicked off the international signing period by reportedly adding at least seven players by Friday afternoon, a group headlined by shortstop Christian Hernandez.

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Cubs, Javier Baez Avoid ArbitrationThe Cubs and shortstop Javier Baez have avoided arbitration with an $11.65MM agreement for 2021, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com tweets....

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Cubs Talk Podcast: MLB Hires Former Cubs President Theo Epstein as ConsultantThe Cubs Talk crew of David Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, Maddie Lee and Tim Stebbins discuss Theo's move and what could be in store for the former Cubs president in the future.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: MLB hires former Cubs president Theo Epstein as consultantDavid Kaplan, Gordon Wittenmyer, Maddie Lee and Tim Stebbins discuss Theo Epstein's new venture and what could be in store for the former Cubs president in the future.

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Cubs' Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras Avoid Arbitration Amid Trade BuzzThe Chicago Cubs settled contracts in arbitration with third baseman Kris Bryant and catcher Willson Contreras on Friday.

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Cubs Rumors: A Willson Contreras trade would net a young returnWe've seen Willson Contreras connected to the Phillies, Angels and Marlins in recent weeks. While it's hard to envision a deal working out with Los Angeles given the makeup of the farm system, a deal between Miami and the Cubs is pretty easy to put together - at least on paper.

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Cubs historical sleuthing: Hank Aaron editionThis was a rare look at Aaron, the first baseman.

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Theo Epstein will help MLB with rule changes. Here are some suggestionsOf course, he's right. "Three true outcome" baseball has become dull for some, dragging the pace of play to the point where the 2020 season produced an average game length of three hours, seven minutes.

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Cubs News: Will Theo Epstein be MLB's next commissioner?Former Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein will be joining the Major League Baseball Commissioner's office.

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Notable International Signings: 1/15/21The 2020-21 international signing period is officially underway, and though this signing period is open until Dec.

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The Rundown: Cubs Fans Left With Many Questions in Absence of Annual Convention, Epstein Accepts Gig With Commissioner's Office, Mickey Mantle BasebalThough there is no Cubs Convention this year, I think it's appropriate to celebrate the beginning of the new baseball season, something the annual fan fest has always represented.

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SF Giants: Chicago Cubs a Potential Trade Partner?Following the Yu Darvish trade, the Chicago Cubs might be looking to shed more payroll and the SF Giants could emerge as a willing trade partner.

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Cubs sign international prospect Cristian HernandezHe'll get the largest bonus the team has ever paid to an amateur international free agent.

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Cubs Add 7 International Free Agents, Headlined by SS Cristian HernandezThe Cubs went bigger than expected when international free agency finally opened Friday, officially signing seven players rather than just the five we'd previewed earlier in the week.

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Friday Could Bring Clarity to Trade Market for Cubs, Other TeamsWe'll have more specifics as the day unfolds, so consider this a primer of sorts on the development of the offseason market.

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Outside The Confines: We're not prepared to pitchCorey Kluber pitches for the scouts. A look at the changes in the minor leagues.

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Baseball history unpacked, January 151912 - Former Brooklyn Superbas pitcher Elmer Stricklett, said to be the inventor of the spitball, is reinstated by the National Commission after playing outside organized baseball for three years.

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MLB hires former Cubs president Theo Epstein as consultantWell, that didn't take long. Theo Epstein, the former Cubs president, now sets his sights on larger pursuits, joining MLB as a consultant to the commissioner's office.

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Cubs sign top international shortstop prospect HernandezThe Cubs made a significant move for their future on Friday in signing Cristian Hernandez, one of the top players in the international free agent class.

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Cubs Sign Cristian Hernandez, a Top Prospect in 2021 International ClassThe Cubs made a significant move for their future on Friday in signing Cristian Hernandez, one of the top players in the international free agent class.

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Danny Hultzen Retires, Joins Cubs' Front OfficeFormer major league left-hander Danny Hultzen has retired from playing, but he'll remain in the game as a member of the Cubs' front office, Â Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports.

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How Sheraton Hotel Celebrated 2021 Cubs Convention That Never WasCubs Convention is canceled due to COVID-19, but the Sheraton Hotel found a way to celebrate the tradition of the fan festival.

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How Sheraton Hotel celebrated 2021 Cubs Convention that never wasCubs Convention is canceled due to COVID-19, but the Sheraton Hotel found a way to celebrate the tradition of the fan festival.

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Pitcher Danny Hultzen Retires, Joins Cubs Front Office as Pitching Development AssistantDanny Hultzen‘s comeback was easily one of the best stories in the Cubs organization over the last few seasons, but he's ready to close that chapter and start a new one.

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Cubs Shortstop Javier Baez Announces Birth of Second ChildThe Cubs shortstop, who took home his first career Gold Glove Award in November, and his wife Irmarie announced the birth of their second child on Thursday.

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Cubs shortstop Javier Baez announces birth of second childThe Cubs shortstop, who took home his first career Gold Glove Award in November, and his wife Irmarie announced the birth of their second child on Thursday.

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Why Cubs fans sing Take Me Out to the BallgameIt has become tradition at Wrigley Field. In the middle of the seventh inning, fans rise from their seats and join together in belting out the words to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." A smiling caricature of Harry Caray looks on from the broadcast booth.

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Chicago Cubs: Javy Baez announces birth of second childEl Mago has big news this offseason. Chicago Cubs star shortstop Javy Baez announced via social media on Thursday that his wife has given birth to their second.

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Danny Hultzen retires, staying with Cubs in front officeHultzen made his big league debut with the Cubs in 2019 after a long journey to the majors.

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Cubs Pitcher Danny Hultzen Retires, Joins Club's Front OfficeHultzen, who made his big league debut with the Cubs in 2019 after a long journey to the majors, will join the club's front office under assistant general manager Craig Breslow, Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post reports.

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Jose Martinez signs with Mets, ending brief Cubs tenureMartínez struggled at the plate in a short tenure with the Cubs.

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MLB Free Agency: Mets Sign Former Cubs Outfielder Jose MartinezThe Mets announced Thursday they've signed the outfielder/DH to a one-year deal. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, it's a split contract worth $1 million with incentives if he's on the big league roster.

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New York Mets reach one-year deal with Jose MartinezThe Mets agreed Thursday to a one-year contract with first baseman and outfielder Jose Martinez.

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Chicago is in new golden age of sports broadcastingWith Marquee Sports Network hiring Jon Sciambi last week, the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks all have a TV announcer working for a national network, too.

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MLB names former Cubs executive Epstein to consultant roleFormer Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, who has taken a new role as a consultant for Major League Baseball.

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How Sheraton Hotel celebrated 2021 Cubs Convention that never wasCubs Convention is canceled due to COVID-19, but the Sheraton Hotel found a way to celebrate the tradition of the fan festival.

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Cubs are a month from spring training and have done nothing to improveWe're about a month from players reporting to spring training and, still, the Cubs are yet to make any substantive additions or address their glaring holes.

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Inside Theo Epstein's new job with MLBTwo months after resigning from his role as Chicago Cubs president, Theo Epstein was hired Thursday as a consultant for Major League Baseball in on-field matters.

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Former Cubs President Theo Epstein Hired As MLB Consultant To Evaluate Rules Changes"As the game evolves, we all have an interest in ensuring the changes we see on the field make the game as entertaining and action-packed as possible for the fans, while preserving all that makes baseball so special," Epstein said in a statement.

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MLB hires former Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein as consultant to 'on-field matters'Former three-time World Series-winning executive Theo Epstein was hired by Major League Baseball on Thursday as a consultant to "on-field matters" as the sport contemplates rule changes to create more action and pace to the game.

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Former Cubs President Theo Epstein Joins MLB as ConsultantTheo Epstein stepped down as Cubs president of baseball operations two months ago.

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Theo Epstein is joining the Commissioner's officeWhen Theo Epstein stepped down as Cubs President of Baseball Operations, many people immediately connected him to the then-vacant similar post with the Phillies, the one that eventually went to Dave Dombrowski.

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Theo Epstein to Join Commissioner's Office as ConsultantTheo Epstein may have escaped the daily grind of the front office, but he'll still have an active hand in the game.

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Should the Cubs sign Yadier Molina?Molina, 38, repeatedly has made clear his preference to return to the Cardinals. He's seeking a two-year contract, but recently acknowledged with the sluggish offseason that if an appealing offer isn't there he'll consider retiring.

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Could Yadi Molina Actually Stick to Statement That He Will 'Retire Happy' Absent Right Offer?If I'm being totally honest, this post was really just about me being able to poke fun at Yadier Molina.

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Here's what has changed in deep rebuilds since the Cubs started theirs in 2012The types of players teams are looking for is different now. Also, a look at some previous Cubs rebuild attempts.

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Cubs Rumors: Mets have "looked at" Albert Almora as an outfield optionA reunion between the Cubs and Albert Almora seems unlikely, but the New York Mets have reportedly "looked at" the outfielder this offseason.

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Lucas Giolito Facetimed With Famous Cubs Fan Eddie Vedder After No-HitterWhite Sox pitchers getting a ring from a celebrity congratulator after a no-hitter is nothing new.

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Some Cactus League officials want Spring Training to be delayedIt's a good idea, but MLB is pressing forward with an on-time start.

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The Rundown: Trade Speculation Revealing Hoyer's Plans, Arbitration Figures Due Friday, MLB Rules Still Not DeterminedReports continue to surface that the Cubs are trying to get younger as they look to deal their impending free agents and core players.

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Cub Tracks rolls onCubs and #MLB news you can use.

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MiLB Mailbag  Episode X: What Can Cole Roederer Do to Be a Part of the Next Core?"This is a good question that has several layers to it. It also requires some kind of understanding that development is not the same for everybody."

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Column: What would the 2021 Cubs Convention be like this year? Since there won't be one, we can only imagine.It's a shame the 2021 Cubs Convention had to be canceled. Of course, if the Cubs really wanted to keep the tradition alive, they could always hold a virtual Cubs Convention with question-and-answer seminars held on Zoom.

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Cubs Could Be 'Trying to Go Really Young' in Rumored Return for Willson ContrerasBecause I go out of my way to avoid Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo, and because life sometimes gets in the way of blogging, I'm a little late to the party on this one.

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Cubs, two dozen other clubs attend Corey Kluber's showcaseCorey Kluber had a large presence at his showcase Wednesday, with as many as 25 teams present, including the Cubs, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

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Ben Zobrist reportedly puts North Center home on the marketWant to live in the home of a World Series MVP? You can now turn that dream into a reality , as the Chicago Tribune reports Ben Zobrist's North Center home has been put on the market.

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Cubs News: Kyle Schwarber says Juan Soto is the 'best hitter in the game'Former Chicago Cubs outfielder and recent Washington Nationals-signee Kyle Schwarber had some high praise for his new teammate Juan Soto.

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Cubs World Series MVP Ben Zobrist Puts Chicago Home Up for SaleWant to live in the home of a World Series MVP? You can now turn that dream into a reality , as the Chicago Tribune reports Ben Zobrist’s North Center home has been put on the market.

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Kluber, Cishek, Swarzak Hold Showcase For MLB ClubsFree-agent right-handers Corey Kluber, Steve Cishek and Anthony Swarzak held a showcase attended by 25 MLB teams.

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Top 10 Catchers in MLBWho are the best guys behind the plate? Where did coveted free agent J.T. Realmuto end up, along with White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal and Cubs catcher Willson Contreras?

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Cubs' arbitration situation linked to extensionsOne of the underlying forces driving the current direction of the Cubs has been the lack of extensions for their core group.

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Cubs historical sleuthing: Rick Reuschel editionAnyway, that's obviously Veterans Stadium, and even more obviously, that's Rick Reuschel batting for the Cubs.

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Cubs Rumors: Marlins emerge as a suitor for Willson ContrerasThe Miami Marlins reportedly have interest in Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, and could make for an interesting trade partner for the Cubs.

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Cubs historical sleuthing and Getty ImagesI've given the photo giant some information for their historic photos.

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Dodgers Rumors: Analyzing a Kris Bryant Trade from the Cubs to Los AngelesAfter the Chicago Cubs traded Yu Darvish to San Diego, they signaled to the league that they are ready to punt the 2021 season.

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Cubs Will Have Presence at Corey Kluber's Wednesday WorkoutA consensus top-5 pitcher in baseball over a half-decade run starting with the first of two Cy Young Awards in 2014, Corey Kluber fell from his perch rather unceremoniously.

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Cubs News: Bleacher Report ranks Cubs as highly likely to tank in 2021Bleacher Report ranks most of the NL Central as likely to punt on 2021, making it hard for the Chicago Cubs to go full rebuild yet.

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MLB expansion isn't going to happen for a whileEven though it could bring a lot of money to current owners.

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The Rundown: Pandemic Changing Chicago Sports Landscape, Cubs Trade Speculation Continues, MLB Planning for Fan Attendance"Betrayal is the only truth that sticks." - Arthur Miller Jed Hoyer is probably thankful for the Chicago Bears organization this morning.

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Contreras' Epic Bat Flip, Heyward's Go-Ahead Homer Off HaderSeptember saw some epic home runs from the Cubs. Javy Báez launched some of the Cubs longest homers of the season.

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Outside The Confines: Are the White Sox unstoppable in the AL Central?If there's one thing that's clear from those moves, it's that Cleveland isn't likely to be a competitive team this coming season, and have their eyes set to the future.

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Baseball history unpacked, January 131959 - State Senator Joe Cowgill inntroduces a bill to build an stadium in Delaware Township, dependent on the decision of the nearby Phillies to move to southern New Jersey.

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Toronto Blue Jays have checked in on Kris BryantAfter missing out on a potential Francisco Lindor swap, the Toronto Blue Jays are still looking for that elusive big move.

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What would you ask the Ricketts family?Due to the pandemic, there will be no Cubs Convention this year. But after all the changes the Cubs have made, what would be your one question to the Ricketts family at the annual fan festival?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: What Would You Ask the Ricketts Family?Due to the pandemic, there will be no Cubs Convention this year. But after all the changes the Cubs have made, what would be your one question to the Ricketts family at the annual fan festival?

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Cubs Top Prospects To Watch In 2021Greg Huss of the "Growing Cubs" podcast joins to discuss Cubs top prospects. Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here:.

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How Cubs might leverage White Sox signing of Liam Hendriks in rebuildIf the Hendriks signing signaled a more robust demand for back-end relievers than many estimated when the offseason began, then the Cubs might actually have a shot to move the bulk of a contract that looked impossible to move even a few weeks ago.

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How Cubs Might Leverage White Sox Signing of Liam Hendriks in RebuildIf the Hendriks signing signaled a more robust demand for back-end relievers than many estimated when the offseason began, then the Cubs might actually have a...

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Cubs Talk Podcast: What would you ask the Ricketts family?Due to the pandemic, there will be no Cubs Convention this year. But after all the changes the Cubs have made, what would be your one question to the Ricketts family at the annual fan festival?

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MLB rumors: Marlins check in with Cubs on potential Willson Contreras tradeContreras has popped up in trade rumors on several occasions this offseason. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported the Angels' interest last week, noting no deal was close. Last month,  USA Today reported the Cubs were "excessively shopping" Contreras, which team president Jed Hoyer said was "fictional."

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MLB Rumors: Marlins Check in With Cubs on Potential Willson Contreras TradeMiami clearly with Chicago talks peaking interest on Willson Contreras. To get Contreras, Cubs would certainly like to go young and Miami has those assets.

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Central Rumors: Cubs Extensions, Cardinals, KluberThe Cubs' trade of Yu Darvish cleared $62MM from the books over the next three years, but Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times writes in his latest mailbag column that it's still unlikely the team will agree to a contract extension with any of its pending free agents prior to the start of Spring Training.

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Kyle Schwarber: Being non-tendered by Cubs ‘a little bit of a gut punch'Schwarber discussed the Cubs' decision to non-tender him last month while looking back fondly at his time with the club.

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Kyle Schwarber: Being Non-Tendered by Cubs a€˜a Little Bit of a Gut Punch'Schwarber discussed the Cubs' decision to non-tender him last month while looking back fondly at his time with the club.

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How Cubs might leverage White Sox signing of Liam Hendriks in rebuildIf the Hendriks signing signaled a more robust demand for back-end relievers than many estimated when the offseason began, then the Cubs might actually have a shot to move the bulk of a contract that looked impossible to move even a few weeks ago.

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Chicago Cubs: Anthony Iapoce will feel the heat in 2021Chicago Cubs hitting coach Anthony Iapoce will feel pressured to deliver bounce-back seasons from several players in 2021.

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SB Nation Reacts: Where will the top three free agents sign?Your votes on where Trevor Bauer, George Springer and DJ LeMahieu will wind up.

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MLB rumors: Marlins check in with Cubs on potential Willson Contreras tradeContreras has popped up in trade rumors on several occasions this offseason. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported the Angels' interest last week, noting no deal was close. Last month,  USA Today reported the Cubs were "excessively shopping" Contreras, which team president Jed Hoyer said was "fictional."

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How Cubs might leverage White Sox signing of Liam Hendriks in rebuildIf the Hendriks signing signaled a more robust demand for back-end relievers than many estimated when the offseason began, then the Cubs might actually have a shot to move the bulk of a contract that looked impossible to move even a few weeks ago.

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Cubs have some cost-conscious options for their left field voidWith longtime outfielder Kyle Schwarber joining the Nationals, the Cubs will be looking for a budget-friendly replacement in the weeks to come.

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There's yet another Willson Contreras trade rumor out thereMiami clearly with Chicago talks peaking interest on Willson Contreras. To get Contreras, Cubs would certainly like to go young and Miami has those assets.

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Cubs historical sleuthing: Shea Stadium editionYet another look at a Cubs/Mets game from the 1970s.

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The Cubs have told season-ticket waiting list members that they can buy certain 2021 ticketsThe Cubs today sent people on the season-ticket waiting list an email regarding their status on ticket-buying.

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Marlins Reportedly Interested in Willson Contreras, No Traction in TalksWhat a difference a year makes, huh? Prior to this winter, any potential deal between the Marlins and Cubs would have seen impact players heading north in exchange for prospects and/or money.

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Marlins Interested In Willson ContrerasThe Marlins have had discussions with the Cubs about catcher Willson Contreras, according to SportsGrid's Craig Mish . There isn't any sense that a trade might be close, as Mish describes the situation as "very fluid" considering how "the Cubs have big decisions to make across the board".

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The NFL had a big hit with its Nickelodeon broadcast. MLB should try this.When the "No Fun League" has fun, baseball should take note.

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Chicago Cubs News: Is Adbert Alzolay ready for the starting rotation?After some offseason departures, Adbert Alzolay will get his chance to earn a spot in the starting rotation for the Chicago Cubs.

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Chicago Cubs Email Hints at Fans Coming to Wrigley for 2021 GamesYou might be thinking, how sports-y were you really before, Michelle? And in the lowest level of fandom, I will tell you I wore a Cubs shirt most game days and also actually remembered to change my Fantasy Football player, prior to 2020.

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Rob Manfred tells MLB teams to be ready to start on time, have full 162-game seasonMajor League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred informed clubs Monday that they should be preparing for spring training to start on time in February and to plan on a full 162-game season being played, three people with direct knowledge of the conference call told USA TODAY Sports.

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MLB Tells Teams to Plan for Full Schedule, Will Not Mandate Vaccines for FansIn a memo sent to MLB teams Monday, commissioner Rob Manfred laid out the league's "minimum health and safety standards" and said to prepare for a normal spring training and full regular season schedule.

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Chicago Cubs Rumors: Kris Bryant headlines 3 blockbuster trades with MetsThe Chicago Cubs might be forced to trade Kris Bryant this winter. The New York Mets seem like they are interested so what would it take?

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Miguel Amaya's Stellar Performance Has Winter League Team Poised for ChampionshipEveryone in the Cubs organization raved about the work Miguel Amaya put in during the shutdown and then at the team's alternate site in South Bend, so it wasn't surprising to see him doing well in Puerto Rico's Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League.

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Meet Cristian Hernandez: Soon-to-be Top International Signing for the CubsThe Cubs are set to sign one of the most highly touted international free agents around.

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Cub Tracks has a pointCubs and #MLB news you can use.

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Chicago Cubs have a prime opportunity to trade Craig KimbrelThe Chicago Cubs want to offload salary, and a recent deal elsewhere gives them a clear opportunity to trade Craig Kimbrel.

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Kris Bryant Trade Reportedly Discussed By Cubs, Blue JaysThe Toronto Blue Jays at one point this offseason reportedly explored a possible trade for Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant.

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Trade/FA Notes: Bryant, Jays, Benintendi, Marlins, CronThe latest rumblings centering on the trade and free-agent markets in Major League Baseball... The Blue Jays have touched base...

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Chicago Cubs: Sammy Sosa's actions cost him a shot at CooperstownChicago Cubs legend Sammy Sosa is sticking to his story about PED allegations - for better or worse.

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Cubs fans sit and watch as Padres work on extension with Fernando Tatis Jr.The Chicago Cubs spent years developing a homegrown core under Theo Epstein - only to fail to extend a single member of that core.

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Blue Jays Among Teams Checking on Kris Bryant, No Talks in Recent WeeksIt's starting to feel like the increased temperature on the Kris Bryant trade rumors was more a matter of surrounding events than anything serious.

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Cubs Minors: Cristian Hernandez will bring necessary relief to the systemThe international signing period begins this week and the Cubs are expected to sign the top shortstop prospect in the class, Cristian Hernandez.

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Chicago Cubs Confront Tough Decisions When It Comes To Kris Bryant Trade RumorsChicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is in his final year of arbitration eligibility as his name appears in trade rumors.

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Discussing Cubs' Offseason Strategy, Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras Trade Rumors, MoreJoin Evan Altman and Jon Strong of Cubs Insider as we try not to take ourselves too seriously while pondering the state of the Chicago Cubs.

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Cubs Set to Sign 5 International Free Agents Friday, Including Phenom SS Cristian HernandezAfter pushing the original signing date of July 2 back to January 15 because of the pandemic, MLB's international free agency will finally open this Friday.

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Cubs historical sleuthing: New York Mets editionJim Fregosi #2 of the New York Mets gets caught in a run down against the Chicago Cubs during a Major League Baseball game circa 1972 at Shea Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City.

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Cubs Rumors: Team continues to listen on Kris Bryant, Willson ContrerasAs of Saturday, the Cubs are still listening to offers on both All-Star catcher Willson Contreras and former National League MVP Kris Bryant.

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An updated estimate of the Cubs 2021 payroll and luxury taxAnd some thoughts about why the team is headed the way they are.

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Growing Cubs Podcast: Darvish Trade, First Annual Cubs Fantasy Minor League Reliever DraftGreg and Jimmy are back with another episode with alpha reoccurring guest Bryan Smith with Bleacher Nation.

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The time has come for the Ricketts' to sell the CubsThe Ricketts family has used the Cubs exactly as intended: to make boatloads of profits.

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Outside the Confines: Saying goodbye to a legend Tommy LasordaOne of the biggest larger-than-life figures in the game has passed. The repercussions from the Mets/Indians deal.

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Baseball history unpacked, January 111960 - The Phillies send fan-favorite Richie Ashburn, the National League's top hitter in 1958, to the Cubs in exchange for infielders Alvin Dark and Jim Woods along with right-hander John Buzhardt.

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Prospect Update: Peyton Remy Might Be the Most Underrated Cubs Pitching ProspectPeyton Remy is probably a guy that most prospect evaluators overlook him when it comes to the Cubs.

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Kyle Schwarber: Being non-tendered by Cubs ‘a little bit of a gut punch'Schwarber discussed the Cubs' decision to non-tender him last month while looking back fondly at his time with the club.

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LA Angels Rumors: A trade scenario for ace Kyle HendricksTrading Brandon Marsh for pitcher Kyle Hendricks could help both the Angels and Cubs this season.

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Should the Chicago Cubs trade Willson Contreras and Kris BryantYu Darvish is gone and many predict the next player the Chicago Cubs will trade is catcher Willson Contreras, even though president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer denied a report that the Cubs were extensively shopping Contreras, calling it "fiction."

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Tom Ricketts hamstrung the Cubs with his talk of 'biblical losses'Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts unwittingly hamstrung his team's offseason endeavors by discussing biblical losses over the summer.

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Cubs may want to take a chance on Andrew BenintendiThe Chicago Cubs might want to explore a trade for Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi in hopes of filling the void currently found in left field.

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The Rundown: Several Cubs Mentioned in Speculative Trade Chatter, Schwarber Thanks Chicagoans, Tommy Lasorda Passes Away, Sunday Baseball NotesYesterday was quite the harrowing one for Cubs fans. After it was announced that Kyle Schwarber had signed a one-year deal with the Nationals that includes an $11 million team option for 2022, rumors cascaded across social media that Jed Hoyer was about to make another big trade.

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VIDEO: Cubs release thank you video for Kyle SchwarberWith Kyle Schwarber joining the Washington Nationals, the Chicago Cubs released a video thanking the slugger for being a part of history on the North Side.

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Watch: Boog Sciambi "Warms Up" for Cubs Season in Central ParkIt's a cold January, but Jon "Boog" Sciambi looks ready to call a humid, hot summer game at Wrigley Field.

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Cubs free-agent target: Jurickson ProfarHe was very good with the Rangers in 2018 , not quite so good in 2019 with the Athletics, and then spent 2020 with the Padres, where he posted 1.4 bWAR in just 56 games.

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Chicago Cubs Organization Breakdown, Pt 8Coming in at number three in our prospect position rankings is the Cubs' collection of left-handed starting pitchers.

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Cubs betting command on the mound translates to successWith three of the softest-tossing arms in the game atop the rotation, the Cubs are betting command - not overpowering velocity - is the recipe for success.

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Cubs free-agent target: Jason CastroWith the inclusion of Victor Caratini in the Yu Darvish trade to the Padres, the Cubs will have to acquire a backup catcher, since Jed Hoyer has said Miguel Amaya won't start the season in the big leagues.

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Cub Tracks hits the rinse cycleBaseball ceased to be an escape from the real world some time ago. On that cheery note, welcome to the Sunday edition of Cub Tracks News and Notes, your escape from the humdrum.

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Chicago Cubs: Kyle Schwarber leaves memories of 2016 postseasonWhen Kyle Schwarber signed with the Washingon Nationals his Chicago Cubs tenure officially came to an end.

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Cubs free-agent target: Jurickson ProfarHe played briefly in the big leagues at age 19, despite having played no games above Double-A, then spent about half the next season in the majors with the Rangers.

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Cubs' Fan Favorite Kyle Schwarber Headed To Washington Nationals"Davy was a huge influence on me with baseball, because he was the kind of guy who was with the outfielders, and me being freshly taken away from catching at 15 in the Big Leagues and just going into left field, I had a lot of work with him."

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MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs Close To Sealing Deal For BryantThere is "industry chatter" that the Chicago Cubs could be dealing away Kris Bryant in the coming days, with multiple teams said to be interested, a report says.

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MLBTR Poll: Will The Nationals Unlock Kyle Schwarber's Potential?In a sport known for its protracted regular season and voluminous historical records - playing for a franchise that had been without a championship crown for over a century - Kyle Schwarber established his legacy over a seven-game stretch of the 2016 playoffs.

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Why are there Cubs fans in BelizeIt was Spring Training 1985, and before reporting to Arizona with the rest of his Cubs teammates, star left fielder Gary Matthews was going somewhere he'd never been before.

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Former Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber signs 1-year, $10M deal with NationalsSchwarber reunites with ex-Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez, now the Nats' manager. He said their relationship was "a big factor" in his decision.

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Chicago Cubs emphasis for 2021: Making contactJed Hoyer appears to be re-styling the Chicago Cubs to emphasize making contact, both offensively and more dramatically through his pitching staff.

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Cubs News: Nick Martini signing makes for a potentially impactful moveThe Chicago Cubs brought in outfielder Nick Martini on a minor league contract, and there could be potential value in him despite a small MLB resume.

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Kyle Schwarber Signs With Washington NationalsFormer Chicago Cubs Outfielder Kyle Schwarber has agreed to terms with the Washington Nationals. The deal is for one year and $10 million.

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Former Cubs Slugger Kyle Schwarber Reportedly Reaches Deal With NationalsFormer Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber has reportedly found a new home, inking a one-year contract with the Washington Nationals.

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Cubs thank Kyle Schwarber in touching video as he joins NationalsSoon after the Nationals officially announced they had agreed to terms with Kyle Schwarber on a one-year contact, the Cubs posted a video to thank him.

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Cubs Thank Kyle Schwarber in Touching Video as He Joins NationalsSoon after the Nationals officially announced they had agreed to terms with Kyle Schwarber on a one-year contact, the Cubs posted a video to thank him.

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1989 Cubs Historical Heroes and Goats: Part 10Welcome back to our Heroes and Goats look back at the 1989 season. When last we checked in, the Cubs were on the road and splitting six games against the Braves and Cardinals.

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Report: Schwarber, Nationals agree to 1-year, $10M dealSlugging outfielder Kyle Schwarber has agreed in principle to a one-year, $10 million contract with the Nationals, according to a report.

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If Cubs trade Kris Bryant as a salary dump, it'll be the final straw for fansTrading Kris Bryant, a former NL MVP, in order to gain top-tier talent, that's one thing.

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MLB rumors: Cubs could trade Kris Bryant 'as soon as this weekend'We've seen Kris Bryant's name in the rumor mill this week, and a report out of New York Saturday added an interesting layer to the buzz.

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Should the Cubs trade Rowan Wick? If so, what's his trade value?The Cubs have current value in Wick. But could they get more value by dealing him?

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MLB rumors: Cubs could trade Kris Bryant 'as soon as this weekend'We've seen Kris Bryant's name in the rumor mill this week, and a report out of New York Saturday added an interesting layer to the buzz.

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MLB Rumors: Cubs Could Trade Kris Bryant a€˜as Soon as This Weekend'We've seen Kris Bryant's name in the rumor mill this week, and a report out of New York Saturday added an interesting layer to the buzz.

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Phillies Could See Willson Contreras as 'Best Plan B' if JT Realmuto Signs ElsewhereThe central theory of this post isn't new, but Saturday's developments have brought it to the forefront.

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Former Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber signs one-year deal with the NationalsFormer Cubs first-round pick Kyle Schwarber, non-tendered early in the offseason, has signed a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals.

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Conflicting Reports About Mets' Pursuit of Kris Bryant, One Says Trade Could Come This WeekendI'll keep this one brief because there's not a great deal to add to this topic beyond what we've already covered, but it bears discussing as part of the big picture.

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NL Central Notes: Carpenter, Alvarez, Cubs, Lindor, Reds, EcksteinAfter struggling in both 2019 and 2020, Matt Carpenter has reshaped his offseason training routine in advance of what he considers to be a make-or-break year or perhaps even his final year in the big leagues, Carpenter tells Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Carpenter's contract with the Cardinals is up after the 2021 season, unless...

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Chicago Cubs: Kyle Schwarber joins Washington NationalsSlugger Kyle Schwarber earned a raise despite being non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs last month, landing a one-year, $10 million deal with the Washington Nationals.

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Kyle Schwarber clearly won his breakup with the CubsWith the free agent deal he has now gotten from Washington Nationals, Kyle Schwarber clearly won his breakup with the Chicago Cubs.

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Kyle Schwarber has signed with the NationalsThere's no word yet on what the dollar figure is for Schwarber with the Nats; when we learn that figure, it will be instructive, because it will show what the Cubs could have signed him for.

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Nationals Sign Kyle Schwarber to One-Year, $10M DealSo much for the slim hope that Kyle Schwarber could return to the Cubs on a reduced deal.

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Chicago Cubs: A Kris Bryant to New York Mets deal makes senseThe Chicago Cubs have had Kris Bryant in trade rumors for months. The New York Mets would be a great destination for him at this point.

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Former Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber joins Washington Nationals on 1-year, $10 million dealSlugger Kyle Schwarber earned a raise despite being non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs last month, landing a one-year, $10 million deal with the Washington Nationals.

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Chicago Cubs Q&A: Can they still win the NL Central? What will they do with the $59 million in savings from the Yu Darvish trade? And can new announceThe Tribune's Mark Gonzales answers readers' questions, including whether the Chicago Cubs still can win the National League Central and what they will do with the $59 million in savings from the Yu Darvish trade.

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Cubs Mailbag: Will fans return to Wrigley Field in 2021?Cubs beat reporter Russell Dorsey answers fans Cubs and MLB questions. Send all questions for the mailbag to along with your name, city and state.

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Cub Tracks throws it in the washHere's Cub Tracks News and Notes, your escape from the humdrum. As always, means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both.

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Cubs Sign Nick Martini to Minor-League DealThe Cubs have made yet another minor-league deal, this time by signing Chicago-area outfielder Nick Martini.

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Chicago Cubs trading Willson Contreras would be a disasterIf the Chicago Cubs trade Willson Contreras rather than extend him long-term, it would be an absolute disaster for the team for years to come.

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Anthony Rizzo shares heartfelt message to Cubs fansCubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo shared a heartfelt message to Cubs fans on Friday looking forward to their return to Wrigley Field.

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Cubs' Anthony Rizzo Looking Forward to Fans Returning to Wrigley FieldCubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo shared a heartfelt message to Cubs fans on Friday looking forward to their return to Wrigley Field.

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MLB Rumors: Mets Connected to Cubs' Kris Bryant in Another ReportWe’ve seen Kris Bryant connected to the Mets in trade rumors this week and now have another report — this out of New York — confirming those talks.

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Another report states Cubs, Mets have talked Bryant tradeWe've seen Kris Bryant connected to the Mets in trade rumors this week and now have another report — this out of New York — confirming those talks.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Agent Rachel Luba discusses Trevor Bauer's free agencyTrevor Bauer's agent Rachel Luba joins Maddie Lee and Gordon Wittenmyer for a deep and interesting conversation about free agency.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Agent Rachel Luba Discusses Trevor Bauer's Free AgencyTrevor Bauer's agent Rachel Luba joinsMaddie Lee and Gordon Wittenmyer fora deep and interesting conversation about free agency.

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How Cubs' new-look rotation can workIt was almost a perfect-world example of how the Cubs' run prevention planning is supposed to work.

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Cubs Sign OF Nick Martini to Minors DealIf the Cubs' moves so far this winter have left you shaken and in need of a drink, their latest pickup might be just what you need.

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Cubs, Mets talking Kris Bryant following the Francisco Lindor trade?The Mets going all-in and trading for Cubs star Kris Bryant actually makes sense after they went out and landed Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco.

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Early Results Comparing Free Agent Deals to Crowdsourced PredictionsIt is time the fourth annual installment of my Cubs Insider feature comparing free agent contracts against crowdsourced predictions.

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Wrigley Field historical sleuthing: Tommy Lasorda editionLongtime Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda passed away late Thursday, aged 93. The Cubs issued the following statement.

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Press release: Chicago Cubs mourn the passing of Tommy LasordaHe was part of our game for more than 70 years, starting as a pitcher in the 1940s before 20 seasons as manager of the Dodgers, a tenure that saw him guide the club to two World Series victories and four National League pennants.

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The Yu Darvish trade isn't as bad for the Cubs as you thinkAnd in the long run, it's likely going to be very good for the ballclub.

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Latest Report of MLB's Reduced ESPN Deal May Not Tell Whole StoryPaging Paul Harvey. A Friday report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic stated rather ominously that Major League Baseball is "bracing for a reduction in TV rights fees in pending ESPN deal," but I think the rest of the story might be missing.

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Chicago Cubs: A look at the current state of the bullpenThe Cubs will likely use last season's formula to piece together their bullpen, which is hardly a route to take.

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Anthony Rizzo shares heartfelt message to Cubs fansCubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo shared a heartfelt message to Cubs fans on Friday looking forward to their return to Wrigley Field.

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2021 troubles loom on the Chicago Cubs horizonThe Chicago Cubs are staring down the barrel of a rough 2021 campaign as their rebuilding process has already begun.

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Cubs sign OF Nick Martini to a minor-league dealMartini was in the Phillies and Reds organizations in 2020, and he's not going to be any sort of savior for the Cubs, but he is a.269/.372/.380 lifetime hitter in the major leagues and he had a better than.400 OBP in Triple-A in both 2018 and 2019.

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Tyler Chatwood Named Among Pitchers Who Doctored Baseballs with Sticky SubstanceCrisco; Bardol; Vagisil. Any one of them will give you another 2-3 inches drop on your curveball.

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The Rundown: Bryant Rumors Continue, Happ Talks Coming Season, Cleveland Finally Trades Lindor, Mets Turn Attention to Free Agent MarketAs much as the Cubs may want to save the $20 million or so third baseman Kris Bryant will earn this season, it's tough to believe they are actively trying to trade the former MVP and Rookie of the Year.

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A few more clues about 2021 MLB spring training and the regular season"As we've made clear to the league on multiple occasions, we expect spring training and the regular season to start on time and as scheduled, consistent with our CBA," the Players Association said in a statement provided to Sportico.

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Outside The Confines: Francisco Lindor has found a new homeStart spreading the news, because Lindor is headed to New York.

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Kris Bryant Trade Rumors: Mets, Cubs Have Had Dialogue About Move for StarThe Chicago Cubs and New York Mets have reportedly held trade discussions about third baseman Kris Bryant.

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Trevor Bauer's agent Rachel Luba discusses Bauer's free agencyWithout a doubt, the top free agent in baseball this offseason just so happens to also be the most polarizing and interesting in Trevor Bauer.

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The "6-year Window" Theory: What it is and How it WorksLadies and gentlemen, I have a theory about successful baseball teams and how most organizations should try to run.

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Cubs Draft: Top high school prospects team should consider in 2021 MLB DraftThe Chicago Cubs are slated to pick 21st overall in the upcoming draft and there are a few prospects in the prep world the organization should consider.

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Mets Have Reportedly Had Trade Talks with Cubs About Kris BryantThe Mets continued to make good on new owner Steve Cohen's promise to field a legitimate team Thursday, shaking up the baseball world with a trade for all-world shortstop Francisco Lindor.

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Cubs' Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras Trade Rumors PersistNobody thought the Cubs were done this offseason after trading Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to the Padres last week, but big names remain in the rumor mill.

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Cubs have just as good of a shot at the NL Central as anyone elseIs anyone claiming the NL Central crown for 2021? It doesn't look like it, as teams have passed on it for now, including the Chicago Cubs.

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Mets, Cubs In "Recent Trade Talks" About Kris BryantWhile the Cubs surely want a good return back for trading the former NL MVP, the Mets could have an edge in trade talks simply by offering to take Bryant's entire contract off of Chicago's books. Hypothetically, the Mets could also send an experienced Major League player back to the Cubs as part of a Bryant trade, akin to how the Cubs picked...

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Cubs still haven't plotted their course heading into the 2021 seasonJust months from Spring Training, the Cubs need to figure out what the identity of this team will be in 2021.

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