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Despite recently signing two free agent pitchers, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer is still seeking additional arms as he prepares for next week's winter meetings.
''We're constantly on the lookout for more depth,'' the Cubs' second-year GM said Friday. ''If you think you have enough pitching, you're always wrong.''
The Cubs have filled out a full starting rotation with the free agent acquisitions Scott Feldman and Scott Baker. The potential lineup would also include returnees Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood.
But there's no certainty it will be the Opening Day rotation with Garza and Wood still recovering from elbow injuries and health issues for both Feldman and Baker.
The right-handed Feldman signed a reported one-year, $6 million deal this week after Texas declined an option. He missed the early part of last season recovering from a knee injury and went 6-11 with a 5.09 earned run average.
Baker, a 31-year-old right-hander, is coming off Tommy John surgery and did not pitch in 2011. He signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal after the Twins passed on a 2013 option.
''We do have some guys who are coming off injuries that are in our rotation, so we're going to be active seeking depth,'' said Hoyer, who also plans to beef up the relief corps.
''We are actively looking to improve our bullpen,'' Hoyer said. ''We haven't been able to address that this winter, with the exception of bringing back Shawn Camp, which we were really happy about. We'll be active trying to find bullpen help at the meetings and after.''
He said he's impressed with Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa, but declined further comment. No player is absolutely guaranteed a 2013 roster spot as the Cubs come off a 61-101 season.
''I don't think we're in a position where we have enough talent to say any one player on the roster is untouchable,'' Hoyer said. ''We certainly have several players that we would have a hard time parting with. It would take a heck of a package to make it happen.''
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Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has been available on the trade market at various times over the past several years.
This winter, he might finally be on the move.
The Cubs expect to meet with teams regarding Soriano during the upcoming winter meetings in Nashville, according to major-league sources. It won’t necessarily be easy to deal Soriano, who has a full no-trade clause...
As executives head for the winter meetings in Nashville, the Chicago Cubs have five pitchers in the rotation. That doesn't mean they are going to stop there. Before the meetings, the Cubs signed former Rangers right-hander Scott Feldman to a one-year deal worth $6 million with another $1 million possible in incentives. That gave the Cubs a rotation of right-handers Matt Garza...
The Chicago Cubs landed a new closer on Saturday, signing Japanese free-agent right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year, $9.5 million contract, according to major-league sources.
Fujikawa, 32, agreed to a two-year contract with a vesting option for a third season, sources said.
The Cubs likely will use him to replace right-hander Carlos Marmol, whom they attempted to trade to the...
According to Wittenmyer, the Cubs will non-tender 2 of their 5 arbitration eligible players.
Hoyer says Cubs expect to non-tender two arb guys by tonight's deadline with hope of retaining them. Stewart and ...
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) November 30, 2012
The tweet seems to indicate Ian Stewart is one of those two, which leaves M. Garza, J. Samardzija, J. Russell or L...
The Chicago Cubs signed Japanese cloesr Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year deal on Saturday. The 32-year old Fujikawa, who had been seemingly destined to sign with the Angels, will make $9.5 million over the two years of the deal and has a vesting option for 2015 based on games finished that could turn into a club option if the option doesn't vest. Fujikawa will be serving as the Cubs...
The Cubs signed 32 year old Japanese free agent Kyuji Fujikawa to a 2-year deal worth $9.2 million. The contract includes a vesting option for 2015 depending on games finished that be worth either $5.5 million or $6 million. Word on the street is that this guy sits in the 92-94 mph range and can [...]
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The Chicago Cubs have made a move in free agency, reportedly signing a Japanese relief pitcher. How will he transition to MLB?
One of the most agonizing situations for me is when the Cubs have a Jewish ball player. And thanks to Scott Feldman it looks like I will be annoyed for at least one season. Feldman signed a $6 Million 1 year contract with up to another million in incentives. Feldman figures to fit into a rebuilding rotation. Looks like Theo hated having Passover Seder by himself. Click HERE for more.
While the Chicago Cubs have made veteran outfielder Alfonso
Soriano available over the several past years, he could finally be on the move this
winter, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
The Cubs expect to meet with teams regarding Soriano during
the upcoming winter meetings in Nashville, according to major-league sources.
Morosi adds that it won’t be easy...
Kyuji Fujikawa will pitch for the Chicago Cubs in 2013. The Cubs signed the Japanese reliever to a two year deal worth $9.5 million. The 32-year-old pitched for 12 seasons in the Nippon Professional Baseball league.
While it is a lot of money for a reliever for a team that is not expected to contend, Fujikawa should prove to be a solid presence at the back of the Cubs bullpen.
Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa and the Chicago Cubs have reached agreement on a two-year contract for $9.5 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced. Foxsports.com first reported the deal.
The 32-year-old Fujikawa pitched for two-time World Baseball...
The Chicago Cubs have had conversations with free agent
center fielder Michael Bourn’s agent, reports Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago.
The Chicago Cubs have had conversations with free agent
centerfielder Michael Bourn’s agent, according to a major league source.
Bourn’s agent is the infamous Scott Boras, who is reportedly
seeking a free agent contract...