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There’s no doubt that Starlin Castro is talented, but when it comes to the All-Star shortstop, the criticism almost always revolves around his maturity. He’s bumped into problems with the law and his work ethic has been spotty during his tenure with the Cubs. While Cubs manager Dale Sveum noticed improvement in Castro’s attitude last season, he believes more growth is necessary. “What I want to see out of him is just keep progressing mentally,” Sveum told CSNChicago. “And understand the process of becoming a winning player and not a hit seeker. [It’s] becoming more of a winning hitter — in situations, by driving runs in, understanding the situations defensively. “He came a long way, but still has to even concentrate more. We’ve got him probably — just throwing a number out there — really focused 80 to 85 percent of the time. We got to get that to 95 percent of the time. I don’t think anybody ever really focuses 100 percent.” Castro used to be a liability on the defensive side of th
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The Cubs acquired RHP Hector Rondon from Cleveland in the rule five draft this morning. He was a former relatively top prospect in the organization (#7 in the org going into 2010) before a few surgeries. This is what BA had to say about him going in to last season. Rondon moved quickly, reaching Triple-A [...]
One of the most interested observers of the winter meetings was Chicago Cubs closer Carlos Marmol. In November, the Cubs tried to trade Marmol to the Angels, but they backed out of a proposed deal because they didn't like the medical reports on Los Angeles pitcher Dan Haren. As the meetings ended, the Cubs were set to announce the signing of Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa...
The Cubs big moves during the winter meetings were to sign two players that were non-tendered by their teams a week ago. This is a year! The Cubs signed former Giants OF Nate Schierholtz to a one year, $2.25m deal plus incentives. He's an above-average defender, but has posted a .270/.319/.409 line over the past [...]
Ian Stewart did not play much in 2012. He appeared in just 55 games for the Chicago Cubs because of injury. However, the Cubs want him back, and they got him. Stewart and the Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal.
Stewart was non-tendered not too long ago by the Cubs, but the team was able to work out a new contract to bring him back to Chicago. According to Paul Sullivan...
Third baseman Ian Stewart says he is re-signing with the Chicago Cubs.
Stewart confirmed the move Thursday on Twitter, posting that he is ''glad to be healthy and back with the Cubs.''
A person familiar with the agreement said it's for one year at $2 million if Stewart makes the opening-day roster, and he can earn an additional $500,000 in bonuses. The person...
Kyuji Fujikawa, who played for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan the past 12 seasons, officially joined the Chicago Cubs on Friday, agreeing to a two-year, $9.5 million contract. The deal includes a signing bonus of $1 million and $4 million in salaries in 2013 and 2014, according to MLB.com. There also is a vesting option valued at $5.5 million or $6 million, which will be determined...
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Short answer: probably not much more ass than they sucked last year. After all, the Cubs have lost 101 or more games only 2 other times in franchise history. It's not easy being as bad as the 2012 Cubs were. Long answer? The 2012 Cubs joined the 1962 and 1966 teams as the only ones [...]
An off-season hunting trip ended with a scary mishap for former Milwaukee Brewer teammates, current Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum and Hall of Famer Robin Yount.
While hunting in quail in Arizona recently, a shot fired by the 1999 Cooperstown inductee hit Sveum, according to a report by the Associated Press.
"I was just looking for birds myself. It was behind me, so...