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Chicago Cubs: how Jake Arrieta earned his raise

The Chicago Cubs have been making many additions to their roster this offseason. With the signings of Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey, the Cubs have shown they are not afraid to break the bank. With the offseason winding down, there was one more player to sign, Jake Arrieta. Arrieta was up for arbitration this season and was asking for a hefty price. Ultimately, the Cubs...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Source: Cubs, Jake Arrieta agree on $10.7 million deal

CHICAGO -- A person familiar with the negotiations says Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has agreed to a $10.7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major-league service.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday night on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been announced by the team.Arrieta...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Cubs' Kris Bryant went swimming with sharks

With spring training rapidly approaching, there isn’t much vacation time left for Major League Baseball players. During one of his last remaining days, a member of the Cubs got up close and personal with a few predators. On Thursday, Kris Bryant shared some video footage he took while underwater with sharks swimming around the cage he was in. Swimming with sharks...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Murton Returns To Cubs With Minor League Deal

The year was 2006. The housing market is beginning to struggle. The world was captivated by films like Talladega Nights, Snakes On A Plane and another Pirates Of The Caribbean film. Junior high students everywhere swooned over the music of Fall Out Boy and Hawthorne Heights. More importantly, in 2006 the Chicago Cubs were a bad baseball team in the final year of Dusty Baker...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Inestimable Value of Catcher David Ross to the Chicago Cubs

Fans watch baseball on a lot of different levels these days. Some just go for the hot dogs, beer, and thrill of watching home runs fly over the wall, or flashy double plays and bat flips. Some have tablets and even laptops in hand, calculating new stats with every pitch. Others have studied the game long and hard, and can appreciate subtleties that others might miss. Thirty-eight...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

David Ross: Future Big-League Manager

David Ross would like to manage in the big leagues some day. According to several of his peers, he’ll be a worthy candidate. The 38-year-old Chicago Cubs catcher was by far the most popular choice when I asked a cross section of uniformed personnel: Which Current Players Are Future Managers? What will Ross’s managerial style be, when and if he’s given an opportunity to lead...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Aren’t the Cubs Shifting All That Much?

In the fourth game of the 2015 National League Championship Series, down 3-0 in the series, the Cubs had their backs against the wall. And in the top of the first inning, Lucas Duda set the tenor of the game when he drilled a three-run shot into center field on a full count offering from starter Jason […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Where Does Dexter Fowler Fit?

As MLB’s offseason rolls along and the free agent market continues to dry up, baseball writers everywhere seek out something, anything to write about. Why do you think there’s been so many articles about this alleged tanking problem? We’re out of ideas; we’re tapping out. Thankfully, there’s Dexter Fowler. One of multiple victims of the qualifying offer, Fowler remains...
Via The Sports Post
4 days ago  |  Discuss

And Leading Off For the Chicago Cubs Is…

Leading off to hit in a baseball game is an under-appreciated art form. There’s many nuances about it that even your standard formulas might not catch. With the additions of Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to the Cubs’ roster, picking a leadoff man just got complicated on the North Side. What the Cubs need from their leadoff […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Best Cubs Catchers Since 1988

When I was 10 years old, I remember sitting in the TV room on Saturday mornings throwing a tennis ball against the wall and catching it with my catcher’s mitt. I would do this for hours while whatever early-morning TV (European soccer, mostly) played in the background. I was never a catcher growing up—I just thought […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Anything that could help the Cubs is OK with me

By now, many of you have probably read from multiple outlets that at least some owners aren’t too fond of the tanking that many teams seem to be embracing to position themselves better as they rebuild.  It does help that the Chicago Cubs happen to be in one division where two teams (the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds) are overtly working a rebuild plan, so maybe this...
Via World Series Dreaming
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Epstein hopes Ortiz goes out 'on top' -- of the AL -- in final season

Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein responsible for bringing David Ortiz to the Boston Red Sox during his tenure as the team's general manager. With Ortiz announcing 2016 will be his last season, Epstein is proud of the career the Red Sox DH has put together in a nearly a 19-year career -- with 13 of those years spent in Boston. "I'm just really proud of...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Chicago Cubs should re-sign Dexter Fowler

If you’re rooting for the Chicago Cubs in 2016, you’re probably already eyeing some Tuesday afternoon in late October when Joe Maddon is holding the Commissioner’s Trophy on a double-decker bus in downtown Chicago. If your mind is already focused on that picture, then you probably think the Cubs’ roster is already complete. Wrong. One more move the Cubs should make this...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs: why Jon Lester will reclaim ace status

The Chicago Cubs are poised to make another great run during the 2016 MLB season. The team is finally in the window of opportunity to compete for a World Series. If the Cubs are going to compete for it all, they will need their starting pitching to be outstanding. As a result, they added John Lackey to their staff this offseason. While Lackey and Jake Arrieta should be huge contributors...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Catches For Lester?

It’s another slow news day/week/whatever, as the Chicago Cubs continue to sit around on their retooled roster and wait for spring training to begin.  That means we will have to wait as well, and in the meantime, there’s a lot of perusing the internet for other blogs and comments. One interesting comment that may have been out of context for the main conversation involved whether...
Via World Series Dreaming
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Invite 18 Minor Leaguers to Big League Camp

The Cubs announced today that 18 minor leaguers have been invited to Big League Camp, including ten pitchers, two catchers, three infielders, and three outfielders.  Tags:  Cubs Spring Training Non-Roster Invites
Via Cub Reporter
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs reportedly favorite to re-sign free agent OF Fowler

Free agent Dexter Fowler may not be moving far, or at all, potentially signing a new deal as the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox are both trying to acquire the centerfielder. According to CBS Chicago, one baseball executive believes the Cubs are the favorite of the land Fowler and that he likely test the free-agent market too early, and should have taken the Cubs' qualifying...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs should re-sign Dexter Fowler

I was on BP Wrigleyville the other day, looking at this fine article written by Isaac Bennett, about the 25th man on the roster. You should read the whole thing, but the relevant bit follows: Matt Szczur Path to the Roster: The case for Szczur is trickier than some may realize, as the Cubs don’t currently have another option to replace Heyward in center field. Carrying...
Via Obstructed View
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs Owner Calls Out Mets Fans

St. Louis Cardinals fans hate Chicago Cubs fans and, as a rule, Cubs fans should hate Cardinals fans in return. Team owner Tom Ricketts would like everyone to know…the self-proclaimed best fans in baseball aren’t the worst ones out there. “I don’t know if you guys know this, but Mets fans are really, really obnoxious,” Ricketts said during the team’s recent fan convention...
Via Hall of Very Good
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Hammel jokes about playing hooky to see Pearl Jam

    Pearl Jam announced on Tuesday that they will play two concerts at Wrigley Field in August, much to the delight of their Chicago-based fans. One of those fans is Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel, who is already cracking jokes about playing hooky to catch the concert: Dear Theo, I think I'm gonna b feeling really sick on Aug 20&22. I should stay home n get some rest. Thx...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs executive: Mets fans are ‘really, really obnoxious’

The New York Mets swept the Chicago Cubs in the 2015 National League Championship Series, but the bitterness has extended into 2016. #Cubs board member Todd Ricketts: "I don't know if you know this, but #Mets fans are really, really obnoxious." — Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) January 16, 2016   Ricketts’ words were met with some predictable, yet funny responses. @CSNMooney...
Via Sportsnaut
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Hall of Fame baseball player Monte Irvin dies at 96

Former New York Giants and Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin died Monday at his home in Houston.Irvin, who began his career in the Negro League in 1938, was one of the first African-American players to play in the Majors. He made the jump to the majors with the Giants and over eight years was able to tally 99 home runs, 443 RBI and a batting average of .293.Irvin was...
Via Yardbarker
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Schwarber’s Wrigley Field scoreboard ball has been removed

When Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber smashed a home run onto Wrigley Field’s right field scoreboard roof in their Game 4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs kept that ball on the scoreboard and put it under plexiglass for the rest of the playoffs. Now that Major League Baseball is deep into the offseason, Schwarber’s home run ball has finally been removed. Here’s...
Via The Comeback
26 days ago  |  Discuss

KATOH Projects: Chicago Cubs Prospects

Yesterday, lead prospect analyst Dan Farnsworth published his excellently in-depth prospect list for the Chicago Cubs. In this companion piece, I look at that same Chicago farm system through the lens of my KATOH projection system. There’s way more to prospect evaluation than just the stats, so if you haven’t already, I highly recommend you read Dan’s piece in addition to...
Via Fangraphs
January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant gets engaged to longtime girlfriend

    2015 was a big year for Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant. The former No. 2 pick in the MLB draft got his call-up by the club and made his debut this year, and then he went on to win Rookie of the Year. A few months after winning his award, Bryant made an even bigger move by getting engaged. Bryant proposed to longtime girlfriend Jessica Delp, who was also overjoyed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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