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Chicago Cubs: Top 10 Prospects

Kris Bryant- Bryant didn’t play in the majors this year, he will contend for the starting third basemen role in 2015 spring training. Power is what Bryant is all about. His advanced approach at the plate leaves him with one of the best power swings in the minor leagues. Unlike most power hitters in the minors, he is able to draw walks at times and drive the ball to opposite field...
Via Baseball Essential
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DFP: Lester, Montero, and Framing

Jon Lester Paying $150+ million for a pitcher with 1600 career innings isn’t the safest of investments, but it sure is nice that the Cubs finally signed someone. After years of missing out on seemingly all of their big-name targets, I can’t have been the only person that was worried that the team simply didn’t have the TV revenue necessary to hang in the modern free agent...
Via Obstructed View
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A Review of the Cubs 2013 Draft

Following on my Friday post on the 2012 draft, here is an overview of the Cubs 2013 draft and where the players are now. Here again it only shows those draft picks who signed with the Cubs and lists their draft number, current age, position, current organizational level, and a brief snapshot of their 2014 performance. Bryant is the headliner here; beyond him it was a pitching-heavy...
Via Cub Reporter
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Arabian Gulf League Review: Al Shabab strike late to sink Al Dhafra, top two win

Carlos Villanueva struck an 85th-minute winner as Al Shabab remained in touch with the Arabian Gulf Leaders by winning 2-1 […]
Via Soccer News
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Chicago Cubs Sign Lester’s Former Teammate

The Chicago Cubs have signed catcher David Ross to a two-year deal. Ross spent the last two seasons with the Boston Red Sox and hit .184 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 50 games. Ross, who will turn 38 this spring, often caught for Jon Lester in Boston during the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander’s starts in the 2013 World Series victory. The contract will...
Via Sports Mockery
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Cubs, reliever Motte finalize $4.5 million, 1-year contract

  Reliever Jason Motte and the Chicago Cubs finalized a $4.5 million, one-year contract that allows the former St. Louis closer to earn $2.5 million more in performance bonuses. Motte was one of baseball's top closers in 2012, when he had 42 saves in 49 chances and helped St. Louis reach the NL Championship Series. The right-hander had elbow-ligament replacement surgery in May 2013...
Via AP on Fox
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Cubs, Lester former batterymate Ross reach 2-year deal

  David Ross and the Chicago Cubs agreed on a two-year contract worth $5 million, reuniting the catcher with frequent batterymate Jon Lester. The sides made the free-agent deal Friday. Ross often caught Lester in Boston during the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander's starts in the 2013 World Series victory. Ross started behind the plate for Lester's last 11 starts...
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Cubs and catcher David Ross reach 2-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) David Ross and the Chicago Cubs have agreed on a two-year contract worth $5 million, reuniting the catcher with frequent batterymate Jon Lester. The sides made the free-agent deal Friday. Ross often caught Lester in Boston during the past two seasons, including both of the left-hander's starts in the 2013 World Series victory. Ross started behind the plate for Lester...
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Iowa Cubs Have the Stars, Charlotte Knights Get the Fans

The Chicago Cubs have the “best farm system” in all of baseball. It’s no surprise by now they have been stock piling talent ever since Theo Epstein came to town. The White Sox, on the other hand, are trying to stock pile talent, but just simply aren’t coming close to the standards the Cubs have set down in the minor leagues. Talent Versus Attendace Then why is it that...
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Jon Lester and the Cubs

Are we entering the era of the Chicago Cubs? I’m speaking, of course, about the Cubs that are favored at 12/1 odds to win the 2015 World Series, not the club that hasn’t won one since 1908. So why the sudden surge? Signing Jon Lester has had the biggest impact on the changing odds. Yet, he’s far from the only one. There was widespread heartbreak and smear campaigning from...
Via The Sports Post
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A Review of the Cubs 2012 Draft

I’ve been a frequent commenter on TCR for over 8 years now and in the past I have sent Rob some guest posts, for example on the Cubs’ use of no-trade clauses and the Cubs’ best drafts of all time, and I have also written longer analyses directly the comments. Rob has now graciously provided me with my own login so I can now post commentary directly. I won’t be a frequent...
Via Cub Reporter
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Lester: I Would Have Signed Bigger Spring Deal

(Exclusive FenwayNation Photo)Jon Lester—the new ace of the Chicago Cubs—says he probably would have signed a deal with he Red Sox last spring had it been in the $120 million range. Appearing on WEEI radio's Hot Stove Show on Thursday night, Lester said, "That is one of those deals where hindsight is 20/20. You go back in time and you look at it and you go, 'probably yes'. I...
Via FenwayNation
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Chicago Cubs: Projecting the Opening Day lineup

After making a big splash at the winter meetings, the Chicago Cubs seem to be ready to finally make a push for the playoffs after having last played October baseball in 2008. With so many offseason acquisitions, plus numerous prospects coming up throughout the 2014 season, the Cubs Opening Day lineup should be very different from the one we saw last season. Here is what I think the...
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Manny Ramirez Shanks Ball On First-Ever Golf Swing (GIF)

Manny Ramirez hit 555 home runs in his Major League Baseball career, but that doesn’t mean he’s got the swinging motion down for every sport. Ramirez recently took part in David Ortiz’s 7th Annual Golf Classic, where he swung a golf club for the first time, according to CBSSports.com. It wasn’t pretty. Keep those elbows in, Manny. At least it was for a good cause, though...
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VIDEO: Huge Difference Between Cubs and White Sox Fans? Mainly Hot Girls

Check out this video featuring a lot of hot girls and a funny spin on the difference between Cubs and White Sox fans. Uploaded by Carmen Salerno on Youtube. Even though some of these pics appear to be from the UK, what’s up with that Carmen? It’s still pretty funny. “Where would you want to go?” He says. #TBT 4,465 total views, 1,182 views today The post VIDEO: Huge...
Via Sports Mockery
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Biggest winners of the MLB offseason so far

The MLB offseason may still have a long way to go, but we have a really good idea of where certain teams are heading at this point. While some clubs have remained quiet through the early stages of the offseason, others have made strong statements by adding key players to positions of utmost need. From both Chicago teams filling holes with quality additions to a specific Florida...
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ESP #018: Jon Lester Signs with Cubs | Carmelo Wants Out of NY | Kobe Calls the Lakers Soft | Scoring in the Evening | Week 15 NFL Picks

CLNS Radio Content Manager Sean Bakke joins host Brian Langford and the sports podcast industry will never be the same again! In episode 18 of the re-vamped Evening Score Sports Podcast, Bakke and Langford dive into a variety of topics. 
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Cubs Trade Ruggiano

The Cubs cleared some 40-man roster space and made room for a "clubhouse dude" by sending OF Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners for 25-year old relief pitcher Matt Brazis. Ruggiano was acquired from the Marlins last offseason for Brian Bogusevic and put up an 111 OPS+ with an .846 OPS versus lefties in limited, albeit effective action. He can also handle all 3 OF positions which...
Via Cub Reporter
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Opinion: Cubs Should Trade Javier Baez

The Cubs have had a busy offseason, adding Joe Maddon and Jon Lester to mix with their young talent.  If you are familiar with the Cubs team, you know they have more hitting prospects than positions to fill on the diamond.  I’m here to tell you who they should trade next to get the pitching they desperately need. A popular guy name is the rumor mill is shortstop Starlin Castro...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Theo Epstein’s Stalker Gets Sentenced

According to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, Theo Epstein has a real stalker … and she just got two years probation after pleading guilty. Kathleen Kearney, apparently a Boston Red Sox superfan, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to one count of stalking Epstein. “Kearney was arrested after flying from Massachusetts where she lives to Chicago and driving to Epstein’s home...
Via Sports Mockery
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Theo Epstein Willing To ‘Soak Myself In Deer Urine’ To Sign Jon Lester

This embed is invalid" /> Theo Epstein was prepared to go the extra mile if $155 million wasn’t enough. Lester signed a lucrative, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs for various reasons, including his relationship with Epstein, his desire to help the organization snap its 106-year World Series drought and the club’s seemingly bright future...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox Press Conference Highlights: Championship Goals

The Chicago White Sox unveiled their huge acquisitions for the upcoming season. The trio of Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson and Melky Cabrera all spoke out about their excitement to be part of the South Siders. Your browser does not support iframes. Here’s some key highlights from their press conference. Jeff Samardzija Jeff Samardzija asked if he's circled the day #WhiteSox...
Via Sports Mockery
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs introduce Lester; New Era

The Cubs introduced their new big money ace Jon Lester yesterday, and while the press conference itself wasn’t particularly entertaining – lacking the quirk and quotability of the Joe Maddon presser just a few weeks ago – its significance is apparent. The signing of Lester, along with the hiring of new manager Maddon, is a clear message to Cubs fans that the era of bottoming...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

You Won’t Believe What Theo Epstein Was Prepared To Do For Jon Lester

There were plenty of teams interested in Jon Lester’s pitching services. The Chicago Cubs and Theo Epstein were very aware of this and were willing to go to the extreme if necessary. You Won’t Believe What Theo Epstein Was Prepared To Do For Jon Lester According the CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney: “I was ready to soak myself in deer urine, if necessary,” Epstein said. Jon...
Via Sports Mockery
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Jon Lester Graces the National Cover of Latest Sports Illustrated

The Chicago Cubs haven’t reached the playoffs in each of the past six seasons; however, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have the organization headed in the right direction and primed for a possible breakout in 2015. One huge reason there is optimism on the North Side, the addition of their left-handed ace, Jon Lester. According to the mid-December World Series odds released by Bovada...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss
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