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Jake Arrieta and Chicago Cubs Avoid Arbitration

Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs will not be going into arbitration next week, according to the Associated Press. They have come to terms on a salary of $10.7 Million for the 2016 season. This breaks the record for a four-year pitcher in arbitration, attributable to the 22 wins, Cy Young Award, and incredible second half of the 2015 season by the ace right-hander. This is the second...
Via Baseball Essential
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

APNewsBreak: Arrieta, Cubs agree at $10.7M, AP source says

CHICAGO (AP) Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs found a number that worked in the canyon between their arbitration proposals. Arrieta has agreed to a $10.7 million, one-year contract for the highest one-year deal for a pitcher eligible for arbitration for the second time. A person familiar with the negotiations disclosed the agreement on Friday night. The person spoke to The Associated...
Via AP on Fox
15 hours 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 AP on Fox
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APNewsBreak: AP source: Arrieta, Cubs agree at $10.7M

CHICAGO (AP) 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. A person familiar with the negotiations disclosed the agreement on Friday night. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been...
Via AP on Fox
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

AP NewsBreak: AP source: Arrieta, Cubs agree at $10.7M

CHICAGO (AP) 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...
Via AP on Fox
16 hours 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
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Paper Champs

Expectations are a funny thing. The Cubs went from little to no expectations, to World Series or bust in one year’s time. I started planning my first trip to Wrigley Field in October, when I expected the Cubs to beat the Mets. My high expectations of the team came crashing down when the offense struggled […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs, Arrieta talking potential six-year extension

Reigning NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta said recently that he isn't really concerned with his pending arbitration settlement, as he's confident his agent Scott Boras and the Chicago Cubs will reach an agreeable deal. According to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, that settlement could be reached before the two sides' scheduled arbitration hearing next Tuesday.Levine also suggests, meanwhile...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Kris Bryant swims with sharks and Cubs fans freak out

Chicago Cubs fans were frightened on Thursday when scanning their Instagram feeds.With only a few weeks left until spring training begins, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is enjoying a vacation with his fiancée in Hawaii.After a rookie campaign that earned him the NL Rookie of the Year, nobody would disagree that Bryant deserves a vacation.However, what he did on his vacation on...
Via Fox Sports
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Fernando Rodney and Padres finalize $2 million, 1-year deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) Reliever Fernando Rodney and the San Diego Padres have completed their $2 million, one-year contract. The 38-year-old right-hander, who agreed to the deal on Jan. 20, split last season between the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs, going 5-5 with 16 saves and a 5.68 ERA. He enters spring training as the likely replacement for closer Craig Kimbrel, who was traded...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Just 14 More Days

  This might be one of the longest offseasons that I can remember, despite one of the shortest in recent memory. The offseason started with a bang as three members of the Chicago Cubs won awards. Kris Bryant won the Rookie of the Year award. Joe Maddon won the National League Manager of the Year award and Jake Arrieta won the National League Cy Young. The Cubs then dipped into free...
Via World Series Dreaming
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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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Young Cubs make jokes at expense of David Ross' age

Chicago Cubs backup catcher David Ross got a harsh reality check being the 'old guy' on a team full of young players.  It all started with a simple tweet with Ross wishing his wife of 11 years a happy anniversary.While the tweet was innocent enough, Ross' Cubs teammates took a chance to rib the 38-year-old.While Ross got the full brunt of a 'Bryzzo' joke, the veteran surely has...
Via Fox Sports
2 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brendan Ryan agrees to minor league deal with Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) Infielder Brendan Ryan has agreed to a minor league contact with the Washington Nationals and will report to big league spring training. Ryan was with the New York Yankees from September 2013 through last season and previously played for the Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals during his nine-year big league career. Ryan was traded by the Yankees to the Chicago...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brendan Ryan signs minor league deal with Nationals

The Nationals have signed veteran infielder Brendan Ryan to a minor league contract. Ryan, 33, spent last season with the Yankees appearing in 47 games. He will go to spring training looking to crack the Nationals roster as a utility player. Ryan has never offered much with his bat at the big league level and has not had more than 400 plate appearances since 2012. He owns a career...
Via Tireball.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

How Does David Ross Fit on the 2016 Chicago Cubs?

David Ross batted .176/.267/.252 for the 2015 Chicago Cubs. He’d only batted .184/.260/.368 for the 2014 Boston Red Sox, but the difference in the last figures in those two slash lines is everything. His .203 True Average in 2015 was the 10th-worst among players who went to bat at least 150 times, not quite Christhian […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
4 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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Torres and Jimenez Ascend Together Through Ascendant System

Halfway through the summer of 2013, the big-league Cubs were in full-blown rebuild mode, stumbling through a summer schedule that contributed mightily to the team’s 96 losses that season. It wasn’t a pretty time in Chicago, and it was stuck smack dab in the middle of a series of seasons that, at least at Wrigley, featured little to get excited […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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