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Chicago Cubs are kicking the tires on acquiring Wade Davis

With Aroldis Chapman seemingly all but gone, the Chicago Cubs are currently evaluating their options for their 2017 closer. While they could spend money in free agency, acquiring a guy like Wade Davis also is a reasonable option. Monday afternoon, a report surfaced from ESPN’s Marly Rivera regarding free agent closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman was dealt […] Chicago Cubs are kicking...
Via Cubbies Crib
7 hours ago

Cubs: The next steps for Kyle Schwarber

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Kyle Schwarber might have been the most dangerous hitter in a World Series lineup that featured the National League MVP plus
Via CSN Chicago
8 hours ago

Moises Alou thought we’d stop talking about Steve Bartman by now

If you thought Steve Bartman’s name would disappear from the baseball world once the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, you were (sadly) straight-up wrong. And former Cubs outfielder Moises Alou is one of those people. Alou, the left fielder that Bartman made contact with on the foul ball at Wrigley Field in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, told the media on Monday how he was “very...
Via The Comeback
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs looking to bolster back end of bullpen

Will the Cubs have a new closer in 2017? "It's hard to say, general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday on the first day of the Winter Meetings. "I definitely think we'll bolster the bullpen."
Via Cubs.com
11 hours ago

I’ll Never Be Able to Afford to Go to a Cubs Game Again…and That’s OK

The first Chicago Cubs game I ever attended at Wrigley Field was this one, around when my friend (a Chicago-area native) graduated from college.  It was a bit overcast, and it threatened to rain all day, but the Cubs won and I was satisfied.  I also recall that we got four relatively decent seats in the right field corner for less than $50 from a scalper, and therein starts our...
Via World Series Dreaming
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

MLB Winter Meetings: Chicago Cubs pursuing closer

It's been a little over a month since the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years. But now it's back to business. The annual MLB Winter Meetings have officially begun as the baseball world has descended on Washington D.C. and the stove is officially hot. This is usually the time where the big free agent signings go down and the trades start to go through. The...
Via ChiCitySports.com
12 hours ago

Report: Cubs are serious suitors for Wade Davis

The Chicago Cubs are seeking another back-end reliever, and they may do it through the trade market. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs are serious suitors for Royals closer Wade Davis. Sources: #Cubs among most serious of early suitors on #Royals' Wade Davis. Interest mentioned earlier by @jonmorosi. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 5, 2016 While...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

The Cost of Success: Cubs Ticket Prices Jump Almost 20%

Hey, Tom, how’s it going? Great, Theo. Hey, are you okay? You don’t look so good. Month-long benders will do that to you. Doc says my liver should be fine by next November, though. Whew, good to hear. Guess you’re headed to the Winter Meetings. Any names I should know about. Yeah, I need to talk to you about that. Jed and I are really high on Kenley Jansen. Okay. Here’s the...
Via Cubs Insider
13 hours ago

Cubs raising season ticket prices an average of 19.5 percent

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs gave their long-suffering fans a World Series championship last season and now fans are going to have to give the Cubs something: More money. The team says the average season ticket price at Wrigley Field will climb 19.5 percent next season. The best seats will go up the most: 31 percent for club box infield seats and 22 percent for seats in the bleachers...
Via Associated Press
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman seeking six-year contract in free agency

Aroldis Chapman wants a very lengthy contract from his next employer. The free agent closer told ESPN’s Marly Rivera that he’s hoping to receive a six-year deal in the free agent market, though he denied requesting a $100 million contract. “The only thing I have expressed that I would like is a six-year contract,” Chapman said. “I know that doesn’t mean that I will...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs cashing in big time with ticket prices after World Series win

The Cubs didn't wait long to cash in on their first championship in over a century.As the MLB winter meetings heat up in
Via CSN Chicago
14 hours ago

Cubs announce ticket price increase for 2017

Coming off their first World Series championship since 1908, the Cubs announced Monday they will increase ticket prices for 2017.
Via Cubs.com
16 hours ago

Chicago Cubs will learn a lot from rivals’ moves at Winter Meetings

The Chicago Cubs will learn a lot about the teams they’ll square off against in the NL Central this week at baseball’s annual Winter Meetings. Every fan base across Major League Baseball anxiously awaits the start of the Winter Meetings each year. Most would settle for a coveted free agent signing or trade acquisition as […] Chicago Cubs will learn a lot from rivals’ moves...
Via Cubbies Crib
18 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Is it necessary they sign a closer this winter?

The Chicago Cubs went all-in and traded for the Yankees Aroldis Chapman to close out games. Hector Rondon happily shifted his role. But what about next year? Do they really need to spend big on someone to close games? The Chicago Cubs traded one of their up-and-comers in the farm system in Gleyber Torres (as well […] Chicago Cubs: Is it necessary they sign a closer this winter...
Via Cubbies Crib
20 hours ago

Player Profile: Willson Contreras

Position: Catcher and left field, somehow. 2016 Stats: .282/.357/.499, .302 TAv, 2.4 WARP in 283 plate appearances Year in Review: What did the Cubs do to deserve Willson Contreras? Here is the prospect that nobody saw coming, who wasn’t included in the 2013/2014 fantasy lineup that every Cubs fan was explicitly or implicitly putting together in his […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs and LHP Brian Duensing agree to $2 million, 1-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs and left-hander Brian Duensing have agreed to a one-year contract, giving manager Joe Maddon a versatile new reliever for the bullpen. The reigning World Series champions also offered 2017 contracts to right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta, Justin Grimm, Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop. Duensing's contract is for $2 million, according to a person with...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs reach 1-year deal with LHP Duensing

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal with left-hander Brian Duensing. The contract is worth $2 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose contract terms Friday. Duensing went 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in 14 relief appearances for the Baltimore Orioles last season. He pitched...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs Have Too Many Outfielders!

On paper, it’s hard to see Jon Jay as any sort of upgrade for the defending World Champion Chicago Cubs. Prior to the one-year, $8-million agreement between Jay and the club, our Depth Chart projections featured Jason Heyward as the recipient of the majority of the team’s center-field plate appearances, with Kyle Schwarber receiving most of the time in left, Ben Zobrist in right...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Lester amusingly rips himself for inability to throw to first

Jon Lester has a major problem with throwing to first base, but at least the Chicago Cubs ace has a sense of humor about it. Lester’s problems throwing to first gained a lot of attention after he signed a $155 million contract with the Cubs. He basically stopped trying to hold runners on beginning in 2012, and he has made some embarrassing errors throwing to first on balls in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Gingerbread replica of Wrigley Field weighs in at 400 pounds

An Illinois chef figured out a delightfully delicious way to pay tribute to the Chicago Cubs breaking their 108-year-old World Series drought while keeping in the spirit of the upcoming holiday season: Creating a “gingerbread house” celebrating the Cubs’ beloved ballpark. And let’s just say said chef pulled out all the stops — and spared no effort — while creating...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 11/30: Walton, Luongo and Bo

Happy birthday to Bill Walsh, Bo Jackson, Ivan Rodriguez and Shane Victorino. On this date in 1991, the U.S. Women's National Team won the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup 2-1 over Norway.Around the League:  How did an old Nintendo game like Stadium Events become one of the rarest game collectables in the world? No one quite knows, but it changes people's lives. [ESPN Magazine...
Via Yardbarker
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs sign OF Jon Jay to one-year contract

The defending World Series champs worked quick to replace an imminent departure from their title winning squad. The Chicago Cubs reportedly signed veteran outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year, $8 million contract on Tuesday. Cubs agree to terms with OF Jon Jay on 1-year, $8 million contract. — Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) November 29, 2016 Jay, 31, will likely be called on to replace...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – Chicago Cubs

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Chicago Cubs. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Washington. Batters The present document...
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

An International Draft Serves Only the Owners

The Cubs’ World Series championship would not have been possible without the contributions of several international free agent signings. Six of the 25 players on the World Series roster arrived in American professional baseball as international free agents, and two of them (Willson Contreras and Jorge Soler) initially signed with the Cubs. While Contreras made […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs are paying a lot of money to repair Grant Park after their World Series rally

In case any of you have forgotten, the Cubs won the World Series. I haven’t forgotten, which probably isn’t a surprise considering where my fan allegiances lie. Chicago hasn’t forgotten either, because some parts of the city are still putting things back together after the raucous championship celebrations. (They even dyed the Chicago River blue, which…shouldn’t it always...
Via The Comeback
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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