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Cubs, Motte finalize $4.5 million, 1-year contract

CHICAGO (AP) Reliever Jason Motte and the Chicago Cubs have 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...
Via AP on Fox
37 minutes ago  |  Discuss

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
2 hours 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
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

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...
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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
2 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
2 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
3 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: Drunk Girls In Wrigleyville Are Way More Fun Than Regular Girls

The hype surrounding the Chicago Cubs for 2015 and beyond is growing by the day. Welcoming Joe Maddon, Jon Lester and a new stadium for next season, Cubs fans have a lot to look forward to. Will you be making a trip to Wrigleyville this season to partake in the festivities? If you’ve been to a Chicago Cubs game before, then you’ve probably seen countless drunk girls roaming the...
Via Sports Mockery
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lester wearing No. 34 to honor Walter Payton, Kerry Wood

Jon Lester will be sporting both an unfamiliar uniform and an unfamiliar jersey number next spring. Lester was officially introduced as a member of the Chicago Cubs on Monday, and team president Theo Epstein presented him with a No. 34 jersey. Lester explained that he chose that number as a tribute to three people —...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Marco Hernandez to Boston as PTBNL for Felix Doubront

The Boston Red Sox netted Marco Hernandez as the player to be named later in the deal that sent Felix Doubront to the Chicago Cubs. The return is definitely more than what most people expected for Doubront, who all but gave up trying in Boston. The 22 year-old shortstop has put together a season that […]
Via Infield Single
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Woman pleads guilty to stalking Cubs President Epstein

  A woman has been placed on probation for two years after pleading guilty to stalking Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 47-year-old Kathleen Kearney pleaded guilty but mentally ill to one count of stalking Epstein as part of a plea agreement on Monday. Cook County Judge Michael McHale also ordered that Kearney be monitored by GPS while she...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Acquire Marco Hernandez From Cubs To Complete Felix Doubront Trade

It took them nearly five months, but the Boston Red Sox finally got their “player to be named later.” The Red Sox acquired minor-league shortstop Marco Hernandez from the Chicago Cubs to complete the Felix Doubront trade, general manager Ben Cherington announced Monday night. Boston traded Doubront to Chicago at MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline July...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs Sign Jason Motte To One-Year Deal

According to Bruce Levine of WSCR, the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal with relief pitcher Jason Motte. Source-Breaking news -Chicago Cubs sign pitcher Jason Motte to 1 year deal pending physical . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) December 15, 2014 If Motte can get anywhere close to the way he pitched in 2011 and 2012, he could be a valuable addition to the Cubs...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

FG on Fox, Also: How the Reds Quietly Won at the Winter Meetings

The story of the week was all about the Dodgers, whose new front office pulled off a trading frenzy that dramatically re-shaped the look of one of baseball’s strongest rosters. Before the Dodgers took over, though, all the conversations had to do with the Cubs, who added Jon Lester, Miguel Montero, and Jason Hammel within […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs closing in on a deal with ABC-owned WLS-7

The Chicago Cubs may finally have a solution for some of their homeless games during the 2015 season and beyond. The team finished off a deal with WLS-7, Chicago’s local ABC affiliate, to air 25 games a year starting in 2015 and continuing through the 2019 season. The 2019 expiration is important, because it continues to sync up with the end of Chicago’s rights deal with...
Via Awful Announcing
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Happy Rule 5 Day!

Today is the Rule 5 draft. Courtesy of the inimitable Arizona Phil, here’s the list of Rule 5 eligible players. A few of these players are in danger of being selected. Gioskar Amaya: 2B/C prospect who has fallen on lean times. I like Amaya, but he might be too far to be stashed for a whole year. I’d say it’s a longshot he’s taken. John Andreoli: As good a chance as any Cub...
Via Obstructed View
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Miguel Montero a strong fit with Chicago Cubs

While it wasn’t the marquee move that the Chicago Cubs are still hoping to pull off, the Windy City’s club from the North Side did pull off a rather significant move at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday. The team acquired catcher Miguel Montero from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for a pair of low level minor league arms. Montero fills an area of need for the Cubs, who...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Agent: Starlin Castro In “The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time”

Stories started circulating early Sunday that Starlin Castro was involved in a nightclub shooting late Saturday night in his native Dominican Republic. Tuesday, the agent for the Chicago Cubs shortstop announced the three-time All-Star had been cleared of all wrongdoing. “Starlin and his family were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Paul Kinzer told “They...
Via Hall of Very Good
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs acquire Miguel Montero from Diamondbacks

The Chicago Cubs have acquired All-Star catcher Miguel Montero from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal that has been in the works for a while now. Seen as one of the best defensive catchers in baseball, Montero will also upgrade a catching position in Chicago that was less-than-stellar at the plate last season. Montero hit just .243 this past season, but earned an All-Star appearance...
Via Sportsnaut
9 days ago  |  Discuss

And Now His Cubs Watch Has Ended

My baseball family suffered the loss today of our most senior and most loved member, Mike Lagatutta. Mike loved singing. He loved Italian food. He loved teaching. He loved his friends as he loved family. And he loved the Cubs. He grew up in the Wrigley neighborhood and he would tell us stories of getting out of school and going to Wrigley on game days to get jobs taking down folding...
Via Obstructed View
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Starlin Castro Involved in Nightclub Shooting?

Rumors are what rumors are, but, sometimes, where’s smoke…there’s occasionally (gun)fire. Social media reports out of the Dominican Republic are that Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro and his entourage were involved in a nightclub shooting early Sunday morning. Source from DR : #cubs SS Starlin Castro was part of shooting outside Dubai Club in Santiago Caballeros, DR last...
Via Hall of Very Good
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Sunday Funnies. Where do you want to go, Cubs?

So, we were driving back from Thanksgiving in North Carolina know what it's like when you've been driving for 8 hours straight - you need a break.We pulled into some rest stop just outside Illinois, and like every rest stop, they had a bunch of brochures.I rubbed my eyes.I was so tired but they all seemed to be about the Cubs somehow.Destinations, places to go, things...
Via Cub Reporter
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs reliever somehow OK after being involved in awful accident

Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic, and after looking at his car, it’s pretty shocking that initial reports about his condition are positive. Here is the car the Pedro Strop was in. Details are unclear. I'm efforting an update. — David Kaplan (@thekapman) November 28, 2014   Report...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

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