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Report: Chicago Cubs, Jeff Samardzija discussing long-term deal

The rumors have been swirling about the Cubs fielding offers for starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija as the team appears ready to trade him. But a new report out today from Gordon Wittenmyer suggests the Cubs have different plans for the pitcher. Wittenmyer reports the Cubs have began talks with Samardzija about a multiyear extension. The reported offer from the Cubs is five-years and a higher offer than the p ...

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What Did Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer Get Themselves Into

“Lovable Losers” is a label often affiliated with Cubs lore due to the countless agonizing, unsuccessful seasons. Yet, Cubs fans everywhere continue to support a franchise that has not been involved in the game’s most glorious spectacle since 1945. What’s astounding is that an organization whose last World Series Championship came six years before the start of World War I is among the top financially succes ...

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Chicago Cubs Prospects: Checking in on the minor leagues

  Who's hot: 3B Kris Bryant: The Chicago Cubs first round draft pick in 2013 has not disappointed so far in 2014. The power hitting third baseman has gotten off to a hot start at AA Tennessee hitting four home runs with an OBP(On-Base%) of .435. Bryant has had his share of strikeouts but his good discipline and ability to draw walks overshadows that. Since Bryant has played three years of college ball, the ...

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Bold Predictions for the Chicago Cubs for the 2014 Season

The Chicago Cubs kick off the 2014 season in Pittsburgh on Monday. Before the season starts, here's bold predictions I predict that will occur during the season: Not so bold: Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija will be traded before the non-waiver July 31st trade deadline. Not so bold: Starting pitcher Travis Wood will be the Cubs best pitcher again and another possible all-star. Medium bold prediction: First ...

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Chicago Cubs Release George Kottaras; Lose Donnie Murphy on Waivers to the Texas Rangers

The Chicago Cubs announced that they have released catcher George Kottaras and lost infielder Donnie Murphy to the Texas Rangers on waivers. The Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 38 players. The Cubs acquired Kottaras on November 26th from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations. Kottaras was recently designated by assignment by the Royals at the time. Now with Kottaras out of the mix for the backup r ...

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Chicago Cubs Preview: Cubs Bullpen looks to bounce back

Last season, the Chicago Cubs had one of the worse bullpens in all of  major league baseball. This off-season, the Cubs bullpen was heavily worked on and was the main area addressed in the off-season. But is it good enough to help lead the Cubs to success this season? After-all a good bullpen is one of the keys to success. Here is what to expect from a revamped Cubs bullpen. Jose Veras: The Cubs signed Vera ...

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8 Cubs Sleeper Prospects

Everyone knows about Albert Almora, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Jorge S0ler but I am here to tell you about some Cubs prospects that are flying under the radar. 1. Arismendy Alcantara SS/2B The Cubs are loaded with middle infield prospects. Javier Baez is the top one, but Alcantara isn't far behind. He doesn't get much recognition,and his season ended in July last year due to a broken foot, but he has a lo ...

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Chicago Cubs Sign Emilio Bonifacio to a Minor League Deal

The Chicago Cubs announced today that they have signed utility man Emilio Bonifacio to a minor league deal. Bonifacio is at Cubs camp and will look to compete for a roster spot. If Bonifacio makes the team come opening day, he will earn 2.5 million and can make an additional 425,000 in incentives. Bonifacio also has 574,000 coming from the Kansas City Royals. Cubs  manager Rick Renteria said Bonifacio will ...

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Chicago Cubs Lose Pitchers Brooks Raley and Brett Marshall to Waivers

The Chicago Cubs announced today that pitcher Brooks Raley was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Twins and pitcher Brett Marshall was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs had to clear one roster spot for the recent signing of Jason Hammel (not made official yet) on the 40-man roster. When the Hammell signing becomes official, the Cubs 40-man roster will be at 39 players. Raley was a start ...

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2014 Chicago Cubs Top 20 Prospects

Another baseball season is around the corner as Chicago Cubs pitchers and catchers will report to the new facilities is Mesa, Arizona this week. While the expectations at the major league level are still very low, a big part of the Cubs future continues to develop in the minor league levels. This year will be a big year to gauge where the Cubs will be in their rebuilding process. If there big time prospects ...

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