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How Close Were the Chicago Cubs and Masahiro Tanaka?

As we all know by now, the Chicago Cubs lost out on 25-year old right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka signed with the New York Yankees for 7 years at 155 million. Tanaka received a full no-trade clause and can opt out of the contract after the fourth year. Patrick Mooney of Comcast Sportsnet reported the Cubs offer to Tanaka. Mooney said the Cubs offered Tanaka a 6-year deal worth 120 million, plus the 20 mi ...

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Chicago Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Travis Wood; Invite 24 players to Spring Training

The Chicago Cubs have made the news for all the wrong reasons the past few days. Losing out on Masahiro Tanaka and the deal with the rooftops falling through. Today the Cubs made moves but not in a bad way. The Cubs announced that they have avoided arbitration with starting pitcher Travis Wood. Wood will make 3.9 million next season. Last friday, Wood and the Cubs did not reach an agreement on a deal avoidi ...

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Is Tanaka Worth the Investment?

The deadline for Masahiro Tanka to sign with a team is coming up on Friday, but many speculate that the decision will be made before then, possibly as early as Wednesday. The Yankees, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, White Sox and Cubs have been the primary suitors for Tanaka, with many speculating that the Yankees and Cubs are out in front of the pack. The rumored money figures at around $120-140 million over 6 or 7 ...

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Chicago Cubs interest in Masahiro Tanaka is serious

The deadline to the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes are hitting the final lap. Reports have suggested that Tanaka will pick a team by the end of today or tomorrow. Tanaka will likely pick a team before the 4 p.m. Central time on Friday, so he can take a physical and get examine by team doctors. He will have to complete the medical examination before Friday or he could head back to Japan because no deal was reac ...

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Chicago Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Valbuena, Strop and Schierholtz

Today was the day where players agree to a 1-year contract to avoid arbitration or agree to extensions. If no contract is reached, the player and the team file their numbers. If the player and team cannot come to an agreement, they will go to an arbitrator anywhere from February 1st to the 21st. The Cubs signed infielder Luis Valbuena to a 1-year contract worth 1.71 million in his second year of arbitration ...

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Chicago Cubs to Meet with Masahiro Tanaka

The Chicago Cubs are expected to meet with Japanese right-handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka this week in Chicago, per Luke Stuckmeyer of Comcast Sportsnet. Tanaka will also meet with the White Sox while he’s in Chicago. No word on when the Cubs will throw money at Tanaka, according to Paul Sullivan. Tanaka landed in Los Angeles today to meet with the Dodgers. Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti said Tanaka is ...

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Chicago Cubs Have Interest in Bringing Back Chang-Yong Lim

According to a report, the Chicago Cubs have expressed interest in re-signing relief pitcher Chang-Yong Lim. The Cubs previously signed Lim as a free agent in December of 2012. Lim was signed to a 2-year minor-league deal. However, the Cubs decided to remove him off their 40-man roster and non-tendered him. Lim then became a free agent after he was recovering from surgery. In all levels of the minors for th ...

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Chicago Cubs Claim Brett Marshall Off of Waivers; Lose Liam Hendricks to the Baltimore Orioles

The Chicago Cubs claimed pitcher Brett Marshall off waivers from the New York Yankees and lose pitcher Liam Hendricks to the Baltimore Orioles, according to multiple reports. The 23-year-old Marshall went 7-10 with a 5.15 earn run average last season in Triple-A. . The Yankees designated Marshall for assignment on December 19th to make room for outfielder Carlos Beltran on the 40-man roster. The Cubs will l ...

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How the Masahiro Tanaka Non-Posting Could Affect the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs off-season has been very quiet thus far making the Cubs one of the least active teams in the MLB. Theo Eptein and company could be waiting on if starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be posted or not.  The decision on Tanaka could affect the Cubs and the lack of activity on their side. To break it down: The MLB and NPB came to a decision on the new posting fee. The posting fee limit will be ...

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Cubs Managerial Search Coming to a Close; Renteria the Favorite

Late Saturday night, the Cubs saw another one of their targets to be their next manager take another job when the Tigers hired Brad Ausmus. Reports the next day came in that Ausmus was never seriously considered for the job, despite getting an interview. The team has already stated that they would like to have their manager in place by the GM meetings, which start November 11. However, the ideal target date ...

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