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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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Chicago Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Jeff Samardzija and Darwin Barney

The Chicago Cubs announced today that they have avoided arbitration with starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija will earn 5.34 million for the 2014 season. Samardzija initially asked for 6.2 million and the Cubs were only offering 4.4 million. Samardzija's arbitration hearing was set for Monday in St. Petersberg, Florida if no deal was reached. A few days ago the Cubs avoided arbitration with second b ...

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Pre-Spring Training Picks

Before spring training hits, I’m going to post my early season picks of division winners, World Series pick and awards. After spring training, I’ll have a new list of picks as I see how the team was performing, any injuries and late free agent pick-ups. AL East Boston Red Sox: 93-69 New York Yankees: 89-73 Tampa Bay Rays: 81-81 Baltimore Orioles: 75-87 Toronto Blue Jays: 69-93 AL Central Detroit Tigers: 88- ...

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Chicago Cubs and Justin Ruggiano Have Avoided Arbitration

The Chicago Cubs announced today that they have avoided arbitration with outfielder Justin Ruggiano. After not being able to come to come to an agreement before hand, the Cubs and Ruggiano agreed on 2 million for the 2014 season. Ruggiano was asking for 2.45 million and the Cubs were offering 1.6 million. The Cubs acquired Ruggiano at the Winter Meetings in exchange for outfielder Brian Bogusevic and he is ...

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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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