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The Chicago Cubs don’t need a traditional closer to have a successful bullpen

For the first time in several years, the Chicago Cubs do not have a well-established closer going into the season. Hector Rondon was lights out for most of 2015 and into 2016, Aroldis Chapman took over down the stretch for the title team in 2016 and last year Wade Davis was the closer from the moment he was signed. This year, there isn’t that obvious, go-to option. Frankly, that shouldn’t be considered a bi ...

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Protective netting coming to Wrigley Field, Guaranteed Rate Field

Some changes are coming to both the North and South Side of Chicago. Major League Baseball announced on Thursday morning that protective netting will be installed at all 30 stadiums ahead of the 2018 season. The announcement states that each club has agreed to install protective netting to at least the far ends of both dugouts. Some will be installed further. “Providing baseball fans with a variety of seati ...

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Baseball America unveils top 10 Chicago Cubs prospects

The Chicago Cubs farm system has drastically changed over the years. It wasn't long ago that Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Javier Baez, Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber, Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, CJ Edwards and Albert Almora were on the list. Now just a few years later, there's a new name at the top of the list. Shortstop Aramis Ademan takes the honors of being named the Cubs top prospect for the 2 ...

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Chicago Cubs extend qualifying offers to Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis

The MLB offseason is officially here and we are ready for another hot stove! On Monday, players could start signing with new teams marking the start of the offseason. For the Chicago Cubs, it will certainly be an interesting one as they have a lot of needs to address. The Cubs will be looking to find at least two more starters and some bullpen help after the struggles they had in the postseason. But before ...

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Javy Baez continues to bring excitement to Cubs fans

Javy Baez really can do it all. He showcased that on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays when he had a RBI bloop single, an awe-inspiring home run to put the game away late and a sliding defensive play that few infielders can make. One day later, it was more of the same from the man they call “El Mago.” Another RBI and a difficult adjustment to make another spectacular play in the field at the end of the g ...

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Inconsistency still plaguing the Chicago Cubs bullpen

Inconsistency has been the recent norm when it comes to the Cubs’ bullpen. While the starters have been strong since the All-Star Break, the relievers have caused a big more stress for Cubs fans. Thursday's loss against the Cincinnati Reds is a perfect example of the bullpen’s inconsistencies and general woes as of late. After Jon Lester started, got shelled and eventually injured, Mike Montgomery stepped i ...

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Addison Russell reportedly still far from returning

It’s been about two weeks since Addison Russell played a game for the Cubs, and there’s no end in sight for that trend. According to Comcast Sportsnet’s Patrick Mooney, there’s still no timeline for Russell’s return to the big-league club. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis on Aug. 4, retroactive to Aug. 2. https://twitter.com/CSNMooney/status/897241782613925891 Earlier this we ...

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Jake Arrieta has been the Cubs best pitcher of late

Jake Arrieta isn’t back to his 2015 Cy Young award-winning form. However, he’s in the midst of his best stretch in some time. The Chicago Cubs starters as a whole have been strong since the All-Star Break, but Arrieta has been the team’s true ace over the last month plus. He's been fantastic for the Cubs since the break, erasing those first half struggles as the team hopes to surge into the playoffs. https: ...

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White Sox set to call up Reynaldo Lopez

It appears that the White Sox are ready to promote the first of their highly touted pitching prospects to the majors, as Rick Hahn announced today that Reynaldo Lopez would be joining the White Sox rotation.  He will make his White Sox debut Friday at home against the Royals. https://twitter.com/whitesox/status/895027757637406722 Lopez is rated as the Sox sixth best prospect and checks in at 59th on both th ...

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Willson Contreras’ huge month boosts the Cubs in July

July was a strong month for the Chicago Cubs, specifically after the All-Star Break. The club put together a 16-8 record in the month, going 13-3 after the midsummer classic. While many factors had to come together for this run, Willson Contreras’ surge may be the single most important aspect of it. Contreras has been a contributor since his first day with the big league club hitting a big home run against ...

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