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Chicago Cubs Joe Maddon tells Starlin Castro he won’t be traded

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon told Starlin Castro that the struggling 25-year-old isn't going anywhere at the trade deadline. "I said, 'You're not getting traded. Just relax and play. And don't worry about this stuff.'" As the rumors have swirled around the Cubs as we approach the July 31 trade deadline, Castro has been the name mentioned most as one who might be on the way out. If what Maddon says is tru ...

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Chicago Cubs and the disease of the trade deadline

Now in late July it's not premature to say that the Chicago Cubs have a very mediocre offense. They've slipped to 28th in batting average and 26th in slugging, and have now even struck out more than the "All-we-do-is-hit-home-runs-or-strikeout" Houston Astros. Their tendency to walk (3rd) has them eeking out a 23rd in OPS (.684). Add in the recent sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies, plus a Cole ...

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Chicago White Sox: Jeff Samardzija on the move?

Since their paltry first half didn't fully convince the Chicago White Sox they were destined to be sellers at the deadline, the team's equally paltry performance against the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals sealed the deal. What complicates the White Sox' buy/sell dilemma is that they aren't willing to walk away from the group of assembled players, as the majority figure to contribute across the n ...

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Chicago Cubs designate pitcher Clayton Richard. Trade coming?

The Chicago Cubs have designated pitcher Clayton Richard for assignment and recalled pitcher Yoervis Medina from Triple-A. https://twitter.com/CSNMooney/status/623864278538428417 The Cubs undoubtedly benefit from the extra bullpen arm, but they also don't benefit from the lack of starting pitching depth --something they have long been speculated to be looking for in the trade market. Even though the Cubs re ...

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Chicago Cubs second half questions

There are assuredly a number of terrible, terrible questions the Chicago Cubs could have had to ask themselves entering the second half of the 2015 season: Why is Kris Bryant only hitting .165 with two home runs? Who will replace the injured Jon Lester? What are we going to do about Jake Arrieta's 5.69 ERA? Who should we be looking to sell off? In short, things are going pretty swell on the North Side. A 47 ...

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Chicago Cubs prospect watch: Billy McKinney

A year ago today, the Chicago Cubs acquired Addison Russell, Billy McKinney, and the now-traded Dan Straily from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. With Samardzija bailing to the south side of Chicago, and Hammel signing back with the Cubs this season, the Athletics clearly came out on the wrong end of this deal. The Athletics must have really thought they were ...

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Chicago Cubs acquire pitcher Clayton Richard

The Chicago Cubs have acquired left-handed pitcher Clayton Richard from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. Richard is set to make his Cubs debut immediately, stepping in for the injured Tsuyoshi Wada for the Cubs game against the Miami Marlins Saturday evening. Richard, 31, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2013 with the San Diego Padres, but has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts with the Pirates' ...

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Should the Chicago Cubs Trade Starlin Castro?

We all knew the Chicago Cubs would eventually come to this crossroads. After spending the last few seasons stockpiling young position players, it’s no surprise the Cubs are preparing to consider shopping some of these excess pieces –specifically on the infield— for some shiny new pitching prospects. The “problem” is that the Cubs have a group of exceptional talents, which leads to the actual problem of figu ...

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Arismendy Alcantara Forcing Himself to Big Leagues

Winning consistently on the North Side is not far away (presumably) and fans are getting restless. During what is now the third year of a total rebuild headed by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, the product put on the major league field has been less than stellar to say the least. Although the Cubs are among Major League Baseball’s highest grossing markets, lately they’re being confused with clubs who are consid ...

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The Cubs Trade Deadline Post-Updates All Day

Welcome to the madness! I will update this post all day as Cubs reports come piling in. Stay tuned from now until 3:00 CST. Possible Cubs on the move: Nate Schierholtz-Suitor(s): Pirates, Rangers, Royals Kevin Gregg: Suitor(s): Pirates, Tigers, Rockies James Russell: Suitor(s):Pirates Jeff Samardzija: Suitor(s): Pirates, Diamondbacks David DeJesus: Suitor(s): Pirates, Rays Cubs Updates: UPDATE 1 11:24 (7/30 ...

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