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Cubs avoid arbitration with Strop

By The Sports Network, 3 weeks 5 days ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs signed right-handed pitcher Pedro Strop to a one-year contract worth $2.525 million on Thursday to avoid arbitration, according to the team's official website. Strop, 29, had a 2.21 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 61 innings out of Chicago's bullpen in 2014. In 96 innings with the Cubs since a 2013 trade from Baltimore, Strop has a 2.44 ERA and 113...

Cubs legend Banks dies

By The Sports Network, 1 month 1 week ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame first baseman and shortstop Ernie Banks passed away Friday at the age of 83. WGN in Chicago reports Banks died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dubbed "Mr. Cub," Banks suited up on Chicago's North Side from 1953-71, slugging 512 home runs over 19 seasons. A 14-time All-Star, he was elected to Cooperstown in 1977. "Words...

Report: Cubs ink Fowler to 1-year deal

By The Sports Network, 1 month 1 week ago
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs reportedly signed recently-acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler to a one-year contract on Friday, avoiding arbitration. Fowler will earn $9.5 million over the upcoming season, according to the Chicago Tribune. The 28-year-old veteran was acquired from Houston on Monday in exchange for pitcher Dan Straily and infielder Luis Valbuena. Fowler batted...

Cubs obtain Fowler from Astros

By The Sports Network, 1 month 1 week ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs filled a need for an experienced center fielder on Monday, acquiring Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros as part of a three-player trade. The Cubs sent infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily to Houston for Fowler, who hit .276 with eight home runs, 35 RBI, 11 stolen bases and a .375 on-base percentage in his lone season with the...

Cubs agree to terms with OF Denorfia

By The Sports Network, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with outfielder Chris Denorfia on Friday. Denorfia, 34, split 121 games between the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners last season, compiling a .230 batting average with three home runs and 21 RBI. Although his numbers were down last season, the nine-year veteran owns a career .272 batting...

Cubs reach deal with C Ross

By The Sports Network, 2 months 1 week ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs continued to overhaul the catcher's spot by agreeing to terms with veteran David Ross on a two-year contract. Ross has caught nearly 700 games over 13 major league seasons, the last two of which were spent with the Boston Red Sox. The 37-year-old hit just .184 in 50 games last season, but had seven home runs in 171 at-bats. Over 744...

Cubs add Motte to bullpen

By The Sports Network, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs and pitcher Jason Motte agreed to terms on a one-year contract Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Chicago Tribune reported it to be worth $4.5 million. Motte was the closer for the St. Louis Cardinals before undergoing Tommy John surgery during the 2013 season. He returned last year and was 1-0 with a 4.68 earned run...

Cubs send OF Ruggiano to M's

By The Sports Network, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs traded outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. The Cubs received pitching prospect Matt Brazis in return for the 32-year-old Ruggiano, who batted .281 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 81 games for Chicago this past season. Ruggiano is a career .257 hitter with 43 homers and 137 RBI in 398 games with the Tampa...

Cubs formally introduce Lester

By The Sports Network, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Lester was introduced to the media by the Chicago Cubs on Monday. Lester agreed to terms on a six-year contract reportedly worth $155 million. The deal includes a vesting option for the 2021 season. "I got a good sense of how crazy these fans are about their Cubs baseball," Lester said at a downtown Chicago press conference. "It's a huge honor to be...

Cubs to introduce Lester Monday

By The Sports Network, 2 months 2 weeks ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Lester has officially reunited with Theo Epstein. On Saturday, the Chicago Cubs announced a deal with Lester, who reportedly agreed to a six-year contract worth $155 million. He will be formally introduced by the Cubs at Spiaggia restaurant in downtown Chicago on Monday. The 30-year-old Lester went 6-4 with a 2.35 ERA for the Oakland Athletics after...