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Cubs agree to terms with OF Denorfia

By The Sports Network, 2 months 2 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, 3 months 3 days 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, 3 months 1 week 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, 3 months 1 week 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, 3 months 1 week 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, 3 months 1 week 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...

Cubs agree to 2-year deal with Hammel

By The Sports Network, 3 months 2 weeks ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Hammel is returning to the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander agreed to a two-year contract on Friday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal includes a club option for the 2017 season. Hammel signed with the Cubs last February and was 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA in 17 starts before being shipped to Oakland with Jeff Samardzija on July 5. He went...

Report: Cubs ink Lester

By The Sports Network, 3 months 2 weeks ago
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Lester has reunited with Theo Epstein. Lester agreed to a six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs early Wednesday morning, according to a report. The Cubs and Boston Red Sox were the only teams remaining in the Lester sweepstakes on Tuesday night after the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers backed out, per reports. Yahoo Sports! is...

Giants out on Lester

By The Sports Network, 3 months 2 weeks ago
San Diego CA (SportsNetwork.com) - We now know at least one team that won't be winning the Jon Lester sweepstakes. Lester informed the World Series champion San Francisco Giants on Tuesday that he would not be signing with the team. Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans told reporters that Lester called him and thanked the team for their interest in him. "We did not receive a...

Cubs acquire All-Star catcher Montero from D-backs

By The Sports Network, 3 months 2 weeks ago
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs have acquired catcher Miguel Montero from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a pair of low-level minor league pitchers. "I'm really excited, to be honest," Montero told the Arizona Republic in a phone interview. "I'm excited to go play for a team that has a lot of history behind it and to play for a manager in Joe Maddon who I've enjoyed watching...