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Cubs add Motte to bullpen

By The Sports Network, 2 years 2 months 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 years 2 months 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 years 2 months 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 years 2 months 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, 2 years 2 months 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, 2 years 2 months 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...

Cubs acquire All-Star catcher Montero from D-backs

By The Sports Network, 2 years 2 months 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...

Giants out on Lester

By The Sports Network, 2 years 2 months 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...

Dempster retires as a Cub

By The Sports Network, 2 years 2 months ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs have announced that right- hander Ryan Dempster has signed with the team to retire and join the front office as a special assistant to president Theo Epstein. A two-time All-Star, Dempster missed all of last season, citing health and family issues. He last pitched in 2013 and won a World Series championship with the Boston Red Sox that year...

Cubs name Dave Martinez bench coach

By The Sports Network, 2 years 2 months ago
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Joe Maddon will have his trusted sidekick back with him when the new Chicago Cubs manager begins his first season in the Windy City. The team announced Thursday that Dave Martinez, Maddon's bench coach with the Tampa Bay Rays for the past seven seasons, will hold the same role with the Cubs as they completed filling out their coaching staff for the 2015...
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