Category: News and Notes

The day has arrived: With Zobrist and Descalso headed to IL, Cubs to activate Addison Russell. UPDATE: Strop to IL, Zobrist to Temporary Inactive List for personal reasons, Descalso remains active

The day has arrived: With Zobrist and Descalso headed to IL, Cubs to activate Addison Russell. UPDATE: Strop to IL, Zobrist to Temporary Inactive List for personal reasons, Descalso remains active
UPDATE (3:39 PM): Pedro Strop will also be added to the IL due to a hamstring injury. Ben Zobrist has been placed on temporary leave. Descalso will remain active off the bench but is suffering from an ankle injury: Pedro Strop on 10-day IL with left hamstring strain. Mike Montgomery activated from IL. — Jordan... Read more »

Lester to 10-day Injured List

Lester to 10-day Injured List
The Cubs have placed Jon Lester on the 10-day IL with a hamstring injury suffered running the bases after his RBI double on Monday. The team performed an MRI today, but the results, and the severity of the injury have not been reported at this time. In the short run, the Cubs will need to... Read more »

Cubs extend Kyle Hendricks

Cubs extend Kyle Hendricks
A number of high profile Major Leaguers signed contract extensions recently. Many fans have been waiting to see if the Cubs would get in on the action as several core players inch toward free agency. Today, we found out at least one member of the team will be around for a while. Kyle Hendricks agreed to a... Read more »
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Cubs DFA Duensing as roster shuffle continues

Cubs DFA Duensing as roster shuffle continues
The Cubs have designated veteran reliever Brian Duensing for assignment. This removes the 36-year old from the 40-man roster, but his $3.5M salary is guaranteed and unlikely to attract interest on the waiver wire, so once he clears the Cubs will have the choice of sending him to Iowa or granting him his release. Given... Read more »

Less than a week away, Opening Day roster coming into focus

Less than a week away, Opening Day roster coming into focus
Darvish, Cishek and Strop eying Rangers series Yu Darvish will throw in a Minor League game on Sunday in order to stay on track for his first regular season start Pedro Strop is on schedule for a final spring tune up early in the week and if all goes well, he should begin the year... Read more »

Spring Training Notes - Bullpen and Health Updates

Spring Training Notes - Bullpen and Health Updates
While Tyler Chatwood has done enough to secure his roster spot this spring, especially in light of his large contract, the same can’t be said for Brian Duensing. His 2018 struggles have carried over and I believe his roster spot is in serious doubt, despite the fact that the lefty signed to give him the... Read more »
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Cubs make first roster cuts and a minor trade

Cubs make first roster cuts and a minor trade
Amidst the first round of cuts from Major League camp, the Cubs also made a surprising trade, re-acquiring former 2nd round pick Donnie Dewees from the Royals in exchange for 2015 8th round pick Stephen Ridings. Now 25, Dewees has spent the past two years in the Royals system at AA and AAA after the... Read more »

Spring Training Notes 3/8

Spring Training Notes 3/8
AZ Phil, staying on top of all the pertinent contract details as usual, brought up a couple of topics in the comment section of TCR that are worth highlighting. Next Wednesday (3/13) is the deadline to release a player signed to a non-guaranteed contract in order to minimize their termination pay. He brings up Xavier Cedeno, and... Read more »

Spring Training news and notes 3/6

Spring Training news and notes 3/6
Major League Baseball has finished hammering out a new transfer agreement with the Mexican League (Liga Mexicana de Beisbol). Here is the full statement: What this boils down to is in previous years, Liga clubs would often take as much as 75% of a player’s signing bonus from MLB in order to release their players... Read more »
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Jon Lester is the Cubs Opening Day starter, and other Spring Training notes

Jon Lester is the Cubs Opening Day starter, and other Spring Training notes
Now that I’ve wrapped up the prospect series for the time being, and Spring Training games are in full swing, let’s see if I can get into a groove of providing some updates regarding the Major League club on a regular basis. First up, we’ve confirmation of what we all surely anticipated: Jon Lester will be the... Read more »