Category: Transactions

Stop Me If You've Heard This One...

Stop Me If You've Heard This One...
The Cubs claimed LHP Ian Clarkin off waivers from the White Sox today: The #Cubs today claimed LHP Ian Clarkin off waivers from the White Sox. pic.twitter.com/wEuZPW9kTI — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) January 16, 2019 They did the same in November: The #Cubs today announced the following roster moves: pic.twitter.com/QLPEPXJKgR — Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) November 21,... Read more »

Update on salary arbitration process

Update on salary arbitration process
Today marks the day when clubs and representatives for arbitration eligible players present their requested salary figures for the 2019 season and schedule an arbitration hearing date for early February. As this is the first day when both sides can see what the other is asking for in the process, many deals are struck today that... Read more »

With an eye toward 2020 pitching depth, Cubs sign rehabbing starter Kendall Graveman

With an eye toward 2020 pitching depth, Cubs sign rehabbing starter Kendall Graveman
For the second year in a row the Cubs decide to bring in a pitcher currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Last year it was Drew Smyly on a guaranteed $10M deal over two years ($3M in 2018, $7M in 2019). This year they’ve chosen Kendall Graveman for a deal. It represents much less risk... Read more »
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Addison Russell; Pat Hughes signs extension; Minor League deals

Addison Russell; Pat Hughes signs extension; Minor League deals
Further allegations against Addison Russell On Tuesday, the mother of one of Addison Russell’s children posted details on Instagram alleging the Cubs shortstop’s failure to pay child support. Screenshots from @MalEngstrom’s Instagram page detailing interactions with #AddisonRussell in regards to their daughter. She says she was paid about $600 of child support in quarters and... Read more »

Cubs Offseason Tracker

Cubs Offseason Tracker
Transactions Additions 2019 Options exercised: Cole Hamels (team), Jose Quintana (team), Pedro Strop (team), Brandon Kintzler (player) Via Trade: RHP Rowan Wick Re-signed: LHP Kyle Ryan (MiLB FA signed to MLB deal) Non-40 Man Roster Additions: OF Johnny Field (waivers), LHP Jerry Vasto (waivers) Subtractions Traded: LHP Drew Smyly, 2B Tommy La Stella, 3B Jason... Read more »

Cubs tender 2019 contract to Addison Russell

Cubs tender 2019 contract to Addison Russell
First the statement from Russell: And now the statement from Epstein: I’ve made my stance clear on this matter over the past couple of months, and only have a few things to add. First, let me say that in my opinion the public apology, and acceptance of responsibility by Russell was long past due. Everyone will need to... Read more »
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Cubs pick up Ronald Torreyes from Yanks to bolster infield depth; Re-sign lefty Kyle Ryan to MLB deal

Cubs pick up Ronald Torreyes from Yanks to bolster infield depth; Re-sign lefty Kyle Ryan to MLB deal
In a move that could signal the impending departure of Addison Russell, the Cubs picked up veteran infielder Ronald Torreyes from the New York Yankees in exchange for a PTBNL or cash (whenever “or cash” is specified in these type of deals it almost always ends up being the return). A solid base runner and utility... Read more »

Cubs Rumors Roundup and Roster Updates

Cubs Rumors Roundup and Roster Updates
Pitching Coach Search I promised to provide further thoughts on the Cubs Pitching Coach search after the team announced Jim Hickey was stepping away due to personal reasons just before the Thanksgiving break and so here we go. It appears that the early front runner for the gig is an internal option. According to Sahadev... Read more »

Cubs lose pitching coach and make a flurry of moves as Rule 5 deadline passes

Cubs lose pitching coach and make a flurry of moves as Rule 5 deadline passes
It was a busy day throughout the Majors as tonight was the deadline to protect players eligible for the Rule 5 draft by adding them to the 40-man roster. Several rebuilding clubs needed to make room for large groups of prospects. But before we get into the details, the Cubs learned they will need to... Read more »
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Cubs finalize roster as free agency kicks off

Cubs finalize roster as free agency kicks off
Cubs Outright Terrance Gore, Mike Freeman; Claim Jack Reinheimer from Mets The Cubs cleared a pair of roster spots by outrighting speedster Terrance Gore and veteran utility man Mike Freeman off the 40-man roster, making both free agents. The Cubs could certainly entertain the idea of bringing Gore back on a Minor League deal for... Read more »