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Chicago Cubs Sign Emilio Bonifacio to Minor League Deal

Chicago Cubs Sign Emilio Bonifacio to Minor League Deal

Bonifacio would provide excellent depth and versatility. He could also compete for a starting gig.

Jeff Samardzija Speaks: Extension Talks, Valuing Performance, and What’s Next

Jeff Samardzija Speaks: Extension Talks, Valuing Performance, and What’s Next

How does Samardzija feel about the gap in the extension talks? What does winning do to the equation?

by February 15, 2014 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Another Kind of “Protection” and Other Bullets

Another Kind of “Protection” and Other Bullets

Forget lineup protection. Having quality vets serves another purpose for the young hitters in the lineup.

What’s An Appropriate Plan for Arodys Vizcaino This Year?

What’s An Appropriate Plan for Arodys Vizcaino This Year?

The 23-year-old righty has electric stuff and is finally healthy. So, should he break camp with the big club?

Some Positive Updates on Jake Arrieta’s Shoulder Thing

Some Positive Updates on Jake Arrieta’s Shoulder Thing

Arrieta’s issue might not be serious, and he’s currently throwing pain-free.

by February 14, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Theo Epstein on Spending, Progress, Drafting, and The Plan

Theo Epstein on Spending, Progress, Drafting, and The Plan

The Cubs kept some powder dry this year, and that money could roll over into the future. Epstein still feels good, though.

by February 14, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Positional Notes: Castro, Olt, Lake, Alcantara, Baez

Positional Notes: Castro, Olt, Lake, Alcantara, Baez

Starlin Castro is the Cubs’ shortstop. Say it again if you need to.

Bullpen and Rotation Notes: Veras, Grimm, Fujikawa, Vizcaino, Fifth Starters, More

Bullpen and Rotation Notes: Veras, Grimm, Fujikawa, Vizcaino, Fifth Starters, More

Jose Veras is the closer, Justin Grimm is a reliever, and Arodys Vizcaino is throwing.

God’s Wrath Watch: How Serious is Jake Arrieta’s Shoulder Issue?

God’s Wrath Watch: How Serious is Jake Arrieta’s Shoulder Issue?

It tentatively doesn’t sound too serious, and the hopes for Arrieta remain high.

by February 14, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
MLB Teams Can Now Cut Pensions for Non-Uniformed Employees and Other Bullets

MLB Teams Can Now Cut Pensions for Non-Uniformed Employees and Other Bullets

It’s just an option, but it looks bad for a sport awash in revenue.

A Little More on James McDonald’s $1 Million Contract

A Little More on James McDonald’s $1 Million Contract

It comes with incentives, but it is not guaranteed. Cubs also retain control through 2015.

by February 13, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Cubs Confirm Jason Hammel and James McDonald on Big League Deals, Jake Arrieta Has Shoulder Tightness

Cubs Confirm Jason Hammel and James McDonald on Big League Deals, Jake Arrieta Has Shoulder Tightness

Arrieta is behind schedule, and the Cubs were looking for additional depth, in part for that reason.

by February 13, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Rooftop Negotiations Ongoing?

Obsessive Wrigley Renovation Watch: Rooftop Negotiations Ongoing?

As long as the two sides remain in discussions, there is hope for a peaceful resolution.

by February 13, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Cubs Prospect Bits: McLeod, Vizcaino, Ha, Prospect Trios, More

Cubs Prospect Bits: McLeod, Vizcaino, Ha, Prospect Trios, More

What’s the plan for Arodys Vizcaino going forward? Is the Cubs’ top prospect trio the best in baseball?

by February 13, 2014 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Cubs Bust Out the New Digs in Arizona with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Cubs Bust Out the New Digs in Arizona with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Spring Training is fully underway at a beautiful new facility.

by February 13, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
Pitching Updates of Some Samardzija-y Note: Suk-Min Yoon, Hisashi Iwakuma

Pitching Updates of Some Samardzija-y Note: Suk-Min Yoon, Hisashi Iwakuma

Do the Orioles and Mariners have more or less incentive to go after Jeff Samardzija now?

by February 13, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Another Year, Another Retirement Tour and Other Bullets

Another Year, Another Retirement Tour and Other Bullets

Derek Jeter is hanging ’em up after 2014, and he’ll make a stop at Wrigley Field along the way.

by February 13, 2014 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
Chicago Cubs Pitchers and Catchers: REPORT!!!

Chicago Cubs Pitchers and Catchers: REPORT!!!

And the 2014 baseball season is underway. Giggity.

by February 13, 2014 Chicago Cubs News
A Possible Waiver Explanation: Is James McDonald Getting a Major League Deal?

A Possible Waiver Explanation: Is James McDonald Getting a Major League Deal?

If so, it’s quite a surprise – and could leave quite a glut.

by February 12, 2014 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Brooks Raley Claimed Off of Waivers by Twins – Any Implications?

Brooks Raley Claimed Off of Waivers by Twins – Any Implications?

That’s two pitchers lost by the Cubs today. Were both spots on the 40-man roster needed?

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