11/19/2014 | NL Central projects to be most dominant division in 2015
As we speak, the most balanced, deepest and quite possibly toughest division in baseball is the National League Central. No other division can claim to have this much talent, established or youthful, spread throughout its five clubs.
11/19/2014 | MLB's last off-day in Japan loaded with culture, goodwill
Since they arrived in Japan 10 days ago, the squad of MLB All-Stars have been greeted warmly at every stop and they've embarked on a series of goodwill visits that have impacted them as much as the locals.
11/17/2014 | Cubs turn attention to Lester after losing out on Martin
The Cubs lost in their bid for catcher Russell Martin. Now, it's time to turn their attention to free-agent pitcher Jon Lester. Lester was expected to meet with the Cubs this week, according to reports, to consider whether to rejoin president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, who was the left-hander's general manager in Boston.
11/17/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Bryant, Lindor the next ROYs
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Francisco Lindor of the Indians are projected to make big-time Major League contributions in 2015 that could land them Rookie of the Year Award hardware.
11/16/2014 | Cubs acquire infielder La Stella from Braves
The Cubs' middle infield just got a little more crowded. On Sunday, the Cubs acquired left-handed-hitting infielder Tommy La Stella from the Braves, as well as Atlanta's No. 4 international signing bonus slot, for pitcher Arodys Vizcaino and three international signing bonus slots.
11/16/2014 | Rizzo hosts third annual 'Walk-Off For Cancer' 5K
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo blasted two walk-off home runs during his 2014 All-Star season. His latest came Sunday morning in his South Florida hometown for the third annual Walk-Off For Cancer at Pine Trails Park.
11/15/2014 | Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League
The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. Here are the development highlights from the AFL's 23rd season for all 30 big league organizations.
11/14/2014 | Rizzo being honored for charity work ahead of event
On Friday, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will be saluted for his charity work. On Sunday, he'll be busy raising money and awareness in the fight against cancer.
11/14/2014 | Opening Night rivalry: Cards-Cubs playing first in 2015
A new chapter in the classic Cardinals-Cubs rivalry will have a quick start, as those two teams are scheduled to meet April 5 at Wrigley Field in the Sunday Night Baseball opener on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET.
11/14/2014 | Respect trumps results for Iwakuma and Wada
Mariners righty Hisashi Iwakuma and Cubs lefty Tsuyoshi Wada were touched up for seven runs on Friday in their return to baseball in Japan, but they were nonetheless honored by the reception they received from their countrymen at the Tokyo Dome during Game 2 of the Japan All-Star Series.
11/12/2014 | Cubs trying to add pitching to solid base
The Cubs have a nice foundation in the rotation and their offseason search for a top-line starter and an innings-eater is crucial to their hopes of competing in the National League Central in 2015.
11/12/2014 | Cubs pick up right-hander Roach off waivers
The Cubs continued to stockpile pitchers, claiming right-hander Donn Roach off waivers from the Padres on Wednesday.
11/12/2014 | Prospect values rise thanks to AFL play
Every fall, Minor Leaguers raise their stock with their performances in the Arizona Fall League. The caveats that are typically thrown out when discussing such matters: it's a small sample size and the AFL is always very hitter-friendly. But it's also true that every year, expectations around some prospects are heightened based on what they did during six weeks in the desert.
11/11/2014 | Cubs not rushing to unload youth in big trade
With front-end starting pitching as their Hot Stove priority, the Cubs know they could come up empty-handed. But should they fail to add an arm like Jon Lester, Max Scherzer or James Shields through free agency, don't expect them to immediately attempt to trade for an ace.
11/11/2014 | Report links Cubs to Nationals' Zimmermann
The Cubs are reportedly in contact with the Nationals regarding a potential trade for right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Neither club has commented on the report.
11/11/2014 | Theo reiterates no tampering, 'welcomes' investigation
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he welcomed an investigation by Major League Baseball into tampering allegations related to the team's hiring of Joe Maddon.
11/10/2014 | Inbox: Which free agents are a match for Cubs?
The Cubs Inbox addresses questions about adding veteran players, the renovation of Wrigley Field and whether relievers Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez could move into the rotation.
11/7/2014 | Hoyer: Cubs not going to force offseason moves
Even before Joe Maddon was hired as manager, the Cubs were rumored to be on the verge of signing nearly every free agent on the market. They do have money to spend, but that doesn't mean they're going on a shopping spree this winter.
11/7/2014 | Wrigley crews take care in moving caretaker's house
On Friday, crews carefully moved what is known as the caretaker's house -- a brick structure built in 1923 that was located at the northwest corner of Wrigley Field, outside of the ballpark -- about 200 feet to a parking lot, where it will be restored.
11/7/2014 | Cano, Puig, Altuve head Japan All-Star Series roster
A collection of the game's top talent will represent Major League Baseball next week when the Japan All-Star Series begins on Tuesday, and the roster for the MLB team was revealed on Friday.
11/5/2014 | Cubs' Edwards works on offerings in Fall ball
The Cubs' best hope for a front-line starter from their farm system is right-hander C.J. Edwards, who is making up for lost time in the Arizona Fall League while seeking a third go-to pitch to accompany a low-90s fastball and curve.
11/4/2014 | Vogelbach leads the way in Mesa's win over Salt River
Over the past few games, Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach hit a rough patch and went 10 at-bats with collecting a hit. However, in Mesa's 3-1 victory over Salt River on Tuesday night, Vogelbach broke out of his funk and notched his fifth multi-hit game of the Arizona Fall League.
11/4/2014 | After 16-year career, Soriano hangs up spikes
Alfonso Soriano is retiring from the Major Leagues after 16 seasons, according to a report from The Associated Press.
11/3/2014 | Cubs need to finalize Maddon's coaching staff
In early October, the Cubs announced the 2015 coaching staff, including new hitting coach John Mallee and first base/outfield coach Doug Dascenzo. However, that was before Rick Renteria was dismissed and Joe Maddon named the new manager.
11/3/2014 | Maddon bringing his own kind of 'crazy' to Chicago
"You have to have a little bit of crazy to be successful," said new Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Monday. "I want crazy in the clubhouse every day. You need to be crazy to be great. I love crazy. I tell players that all the time."
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