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Monday, August 02, 2021

Rays, Cubs Discussed Potential Trade Involving Tyler Glasnow And Kris Bryant/Craig Kimbrel

The Rays were known to be in discussions with the Cubs last Friday about swinging a deal to land Kris Bryant and/or Craig Kimbrel. Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of the Athletic shed some light on the talks, noting that the teams kicked around various potential frameworks — including ones worked around Tyler Glasnow or Kevin Kiermaier.

Moving Glasnow would’ve been part of a larger package deal that sent Bryant and Kimbrel to Tampa Bay, Rosenthal writes. It’d have been a fascinating development, since Glasnow’s one of the best pitchers in the league when healthy but facing a prolonged absence. The 27-year-old tossed 88 innings of 2.66 ERA/2.89 SIERA ball before suffering a UCL tear in mid-June. He’s spent the past six weeks attempting to rehab the injury, but reports from over the weekend suggest he’s likely to require Tommy John surgery, which would keep him out of action for most or all of the 2022 season.

The Rays made the Cubs aware of that possibility in discussions, Rosenthal notes; Tampa Bay wasn’t hoping to sneak Glasnow through a trade without the Cubs noticing he would probably need to go under the knife. Indeed, Glasnow’s forthcoming surgery was a significant roadblock in that kind of deal getting done.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2021 at 05:12 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, cubs, rays, tyler glasnow

Chicago Cubs’ Jed Hoyer says inability to sign stars to long-term deals ‘greatest source of frustration’

Cubs President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer says his ‘greatest source of frustration’ was the team’s inability to sign any of their stars to long term contracts before trading them last Friday.

Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez were the talk of the baseball world last week as all three were moved within a span of 24 hours before MLB’s trade deadline. After years of conversations with the trio—attempting to sign them to long term contracts—Hoyer finally gave up and moved on.

“That will probably be my greatest source of frustration from this era,” Hoyer said on ESPN 1000 radio in Chicago Monday morning. “I put my head on the pillow every night knowing we put our best foot forward. The extensions we offered these guys will hold up exceptionally well…against the open market. I don’t know why guys didn’t want to sign. I don’t know why guys didn’t want to even counteroffer, often times.”

There isn’t a one size fits all answer to why each is no longer a Cub. Baez was negotiating with the team in the spring of 2020 but the pandemic shut those talks down.

“We counteroffered then the pandemic hit,” Baez’ agent Nick Chanock said Monday.

Hoyer never indicated that all three refused to counteroffer, only that some didn’t. After suffering huge financial losses in 2020, the team wasn’t ready to spark up talks again with Baez considering he had a terrible season. The Cubs never made an offer to Baez again as the trade deadline approached, according to sources familiar with the situation.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 02, 2021 at 05:00 PM | 2 comment(s)
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Saturday, July 31, 2021

San Francisco Giants acquire Kris Bryant from Chicago Cubs for two prospects

Kris Bryant was the face of the Chicago Cubs for a long time.

His new bosses in San Francisco were thrilled that joining the Giants meant so much to him, despite the emotions of leaving the only major league team he’s ever known.

Bryant grew up in Las Vegas and loved to watch Giants slugger Barry Bonds—and now the versatile star will get a chance to play not only in the home run king’s former spot in left field, but all over the diamond.

The first-place Giants made a big splash just before the trade deadline Friday by acquiring Bryant from the Cubs for two minor leaguers….


Chicago received right-hander Caleb Kilian and outfielder Alexander Canario in the deal, with the Giants picking up the rest of Bryant’s hefty contract that is paying him $19.5 million this year.

The 29-year-old Bryant, who can become a free agent after this season, was one of the top position players available on the market as the disappointing Cubs sold off several stars. He is batting .267 with 18 home runs and 51 RBI.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 01:02 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, kris bryant

Chicago White Sox acquire closer Craig Kimbrel from Chicago Cubs, give up Nick Madrigal

The Chicago White Sox acquired closer Craig Kimbrel from the crosstown Cubs on Friday, a move that should give the AL Central leaders a fearsome bullpen for their playoff push.

The White Sox already had one of baseball’s best closers in All-Star Liam Hendriks. Now the South Siders add Kimbrel, who has a 0.49 ERA and 23 saves in 25 opportunities for the Cubs this season and leads NL relievers in strikeout rate and opponents’ batting average. Kimbrel ranks ninth with 371 career saves during his 12 years in the majors.

White Sox manager Tony La Russa said he had a plan for how to use both closers, but was not ready to divulge specifics.

“On any given day, one may be available, the other one may not be,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “It puts us in a position where we have a very dynamic and impactful bullpen regardless of the situation that arises in each game.”

The White Sox paid quite a price to get Kimbrel: They sent second baseman Nick Madrigal, a budding star who is out for the season with a torn right hamstring, to the Cubs along with right-handed reliever Codi Heuer.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 12:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: craig kimbrel, cubs, nick madrigal, white sox

New York Mets acquire star SS Javier Baez from Chicago Cubs for OF prospect

Javier Baez got his wish: He’s headed to New York to play with longtime pal Francisco Lindor.

But first, the Mets are counting on their big-name newcomer to hold down the fort at shortstop for a while.

With the trade deadline fast approaching Friday, the Mets acquired Baez and pitcher Trevor Williams from the Chicago Cubs for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong.

Baez, a two-time All-Star and 2020 Gold Glove winner, gives New York an immediate fill-in for Lindor. The star shortstop, obtained from Cleveland in a blockbuster deal last winter, is sidelined with a strained oblique and not expected back until at least mid-to-late August.

“I’m super excited. I couldn’t be happier,” Lindor said. “I can’t wait for him to come out here and put on a show for everybody.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 12:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javier baez, mets

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Yankees To Acquire Anthony Rizzo | MLBTR

5:47 pm: In exchange, Chicago will pick up two prospects — outfielder Kevin Alcantara and right-hander Alexander Vizcaino –– Curry reports. He adds that the Cubs will retain the entirety of Rizzo’s remaining salary.


Ryan Tepera heads to White Sox from Cubs as Chicago rivals make deal

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to acquire veteran right-handed reliever Ryan Tepera from the crosstown Cubs in exchange for lefty prospect Bailey Horn. Both teams announced the deal on Thursday, a day before the 2021 MLB trade deadline.

Tepera, 33, has pitched to a 2.91 ERA and a career-best 4.71 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings for the Cubs this season. Across parts of seven major-league seasons, Tepera owns an ERA+ of 122 in 279 relief appearances and one start. He’s owed the balance of an $800,000 salary for 2021 and is eligible for free agency this coming offseason. On the South Side, Tepera figures to fortify a right-handed setup and middle relief corps that has some impressive arms but has been light on depth and consistency.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 29, 2021 at 04:35 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, ryan tepera, white sox

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Chicago Cubs trade Joc Pederson to Atlanta Braves for 1B prospect Bryce Ball

The Atlanta Braves acquired outfielder Joc Pederson from the Chicago Cubs for minor league first baseman Bryce Ball, the teams announced on Thursday.

Pederson, 29, had 11 home runs and a .718 OPS in 73 games for the Cubs after signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal that included a $10 million mutual option and $2.5 million buyout. The deal comes just days after Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr. tore the ACL in his right knee.

Atlanta begins the second half of the season four games behind the first-place New York Mets in the National League East and a game under .500. They’ve dealt with an inordinate amount of injuries throughout the first half—Acuna is just the latest.

Meanwhile, the Cubs are beginning to subtract from their third-place team in an attempt to retool, as half their roster is set to become free agents after this season.

Ball was a 24th-round pick for the Braves in 2019 and has compiled a .377 on-base percentage over two seasons in the minors. ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel describes Ball as a player with “huge exit velocities” but with some “contact problems.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 15, 2021 at 10:04 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, cubs, joc pederson

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Why the Cubs need to say goodbye to members of their 2016 championship core and sell at the trade deadline

Eleven. Yes, eleven consecutive losses. They were competitive through much of it. There were six one-run losses through the first nine. They’ve been totally humiliated in the last two, however, and the proverbial writing is on the wall.

That writing very legibly and succinctly states: “It’s over.”

Little by little, the core that won the 2016 World Series has gone away, but the vestiges of that title are some of the biggest names. The Cubs still have 2016 MVP Kris Bryant along with franchise centerpieces Anthony Rizzo, Javier Báez and Willson Contreras. Clubhouse leader Jason Heyward remains. On the pitching side, they still have Kyle Hendricks, who beat Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 of the NLCS to clinch the pennant and then also threw well in Game 7 of the World Series. They brought back Arrieta for this season after a hiatus. That move has been a bust.

As much as the fan base might hold some love for those players—and they should, for the rest of eternity, given the 2016 title—it’s become pretty clear in the ensuing seasons that something is broken with this core. This losing streak has bludgeoned us over the head with the seeming fact that it’s unfixable.

With the trade deadline less than a month away and the Cubs nine games out in the NL Central, it’s time to let go and move on.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 07, 2021 at 07:04 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hits walk-off homer after Jason Heyward loses homer on controversial call

Here is the game-winning homer. Bellinger was not in Saturday’s starting lineup, but he entered the game as part of a double switch in the seventh inning. He flied out to center in his first at-bat before launching the walk-off homer next time up.


“It’s good to see him smile,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters, including MLB.com’s Sarah Wexler, following Saturday’s game. Bellinger went into Saturday’s game hitting only .217/.349/.304 with one home run in 19 games around injuries this season.

Saturday’s game was not without controversy. In the seventh inning, Jason Heyward hit what appeared to be—and what was initially called—a go-ahead solo home run off righty Phil Bickford. The ball snuck just inside the left field foul pole.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2021 at 07:02 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers

Friday, June 25, 2021

Cubs combine to throw record-tying no-hitter

A night that started with a home run blast in the first inning turned into history on the mound at Dodger Stadium. Chicago starter Zach Davies set the tone with six spotless innings, followed by Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin and Craig Kimbrel for the Cubs’ first combined no-hitter in franchise history.

The offense continued to flash its home run power in the 4-0 victory through long balls from Javier Báez and Willson Contreras, but Chicago’s pitching was the main star under the Strawberry Moon that cascaded over Chavez Ravine.

The effort marked the seventh no-hitter of 2021, which ties the Modern Era (since 1900) AL/NL mark also set in 1990, 1991, 2012 and 2015. It was the 17th no-hitter in Cubs history, the most recent one coming from Alec Mills last season against the Brewers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 25, 2021 at 10:17 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, no-hitter

Monday, June 07, 2021

Patrick Wisdom hits two more homers, continues to be ‘a real offensive force’ for Chicago Cubs

Chicago Cubs infielder Patrick Wisdom reached a milestone on Sunday accomplished by only two other players in history.

Wisdom, 29, hit two home runs in the Cubs’ 4-3 win over the San Francisco Giants, giving him seven long balls in his first eight starts with his new team. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only Cincinnati Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino and Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story have hit that many in their first eight games with a team.

“He’s been carrying us,” Cubs manager David Ross said after the game. “He’s a real offensive force for us right now. It seems like every time he gets up he’s going to do something really good to help the team. Real damage. What is that, seven home runs? Real power since he’s been up.”

Wisdom was a 2020 addition to the Cubs after stops in St. Louis and Texas, but he played in only two major league games last season. And before about a week ago, he had four career home runs. Cubs center fielder Ian Happ summed up the team’s strategy right now.

“If we can just get it to Wisdom with guys on base, we’ll be all right,” he said with a smile.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 07, 2021 at 03:43 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, patrick wisdom

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Javy Baez fools Pirates into the dumbest baseball play of the season

With a runner on second, Baez hits a ball to Pirates third baseman Erik Gonzalez. The ball is fielded cleanly by Gonzalez, who throws it to first baseman Will Craig. Gonzalez’s throw takes Craig off the bag, so Craig decides he’ll just tag Baez instead.

Recognizing this, Baez starts running back toward home plate. He remains in the base path, so he hasn’t broken any rules. As Baez gets close to the plate, the runner who started on second sprints toward home to try and score. Craig throws the ball to the catcher, but is too late. The run scores, giving the Cubs a 2-0 lead.

Baez, who was never tagged, begins to quickly sprint toward first base. In the confusion, no Pirates player is covering first. A member of the Pirates sprints over the first, but the throw from Pirates catcher Michael Perez is just slightly off target. Baez slides into first, but then quickly gets up and makes it all the way to second base.

The Cubs dugout — primarily Anthony Rizzo — erupted in cheers and laughter following the play.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2021 at 11:57 PM | 125 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, pirates

Friday, May 07, 2021

Cubs deal Sox can’t refuse: Bryant would be MVP move

What we know for sure is what we saw in January with that Yu Darvish trade and what we’ve seen since from a team off to its worst start in seven years, thanks to some resulting starting pitching problems and overall depth issues.

So act now, while supplies last, Rick! Players like this won’t be around all summer!

Push, pull or drag your best three or four teenage trade-ins (or maybe Yoelqui Cespedes?) for a chance to pull your outfield out of the 2021 crapper and restore those World Series visions you’ve been selling on the South Side the last six months.

What’s in it for Hoyer and the Cubs?

We already can see the drool on ownership’s face at the mere mention of the additional prorated part of Bryant’s $19.5 million salary coming off the books instead of waiting until perhaps July to consider trading him.

From Hoyer’s perspective? Did we mention Cespedes?

Whether Hahn, the Sox general manager, is willing to part with the top international player from the recent signing class, he needs a definitive, bold response to losing outfielders Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez to months-long injuries — unless all that talk about World Series expectations was just so much blowing smoke.

Bryant, who followed up his Player of the Week honors Monday by raking against Cy Young winners Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer in a doubleheader Tuesday, would be the signature move — literally the MVP move — to make.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 07, 2021 at 11:11 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, white sox

Monday, April 19, 2021

Report: Javy Báez Declined Cubs’ Offer ‘Somewhere in Range of $180 Million’

I’ve been steadfast in refuting the report that Kris Bryant turned down an extension offer of “well north of $200 million,” so I want to tread carefully when it comes to the latest report about Javier Baez‘s negotiations. Or rather, his past negotiations. We do know via multiple outlets, one of which was Javy himself, that the shortstop was engaged in extension talks last spring prior to the shutdown. We also know that he did himself no favors with an abysmal 2020 performance.

According to Buster Olney, who wedged the info into a larger column for ESPN+, that disappointing campaign “followed a negotiation that concluded with him passing up a Cubs’ offer somewhere in the range of $180 million.” In Javy parlance, that’s a large number. So large, in fact, that it seems pretty difficult to believe in light of the organization’s spendthrift ways when it comes to position-player spending over the last several years.

Even before they slashed payroll and reportedly low-balled Anthony Rizzo, and even when Javy was still viewed as a potential perennial MVP candidate, $180 million would have been a stretch. My attempt at predicting a deal back in January of 2020 came to $136 million over six years ($22.67M AAV) with a max of $160 million over eight years ($20M AAV). Olney didn’t give a length on the deal in the two paragraphs devoted to the topic, but I’m thinking it had to be eight or nine years ($20-22.5M AAV).

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2021 at 07:15 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, javy baez

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Why the Cubs’ awful offense could trigger full rebuild if downward trend continues this summer

As a team, the Cubs have a 66 OPS+. For those not very familiar with the stat, that means if you lump their on-base percentage and slugging percentage together, adjusting for ballpark and league context, they are collectively 34 percent worse than a league average hitter. ...

Now, here’s where we talk about small samples and how it’s early and all that. The problem is that this isn’t new. The Cubs won the NL Central last year, but they hit .220/.318/.387 as a team with mostly the same personnel (swapping out Kyle Schwarber for Pederson isn’t a huge difference, skill-set-wise). Sure, there was lots of context behind that, including that it was only a 60-game season during a once-in-a-century pandemic.

If we looped that back in, though, we’re now talking about a 70-game sample with pretty terrible offense. Back another year, one of the complaints about the Cubs from 2019 was too much boom-and-bust. That was, they’d go a stretch scoring little or no runs and then would explode and it would make their overall stats a bit deceptively good. Well, the boom is gone now. In 10 games, the Cubs have scored this many runs per game, sorted by most to least: 5, 5, 4, 4, 3, 3, 2, 2, 1, 0.

Unable to string hits together, four of those runs have come on sac flies while 14 of their 29 runs have come on home runs. Ross pointed out after Monday’s loss they seem to be too offensively-reliant on the home run, but the problem with the home runs isn’t necessarily the percentage. It’s that 10 of their 12 home runs have been solo shots. No one is ever on base. If there was more traffic, those 12 homers might’ve resulted in something like 20 runs and they could be 6-4 or even 7-3 right now.

Instead, this has all the makings of a pretty terrible offense, baking in the context of how their six games against the Pirates’ went.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 15, 2021 at 11:48 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins is Getting a Statue at Wrigley Field!

In the pantheon of Chicago Cubs pitchers through the decades, very few can match the dominance and longevity of Fergie Jenkins. That’s probably why he’s a Hall of Famer, and roundly considered one of the best – if not the best – pitchers in franchise history. He’s certainly among the best starting pitchers in baseball history.

For those reasons, it is wholly appropriate that the man is going to be forever immortalized at Wrigley Field, where he pitched so well for so long:

Fergie will join Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Harry Caray with statues at Wrigley Field.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2021 at 02:37 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fergie jenkins

Monday, March 29, 2021

Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo doesn’t expect extension by Opening Day: ‘I can’t tell you what the future holds’

The Chicago Cubs core that ended the 108-year World Series drought in 2016 may be entering its final season together. The Cubs said goodbye to Jon Lester and Kyle Schwarber this past offseason, and stalwarts Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo will become free agents after the season. Bryant continues to be a popular name on the trade rumor circuit.

Contract extensions with Baez and Rizzo seem more likely than an extension with Bryant, though Rizzo confirmed no deal is imminent Monday morning. He does not want to negotiate during the season and said the two sides won’t have an extension in place before Opening Day.

Rizzo also said, “I can’t tell you what the future holds,” according to Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 29, 2021 at 01:20 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: anthony rizzo, cubs

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Chicago Cubs reportedly are optioning second baseman Nico Hoerner to the minors

Nico Hoerner’s stellar spring performance won’t be rewarded with a spot on the Chicago Cubs’ 26-man opening-day roster.

The Cubs reportedly are optioning Hoerner to the alternate site/Triple A to start the season, according to ESPN. Hoerner, 23, had been battling with David Bote and Ildemaro Vargas for the starting job at second base…..

Optioning Hoerner will give him more minor-league reps. Since the Cubs drafted him with the No. 24 pick out of Stanford in 2018, Hoerner has played in only 89 games in the minors with 375 plate appearances, none at Triple A.

Depending on how long Hoerner stays in the minors, the Cubs could gain an extra year of team control, though it’s unclear what the arbitration and free-agency system might look like when the next collective bargaining agreement, which expires after this season, is implemented.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 27, 2021 at 09:03 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, nico hoerner

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Here’s how the Cubs almost traded for J.T. Realmuto way back when

Per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, “Realmuto, then 23, had made a brief major-league debut shortly before the trade discussions with the Cubs turned serious, replacing Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was out with a concussion. The Marlins rightly believed Realmuto would develop into a star, and knew, like every club, that catching is forever a position of scarcity.”

The Marlins were on pace for a 71-win season, making a push for Arrieta odd. Yet, they wanted to pair him with the late Jose Fernandez, creating what they thought would be a dynamic 1-2 punch for the long-term in the process. Despite the lure of Arrieta, the Marlins wouldn’t budge on Realmuto, which ultimately ended negotiations.

The Cubs are actually lucky they didn’t make this deal, given the circumstances. Realmuto did turn into a star, but Arrieta still had his part to play in the playoff battles to come, and was a member of Chicago’s 2016 World Series team. The Cubs eventually nurtured Willson Contreras, who himself is one of the best backstops in the game.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2021 at 11:27 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, j.t. realmuto, jake arrieta

Cubs minor leaguer Jesus Camargo-Corrales charged with possession of 21 pounds of methamphetamine

Police in Eagle County, Colorado, say they pulled over a man driving a BMW on Wednesday before finding 21 pounds of suspected methamphetamine and 1.2 pounds of suspected oxycodone in his car.

The suspect is Chicago Cubs minor leaguer Jesus Camargo-Corrales, according to 9 News in Denver.

According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Camargo-Corrales’ BMW was speeding and swerving between lanes, prompting the traffic stop. When they pulled him over, deputy Evan Jaramillo said he asked Camargo-Corrales if there were any drugs in the car.

Camargo-Corrales told him “no” and that he follows a strict anti-doping policy because he plays in the Cubs system, according to the report. The three men gave deputies permission to search the car, and a K-9 dog named Zane signaled officers to search under the rear seat, according to ECSO.

Deputies found a Cubs duffel bag filled with cleats, baseball gloves and several packages of a white substance believed to be methamphetamine, according to deputies. They also found $1,000 in cash in addition to the suspected oxycodone pills, per the report.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2021 at 12:19 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Friday, February 26, 2021

Kris Bryant Open to New Deal, Knows Time as Cub Could Wind Down

Bryant said he is open to signing a long-term contract to remain with the Cubs before his deal expires at the end of the World Series.

“I’ve always said I’ve been open and willing to hear whatever Jed now has to say and would take it with open arms and consider everything that is thrown my way,” he said. “I think I’ve communicated that well with them. They know where I stand.”

But there is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the Cubs, particularly when it comes to some of their biggest stars.

Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Báez have expiring contracts. All three struggled during the pandemic-shortened season. But they all have played huge roles in transforming the long-suffering franchise into a championship organization.

They helped lead the Cubs to a World Series title in 2016, ending a drought that dated to 1908. But the organization is in transition.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 26, 2021 at 11:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

As Chicago Cubs report to spring training, 2021 looks like the last hurrah for the World Series championship core: ‘That’s just the reality’

And yet, for the myriad questions and, yes, hopefulness surrounding the team ahead of Wednesday’s first workout for pitchers and catchers, there is a harsh truth: 2021 is the last hurrah for this iteration of the Cubs. Most of the key pieces responsible for the franchise’s winningest stretch in the last 80 years won’t be part of the organization after this season.

The uncertain futures of Bryant, Rizzo and Baez in Chicago remain impossible to ignore the closer the calendar moves to free agency. Bryant, 29, and Baez, 28, are earning $19 million and $11.65 million, respectively, in their final arbitration year. A cornerstone player for nearly a decade and the face of the franchise, the 31-year-old Rizzo is completing the second of two club options on his initial seven-year, $41 million extension.

Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer acknowledged Tuesday what awaits.

“These guys have been fantastic Cubs that did something historic together, and so, rightfully, Cubs Nation owes that group a debt of gratitude, and they’re always going to be legends for the Cubs,” Hoyer said. “We’ve said all along, pretty clearly, we’d like to keep some of these players. That’d be great. But it’s unrealistic to keep all of the players that were a significant part of 2016. And that’s just the reality.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2021 at 08:45 AM | 70 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Source: Chicago Cubs, Jake Arrieta reach agreement on one-year deal

The Chicago Cubs are bringing back one of their World Series heroes, reaching agreement on a one-year, $6 million deal with starter Jake Arrieta, a source confirmed with ESPN on Friday.

The deal, pending a physical, could include some incentives, according to the source.

Arrieta, 34, starred for the Cubs from 2013 to 2017, winning a Cy Young Award in the 2015 season and helping the team to three playoff appearances and a World Series championship in 2016. In the 2015 and 2016 seasons, he threw two no-hitters and won 40 games.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 13, 2021 at 11:13 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake arrieta

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Cubs agree to deal with former Mets outfielder Jake Marisnick

The Cubs are bringing another glove into the mix before the start of Spring Training.

Former Mets outfielder Jake Marisnick reportedly agreed to a deal with the North Siders Thursday.

Marisnick only made 34 plate appearances in New York last season, batting .333 with two homers and 5 RBI. The 29-year-old righty is a career .229 hitter mostly known for his defensive prowess.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 11, 2021 at 09:13 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, jake marisnick

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