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Cubs embrace arrival of electric closer

Hector Rondon may have been the happiest player in the visitors clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday, and he had just lost his job as the Cubs' closer with the arrival of Aroldis Chapman.
Via Cubs.com
21 minutes ago

Chicago Cubs: Breaking down the trade for Aroldis Chapman

The Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees finalized a deal early Monday morning that will send Aroldis Chapman to Chicago for prospects Billy McKinney, Gleyber Torres, Rashad Crawford and reliever Adam Warren. Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball first broke the news. Chapman is expected to join the team Tuesday during the series with the Chicago […] Chicago Cubs: Breaking down...
Via Cubbies Crib
1 hour ago

Chicago Cubs send Arrieta to the hill as Crosstown Classic begins

It has been an eventful second half for the first-place Chicago Cubs who have won the first three series to maintain their lead in the National League Central division. After taking down the Brewers, Joe Maddon will call upon his ace to begin the Crosstown Classic. Following their win over the Brewers in Milwaukee, news […] Chicago Cubs send Arrieta to the hill as Crosstown Classic...
Via Cubbies Crib
3 hours ago

Series Preview: Chicago Cubs (59-38) @ Chicago White Sox (48-50)

The Cubs and White Sox kick off a four game series that is split between US Cellular Field and Wrigley Field. The series begins with two on the south side and then moves to Wrigley Field on Wednesday and Thursday. The Sox got off to a great start and early on were nearly matching what the Cubs were doing, but they fell off quickly. Now they’re in the middle of figuring out what...
Via Obstructed View
4 hours ago

Epstein's bold move for Aroldis not surprising

Theo Epstein and the Cubs have agreed to a deal to acquire left-hander Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees, a source told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. The clubs have not confirmed. It's the kind of move the Cubs have been putting themselves in position to make for a couple years. They've gotten themselves in a strong position, and now they're pushing their chips to the middle of the table.
Via Cubs.com
7 hours ago

Done Deal (Report): Chapman to Cubs for Torres, Warren, McKinney, Plus One

According to Jon Heyman, the trade is complete. There are still some details to be worked out (identity of 4th player, extension?), but it looks like it’s set. More breakdown of the deal to follow. Yanks and Cubs have a deal. Torres, mckinney, Warren and likely 1 more to NYY. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 25, 2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 The post Done Deal (Report): Chapman...
Via Cubs Insider
8 hours ago

Cubs to acquire Aroldis Chapman from Yankees

After months of being linked to power left-handed arms for the bullpen, the Cubs have landed the hardest-throwing pitcher in the game, reportedly agreeing to acquire Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees in exchange for four players, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (via Twitter). Shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres will head to the Yankees as the centerpiece of the deal, and the...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs minors recap: Prospects worth watching

The Chicago Cubs will lose some of their top prospects at some point. Between the youth at the top and the abundance of talent behind it, pieces will have to be moved in order to strengthen the roster in preparation for the postseason. With a little more than a week to go, we will examine […] Chicago Cubs minors recap: Prospects worth watching - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A...
Via Cubbies Crib
12 hours ago

Lester: 'There's some things that need to be cleaned up'

Jon Lester talks about his performance in the Cubs' 6-5 win over the Brewers on Sunday.
Via CSN Chicago
1 day ago

Maddon on Cubs win over Brewers: 'Great team win'

Joe Maddon addresses the media following the Cubs' 6-5 win over the Brewers on Sunday.
Via CSN Chicago
1 day ago

Joe Maddon wastes no time cracking Chris Sale joke

The Chris Sale situation is providing fodder for some quality one-liners both in and out of Major League Baseball. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon piled on Sunday when discussing the trade rumors surrounding the team. He couldn’t help but make reference to the current issues surrounding the Cubs’ south side neighbors. Within clubhouse, Joe Maddon says trade speculation "cuts...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs activate veteran reliever Joe Nathan

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Chicago Cubs have activated Joe Nathan from the 60-day disabled list, completing the veteran reliever's journey back to the majors from Tommy John surgery. The six-time All-Star returns following a 30-day rehab assignment in the Cubs' minor-league system. Adam Warren was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to make room for Nathan, who had signed a one-year deal with Chicago...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs pushing hard to land Aroldis Chapman

The Chicago Cubs may be the favorites to land pitcher Aroldis Chapman as trade talks remain fluid, according to various reports. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported Sunday morning that the Cubs are very much in on Chapman, but there is no deal yet. Sources: #Cubs strong in mix for #Yankees’ Chapman. At least two other clubs involved. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: SNC: Rizzo hosts camp for kids

A kids camp ran by Cubs star Anthony Rizzo is discussed on SportsNet Central.
Via CSN Chicago
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Game 96 Recap: Brewer 6 Cubs 1

Let’s face it. This is the B Story in Windy City sports right now. Because both Chicago baseball teams were scheduled to start pitchers from Texas tonight. And John Lackey turned out to be the rational one. Chris Sale is what happens when Edna Mode from The Incredibles crosses over to the Dark Side. But […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Two-Start Pitchers, Week 17: Professor Hendricks

Just look at him. Smiling. Slender. Smart. Coming in at a 190LBs while standing a svelte 6'3" if you gave this man some wispy eyebrows, a cardigan and a pipe you'd have yourself a run-of-the-mill ivy league professor. In the greens of Dartmouth's baseball team, though, you get Kyle Hendricks, the unbecoming, unannounced, unheralded almost ace of the MLB-best Chicago Cubs. Could...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Anthony Rizzo is the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs

If you look back to the 2012 Chicago Cubs lineup and compare it to that of 2016, you’ll find just two similarities. One is Travis Wood, one of the most effective long relievers in the game. The other, Anthony Rizzo, who is establishing himself as an MVP candidate for the best team in the NL Central, as well as serving as the CEO of the Cubs family. At the beginning of this 2016...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Road To The Title: How To Manage The Cubs Rotation

There aren’t many questions left for the Chicago Cubs to answer this season. At this point, with roughly two months remaining in the regular season, the main quandary observers have is whether this team is good enough to win in October. Piling up wins in the summer is great, but the playoffs will be the victories that really matter, especially for this franchise with this roster...
Via World Series Dreaming
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs activate Fowler from DL, add Montgomery to roster

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Chicago Cubs have activated Dexter Fowler from the 15-day disabled list after the outfielder missed a month with a strained right hamstring. Fowler was activated before Chicago's game on Friday night in Milwaukee, returning to his customary leadoff position in the lineup. The switch-hitter was hitting .290 with seven homers, 28 RBIs and six steals in 64 games...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A Month In, Contreras Still Shining

It’s been just over a month since catching prodigy Willson Contreras was called up to the major leagues, and in true Cubs prospect fashion, Contreras made his debut with a bang against the division rival Pirates. Contreras sent a first pitch home run into the bleachers during his first at bat at Wrigley Field, and […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Preview: Cubs at Brewers, July 22-24

Fresh from series wins against the Rangers and Mets, and after an off-day charity boxing event Wednesday night, the Cubs are well positioned to go into Milwaukee this weekend and continue the kind of baseball they have played since the All Star break. They have an incredibly favorable five game road trip that starts tonight, with three […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs reportedly interested in Josh Reddick

Slated to become a free agent this upcoming winter, Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick will likely find himself on another team between now and the August 1st trade deadline. As the longest-tenured member of the A’s, it’s not going to be easy for the team’s brass to move him. But picking up something of substance in a trade is better than the alternative of seeing him...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Dan Vogelbach and Co.

The Cubs had no room for Dan Vogelbach. Hit though he may, the absence of the designated hitter in the National League was always an inhibitor for his future there, to say nothing of the wealth of young bats the Cubs have amassed at or near the major-league level. For several months, Vogelbach was an obvious potential trade candidate simply because the Cubs had nowhere to put him...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dream diet: Cubs' Hammel loads up on chips to avoid cramping

CHICAGO (AP) Jason Hammel says potato chips have helped end chronic cramping issues. Now the Chicago Cubs right-hander has enough salty snacks to last the rest of the season. Hammel was greeted at his Wrigley Field locker Wednesday morning by a 6-foot high stack of cardboard boxes filled with chips. They were a gift of Pennsylvania-based Utz. ''That's classic,'' a smiling Hammel...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss
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