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Chicago Cubs: The 2016 World Series Film is a must have for Cubs fans

It has been a month since the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. Having to scratch and claw their way out from a 3-1 deficit against the Cleveland Indians wasn’t easy. And it tested the minds of Cubs’ fans around the world. However, we all know how this story ends. The Chicago Cubs, who appeared […] Chicago Cubs: The 2016 World Series Film is a must have for Cubs fans - Cubbies...
Via Cubbies Crib
4 hours ago

Cubs Happenings Since the Last Time We Had Time To Blog

It’s been a very busy time for us real life folks, and it’s getting to the busy time in the offseason for the Chicago Cubs and Major League Baseball, too.  After a stressful job as I try to reach dees keeds, and the shenanigans that happened just down the street from where I live, blogging while binging old TV shows is quite a release.  So I think it’s time to get back to...
Via World Series Dreaming
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Cubs and LHP Brian Duensing agree to $2 million, 1-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs and left-hander Brian Duensing have agreed to a one-year contract, giving manager Joe Maddon a versatile new reliever for the bullpen. The reigning World Series champions also offered 2017 contracts to right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta, Justin Grimm, Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop. Duensing's contract is for $2 million, according to a person with...
Via Associated Press
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs add another southpaw to their bullpen in Duensing

The Chicago Cubs may end up missing a few southpaws from their bullpen following their World Series win. Thankfully, free agent opens up an opportunity to fill specific needs. Today, Theo and Jed found a solution. It may not be a huge improvement to the bullpen but the Chicago Cubs need arms. As many arms […] Chicago Cubs add another southpaw to their bullpen in Duensing - Cubbies...
Via Cubbies Crib
7 hours ago

Arrieta among 4 Cubs headed to arbitration

As expected, the Cubs on Friday tendered contracts to all four of their arbitration-eligible players, including Jake Arrieta. But they non-tendered four pre-arbitration players to make room on the 40-man roster ahead of next week's Winter Meetings.
Via Cubs.com
8 hours ago

Cubs reach 1-year deal with LHP Duensing

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year deal with left-hander Brian Duensing. The contract is worth $2 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team did not disclose contract terms Friday. Duensing went 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA in 14 relief appearances for the Baltimore Orioles last season. He pitched...
Via Associated Press
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Hoyer: Cubs Will Be Aggressive in Addressing Pitching Needs

Now that the CBA has been buttoned up, it’s time to move on to what is perhaps the most fun and exciting portion the non-baseball-playing calendar: the Winter Meetings. Even as temperatures are dropping, the river of transactions is now starting to thaw in earnest. It’ll soon grow to a flood of activity on which we can surf all the way to Spring Training. As the Cubs are concerned...
Via Cubs Insider
12 hours ago

For Cubs, winter meetings will be all about the hunt for pitching 

The Cubs may have a World Series championship, but their hunt for pitching will never cease, especially with the MLB winter meetings are about to kick off.
Via CSN Chicago
13 hours ago

Fowler, Chapman keep tabs on talks from afar

Straight from the euphoria of being part of perhaps the most historic championship team of all-time to the reality of free agency, closer Aroldis Chapman and center fielder Dexter Fowler are having some fun in the sun this weekend at David Ortiz's Celebrity Golf Classic.
Via Cubs.com
13 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Leadoff spot a huge question mark for Joe Maddon

The Chicago Cubs entered the offseason knowing they were going to have to do some work. Despite ending the year as World Series champions, their journey has only just begun. We all had a feeling that a few key pieces to this Chicago Cubs championship roster were going to move on. First, it all started […] Chicago Cubs: Leadoff spot a huge question mark for Joe Maddon - Cubbies...
Via Cubbies Crib
15 hours ago

Player Profile: Kris Bryant

Position: Third base…or wherever 2016 Stats: .292/.385/.554, .350 TAv, 9.1 WARP Year in Review: Kris Bryant has made a habit of landing on short lists. So short, in fact, they only include his name. He did it on June 27 in Cincinnati, becoming the first player in history to hit three home runs and two […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Transaction Analysis: Chicago`s Miami Connection by Jared Wyllys, Jeffrey Paternostro and Brendan Gawlowski

Jon Jay`s arrival in Chicago means Dexter Fowler is going elsewhere, and the Braves and Mariners make a minors trade.
Via Baseball Prospectus
1 day ago  |  Discuss

How Jon Jay helps fill leadership void within Cubs clubhouse

Jon Jay raved about Albert Almora Jr.’s game when he met with Cubs executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer at Swift & Sons, the West
Via CSN Chicago
1 day ago

Report: Nats feel Aroldis Chapman is too expensive

It looks like we can cross one team off the list of Aroldis Chapman suitors. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Thursday, the Washington Nationals think that Chapman is too rich for their taste and will instead aim to re-sign fellow closer Mark Melancon, who impressed on the mound and in the clubhouse after they acquired him last trade deadline. nats believe...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Cubs' Kyle Schwarber receives hero's welcome from Indiana basketball fans

World Series champion Kyle Schwarber brought a little bit of that Cubs magic to Bloomington on Wednesday night.Before the Hoosiers' 76-67 upset oft he No.
Via CSN Chicago
1 day ago

Lester amusingly rips himself for inability to throw to first

Jon Lester has a major problem with throwing to first base, but at least the Chicago Cubs ace has a sense of humor about it. Lester’s problems throwing to first gained a lot of attention after he signed a $155 million contract with the Cubs. He basically stopped trying to hold runners on beginning in 2012, and he has made some embarrassing errors throwing to first on balls in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Gingerbread replica of Wrigley Field weighs in at 400 pounds

An Illinois chef figured out a delightfully delicious way to pay tribute to the Chicago Cubs breaking their 108-year-old World Series drought while keeping in the spirit of the upcoming holiday season: Creating a “gingerbread house” celebrating the Cubs’ beloved ballpark. And let’s just say said chef pulled out all the stops — and spared no effort — while creating...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 11/30: Walton, Luongo and Bo

Happy birthday to Bill Walsh, Bo Jackson, Ivan Rodriguez and Shane Victorino. On this date in 1991, the U.S. Women's National Team won the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup 2-1 over Norway.Around the League:  How did an old Nintendo game like Stadium Events become one of the rarest game collectables in the world? No one quite knows, but it changes people's lives. [ESPN Magazine...
Via Yardbarker
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs sign OF Jon Jay to one-year contract

The defending World Series champs worked quick to replace an imminent departure from their title winning squad. The Chicago Cubs reportedly signed veteran outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year, $8 million contract on Tuesday. Cubs agree to terms with OF Jon Jay on 1-year, $8 million contract. — Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) November 29, 2016 Jay, 31, will likely be called on to replace...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Where are these Best New Artist Grammys winners now?

Winning a Grammy Award is the formal mountaintop of music. Winning Best New Artist is supposed to be a musician's coming out party—I have arrived!—and generally, that has been the case. But there have been a few who got a taste of the top and then disappeared for various reasons. Nothing is guaranteed, the world keeps telling us, and especially in the cutthroat music industry...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – Chicago Cubs

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the Chicago Cubs. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Washington. Batters The present document...
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

An International Draft Serves Only the Owners

The Cubs’ World Series championship would not have been possible without the contributions of several international free agent signings. Six of the 25 players on the World Series roster arrived in American professional baseball as international free agents, and two of them (Willson Contreras and Jorge Soler) initially signed with the Cubs. While Contreras made […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs are paying a lot of money to repair Grant Park after their World Series rally

In case any of you have forgotten, the Cubs won the World Series. I haven’t forgotten, which probably isn’t a surprise considering where my fan allegiances lie. Chicago hasn’t forgotten either, because some parts of the city are still putting things back together after the raucous championship celebrations. (They even dyed the Chicago River blue, which…shouldn’t it always...
Via The Comeback
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs to pay $388,000 for repairs following World Series celebration

The celebration the Cubs held following their World Series victory will cost the team a hefty amount. Millions celebrated the Cubs’ World Series victory over the Indians with a parade through Chicago that ended at Grant Park. It was there that Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon, and players addressed the crowd. The day was certainly one the city soon won’t forget. However...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago’s Curse Is Broken: What’s Next?

Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon recently accomplished a feat no other tandem of manager and front office executive have done for the Chicago Cubs in the last 108 years: win a World Series.Epstein’s accomplishments should not be overshadowed by the Cubs 108 year drought alone, as Epstein has ended a collective 194 years of droughts between the Cubs and Boston Red Sox. He did so with...
Via The Sports Quotient
12 days ago  |  Discuss
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