The Cubs like Chris Gimenez for his veteran experience to help their catching depth. It doesn’t hurt that he once was Yu Darvish’s personal catcher.
The Cubs return one of last year’s most reliable relievers for $7 million, pending a physical.
The Cubs hired their new hitting coach with their entire roster of young hitters in mind, but Davis’ specific approach might mesh with Heyward.
A pair of pending media mergers and a growing number of streamed-content distributors could create robust bidding for Cubs’ 2020 TV rights.
Ricketts denies collusion is behind this winter’s slow free agent market. Next year’s super class could provide the best proof.
Cubs president Theo Epstein hopes to add another pitcher even if it takes until spring training. Alex Cobb and Yu Darvish are among the targets.
Bryant avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a salary of $10.85 million that broke Ryan Howard’s 2008 record for a first-time eligible player.
Four other Cubs avoided arbitration with deals: Hendricks ($4.175 million), Wilson ($4.25 million), Russell ($3.2 million) and La Stella ($950,000).
It’s Cubs Convention weekend. Do you know who your Cubs starting pitchers are for 2018? Your closer? Do the Cubs?
The Cubs’ new pitching coach expects the team to keep pursuing the likes of Cobb and Darvish, but “if we had to go to war [now] I’d take my chances.”
Until further notice, the Cubs’ closer for 2018 figures to be Brandon Morrow. Meanwhile, they’re trying to land one more proven starting pitcher.
Darvish has been widely considered the higher-value free agent starter at the top of the market, but Arrieta makes at least an intriguing case.
The Cubs wanted Darvish six years ago as a free agent out of Japan but couldn’t compete financially because of the leveraged team purchase.
The Cubs filled two bullpen needs during the Winter Meetings with free-agent signings and hope to land another starter soon.
The 31-year-old right-hander had a 2.01 ERA in 49 appearances as a setup man last season for the Mariners and Rays.