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Top 30 Prospects list reflects focus on pitching

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:50:13 EDT

After graduating all those talented hitters to the big leagues -- and trading two of the top five prospects on MLB Pipeline's current Top 100 list in Jimenez and Gleyber Torres -- the Cubs are trying to develop some pitching. Three of their best four prospects are international right-handers: Adbert Alzolay, Oscar de la Cruz and Jose Albertos. They also took college arms with 13 of their first 14 Draft picks in 2016 and their top five in 2017, including first-rounders Brendon Little and Alex Lange last June.

Schwarber, Happ expected for Cubs' ST opener

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:49:09 EDT

Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ are expected to play in the Cubs' first Cactus League game on Friday against their National League Central rivals, the Brewers. Left-hander Michael Roth, a non-roster invitee who has pitched for the Angels and Rangers, is scheduled to start.

Can Caratini crack Cubs as backup catcher?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:39:00 EDT

Manager Joe Maddon joked that this Spring Training will be more about the coaches than the players as new staff members match faces to names and learn the roster. But there are roster decisions to be made as well and some players to keep an eye on.

Cubs release details for regular-season tickets

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:21:39 EDT

The Chicago Cubs today announced details for purchasing single game tickets for the 2018 season. Single game tickets go on sale Friday, February 23, at 10 a.m. CST, and will be available on or by calling 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

Contreras earning respect as young leader

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:16:01 EDT

When Cubs pitcher Jon Lester got off to a slow start last season, Willson Contreras was worried.

Baez attentive to Maddon's wisdom

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:56:56 EDT

When Joe Maddon talks, Javier Baez listens. Baez told the Cubs manager that a conversation they had last year stuck with the infielder.

Cubs hosting Daley Plaza event for free tickets

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:43:08 EDT

Cubs fans in downtown Chicago on Thursday can spend their lunch hour trying to win tickets to 2018 games.

Cubs' Top 30 Prospects list

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:42:47 EDT

Who do the Cubs have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Chicago's Top 30 Prospects on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Watch.

Cubs coach Buss wears wild outfit to camp

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:15:16 EDT

Cubs coach wears wild outfit to Spring Training

Darvish impresses teammates with first live BP

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:10:46 EDT

Yu Darvish and Kyle Schwarber squared off for the first time since the National League Championship Series during a live batting practice session on Tuesday. In October, Darvish was on the Dodgers, but now he and Schwarber are teammates.

Children's hospital patients join Cubs at camp

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:57:03 EDT

The Cubs signed four new players for one day on Tuesday, welcoming patients from Advocate Children's Hospital in Chicago. The new additions were surprised with a trip to Spring Training.

All clubs to don Douglas caps for ST openers

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 19:46:29 EDT

All 30 Major League teams will wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball caps before their Spring Training games this weekend to show support for the Parkland, Fla., community and the Stoneman Douglas student body after the tragic shooting at the school on Feb. 14.

'18 Player Preview: Dominate your fantasy draft

Wed, 7 Feb 2018 17:19:23 EDT

From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the Cubs depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.

Ricketts eyes Series return as Cubs open camp

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:32:38 EDT

Even though the Cubs won their division and reached the National League Championship Series last season, chairman Tom Ricketts said he enjoyed the 2016 season more than last year. Cubs fans can understand why, since the team ended a 108-year drought in '16 by winning the World Series. What about this year?

Rizzo reflects on somber trip home

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:43:45 EDT

Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo said it was important for him to go home to Parkland, Fla., to be with family and neighbors after the horrific shooting at his high school last week in which 17 people were killed.

Let's paint, too? Maddon unveils more Cubs art

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:03:38 EDT

Manager Joe Maddon added to his Cubs-inspired art collection on Monday, revealing a painting of Mona Lisa wearing eye black, batting gloves and holding a bat, and another of Albert Einstein donning a jersey that says "Skip" and popping out of a box.

MLB announces pace of play initiatives for '18

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:41:47 EDT

Major League Baseball will implement new pace of play rules for the 2018 season, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday, but there will be no pitch clock this season.

Cub full circle: Hendricks, Chatwood reunited

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 12:53:00 EDT

The summer after their junior year in high school, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood played on a baseball travel team in southern California called the Southland Shockers. Back then, the two never thought they'd be teammates again. Now, Hendricks and Chatwood are reunited on the Cubs.

Zobrist: 'The hunger is back' in Cubs' WS chase

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:31:14 EDT

Ben Zobrist played on back-to-back championship teams with the Royals in 2015 and the Cubs in '16. Any advice for the Astros on how to deal with a World Series hangover this season?

Russell confident health will lead to breakout '18

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:36:32 EDT

Addison Russell heard the rumors. He knew the Cubs needed more pitching after the 2017 season and that there was a possibility one of the young position players might be traded.

Maddon: '18 Cubs rotation could be his best

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:11:43 EDT

When manager Joe Maddon and pitching coach Jim Hickey were together with the Rays, they never had a pitcher in their rotation who had signed a $100 million contract.

Schwarber, Chili find plenty of common ground

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:12:26 EDT

When Kyle Schwarber and new Cubs hitting coach Chili Davis met, the two realized they had a lot in common. That connection could help Schwarber this season.

Lester missing Lackey; righty 'probably done'

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:08:46 EDT

Jon Lester and John Lackey had a routine in camp where the two pitchers would arrive early and work out for 30 minutes on the elliptical machines together. They called it "extra credit." This spring, Lester's workout buddy isn't around camp.

Maddon lauds Rizzo for speech at prayer vigil

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:43:42 EDT

It was important for Anthony Rizzo to return home to to Parkland, Fla., to speak to friends and family after a horrific shooting at the Cubs first baseman's alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, manager Joe Maddon said Friday.

Reliever Simmons, Cubs agree to contract

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:24:32 EDT

Free-agent righty reliever Shae Simmons has agreed to a Major League split contract with the Cubs, the club announced on Friday.

Tearful Rizzo speaks at vigil for Florida victims

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 21:44:55 EDT

Standing on the same stage in the park where he has hosted a charity walk-a-thon, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo tearfully addressed a prayer vigil in his hometown of Parkland, Fla., on Thursday night following the tragic shooting at his alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Rizzo helps begin healing process in Florida

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:14:25 EDT

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Anthony Rizzo is the sports star to stand up, and splendidly.

Darvish 'focused' in first side session for Cubs

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:04:24 EDT

The Cubs' plan is to let Yu Darvish be himself.

Montgomery accepting of role in Cubs' bullpen

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:51:33 EDT

This offseason, Mike Montgomery prepared as if he would start for the Cubs, and he will continue to train as if he's in the rotation, even though the left-hander most likely will be a reliever on Opening Day.

Maddon using art to inspire Cubs this spring

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:11:48 EDT

Baseball players are artists, and manager Joe Maddon made that point when he met with the Cubs pitchers and catchers on Wednesday prior to the first workout, using art to present his 2018 themes in a colorful way.

Gimenez excited to work with Darvish again

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:30:15 EDT

Yu Darvish greeted Chris Gimenez with a big hug when the pitcher first arrived in Cubs camp on Tuesday, then poked fun at him.

Top 20 players who will shape NL Central race

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:00:00 EDT

These aren't necessarily the best players in the division, but they're the ones whose 2018 performance will be most vital to their teams' success this season, and seasons moving forward.

Darvish was Cubs' primary offseason target

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:05:37 EDT

The Cubs found not only another ace for their rotation but a very motivated one in Yu Darvish, who was formally introduced on Tuesday after signing a six-year, $126 million contract.

Montgomery remains in mix for rotation

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 19:43:01 EDT

The Cubs are approaching Spring Training as if they have a six-man starting staff, with Montgomery included among the six.

Cubs enter camp with 5 options in outfield mix

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:00:00 EDT

Joe Maddon likes to mix and match, and he has five outfielders to fit into three spots each game. This spring, it will be interesting to see how the Cubs balance playing time for Jason Heyward, Kyle Schwarber, Ben Zobrist, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr.

Former saves leader Smith among elite closers

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:58:52 EDT

Lee Smith established himself as one of baseball's most dominant closers during his 18-year Major League career.

Cubs extending netting at Wrigley Field

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:54:13 EDT

The netting at both the Cubs' Spring Training ballpark and Wrigley will extend to the outfield end of the dugouts.

Cubs sign Darvish to 6-year deal

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:20:51 EDT

Yu Darvish is officially a member of the Cubs. Darvish and the club completed a six-year deal on Tuesday, the club announced.

Cubs enter spring eyeing another October run

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:05:47 EDT

The position players are set. There's a new closer. And there's going to be a new starter in camp in Yu Darvish. The emphasis this spring for Cubs manager Joe Maddon will be making sure they have enough depth to get to the postseason for a fourth straight year.

Darvish fulfills Theo's desire to add pitching

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:55:57 EDT

At the end of last season, Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein acknowledged his team needed more pitching. He even said he was willing to move some of the Cubs' young position players to get it. Instead, the Cubs were able to hang onto their talented core.