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A Look Back at the Cubs Off-Season as Pitchers and Catchers Report to Spring Training

Doesn’t it seem like a lot longer than just 144 days since Jed Hoyer’s San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 9-2? Ryan Dempster took the loss on the final day of the 2011 season. Starlin Castro ran his hitting streak to 11 games in the loss and reached base for the 40th game in […]

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Weekend Update … Non-Roster Invites, Rumors and Matt Garza

The week following the convention was a busy seven days for the Chicago Cubs. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer avoided arbitration with six of the seven arbitration eligible players for the upcoming season … only Matt Garza remains unsigned. The Cubs continued to sign free agents to minor league contracts. News surfaced Friday that the […]

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Aramis Ramirez Earned His Cubs’ Contract

Aramis Ramirez had worn out his welcome in Chicago. Injury-filled seasons in 2009 and 2010 left fans restless with the aging third baseman. That 2011 began with Ramirez hitting just two home runs over the first two months of the season didn’t help. While his slash line of .288/.351/.396 wasn’t terrible, it lacked the power […]

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A Full Field of Cubs Rumors and Notes

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have said countless times they like keeping their decisions close to the vest. And while not much is coming out of the offices at 1060 West Addison, the Cubs continue to be connected to free agents and linked to possible trades. Most think the Cubs are interested in Prince Fielder, […]

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Is Garza Trade Bait or In Line for an Extension? … and Other Cubs News and Notes

The Cubs took care of a little business on Monday and created a roster spot in the process. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer tendered contracts to six of the team’s seven salary arbitration players (three-six years of service time). Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart, Blake DeWitt, Jeff Baker, Randy Wells and Matt Garza were all tendered […]

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Aramis Ramirez Agrees to Three-Year Deal with Brewers

According to multiple reports, Aramis Ramirez has agreed to a three-year deal with the Brewers believed to be worth between $34-$37 million. The Cubs will receive a sandwich pick in the 2012 draft after offering salary arbitration to Aramis Ramirez.

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Will Fielder End Up with the Cubs? … and Other News and Notes

The baseball world is still buzzing about Albert Pujols’ decision to spend the next decade on the West Coast. In between talking all things Pujols, the speculation of which team could land Prince Fielder continues to pick up steam. And, despite Theo Epstein’s recent statement about the Cubs not having enough money to sign him, […]

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Winter Meetings Day Three: Cubs Rumored to Be Working on Moves

The final full day of the Winter Meetings in Dallas came and went without the Cubs making any moves. Leading up to baseball’s annual gathering, most thought Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer would be among the most active over the three-day period. The Cubs made a lot of noise while denying most of it and […]

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From the Wire … Ramirez and Pena Decline Salary Arbitration

Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena declined salary arbitration from the Cubs prior to Wednesday’s deadline. The Cubs’ front office offered arbitration to both players in order to receive compensation in next June’s draft. Ramirez and Pena are Type-B free agents and once they sign elsewhere the Cubs will receive sandwich picks (round between first and […]

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