From the Wire: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Travis Wood

According to multiple reports, the Cubs and Travis Wood have avoided arbitration. Wood agreed to a one-year contract for the upcoming season worth $3.9 million. The two sides were not able to agree to a deal prior to last Friday’s deadline to file salary arbitration numbers. Wood filed at $4.25 million and the Cubs submitted […]

From the Wire: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Pedro Strop, Exchange Arb Figures with Four Players

Theo Epstein announced prior to the start of the convention the Cubs had avoided arbitration with Pedro Strop and signed him to a one-year contract worth $1.325 million. The Cubs acquired Pedro Strop along with Jake Arrieta from the Orioles for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger last July. Pedro Strop was very good with the Cubs […]

From the Wire: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Nate Schierholtz and James Russell

According to a report from Jerry Crasnick, the Cubs avoided arbitration with Nate Schierholtz and have signed the outfielder to a one-year contract worth $5 million. The Cubs and Schierholtz agreed to the one-year contract that was expected for the final season he will be under team control. The report did not indicate if an […]

From the Wire: Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Luis Valbuena

According to a report from Joel Sherman, the Cubs have avoided arbitration with infielder Luis Valbuena. The Cubs and Valbuena agreed to a one-year contract for $1.71 million. Sherman’s report did not indicated if the one-year deal with Valbuena includes an incentives package. Luis Valbuena nearly doubled his 2013 salary of $930,000 in his second […]

A-Lot for the Cubs in the Week A-Head

The conversation throughout the game quickly shifted when the 162-game suspension for Alex Rodriguez was announced Saturday. Rodriguez is banned for the entire 2014 season and post-season but is planning to report to Spring Training with the Yankees. Rodriguez is going to fight the arbitrator’s decision and seek an injunction in Federal Court in the […]

Resetting the Cubs Off-Season in the New Year

While Jeff Samardzija and Masahiro Tanaka garnered most of the attention throughout the holidays, the Cubs have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting on Feb. 13. The team has eight arbitration eligible players without a contract for next season.  Teams were showing interest in […]

The Tanaka Watch Continues and Other Cubs News and Notes

Despite the reports on Thursday morning, the Rakuten Golden Eagles have not made a decision on whether or not they will post Masahiro Tanaka this winter. Most still think he will be made available to Major League teams this off-season, but it is pretty clear that no one, not even Tanaka, knows at this point. […]

Rakuten Golden Eagles Trying to Persuade Masahiro Tanaka to Stay in Japan

Masahiro Tanaka wants to pitch in the majors next season and would like for his team to post him this winter. But the Rakuten Golden Eagles do not want to see their star pitcher leave and are reportedly offering him a significant pay increase to stay in Japan. A report from Japan on Wednesday night […]

Baseball’s Hot Stove is Heating Up and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Winter Meetings are less than a week away and Monday was a good preview of what is expected to be a busy three days in Orlando throughout the game. There was more player movement on Monday and teams decided to part ways with several players prior to Monday’s deadline to tender contracts for the […]

Cubs Tender Contracts to Seven Players and Non-Tender Bard, Gamel and Lim

The Cubs tendered contracts to seven of the 11 arbitration eligible players prior to Monday’s deadline, and avoided arbitration with both George Kottaras and Donnie Murphy. The Cubs did not offer contracts to RHP Daniel Bard, IF/OF Mat Gamel and RHP Chang-Yong Lim. With Monday’s roster moves, the 40-man roster currently stands at 37 players.