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Date: Team: Pos:

Cubs claimed RHP Gonzalez Germen off waivers from the Rangers.

German has been a popular commodity this winter, going from the Mets to the Yankees and then to the Rangers before arriving now with the Cubs. He boasts a career 4.31 ERA over 64 2/3 innings with the Mets and will have an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Cubs' Opening Day bullpen.
Jan 23 - 7:11 PM

Cubs and OF Dexter Fowler avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract.

It's $150,000 below the midpoint of figures exchanged last week between Fowler and the Astros. Fowler hit .276/.375/.399 with eight homers, 35 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 116 games last season for Houston and is expected to patrol center field in Chicago. He's currently slated to hit free agency next offseason.
Jan 23 - 12:50 PM

Javier Baez is 0-for-9 with six strikeouts so far in the Puerto Rican Winter League playoffs.

And he struck out 21 times in 43 at-bats during the regular season for Santurce. Baez has rare bat speed, but his whiff rate was eye-popping last season in the majors and the trend has continued in winter ball. He's a difficult player to project for the 2015 fantasy season.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 22 - 11:30 AM

Rangers designated RHP Gonzalez Germen for assignment.

The Rangers recently acquired Germen from the Yankees for cash considerations on Tuesday. However, the club needed to make room on the 40-man roster for catcher Carlos Corporan, acquired from the Astros on Wednesday. Germen has a career 4.31 ERA and a 64/30 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings compiled over parts of two seasons with the Mets.
Jan 21 - 12:14 PM

Rangers acquired RHP Gonzalez Germen from the Yankees for cash considerations.

Germen was pushed off the Yankees' 40-man roster last week to clear a spot for Chris Martin. Germen, 27, owns a 4.31 ERA and 64/30 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 major league innings. He will be battling for a spot in the Rangers' Opening Day bullpen this spring.
Jan 20 - 5:40 PM

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that moving Luis Valbuena in the Dexter Fowler deal doesn't change Kris Bryant's timetable to the majors.

"It’s totally independent," said Hoyer. "Kris’ development is independent of any move we made today. We have a number of guys who will be working at third [this spring]." As for where the Cubs could turn as a stopgap, they plan to use Mike Olt, Tommy La Stella, and even Arismendy Alcantara or Javier Baez at third base in the spring. However, it's clear that Bryant isn't far off from the big leagues. We still expect him to arrive at some point during the first half.

Cubs acquired OF Dexter Fowler from the Astros for LHP Dan Straily and INF Luis Valbuena.

Fowler hit .276/.375/.399 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 116 games last season. The slugging number was a career-low for the 29-year-old, who missed a large chunk of games with various injuries. At his best, he gets on base at a good clip (career OBP of .366) and provides a fair bit of speed (19 steals in 2013). His bat isn't strong enough for him to be considered more than a slightly above-average fantasy option.
Jan 19 - 10:52 AM

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Saturday that Javier Baez "has to earn his playing time."

"He has to earn his playing time, I don’t think there’s any question," Hoyer said. "He’s got a new manager and some new coaches to impress." Baez slugged nine homers over 229 plate appearances in the majors last season, but he also hit just .169/.227/.324 overall and struck out a whopping 95 times. The upside is undeniable, but the 22-year-old has some adjustments to make and has worked this winter with new hitting coach John Mallee on tweaking his swing. Baez is the odds-on favorite to start at second base on Opening Day, but his name isn't etched into stone. Tommy La Stella represents an alternative at the position.
Jan 18 - 9:43 AM

Cubs signed RHP Daniel Bard to a minor league contract.

It's been a rough few years for Bard, who allowed 13 earned runs in four appearances with the Rangers' Low-A affiliate last year before being released. The 29-year-old once had a bright future, though, and he'll have a chance to win a bullpen job with the Cubs in spring.
Jan 17 - 6:30 PM

Cubs signed LHP Francisley Bueno to a minor league deal.

Bueno was non-tendered by the Royals despite a terrific 2.98 ERA over 60 1/3 innings. He will compete for a spot in the Cubs bullpen.
Jan 17 - 2:15 PM

Pedro Strop requested $3 million and was offered $2 million from the Cubs when arbitration figures were exchanged.

MLBTradeRumors.com seems to fall near the midpoint, projecting Strop to earn $2.4 million. The 29-year-old did a tremendous job out of the Cubs bullpen in 2014, compiling a 2.21 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 71/25 K/BB ratio over 61 innings. He makes for a nice late-round flier for those speculating on saves.
Jan 16 - 10:42 PM

Dexter Fowler requested $10.8 million and was offered $8.5 million from the Astros when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

MLBTradeRumors.com projects Fowler to earn $9 million which is much closer to the team's figure than it is to the 28-year-old outfielder's. Fowler's first season in Houston was a bit of a disappointment, as he slashed just .276/.375/.399 with eight homers and 35 RBI in 116 contests.
Jan 16 - 9:03 PM

Cubs and LHP Travis Wood avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.685 million contract.

It's a substantial raise for Wood even though he's coming off a disappointing season. The left-hander is a good bet to bounce back, however, following last year's 5.03 ERA.
Jan 16 - 2:39 PM

Cubs and RHP Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.63 million contract.

MLBTradeRumors.com had projected Arrieta to earn $4.1 million in his first year of arbitration. The right-hander had a big breakout season for the Cubbies in 2014, posting a 2.53 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 167/41 K/BB ratio in 156 2/3 innings. He'll serve as the team's No. 2 starter behind Jon Lester in 2015.
Jan 16 - 12:59 PM

Cubs and C Welington Castillo avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.1 million contract.

It's a sizable raise for the backstop in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Castillo is currently without a job after the Cubs traded for Miguel Montero and signed David Ross. He'd be best off getting dealt elsewhere.
Jan 16 - 11:01 AM


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