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Cubs recalled LHP Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa.

Rusin has allowed six runs in 8 2/3 innings this season for Chicago. He will pitch in middle relief.
Jul 30 - 5:50 PM

Cubs acquired LHP Felix Doubront from the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Doubront posted a rough 6.07 ERA and 1.60 WHIP in 59 1/3 innings this season for Boston and asked for a trade request when the Red Sox pulled him from the rotation. He has good raw stuff and should get a chance to start in Chicago, but the lefty remains a poor fantasy bet.
Jul 30 - 5:48 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Cubs have an agreement in place to acquire Felix Doubront from the Red Sox for a player to be named later.

Doubront has fallen out of favor in Boston, but he should get his wish to start again with the Cubs. The lefty holds a career 4.82 ERA, but he's just 26 and has a career 8.1 K/9 rate, so it's probably worth a shot for Chicago to see if he can right the ship in the National League.
Jul 30 - 3:14 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Orioles and Giants are interested in Emilio Bonifacio.

Both clubs are looking for help against left-handed pitching, and Bonifacio is sporting an OPS over 1.000 from the right side of the plate this season. He's being paid $3.5 million this year and will be a free agent this winter and shouldn't cost a whole lot.
Jul 30 - 2:43 PM

Cubs prospect RHP Pierce Johnson allowed two runs on five hits in six innings Tuesday for Double-A Tennessee, striking out eight batters.

Though he also walked three batters in the outing, Johnson has now struck out eight in back-to-back starts. The 22-year-old has been rolling since coming off the disabled list earlier this month, as he’s registered a 1.87 ERA and 35-16 strikeout-to-walk ratio over his last six starts. However, even though the right-hander’s 2.90 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings looks good on paper, it’s hard to overlook the fact he’s also walked 43 batters during that span. Johnson has the potential to be a solid back-end starter in the major leagues, but he’ll need to improve both his control and command before getting a crack at the highest level.
Jul 30 - 1:21 PM

Cubs prospect C/OF Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBI on Tuesday for High-A Daytona.

After breezing through the Short Season and Low-A levels to begin his professional career, Schwarber, the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft, has come back to earth at Daytona, where he's batting .265/.387/.408 with three extra-base hits through 14 games. The left-handed hitter's home run Tuesday was his 10th of the season and first since July 18. Between all three stops, Schwarber is batting .362/.451/.638 with 10 home runs, 10 doubles, 35 RBI and a 29-23 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 42 games.
Jul 30 - 12:13 PM

Cubs prospect 3B Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with a home run on Tuesday for Triple-A Iowa.

The home run was Bryant's 34th of the season and first since July 18. The 22-year-old slugger has cooled off this month, at least by his standards, with a .297/.390/.571 batting line and six home runs through 26 games. In June, Bryant hit six home runs in 12 games. Overall, he's batting .339/.437/.682 with 34 home runs, 30 doubles, 88 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 106 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.
Jul 30 - 12:07 PM

MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Athletics and Giants are "sifting through" potential options at second base, including Luis Valbuena, Asdrubal Cabrera, Aaron Hill, Martin Prado and Gordon Beckham.

With Chase Utley not expected to be traded, the above group is the best of the lot for contenders looking to upgrade at second base. Of the five, only Hill and Beckham list second as their main position. However, all have plenty of experience at the keystone. The D'Backs appear much more willing to deal Hill than Prado.

Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards (shoulder) is expected to return to Double-A Tennessee this week.

Edwards made a successful rehab start on Monday for rookie-level Mesa and will now rejoin the rotation at Tennessee. The right-hander had a 2.61 ERA, 1.065 WHIP, and 20/8 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings for the Smokies before his shoulder began bothering him in late April. He should make it to Chicago sometime in 2015.
Jul 29 - 5:56 PM

Cubs placed RHP Neil Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list with a sore right triceps muscle.

Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Iowa last week, but that has now been voided because of this triceps injury. The 25-year-old right-hander has registered a brilliant 0.96 ERA and 36/10 K/BB ratio in 28 innings of relief this season out of the Chicago bullpen.
Jul 29 - 5:39 PM

Cubs prospect shortstop Addison Russell went 4-for-6 with a double for Double-A Tennessee on Monday, raising his line to .303/.338/.579.

Russell has hits in each of his last five games, hitting .480/.480/.920 with two doubles and three home runs. He has the potential to hit .300 with 15-20 home runs and 15-20 stolen bases, which would make him a top 25 player in fantasy baseball. The Cubs have begun the process of moving Javier Baez to second base, and Russell could be in Chicago as soon as early-2015.
Jul 29 - 9:14 AM

Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora went 4-for-6 with a double for Double-A Tennessee on Monday.

Almora was 1-for-19 through his first four games in the Southern League, but he broke out in a big way. After a slow start to the season, Almora was hitting everything prior to his promotion from High-A Daytona. He has the potential to hit .300, but it would be nice to see improved pitch selectivity going forward.
Jul 29 - 9:09 AM

Tsuyoshi Wada allowed just one run over seven innings to beat the Rockies on Monday.

Well, technically it was the Rockies, though it's little more than a skeleton crew at the moment. Wada allowed five hits, walked one and struck out six in a much better outing than the one he had last week against the Padres. He's still a weak play in NL-only leagues right now.
Jul 28 - 11:41 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs have "rebuffed inquiries" from the Yankees and others for Justin Ruggiano.

Heyman says the Cubs plan to hang on to both Ruggiano and Chris Coghlan, as they value their bats next year more than the second-tier prospect that they'd receive in return. Both Ruggiano and Coghlan are under team control through 2016.
Jul 28 - 11:24 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Emilio Bonifacio is "drawing interest."

It makes sense, as Bonifacio isn't part of the Cubs' long-term plans and he could be valuable on a contending team as a utility player. The speedster is batting .271/.312/.353 with 14 steals over 68 games this season. Heyman says that the Cubs also figure to shop left-handed relievers James Russell and Wesley Wright.
Jul 28 - 11:17 PM


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