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Starlin Castro has been cleared of any involvement in a shooting in the Dominican Republic.

Six people were injured in the shooting, which took place early Saturday morning at a nightclub. While early reports indicated that Castro was arrested or detained, his agent, Paul Kinzer, said that he went to the police station voluntarily and video proved his innocence. Dominican police rep Jacobo Mateo Moquete later announced that Castro was free after being cleared of any wrongdoing.
Dec 27 - 9:50 PM

Cubs signed C David Ross to a two-year, $5 million contract.

The deal was agreed to last Friday and then finalized Tuesday evening after Ross passed his pre-signing physical. Ross has batted just .197/.276/.374 in 287 plate appearances since the beginning of the 2013 season, but the Cubs clearly value his defense and veteran leadership. The 37-year-old should be Miguel Montero's primary backup in 2015.
Dec 23 - 5:56 PM

Cubs claimed LHP Mike Kickham off waivers from the Giants.

Kickham's mainly a reliever, but has made several spot starts for the Giants over the last few seasons. In 28+ innings in 2013, he allowed 46 hits and struggled to the tune of a 10.16 ERA. He spent most of 2014 in Triple-A, where he compiled a 4.46 ERA. While he hasn't shown much in the majors, he could see some action with the Cubs if they need a lefty to fill relief innings.
Dec 23 - 2:07 PM

Cubs signed OF Adron Chambers to a minor league contract.

Chambers was most recently part of the Blue Jays' system, having been acquired in mid-season from the Astros. He hit .283/.351/.411 in Triple-A last season. Chambers will serve as organizational depth for the Cubs.
Dec 23 - 1:37 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Jason Motte's one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Cubs includes $2.5 million in potential incentives.

The deal appears to include incentives for games finished ($250,000 for 50-59 games finished) and appearances ($250,000 for 60 appearances, $250,000 for 65 appearances), which gives him a couple of different avenues depending on his role. The Cubs likely don't consider him a candidate for closer coming off a rough season, especially with some quality options already in-house, but things could change if his velocity bounces back to pre-Tommy John surgery level.
Dec 22 - 4:54 PM

Cubs sent RHP Donn Roach outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Chicago claimed Roach off waivers from the Padres in mid-November, but he was then removed from the Cubs' 40-man roster this past weekend to clear space for some newer acquisitions. The 25-year-old righty posted a 4.75 ERA across 30 1/3 innings in 2014 for San Diego.
Dec 22 - 2:07 PM

Cubs sent INF Logan Watkins outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Watkins was designated for assignment last week. He is a .233/.269/.301 career hitter in 110 major league plate appearances and is no longer on the Cubs' 40-man roster.
Dec 22 - 2:05 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that David Ross has agreed to a two-year, $5 million contract with the Cubs

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier Friday that Ross had signed with the Padres but then later retracted it. Ross has batted just .197/.276/.374 over the last two seasons, but his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff is valued. Signing Ross to be Miguel Montero's backup now allows the Cubs to field offers for Welington Castillo.
Dec 19 - 5:11 PM

Cubs designated RHP Donn Roach for assignment.

Roach was claimed off waivers by the Cubs last month. The 24-year-old right-hander had a 4.75 ERA and 17/15 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings in the majors last season.
Dec 19 - 3:09 PM

Cubs designated INF Logan Watkins for assignment.

Watkins, 25, has posted decent numbers in the minors but has hit just .233/.269/.301 over 110 plate appearances in the majors. He's versatile and young, so some team might claim him on waivers.
Dec 19 - 3:07 PM

David Ross told MLB Network Radio in an interview Friday that he does not have a deal with the Padres.

And CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has retracted his earlier report about Ross agreeing to terms with San Diego. It's possible Ross could still wind up with the Padres, but Heyman says he's considering the Cubs, as well.
Dec 19 - 1:26 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that David Ross will sign with the Padres.

Well, of course they are. The Padres already have two viable catchers in Derek Norris and Tim Federowicz and they now have a third. Federowicz is out of options, so it would seem another trade is coming. Ross has batted just .197/.276/.374 over the last two seasons, but his leadership and ability to handle a pitching staff is valued.
Dec 19 - 12:01 PM

Cubs signed RHP Jason Motte to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

The deal also contains $2.5 million worth of incentives for games finished. The Cubs plan to use Motte in a setup role, but he'll provide some insurance in case Hector Rondon struggles. Motte put up a 4.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 appearances for the Cardinals in 2014, but the hope is that he'll be able to regain his past form as he further distances himself from Tommy John surgery.
Dec 19 - 11:41 AM

Cubs signed RHP Anthony Carter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Carter, 28, spent most of last season in Japan but held a 3.47 ERA with 79 strikeouts over 62 1/3 innings at Triple-A for the Red Sox in 2013. He's never appeared in a major league game.
Dec 18 - 7:00 PM

According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, free agent catcher David Ross is deciding between the Red Sox, Cubs and Padres.

The Cubs are notable because a signing there would reunite Ross with buddy Jon Lester. Ross is 37 years old and his best days are behind him, but as a veteran backstop on a cheap deal, he provides a nice defensive presence.
Dec 17 - 3:08 PM


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