Player News - Cubs

Date: Team: Pos:

Cubs sent OF Jacob Hannemann outright to Triple-A Iowa.

He's now off the 40-man roster. Hannemann, 26, hit .240/.312/.372 with 29 steals between Double- and Triple-A in 2017.
Nov 20 - 8:28 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of INF/OF David Bote from Double-A Tennessee.

Bote, 24, hit .272/.353/.438 with 14 homers for Tennessee this past season. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 8:26 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of RHP Oscar De La Cruz from High-A Myrtle Beach.

De La Cruz, 22, held a 3.46 ERA and 47/13 K/BB ratio across 54 2/3 frames for Myrtle Beach in 2017. He now can't be selected in the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 8:24 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of RHP Adbert Alzolay from Double-A Tennessee.

One of the better pitching prospects in the game, Alzolay held a 2.99 ERA and 108/34 K/BB ratio over 114 1/3 innings between High- and Double-A this season. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 8:22 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers are showing interest in free agent right-hander Jake Arrieta.

Morosi notes that the Brewers are looking for top-of-the-rotation help with Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) sidelined and that the club has the payroll flexibility to make an impact move. Arrieta will be 32 years old next season, but it's not crazy to think that his agent, Scott Boras, will push for a four-year deal worth around $100 million.
Nov 20 - 11:07 AM

RHP Wade Davis rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

It was a formality, as Davis is the top reliever hitting the free agent market this offseason and is set to receive a big multi-year contract. He put up a 2.30 ERA and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings while notching 32 saves for the Cubs in 2017.
Nov 17 - 11:29 AM

RHP Jake Arrieta rejected the Cubs' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

He's now officially a free agent. Arrieta will turn 32 before Opening Day next season, but he is still in line to receive a big multi-year contract on the market this winter.
Nov 17 - 11:23 AM

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer hasn't ruled out the possibility of John Lackey returning to the team next season.

"It's certainly something we're going to talk about," said Hoyer. Jon Lester hinted toward the end of the regular season that Lackey could be retiring, but he's not ready to walk away just yet. The 39-year-old posted a 4.59 ERA and 149/53 K/BB ratio over 170 2/3 innings this season. The Cubs are expected to be in the market for starting pitching this offseason, so they are willing to be flexible here.
Nov 14 - 4:14 PM

Henry Blanco has been named the Nationals' bullpen coach.

Blanco had spent the last couple of years as a quality control coach with the Cubs and will now follow Davey Martinez to Washington. The 46-year-old former catcher ended his playing career in 2013.
Nov 14 - 12:54 PM

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday that the team is not shopping Jason Heyward.

There was some chatter last week that the Giants and Cubs might be working on something involving Heyward, but it sounds like no actual discussions ever took place. "That whole rumor was out of nowhere with zero base for truth," Hoyer said. "I think Jason has done a great job for us on defense, in the clubhouse, on the bases. He hasn’t been offensively where he was before getting to us, but he’ll get there. He’ll keep working hard. There is no point in going into hypotheticals." Heyward has batted just .243/.315/.353 in 268 games since signing an eight-year, $184 million contract with Chicago, but he has also earned two Gold Glove Awards in two seasons.
Nov 14 - 11:27 AM

Mark Anderson of Baseball Prospectus reports that the Tigers are still awaiting the player to be named later to finalize the deal that sent Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs at the trade deadline.

The Tigers in return received Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes and a player to be named later or cash considerations. As it turns out, rather than just getting cash in the package, the Tigers will receive a third player in the swap. Wilson wound up struggling down the stretch for the Cubs and was held off of their roster for the NLCS.
Nov 12 - 5:51 PM

Leonys Martin has elected free agency.

Rather than accept his outright assignment to Triple-A Iowa, Martin will seek a new home on the open market. He hit just .172/.232/.281 in 128 at-bats with the Cubs in 2017. He's an extremely skilled defender and has an intriguing blend of power and speed, so there should be plenty of clubs willing to give him another shot.
Nov 11 - 8:35 AM

Brandon Hyde has been named the Cubs' new bench coach.

Hyde played professionally in the White Sox organization from 1997-2001 before serving as a coach and manager at various levels of the Marlins' minor league system. He then took the bench coach job under former Cubs manager Rick Renteria before moving to first base coach when Joe Maddon was brought aboard. Hyde had been offered the Mets' bench coach position earlier this offseason, but Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic says the Cubs "stepped up to keep him."
Nov 9 - 11:02 AM

Sources tell Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that free agent John Lackey intends to pitch in 2018.

Cubs teammate Jon Lester hinted toward the end of the regular season that 2017 would likely be Lackey's final year, but the veteran right-hander apparently isn't quite ready to hang it up. Lackey, 39, registered a 4.59 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 149/53 K/BB ratio across 170 2/3 innings this summer with Chicago before being relegated to long relief duties during the postseason. He's earned more than $140 million in his 15-year major league career, so he'll probably care more about joining a contender than seeking the richest contract possible. It'll probably be a one-year deal wherever he lands.
Nov 7 - 7:44 PM

Cubs extended a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer to RHP Wade Davis.

It might be around what Davis will get annually this winter, but he'll get a multi-year contract somewhere. The closer posted a 2.30 ERA and 79/28 K/BB ratio over 58 2/3 innings this season in his lone year with the Cubs.
Nov 6 - 5:35 PM


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