Player News - Cubs

Date: Team: Pos:

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, free agent Jason Hammel was "in talks with the Mariners" when he switched agents in late December.

Hammel moved his representation from Octagon to ACES, and his new reps at ACES apparently didn't approve of Seattle's offer. Now that ship has probably sailed. The veteran right-hander is struggling to attract significant interest on the free agent market this winter despite recording 15 wins and a 3.83 ERA in 30 starts last season for the World Series-champion Cubs. There are obviously real concerns about his elbow.
Jan 19 - 9:53 AM

Cubs claimed RHP Dylan Floro off waivers from the Rays.

Floro was designated for assignment last week after the Rays plucked Jason Coats off waivers from the White Sox. The 26-year-old posted a 4.20 ERA in 12 appearances with the Rays last season and put up a 2.88 ERA with a stingy 40/9 K/BB ratio over 50 innings in Triple-A.
Jan 17 - 2:03 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today confirms the Padres have signed Trevor Cahill to a one-year, $1.75 million contract.

Nightengale notes that the Pirates, Blue Jays, Reds, and Rangers also made offers to Cahill, but the 28-year-old right-hander wants another shot at starting and San Diego offers the best possible path to a major league rotation spot. Cahill posted a 2.74 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, and 66/35 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings (one start, 49 relief appearances) last season for the Cubs. He'll have to sort out his recent control problems to flourish with the Friars.
Jan 16 - 9:30 AM

Jason Heyward has spent the offseason trying to recapture the swing he used in 2012.

2012 was Heyward's high-water mark offensively as he clubbed a career-high 27 home runs while adding 82 RBI. "He’s trying to mirror the swing he had then," said hitting coach John Mallee, who has worked extensively with Heyward this offseason. "Right now the path is not the same it was then. It’s not making a change. It’s getting him back to who he was." The 27-year-old bottomed out last season, hitting just .230 with seven homers and 49 RBI. He's entering the second year of an eight-year, $184 million contract.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 14 - 11:24 PM

Cubs hired David Ross as a special assistant to baseball operations.

Ross isn't playing for the Cubs anymore but he's not going far. The 39-year-old will stick around in a front office role, though it's unclear what his responsibilities will be. "I don’t even know what I’m doing," Ross admitted. "They offered to help me grow in my baseball knowledge and try to learn different aspects of what goes on in the organization. I’m really going to be listening." Jon Lester's personal catcher hit .229 with 10 homers this past season.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 14 - 7:53 PM

Jake Arrieta was noncommittal when asked about his future with the Cubs.

Arrieta is in the final year of his contract and doesn't sound overly optimistic about signing an extension. "If it happens, it happens," said Arrieta. "I don’t know where we stand. I really don’t. We do have some time to maybe work something out. If it doesn’t, I will become a free agent." Arrieta had another outstanding year in 2016, though his growing walk rate is a cause for concern. He turns 31 in March.
Source: CBS Chicago
Jan 14 - 7:39 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, free agent Shane Victorino has a contract offer on the table.

Cafardo wouldn't specify which team the offer came from, but in all likelihood it would be a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Victorino's agent is still waiting to get the green light from his client. The 36-year-old last played in the big leagues in 2015, appearing in 71 games for the Red Sox and Angels.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 14 - 5:19 PM

Pedro Strop requested $6 million and was offered $4.6 million by the Cubs when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

While the two sides are considerably far apart, it wouldn't be surprising to see them meet somewhere in the middle before actually heading to arbitration. MLBTradeRumors.com has him projected to earn $5.5 million through arbitration, which is near the mid-point. The 31-year-old registered a 2.85 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 11.4 K/9 for the World Champion Cubs in 2016.
Jan 13 - 7:16 PM

Cubs and RHP Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $15.6375 million contract.

The right-hander earned the hefty price tag in what is his final year of arbitration eligibility. Arrieta wasn't as dominant in 2016 as he was in his Cy Young-winning 2015 campaign, but he was still awfully good with a 3.15 ERA and 190/76 K/BB ratio over 197 1/3 innings. He'll no doubt be looking to cut down on his free passes in what will be his walk year.
Jan 13 - 5:16 PM

Cubs and RHP Justin Grimm avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.825 million contract.

Grimm was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The right-hander has put up a 3.36 ERA while striking out well over a batter per inning the last three seasons out of the Cubs' bullpen.
Jan 13 - 1:15 PM

Cubs and RHP Hector Rondon avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.8 million contract.

Rondon was eligible for arbitration for the second time. The reliever posted a 3.53 ERA and 58/8 K/BB ratio over 51 innings last season for the Cubs while recording 18 saves.
Jan 13 - 12:33 PM

Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres are closing in on a deal with Trevor Cahill.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says it's a one-year deal for a similar amount that the Padres are paying Clayton Richard and Jhoulys Chacin ($1.75 million). It's probably the best possible landing spot for Cahill, who has been used in relief the last few seasons but will get a real shot to compete for a spot in the Padres' rotation. The righty also happens to be from the San Diego area. Cahill flamed out in Arizona the last time he was used as a full-time starter, but he held a 2.61 ERA and 88/40 K/BB ratio across 82 2/3 frames the last year and a half with the Cubs while still getting plenty of groundballs.
Jan 13 - 8:40 AM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that he would consider batting Kyle Schwarber (knee) leadoff.

This is, of course, all very early and tentative, with plenty of time for tinkering. Just doing some early January spitballing, Maddon tossed out a possible lineup against a right-handed starter in which Schwarber led off, followed up by Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist. Schwarber has batted leadoff just twice in his career. 51 of his 61 games started have come out of the two-hole. The slugger made a bit cameo in the World Series and should be ready to rock and roll come spring training after suffering a torn ACL last April. One additional note -- Maddon indicated that if he did bat Schwarber at the front of the lineup, he would consider hitting his pitcher eighth.
Jan 11 - 5:37 PM

Rays designated RHP Dylan Floro for assignment.

With the Rays scooping up outfielder Jason Coats off waivers from the White Sox on Wednesday, Floro becomes the roster casualty. He posted mixed results in 12 MLB appearances last season, pitching to a 4.20 ERA with a 14/5 K/BB ratio over 15 innings. He surrendered 23 hits in that space. The 26-year-old right-hander held a more respectable 2.88 earned run mark in 50 innings at Triple-A Durham.
Jan 11 - 4:12 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal hears that the Cubs could re-sign Travis Wood if they're unable to land Tyson Ross.

The Cubs and Rangers look to be the most likely landing spots for Ross at the moment, although Rosenthal says the righty isn't in a rush to sign. Wood put up a 2.95 ERA last season out of Chicago's bullpen, but he's being marketed by a starter by his agent. The Cubs would want him back as a reliever, and he might be more likely to accept a relief role with them than any other club.
Jan 9 - 11:09 PM


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