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Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant has been asked to work in the outfield during spring training.

The idea was formally presented to Bryant by manager Joe Maddon in their first meeting on Monday, though there have always been whispers that he could give a corner outfield spot a try. "I had my first meeting with Kris today," Maddon said. "He was very impressive and very mature for a kid of 23. He understands what he is doing really well. He is accepting of working in the outfield, very excepting of that." Bryant will still technically compete for the Opening Day third base job, but the Cubs plan to keep him at Triple-A Iowa for at least 21 days in order to gain an extra year of control. The top prospect could be promoted as soon as late April or early May and will take over either at third base or left field.
Feb 23 - 11:16 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada (hamstring) will resume throwing bullpen sessions later this week.

Wada skipped a mound workout on Sunday due to a hamstring injury, but he did a bunch of on-field drills Monday in Cubs camp and reported feeling fine. The injury is obviously mild. Wada is trying to secure a spot in Chicago's Opening Day starting rotation this spring after posting an impressive 3.25 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 57/19 K/BB ratio across his first 69 1/3 major league innings last year.
Feb 23 - 2:32 PM

According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs will be very careful with young outfielder Jorge Soler during spring training to avoid any leg injuries.

They won't allow Soler to be on his feet for too long. The 22-year-old appeared in 24 games down the stretch for the Cubs in 2014, slashing an impressive .292/.330/.573 with five homers and 20 RBI. He'll serve as the Cubs primary right fielder in 2015 and is expected to hit cleanup in a much improved lineup.
Feb 22 - 4:17 PM

Tsuyoshi Wada didn't throw as scheduled on Sunday due to a hamstring injury.

It doesn't sound like anything to worry about. Wada was re-signed by the Cubs to a $4 million contract back in November and enters 2015 likely as the team's "sixth" starter.
Feb 22 - 3:01 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicated Saturday that Hector Rondon would begin the season as the Cubs closer.

Maddon did emphasize the importance of using his best relievers in high-leverage situations, so perhaps that's where Pedro Strop, Neil Ramirez and Jason Motte will wind up operating, with Rondon starting with a clean slate in the final frame. Rondon saved 29 games for the Cubs in 2014, posting a 2.42 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 63 1/3 innings.
Feb 21 - 3:07 PM

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Cubs are still actively looking to trade Welington Castillo.

It's no secret that Castillo is being shopped, as there is no room for the 27-year-old backstop on the roster after acquiring Miguel Montero and David Ross over the offseason. Barring an injury to one of the other catchers during spring training, it's a near certainty that Castillo will be donning a new jersey come Opening Day.
Feb 20 - 11:49 PM
Ryan Dent - SS - Cubs

Cubs signed INF Ryan Dent to a minor league contract.

Dent, a 2007 supplemental first-round pick of the Red Sox, has hung around in the minors but hasn't ever delivered on his promise. The 25-year-old has a career .229/.309/.337 over eight minor league seasons, splitting last season between the Red Sox' High-A and Double-A squads. He's nothing more than a flyer for the Cubs.
Feb 18 - 10:00 PM

Cubs sent RHP Gonzalez Germen outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Germen cleared waivers after being removed from the 40-man roster an will be invited to spring training. The righty has a career 4.31 ERA and 64/30 K/BB ratio over 64 2/3 innings and has a chance to be a solid middle reliever.
Feb 13 - 4:10 PM

According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Major League Baseball's investigation into the hiring of Joe Maddon is ongoing, but should be completed prior to the start of the 2015 season.

When asked about it, new commissioner Rob Manfred indicated, "There is an ongoing investigation. To the extent it’s concluded, one way or another, we’ll be transparent about that. We’ll let you know." Theo Epstein and the Cubs organization continue to deny any tampering charges. If any evidence of tampering is found, the Cubs could face a fine or forfeiture of draft picks.
Source: ESPN Chicago
Feb 7 - 10:53 AM

Cubs and RHP Pedro Strop avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.525 million contract.

It's a tad above the midpoint of figures exchanged last month. Strop will enter 2015 in a setup role for the Cubs after posting a 2.21 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 71/25 K/BB ratio over 61 innings in 2014.
Feb 5 - 6:59 PM

Logan Watkins tore his Achilles during a workout at the Cubs' spring training complex Wednesday.

He had just arrived in Arizona on Tuesday. Achilles tears can take a full year to recover from, so the 25-year-old utility infielder can probably be ruled out for the entire 2015 season. Watkins batted .246/.269/.338 in 31 games for the Cubs last summer.
Source: MLBlogs
Feb 5 - 10:22 AM

The Cubs may trade Travis Wood before spring training opens in a few weeks, according to David Kaplan of CSN Chicago.

Kaplan is of the belief that the Cubs are making a run at free agent James Shields, a move that would likely push Wood out of the starting rotation. It's unclear what they might get for the soon-to-be 28-year-old after he posted a 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 starts last year. He was an All-Star in 2013, though, so a club might be willing to take a chance on a comeback.
Feb 4 - 11:25 PM

CSN Chicago's David Kaplan expects the Cubs to have traded Welington Castillo before spring training opens in mid-February.

Kaplan lists the Phillies, among others, as having interest in the 27-year-old. Despite being a decent backstop, the Cubs likely won't get much for Castillo after trying to trade him for close to a month.
Feb 4 - 11:21 PM

Cubs designated RHP Gonzalez Germen for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Drake Britton on the Cubs' 40-man roster. Germen has already bounced around to four different teams since mid-December and he could soon add a fifth to the list.
Feb 4 - 3:17 PM

Cubs claimed LHP Drake Britton off waivers from the Red Sox.

Britton was designated for assignment by the Red Sox last week after the club signed Alexi Ogando. The 25-year-old southpaw owns a 2.93 ERA over 25 appearances in the majors and it's no surprise that someone else was willing to give him a shot. He'll go into spring training out of options.
Feb 4 - 3:12 PM


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