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Pedro Strop received 3-4 stitches in his left (non-throwing elbow) as a result of a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

He also was given precautionary X-rays, which came back negative. It was surely a scare for the Cubs' reliever, but Strop will be fine.
Nov 28 - 1:00 PM

Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

It sounds like he'll be alright, as the Cubs say reports on the pitcher's status are "encouraging." There are no further details available at the moment, but we'll be sure to update Strop's status once more is known.
Nov 28 - 8:39 AM

Diamondbacks assistant hitting coach Henry Blanco has accepted a coaching job with the Cubs.

Blanco's position under Joe Maddon will be as a quality assurance coach. He will also work closely with the catchers. The departure of the former catcher leaves the Diamondbacks without a Spanish speaker on the coaching staff, something the team plans on addressing.
Nov 23 - 8:36 AM

Cubs purchased the contract of RHP C.J. Edwards from Double-A Tennessee.

One of the game's top pitching prospects, Edwards dealt with shoulder issues in 2014 but pitched well when healthy, holding a 2.44 ERA with 46 strikeouts over 48 Double-A frames. He could return to Double-A to start 2015.
Nov 20 - 7:21 PM

Cubs acquired INF Tommy La Stella and international signing bonus slot #4 from the Braves for RHP Arodys Vizcaino and Cubs international signing bonus slots #2, #3 and #4.

The 25-year-old took over as the Braves starting second baseman midway through the 2014 season, slashing .251/.328/.317 with one homer and 31 RBI in his 93 games. He should function as a reserve infielder for the Cubs.
Nov 16 - 4:33 PM

Cubs claimed RHP Donn Roach off waivers from the Padres.

Roach was designated for assignment by the Padres earlier this month. The 24-year-old right-hander had a shaky 4.75 ERA and 17/15 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings in the majors this season.
Nov 12 - 3:06 PM

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Tuesday that Starlin Castro is recovered from his season-ending ankle injury.

Hoyer mentioned that Castro is showing good mobility and passing his running and jumping tests. The 27-year-old shortstop appeared in just two games in September due to the high left ankle sprain. He registered a career-best .777 OPS in 2014 for the Cubs.
Nov 11 - 5:56 PM

According to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, MLB has begun an investigation into how the Cubs hired Joe Maddon.

The Cubs and Maddon's agent, Alan Nero, have already been contacted by MLB as they look into whether any tampering took place before he opted out of his contract with the Rays. For what it's worth, Nero called any such accusation "embarrassing." "(Cubs President) Theo (Epstein) would not even have talked unless he got clearance from the commissioner's office," Nero recently said. "It's silly to suggest that (tampering), if they want to pursue that, that's fine."
Source: ESPN Chicago
Nov 10 - 5:57 PM

Manny Ramirez's agent said Monday that his client isn't ready to retire as a player.

Ramirez served as a player-coach this year for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa, batting .222/.273/.375 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 24 games. He's also currently playing winter ball in the Dominican. It's doubtful that a major league team will offer the 42-year-old any sort of guaranteed contract.
Nov 10 - 3:40 PM

Cubs activated OF Ryan Sweeney from the 60-day disabled list.

Sweeney sat out the final month of the 2014 regular season because of a severe left hamstring strain. The 29-year-old outfielder is due $1.5 million in 2015.
Nov 4 - 4:27 PM

Cubs activated OF Justin Ruggiano from the 60-day disabled list.

Ruggiano missed the final month of the 2014 season due to ankle surgery. The 32-year-old outfielder is arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter.
Nov 4 - 4:25 PM

Padres designated RHP Donn Roach for assignment.

Roach was acquired from the Angels in May 2012 as part of a package for reliever Ernesto Frieri but never quite met the hype in the Padres' organization. The 24-year-old right-hander registered a 5.24 ERA in 77 1/3 innings this past season at Triple-A El Paso.
Nov 3 - 6:58 PM

The Cubs announced Monday that new manager Joe Maddon will receive a five-year contract.

ESPN's Buster Olney says the deal is for $25 million and includes bonuses tied to the postseason. Maddon will be introduced as the Cubs' new skipper in a press conference at the Cubby Bear on Monday afternoon. The former Rays manager had a record of 627-508 in his last seven seasons as the manager of the Rays, leading the team to the playoffs four times over that stretch.
Nov 3 - 1:16 PM

Cubs re-signed LHP Tsuyoshi Wada to a one-year, $4 million contract.

He'll have a chance to earn $2 million more in incentives. Wada impressed with the Cubs this season, putting up a 3.25 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 57/19 K/BB ratio across 69 1/3 innings. It could depend on what else the Cubs do with their rotation this offseason, but right now the lefty should have a spot among the starting five.
Nov 3 - 10:33 AM

Ryan Kalish has elected free agency.

The 26-year-old outfielder refused his outright assignment to Triple-A Iowa and will explore his options in free agency. He's a career .245/.293/.350 hitter over 412 plate appearances at the major league level.
Nov 1 - 2:55 PM

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