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Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Travis Wood, Tsuyoshi Wada, and Edwin Jackson are in a competition for the final spot in the starting rotation.

Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, and Kyle Hendricks are all locked in. The fifth spot will almost definitely go to either Wood or Wada, with Jackson heading to long relief (or, more accurately, mop-up duty). Wood has much more experience than Wada, but Wood struggled to the tune of a 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 starts last season while Wada produced a 3.25 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 13 outings. Maddon might not pick a winner until the final week or two of Cactus League play.
Mar 2 - 3:26 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Kyle Hendricks is a lock for the starting rotation.

Hendricks posted an excellent 2.46 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 47/15 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 frames (13 starts) last season with the Cubs. It was an easy call for Maddon to commit a rotation spot to the 25-year-old righty, who should carry decent value in most standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 2 - 2:11 PM

Jon Lester has been named the Cubs' Opening Night starter.

The Cubs will kick off their regular-season schedule under the lights on Sunday, April 5 against the visiting Cardinals. Lester gets the nod after joining the rapidly-improving Northsiders roster this winter on a massive six-year, $155 million free agent contract. Adam Wainwright should be the starter for rival St. Louis in the first Major League Baseball game of 2015.
Mar 2 - 2:07 PM

Jorge Soler bulked up to 242 pounds over the winter.

And it was muscle, not fat. Soler carries breakout potential into 2015 after posting a .903 OPS in his first 24 major league games last season. The 23-year-old right fielder from Cuba is expected to be the Cubs' primary cleanup hitter.
Mar 2 - 1:30 PM

Daniel Bard (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session without issue on Sunday.

The 29-year-old hurler hasn't pitched in the big leagues since the 2013 season, and hasn't been effective at any level since 2011. He's battling his way back from thoracic outlet surgery and plans on challenging for a spot in the Cubs bullpen.
Mar 1 - 11:09 PM

C.J. Edwards (finger) threw a successful bullpen session on Saturday.

The top prospect had been dealing with an injury to his right index finger, but it appears to be a minor issue. Even if he impresses in Cubs camp this spring, he's likely ticketed for a return to Double-A Tennessee to begin the season.
Feb 28 - 10:50 AM

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, 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

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