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Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that Mike Montgomery and Brett Anderson will each get a chance to pitch in the first week of spring training games.

The two southpaws are among those competing for the fifth spot in the Cubs' Opening Day rotation, so the club wants to get as many looks at them as possible. Maddon also wants ease the rest of his starters into spring action after the extra innings they logged on the Cubs' march to the World Series in 2016.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 19 - 5:52 PM

The Cubs have given Hector Rondon permission to pitch in the World Baseball Classic for Team Venezuela.

Whether Rondon actually pitches in the spring tournament is another matter. He is keeping an eye on his health after missing in the vicinity of a month with a strained right triceps in 2016. "He wants to work his way through the first part of camp and figure out for himself whether he's ready or not to do it at that time, which is a very mature approach on his part," explained manager Joe Maddon.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 15 - 7:13 PM

Miguel Montero said that he is not concerned about decreased at-bats due to the presence of fellow backstop Willson Contreras.

"I'm here to do my job, it's as simple as that. Whatever it is, I'm here to do my job," Montero said. Contreras was called up from the minors midseason a year ago and is expected to see the majority of starting at-bats this coming season. Manager Joe Maddon did not seem particularly concerned about Montero's mindset potentially turning negative due to the decreased playing time, saying, "Miggy' is fine and I think he's a very strong contributor. It's just that his role is going to shift right now, theoretically, in the beginning, but you never know."
Source: MLB.com
Feb 15 - 4:08 PM

Jake Arrieta said Wednesday that he expects to talk to the Cubs again about a possible contract extension.

Cubs president Theo Epstein has mentioned that he hopes to talk about an extension as well, but Arrieta sounds realistic about the situation as he moves into his walk year. "If we have those conversations we’ll sit down and hash some things out and see if we can get something worked out," said Arrieta. "If it happens, great. If not, I’ll continue to move forward and take it day by day and focus on being as good as I can." Arrieta is represented by Scott Boras.
Feb 15 - 11:46 AM

Kyle Schwarber (knee) has been cleared for catching activities.

Schwarber went for an exam on Monday and everything checked out fine with his knee. He'll participate in catching drills in camp and figures to see some time behind the plate this spring. The Cubs are envisioning him as their third catcher, though he'd be more of an emergency option there. Willson Contreras and Miguel Montero will carry most of the load.
Feb 15 - 9:54 AM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that the plan calls for Willson Contreras to serve as Jon Lester's personal catcher this season.

It makes sense, as Contreras is being viewed as the Cubs' primary catcher moving forward. David Ross, who was formerly Lester's personal catcher, will work with Contreras this spring to help with the transition.
Feb 14 - 2:09 PM

Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday that the goal is for Kyle Schwarber to serve as the team's third catcher in 2017 in addition to his left field duties.

Schwarber will see doctors Tuesday in hopes of being cleared to catch. If all goes well, he'll begin doing catching drills one or two days per week. The Cubs still have Willson Contreras and Miguel Montero, so Schwarber will see the great majority of his playing time in left field. His ability to catch would merely be a bonus.
Feb 14 - 1:57 PM

Cubs sent LHP David Rollins outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Rollins got pushed off the Cubs' 40-man roster last week to clear a spot for Alec Mills, who was acquired in a trade with the Royals. The left-hander will function as organizational bullpen depth for Chicago in 2017.
Feb 13 - 2:09 PM

Cubs and RHP Pedro Strop avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

Strop requested $6 million while the Cubs offered $4.6 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. It's a slight raise for Strop, who earned $4.4 million in 2016. The 31-year-old has been a reliable middle reliever for Chicago, contributing 70 holds to go with a 2.65 ERA over his last three seasons. The Cubs have yet to go to arbitration with a player since Theo Epstein took over as President of Baseball Operations in 2011.
Feb 11 - 7:58 PM

Cubs signed RHP Williams Perez to a minor league contract.

The 25-year-old hurler brings starting rotation depth to the Cubs. He registered a troublesome 6.04 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 53 2/3 innings with the Braves in 2016.
Feb 11 - 9:08 AM

Cubs designated LHP David Rollins for assignment.

With the Cubs acquiring Alec Mills via trade with the Royals, Rollins serves as the corresponding roster casualty. He has seen this movie before. The Cubs, Rangers, Phillies, Rangers (again) and Cubs (again) have all picked the southpaw up off waivers before subsequently dropping him this offseason. Assuming he can find another home -- and actually stay there -- he should be able to compete for a bullpen spot in spring training.
Feb 8 - 8:23 PM

Cubs acquired RHP Alec Mills from the Royals for OF Donnie Dewees.

The Royals had designated Mills for assignment earlier on Wednesday and the Cubbies moved quickly to secure his services via trade. This past season, he received a three-appearance cup of coffee with the Royals. In a larger minor-league sample, the 25-year-old right-hander pitched to a 3.22 ERA and 122/31 K/BB ratio across 125 2/3 frames split between Double- and Triple-A.
Feb 8 - 8:10 PM

Royals designated RHP Alec Mills for assignment.

Mills was bumped in order to make room for Jason Hammel on the 40-man roster. The 25-year-old made three appearances with the Royals last season and put up a 3.22 ERA and 122/31 K/BB ratio over 125 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A. He could draw some interest on waivers.
Feb 8 - 4:02 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Matt Murton is still looking for an opportunity and plans to play in 2017.

After enjoying success for several years in Japan, the 35-year-old Murton batted .314/.349/.398 with two home runs and 37 RBI over 76 games with the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate last season. He'd be a useful piece to have around for multiple organizations, so look for him to latch on somewhere.
Feb 7 - 8:47 AM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Cubs have agreed to a minor league deal with free agent right-hander Williams Perez.

Perez was released by the Braves almost two months ago. The 25-year-old right-hander got roughed up last year, recording an ugly 6.04 ERA over 53 2/3 innings. The Cubs have a full starting rotation so Perez is just a depth signing. He'll probably spend the year shuttling between Triple-A and the majors.
Feb 4 - 9:28 PM


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