Player News - Cubs

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Ben Zobrist finished 0-for-3 with a walk Tuesday in the loss to the White Sox.

Zobrist is hitting just .136 in July, though at least three of his nine hits have gone for homers. He's also 1-for-3 stealing bases this month. There's no dropping him in mixed leagues, not as long as he's an everyday guy in the strong Cubs offense, but manager Joe Maddon might want to think about giving him more time off.
Jul 26 - 10:26 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday that Jorge Soler (hamstring) will get 9-10 more minor league at-bats before he is activated from the disabled list.

So that would be three or four more minor league games, which puts him on target to return this weekend. Soler is 2-for-13 with eight strikeouts so far between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He has been out since June 7 with a left hamstring strain.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Jul 26 - 8:44 PM

Cubs designated LHP Clayton Richard for assignment.

The move clears a roster spot for Aroldis Chapman, who officially joined the Cubs on Tuesday. Richard had a 6.43 ERA in 25 appearances this season with Chicago.
Jul 26 - 4:29 PM

Cubs OF prospect Eloy Jimenez reached base six times in Monday's doubleheader for Low-A South Bend.

Jimenez went 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI as the Cubs defeated Peoria for the doubleheader sweep. The 19-year-old has been a dominant force this season, leading the Midwest League in RBI (64), slugging percentage (.522) and OPS (.892). He's also second in doubles (30), second in hits (112), second in batting average (.330), second in total bases (177) and fifth in home runs (11). Jimenez was offered up as part of the Aroldis Chapman trade but the Yankees wanted Gleyber Torres instead.
Jul 26 - 4:11 PM

Dexter Fowler (soreness) went 1-for-5 with an RBI single and a run scored in his return to the lineup Monday against the Mariners.

Fowler was held out of the starting lineup Sunday due to general soreness, but he felt well enough to serve as the designated hitter for Monday's interleague contest. Cubs manager Joe Maddon told Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that he's still getting in "baseball shape" after his hamstring injury, so he should be back up to speed soon.
Jul 26 - 9:17 AM

Jake Arrieta surrendered four runs in six innings Monday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

It looked like it'd be a second straight fine outing for Arrieta, but then Todd Frazier connected on a three-run homer with two outs in the sixth, ruining his night. The Cubs went on to lose the game, the fourth straight time they've lost one of Arrieta's starts. In fact, they're just 3-7 in his outings since their streak of 23 straight wins with him on the mound ended in May.
Jul 26 - 12:17 AM

Javier Baez finished 3-for-4 with a homer and a doubles Monday against the White Sox.

Most of Baez's success this year has come off lefties, so it was nice to see him collect extra-base hits against a pair of righties in this one. It could help him earn some more playing time.
Jul 26 - 12:10 AM

Addison Russell went 0-for-3 with a walk Monday against the White Sox.

Russell started at shortstop tonight after leaving Sunday's game with a bruised left heel.
Jul 26 - 12:09 AM

Cubs acquired LHP Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees in exchange for SS Gleyber Torres, RHP Adam Warren, OF Billy McKinney, and OF Rashad Crawford.

There had been reports of the Cubs attempting to work out a contract extension with Chapman, but the impending free agent left-hander is apparently intent on hitting the open market this winter. New York also tried an extension with Chapman back in June, but those talks obviously failed. The fire-balling 28-year-old will take over at closer on the north side of Chicago, with Hector Rondon shifting into a setup role. Chapman owns a dominant 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings since returning in May from a domestic violence suspension.
Jul 25 - 2:29 PM

According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Cubs will not have a contract extension in place with Aroldis Chapman when their trade for the closer becomes official.

They tried hard, as did the Yankees before agreeing to this five-player swap, but Chapman is apparently intent on testing the free agent waters following the 2016 season. He is headed to the Cubs in exchange for shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and minor league outfielder Rashad Crawford. Chapman will take over at closer on the north side of Chicago, with Hector Rondon moving to a setup role.
Jul 25 - 12:49 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Yankees and Cubs have agreed to an Aroldis Chapman trade.

New York will get shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres, outfield prospect Billy McKinney, right-hander Adam Warren, and one other player. The trade feels like a huge score for the Yankees, but this is the go-for-it of all go-for-its with the Cubs, who haven't won a World Series title since 1908. Chapman will take over at closer in Chicago, with Hector Rondon shifting to a setup role. The flame-throwing 28-year-old left-hander owns a 2.16 ERA and 590 strikeouts in 350 1/3 career major league innings.
Jul 25 - 12:00 PM

Cubs president Theo Epstein is making it clear that rehabbing slugger Kyle Schwarber is not available for trade, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is known to covet Schwarber, but Sherman says Epstein and Co. would not even discuss the 23-year-old as part of a possible return for Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller. Maybe a bigger fish will swim along and change Theo's mind, but it sure appears Schwarber will open the 2017 season in a Cubs uniform. He is done for the 2016 season following a major left knee injury.
Jul 25 - 9:57 AM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees will get four players from the Cubs in the yet-to-be-finalized Aroldis Chapman trade.

Top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres is the centerpiece, but Sherman hears the Yankees are also getting Adam Warren back from the Cubs -- he was traded to Chicago last winter in the Starlin Castro trade -- as well as two other prospects. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has apparently signed off on the deal, so it's not clear what the hold-up might be. There's been talk of the Cubs possibly trying to work out a pre-trade contract extension with Chapman, who can become a free agent five days after the 2016 World Series.
Jul 25 - 9:51 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that a deal that would send Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs isn't completed yet, but looks even likelier.

The Yankees would receive multiple pieces in return including Gleyber Torres. It sounds as though this deal is going to get done soon, though it may not end up getting finished on Sunday night.
Jul 24 - 9:08 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cubs and Yankees are working to finalize an Aroldis Chapman trade.

Cubs shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres is believed to be in the package that would head to New York, along with another piece or two. Chapman, a 28-year-old impending free agent, has registered a stellar 2.01 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 44/8 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings since returning in May from a domestic violence suspension. There's a report from Rian Watt of Baseball Prospectus suggesting that the Cubs are trying to work out a contract extension with Chapman on top of the trade. That could be the major hold-up.
Jul 24 - 7:58 PM


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