Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that while the Cubs "believe" in Javier Baez as a shortstop, the prospect will "move around" to different positions in spring training.
Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Cubs have offered Jeff Samardzija an extension higher than five years and $55 million.
Cubs president Theo Epstein said Thursday that Arodys Vizcaino (elbow) has been throwing 98 mph and showing "electric" stuff.
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick hears that the Cubs "plan to do some serious listening" on right-hander Jeff Samardzija at next week's Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.
Cubs non-tendered RHP Chang-yong Lim.
Cubs avoided arbitration with 3B Donnie Murphy by agreeing to a one-year, $825,000 contract.
Cubs non-tendered 1B Mat Gamel.
Cubs avoided arbitration with C George Kottaras by agreeing to a one-year, $1.075 million contract.
Cubs non-tendered RHP Daniel Bard.
Cubs re-signed OF Darnell McDonald to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs are likely to tender a contract to second baseman Darwin Barney before Monday's deadline.
Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports believes that the Orioles could have interest in dealing for Jeff Samardzija.
Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio suggested Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon could compete for the closer's job.
Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio would like to see Kyle Hendricks in the starting rotation next season.
Cubs acquired C George Kottaras from the Royals for cash considerations.