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Chicago Cubs Infield to Start in All-Star Game

The starting infield for the National League All-Star team will be all Chicago Cubs players. At first base will be Anthony Rizzo, at second Ben Zobrist, at third Kris Bryant and at shortstop Addison Russell. Dexter Fowler has been chosen as a starting outfielder. In addition, the Cubs will have Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta on the NL All-Star roster. Rizzo earned the most votes for the NL and the rest of the infielders along with Fowler were picked by fans. Arrieta was picked by the players, while Lester was named by Terry Collins the manager of the... 
 

Cubs Slide Increases to Four Straight, Injuries Blamed

The Chicago Cubs still hold the best record in baseball at 47-24, but their lead in the National League Central is now just 9 games and they are currently on a four-game losing streak, which is the highest this season for the team. At this time, the Cubs are a play or two short of winning and their reliable arms in the bullpen are beginning to thin out. The starting pitchers continue to hold their own, with the exception of Jason Hammel’s last outing in which he snapped a string of 23 straight outings that the starting rotation had allow four... 
 

Chicago Cubs Young Guns Showing They Belong

The Chicago Cubs have shown the baseball world they are the team to beat. The Cubs have set new milestones after the first 60 games of the regular season. They are doing so with players that are often considered too young to be so good. Chicago has played so well thus far its run differential is better at this stage of the season that that of the 1927 New York Yankees. Of the 10 position players on the Cubs who have a minimum of 100 appearances at the play thus far this season, six are aged 26 or younger. History has shown that teams with that young... 
 

Chicago Cubs Continue Busy Off-season, Add Jason Heyward and May Not Be Done

Jason Heyward chose the Chicago Cubs over returning to the St. Louis Cardinals and has agreed to terms on an 8-year, $184 million deal. The deal includes two opt-outs — after the third year and the fourth, if he exceeds a plate-appearance threshold. The move to add Heyward comes after free -agent Ben Zobrist signed on Tuesday to replace Starlin Castro, who was simultaneously traded to the New York Yankees for right-hander Adam Warren. Heyward seems to be a good bet to play center in 2016, with Jorge Soler in right and Kyle Schwarber in... 
 

After Signing Ben Zobrist, Cubs Trade Starlin Castro to Yankees

The Chicago Cubs played musical chairs with its middle infield in the past few hours, signing 34-year-old Ben Zobrist to a four year deal worth $56 million and trading away 25-year-old former All-Star, Starlin Castro, to the Yankees for Adam Warren and Brendan Ryan. For Chicago, the deal went beyond age. The Cubs are one of the youngest teams in the game and were clearly looking for veteran leadership, which will be found from a former player of Manager, Joe Maddon, in Zobrist, who was a key acquisition for the Royals en route to their first World... 
 

Cubs Jake Arieta Wins National League Cy Young

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs aced out Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young Award while Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel won the AL honor Wednesday. In what was expected to be a tighter three-person race, Arrieta got 17 first-place votes for 169 points from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Greinke drew 10 first-place votes and had 147 points. Kershaw had the other three firsts and 101 points. Arrieta led the majors in wins, going 22-6. He went 11-0 in his last 12 starts, pushing the Cubs... 
 

Rookie of the Year Awards: Cubs Kris Bryant, Astros Carlos Correa

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year, and Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was voted the AL honor. Bryant made his debut on April 17 and became an NL All-Star. The 23-year-old hit .275, leading big league rookies with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs as Chicago returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 He received all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in balloting announced Monday. San Francisco third baseman Matt Duffy... 
 

Cubs, Maddon Make all the Right Moves In Win

(AP) ST. LOUIS — For one inning, Jorge Soler and all those Chicago Cubs rookies looked like playoff-tested veterans, and the St. Louis Cardinals appeared shaken. That’s all it took. Behind Jorge Soler’s two-run homer and two successful squeeze bunt attempts, the Cubs scored five times in the second inning to win Game 2 of the NLDS. In Game 2 of the NLDS, the visiting Chicago Cubs used a five-run second inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 and even the series. Kyle Hendricks and Addison Russellhad successful squeeze... 
 

Cubs Roll Past Pirates Behind Jake Arrieta, Kyle Schwarber

Chicago Cubs 22 game winner Jake Arrieta handcuffed the Pittsburgh Pirates in complete game shutout, Kyle Schwarber drove in three runs, and Dexter Fowler slugged a solo homer to back up the effort, as the Cubs rolled past the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in the National League Wild Card game to advance to the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. Arieta struck out 11 and allowed just four hits on 113 pitches. The NL Cy Young Award contender allowed only four earned runs in his final 12 starts of the season, a stretch in which he went 11-0 with a... 
 

Cubs Joe Maddon Delivers the Goods As Only He Can

In his tenure as Manager for the Tampa Bay Rays I watched Joe Maddon in 100’s of post game pressers. In fact it is safe to assume I’ve watched Maddon deliver more post game analysis than any other manager in baseball. The reason is simple. No one does it better. Now as the Chicago Cubs skipper Maddon has elevated his game. After the Cubs’ 8-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, Maddon started his post game press conference with effusive praise for Starlin Castro. Castro’s two home runs surely helped the Cubs... 
 

Kris Bryant Boosting Cubs Offense

Kris Bryant has played all of 11 games for the Chicago Cubs but the rookie has made a big impact. He’s notched 14 hits and compiled a .341/.471/.439 slash line. Despite the fact that Bryant missed the first 12 games of the Cubs season, his name is on the All-Star ballot. Chicago is sitting at 12-7, one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Central. Bryant was a standout at the University of San Diego. He mashed nine home runs in his freshman campaign and was named a freshman All-American. The next season Bryant would... 
 

Chicago Cubs get Dexter Fowler from Houston Astros

The Chicago Cubs acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros in exchange for infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily. The Cubs dealt away some of their infield surplus to upgrade their outfielder. Meanwhile, the Astros got a new third baseman and some depth for their rotation. The 28 year-old Fowler hit .276/.375/.399 in his first season with the Astros after being traded from the Colorado Rockies. His defensive numbers, while historically below average, were particularly poor in 2014. Still, he’s relatively young,... 
 

How the Chicago Cubs Are Building a Future Empire

If you’re not careful, you might miss it. Gradually, the Chicago Cubs, six years without a legitimate contender (a 97 win team in 2009 who would become a first round knockout), five years without a .500 record and owners of back to back last place finishes, are rising. One might look at the standings and see 73 wins in 2014, 12th in the NL in runs, 13th in OBP, 13th in ERA and owners of 20 blown saves and struggle to see the silver lining. But it’s there, and on Wednesday it had a bow on top with a “Happy Holidays” greeting... 
 

Jon Lester agrees to deal with Chicago Cubs

Jon Lester has finally made his decision. After deliberating for days, the 30-year-old left-hander has agreed to a six-year, $155 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, according to multiple media reports. Lester will earn a $25.83 annual average salary. Over the last 24 hours, Lester eliminated the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers from his list of potential destinations, leaving the Cubs and Red Sox. Lester was an instrumental part of Boston’s World Series titles in 2007 and 2013. Reports indicate the the Red Sox offered him six... 
 

Chicago Cubs Reach Agreement with Jason Hammel

The Chicago Cubs have reached an agreement with right-hander Jason Hammel on a two-year deal for $18 million that includes an option year. Hammel started 2014 with Chicago with a one year deal worth $6 million, and went 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA for them, before a trade to the A’s. Overall, he was 10-11 with a 3.47 ERA. Hammel played for new Cubs manager Joe Maddon on the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays team, so certainly there is some familiarity with Hammel there as well. Hammel was part of the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija to Oakland and brought Addison... 
 
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