MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager returned with a bang to the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup Wednesday night.
The star shortstop, playing against major league competition for the first time in...
CHICAGO (AP) — After four consecutive playoff appearances and the 2016 World Series title, the Chicago Cubs are way past playing for Joe Maddon's future.
Cubs get good news on Morrow, Strop
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs received good news on closer Brandon Morrow and reliever Pedro Strop, who have both been slowed this spring by injuries.
Major step for Rangers’ Mike Minor _ opening day starter
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — This is the new normal in baseball — pitching not just effectively after Tommy John surgery but even gaining velocity.
Cubs’ Baez has new magic tricks ready for this season
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — It does not take Javier Baez long to show off his magic tricks, even in a spring training game.
The Chicago Cubs star singled in the first inning on Sunday against the...
Starlin Castro among few veterans on young Marlins
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Starlin Castro remains a veteran on a Miami Marlins' team that has gone with youth.
"I don't try to put it in my mind because that's one thing I can't control,"...
Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop has a strained right hamstring, eliminating the likely candidate to close at the start of the season as Brandon Morrow recovers from elbow surgery.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks wants to taste soy sauce ice cream. Teammate Marco Estrada is hoping to spend a day at Tokyo Disneyland. Athletics manager Bob Melvin...
Strop joins Morrow on sidelines as Maddon ponders closer
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop has a strained right hamstring, eliminating the likely candidate to close at the start of the season as Brandon Morrow recovers from elbow...
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Minor has been tabbed the opening day starter for the Texas Rangers, who last year gave the left-hander the opportunity to start again.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager will see a hand specialist after rolling his left wrist during a spring training game.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is not expected to miss any additional time after rolling over his glove hand diving for a groundball during a spring training...
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester said Tommy Hottovy's transition from advance scout to pitching coach has been smooth so far.
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Kendall Graveman is surrounded by new faces while he travels a tedious road back to the majors.
Graveman signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs in December after...
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Hyde's style is totally different from his Baltimore Orioles' predecessor.
Under Buck Showalter, who had managed the Orioles for more than eight seasons until...
Cubs’ Hamels adjusts to veteran status, aims for fresh start
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Coming off a pair of difficult seasons, Cole Hamels decided to make some major changes to his winter workouts.
"It takes a couple of years for us to realize what we...
Darvish wild, but not worried after spring debut for Cubs
Yu Darvish walked off the mound after a bunch of walks, yet wasn't worried. After a rocky first season for the Chicago Cubs full of injuries, he felt fine.
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Cubs’ Darvish shakes off wildness, excited by spring debut
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — After dealing with various arm injuries and trying to adjust to a new team, Yu Darvish was pleased with his spring debut. Pumped, in fact.
Giants lefty Bumgarner uneven in spring training debut
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner's line from his exhibition debut didn't look good, but the pitcher and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy weren't daunted.
Cubs slugger Bryant says balky left shoulder feeling fine
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Kris Bryant made it abundantly clear — with his bat — that his balky left shoulder of last season is completely healed.
Bryant had been one of the most impressive players...
Tom Ricketts apologizes for distraction of father’s emails
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts apologized to the team's players and coaching staff at spring training on Monday for any distraction caused by offensive racist emails written by his father.
Cubs’ Russell sorry for ‘pain’ he caused ex-wife, no details
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell apologized Friday for the "hurt" and "pain" he caused his ex-wife but didn't detail what prompted a 40-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
"My past behaviors were wrong and unacceptable," he said.
Xavier Cedeno agrees to $900,000, 1-year contract with Cubs
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Left-handed reliever Xavier Cedeno and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $900.000, one-year contract.
The deal is not guaranteed, meaning Cedeno could be released for termination pay before opening day.
The 32-year-old went 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA in 48 appearances last season. He began the year with the Chicago White Sox and was traded to Milwaukee on Aug. 31.
Yu Darvish felt pressure after big contract with Cubs
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Yu Darvish felt pressure after signing a $126 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs.
"At the time I didn't say anything about that, but I was thinking I should do something for the Cubs. I should win 20 games," he said Wednesday. "This year I want to be myself. I am feeling less pressure."
Chicago Cubs, Sinclair to launch sports network in 2020
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group are launching a regional sports network in 2020 that will be the team's exclusive TV home.
The Cubs said Wednesday the Marquee Sports Network will carry live game broadcasts and pregame and postgame coverage. Cubs games will be in one place, instead of split between two broadcast stations. The Cubs signed five-year contracts with WGN and WLS in 2014 ahead of plans for the network launch in 2020.
Jim Small becomes head of MLB’s international efforts
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jim Small has been promoted to senior vice president of Major League Baseball's international business and will move back to the New York area after establishing MLB's Tokyo office and running it for 15 years.
The 57-year-old worked in the public relations departments of the Kansas City Royals, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and the commissioner's office, spent two years with Nike, then returned to MLB in August 1998 as a vice president of MLB International.
AP sources: Mets-Nats or Cubs-Cards for London in 2020
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is considering one of two matchups for its 2020 series in London: New York Mets vs. Washington Nationals or Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals.
Two people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press of the potential matchups. They spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because no announcements had been authorized. An announcement is expected after opening day this year.
Cubs hope internal improvement leads to more success
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs took a long, hard look at themselves over the winter.
Junichi Tazawa agrees to minor league contract with Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — Reliever Junichi Tazawa has finalized a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs and will report to big league spring training.
If added to the 40-man roster, Tazawa would receive a one-year contract paying $800,000 while in the major leagues. He could earn $450,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched and $750,000 for games finished.
Lee Smith ‘still in awe’ after touring Baseball Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Lee Smith had seen the Hall of Fame several times. This visit was completely different.
"I'm still in awe," Smith said after the tour Tuesday, in preparation for his July induction. "Whenever I sign an autograph and someone says, 'Hey, put Hall of Fame on it,' I don't know if the Hall of Fame goes first or the year goes first."
Cubs family patriarch apologizes for racist emails
CHICAGO (AP) — The patriarch of the family behind the Chicago Cubs has apologized after an online media outlet published emails in which he took part in racist comments and conspiracy theories.
Some of the emails Splinter News published Monday featured Joe Ricketts making Islamophobic comments, such as "Islam is a cult and not a religion." Others included conspiracies about former President Barack Obama's birthplace and education.
Ricketts, who founded TD Ameritrade, apologized for the emails.
Cubs add bullpen help, agree to $750,000 deal with Barnette
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have added bullpen help, agreeing to a $750,000, one-year contract with right-hander Tony Barnette, a deal containing an option, escalator and bonus opportunities that could raise its value to $4.5 million over two seasons.
AP source: Justin Wilson, Mets agree to $10M, 2-year deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Making another move to bolster their bullpen, the New York Mets agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract with left-hander Justin Wilson.
The agreement was disclosed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the negotiations who spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical.
Wilson will get $5 million annually and also can earn performance bonuses.
AP source: reliever Brach agrees to $4.35M deal with Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says free agent reliever Brad Brach and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees $4.35 million.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced. Brach and the Cubs have options for 2020.
The right-hander had 12 saves and a 3.59 ERA in 69 games for Baltimore and Atlanta last season. He posted a 1.52 ERA over 27 appearances following a trade to the Braves.
Fussin’ and feudin’: Cards, Cubs stoke rivalry, trade barbs
ST. LOUIS (AP) — To St. Louis pitcher John Brebbia, this fussin' and feudin' between the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs is a perfect winter warmup.
"Honestly, people were kind of forgetting baseball season was coming up," Brebbia said Sunday. "So I think it was a good way to remind everyone that Cardinals-Cubs are going to be back in action soon."
"No more of this football or whatever it's called now," he said. "It's our time."
Epstein thinks Maddon will stay with Cubs past this season
CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Maddon's future is a big question hovering over the Chicago Cubs heading into the season.
President of baseball operations Theo Epstein thinks everything is going to work out just fine.
"My bet is that it goes extraordinarily well with Joe and the whole group and that he's here for a long time to come," Epstein said.
Cubs to launch their own sports network
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are launching their own sports network.
President of business operations Crane Kenney said the team hopes to have it running in time for spring training next year.
"You'll have a Cubs channel," he said at the team's annual fan convention on Saturday. "We'll launch in 2020."
Cubs 3B Bryant healthy again after last year’s shoulder woes
CHICAGO (AP) — If Kris Bryant knows anything about where Bryce Harper is going in free agency, he is staying quiet for the moment.
Bryant does know at least one thing that should delight fans of the Chicago Cubs.
"The shoulder is perfectly healed. Feels great," Bryant said. "Everything about it feels right back to where I was before."
Russell getting “conditional second chance” with Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell's future with the Chicago Cubs is a tentative proposition.
President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says Russell is getting a "conditional second chance" with the Cubs after he was suspended for 40 games last October for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. Even the slightest misstep likely would mean the end of his time with the team.
Suspended Russell, Cubs agree at $3.4M, $200,000 raise
CHICAGO (AP) — Suspended shortstop Addison Russell and the Chicago Cubs agreed Friday to a $3.4 million, one-year contract, a relatively small $200,000 raise for a player whose relationship with the team appeared strained after a domestic violence suspension.
Plans for a soccer stadium scrapped by Chicago developers
CHICAGO (AP) — The owner of the Chicago Cubs has pulled out of plans to invest in a United Soccer League team after developers scrapped a planned 20,000-seat stadium.
Sterling Bay, a real estate development company, announced last year the formation of a joint venture with Tom Ricketts to own the team. On Tuesday, Sterling Bay said it will redesign its $6 billion, 54-acre Lincoln Yards project on Chicago's North Side excluding the stadium.
Rangers get former manager’s son on waiver claim from Angels
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell on a waiver claim from the Los Angeles Angels.
Texas also Friday signed right-handers Adrian Sampson and Rafael Montero to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.
Cubs add Loretta, Tewksbury to coaching staff
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have hired former All-Star infielder Mark Loretta as their bench coach and pitcher Bob Tewksbury as mental skills coordinator.
Loretta replaces Brandon Hyde, who left to manage the Baltimore Orioles, after spending the past nine seasons in San Diego's front office. Loretta batted .295 over 15 seasons with Milwaukee, Houston, San Diego, Boston and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was an All-Star with the Padres in 2004 and Red Sox in 2006.
Cubs sign injured Graveman to 1-year deal with 2020 option
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have signed injured right-hander Kendall Graveman to a one-year contract with an option for the 2020 season.
The Cubs announced the deal Sunday, taking a chance on the starting pitcher after his 2018 season was cut short by Tommy John surgery. Graveman was Oakland's opening day starter for the second consecutive season, but he was shut down in late May and had surgery July 30. Terms of the deal weren't announced.
AP source: Daniel Murphy, Rockies agree to $24M, 2-year deal
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have brought in Daniel Murphy to boost an offense big on pop but lackluster in batting average.
The veteran infielder has agreed to a $24 million, two-year contract with the Rockies, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical.
Cubs reach contract extension with radio’s Pat Hughes
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and Entercom announced a multiyear contract extension to radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes on Thursday.
Hughes, who joined the Cubs radio broadcast in 1996, will enter his 24th season as the voice of the Cubs alongside analyst Ron Coomer on WSCR-AM. Terms were not disclosed.
Daniel Descalso, Cubs agree to $5M, 2-year contract
CHICAGO (AP) — Infielder Daniel Descalso and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract that includes a club option for 2021 and could be worth $8.25 million over three seasons.
He gets $1.5 million next year and $2.5 million in 2020. Chicago has a $3.5 million option for 2021 with a $1 million buyout.
Descalso can earn $250,000 annually in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $50,000 each for 425, 450 and 475, and $100,000 for 500.
‘Up and coming star’ Hyde settles in as Orioles manager
BALTIMORE (AP) — Sitting side by side in the auxiliary clubhouse at Camden Yards, Orioles general manager Mike Elias and new manager Brandon Hyde spoke excitedly Monday about working together to mold the struggling franchise into a winner again.
Hired last month to oversee a massive rebuilding project, Elias immediately set out to find a manager that could develop young, inexperienced players into solid major leaguers.
Indians complete trade with Nats, get minor league infielder
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians have acquired infielder Andruw Monasterio from Washington to complete the trade that sent All-Star catcher Yan Gomes to the Nationals.
Cleveland dealt Gomes last month for a package that included right-hander Jefry Rodriguez, outfielder Daniel Johnston and a player to be named, who turned to be Monasterio.