CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs finalized a $6.5 million, two-year contract with Gold Glove-winning catcher Tucker Barnhart on Thursday.
Barnhart, who turns 32 on Jan. 7, is expected to back up Yan Gomes.
Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa and Trea Turner combined for almost $1 billion in contracts. Xander Bogaerts, Jacob deGrom, Dansby Swanson, Carlos Rodón, Brandon Nimmo and Willson Contreras added up to another billion.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the first time in more than 18 years, the St. Louis Cardinals will have a new starting catcher.
Willson Contreras and the Cardinals finalized an $87.5 million, five-year contract on Friday, a deal that includes a club option for 2028 that could make it worth $100 million for six seasons.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Willson Contreras is going to St. Louis to replace Yadier Molina at catcher, agreeing to an $87.5 million, five-year contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday.
A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the move to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical.
NEW YORK (AP) — The price of a qualifying offer to Major League Baseball free agents rose to $19.65 million, an increase of $1.25 million.
The figure is determined by the average of the top 125 major league contracts this year.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Spencer Steer doubled off Brandon Hughes in the ninth inning to score Stuart Fairchild and the Cincinnati Reds avoided their 100th loss, beating the Chicago Cubs 3-2 on Tuesday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras got several standing ovations in what could be his final home game at Wrigley Field, Marcus Stroman threw six scoreless innings and the surging Chicago Cubs won their seventh straight, beating the Cincinnati Reds 8-1 on Sunday.
Cincinnati Reds (60-98, fourth in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (72-86, third in the NL Central)
Chicago; Sunday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Chase Anderson (2-3, 4.70 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 23 strikeouts); Cubs: Marcus Stroman (5-7, 3.66 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 112 strikeouts)
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Freddy Peralta threw six hitless innings for Milwaukee before Ian Happ homered against Matt Bush in the seventh, breaking up the Brewers' no-hit bid against the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.
St. Louis Cardinals (70-51, first in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (52-69, third in the NL Central)
Chicago; Tuesday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (9-8, 3.11 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 123 strikeouts); Cubs: Javier Assad (0-0)
Milwaukee Brewers (63-56, second in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (52-67, third in the NL Central)
Chicago; Sunday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Brewers: Brandon Woodruff (9-3, 3.53 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 117 strikeouts); Cubs: Justin Steele (4-7, 3.43 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 111 strikeouts)
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras hit an RBI single to cap a two-run rally in the 11th inning and the Chicago Cubs kept coming back, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Saturday for their fifth straight win.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Willson Contreras hit a pair of homers, Adrian Sampson pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Thursday.
Contreras had his 10th multi-homer game, which ranks second among Cubs catchers behind Gabby Hartnett (14).
WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Wisdom drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 7-5 on Tuesday night after losing a 4-0 lead.
Wisdom led off the inning with a double down the left-field line against Victor Arano (1-1), scoring automatic runner Willson Contreras.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ian Happ, Willson Contreras and Franmil Reyes homered, and the Chicago Cubs beat the stumbling Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Saturday night.
Happ hit an RBI single in the fifth inning and a three-run shot in the seventh, continuing his long run of success at Cincinnati.
CHICAGO (AP) — Drew Smyly tossed shutout ball into the seventh inning for his first win at Wrigley Field for the Cubs, leading Chicago past the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Saturday.
P.J. Higgins homered and singled, and Nico Hoerner added three hits and an RBI to help the Cubs defeat Miami for a second straight day after losing five straight.
Miami Marlins (48-58, fourth in the NL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (42-63, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Saturday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Marlins: Pablo Lopez (7-6, 3.41 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 119 strikeouts); Cubs: Drew Smyly (3-6, 4.42 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 48 strikeouts)
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras pounded his chest and pointed toward the roaring crowd. It was quite a return to Wrigley Field for a player many thought would be gone by now.
Contreras hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning in his first home game since the trade deadline, Justin Steele matched a career high with 10 strikeouts and the Chicago Cubs beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Determined to keep their top minor league prospects, the New York Mets made incremental upgrades to the lineup and bullpen at the trade deadline.
Without a big splash, they hope that's enough to sink Atlanta in the NL East.
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras' goodbye turned out to be a bit premature.
The Chicago Cubs are keeping their catcher — along with Ian Happ — at least for now after Tuesday's trade deadline passed with no deal for the three-time All-Star.
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When Juan Soto turned down a $440 million, 15-year deal to stay with the Washington Nationals, it ensured Tuesday's 6 p.m. EDT trade deadline would have a little juice.
That wasn’t a certainty when Major League Baseball and the players’ union agreed to an expanded postseason format this spring.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Willson Contreras received hugs and handshakes from teammates after striking out in the ninth inning Sunday night in what was likely his last game with the Chicago Cubs.
The three-time All-Star catcher is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and expects to be traded to a contender before Tuesday's 6 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Luis González and Joey Bart homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth inning and the San Francisco Giants withstood a late rally to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Saturday night.
Chicago Cubs (41-58, third in the NL Central) vs. San Francisco Giants (49-51, third in the NL West)
San Francisco; Saturday, 9:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Drew Smyly (3-5, 3.93 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 43 strikeouts); Giants: Jakob Junis (4-2, 2.98 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 44 strikeouts)
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras drew a standing ovation in perhaps his last home game at Wrigley Field, then keyed an early burst as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 Tuesday for their season-high sixth straight win.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Castellanos' first season in Philadelphia has been a struggle, and his frustration boiled over Saturday night.
Nico Hoerner homered early and scored the tiebreaking run in a five-run 10th inning that sent the Chicago Cubs to a 6-2 victory over Castellanos and the Phillies.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nelson Velázquez does not like hitting against position players. Maybe he’ll feel a little better now – especially after such a rare accomplishment in Cubs history.
Velázquez hit two late homers – including a ninth-inning drive off Phillies backup catcher Garrett Stubbs – and drove in five runs, Seiya Suzuki and Willson Contreras also went deep and Chicago routed Philadelphia 15-2 on Friday night.
CHICAGO (AP) — Nico Hoerner's liner landed in the grass in center field. Willson Contreras raced home, and David Robertson closed it out.
And just like that, the Chicago Cubs hit the All-Star break with a sigh of relief, instead of a long losing streak.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Atlanta Braves designated hitter William Contreras joined Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras as just the fifth brothers to start together in baseball's All-Star Game.
Contreras was voted in Sunday as a reserve by fellow players and was selected to start because Philadelphia’s Bryce Harper, who was elected by fans, broke his left thumb on June 25.
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts will not be in the starting lineup for Monday's game against Tampa Bay after leaving a day earlier with a cut on his left thigh that required seven stitches.
CHICAGO (AP) — Pitcher Rowan Wick threw Trevor Story’s comebacker down the right-field line for a two-run error with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Boston Red Sox outlasted the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
CHICAGO (AP) — Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left Sunday's game against the Cubs with a left thigh laceration.
In the seventh inning, Bogaerts covered second when Willson Contreras ran to steal it.
CHICAGO (AP) — Christopher Morel got a belt-high pitch and launched it toward Waveland Avenue for a long two-run homer.
Another big moment for the rookie from the Dominican Republic. And he's had a few lately, whether he was delivering at the plate or in the field.
Boston Red Sox (43-33, second in the AL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (30-46, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Friday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Rich Hill (4-4, 4.23 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 55 strikeouts); Cubs: Adrian Sampson (0-0, 2.53 ERA, .84 WHIP, 10 strikeouts)
Cincinnati Reds (26-48, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (29-46, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Thursday, 8:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Graham Ashcraft (4-1, 3.27 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 27 strikeouts); Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (3-6, 4.90 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 55 strikeouts)
CHICAGO (AP) — Christopher Morel unleashed a laser from center field toward the plate. In a flash, the Cubs let loose.
Chicago catcher Willson Contreras pointed toward the dugout and let out a roar.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Willson Contreras hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning to drive in his third run of the game, and the Chicago Cubs overcame a five-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Sunday.
Atlanta Braves (37-29, second in the NL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (25-40, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Sunday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Ian Anderson (5-3, 4.81 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 53 strikeouts); Cubs: Kyle Hendricks (2-5, 4.95 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 43 strikeouts)
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras had three hits and stole a base in his first game against younger brother William, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Saturday.
Chicago won a day after ending its 10-game losing streak and also stopping the Braves’ 14-game winning string.
Atlanta Braves (37-28, second in the NL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (24-40, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Saturday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Braves: Kyle Wright (7-3, 2.57 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 80 strikeouts); Cubs: Justin Steele (1-5, 4.33 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 50 strikeouts)
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs became the first team in 23 years to stop a losing streak of 10 or more game while ending an opponent's winning streak of at least 10 games, beating the Braves 1-0 Friday to halt the Braves' 14-game run.
San Diego Padres (40-24, second in the NL West) vs. Chicago Cubs (23-39, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Thursday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Padres: Joe Musgrove (7-0, 1.50 ERA, .93 WHIP, 72 strikeouts); Cubs: Matt Swarmer (1-1, 4.24 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 15 strikeouts)
San Diego Padres (39-24, second in the NL West) vs. Chicago Cubs (23-38, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Wednesday, 8:05 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Padres: Ryan Weathers (0-0); Cubs: Caleb Kilian (0-0)
CHICAGO (AP) — Luke Voit hit a two-run homer and a three-run double as the San Diego Padres rallied from a five-run deficit to hand the Chicago Cubs their eighth straight loss, 12-5 on Tuesday night.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Pitcher Lucas Sims lost to the Cincinnati Reds in salary arbitration on Thursday and will get $1.2 million instead of his $1.6 million request, leaving clubs with a 7-3 advantage in decisions with five cases remaining.
CHICAGO (AP) — Catcher Willson Contreras and the Chicago Cubs avoided an arbitration hearing scheduled for later in the day, agreeing Thursday to a one-year contract for $9.625 million.
The agreement was at the midpoint between the $10.25 million Contreras had asked for and the $9 million the Cubs had offered when figures were exchanged on March 22.
St. Louis Cardinals (31-23, second in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (23-31, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Sunday, 7:08 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (5-4, 2.75 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 48 strikeouts); Cubs: Justin Steele (1-5, 5.40 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 46 strikeouts)
St. Louis Cardinals (30-22, second in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (22-30, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Saturday, 1:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: TBD; Cubs: Matt Swarmer (0-0, 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, six strikeouts)
St. Louis Cardinals (29-22, second in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (22-29, fourth in the NL Central)
Chicago; Friday, 2:20 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Miles Mikolas (3-3, 2.67 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 47 strikeouts); Cubs: Marcus Stroman (2-4, 3.95 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 38 strikeouts)