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Cubs | Fifth starting job wide open for Cubs

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:26:36 -0800

Chicago Cubs SPs Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson, Felix Doubront and others are battling to be the fifth starter this season.

Fantasy Tip: The others would include Justin Turner and Tsuyoshi Wada. This is a battle to monitor throughout spring training, as the winner will hold value in deep mixed leagues and NL-only formats. Continue to check back for updates.

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Cubs | Kyle Hendricks pegged for rotation

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:21:54 -0800

Chicago Cubs SP Kyle Hendricks is expected to break camp in the starting rotation, according to manager Joe Maddon.

Fantasy Tip: Hendricks went 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP through 13 starts last season after cursing through the minor leagues in four years. He is worth targeting in the late middle rounds, but note his strikeout upside is limited. Plus, his ratios will be difficult to duplicate.

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Cubs | Jon Lester to start opening day

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:13:22 -0800

Chicago Cubs SP Jon Lester will officially start on opening day.

Fantasy Tip: It's not a surprise that the Cubs' big free-agent pitching acquisition will start the first game of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals in Chicago. There is some concern about Lester's WHIP these days, but his uptick in strikeouts last year was a comforting sign, and the move to the National League should keep him in fantasy ace territory.

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Cubs | Jorge Soler adds muscle

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 10:28:00 -0800

Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler, who is listed at 215 pounds, said he currently weighs 242 pounds after adding plenty of muscle in the offseason. Soler thinks he has maintained his range in the outfield despite the added weight.

Fantasy Tip: Soler, 23, smacked five home runs and had 20 RBI in just 97 plate appearances in his first taste of the big leagues late in 2014. He should see everyday playing time immediately in 2015, making him a sleeper prospect in the middle rounds of standard leagues. Despite a vicious uppercut swing, Soler makes enough contact to be a candidate for a breakout season.

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Cubs | Tommy La Stella working at third base

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 13:24:03 -0800

Chicago Cubs 2B Tommy La Stella took repetitions at third base, and manager Joe Maddon said La Stella is "all in" at the hot corner despite spending his entire career playing second base.

Fantasy Tip: La Stella is unlikely to fill anything more than a utility role with the Cubs. However, there is an opportunity for him to receive enough at-bats to warrant attention in NL-only leagues, especially if a few of the Cubs prospects have a few hiccups in their development.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Chicago Tribune - Mark Gonzales

Cubs | Kris Bryant to play OF in camp

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:44:33 -0800

Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant was asked by manager Joe Maddon to play some outfield in spring training.

Fantasy Tip: Bryant has been anointed the top prospect in baseball by some outlets. He'll battle for the third base job, but he'll really have to torment spring pitching to win a spot on Opening Day. He'll be a player you look to take a flyer on in the second half of your draft.

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Cubs | Travis Wood not told about trade likelihood

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:55:00 -0800

Chicago Cubs SP Travis Wood has not been told by the team about the likelihood of his being traded, but Wood has accepted it as "part of the business" if he is dealt.

Fantasy Tip: Wood's status on the team was more cemented until the team signed Jason Hammel and Jon Lester in free agency. Right now, Wood will battle Tsuyoshi Wada and Felix Doubront for the fifth spot and could lose out. Watch this battle accordingly.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Gordon Wittenmyer

Cubs | Cubs may keep three catchers

Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:49:52 -0800

The Chicago Cubs may keep three catchers on their roster for depth at the position, according to sources.

Fantasy Tip: Welington Castillo had been trade bait but would not be moved under this scenario. Castillo's fantasy value would decrease as the No. 3 catcher on the roster, and it makes a platoon at this position more likely.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: 670 The Score - Bruce Levine

Cubs | Welington Castillo still may be moved

Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:28:50 -0800

Chicago Cubs C Welington Castillo is still being shopped by the team since they have Cs Miguel Montero and David Ross on the roster. The Philadelphia Phillies have shown interest in Castillo.

Fantasy Tip: It looks like Castillo is the third catcher on the depth chart at this point, so it would help his value if he is traded. At this point, Castillo should not be an option in drafts but would have value if he becomes a starting catcher elsewhere.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Chicago Sun-Times - Gordon Wittenmyer

Cubs | Kris Bryant's debut may be delayed

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 16:31:10 -0800

Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, who hit .325 with 43 runs and 110 RBI between Class AA and AAA combined last year, may have his major league debut delayed this year due to service time. However, Bryant isn't worried about the decisions of the front office. His goal is just to make a decision hard on the team's brass. Last year in spring training, he was 2-for-18 with two home runs.

Fantasy Tip: Bryant had a phenomenal year in the minors last year. He's one of the Cubbies' most impressive prospects, and that'll surely make him overvalued in your fantasy baseball draft this year. He has impressive power at a weak position, but be careful not to overpay; Bryant has yet to play in the majors and strikes out frequently.

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Cubs | Mike Olt likely to win 3B job

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:35:23 -0800

Chicago Cubs 3B Mike Olt is the front-runner to win the third base job over 3B Kris Bryant to start the season. However, Bryant hit .325/.438/.661 with 43 homers in the minors last year, and he'll likely be starting in Chicago by midseason or season if he keeps that up. Olt, though, saw marked improvement late last year and could re-establish himself as a lineup fixture this spring. 2B Arismendy Alcantara could also see time at the hot corner. The Cubbies have said they do not want to rush things with Bryant.

Fantasy Tip: Despite the fact that Bryant is likely to start 2015 in the minors again, he'll probably continue to be overvalued by fantasy baseball drafters. For that fact alone, Olt could be a nice sleeper target in NL-only leagues for his power stroke, but he'll need to make much more contact to last in the starting lineup and hold off Bryant.

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Cubs | Joe Maddon to experiment with lineup

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 11:16:48 -0800

Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon plans on experimenting with the lineup in his first year with the team. He's considered batting the pitcher eighth, which he did at times while managing the Tampa Bay Rays. Maddon is a fan of 2B Arismendy Alcantara's versatility at the leadoff spot if he's playing. The projected batting order has OF Dexter Fowler leading off, however.

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Cubs | Jonathan Mota re-signs

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 23:56:19 -0800

Free-agent IF Jonathan Mota (Cubs) was re-signed by the Chicago Cubs on Friday, Feb. 13. Mota has spent 10 seasons in the Cubs' farm system.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Baseball America - Matt Eddy

Cubs | Gonzalez Germen outrighted to Iowa

Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:09:28 -0800

Chicago Cubs RP Gonzalez Germen cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa Friday, Feb. 13. He'll be a non-roster invite to spring training.

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Cubs | Chicago was a finalist for James Shields

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:15:53 -0800

San Diego Padres SP James Shields said the Chicago Cubs were the other team he was considering signing with this offseason.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Dennis Lin

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Alcantara Arismendy 2B
Almora Albert OF
Anderson Dennis C
Angulo Fabian P
Arrieta Jake SP
Ashwood Zachary P
Avery Matt P
Bachman Corey P
Baez Javier SS
Bard Daniel RP
Bautista Luis C
Baxter Mike OF
Beeler Dallas SP
Bernard Oscar C
Black Corey RP
Blackburn Paul P
Blackford Todd P
Boegarts Jair 1B
Borques Smaily OF
Brannon Clint P
Brazis Matt P
Bristow Justin P
Britton Drake SP
Bryant Kris 3B
Bueno Francisley RP
Bunton Michael P
Burke Kyler P
Cabeza Yaniel C
Cabrera Alberto P
Calvert Kurt OF
Camp Matt INF
Campusano Edward P
Caratini Victor C
Cardenas Adrian 3B
Cardona Javier C
Caridad Esmailin P
Caro Roberto OF
Carreno Marcelo SP
Carrillo Marco P
Carter Anthony P
Carter Brian P
Cash David P
Castillo Jesus RP
Castillo Lendy P
Castillo Welington C
Castro Starlin SS
Cates Zach P
Cavazos Andy RP
Cease Dylan P
Cervenka Hunter P
Chambers Adron OF
Coghlan Chris OF
Coleman Joseph P
Coles Corey OF
Concepcion Gerardo P
Contreras Wilson C
Cooper Blake RP
Craig Matt 3B
Crawford Evan M. OF
De Leon Jorge RP
Denorfia Chris OF
Dent Ryan SS
Diaz Dayan P
Doubront Felix SP
Doullard Jon C
Dubois Jason OF
Echevarria Angel OF
Edwards C.J. SP
Espino Paolo P
Esposito Brian C
Estevez Ricardo P
Feliciano Pedro RP
Fitzgerald Ryan OF
Florentino Arturo P
Flores Luis C
Flowers Clarence OF
Fowler Dexter OF
Frazier Jeff 1B
Frese Nate INF
Galvez Carlos P
Garcia Geivy RP
Germen Gonzalez RP
Gibbs Micah C
Golden Reggie OF
Gonzalez Edgar INF
Green Craig P
Green Matt OF
Gregg Davy OF
Gresky David OF
Grimm Justin P
Gutierrez Carlos SP
Ha Jae-Hoon OF
Halter Shane SS
Hamilton Jon OF
Hammel Jason SP
Hanneman Jacob OF
Harben Adam P
Hardman Clark OF
Harris Tyrelle P
Hempy Arik P
Henderson James P
Hendricks Kyle SP
Hernandez Diory INF
Hernandez Robert P
Herrera Jonathan SS
Hickman Charles SS
Higgins Yuri P
Hoorelbeke Sean 1B
Howard Ben SP
Huijer Lars P
Ibarra Walter SS
Jackson Edwin SP
Jackson Jon P
Jackson Nic OF
Jackson Randy P
Jan Carlos P
Jimenez Eloy OF
Johnson Grant P
Johnson Jonathan J. 3B
Johnson Leon OF
Johnson Pierce P
Jokisch Eric SP
Jones Geoff P
Jones Jericho OF
Jones Nick 2B
Joseph Alfred OF
Keedy Ryan 1B
Kennard Jeffrey P
Koerber Scott RP
Kosow Jason P
La Stella Tommy 2B
Lake Junior OF
Lambert Casey P
Larsen Andrew SS
Layden Timothy P
Leal Erick P
Lebron Jesse P
Lester Jon SP
Lewis Jensen RP
Lockhart Daniel SS
Lopaze Danny 1B
Lopez Andrew OF
Lopez Rafael C
Lorick Jeffrey P
Loux Barret P
Macias David OF
Made Jose INF
Maestri Alessandro P
Malave Mark C
Marcano Ricardo 3B
Marsello Jake P
Martinez Ericdervid P
Martinez Jonathan P
Matchulat Toby P
Mathes J.R. P
Maysonet Edwin SS
McClain Scott 3B
McCormack Zack P
McDaniel Dan P
McKinney Billy OF
McNutt Trey P
McQuade Tony OF
Meyer Scott P
Meyers Ryan P
Miller Gerald OF
Mitchell Tarlandas P
Montero Miguel C
Morgan Ryan INF
Morris A.J. P
Moss Bill INF
Mota Arismendy P
Mota Jonathan INF
Motte Jason RP
Mottran Billy 3B
Murray Heath RP
Muschko Craig P
Nagel Jonathan P
Negrin Yoanner RP
Norwood Ryan INF
Olt Mike 3B
Opitz Jake 2B
Oropesa Eddie RP
Ortiz Joseph RP
Ovando Ariel OF
Overholt Sean P
Paniagua Juan Carlos P
Papelbon Jeremy SP
Parker Blake RP
Pawelek Mark P
Peralta Starling P
Perkins Vince P
Petrick Billy RP
Pignatiello Carmen P
Pimentel Carlos SP
Pineda Francoris P
Pineyro Ivan SP
Ramirez Horacio P
Ramirez Manny OF
Ramirez Neil RP
Rea Jeffrey INF
Reyes Rene OF
Rhee Dae-Eun P
Rhoderick Kevin P
Richie Tony C
Ridling Rebel 1B
Rios Jose SS
Rizzo Anthony 1B
Roach Donn P
Robles Gregorio OF
Rodriguez Jhon P
Rohlicek Russ P
Rondon Hector RP
Roquet Rocky P
Ross David C
Rosscup Zach P
Rusin Chris SP
Russell Addison SS
Sabates Roberto C
Sanchez Daniel SS
Santiago Andres P
Santo Joel P
Sasser Dustin P
Sawyer Marc INF
Schlitter Brian P
Schwarber Kyle C
Serrano Juan Yasser P
Shafer Aaron P
Shipman Andrew P
Shoulders Rock 1B
Siegfried Christopher P
Silva Rubi OF
Silverio Pedro P
Simokaitis Joe SS
Smith Carlton RP
Soler Jorge OF
Sontag Ryan OF
Spencer Matt OF
Stanford Jason RP
Strop Pedro RP
Svetlic Mike INF
Sweeney Ryan OF
Szczur Matt OF
Szuminski Jason P
Taylor Scott P
Teagarden Taylor C
Thomas Anthony INF
Tidball Adam C
Tineo Jose P
Trinidad Polin P
Tseng Jen-Ho P
Turner Jacob SP
Underwood Chad P
Underwood Duane P
Valaika Chris SS
Valdez Jeudy INF
Vento Stephen P
Villanueva Christian 3B
Vogelbach Dan 1B
Wada Tsuyoshi SP
Wallach Brett SP
Wang Yao-Lin P
Watkins Logan 2B
Wick Olin C
Willis TeWayne OF
Wood Travis SP
Wright Ty OF
Wyatt Jonathan OF
Zych Tony P

Bell David TO
Blanco Henry TO
Borzello Mike TO
Bosio Chris PC
Brumley Mike TO
Bush Randy TO
Castro Jose TO
Dascenzo Doug TO
Deer Rob TO
Dempster Ryan TO
Dorey Matt TO
Epstein Theo TO
Font Franklin TO
Hinske Eric TO
Hoyer Jed GM
Hyde Brandon TO
Jones Gary TO
Lilly Ted TO
Littlefield Dave TO
Maddon Joe MAN
Madison Jaron TO
Mallee John TO
Martinez Dave TO
McLeod Jason TO
Quirk Jamie TO
Riggans Mark PC
Strode Lester TO

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