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Cubs | Chicago's rotation competition

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:45:01 -0800

Chicago Cubs SP Jason Hammel, who battled through a calf injury and posted a 5.10 ERA in the second half, isn't a lock for the starting rotation after the additions of SPs John Lackey and Adam Warren. Hammel also had a 14.55 ERA in two playoff starts. The Cubs are also paying Hammel $9 million in 2016, and he did have a 2.86 first-half ERA.

SP Kyle Hendricks may be fighting for a job as the No. 5 starter. "Those things will work out," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We have a lot of guys that can start in the big leagues and I'm sure a lot of those guys will make starts for the Cubs next year." SPs Trevor Cahill, Travis Wood and Clayton Richard are also vying for rotation jobs this spring, but none are likely to beat out both Hendricks and Warren.

Fantasy Tip: Lackey and Hammel should have rotation spots locked up, with Warren on the outside looking in. Lackey is a vet that will see correction to his ERA, but he remains a viable late-round option to round out your staff. Hammel and Kendricks are speculative grabs in deep mixed affairs.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jesse Rogers


Cubs | Jake Arrieta avoids arbitration

Sat, 06 Feb 2016 08:06:07 -0800

Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta has avoided arbitration Friday, Feb. 5, by agreeing to a one-year deal with the Cubs worth $10.7 million, according to a source.

Fantasy Tip: Arrieta is coming off a Cy Young winning season and should be the ace of the Cubs starting rotation this season. Arrieta likely will be selected in one of the early rounds of drafts this season and could be a No. 1 pitcher for a fantasy owner.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press - Jay Cohen


Cubs | Jake Arrieta arbitration hearing set

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:54:42 -0800

Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta's arbitration hearing has been set for Feb. 9. The two sides are $5.5 million apart.

Fantasy Tip: Arrieta set the bar extremely high for himself, and some regression from that historic second half should be expected. However, he's firmly in the SP1 range in fantasy.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPNChicago.com - Bruce Levine


Cubs | Javier Baez to be super-utility player?

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 14:54:33 -0800

Chicago Cubs 2B Javier Baez played some center field in winter ball this offseason and felt very comfortable there. With all of the infield spots blocked, the Cubs would like Baez to move around on the diamond. He could see time as the fourth outfielder or win a job outright.

"He is one of the best baseball position players we have in the organization," said bench coach Dave Martinez. "We are going to try and play him at multiple positions and make it fun for him. He told us he is all for it and not worried in the least. On offense, we want him to be himself and let the ball get in there on him before he reacts."

Fantasy Tip: While Baez is unlikely to be a starter for Chicago, that doesn't mean he's useless for fantasy owners in 2016. All it would take is one injury to open up significant playing time, and he could be more attractive with more positional flexibility. Baez remains a worthwhile stash for his power in deeper leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: CBSChicago.com - Bruce Levine


Cubs | Jake Arrieta hopes to be stronger

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:07:03 -0800

Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta's offseason workout routines are becoming legendary, and he'll need it after blowing out his previous career high in innings of 156 2/3 by pitching almost 250 innings last season, including the playoffs. His fitness routine is heavy on Pilates and includes a lot of running. Arrieta ran out of gas late in the season, but the Cubs believe he's well-equipped to handle that kind of workload this time around.

The Cubs will be smart about his workload, but it's unclear how they'll back off him in spring training. Arrieta said his offseason throwing program has been about normal. "I've had more than a couple weeks now, working on my deliveries," Arrieta said. "Dry deliveries. That helps when I get the ball back in my hand -- like I never really stopped throwing. The goal for me is to increase arm strength."

Fantasy Tip: Arrieta's Cy Young season in 2015 included a 1.77 ERA and 22 wins. It'll be extremely hard to match those numbers, but even if he doesn't match or surpass his award-winning season, the fact remains he's already established himself as a fantasy ace.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jesse Rogers


Cubs | Munenori Kawasaki signs with Chicago

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 23:57:11 -0800

The Chicago Cubs signed free-agent INF Munenori Kawasaki (Blue Jays) to a minor-league contract Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Jon Paul Morosi


Cubs | Jake Arrieta files for arbitration

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 19:57:48 -0800

Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta has filed for salary arbitration. He made $3.63 million last year and is seeking $13 million for the 2016 season, while the team has countered with a $7.5 million offer.

Fantasy Tip: Arrieta won the 2015 National League Cy Young Award after leading the senior circuit in victories (22), complete games (four) and shutouts (three), while posting a 1.77 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 9.3 K/9. He should be one of the first starting pitchers drafted in all fantasy formats this spring.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: Yahoo! Sports - Jeff Passan


Cubs | Chris Coghlan avoids arbitration

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 14:02:06 -0800

Chicago Cubs OF Chris Coghlan re-signed a one-year, $4.8 million contract to avoid arbitration Friday, Jan. 15.

Fantasy Tip: Coghlan hit a career-high 16 home runs last season, and he caught the eye of skipper Joe Maddon, and the manager leaned on him in a utility role at second base and in the outfield. The Cubs are a deeper team heading into 2016, though, so playing time is a real concern for Coghlan's fantasy stock. Unless things change, he is likely best left to cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Carrie Muskat


Cubs | Two Cubs avoid arbitration

Fri, 15 Jan 2016 10:34:43 -0800

Chicago Cubs RP Hector Rondon and RP Travis Wood avoided arbitration by signing one-year deals Friday, Jan. 15. Rondon landed $4.2 million, and Wood tallied $6.17 million.

Fantasy Tip: Rondon had a breakout season, mostly as their closer, with 30 saves, a 1.67 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. He's a solid RP2. Wood turned into a shutdown reliever last season after allowing a .423 batting average after 46 pitches as a starter. He's an NL-only option for his 10.55 K/9.

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


Cubs | Jake Arrieta talks offseason plan

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:58:08 -0800

Chicago Cubs SP Jake Arrieta began throwing earlier this month and said his goal is to increase his arm strength over the next four to five weeks to be ready for the beginning of spring training.

Fantasy Tip: Arrieta is coming off a Cy Young campaign and deserves fantasy ace status heading into the 2016 season. Dating back to the beginning of 2015, Arrieta has a 2.08 ERA, a 2.13 FIP, a 0.92 WHIP and a 9.4 K/9, and he is worth targeting as one of the first pitchers off the board in drafts this spring.

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


Cubs | Javier Baez playing center field

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 17:26:35 -0800

Chicago Cubs INF Javier Baez is playing center field for the first time in a Puerto Rican winter league game Friday, Dec. 18.

Fantasy Tip: Baez once again finds himself without a regular position due to the team's acquisition of INF/OF Ben Zobrist, so he is looking to increase his versatility in order to receive more at-bats. His fantasy value will remain limited as long as he stays with the Cubs and will skyrocket if he ends up with a club that can guarantee him regular playing time.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Phil Rogers


Cubs | Jason Heyward to play CF

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 09:14:07 -0800

Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward will play center field next year unless the Cubs move OF Jorge Soler in a trade. Heyward is slated to bat near the top of the lineup with 2B Ben Zobrist.

Fantasy Tip: Heyward is a real complete player in real life and for his fantasy owners, and joining the Cubbies should make him even more appealing in fantasy drafts. Heyward's contact, on-base and speed skills will play well in the Chicago lineup and will also enhance the value of those hitting around him -- like Kris Bryant, Zobrist and Anthony Rizzo.

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Cubs | Jason Heyward took less to join Chicago

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:19:59 -0800

Updating an ongoing story, Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward received $200 million offers from the Washington Nationals and another team, believed to be the St. Louis Cardinals, but choose to sign for less with Chicago.

Fantasy Tip: Heyward projects to hit in front of Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant, which was a lineup spot that helped Dexter Fowler cross home plate 102 times last season. Heyward has 20-20 upside, and he is coming off a career-best 2.93 batting average. His five-category contribution will warrant an early middle round selection in redraft leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal


Cubs | Jason Heyward's financials

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:39:47 -0800

Chicago Cubs OF Jason Heyward signed an eight-year, $184 million deal with the Cubs Friday, Dec. 11, according to sources.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: FOXSports.com - Ken Rosenthal


Cubs | Three starters on Cubs' radar

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 10:39:16 -0800

San Diego Padres SP Tyson Ross, Cleveland Indians SP Danny Salazar and Indians SP Carlos Carrasco are pitchers the Chicago Cubs have had trade talks about, according to sources.

Fantasy Tip: The latter two would receive fantasy value boosts with a move to the NL. Ross could lose some luster if he left Petco Park, but all three would be viable SP2 or SP3 options in mixed leagues.

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Acevedo Andury P
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 2B
Barnes Scott RP
Batista Frank P
Bautista Luis C
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
Brothers Rex RP
Bryant Kris 3B
Bueno Francisley RP
Bunton Michael P
Burke Kyler P
Cabeza Yaniel C
Cabrera Alberto P
Cahill Trevor SP
Calvert Kurt OF
Camp Matt INF
Campusano Edward P
Caratini Victor C
Cardenas Adrian 3B
Cardona Javier C
Caridad Esmailin P
Carlin Luke C
Caro Roberto OF
Carreno Marcelo SP
Carrillo Marco P
Carter Anthony P
Carter Brian P
Cash David P
Castillo Jesus RP
Cates Zach P
Cavazos Andy RP
Cease Dylan 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
Dent Ryan SS
Diaz Dayan P
Doullard Jon C
Dubois Jason OF
Dugan Kelly OF
Echevarria Angel OF
Edwards C.J. SP
Espino Paolo P
Esposito Brian C
Estevez Ricardo P
Federowicz Tim C
Feliciano Pedro RP
Fife Stephen SP
Fitzgerald Ryan OF
Florentino Arturo P
Flores Luis C
Flowers Clarence OF
Frazier Jeff 1B
Frese Nate INF
Galvez Carlos P
Garcia Geivy RP
Gibbs Micah C
Golden Reggie OF
Gomes Brandon RP
Gonzalez Edgar INF
Green Craig P
Green Matt OF
Greenwood Nick RP
Gregg Davy OF
Gresky David OF
Grimm Justin P
Gutierrez Carlos SP
Guzman Jesus 1B
Ha Jae-Hoon OF
Halter Shane SS
Hamilton Jon OF
Hammel Jason SP
Hanneman Jacob OF
Happ Ian 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
Heyward Jason OF
Hickman Charles SS
Higgins Yuri P
Hoorelbeke Sean 1B
Howard Ben SP
Huijer Lars P
Ibarra Walter SS
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
Kawasaki Munenori SS
Keedy Ryan 1B
Kennard Jeffrey P
Koerber Scott RP
Kosow Jason P
La Stella Tommy 2B
Lackey John SP
Lambert Casey P
Larsen Andrew SS
Layden Timothy P
Leal Erick P
Leathersich Jack RP
Lebron Jesse P
Lester Jon SP
Lewis Jensen RP
Lockhart Daniel SS
Lopaze Danny 1B
Lopez Andrew OF
Lorick Jeffrey P
Loux Barret P
Machi Jean RP
Macias David OF
Made Jose INF
Maestri Alessandro P
Malave Mark C
Marcano Ricardo 3B
Marsello Jake P
Martinez Eddy Julio OF
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
Moss Bill INF
Mota Arismendy P
Mota Jonathan INF
Mottran Billy 3B
Murray Heath RP
Murton Matt OF
Muschko Craig P
Nagel Jonathan P
Negrin Yoanner RP
Negron Kris OF
Norwood Ryan INF
Olmos Edgar RP
Opitz Jake 2B
Oropesa Eddie RP
Ortiz Joseph RP
Ovando Ariel OF
Overholt Sean P
Paniagua Juan Carlos P
Papelbon Jeremy SP
Patton Spencer P
Pawelek Mark P
Peralta Starling P
Perez Juan OF
Perkins Vince P
Petrick Billy RP
Pettibone Jonathan SP
Pignatiello Carmen P
Pineda Francoris P
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
Robles Gregorio OF
Rodriguez Jhon P
Rohlicek Russ P
Rondon Hector RP
Rondon Manuel P
Roquet Rocky P
Ross David C
Rosscup Zach P
Rowen Ben RP
Rucinski Drew SP
Russell Addison SS
Sabates Roberto C
Sanchez Daniel SS
Santiago Andres P
Santo Joel P
Sasser Dustin P
Sawyer Marc INF
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
Szczur Matt OF
Szuminski Jason P
Taylor Scott P
Thomas Anthony INF
Tidball Adam C
Tineo Jose P
Trinidad Polin P
Tseng Jen-Ho P
Underwood Chad P
Underwood Duane P
Valaika Chris SS
Valdez Jeudy INF
Vento Stephen P
Villanueva Christian 3B
Vogelbach Dan 1B
Wallach Brett SP
Wang Yao-Lin P
Warren Adam SP
Watkins Logan 2B
Wick Olin C
Willis TeWayne OF
Wood Travis SP
Wright Ty OF
Wyatt Jonathan OF
Zobrist Ben 2B

Baker John TO
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
Maddon Joe MAN
Madison Jaron TO
Mallee John TO
Martinez Dave TO
McLeod Jason TO
Quirk Jamie TO
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