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Cubs acquired LHP Conor Lillis-White from the Angels to complete the Tommy La Stella trade from November 29.

Lillis-White took a big step forward in 2018, registering a 3.88 ERA with 98 strikeouts over 72 innings over 46 games at the Double-A and Triple-A level. The left-hander also walked 32 hitters in that time frame, but he has the stuff to be a high-leverage reliever, potentially.
Dec 13 - 4:50 PM

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Brewers have expressed interest in Daniel Murphy.

Murray also confirms that the club is interested in re-signing Mike Moustakas, which has been reportedly previously. General manager David Stearns said Monday that the team is planning on Travis Shaw being their second baseman next season, but obviously the signing of Murphy or Moustakas would change that.
Source: The Athletic
Dec 10 - 9:30 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that several teams have inquired on Kyle Schwarber but have been told by the Cubs that he is not available.

Schwarber is getting a little more expensive as he reaches arbitration eligibility for the first time this offseason. However, he is under team control through 2021 and the Cubs evidently aren't interested in seeing what he would fetch in a trade. Schwarber has batted .225/.336/.467 with 56 home runs over the last two seasons.
Dec 9 - 2:19 PM

Cubs' president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Friday that Kris Bryant (shoulder) will resume hitting in January.

Bryant has been progressing without limitations in his recovery from a sore left shoulder, but the team doesn't want him to start hitting until January. He'll have no problem getting himself ready in time for the start of the regular season.
Dec 7 - 6:19 PM

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein told reporters on Thursday that Yu Darvish (elbow) will start a throwing program in a couple of weeks.

Epstein also said that Darvish looks "strong and healthy," which is obviously good news. It was a lost season for the right-hander, as he was only able to throw 40 innings in 2018; none of them after May 21. He's still owed $101 million through 2023, and while there's still some upside in his right arm, there's just as much risk in the 32-year-old.
Dec 6 - 6:54 PM

Brandon Morrow had a scope on his right elbow in early November.

It was an arthroscopic debridement procedure -- a cleanup of cartilage in and around the joint. Jesse Rogers of ESPN 1000 in Chicago hears that the surgery and subsequent rehab could affect Morrow's availability for the start of the 2019 regular season. Arm injuries are no new thing for the 34-year-old right-hander, who missed the second half of the 2018 campaign due to a bone bruise in his pitching elbow. Look for the Cubs to add a late-inning reliever or two this winter. For now, Pedro Strop is the best bet to open 2019 as the team's primary closer.
Dec 6 - 3:48 PM

Cubs hired Tommy Hottovy as pitching coach.

He'll be replacing Jim Hickey, who stepped down from the role after one season citing personal reasons. Hottovy, a 37-year-old former fourth-round pick of the Red Sox, served as an advanced scout and director of run prevention for the Cubs over the last three years. An honor roll student in high school and finance major in college at Wichita State, he is said to be well-versed in baseball analytics. The Cubs have also named Mike Borzello as assistant pitching coach, Terrmel Sledge as assistant hitting coach, and Chris Denorfia as quality assurance coach. Joe Maddon's staff is finally set.
Dec 6 - 3:35 PM

Cubs non-tendered RHP Allen Webster.

Webster, 28, returned to the big leagues in 2018, registering a 6.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 3/1 K/BB ratio in three innings with the Cubs in September. He'll probably have to settle for a minor league contract elsewhere this winter.
Nov 30 - 8:42 PM

The Cubs announced Friday that they have officially tendered Addison Russell a contract.

There had been some speculation that the Cubs might sever ties with Russell in the wake of his domestic violence suspension (not to mention his disappointing play), but the club has decided to bring him back. Russell batted just .250/.317/.340 with five homers over 130 games this past season and still has 29 games of his suspension to serve. MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $4.3 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility.
Nov 30 - 3:09 PM

Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and 670thescore.com reports that the Cubs are likely to tender Addison Russell a contract.

There was some thought that Russell could possibly be non-tendered given his declining performance and off-the-field issues, but it looks like the Cubs will hang on to him for now. He could still be traded, of course. Russell will serve the final 29 games of his domestic violence suspension at the start of next season and is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to earn $4.3 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility.
Nov 30 - 1:59 PM

Cubs re-signed LHP Kyle Ryan to a one-year contract.

No word yet on the financial terms of the agreement. Ryan posted a strong 2.86 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 61/18 K/BB ratio in 66 innings (eight starts, 14 relief appearances) this past season at Triple-A Iowa. He could factor into the Cubs' long-relief mix in 2019.
Nov 28 - 4:25 PM

Cubs re-signed OF Wynton Bernard to a minor league contract.

Bernard signed with the Cubs in January of 2018, and struggled in his time with Triple-A Iowa with a .574 OPS over 61 games. He was much better in Double-A Tennessee (.295/.362/.371), and the 28-year-old could spend time at both levels again in 2019.
Nov 22 - 4:17 PM

Cubs re-signed RHP Corey Black to a minor league contract.

Black has been in the Chicago system since coming over to the Yankees in the deal for Alfonso Soriano in 2013. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2017, and made just seven appearances at the instructional level for the Cubs in 2018. He'll likely pitch at Triple-A Iowa in 2018.
Nov 22 - 4:15 PM

Cubs sent LHP Jerry Vasto outright to Triple-A Iowa.

The Cubs claimed the 26-year-old left-hander off waivers from the Royals on July 31. Vasto posted an 8.31 ERA over his first 4 1/3 major league innings (six appearances) this past season between Colorado and Kansas City.
Nov 20 - 11:29 PM

Cubs sent OF Johnny Field outright to Triple-A Iowa.

Field was claimed off waivers from the Twins earlier this month but has now been removed the Cubs' 40-man roster. The 26-year-old outfielder batted just .222/.254/.403 in 223 plate appearances between Tampa Bay and Minnesota in 2018.
Nov 20 - 11:27 PM


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