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Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Cubs are the claiming team on Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and are "working out a deal."

Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the deal is done while Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports hears that prospect infielder Andruw Monasterio is headed back to the Nationals. By ending up on the Cubs, this means that every other team in the National League passed on the chance to claim Murphy. Even with his defensive limitations, it's a bit surprising. The 33-year-old got off to a slow start after returning from microfracture knee surgery, but he's batting .346 with five homers and a .915 OPS over his last 29 games. The Cubs have enough moving pieces where they can give Murphy regular rest. And if they get to the World Series, he can see some at-bats out of the DH spot.
Aug 21 - 2:17 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs are close to acquiring Brandon Kintzler from the Nationals.

The Nationals aren't entering full-on sell mode, as they will retain impending free agent superstar Bryce Harper, but they had a spare reliever to move. Kintzler holds a 3.59 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 31/13 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings this season out of the Washington bullpen. He's making $5 million in 2018 and carries a $10 million club option for 2019.
Jul 31 - 3:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, the Cubs and Brewers are among the main teams in the mix for Reds right-hander Matt Harvey.

As opposed to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Heyman hears that the Braves are not likely to land him. If you throw out one disastrous start, Harvey has a 3.63 ERA over his other 13 starts during his time with the Reds. He's shown increased velocity, though it hasn't resulted in an uptick in strikeouts or swings and misses. Obviously he still has the name recognition, but he's likely being viewed as a backend rotation option by contenders.
Jul 31 - 1:47 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the A's and Cubs are interested in reliever Craig Stammen.

On Monday, Rosenthal reported that the Pirates were also interested in Stammen. The 34-year-old right-hander is in the middle of a strong season for the Padres, posting a 2.63 ERA with a 58/10 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings. He's also signed to a very friendly contract -- he's making just $2.25 million in 2018 and 2019 -- so the Padres will likely want a relatively strong return to move him.
Jul 31 - 1:45 PM

Updating a previous report, the Cubs are not close to trading for Brad Ziegler, according to's Jon Morosi.

It was Morosi who reported previously that a deal was close, but he's now saying while the two sides have talked, it's "unclear" where things stand. Ziegler has reportedly drawn interest from the Phillies, Dodgers, Red Sox, Yankees and Diamondbacks in addition to the Cubs.
Jul 31 - 1:02 AM's Jon Morosi reports that the Cubs are "moving closer" to a trade for Brad Ziegler.

Morosi adds that the deal is not done yet but is close. It's unclear what the Cubs will be sending to the Marlins in the trade. Ziegler got off to a rotten start this season but has put up a 0.93 ERA since the beginning of June. The 38-year-old is an impending free agent.
Jul 31 - 12:50 AM's Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, Yankees and Diamondbacks "have shown varying levels of interest" in Brad Ziegler.

Morosi writes that Ziegler "might be the likeliest player in baseball to be traded before Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET." The 38-year-old reliever got off to an awful start this season, but he's posted a 0.93 ERA since the beginning of June and shouldn't cost much in the way of prospects.
Jul 30 - 10:24 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Braves and Cubs are "pushing" to acquire Brad Brach.

The Rockies and Indians are a couple other clubs that reportedly have interest in Brach, but it sounds like it could come down to the Bravos or Cubbies. An impending free agent, Brach is in line to set up wherever he winds up, while Mychal Givens would be a likely candidate to step in as the Orioles' closer.
Jul 29 - 1:41 PM

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Cubs, Rockies and Indians "retain interest" in Brad Brach.

All three teams have added relievers recently but it appears they might not be done. Brach has posted a disappointing 4.85 ERA and 38/19 K/BB ratio over 39 innings this season, but his track record suggests he could bounce back down the stretch as long as he's healthy.
Jul 27 - 3:45 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Cubs will pay $5 million of the remaining salary obligation owed to Cole Hamels.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported previously that the Cubs were expected to take on about $4 million of the $14.2 million Hamels is still owed. In addition to salary relief, the Rangers will also get pitching prospect Rollie Lacy. The Hamels trade figures to be officially announced later Friday.
Jul 27 - 9:50 AM

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Cubs have a "deal in place" to acquire Cole Hamels from the Rangers.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the deal is pending an "exchange of medical information." Barring any Orioles-esque medical snafus, this trade is going to happen. It appears the Cubs are sending the Rangers a package of low-level prospects and will also pay a portion of Hamels' remaining salary. It would probably be a stretch to call Hamels an ace at this point in his career, though the 34-year-old should benefit from a change of scenery after spending the past three seasons pitching at hitter-friendly Globe Life Park in Texas.
Jul 26 - 8:45 PM

David Kaplan of NBC Sports Chicago reports the Cubs are "closing in" on a deal to acquire Cole Hamels from the Rangers.

That's been the rumor all day and at this point, it would be a major upset if Hamels went anywhere other than Chicago. Minor league right-hander Rollie Lacy was scratched from his scheduled start for High-A Myrtle Beach on Thursday, which could suggest that he's on his way to Texas. The Rangers are expected to pay most of Hamels' remaining salary with the Cubs chipping in about $4 million. Look for Hamels, who once threw a no-hitter at Wrigley Field, to be a Cub by the end of the night.
Jul 26 - 8:03 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs have emerged as the "front-runner" to acquire Cole Hamels, though the Braves "remain in the mix."

Hamels' trade market is heating up and it looks like he could be dealt by the end of the night. With J.A. Happ off the board, teams are turning their attention to Hamels, a four-time All-Star and former World Series MVP. Hamels isn't the pitcher he once was—he's third in the majors in home runs allowed this season—but he's pitched well outside of Texas, delivering an impressive 2.93 ERA over 10 road outings this year. The Rangers seem pretty eager to move him and would probably settle for lower-level prospects to get a deal done.
Jul 26 - 7:04 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Cubs have a "real chance" to acquire Cole Hamels from the Rangers.

Sherman added that a deal could be reached by the end of the day. Chicago's farm system is rather thin at the moment, but the Rangers mostly want to get out from Hamels' contract and are reportedly willing to accept lower-level prospects. Per Sherman, the Cubs would be expected to take on about $4 million of the $14.2 million Hamels is still owed by Texas. Hamels hasn't had his best season (5-9, 4.72 ERA) but the left-hander is a proven playoff performer and would certainly be an upgrade on Tyler Chatwood, who leads the majors with 85 walks.
Jul 26 - 6:26 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that the Cubs are "making inroads" on a Cole Hamels trade.

Hamels was also a known target of the Yankees, but it sounds like they're about to get J.A. Happ from the Blue Jays. Hamels has struggled mightily over his last five starts and is owed quite a bit of money (including a $6 million buyout on his $20 million option for 2019), but with so few quality starters available via trade, the Rangers figure to find somebody to take the veteran left-hander before the July 31 deadline.
Jul 26 - 2:56 PM

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN writes that "It's looking like a four-team scramble" between the Astros, Red Sox, Yankees, and Cubs to land Orioles closer Zach Britton.

Crasnick adds that the Yankees and Astros have both sweetened their offers in the past day or two, which would seem to credence to Jim Bowden's report that the two clubs are in the lead at the moment. Of course, that can all change in a moment's notice. Still, there's enough chatter to suggest that we're getting close to the finish line here.
Jul 24 - 11:18 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports, the Yankees are "still trying" on Orioles closer Zach Britton.

The Astros and Cubs have been been mentioned most prominently in reports, but the Yankees are on a long list of teams who are also in the mix. Many were skeptical that Peter Angelos would sign off on Manny Machado going to the Yankees, but it could be a different story with Britton. In truth, Britton would be a luxury for New York's bullpen, which is already tops in the majors with a 2.78 ERA. Their biggest need is a starting pitcher.
Jul 23 - 10:21 AM

Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports that the Cubs "remain deeply involved" in trade discussions for Zach Britton.

We've seen Britton connected to the Cubs previously, but Mooney's report would seem to indicate that he's at the top of their wish list. It makes sense that they're targeting the lefty reliever, especially with Brandon Morrow (biceps) sidelined. Morrow will close for the Cubs as long as he's healthy, so Chicago wouldn't be the best landing spot for Britton from a fantasy perspective.
Source: The Athletic
Jul 22 - 8:42 AM

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports reports that the Cubs are "considering" Mets closer Jeurys Familia.

Heyman writes that Orioles closer Zach Britton is thought to be at the top of their wish list, but they are keeping an eye on the alternatives. Familia, also an impending free agent, figures to be one of the more popular names leading into the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The 28-year-old is 17-for-21 in save chances to go along with a 2.88 ERA and 43/14 K/BB ratio over 40 2/3 innings. Andy Martino of SNY TV reported Friday that 7-8 teams are in the mix while Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the A's are one of them.
Jul 20 - 8:57 PM

Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that the Cubs are one of eight teams that have expressed interest in acquiring Orioles' left-hander Zach Britton.

Britton's market has perked up in recent weeks as the 30-year-old left-hander has seemed to have rediscovered his form. His velocity is up, his sinker is biting once again, and he was able to record saves on back-to-back days over the weekend for the first time this season. Levine notes that the Cubs also have interest in Padres' closer Brad Hand, though the asking price will be much higher there as Hand is under contract for two additional seasons while Britton is a free agent at season's end.
Jul 15 - 10:20 PM

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