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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Cubs and Yu Darvish have come to an agreement on a six-year, $126 million contract.

The deal is pending a physical and could run as high as $150 million with incentives. Finally, into the second week of February, there's a resolution to the top remaining name on the free agent market, which will hopefully allow for the other dominoes to fall into place, Darvish joins a stacked rotation that already boasts Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood.
Feb 10 - 2:57 PM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, free agent starter Lance Lynn is drawing interest from "seven or eight teams."

The list includes the Brewers and Orioles, but both of those clubs are believed to be exploring the trade market for rotation upgrades at this time. Goold also mentions the Cubs, Twins, and Mets as possible suitors while noting that the Cardinals are "not in the mix." Lynn, 30, returned from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last season to register a 3.43 ERA in 186 1/3 innings for St. Louis. He boasts a career 3.38 ERA in nearly 1,000 innings at the major league level.
Feb 8 - 1:24 PM

Jay Cohen of The Associated Press reports that the Cubs are having "active talks" with Yu Darvish.

Cohen cites a source "with direct knowledge of the discussions" but cautions that there is "no agreement in place" at this point. The report comes on the heels of one earlier Monday from ESPN's Jerry Crasnick stating that Darvish had at least one five-year offer in hand. It's also worth pointing out that the Cubs on Monday agreed to a minor league contract with Chris Gimenez, who was Darvish's personal catcher for a time when they were with the Rangers. The Twins, Brewers, Dodgers, Yankees and Rangers are also thought to be in the mix for Darvish.
Jan 23 - 12:03 AM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, free agent right-hander Yu Darvish has at least one five-year offer on the table.

The identity of the team who made the offer and the specifics regarding the financials aren't known. However, given the number of teams involved, it would be no surprise if he ultimately lands a five-year deal. We could be getting close to crunch time, finally. The Cubs, Dodgers, Twins, Brewers, Yankees, and Rangers are all believed to be in the mix.
Jan 22 - 2:53 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs are one team "that's talked about Gerrit Cole lately."

It's unclear whether they've had any real discussions with the Pirates at this point. The Cubs pursuing Cole could be tricky since they'd be dealing with a division rival and also because their farm system isn't in as good of shape as other clubs that have talked to Pittsburgh. However, as Heyman notes, Chicago does have players on their major league roster they could deal.
Jan 12 - 4:47 PM

Yu Darvish indicated Wednesday night on his personal Twitter account that he is deciding between six teams.

Darvish was responding to a report from Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, which stated that the free agent starter has received ongoing interest from the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, and Twins. "I know one more team is in," Darvish replied. That team could be the Dodgers, as Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweeted Wednesday that it is his "understanding" the reigning NL champions are still in the mix "despite the financial hurdles." Darvish signing this week could finally unclog a free agent market that has been stagnant all winter for both starting pitchers and position players.
Jan 11 - 1:51 AM

Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports that the Cubs remain in touch with top free agents starters Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta, and Alex Cobb.

Mooney notes that the Cubs' higher-ups don't seem as enamored with Lance Lynn. It's been a slow-moving offseason for all of these guys, along with many of the top free agents in the position player pool, but dominoes should begin falling soon as we move toward mid-January. Darvish is also known to be drawing some level of interest from the Twins, Astros, Dodgers, and Yankees. The 31-year-old right-hander posted a 3.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 209/58 K/BB ratio across 186 2/3 regular-season innings in 2017 before getting lit up in the World Series.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 9 - 8:29 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says the Cubs are "now in the picture" for free agent reliever Greg Holland.

The Rockies' signing of former Cubs closer Wade Davis leaves the club with a need. The Cubs have already inked late-inning reliever Brandon Morrow this winter, but with Davis and Hector Rondon leaving, they surely could use more high-leverage arms. The Nationals, among others, are also believed to be in on the 32-year-old.
Source: Boston Globe
Jan 6 - 10:20 PM

David Kaplan of NBC Sports Chicago said on the network's Cubs Talk Podcast on Thursday that Alex Cobb rejected a three-year, $42 million offer from the Cubs this offseason.

Kaplan hears that Cobb was "interested" in the offer but was convinced by his agent to turn it down. It's unclear when the offer was extended, but Kaplan says the Cubs would put it back on the table "in a second" if Cobb has a change of heart. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports has reported that Cobb "is believed to be willing to sign in the four-year, $70 million range," which is a bit less than the $20 million AAV he reportedly had been seeking. The Orioles, Cardinals, Rangers, Yankees and Brewers are other clubs that have been connected to Cobb.
Jan 5 - 5:13 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers are among the teams that have shown interest in Alex Cobb.

Morosi reports that the Brewers have spoken to Cobb recently, but that the Cubs are still considered among the favorites to land the right-handed starter. Earlier this month, it was reported that Cobb's asking price was around $20 million a year; an asking price that has had some teams soften their interest in the 30-year-old starter. While the asking price could be steep, there's no denying that he'd be an upgrade to the rotation, and could help them close the gap with the Cubs in the National League Central.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 03:36:00 PM

Kyle Ryan has apparently agreed to a minor league contract with the Cubs.

Ryan changed his team to the Chicago Cubs in his Twitter bio, and while that's not the same thing as seeing it on a transaction report, it's a pretty good sign that he has indeed found a new team. The 26-year-old left-hander appeared in eight games for the Tigers in 2017 and walked seven hitters with just one strikeout in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up nine hits and five runs.
Wed, Dec 27, 2017 05:23:00 PM

There's no truth to a Twitter rumor that the Cubs and Yu Darvish have agreed to a deal, a source close to the negotiations told NBCSChicago's David Kaplan.

Bruce Levine, also plugged into all things Cubs, has chimed is with similar sentiments. Even Yu himself tweeted "#fakenews" to the report. According to Kaplan, there hasn't been anything going on between the two sides since they met on Monday.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 04:50:00 PM

According to MASN's Roch Kubatko, the Cubs' discussions with the Orioles on a potential Manny Machado trade included Addison Russell, Albert Almora, and Mike Montgomery.

It's unclear whether all three players were involved in the same package -- that seems unlikely -- but it probably doesn't matter anyway because Kubatko says "two starting pitchers are a necessity" in any return for Machado. Kubatko then echoes a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that the Orioles may be ready to pull their 25-year-old superstar off the trade block and try to deal him again over the summer. Machado is scheduled to become a free agent next winter and will likely be seeking a contract worth more than $300 million on the open market. He has also drawn serious interest this offseason from the Cardinals, White Sox, Yankees, Giants, Phillies, and Diamondbacks.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 11:15:00 AM

According to Bruce Levine of 670 The Score, the White Sox and Cubs are both "still in on conversations" about Orioles infielder Manny Machado.

Levine is a Chicago-based baseball analyst, which is why this report is centered on the two Chicago teams. There are believed to be at least six other clubs trying to land Machado, including the Cardinals, Red Sox, Phillies, Yankees, and Diamondbacks. Jim Bowden of The Athletic and Sirius XM has heard from sources that there is doubt as to whether Orioles owner Peter Angelos would approve any trade involving his 25-year-old superstar, but Baltimore's front office has apparently kept the phone lines open. Machado is scheduled to hit the open market next winter and will almost certainly climb out of the O's price range as a free agent.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 05:13:00 PM

Yu Darvish confirmed on Twitter that he met with the Cubs in Dallas on Monday.

Darvish noted that he spoke English during the 3 1/2 hour meeting and didn't use an interpreter. Many considered the Cubs the favorites for Alex Cobb, but the club is pivoting due to his asking price. Darvish will obviously be more expensive than Darvish, but his upside is also higher. Nothing appears imminent and the Cubs will face plenty of competition, including an uncharacteristic push from the Twins.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 09:15:00 AM

Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reports that Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer are in Dallas on Monday and their "likely destination" is a meeting with Yu Darvish.

It was Levine who reported over the weekend that the Cubs had interest in the right-hander. The Cubs have already signed Tyler Chatwood and the feeling had been that Alex Cobb was their next priority, but they're not keen on his current asking price. Darvish would obviously cost considerably more, of course. The Twins, Astros, Dodgers and Rangers are also known to be interested in Darvish.
Mon, Dec 18, 2017 04:16:00 PM

Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Alex Cobb's asking price of "about $20 million per year" has "lowered the temperature" on the Cubs' interest.

It's been reported that Cobb is the Cubs' top target as they look to fill out their rotation, but it sounds like they're hoping he lowers his demands. Chicago has been connected to Danny Salazar and Danny Duffy via trade as they seek alternatives. If he did wind up signing with the Cubs, Cobb would be reunited with pitching coach Jim Hickey.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 09:34:00 AM

Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago hears the Cubs are showing interest in free agent Yu Darvish.

Their interest makes sense, as the team is bracing for the loss of free agent starters Jake Arrieta and John Lackey and still has designs on vying for a World Series title in 2018. Darvish's case is an interesting one, as a few years ago he was set for a big payday this winter before Tommy John surgery and some shaky outings down the stretch last season muddied the water. Still, the 31-year-old is near the top of the list of free agent starters available, and the Dodgers, Astros and Twins, among others, are believed to be in competition for the right-hander as well.
Source: CBS Chicago
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 05:00:00 PM

Orioles selected RHP Pedro Araujo from the Cubs in the second round of the Rule 5 draft.

Araujo put up a promising 1.76 ERA, 0.915 WHIP, and 87/18 K/BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings this past season between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Tennessee. The 24-year-old right-hander should have a decent spot at cracking the Opening Day bullpen in Baltimore next spring.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 12:33:00 PM

Mets selected 2B Andrew Ely from the Cubs in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.

The former 32nd-round pick batted just .259 with a .710 OPS in 97 games this past season at Double-A Tennessee. Ely, who turns 25 years old in January, has managed just 14 home runs in 1,232 minor league plate appearances.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 11:54:00 AM


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