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Making it all the way to the NLCS is no mean feat. The Cubs trotting out MLB's fourth-youngest collection of position players in year three of that run speaks volumes about how bright their future is. But boy do the Cubs ever need pitching. Arrieta's a free agent, Jon Lester is no longer a reliable

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED - 2017-11-21 08:00:00

Cubs' Kyle Hendricks weds Emma Cain with teammates in attendance

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks is known for his calm demeanor on the mound, but he couldn't contain his excitement when breaking the news that he got married over the weekend. "We did it!! I love you so much, I'm lucky you're mine @emma_cain," Hendricks tweeted late Sunday. The bride tweeted a photo of

CHICAGO TRIBUNE - 2017-11-20 14:10:00

Colorado Rockies: Check out the complete 2018 spring training schedule

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies pitches in the first inning during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on February 27, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images) The Rockies will open spring training games on

ROXPILE.COM - 2017-11-20 13:29:45

Andre Dawson reportedly about to rejoin Cubs organization

Andre Dawson is about to get a welcome back to Sweet Home Chicago. The Hall of Famer is reportedly about to rejoin the Cubs organization in some capacity, according to a Monday-morning tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Nightengale didn't specify what Dawson's role will be, but the former Cubs

YAHOO SPORTS - 2017-11-20 14:27:40

Cub Tracks shoulders the blame

In our previous episode, Cub Tracks took home an oscar. We'd have rather taken a Dave Berg or a Vienna Beef, but you get what you get. This time around, there isn't much to get as we steam into Thanksgiving week, and I'm playing hurt as I dislocated my right shoulder Thursday morning, but we have wh


Chicago Cubs News: Wilson's bounce back, Chatwood an option?

After career years from several players in 2016, the Chicago Cubs are looking for a few of them to rebound in '18. When the Chicago Cubs acquired Justin Wilson from the Detroit Tigers, it was a two-fold solution. First, he would help to solidify a bullpen that had had some issues but was still stron


Chicago Cubs News: Darvish doesn't fit, Cubs could play it safe

Everyone is geared up for the Chicago Cubs' offseason. Some expect the Cubs to do something big, either signing Yu Darvish or Jake Arrieta. Or possibly trade one of the young and talented Cubs for pitching. But what if they didn't do anything like that? Maybe they simply shore up the weaknesses of t


Chicago Cubs: Expectations for Jose Quintana in 2018

This past summer, Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs' front office dealt two top prospects, Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease, to the White Sox in exchange for Jose Quintana. Quintana joined a Cubs' staff that had struggled during the first half of the 2017 season. Collectively, the North Siders' pitching


Astros looking for cure for World Series hangover

The World Series champion Astros are following the Cubs' template this offseason, starting with Jose Altuve, George Springer and Alex Bregman appearing on "Saturday Night Live". The jokes were just as unfunny as the SNL skit last year featuring Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler and David Ross, in which t


Length of Jake Arrieta deal should concern Cubs more than annual cost

Put in terms Scott Boras might appreciate, the bombastic baseball agent is the neighbor's car alarm that won't go off, the zit on baseball's forehead making everyone stare, the pothole you can't avoid on the way to work. Trying to ignore Boras is like attempting to get out of the way of a Stephen St


Chicago Cubs News: Britton rumors, Cobb coming to the Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs and Zach Britton have had some connection since the trade deadline last season. After nothing materialized, the Cubs ended up getting Justin Wilson and Alex Avila from Detroit. But once again the rumors are flowing. Would Britton come to the Cubs as their new closer? Or would it be


Chicago Cubs: Epstein confident in what team accomplished at GM meetings

Each season, the GM meetings help to spawn the excitement of the Winter Meetings in December. The speculation and rumors will only ramp up another level until then. So if you don't think much of all that noise, you might want to tune out until Spring Training begins. For the rest? Welcome to the Hot


Cubs 2018 season tickets will see slight increase

After two consecutive years of double-digit hikes, the average price of Cubs season tickets will rise less than 1 percent in 2018. "We saw an opportunity to be less aggressive than we have been the last two years," Cale Vennum, vice president for ticket sales said Thursday. Prices in some sections o


Who is the 'biggest squirrel' on the Cubs' pitching staff - Jon Lester or Jake Arrieta?

With all due respect to agent Scott Boras, the big squirrel of the Cubs' postseason runs the last two years was Jon Lester, not Jake Arrieta. Boras called Arrieta, his client, a "big squirrel with a lot of nuts in his trees" on Wednesday while putting him in the same class as the Giants' Madison Bum


Rumor Central: Cubs, Alex Cobb share mutual interest?

There are plenty of connections between the Chicago Cubs and pitcher Alex Cobb. The right-hander has spent all six years of his career with the Tampa Bay Rays, a team that current Cubs manager Joe Maddon ran for the first half of that time period. Cobb's pitching coach in Tampa Bay, Jim Hickey, join


Cardinals Blockbuster for Giancarlo Stanton Would Be Cubs' Worst Nightmare

If the St. Louis Cardinals want to intimidate the Chicago Cubs, it would help to have some muscle. This could explain their interest in Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton, who uses his many muscles to hit many home runs, is still under contract with the Miami Marlins for a whopping $295 million over the nex


LA Angels Should Make a Trade For Javier Baez

The LA Angels are searching for a second baseman to replace last year's acquisition of Brandon Phillips. There are options on the free agent market, but a turning point for the franchise could come from a trade with the Chicago Cubs for Javier Baez. Second base has been a dark hole for the LA Angels


Cubs leave GM meetings satisfied they laid the groundwork for 2018

Major League Baseball executives wheeled their luggage through the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria on Wednesday morning after three days of information gathering at the general managers meetings. Most had smiles on their faces as their car services arrived, knowing they laid the groundwork for 2018. As


Kris and Jessica Bryant post honeymoon photo from Austria

It only took 300 days since Kris Bryant's wedding for us to see proof of his and Jessica's honeymoon. Well, maybe that should be 301 days since their travel plans had a setback. Bryant sent a postcard of sorts from Austria to fans on social media. The Bryants got married on Jan. 1 (that's1 /7/17 for


Criticism of Cubs manager Joe Maddon 'comes with the territory': GM Jed Hoyer

Cubs manager Joe Maddondrew criticism in the National League Championship Series for some of his moves, including the fateful decision to go with John Lackeyin the ninth inning of Game 2. Many in the Cubs' front office wonder why Maddon gets so much heat from fans, especially after what he has accom