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Cubs sign top international free agent Eloy Jimenez

The Cubs added to their big day by signing the top ranked international free agent Eloy Jimenez. The dollar figures aren’t known, but it was reported earlier yesterday that he would sign for about $2.7 million. The Cubs also signed Jefferson Mejia yesterday for $850,000. Top international prospect Eloy Jimenez has decided to turn down […]

Cubs trade Brent Lillibridge, Hisanori Takahashi and other notes

Yesterday the Cubs traded Brent Lillibridge to the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash. Lillibridge had only 24 PA for the Cubs before being sent to the minors. He managed a .042/.042/.042 batting line and provided -0.5 fWAR. The city of Des Moines is thankful the Cubs have traded him. The […]

Rule 5 Draft revisited

I was curious to see how the Rule 5 draft has worked out for the Cubs this year. This will be a short piece on those players. Hector Rondon Honestly, Rondon hasn't been as awful as his numbers would indicate. He's used very sparingly (13 games thus far), and in those 15.2 innings he's allowed 2 […]

A look at Anthony Rizzo’s new contract

The Cubs signed Anthony Rizzo to a contract last night. GW wrote about it in the wee hours of the morning today. Let's recap the specifics, along with GW's take on it. Anthony Rizzo has signed a long term extension with the Cubs. Ken Rosenthal has the details. The deal is for at least seven years […]

Anthony Rizzo Signs Extension With the Cubs

Anthony Rizzo has signed a long term extension with the Cubs. Ken Rosenthal has the details. The deal is for at least seven years (including 2013) and $41 million, which includes what would have been Rizzo's first free agent season in 2019. In addition, it contains two club options which would bring the total contract to […]

Sweeney up, Sappelt down

From cubs.com: The Cubs are expected to call up outfielder Ryan Sweeney from Triple-A Iowa and option Dave Sappelt to the Minor Leagues on Monday. This is an interesting move. On one hand, Sweeney is almost certainly the better baseball player at this point. Sappelt just hasn't really made an impact at the major league […]

Who Might Be Traded This Year?

A cursory glance at the Cubs' roster tells you a lot about the makeup of this team. They look be to a middling rotation, a middling bullpen, and a bottom-third offense. That's a good enough team to win 73-75 games (which would be a dozen or so win improvement); not the worst team in baseball, […]

Cubs Sign Scott Hairston

The Cubs have come to an agreement with outfielder Scott Hairston on a two year deal that could be worth up to six million dollars. The signing was originally

Cubs signed Jeff Samardzija and James Russell

It was reported yesterday that the Cubs signed Jeff Samardzija and James Russell to avoid arbitration. The Cubs signed Matt Garza yesterday and earlier this week they signed Luis Valbuena. Those were the only four players the Cubs had eligible for arbitration. The Jeff Samardzija contract is worth $2.64 million and they signed James Russell […]

Cubs and Matt Garza avoid arbitration

The Cubs have avoided arbitration with another of their players. Last week they re-signed Luis Valbuena and they have now reached an agreement with Matt Garza for $10.25 million. Cubs right-hander Matt Garza avoided arbitration and agreed to a new $10.25 million contract on Thursday. Garza's representatives at CAA announced the new deal on Twitter: […]

Luis Valbuena avoid arbitration with Cubs

The Cubs have signed Luis Valbuena for $930,000, which is about $930,000 more than he deserves. Then again, the Cubs have few options at 3rd so maybe Valbuena is worth $930,000. Valbuena hit .219/.310/.340 in 303 plate appearances with Chicago this past season while playing second base and third base. The 27-year-old was first time […]

Daily Facepalm – 1.10.13

Hall of Fame Nobody was elected to the Hall of Fame yesterday. It wasn’t that surprising based on Repoz’s collection of the ballots published online, but still frustrating. The New York Times covered the front page of the sports with this instant classic. It will only be more difficult to get into the Hall of […]

Carlos Villanueva’s contract and Edwin Jackson

The Cubs signed Carlos Villanueva to a contract last night. We didn't know the terms of the contract and I felt about the contract similarly to Myles. If I were a betting man, I'd say this is a one year deal for around $4.5 million, with an option year at $6 or so. That seems […]

Cubs Sign Carlos Villanueva

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2012/12/cubs-to-sign-carlos-villanueva.html The Cubs have reportedly signed Carlos Villanueva to an undisclosed deal. Barring some unexpected turn of events (like Bob Nightengale involving the Nippon Ham Fighters in some insane bidding war), this appears to be final. What does it mean for the Cubs? I'm not sure what the contract is, but almost certainly it means […]

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