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Shane Victorino to Cubs: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

February 26, 2016 by Timothy Rapp · Leave a Comment 

Veteran outfielder Shane Victorino signed with the Chicago Cubs on a minor league deal with an invite to spring training on Friday, according to Bruce Levine of WSCR. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com confirmed the report.  Victorino, 35, struggled in 2015, playing in just 71 games between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels. He hit .230 with one home run, seven RBI and 19 runs scored, his worst numbers since very early in his career.  Injuries have plagued Victorino in his later years, as he's missed 263 games in the past three years. But the two-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion is ...

Chicago Cubs’ Shocking Dexter Fowler Steal Boosts World Series-Ready Roster

February 25, 2016 by Seth Gruen · Leave a Comment 

Call the Dexter Fowler re-signing a fantasy-turned-reality for the Chicago Cubs, because any hope that the team could entice Fowler to come back for the 2016 season didn’t seem possible a short while ago. When the Cubs signed outfielder Jason Heyward to an eight-year, $184 million contract in December, it essentially took the team out of the Fowler sweepstakes. He was seeking a lucrative, multiyear deal in a crowded class of 2016 free-agent outfielders. It didn’t appear that the Cubs could meet his demands. Then nothing happened. Free agency moved slowly, and the second-tier outfielders like Fowler saw that their value wasn’t as high as ...

Dexter Fowler Re-Signs with Cubs: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

February 25, 2016 by Adam Wells · Leave a Comment 

It appears Dexter Fowler had a last-second change of heart, opting to re-sign with the Chicago Cubs for at least one more season.  The Cubs announced Fowler agreed to terms on a one-year deal for 2016 with a mutual option for 2017. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Fowler will make $8 million in base salary this season, with his option for 2017 at $9 million and a $5 million buyout. Per Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Fowler then ends up with $13 million in guaranteed money. Fowler appeared to be on his way to the American League East, with ESPN's Buster Olney reporting on Tuesday that the ...

Dexter Fowler Signs with Cubs Despite Reported Agreement with Orioles

February 23, 2016 by Scott Polacek · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago Cubs announced they have signed outfielder Dexter Fowler to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2017. The news comes after Fowler had reportedly signed with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. ESPN.com's Buster Olney initially reported Fowler signed a three-year deal, and Roch Kubatko of MASN confirmed the move.  Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported at the time that the contract was worth $33 million over the three years. Fowler hit .250 with a career-best 17 home runs as a leadoff hitter with some pop in his bat for the Cubs. He also stole 20 bases and worked a career-high ...

Cubs’ Former Top Prospect Javier Baez Is One of MLB’s Biggest Wild Cards of 2016

February 23, 2016 by Zachary D. Rymer · Leave a Comment 

Once an elite prospect destined to help the Chicago Cubs become relevant again, Javier Baez is now a former prospect hoping to latch onto a Cubs team that became relevant without him. But there's a line between "former prospect" and "afterthought." Baez is still only 23, and he still has the talent that made him a top prospect in the first place. He also has what most afterthoughts don't. An opportunity. Coming off a 97-win season that took them to the National League Championship Series, the Cubs don't have a starting role for Baez in 2016. He's a natural shortstop, but Addison Russell has ...

Manny Parra to Cubs: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

February 22, 2016 by Daniel Kramer · Leave a Comment 

Manny Parra signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs on Monday, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. The left-handed relief pitcher will have an invite to the team’s big league camp, per JW Gravley of 27 Outs Baseball.      Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald shared that Parra has already reported to the Cubs: Parra, 33, spent three of his first four seasons as a starter with the Milwaukee Brewers, but he struggled mightily with a 5.13 ERA over 454.1 innings, which forced him to the minors in 2011 and a role in the bullpen upon his return the following year.  He spent the past ...

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