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Mariners assign Bawcom to Tacoma after he clears waivers

Right-handed reliever Logan Bawcom could be returning next season to Triple-A Tacoma. The Mariners sent Bawcom to the Rainiers on an outright assignment Monday after he cleared waivers. He was 4-4 with a 4.93 ERA last season in 40 appearances at Tacoma. Bawcom, 26, was designated for assignment last Wednesday by the Mariners to clear space on their 40-man roster for outfielder Justin Ruggiano, whom they obtained in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. The Mariners acquired Bawcom with outfielder Leon Landry from the Los Angeles Dodgers in a July 30, 2012 trade for right-hander Brandon League. The...
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How's the NL Central shaping up for 2015?

We know where the Reds stand, but with (probably) the majority of the dominoes fallen, how does the rest of the NL Central look? Chicago Cubs In: Jon Lester, David Ross, Jason Motte, Jason Hammel, Miguel Montero, Tommy La StellaOut: Justin Ruggiano, Carlos Villanueva, a bunch of prospects Obviously,...

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Cubs claim C Lavarnway, OF Peterson

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs claimed two players off waivers Friday, including former Red Sox catcher Ryan Lavarnway and Oakland Athletics first baseman/outfielder Shane Peterson. Lavarnway, 27, was drafted in the sixth round in 2008 by the Red Sox while Cubs president Theo Epstein was the general manager in Boston. The right-hander appeared in 9 games for them last season before being designated for assignment in late November and picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cubs ink Motte to 1-year deal

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs announced the signing of right handed reliever Jason Motte to a one-year deal Friday. Motte, 32, has 54 saves in six major league seasons, all with the St. Louis Cardinals. The signing had been rumored for several days as Motte will provide some back end help to the Cubs bullpen. The deal is for $4.5 million with incentives related to closing games, according to a source familiar with the situation. Hector Rondon is currently the Cubs' closer.

Managing expectations for the 2015 Cubs

CHICAGO – Before a break for the holidays, I feel the need to rain on everyone’s parade. Specifically, the parade Chicago Cubs fans are planning down Michigan Avenue next October. That might be overstating the case, but the fact remains: People are expecting way too much of the Cubs in 2015. So think of this as a public service, because lowering your expectations might make for a happier New Year and a little more understanding when things go down the way they do next summer at Wrigley Field.

Jon Lester already familiar with the "curse"

CHICAGO -- One thing about coming from the Boston Red Sox to work for the Chicago Cubs is already being aware of “curses” and long championship droughts. And also being well aware of what winning -- after such a long time of losing -- can mean to an organization and city. “I don’t think you could ever prepare yourself for that one, for the curse being broken.” new Cubs pitcher Jon Lester told the Carmen and Jurko show on ESPN 1000 on Thursday.
Tacoma News-Tribune Dec 17, 2014

Cubs send OF Ruggiano to M's

The Chicago Cubs traded outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

Seattle Mariners acquire Justin Ruggiano from Chicago Cubs

The Seattle Mariners traded for outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday morning, adding a right-handed bat to help fill the hole at right field. In exchange, the Mariners sent minor-league reliever Matt Brazis to Chicago. Ruggiano, 32, was a solid platoon player with the Cubs, hitting .281 with six home runs and […]
Tacoma News-Tribune Dec 17, 2014

Mariners acquire outfielder Justin Ruggiano from Cubs

The Mariners culminated their search for a second right-handed bat Wednesday by acquiring outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs in a trade for minor-league pitcher Matt Brazis. The Mariners…
Mariners acquire outfielder Justin Ruggiano from Cubs

Mariners acquire outfielder Justin Ruggiano from Cubs

SEATTLE — So…Justin Ruggiano. The Mariners culminated their search for a second right-handed bat Wednesday by acquiring outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs in a trade for minor-league pitcher Matt Brazis. The Mariners cleared space for Ruggiano on their 40-man roster by designating pitcher Logan Bawcom for assignment. After failing to sign free-agent Melky Cabrera and being linked with several other former All-Stars, the Mariners turned to a 32-year-old whose six-year resume shows time with three big-league clubs. Ruggiano batted .281 last season for the Cubs with six homers...

Cubs trade Justin Ruggiano to Seattle

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs traded outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Seattle Mariners for minor league pitcher Matt Brazis, the team announced Wednesday. Brazis, 25, is 8-6 with a 2.89 ERA in 100 minor league relief appearances since being drafted in the 28th round by Seattle in 2012. He finished last season at Double-A and struck out 84 while walking only 18 in 72 innings pitched last year. In the short term the move opens a 40-man roster spot for pitcher Jason Motte, who agreed to terms with the Cubs this week, though they haven’t made the signing official yet.

After Lester: More decisions for Cubs

CHICAGO -- Alright, now that the Chicago Cubs have their ace in Jon Lester, let’s take a look at three other pending issues, as it’s been a busy couple weeks: Cubs sign reliever Jason Motte It’s not a surprise the Cubs signed a veteran reliever. They’ve forecasted the move throughout the offseason. It’s definitely interesting that the righty Motte signs with incentives to close games. But that makes sense too. It would be silly to think a very young bullpen would return and all would succeed again.

Red Sox get Cubs shortstop prospect Marco Hernandez to complete Felix Doubront trade

The Boston Red Sox announced Monday the acquisition of Chicago Cubs minor league shortstop Marco Hernandez as the player to be named later in the teams' July 30 trade that sent left-handed pitcher Felix Doubront to Chicago. Hernandez, 22, spent 2014 as a member of the High-A Daytona Cubs, hitting .270 with three home runs, 55 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Doubront, a once highly touted prospect, spent 10 years in the Red Sox organization before being dealt to the Cubs.

Lester chooses to wear No. 34 with Cubs

CHICAGO – New Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester has chosen to wear No. 34 in honor of several athletes, including a former Cub. “The Chicago tie of Kerry Wood,” Lester said Monday at a news conference. “I remember watching him as a young pitcher. I don’t want to date him. “Obviously, the Walter Payton aspect, and for me the personal aspect of Nolan Ryan. It’s always been one of my favorite numbers other than 31.

For Cubs, Jon Lester, it was all about belief

CHICAGO – At the end of the day, one word can describe the pursuit and acquisition of lefty starting pitcher Jon Lester for the Chicago Cubs. Belief. The Cubs believed in Lester enough to give him the richest contract in team history. Lester bought in to what the Cubs’ front office was selling: the chance to break a 106-year championship drought. “As soon as we left the meeting [with the Cubs], we had a good feeling about what they were bringing to the future of this organization,” Lester said at a Monday press conference.
Jon Lester: Cubs 'Could Win in 2015'

Jon Lester: Cubs 'Could Win in 2015'

With a No. 34 pinstriped uniform on his back and a blue cap with red “C” on his head, Jon Lester officially became a member of the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

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