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Chicago Sun-Times Nov 26, 2014

Dave Martinez leaves Rays, could join Joe Maddon’s Cubs staff

Former Cubs outfielder Dave Martinez cleared the way for a possible reunion with new Cubs manager Joe Maddon by resigning from his coaching job with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.

Wrigley Field bleachers might not be ready by Opening Day

The Chicago Cubs are opening the 2015 season at 7:05 p.m. on ESPN2. But one of the most iconic parts of Wrigley Field might not be ready for its closeup. Speaking to a group of Cubs bloggers Tuesday, Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said there have already been delays in the gutting and total reconstruction of the left and right field bleachers, and that those sections might not be fully open for the start of the season, according to several writers who attended the forum and wrote about the question-and-answer session.

New hitting coach John Mallee: It's all about two strikes

CHICAGO -- As the Chicago Cubs scour the planet for pitching this offseason, there’s little doubt about who will step into the batter’s box for them in the coming years. That’s the good news for the Cubs new hitting coach John Mallee -- the fourth such staffer to hold that position since team president Theo Epstein joined the organization in 2011. Mallee already knows the players with whom he has to work. He has come home to his native Chicago after stints in Miami and Houston as their hitting instructors.

Inside the pursuit of Russell Martin

CHICAGO -- Though the Chicago Cubs lost out on their bid for free-agent catcher Russell Martin early last week, it doesn’t mean they weren’t in the hunt until the end. Martin’s Chicago-based agent, Matt Colleran, says it was neck-and-neck between the Cubs and the team Martin eventually signed with, the Toronto Blue Jays. "There were times throughout the process where it was Toronto and the Cubs, 1 and 2," Colleran recalled this past weekend.

Cubs hire Blanco; Martinez doubtful

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs hired former catcher Henry Blanco as their Quality Assurance Coach, replacing Jose Castro who bolted for the Atlanta Braves earlier this offseason, the team announced Saturday. Blanco’s return means there’s one less potential job opening for former Cub Dave Martinez. Martinez was eliminated for consideration for the managerial position in Tampa Bay on Friday and a source close to the situation said it was doubtful he would join the Cubs as Joe Maddon’s bench coach, the same position he held with the Rays.

Regardless of additions, Rizzo likes what Cubs have

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo hasn’t talked to pitcher Jon Lester or any other potential free agents but he has a simple message for them: “The best sales pitch I have is: This is an exciting team and this is Chicago,” Rizzo told reporters Friday. In town to promote his charity “Laugh Off for Cancer” event Jan. 15, Rizzo isn’t paying real close attention to the Cubs offseason because he thinks there’s plenty of talent already on the team.

Edwards added to 40-man roster as search for pitching continues

CHICAGO -- As the Chicago Cubs search for starting pitching, they made sure they wouldn't lose one of their own as they added top prospect C.J. Edwards to their 40-man roster Thursday. It was an important formality as Thursday was a deadline in advance of the Rule 5 draft at next month's winter meetings. It means another team can't take Edwards, though others within the organization will be available as he was the lone addition to the roster, which stands at 39.

Cubs make pitch to Jon Lester

CHICAGO -- After a day and night of courting by the Chicago Cubs, free-agent hurler Jon Lester is moving on, presumably to talk with the Atlanta Braves and possibly the St. Louis Cardinals, according to various reports. The Cubs made their big pitch to the lefty pitcher on Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the situation. It was probably similar to the one they made last week to catcher Russell Martin that involved a tour of Wrigley Field under renovation, a presentation expressing the potential of the team’s future and then, dinner.

Cubs miss on Martin; time to move on

CHICAGO -- Don’t say Chicago Cubs boss Theo Epstein didn’t warn you. It was the day after the season ended and Epstein was discussing his plans for adding talent to the big league club over the next two winters. “Like most teams, we’ll always miss out on more free agents than we’ll sign,” he said. “That’s just the nature of it. Free agency is not for the faint of heart. You have to go in knowing that you might look silly by pursing the player and not landing him and that’s OK.
Chicago Tribune Nov 16, 2014

Cubs acquire infielder Tommy La Stella from Atlanta

The Chicago Cubs added competition at second base and more resources for a potential trade Sunday by acquiring Tommy La Stella and the No. 4 international signing bonus slot from the Atlanta Braves for reliever Arodys Vizcaino and three international signing bonus slots.

Cubs acquire infielder Tommy La Stella from Atlanta

The Chicago Cubs added competition at second base and more resources for a potential trade Sunday by acquiring Tommy La Stella and the No. 4 international signing bonus slot from the Atlanta Braves for reliever Arodys Vizcaino and three international signing bonus slots.

Cubs trade for Braves IF La Stella

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs acquired left-handed hitting infielder Tommy La Stella from the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Arodys Vizcaino, the team announced on Sunday. Additionally, the Cubs received the Braves' No. 4 international signing bonus slot while Atlanta acquired slots 2, 3, and 4 from the Cubs. La Stella, 25, appeared in 93 games as a rookie for the Braves in 2014, starting 86 at second base. He hit .251 with a home run and two steals. He led all National League rookies in walks (36) and on-base percentage (.

Cards opener with Cubs will launch 2015 season nationally

The St. Louis Cardinals-Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field April 5 will mark the opener of the major league season in 2015, MLB executives announced Friday.

No surprise: ESPN picks Cubs-Cards to start 2015 season

ST. LOUIS • This past week at the general managers' meetings in Phoenix, Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein referred a few times to his club as a "defending last-place team" and said they wer…
Cards-Cubs game opens MLB season on Sunday April 5

Cards-Cubs game opens MLB season on Sunday April 5

CHICAGO — The Cardinals' season-opening game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field has been rescheduled as Major League Baseball's 2015 Opening Night presentation on Sunday April 5.

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