10:58 PM EST, Fri January 30, 2015

Cubs, Dexter Fowler agree to terms

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs and newly-acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler agreed to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration, the team announced Friday. The Cubs picked up Fowler, 28, in a trade with the Houston Astros earlier this week for infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily. Fowler is expected to be the Cubs' starting center fielder after hitting .276 with eight home runs and 11 stolen bases in 2014. The deal is for $9.5 million, as the Cubs inherited Fowler’s arbitration case from the Astros.

Twitter mailbag: More pitching?

Welcome to our Cubs Twitter mailbag. Let's get right to your questions. @ESPNChiCubs chances of adding one more SP before the season starts? #Cubschat— Nikola Stokowski (@TheStow_GoesOn) January 20, 2015 Rogers: I don’t think that’s going to happen unless it was a minor league deal for someone. The Cubs are pretty stocked in that department and could actually trade a starter like Travis Wood. Now, if you’re talking about a big name like Jordan Zimmerman, I wouldn’t say it’s 100 percent impossible.
Northwest Herald Jan 19, 2015

Fowler traded from Astros to Cubs for Valbuena, Straily

HOUSTON – The Cubs hope Dexter Fowler will provide outfield strength and spark at the top of the batting order.

Are the Cubs still fishing for a big name?

CHICAGO – OK, who’s it going to be? Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister or Stephen Strasburg? The Washington Nationals would seemingly be ready to deal one of the starters in the wake of the reported agreement with fellow righty Max Scherzer. Or maybe the Cubs will get back into the Cole Hamels derby, assuming it’s still on. Then again, perhaps they just dole out more money in the form of an offer to James Shields. Or maybe, after acquiring Dexter Fowler, it’s time for Jed Hoyer and Theo Epstein to take a vacation.

Notes from Fowler deal: No change for Bryant

CHICAGO -- Let’s get the obvious out of the way in the wake of the Chicago Cubs' acquisition of outfielder Dexter Fowler: This means nothing for Kris Bryant. The subtraction of sometimes third baseman Luis Valbuena, who left for Houston in the Fowler deal, doesn’t mean Bryant has a job come Opening Day, according to general manager Jed Hoyer. He called the deal “independent” of Bryant. Valbuena didn’t need to be traded for you to know that.
Cincinnati.com Jan 19, 2015
Cubs acquire Dexter Fowler from Astros

Cubs acquire Dexter Fowler from Astros

Outfielder Dexter Fowler has been traded to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily.         

Rapid Reaction: Fowler a big addition

CHICAGO -- Make no mistake, the acquisition of outfielder Dexter Fowler by the Chicago Cubs on Monday elevates their offense more than any other move this offseason. Fowler’s impressive .366 career on-base percentage is exactly the same number he produced batting leadoff throughout his seven-year career with both Colorado and Houston. The Cubs need that in a big way -- as last season they ranked 28th in baseball in getting on base. That includes their centerfielders, who ranked dead last in baseball in on-base percentage at .

Maddon lives up to his billing early on

CHICAGO -- At the 30th annual Chicago Cubs fan convention this weekend, new manager Joe Maddon was every bit the charismatic personality everyone knew he would be, giving renewed hope to desperate Cubs fans. Maddon commanded every room he entered at the Chicago Sheraton & Towers. That included his hour-long forum with his coaches on Saturday, which began with a standing ovation when he was introduced. Maddon did most of the talking and it sounds like he’s starting to understand the love affair between the city and his iconic team.

Ricketts pokes fun at White Sox attendance

CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts fired off a hefty volley -- and got the biggest laugh -- in what should be renewed intensity to the Cubs/White Sox rivalry. During Saturday morning's Ricketts Family Forum at his team's annual fan convention, he was told by a fan that people say that kids “have more fun at U.S. Cellular Field” than at Wrigley Field. After a pause, Ricketts responded: “Can’t be that many kids having fun at U.

Crane Kenney: There are viewing options for fans outside of Chicagoland

CHICAGO -- There may be hope for Chicago Cubs fans who want to watch games but live outside the Chicagoland viewing area. President of business operations Crane Kenney detailed two avenues the team and their television partners are exploring for those fans to see games that will be broadcast on WLS-TV and WGN-TV. In most parts of the country, those games would be available online via MLB.TV for a fee. But in places like Iowa and downstate Illinois, they’re blacked out, so those fans won’t get Cubs games on television or online right now.

Lester's quiet leadership lends backing to Rizzo's blustery Cubs guarantee

CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo made the guarantee heard ‘round the National League Central on Thursday. Now all the Chicago Cubs first baseman, and his teammates, have to do is back it up this season and win the damn division. Easier said than done, of course, but it's sure better than the alternative of guaranteeing half the team will be gone come August. Rizzo guaranteeing a 2015 NL Central title means nothing, but it gave us something to talk about going into the 30th annual Cubs Convention.
Red Reporter Jan 16, 2015

Friday Retro Game Thread: 2003 NLCS Game 6

Here's tonight's retro game thread, featuring the Miami Florida Marlins and the Chicago Cubs. tHom is on the call, so it may be beneficial to mute your stream. Link Here Fire it up at 9PM ET and let's watch the Cubs do Cubs things.

Cubs' Javier Baez on 2014: 'I was really confused'

CHICAGO – Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez looked like a different person at Friday night’s opening of the team's annual fan convention. After dropping 15 pounds, he’s slimmer and fitter. And he hopes his swing is starting to come around after he struck out 225 times between the minors and majors last season. A lot of those swings and misses saw him flailing. “I was really confused,” Baez said Friday. “I had a lot of people talking and trying to fix my swing.
CSN Washington Jan 16, 2015

2015 MLB roster outlook: Chicago Cubs

The Cubs have some of the best prospects in baseball and a new manager in Joe Maddon. Are their days in last place a thing of the past?

Castillo, Cubs agree to deal, avoid arbitration

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs avoided arbitration with catcher Welington Castillo on Friday, signing him to a one-year deal worth $2.1 million. They also avoided arbitration with outfielder Chris Coghlan, signing him to a one-year deal for $2.505 million. Castillo is likely to be traded before the season starts since the Cubs have picked up two catchers this winter.

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