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Colorado Rockies: Will DJ LeMahieu return to Colorado in Free Agency following this season?

DJ LeMahieu will be a free agent following the 2018 MLB regular season. He has been a mainstay for the Colorado Rockies ever since he was acquired from the Chicago Cubs.  However, the question still remains if LeMahieu will return to Colorado next season. Prior to the 2012 MLB regular season, DJ LeMahieu and Tyler […] Colorado Rockies: Will DJ LeMahieu return to Colorado in Free Agency following this season? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Matt Andriese will make first start for Diamondbacks against Chicago Cubs

Andriese, who has been used exclusively out of the bullpen since his trade to Arizona, owns an 0-1 record and 7.31 ERA in 12 relief appearances.         

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The Cubs should contact the Nationals about Greg Holland

Hey, it’s worth a shot. With Pedro Strop now out for the rest of the regular season, and Brandon Morrow at least a week away from any game action (and probably not at top speed nor able to go back-to-back for a while), the Cubs are going to have to mix-and-match at closer, as they did successfully Friday night. But why not go and see if there’s someone available on the trade market? Anyone acquired now wouldn’t be eligible for the postseason, but could make a big difference in getting there, winning the N.L. Central and maintaining the best record in the National League. Greg Holland...

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Ian Happ homer dooms Cincinnati Reds in 3-2 loss to Chicago Cubs

Matt Harvey was solid, but a late dinger turned the tides. Dang. The Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game Matt Harvey still being a pitcher for the 2018 Cincinnati Reds in this, the month of September, is an odd enough bird around which to wrap your heads. That he’s still showing good signs of life, though, and wasn’t traded for a song at either trade deadline, is just as confounding, really - even if the Reds are convinced they’re going to re-sign him this winter. On Friday against the Chicago Cubs, Harvey showed a pretty solid glimpse as to why the Reds might be so...

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Chicago Cubs: Drew Smyly shut down for the season

Throughout the 2018 season, the Chicago Cubs expected expected left-hander Drew Smyly could eventually contribute to the Chicago Cubs out of the bullpen. When the Chicago Cubs signed Drew Smyly as a free agent in the offseason prior to the 2018 season, he was not expected to contribute much immediately. The left-hander was going through the […] Chicago Cubs: Drew Smyly shut down for the season - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Rangers minor-league report (9-9): Whiff-prone Spokane drops opener of Northwest League title series

Spokane hitters had 11 strikeouts, three each by CF Julio Pablo Martinez and C Isaias Quiroz, during a 3-2 loss to Eugene (Chicago Cubs) in the in the opener of the best-of-five Short-season A Northwest League championship series on Sunday.Eugene has won three consecutive post-season games by one run.Spokane scored on homers by their Cuban free-agent additions: Martinez and 2B Diosbel Arias.LF Tanner Gardner, of Frisco Centennial, reached on a one-out single in the ninth inning and advanced to third with two outs. 1B Hasuan Vierra grounded out to end the game.Spokane manager Kenny Holmberg...

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Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester has cruised in his previous four outings

Chicago inked themselves a World Series veteran when they nabbed a southpaw in free agency. Even now, he remains an important piece to this starting rotation. It’s safe to say that Jon Lester proved his worth to the Chicago Cubs. Sure, he has experienced some turbulence but has always bounced back with a jaw-dropping performance. Leading […] Chicago Cubs: Jon Lester has cruised in his previous four outings - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs need Brandon Kintzler to return to form

The Chicago Cubs believed they were acquiring a reliable late-inning reliever when they traded for Brandon Kintzler. Now, they need him to live up to expectations. Over the last few years, the Chicago Cubs have done an excellent job of improving at the trade deadline. This summer was no different, as Jed Hoyer and co. geared […] Chicago Cubs need Brandon Kintzler to return to form - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Daniel Murphy returns to D.C., goes 1 for 5 in first game vs Nationals since 2015...

Cubs’ infielder Daniel Murphy returned to Washington, D.C.’s Nationals Park for the first time since he was dealt to Chicago last month. In the immediate aftermath of the August 21st trade that sent him to the Chicago Cubs in return for minor league infielder Andruw Monasterio, 33-year-old, now-former Nationals’ second baseman Daniel Murphy was asked how he viewed his two and a half seasons with Washington. “The relationships I’ve been able to build with the front office, with the coaching staff, with the training staff, with the players, to me it’s been a success.” - Daniel...

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Nationals’ lineup for 2nd of 4 with the Cubs+ Davey Martinez on Bryce Harper...

Davey Martinez talked before last night’s game about what he’s seen from Bryce Harper in the second half... Washington Nationals’ hitting coach Kevin Long talked to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal last month about what thought was behind Bryce Harper’s resurgence over the last couple of months after a rough stretch for the 25-year-old, soon-to-be-free agent. Long said he believed Harper’s struggles in the first half showed the Nats’ outfielder his true value and would benefit him in the long run. “His value is not in trying to hit home runs. His value is putting together good...


Spokane reaches Northwest League championship series

Spokane reached the championship series of the Short-season A Northwest League for the first time since 2010 on Friday with a 5-4 win against Everett (Seattle).Spokane will open a best-of-five title series against Eugene (Chicago Cubs) at home on Saturday.RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez, returning from Tommy John surgery, worked five scoreless innings for Spokane. In six appearances at the rookie and Short-season A levels, Gonzalez has allowed one unearned run and eight hits in 28 inningsCF Julio Pablo Martinez, the Cuban free-agent addition, put Spokane ahead for the duration with a homer in the first...

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Chicago Cubs: Justin Wilson has earned himself a new contract

At the 2017 trade deadline, the Chicago Cubs tried to bolster their bullpen by acquiring Justin Wilson from the Detroit Tigers. Alex Avila came over in the deal as well, and the Cubs let him walk, but they cannot do the same with Wilson. Needless to say, Justin Wilson’s tenure with the Chicago Cubs did […] Chicago Cubs: Justin Wilson has earned himself a new contract - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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What We Learned: Wild start to September

The Brewers are starting September with a bang, taking a series over the Nationals and a come from behind win over the Cubs. We look at that and more in today’s What We Learned. Recent Games Friday: Brewers 4, Nationals 1Saturday: Nationals 5, Brewers 4 Sunday: Brewers 9, Nationals 4Monday: Cubs 4, Brewers 3 Upcoming Games Tuesday: Brewers vs. Cubs | 7:10 pmWednesday: Brewers vs. Cubs | 7:10 pm Waiver Trade Deadline What We Learned: Waiver Trade Deadline Edition-JP-, BCB Poll: What do you think of the Waiver Trade Deadline moves for the Brewers?-JP-, BCB Trade Analysis: Milwaukee Brewers...


Rangers minor-league report (9-3): Hickory slugger drives in one last run

Worth noting from the Texas Rangers' minor-league system on Monday:TRIPLE-A ROUND ROCK (65-73): Did not play at Iowa (Chicago Cubs) because of rain. INF Hanser Alberto finished fourth in the Pacific Coast League for batting at .330.DOUBLE-A FRISCO (36-34, 60-80): RHP Wei-Chieh Huang allowed two runs in two innings during a 5-1 loss at Midland (Oakland). Huang gave up multiple runs in six of his nine outings after being obtained from Arizona in the Jake Diekman trade.HIGH-A DOWN EAST (24-46, 59-81): CF Leody Taveras reached base three times in five plate appearances during a 5-3 loss to...

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Trade Analysis: Milwaukee Brewers pony up for the best additions left on waiver market

Stearns may have overpaid, but at least his team is in better shape. Friday was a pretty significant day for the Milwaukee Brewers. The club defeated the Washington Nationals, 4-1, behind a strong start from Jhoulys Chacin and three home runs from the offense. That victory marked eight wins in their last 11 games and pushed the club to 76-60, 2.5 games clear of the Dodgers for the second Wild Card, a half-game back of the Cardinals for WC1, and four games back of the Cubs for the NL Central lead. It also meant closing the book on a tumultuous month of August with an even 13-13 record, even...


Walk it off, Asdrubel: Phillies 2, Cubs 1

An extra inning thriller ends with a walkoff home run by a beleaguered trade acquistion The Cubs came to town this weekend, beginning the series with a matchup of Jose Quintana and Nick Pivetta. Pivetta has struggled lately, running up deep pitch counts early and generally being unable to deliver quality innings for a team that truly needs them. Of course, managing the Cubs is Joe Maddon who, as you probably remember, managed the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 World Series against the Phillies. In that series, as you also might remember, the ending was delayed by a monsoon that hit the city of...

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Chicago Cubs: Jesse Chavez has earned a spot on the 2019 Cubs

When the Cubs traded for Jesse Chavez back in July, a lot of fans were asking “who?” and shaking their heads. Chavez has been a jack of all trades, going multiple innings on occasion and closing some games. Right-hander Jesse Chavez has had a well traveled career, first reaching the major leagues in 2008 with […] Chicago Cubs: Jesse Chavez has earned a spot on the 2019 Cubs - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Twinkie Town

Local father waits until morning to tell rest of family about Chris Gimenez trade

News of the backup catcher swap “will have to wait” per sources News of Thursday’s Twins trade didn’t get to Rich Meyer until 9 pm. “I was working late, and getting out of Minneapolis was a mess with the Fair and the Gophers (football) game,” said the White Bear Lake human resources manager. “Once I got home, I just wanted to hang out with the kid and have a bite to eat.” With his son Tyson put to bed, Meyer checked his phone and saw the alert: The Twins had traded Bobby Wilson to Cubs for former Twin Chris Gimenez. “I mean, that’s the kind of news that hits you where...

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Series Preview: Milwaukee Brewers @ Washington Nationals

The Brewers hope to enter the season’s final month on a high note with a trip to the nation’s capital The Washington Nationals remain one of the most disappointing teams in the National League this year, largely wasting what could be the last year in DC for Bryce Harper and then failing to truly try to start a rebuild/retool at the trade deadline this year. They did start selling off some pieces in August — including gifting Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs — but after all of those half-measures, it’s probably fitting they come into this series at an even 67-67. Harper is still...

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Player competitiveness and the Arizona Fall League

The Cubs selections to the AFL will be announced soon. Baseball players are quite competitive. To an extent, they have to be, to fight through the lousy wages in the minor leagues with the glimmer of a hope of the 40-man roster. As success kicks in, the premise of “betting on yourself” doesn’t go away. Jeff Samardzija (trade) and Jake Arrieta (free agency) left the Cubs after having the opportunity to sign extensions. However, in rare instances, the “betting on yourself” nature can be used by the organization to upgrade themselves in the wager. Shortly after Theo Epstein went...

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Twins trade catcher Bobby Wilson to Cubs for Chris Gimenez

Mark this one down under “WTF? I did NOT see this one coming.” Thought the Twins were done making moves? Well surprise! The team announced today that they have traded backup catcher Bobby Wilson — the one who recently injured his ankle — to the Cubs for backup catcher Chris Gimenez. Yes, THAT Chris Gimenez. The same backup catcher who played for the Twins last year and pitched an absurd amount of innings (for a position player). The Twins might even get a Player To Be Named Later in the trade, but don’t expect it to be anything significant. They’ll probably just get some cash...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Twins trade Bobby Wilson to Cubs for Chris Gimenez

Gimenez was the Twins’ backup catcher in 2017, and also made a few pitching appearances.

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MLB Bullets must kill . . . the Queen

The Cardinals officially have a new manager. Some possible trade candidates. A couple of superstars fight to return after long absences. A look back at the baseball scene in The Naked Gun. Last night’s Cubs game is still going on as you read this in the morning. I remember in the times before lights at Wrigley that a suspended game was a regular occurance. The Cardinals have taken the “interim” tag off of manager Mike Shildt and signed him to a three-year deal. I have to agree with Joe Sheehan here. Shildt may end up being the perfect manager for the Cardinals. But there is no way...

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Mets trade Jose Bautista to Phillies

The Mets will receive a player to be named later or cash in the swap The New York Mets have traded outfielder Jose Bautista to the Philadelphia Phillies for a player to be named later or cash. The Phillies claimed Bautista on revocable waivers yesterday, and the two teams had until 1:00 PM today to work out a deal. Bautista appeared in 83 games for the Mets after they signed him on May 22. He amassed 245 at-bats and hit .204/.351/.367 with nine home runs and a 104 wRC+. Despite the possibility of a trade, Bautista found himself in the starting lineup last night against the Chicago Cubs. In...

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2018 Cubs Heroes and Goats: Game 128

Cubs slug their way to fourth straight victory For the first time in a while, all of the aspects of the Cubs seem to be firing at once. Sure, that’s aided by the competition. The Reds did a nice job of battling after Jim Riggleman took over the team. But between trades and injuries, what was an average at best team, this team is surely less than average now. Still, as can be seen every day in at least one or two places, it isn’t a given just because one team is a fair bit better than the other that a win will follow. So kudos for the Cubs for a fourth straight victory. By my count,...

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Chicago Cubs: Cole Hamels this year’s Justin Verlander?

With the revival of Cole Hamels since he came to Chicago, have the Chicago Cubs found this season’s trade revival prize? Move over, Manny Machado. When Baltimore Orioles dealt the 4x All-Star and Platinum Glove winner to the Los Angeles Dodgers shortly after the All-Star Game in Washington D.C., it seemed as if the biggest […] Chicago Cubs: Cole Hamels this year’s Justin Verlander? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs: A race has brought Cole Hamels back to All-Star quality

With their backs against the wall at the non-waiver trade deadline, the Chicago Cubs pulled the trigger on a veteran many thought was past his prime. Wrong. It’s been said countless times over the years. ‘Sometimes a change of scenery can do a ball player a lot of good’. I, myself, have said that more […] Chicago Cubs: A race has brought Cole Hamels back to All-Star quality - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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FanPost Friday: Which team would you be okay trading a beloved player to?

Sometimes you just can’t cheer for the new team no matter what. It’s never easy when your favorite player gets traded. And the longer you’re a fan, the more you realize the inevitability of trades, but also you kind of hate all the outdated jerseys hanging in your closet. For me, as a Cubs fan and a Tigers fan, sometimes things work out. In 2017 my beloved Alex Avila was traded to the Cubs. Instantly I knew I could keep cheering for him without skipping a beat. Had he been moved somewhere else, like the Yankees per se, I would have had a much harder time accepting it, and I certainly...

Which Free Agents Stand Out In The MLB?

Now that the Chicago Cubs are the World Series Champions the MLB offseason is underway. NESN.com's Michaela Vernava talks with Darren Hartwell about the free agents. For more: http://nesn.com/boston-red-sox/