| Jul 17, 2014
| 6:24 PM
MESA, Ariz. — Shortly after front-line pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel were traded to the Athletics two weeks ago, Cubs pitcher Carlos Villanueva spoke of the importance of veterans in mentoring young players being promoted from the...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 9:00 PM
PHOENIX — Arismendy Alcantara made a brief stop in Iowa over the All-Star break to pick up some more clothes for his stay in the big leagues, and Kyle Hendricks will start Tuesday night with a chance to stick in the fourth spot in the Cubs'...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 7:10 PM
PHOENIX — Cubs manager Rick Renteria wasn't about to speculate on the futures of left fielder Junior Lake and third baseman Mike Olt in the wake of their rough seasons combined with the progress of players at Triple-A Iowa and Emilio Bonifacio close...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 6:53 PM
Kris Bryant remains 340 miles from Wrigley Field, but his instant production with Triple-A Iowa has given Cubs fans a sense that their highly touted third base prospect is around the corner.
Bryant has hit four home runs in his first five games,...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 8:35 PM
BOSTON — Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy has been traded twice to contending teams, so he understands what Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija is experiencing with the July 31 trade deadline looming.
"It's a crazy time in your life," said Peavy, who spoke with...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 8:29 PM
PHILADELPHIA — The loss of Emilio Bonifacio and the presence of lurking scouts will test the Cubs' focus leading up to at least the July 31 trade deadline.
And they could learn Saturday whether they could be without the services of closer Hector...
| Jun 14, 2014
| 5:49 PM
PHILADELPHIA — Jeff Samardzija isn't scheduled to pitch until Tuesday night at Miami, but scouts are keeping busy evaluating other Cubs players.
Saturday's 7-4 loss Saturday to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park provided the latest sampling of who...
| Jul 2, 2014
| 6:32 PM
BOSTON — Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the trade that brought pitcher Jake Arrieta and reliever Pedro Strop to the Cubs from the Orioles for pitcher Scott Feldman, with the Cubs being accused of "jumping the market."
| Jul 4, 2014
| 5:29 PM
WASHINGTON — It took more than one-third of the regular season, but Darwin Barney is making the most of regular playing time.
That was made possible mostly by an injury to Emilio Bonifacio and the struggles of Mike Olt, but Barney recently has...
| Jul 5, 2014
| 9:01 AM
WASHINGTON -- Carlos Villanueva took the place of injured Jake Arrieta in April, and now Villanueva will take the spot of the traded Jeff Samardzija when the Chicago Cubs play the Washington Nationals on Saturday.
This also could serve as an audition...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 9:34 PM
CINCINNATI — In his quest to win the Final Vote for the last spot on the National League All-Star team, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo believes he might have a trump card.
That's the universe-wide legion of Cubs fans.
"The Cubs have been a big...