| Mar 2, 2015
| 4:31 PM
MESA, Ariz. — Even after two seasons of leg injuries, Cubs rookie Jorge Soler believes he'll be more than durable for his first full major league season.
He added 27 pounds of muscle this winter with that in mind.
"I think I can play 162 (games)...
| Mar 2, 2015
| 11:32 AM
MESA, Ariz. -- Manager Joe Maddon made official what was anticipated since Dec. 9 -- that left-hander Jon Lester will be the Chicago Cubs' opening night starter against the St. Louis Cardinals.
"Jon will start opening night," Maddon said after Monday'...
| Feb 22, 2015
| 4:31 PM
MESA, Ariz. — Left-hander Travis Wood was the first major acquisition of the Theo Epstein era.
But after a subpar season that coincided with the ascent of Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks and was followed by the acquisitions of Jon Lester and Jason...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 8:35 AM
Manager Joe Maddon was happy to learn his spring training roster will consist of 60 players.
He deems it a manageable number that will allow him and a retooled coaching staff ample time to distinguish those likely to make the opening-day roster and...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 7:21 PM
If adding prized left-hander Jon Lester and manager Joe Maddon didn’t raise enough optimism, first baseman Anthony Rizzo fueled more hype on the eve of Cubs Convention.
“We’re going to win the NL Central,” Rizzo said Thursday...
| Jan 12, 2015
| 5:01 PM
With the additions of marquee left-hander Jon Lester and colorful manager Joe Maddon, this weekend's Cubs Convention will provide a more festive atmosphere for Cubs fans than last January, when restless supporters asked when the rebuilding program would...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 6:31 PM
The Cubs will have to make room on their 40-man roster once free-agent reliever Jason Motte passes a physical examination, and changes could be coming in the bullpen.
Motte, 32, was one of the hardest throwers in the National League before suffering a...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 7:40 PM
The Cubs tendered contracts to eight of their 10 arbitration-eligible players before the 11 p.m. deadline Tuesday.
However, backup catcher John Baker and left-handed reliever Wesley Wright weren't tendered contracts and now become free agents.
| Dec 8, 2014
| 2:36 PM
SAN DIEGO -- The Jon Lester sweepstakes are resembling a wild car chase.
There were conflicting reports regarding Lester's final choice, a few hours after a source familiar with the pursuit of Lester said that the marquee free-agent left-hander would...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 8:11 AM
SAN DIEGO -- What’s next for the Cubs after the Jon Lester signing?
More pitching, perhaps.
The Cubs aren’t done looking for starting pitching, despite signing Lester and Jason Hammel at the winter meetings.
After I congratulated a top...
| Nov 3, 2014
| 7:50 AM
The Chicago Cubs agreed to terms Monday on a one-year contract with left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada.
Wada, 33, was one of the more pleasant surprises of the Cubs' season, posting a 4-4 record and 3.25 ERA in 13 starts. Wada was promoted in July from Triple-...