| Feb 19, 2015
| 8:46 PM
MESA, Ariz. — The Cubs begin preparation for the 2015 season Friday, but they also hope to begin to a lay a foundation for long-term success when they conduct their first workout for pitchers and catchers under new manager Joe Maddon.
| Feb 20, 2015
| 4:50 PM
MESA, Ariz. — Jon Lester changed leagues, uniform colors and spring training venues.
But the confidence Lester developed over nine seasons with the Red Sox remains strong as he seeks to help the Cubs win a World Series for the first time in 107...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 6:25 PM
MESA, Ariz. — Jake Arrieta played long toss from a distance of about 160 feet — a sign that he won't be placed on any limits one year after missing the first month of the 2014 season because of shoulder stiffness.
"I think in the...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 2:57 PM
Try to ignore that next cold front sweeping through Chicago—because you know another one's coming—and think baseball for a minute.
The Cubs begin spring training on the heels of the most exciting offseason in recent memory. They added...
| 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...
| Feb 14, 2015
| 5:36 PM
Before the San Francisco Giants enjoyed their third parade in five years, before a Chevrolet executive memorably advised World Series most valuable player Madison Bumgarner he had won a truck equipped with "technology and stuff," before the "Mad Bum"...
| Feb 14, 2015
Max Scherzer and Jon Lester might as well have neon-green dollar signs stamped all over their uniforms and caps when spring training opens next week.
Their careers were redefined this offseason when they joined baseball's elite echelon of $100 million...
| Feb 1, 2015
| 9:05 PM
As a youngster in his native Venezuela, Miguel Montero received instruction on fielding grounders from 11-time Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel.
"I remember him telling us to keep our hands soft," Montero recalled of the clinic. "Keep your glove...
| Feb 8, 2015
| 12:00 PM
Whether the Cubs or White Sox won the offseason is really a determination that should be made as their moves play out on the field, but there's little doubt the teams at least won the attention of the baseball world.
The clubs posted identical 73-89...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 7:54 PM
James Shields remains the biggest free agent on the market as spring training approaches, and Cubs manager Joe Maddon, for one, thinks the right-hander would be "a nice prize" to win.
Maddon told the MLB Network Radio show "Inside Pitch" on Friday...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 5:11 AM
The Cubs and White Sox took care of their own business last month that brought free agent left-hander Jon Lester and All-Star catcher Miguel Montero to Wrigley Field, and Jeff Samardzija, David Robertson and Melky Cabrera to U.S. Cellular Field.