| Feb 23, 2015
| 7:33 PM
PHOENIX – The Cubs managed to sign Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract in December without the backing of a massive local television contract.
While the Cubs still are in pursuit of marquee pitching, they're reluctant to backload a...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 3:27 PM
It's pretty hard to find fault with the rotation that carried the Orioles to the American League Championship Series last season, but the perception remains that it lacks a true No. 1 starter.
Chris Tillman doesn't take offense, even though he has...
| 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...
| Jan 14, 2015
| 9:38 PM
The granddaddy of all fan fests returns this weekend when the 30th annual Cubs Convention kicks off Friday at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.
The blueprint isn't too different from the one former Cubs executive John McDonough invented in 1986,...
| 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...
| 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...