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  • Cubs won't backload money in their pursuit of marquee pitchers

    Cubs won't backload money in their pursuit of marquee pitchers
    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...
  • Call him what you want, but Chris Tillman produces like a No. 1 starter

    Call him what you want, but Chris Tillman produces like a No. 1 starter
    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...
  • Cubs manager Joe Maddon looking to lean on veterans for leadership

    Cubs manager Joe Maddon looking to lean on veterans for leadership
    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. With the...
  • New team, league, same determined Jon Lester

    New team, league, same determined Jon Lester
    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...
  • Cubs' Jake Arrieta ready to go from get-go

    Cubs' Jake Arrieta ready to go from get-go
    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...
  • 'Baseball Tonight' host: Cubs will be in wild-card mix

    'Baseball Tonight' host: Cubs will be in wild-card mix
    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...
  • Cubs 25-man roster locks, likelies and long shots

    Cubs 25-man roster locks, likelies and long shots
    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...
  • Cubs Convention preview: Is it time to get excited?

    Cubs Convention preview: Is it time to get excited?
    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,...
  • Starlin Castro, Welington Castillo among Cubs' concerns

    Starlin Castro, Welington Castillo among Cubs' concerns
    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...
  • Pitchers love new Cubs catcher Miguel Montero

    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...
  • Jon Lester and Jason Hammel give Cubs' rotation huge shot in arm

    Jon Lester and Jason Hammel give Cubs' rotation huge shot in arm
    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...