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2017 Schedule
92-70, 1st in NL Cent
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1dBradford Doolittle

Hot stove stock watch: Cubs

Although the Cubs' system lacks high-quality pitching prospects, the team still stands as a prime contender with a pre-hot stove win projection of 97.1.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

If you're in the Springfield, Illinois, area, there is a very cool exhibit on display on the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Fandom between the two franchises are split in this part of the country.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have named former MLB player Will Venable their first base/outfield coach and hired Jim Benedict as special asst to baseball operations. They also formally announced Brandon Hyde as bench coach and Jim Hickey as pitching coach.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs will play the Red Sox in Ft.Myers, FL on March 26 (505 CT) and 27 (1205 CT) before their season opening game against the Marlins on Thursday, March 29 in Miami.

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2dTravis Sawchik, Special to ESPN.com

One key move for the Cubs this offseason

If the Cubs hope to remain among the super teams, they will need to add a top-of-the rotation arm as Jake Arrieta heads to free agency. Lucky for them, another ace is available on the open market.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs added three players to their 40 man roster including highly touted pitching prospects Albert Alzolay and Oscar De La Cruz along with infielder David Bote. The moves will make them unavailable from being selected in the Rule 5 draft next month at the winter meetings. Monday was a deadline for those 40 man additions.

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3dDan Szymborski

Finding the best spot for Giancarlo Stanton

The Cubs have shown a willingness to deal top talent when necessary to fill needs, but pitching is more on the team's mind following 2017's rotation letdown.

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Rizzo named to Forbes' 30 under 30

At age 28, Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo lands a spot on Forbes' coveted 30 under 30 list. Rizzo is a three-time All-Star as well as a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger winner. Also from MLB, Houston Astros 2B Jose Altuve makes the cut.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer confirmed that John Lackey plans to pitch in 2018 and didn't dismiss a return to the Cubs: "Its certainly something we're going to talk about."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Contrary to a report, the Cubs won't be paying the luxury tax this season. It has an effect on the compensation given to teams for losing/signing free agents who were given qualifying offers. If the Cubs sign one they will lose their second highest pick in the draft. If another team signs Jake Arrieta and/or Wade Davis, the Cubs will be given a compensatory pick after the second round.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Unlike last year at this time, when most in baseball felt the Cubs were moving on from Aroldis Chapman, that may not be true with closer Wade Davis. The demand at his position is expected to be lighter this winter, which could help the Cubs. Theo Epstein spoke about Davis on Monday: "He knows we don't typically...give long, multi year deals to relievers but it's definitely worth talking."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

It's a nice setting for GM's as their meetings for the week begin. Some are lunching on the other side of the pool here in Orlando.

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11dJerry Crasnick

Hot stove survey: Where will Jake Arrieta sign?

Although some observers think the ship has sailed on an Arrieta-Cubs reunion, some haven't given up on the idea. However, the Rangers could be a more logical fit.

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14dAssociated Press

Rizzo named Marvin Miller Man of the Year

Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo was selected as the Marvin Miller Man of the Year on Wednesday. The award is given to the player who most inspires other players through on-field performances and contributions to his community.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer confirms Brandon Hyde will be the bench coach for the Cubs replacing Davey Martinez who left to be the manager of the Nationals. Hyde was previously the first base coach but did a lot of bench coach duties, including organizing and running much of the spring. He also was responsible for relaying the daily lineup to the players. The Cubs have not announced his replacement at first base.

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15d

NL Central offseason preview: Can Cubs add arms to stay on top?

With two open spots in their rotation -- and question marks in their bullpen -- the defending NL Central champs might struggle to woo free-agent starter Jake Arrieta back into the Friendly Confines as they attempt to keep hold of the division.

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15dSam Miller

Ranking all 30 clubs by triumphs and fails: Cubs

Chicago made it to the NLCS and had a lot of fun along the way, but every starting pitcher lost velocity and the team failed to live up to its dynasty aspirations.

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The best and the brightest

The nine Gold Glove winners of the National League were announced Tuesday. The Rockies and the Diamondbacks each have two players receiving the honor this year.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs8224th
Batting Average.25516th
On Base Percentage.3384th
Slugging Percentage.4377th
Earned Run Average3.957th
Quality Starts77Tied-8th
WHIP1.289th
BAA.2384th

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