Cubs make deals with Valbuena, Lillibridge, McDonald

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Cubs make deals with Valbuena, Lillibridge, McDonald

In one month, pitchers and catchers will report to the Cubs complex in Arizona. Whether the front office has another big move in them or will spend the rest of the winter searching for complementary pieces the Mesa picture is coming into focus.
Infielder Luis Valbuena avoided arbitration on Thursday and agreed to a one-year, 930,000 deal. The Cubs also confirmed their list of 16 non-roster players who have so far signed minor-league contracts with invites to big-league camp, including ex-White Sox utility guy Brent Lillibridge, former Boston Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald and Oak Lawn native Brian Bogusevic.
The Cubs have stockpiled pitchers with those deals: Andrew Carpenter; Jaye Chapman; Dayan Diaz; Jensen Lewis; Blake Parker; Zach Putnam; and Cory Wade.
Hisanori Takahashi who went 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 61 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels in 2011 could emerge as a left-handed option for the Cubs bullpen.
The Cubs have also reached agreements with catcher J.C. Boscan, outfielder Johermyn Chavez, first basemanoutfielder Brad Nelson, and infielders Alberto Gonzalez and Edwin Maysonet.
The Cubs have not yet finalized their complete list of non-roster invitees, which should include some minor-league players already in the system. Left-hander Dontrelle Willis the National Leagues 2003 Rookie of the Year recently signed a minor-league contract that does not include an invite to major-league camp.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Breaking down the World Series hangover

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Breaking down the World Series hangover

Do the Cubs have a World Series hangover?

On the latest edition of the Cubs Talk Podcast, NBC Sports Bay Area Giants Insider Alex Pavlovic joins CSN's Patrick Mooney to talk about the World Series hangover, how last year's playoff loss lingered in San Francisco, Johnny Cueto's quirks, the legend of Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija's ups and downs.

Plus Kelly Crull, Jeff Nelson and Tony Andracki break down the Cubs’ defensive struggles this year compared to an historic 2016 and how Ian Happ fits into the Cubs’ lineup in both the short and long term.

Listen to the latest episode below:

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