Amid the Hot Stove craziness, Theo Epstein won't ditch the plan he and the front office have set up for the Cubs, waiting for pieces like Kris Bryant, Arodys Vizcaino and Kyle Hendricks to emerge.
According to sources familiar with the situation, there is mutual interest between the Cubs and free agent closer John Axford. He posted a 1.93 ERA with the Cardinals in 2013 after being traded from the Brewers.
Rick Renteria is relentlessly upbeat and has stressed a need to be even-keeled in the dugout, but the new Cubs manager also knows there's something to be said for some competitive fire.
8mDarnell McDonald drove 100-plus miles to attend the funeral for Christina-Taylor Green who died in the Tuscon tragedy. The tragedy hit McDonald, who met her father John when he was a teenager.
8mThe Cubs spent a lot of time in the Dominican Republic scouting Jorge Soler and that hard work paid off this week as they signed 25-year-old Cuban righty Armando Rivero to a deal.
8mIan Stewart's chances of starting at third base for the Cubs on Opening Day went out the door Tuesday after failing an MRI. Luis Valbuena will get the nod at third to open up the season.
8mAfter an MRI showed an issues in Scott Baker's elbow, the Cubs shut down the pitcher they guaranteed $5.5 million to last November. There's currently have no timetable on his return.
8mJavier Baez and Jorge Soler were shipped off from major-league camp on Monday, but both left a lasting impression of what the Cubs could see a few years down the road.
8mMatt Garza has learned to be patient with his latest injury setback, which has helped the right-hander deal with the slow nature of his recovery that could cost him the season's first month.
8mScott Baker appeared in a big-league game Sunday for the first time in nearly 18 months, and the Cubs sent him for a precautionary MRI after he felt soreness in his right elbow.
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