Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell have already showed early promise during their rookie seasons, and the Cubs believe they will continue to produce that kind of big-time talent.
The Cubs understood there would be no sneaking into the playoffs this year with a strong National League. In order to become a World Series favorite, Theo Epstein & Co. had to think big.
Jake Arrieta and the Cubs have agreed to a one-year, $10.7 million contract, the Associated Press reported Friday, avoiding an arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday in Arizona.
9mJason Hammel shut down the Pirates (11-9), limiting them to four hits across eight scoreless innings, striking out seven while walking none in the Cubs' 4-0 win on Monday.
9mThe chatter of bringing a designated hitter to the National League picked up again with the Cardinals losing Adam Wainwright for the season. But Joe Maddon has zero interest in that idea.
9mThe Cubs recalled Junior Lake Monday, adding the athletic outfielder to the bench while sending down right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter.
9mWith a strong early-season showing and weak performances by projected top teams, the Cubs enter the final week of April in the top 10 of Tony Andracki and JJ Stankevitz's MLB Power Rankings.
9mAddison Russell is hitting only .136 through his first five games in the big leagues, but the 21-year-old infielder understands it all won't click for him overnight.
9mThe Cubs' All-Star shortstop is in the midst of another very good season at the plate. But it was Starlin Castro's groundout in the ninth that really impressed Joe Maddon on Sunday afternoon.
9mTwo years ago, Jake Arrieta may not have made it out of the fifth inning of Sunday's Cubs-Reds game. Now, he's maturing so much as a pitcher that he's become a frontline arm for the Cubs.
Cubs believe Albert Almora’s time is coming after Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber’s fast-track development
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