Carlos Villanueva


MESA, Ariz. – Jake Arrieta didn’t sound too concerned about that “shoulder tightness,” insisting he’s pain-free at the beginning of what could be a crossroads season in his career.


MESA, Ariz. — The breakthrough season the Cubs hoped to see from Jake Arrieta is already off to a slow start.


The Cubs missed on their top target in free agency (Masahiro Tanaka) and they’ve considered trading their best pitcher (Jeff Samardzija).


Cubs executives looked at the closer’s job as a carrot they could dangle in free agency. Now Jose Veras has the chance to work the ninth inning at Wrigley Field.