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Al Yellon

Cubs roster move: Conor Lillis-White acquired from Angels

The Cubs made a transaction!

If you’ve been waiting around all week for the Cubs to make a deal or signing or something during the Winter Meetings, well, now the Meetings are over but the Cubs have apparently made a transaction:

Source: the #Angels are sending LHP Conor Lilis-White to the Cubs to complete the Tommy La Stella trade. https://t.co/pul32wQ6bc

— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) December 13, 2018

Lillis-White was the Angels’ 32nd-round pick in the 2013 draft. Last year he...

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Sara Sanchez

The 12 Days of Cubsmas: Day 1, Javier Baez

An MVP candidate

2018 might not have turned out exactly the way the Cubs wanted it to, but it was still a pretty awesome year. The team won 95 games and made it’s fourth playoff appearance in a row. In the spirit of the holiday season I thought now would be a good time to take a look back at some of the moments that really stood out last season. At this point in my life it would appear that the Cubs are in fact my true love, so I took some inspiration for this series from the 12 days of...

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Lots of talk, but no moves by Cubs at Meetings

Cubs fans have grown accustomed to headline-grabbing moves during the Winter Meetings over the past several years. But at these Winter Meetings, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer proclaimed Wednesday that the team was unlikely to make a move,

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Albert Almora might be team’s most expendable asset

While the Chicago Cubs offseason has yet to take off in any sort of direction, changes from the 2018 roster seem imminent. A trade involving center fielder Albert Almora could be on the horizon for a team with more pressing needs. By showcasing elite defense and impeccable baseball instincts, Albert Almora has rightfully solidified himself […] Chicago Cubs: Albert Almora might be team’s most expendable asset - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion...

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Al Yellon

2018 MLB Rule 5 Draft: The big news is that there’s no big Cubs news

The Cubs did not choose nor lose anyone in the major-league phase.

Trevor Clifton was the Cubs’ 12th-round pick in 2013 out of high school. He’s had some pretty good years in the system, including a solid 2018 split between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, although Fangraphs did not include him in its recent Top 31 Cubs prospects list.

There were rumors that Clifton might be chosen, in particular by the Royals, since Clifton’s mom (who follows Josh on Twitter) suddenly followed...

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Trevor Bauer trolls Cubs with A+ World Series Tweet

Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer might be baseball's best Twitter troll and he proved it Wednesday when he implied he helped the Cubs win the 2016 World Series.

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Al Yellon

Wrigley Field construction update: December 12

A look at the project, as well as Winterland at Gallagher Way.

BCB’s Sara Sanchez visited Wrigley Field Wednesday afternoon and filed this report:

The crews around Wrigley Field have continued their work as the holidays approach. Other new businesses in the area are opening as well across the street on Addison including a Do Rite Donuts shop and the Harley Davidson store on the corner.

Most of the construction activity is still clustered at the corner of Sheffield and Addison. The...

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Chicago Cubs need to look internally to find success in 2019

Much of the offseason focus surrounding the Chicago Cubs centers around free agents and potential trade chips. But it’s time for some self-reflection instead. With so many questions surrounding the Chicago Cubs and what they’ll do this offseason, fans need to take a step back and focus on what the team already has internally. Sure, all […] Chicago Cubs need to look internally to find success in 2019 - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Al Yellon

What if the Cubs don’t make any moves before Opening Day?

They might not, you know.

Cubs brass are about to leave the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas without making any moves at all.

Some of you are disappointed in this. Me, I expected it, and it was stated as such late Wednesday:

Hoyer said it’s unlikely Cubs make a deal by conclusion of winter meetings

— Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) December 13, 2018

Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been repeating the same mantra basically since the Cubs made their early playoff exit: They think the Cubs have...

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Duane Pesice

Cub Tracks’ static discharge

“Please don’t take it the wrong way”, and other bullets

Oh good. The Winter Meetings are over. Wasn’t that fun? So many new players!

Oh, wait. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. We’re all victims of circumstance.

Damn. When do we start making up stuff in order to have content? The only earthshaking news is from Atlanta.

Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).

Boras...

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Player Profile 2019: Pedro Strop

Pedro Strop is the man, any Chicago Cubs fan who doesn’t realize this is fooling themselves. You tilt, I tilt, we all tilt our hats to the left in true Pedro style. Position: Relief Pitcher 2018 Stats: An ERA of 2.26, with a WHIP of 0.99, a FIP of 3.39, a DRA- of 82.0, a […]

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Bryant 'in great shape,' has no limitations

Kris Bryant made his way through Mandalay Bay on Wednesday afternoon, took an elevator to the upper tier of the Delano Hotel and swung by the Cubs' suite. The visit was planned, but it was more about the team checking in on Bryant's offseason than Bryant asking about the team's roster plans.

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Jed Hoyer thinks Cubs are 'unlikely' to make a deal in Vegas

At one point, it appeared as if the Cubs were building momentum toward making a deal of some sort during the MLB Winter Meetings. As of Wednesday evening, Jed Hoyer spoke to the media with no deals to report.

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Catching up with new Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy

Tommy Hottovy speaks with the media in Las Vegas, and details how his duties and relationships with pitchers will change as the new pitching coach.

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Scott Boras says Kris Bryant-Bryce Harper bromance won't have effect on free agent market

For anybody thinking the Cubs may have the inside scoop at landing Bryce Harper because of his friendship with Kris Bryant, superagent Scott Boras threw cold water on any notion of that happening.

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Chicago Cubs sitting idly by as the National League Central improves

I know, I know. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. But the Chicago Cubs are yet to do anything of note while the rest of the NL Central is taking leaps forward. Yes, it’s not even mid-December. I mean, the Winter Meetings aren’t even wrapped up yet and, already, we’re all ready to jump off […] Chicago Cubs sitting idly by as the National League Central improves - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - A Chicago Cubs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Cubs 'unlikely' to leave Las Vegas with a new player

It intially appeared as if the Cubs were building momentum toward making a move during the Winter Meetings, but that no longer seems to be likely.

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Bryce Harper, Scott Boras and the Cubs: Attempting to read between the lines

Superagent Scott Boras met with the media Wednesday and discussed the Cubs' financial situation as well as the market for his top client  Bryce Harper.

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Scott Boras on Bryce Harper's friendship with Kris Bryant

Scott Boras details how the Kris Bryant/Bryce Harper relationship may or may not be impacting Harper's free agency decision.

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Cubs Have Spoken with Brad Brach, Bud Norris, Jake Diekman as Part of Bullpen Search

The Cubs have been actively combing through all the options in both free agency and the trade market during the winter meetings, with two “not high end” relievers among their targets. Because they’ve got several irons in the fire, including the possible pursuit of Bryce Harper, it looks like they’re going to wait for the top bullpen arms to sign before making a move. In the meantime, they’re laying the groundwork and making contact with representatives of several different...

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