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  • Cubs reach 2-year deal with reliever Brandon Morrow

    Cubs reach 2-year deal with reliever Brandon Morrow

    While 2019 seems like a reasonable target for the White Sox to begin contending, the future is now for the Cubs. Their sense of urgency has been apparent, especially after they agreed to terms Sunday on a two-year deal with free-agent reliever Brandon Morrow on the opening day of the winter meetings....

  • Miguel Montero and Geovany Soto aren't ready to retire yet

    Miguel Montero and Geovany Soto aren't ready to retire yet

    Geovany Soto’s 2017 season with the White Sox ended prematurely because of right elbow surgery and Miguel Montero’s tenure with the Cubs stopped abruptly after voicing his displeasure with pitchers not holding runners more closely at first base. But retirement isn’t in either catcher’s plans, as...

  • Anthony Rizzo rallies around bullying victim Keaton Jones

    Anthony Rizzo rallies around bullying victim Keaton Jones

    Anthony Rizzo called him his hero. Actor Tyler Young said he empathizes. And other celebrities voiced their support for Tennessee bullying victim Keaton Jones. Keaton talks about getting called ugly and having milk poured on him by other students at Maynard Middle School in Maynardville in a video...

  • Bryce Harper watch begins early on the North Side

    Bryce Harper watch begins early on the North Side

    The ball started rolling last summer when Bryce Harper posted a photo of himself and Kris Bryant on Instagram with the message “#Back2BackOneDay.” After Harper admitted he enjoyed trolling the media for speculating on his future free-agency plans, Bryant conceded his Las Vegas buddy was “stirring...

  • Jack Morris, Alan Trammell voted into Hall of Fame by Modern Era Committee

    Jack Morris, Alan Trammell voted into Hall of Fame by Modern Era Committee

    Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were recognized for more than their efforts in leading the Tigers to the 1984 World Series championship Sunday when they were elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Morris and Trammell were elected by the Modern Era Committee, which considered 10 people whose...

  • Shohei Ohtani shines in the spotlight of stardom during Angels introduction

    Shohei Ohtani shines in the spotlight of stardom during Angels introduction

    So the reasons Shohei Ohtani signed with the Angels remain a mystery, hidden somewhere behind his boyish smile and camouflaged by his polite diction. There were no major revelations at Ohtani’s introductory news conference Saturday, as the two-way player from Japan reiterated what his representatives...

  • Cubs' Theo Epstein: Leaner Kyle Schwarber looking to dominate 'the controllables'

    Cubs' Theo Epstein: Leaner Kyle Schwarber looking to dominate 'the controllables'

    The photographs of a trimmer Kyle Schwarber that were posted on social media Wednesday weren’t touched up. Cubs President Theo Epstein revealed Thursday that Schwarber’s renewed commitment to fitness was mutually agreed upon after the end of the 2017 season. “We brought it up with him,” Epstein...

  • Life goes on for Cubs after losing out on Shohei Ohtani

    Life goes on for Cubs after losing out on Shohei Ohtani

    The Red Sox weren’t built in a day, as Theo Epstein can attest. Shortly after taking over as the team’s general manager after the 2002 season, he lost out on Cuban free agent Jose Conteras to the rival Yankees. After his recruiting efforts fell short Friday in trying to land prized Japanese pitcher-hitter...

  • Cubs' bid falls short as Shohei Ohtani chooses Angels

    Cubs' bid falls short as Shohei Ohtani chooses Angels

    The Cubs can shift to Plan B after prized Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani elected Friday to play for the Angels. “Shohei is humbled and flattered by all the time and effort that so many teams put into their presentations and sincerely thanks them for their professionalism,” Nez Balelo, co-head...

  • Health no issue for Cubs in signing Tyler Chatwood

    Health no issue for Cubs in signing Tyler Chatwood

    The Angels didn’t shy away from Tyler Chatwood after he had the first of two Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow that caused him to miss his entire sophomore season at East Valley High School in Redlands, Calif., in 2006. The Angels drafted Chatwood in the second round of the 2008 draft, and...

  • Cubs on the prowl for more pitching at baseball's winter meetings

    Cubs on the prowl for more pitching at baseball's winter meetings

    The Cubs have displayed a knack for striking it big at baseball’s winter meetings, as they did in December 2014 when they signed free-agent left-hander Jon Lester to a six-year, $155 million contract. And they can strike quickly, as they did a year later when they signed Ben Zobrist to a four-year,...

  • Starter Tyler Chatwood on joining the Cubs

    Starter Tyler Chatwood on joining the Cubs

    Starter Tyler Chatwood discusses joining the Cubs as a free agent on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)

  • 10 notable Japanese players who crossed over to MLB

    10 notable Japanese players who crossed over to MLB

    When two-way star Shohei Ohtani signs with a Major League Baseball team this month, he will become the 64th Japanese-born player to have made the move, according to baseball-reference.com. Ohtani, 23, a right-handed pitcher and left-handed-hitting outfielder, reportedly has listed the Cubs, Angels,...

  • Giants GM shares details of Shohei Ohtani meeting

    Giants GM shares details of Shohei Ohtani meeting

    The Cubs haven’t spoken publicly about Shohei Ohtani, but one of the six other teams competing for the Japanese pitching-outfield standout’s services shared some details Wednesday about their talks. Giants general manager Bobby Evans told the San Francisco Chronicle that Ohtani, through an interpreter,...

  • Price must be right for Cubs in their pursuit of pitching

    Price must be right for Cubs in their pursuit of pitching

    The free agent pitching market is starting to thaw and the prices could present an expensive situation for the Cubs and other pitching-thirsty teams. The biggest beneficiary of Mike Minor’s reported three-year, $28 million contract with the Rangers is Brandon Morrow, who has been slightly more...

  • Cubs would adjust outfield lineup if they sign Shohei Ohtani

    Cubs would adjust outfield lineup if they sign Shohei Ohtani

    One of the Cubs’ selling points with prized Japanese free agent Shohei Ohtani will be finding a place for him in the outfield when he’s not pitching. That figures to be right field, where Jason Heyward has earned the National League Gold Glove Award for exceptional defense for the last two seasons...

  • Kyle Schwarber, David Ross head to Tampa for Joe Maddon's Thanksmas

    Kyle Schwarber, David Ross head to Tampa for Joe Maddon's Thanksmas

    Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber and former teammate David Ross highlight the list of celebrity bartenders for Joe Maddon's Thanksmas in Tampa on Friday. Schwarber and Ross will be joined by Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer and Kevin Kiermaier and fellow major leaguers Jose Bautista, Matt Joyce and Derek...

  • Bullpen help remains a priority for Cubs despite their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani

    Bullpen help remains a priority for Cubs despite their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani

    While the Cubs’ pursuit of Shohei Ohtani intensifies, the need for bullpen help is just as great and perhaps more urgent for the team. The Cubs’ interest in left-handed reliever Mike Minor dated to at least a few weeks leading up to the July trade deadline — when they eventually acquired left-hander...

  • Anthony Rizzo picks up hometown honor for charitable work

    Anthony Rizzo picks up hometown honor for charitable work

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo received the Mayor’s Medal of Charitable Service in his hometown of Parkland, Fla., before his sixth annual “Walk-Off” for Cancer 5K event. Rizzo received the award from Parkland mayor Christine Hunschofsky for his frequent charitable service without seeking notoriety....

  • Cubs reportedly remain in contention for Shohei Ohtani

    Cubs reportedly remain in contention for Shohei Ohtani

    The Cubs are among at least seven teams remaining in contention for the services of Japanese free-agent pitcher/outfielder Shohei Ohtani, according to the Dallas Morning News. The Cubs wouldn’t confirm or deny the report Sunday night, but it has been evident for a while that the team covets the...

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  • Ex-Cub Hector Rondon lands 2-year deal with Houston

    Ex-Cub Hector Rondon lands 2-year deal with Houston

    Hector Rondon has a chance to win another World Series ring, albeit with another team. The former Chicago Cubs reliever agreed Friday to a two-year contract with the world champion Houston Astros. Rondon, 29, struggled last season with the Cubs and wasn’t tendered a contract by the Dec. 1 deadline....

  • Ready to believe in the Blackhawks?

    Ready to believe in the Blackhawks?

    Ripley’s Believe It Or Snark: You’re not going to believe this, but after the Hawks needed overtime to beat two bad teams at home in the last week, they went on the road to face a playoff team and waxed the Jets with a win in regulation. Heck, they waxed the Jets with a win in a three-goal first...

  • Acquiring Manny Machado would be risky business for White Sox — too risky

    Acquiring Manny Machado would be risky business for White Sox — too risky

    White Sox fans who went to bed early Wednesday night woke up to some stunning news. Not only were the Sox discussing a deal with the Orioles that would bring superstar Manny Machado to the South Side, USA Today called it the “strongest” of any team’s offers. A source told Tribune baseball writer...

  • Year after unveiling, what’s latest on Tiger Woods’ Chicago golf project?

    Year after unveiling, what’s latest on Tiger Woods’ Chicago golf project?

    On a cold Thursday in December, Mike Keiser took a 240-mile trip from Chicago to central Wisconsin in search of the next great routing at his Sand Valley Golf Resort. This commitment helps explain why the Lincoln Park resident is golf’s premier modern builder — and on the leaderboard among the...

  • Baseball's hot stove league off to slow start this offseason

    Baseball's hot stove league off to slow start this offseason

    Baseball’s winter meetings in Orlando, Fla., last week didn’t provide much entertainment, much to the dismay of MLB Network, which provided non-stop coverage of the annual affair. It was a fake swap-o-rama, with only one big deal — Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna to the Cardinals — and a plethora...

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