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2015 Schedule
97-65, 3rd in NL Cent
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Twitter battle: @Yankees vs. @Cubs (1:13)
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Where will Dexter Fowler end up?

For Insider Tony Blengino, Fowler is the best free agent still on the board who turned down a qualifying offer. The Nationals, Dodgers, Cubs and Rangers are the most likely landing spots for the outfielder, according to Blengino. Unsigned qualifying-offer free agents (Insider)

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2dDavid Schoenfield

Five free agents worth the gamble

Dexter Fowler's consistency puts him on David Schoenfield's list of five free agents teams should consider signing.

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Cardinals lineup vs. Jake Arrieta

In eight starts over the past two seasons, Arrieta has a 1.86 ERA against the Cardinals and they've hit .208 against him. The four or five games that Arrieta starts against St. Louis could decide the NL Central. Hitter vs. pitcher matchups to watch

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Is Jon Lester justifying his cost?

After signing a six-year, $155 million contract, Lester's WAR declined from 4.6 to 3.1 in 2015. But remember, 2014 was arguably his best season. David Schoenfield looks at how other stars fared in Year 1 of their mega-deals. Free agents after mega-contracts

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Source: Cy winner Arrieta given $7.07M raise

Coming off a breakout season, Jake Arrieta has agreed to a one-year contract worth $10.7 million with the Chicago Cubs, avoiding arbitration, according to ESPN and The Associated Press.

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Nothing to see here, just a couple of Chicago Cubs fans in Giants' territory.

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Cubs, Jake Arrieta agree to 1-year deal

The contract is one year for $10.7M, a source told The Associated Press. Arrieta won the NL Cy Young Award and had a 1.77 ERA with a 22-6 record last season.

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Cubs would benefit from DH

If the National League employed designated hitters, Chicago could use Kyle Schwarber at the position instead of having him fake it in left field next season. DH candidates for NL teams

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Lackey deal a good one for Cubs

In signing John Lackey, Chicago not only added a valuable pitcher for much less than the $200 million other free agents received but weakened the rival Cardinals in the process. That's a clear win in David Schoenfield's book. Top 5 offseason moves

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Cubs with most improved '16 chances

Chicago signed Ben Zobrist, John Lackey and Jason Heyward this offseason. It's amazing what kind of firepower a quarter of a billion dollars will get you. Grading the offseason (Insider)

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Chicago teams keep eyes on Fowler

Dexter Fowler has yet to lock in a home for 2016, but both teams in Chicago have been actively keeping tabs on his market status, reports CBS Chicago. MLB rumors roundup

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13dJayson Stark

Stark: What's fueling baseball's Bullpen Mania?

Thanks to the Royals' success, loading up on relievers has become all the rage. But teams trying to copy their formula should beware: Bulking up your bullpen is not as easy as it looks.

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Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs

One of the newest Cubs, Ben Zobrist, joins David Kaplan and Dan Dakich. They discuss the recent additions to the team, and his move to Chicago.

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Not too early to consider signing Bryant

The Cubs created a big fuss when they delayed Kris Bryant's start to last season to gain an extra year of contract control. So why does Jim Bowden say Chicago should sign him big now? Players who deserve extensions (Insider)

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The market for Dexter Fowler

Fowler had a strong 2015 season for the Cubs with 17 home runs and 84 walks. Among the best potential fits for the 29-year-old free agent are the White Sox, Angels, Cardinals, Rangers and Cubs. MLB rumors roundup

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs689Tied-15th
Batting Average.24429th
On Base Percentage.32112th
Slugging Percentage.39819th
Earned Run Average3.363rd
Quality Starts8115th
WHIP1.151st
BAA.2331st

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