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97-65, 3rd in NL Cent

David Auguste ESPN.com Editor 

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

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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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Can Cubs make World Series? (1:43)
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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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8dJayson 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

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What does the future hold for Arrieta?

Tony Blengino peeks into the crystal ball to make some educated guesses regarding the future of MLB's top pitchers. What can we expect from Jake Arrieta moving forward? What's next for breakout pitchers (Insider)

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11dJerry Crasnick

Manfred hits brakes on potential NL DH talk

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told ESPN that he did not mean to give the impression during his comments at last week's owners meetings that NL clubs want to adopt the designated hitter.

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Couple of Cubs have nasty stuff

Believe it or not, Jon Lester's sinker, which nearly averages an 80 percent ground ball rate, grades as his best pitch and one of the top offerings in baseball. Not a surprise, however, is Jake Arrieta's curveball also ranking high. Best pitches in MLB (Insider)

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Market for Austin Jackson heating up

The rumor mill has been quiet for the free-agent outfielder, but that will change once Yoenis Cespedes signs. The Angels, Rangers and Brewers are reportedly interested, and the Cubs, too, could be a suitor. MLB rumors roundup

Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

Jed Hoyer Cubs GM told me this morning that this will basically be the team they take to Mesa Arizona for Spring Training outside a couple of small moves to round out their roster (bullpen or Austin Jackson type moves). He said the starting outfield plan right now is Jorge Soler in RF; Jason Heyward CF and Kyle Schwarber in LF. Hoyer said the reports were also positive on Javier Baez outfield defense from winter ball, although he does have some issues he needs to clean up in his development to the new position He also said that both Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant will get some corner outfield time as well. Of course when Joe Maddon is your manager you have to expect players to play multiple positions. Hoyer said holding on to their depth and not trading it was another small but important key to their off-season.

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Rogers on CHC Offseason, 2015 Momentum

ESPN Chicago's Jesse Rogers chats with Buster Olney about the Cubs' offseason moves and what it will take to keep the positive momentum from 2015 rolling.

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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