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  • Christopher Morel Exits With Hamstring Tightness

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Christopher Morel exited Saturday's game with right hamstring tightness, according to Jared Wyllys of CHGO Sports. He went 1-for-2 with a single and run before departing. Morel is slashing .257/.330/.450 with nine homers, 29 RBI, and nine stolen bases this season. He has also accrued a 9.3 BB% and 29.3 K%. The 23-year-old should be considered day-to-day going forward.

    Aug 6 · Source via Cubs Christopher Morel
  • Andrelton Simmons Designated For Assignment

    Chicago Cubs shortstop Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) was reinstated from the injured list on Saturday and then designated for assignment. Simmons, always a standout with his leather at the 6, was hitting just .173/.244/.187 with no home runs, seven RBI, eight runs scored and four stolen bases in 85 plate appearances over 34 games for the Cubbies before his injury. The 31-year-old had been on the injured list since July 11. If he's not claimed off waivers by another club, Chicago can return him to their organization in the minor leagues. The Cubs will move forward with youngster Nico Hoerner at the position. Even if Simmons latches on with another team and is on the major league roster, he's miles away from fantasy relevance.

    Aug 6 · Source via Cubs Andrelton Simmons
  • Seiya Suzuki Not Starting Friday

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Seiya Suzuki is not in the starting lineup on Friday against the Miami Marlins. Suzuki has gone just 9-for-50 (.180) with two homers, five RBI, six runs scored and 15 strikeouts in 12 games since the All-Star break, so he could probably use a day off heading into the weekend. Overall, the 27-year-old Japanese outfielder has hit .252/.327/.427 with eight home runs, 31 RBI, 29 runs scored and six stolen bases in his first 234 major league at-bats. Rookie Nelson Velazquez is starting in right field on Friday and is batting fifth against Marlins right-hander Edward Cabrera. Velazquez doesn't have much big-league experience, but he's gone 6-for-18 (.333) with three home runs and 10 RBI in 10 games over the last two weeks.

    Aug 5 · Source via Cubs Seiya Suzuki
  • Nico Hoerner Starting On The Bench Against Marlins

    Chicago Cubs middle infielder Nico Hoerner is not in the starting lineup on Friday against the Miami Marlins. It will be Hoerner's first game off in the last 27 games, so he'll get a much-needed breather. The 25-year-old has been a solid contributor at the plate for the struggling Cubs, hitting .292/.335/.412 with six home runs, 33 RBI, 33 runs scored and 11 stolen bases in 340 plate appearances and 89 games. With Hoerner starting on the bench, rookie Christopher Morel will get the nod at the 6 and hit eighth in the batting order on Friday against Marlins right-hander Edward Cabrera. Morel is hitting .260/.333/.455 on the season with nine homers, 29 RBI and nine stolen bases in his first 65 big-league games, but he's gone just 13-for-59 (.220) with no homers and four RBI in 18 games over the last 28 days.

    Aug 5 · Source via Cubs Nico Hoerner
  • Cubs Select Sean Newcomb, Matt Dermody

    4:09pm: The Cubs have officially selected Newcomb’s contract heading into Game 2. Infielder David Bote was optioned to Triple-A Iowa to clear the necessary active roster spot. 11:22am: Prior to today’s doubleheader against the Cardinals, the Cubs announced some roster shuffling to reporters, including Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago. Left-hander Matt Dermody has had his contract…

    Aug 4 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Matt Dermody Sean Newcomb
  • Justin Steele Will Start Friday Against Miami

    Chicago Cubs pitcher Justin Steele will make his next start Friday against the Miami Marlins. He was initially scheduled to start on Wednesday, but the contest was postponed due to inclement weather. The 27-year-old posted a 3.86 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and an 87:42 K: BB across 91 innings in 2022. He had been excellent over his last five appearances, owning a 2.05 ERA while striking out 26 batters over 26 1/3 frames. Fantasy managers can use Steele as a streamer in a plus matchup against Miami.

    Aug 3 · Source via Cubs Justin Steele
  • Wednesday's Cubs-Cardinals Game Postponed

    The game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday has officially been postponed due to inclement weather. The contest will be made up on Thursday as part of a split doubleheader. Wednesday's scheduled starters -- lefty Justin Steele for the Cubs and right-hander Miles Mikolas for St. Louis -- will presumably be pushed to one of Thursday's games. Fantasy managers need to make sure to remove any players from these two teams from their starting lineups on Wednesday.

    Aug 3 · Source via Cubs Cardinals
  • Mychal Givens Gets Traded To Mets

    Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Mychal Givens is headed to the New York Mets. The two sides have agreed on a trade that will send Givens to New York and pitcher Saul Gonzalez to the Cubs. Givens is posting a 2.66 ERA with two saves and 51/19 K/BB ratio through 40.7 innings in Chicago. This move helps bolster the Mets bullpen as they continue to fight for a playoff spot. He should continue to work in high leverage spots, but his fantasy value isn't expected to change. Gonzalez has pitched well in St. Lucie this season, but isn't someone who is near MLB ready. These deadline moves for Chicago leaves Rowan Wick as the favorite for saves through the rest of the season.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cubs Mets Mychal Givens closers
  • Phillies Acquire David Robertson From Cubs

    The Philadelphia Phillies acquired right-handed reliever David Robertson from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, according to sources. It's unclear who the Phillies will send to the Cubs in return, but Robertson will be returning to the Phil after spending the 2019 season with them. The 37-year-old was the Cubbies closer before the trade, posting a strong 2.23 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 14 saves and 51 strikeouts in his 40 1/3 innings of work. In Philadelphia, Seranthony Dominguez and lefty Brad Hand have been sharing closing duties, but it remains to be seen if Robertson will be given the majority of save chances in his new home or if he'll be part of an ongoing committee for saves. His fantasy outlook for the rest of the season could receive a boost on a contending team.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cubs Phillies David Robertson closers
  • Rays In The Mix For Willson Contreras

    The Tampa Bay Rays are in the mix, along with the New York Mets, for Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, according to sources. Contreras is a possible fallback option for the San Diego Padres, too, if they cannot land Washington Nationals superstar outfielder Juan Soto. The rebuilding Cubs are almost certain to deal Contreras before Tuesday's deadline, but the Mets may now have competition for his services. The 30-year-old backstop made his third All-Star team this year and is currently hitting .252/.365/.453 with an .818 OPS, 14 home runs, 38 RBI, 51 runs scored and even three stolen bases in 86 games. Contreras will really help a contending team both offensively and defensively if he's brought on board.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Blue Jays Interested In Ian Happ

    The Toronto Blue Jays have interest in Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ, whose ability to play center field is valuable in light of George Springer's recent injury. Springer isn't expected to miss significant time or anything, but Happ would give the Blue Jays some high-end insurance at the position. The 27-year-old received his first All-Star nod this year and is currently slashing .279/.360/.436 with nine home runs, 46 RBI, 45 runs scored and six stolen bases in 408 plate appearances and 99 games. However, with Springer healthy, Happ might struggle for consistent playing time in Toronto, which would obviously hurt his fantasy upside for the remainder of the season if he was dealt to the Blue Jays.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cubs Ian Happ
  • Dodgers Looking At Ian Happ

    MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Monday that the Los Angeles Dodgers have looked into Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ as a potential trade target. However, he noted that a trade for Happ would likely be a backup plan if they could not acquire Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto. Happ has had a productive 2022 season so far, slashing .279/.360/.436 with nine home runs, 46 RBI and six stolen bases. A move to the Dodgers would put Happ in a much stronger lineup, although he may not receive as much playing time. Fantasy managers should keep their eyes out for further news before the trade deadline ends, as many Cubs players have been rumored to be on the trade block.

    Aug 2 · Source via Cubs Ian Happ
  • Yankees Acquire Scott Effross

    The New York Yankees announced in a tweet on Monday that the team acquired right-handed relief pitcher Scott Effross from the Chicago Cubs. The Yankees are sending pitching prospect Hayden Wesneski back to the Cubs. Effross has been nothing but effective so far for Chicago, logging a 2.66 ERA, a 2.19 FIP, 50 strikeouts, and 11 walks in 44 innings of work. He's also registered 13 holds and a save. The right-hander will provide the Yankees with some additional bullpen reinforcements . He'll join a late-inning mix that also includes Clay Holmes, Lucas Luetge, Wandy Peralta, and Aroldis Chapman.

    Aug 1 · Source via Cubs Yankees Scott Effross
  • Giants Acquire Dixon Machado From Cubs

    3:15PM: The Giants announced the trade to reporters, including Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, with minor league righty Raynel Espinal going the other way. The 30-year-old made his MLB debut last year, logging just two innings for the Red Sox. The Giants signed him to a minor league deal for this year, with…

    Jul 31 · MLB Trade Rumors Giants Cubs Raynel Espinal Dixon Machado
  • Dixon Machado Acquired By Giants

    The San Francisco Giants have acquired shortstop Dixon Machado from the Chicago Cubs. In exchange, the Cubs will receive right-handed pitcher Raynel Espinal from the Giants. This was a desperation move for the Giants who are without a shortstop on their active roster. Both Brandon Crawford (knee) and Thairo Estrada (concussion) are sidelined. Machado is hitting .312/.402/.394 with two homers and ten steals in Triple-A this season. He is expected to start at shortstop until Crawford or Estrada are ready to return. He's not expected to start for longer than a week, so most fantasy managers can ignore this move. As for the Cubs, Espinal is posting a 5.29 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 102/38 K/BB in 18 starts at Triple-A. The expectation is that he'll continue to be depth in the minor leagues.

    Jul 31 · Source via Cubs Dixon Machado
  • Padres Reportedly Interested In Dealing For Willson Contreras

    The San Diego Padres reportedly are interested in trading for Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Padres are involved in conversations about Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. He recently removed everything Cubs-related from his Instagram account. The 30-year-old is one of the best hitting catchers in the game and should produce for a solid Padres lineup that is expected to have star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (wrist) back soon. Contreras is slashing .252/.369/.460 with 14 home runs, 37 RBI, 52 runs scored, and three stolen bases over 366 plate appearances in 2022. Stay tuned.

    Jul 30 · Source via Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Chris Martin Traded To The Dodgers

    Chicago Cubs veteran reliever Chris Martin has been acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a trade, according to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic. The details of the trade have not yet been released but Martin should help shore up the Dodgers' bullpen down the stretch. The 36-year-old has a 4.31 ERA, .134 WHIP, and 40:4 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings (34 appearances) of relief with the Cubs this year. UPDATE: MLB Network's Jon Heyman is reporting that the Dodgers are sending the Cubs infielder/outfielder Zach McKinstry in the deal.

    Jul 30 · Source via Cubs Chris Martin closers
  • Patrick Wisdom Blasts 19th Homer

    Chicago Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom went deep Friday, blasting his 19th home run of the season in a 2-for-3 effort at the plate with a double, a walk, and two runs scored. He has now gone deep in two straight games after a stretch that saw him without a round-tripper since July 2. Wisdom has been a steady contributor for fantasy managers all year, with a .781 OPS, 51 runs, 50 RBI, and six steals in 380 plate appearances.

    Jul 30 · Source via Cubs Patrick Wisdom
  • Marcus Stroman Goes Six Scoreless Innings

    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Marcus Stroman managed not to allow a run to the San Francisco Giants Friday despite scattering eight hits and a walk across his six innings of work. He struck out three batters and was credited with the win in a 4-2 contest, improving his season record to 3-5. Stroman now has a 3.99 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 62 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings across 13 starts this year. He is not a very high-upside fantasy option, but Stroman has a long track record of run prevention.

    Jul 30 · Source via Cubs Marcus Stroman
  • Willson Contreras Scrubs Cubs References On Social Media

    Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras has removed everything Cubs-related from his Instagram account. Contreras has been mentioned as a trade candidate all year, and with the deadline coming next Tuesday, there's a chance he's played his last game in a Cubs uniform. The New York Mets have been linked heavily to Contreras with James McCann still sidelined due to injury. They're currently rolling with Tomas Nido and Patrick Mazeika behind the plate. If Contreras is dealt before Tuesday, Yan Gomes would become Chicago's primary catcher. Contreras, who made the All-Star team for the third time in his career, is one of the best hitting catchers in the game and would receive a fantasy boost with a move to a contender like the Mets. Stay tuned.

    Jul 29 · Source via Cubs Willson Contreras
  • Ian Happ Collects Two Hits In Loss

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff single in the seventh inning. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored in the loss to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. The 27-year-old has been a hot name as the trade deadline approaches. He's hitting .284/.367/.446 with nine homers, 46 RBI in 93 games. The Cubs should be receiving plenty of calls on Happ, but we'll see if they actually decide to cash-in on his value. His fantasy value could take a hit if he lands on a team where he doesn't get full-time at-bats, but fantasy managers shouldn't be too worried about him.

    Jul 29 · Source via Cubs Ian Happ
  • Kevin Alcantara Showing Potential In Single-A

    Chicago Cubs outfield prospect Kevin Alcantara went 1-for-5 with a grand slam for Single-A Myrtle Beach on Wednesday. Part of the Anthony Rizzo deadline deal of last year, the 20-year-old is now hitting .265 with 12 homers, 66 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Alcantara has shown the ability to help across the board with speed being an underrated aspect of his game with 14 doubles and six triple. At 6'6 his body is still maturing and that could lead to more power in the future. For now, Alcantara remains far away from the big leagues and is nothing more than a name for dynasty managers to take note of.

    Jul 28 · Source via Cubs Kevin Alcantara prospects
  • Ian Happ Likely To Be On The Move Before Deadline

    Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ has become one of the hotter names on the trade market, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. The San Diego Padres are one team that Passan mentioned as a potential landing spot for Happ. Clubs have been attempting to pair either Happ or his teammate Willson Contreras with a Cubs reliever like David Robertson or Mychal Givens in a deal. Wherever Happ winds up going, he'll likely get a better supporting lineup alongside him, but there's also a chance he could lose out on playing time a bit with a new team -- something that hasn't been a problem with the Cubs. Happ has appeared in 95 games this year and he's slashed .282/.366/.446 with nine home runs, six stolen bases, 46 RBI and 44 runs.

    Jul 27 · Source via Cubs Ian Happ
  • Cubs, Mets Have Discussed Willson Contreras, David Robertson

    According to an article from Pat Ragazzo of Sports Illustrated's Fan Nation, the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets reportedly "have had ongoing discussions about a potential trade package for catcher Willson Contreras and relief pitcher David Robertson that would see New York send multiple top prospects to Chicago." Contreras has, so far, enjoyed a strong season at the plate, batting .258 with a .374 on-base percentage, 14 home runs, and three stolen bases in 353 plate appearances. Meanwhile, Robertson has pitched to a 1.83 ERA, a 3.25 FIP, 50 strikeouts, 19 walks, and 14 saves in 39.1 innings spanning 35 appearances for the Cubs.

    Jul 26 · Source via Cubs David Robertson Willson Contreras closers
  • Frank Schwindel Starts On Bench Tuesday

    Chicago Cubs first baseman Frank Schwindel is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In seven games in the month of July, Schwindel is hitting just .200 (5-for-25) with no homers and two RBI. Overall, the 30-year-old right-handed hitter is batting .233/.279/.372 with eight home runs, 35 RBI and 23 runs scored in 272 plate appearances and 69 games for the Cubbies. Alfonso Rivas is starting at first base and hitting eighth, while All-Star catcher Willson Contreras will serve as the designated hitter and bat second against Pirates right-hander Bryse Wilson. Contreras is one of the better hitting catchers in baseball, while Rivas has hit just .225 on the year with three home runs, 23 RBI and three stolen bases in 169 at-bats.

    Jul 26 · Source via Cubs Frank Schwindel
  • Brailyn Marquez Undergoes Surgery

    Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Brailyn Marquez (shoulder) underwent surgical debridement surgery on his left shoulder last month and is out for rest of the season. The big lefty was once the Cubs top pitching prospect, but injuries have limited him to just one appearance since September of 2020. Marquez, 23, still has to prove his value to the organization, but he needs to show health first and foremost. When healthy, Marquez has been one of the top left-handed arms in the minor leagues, but for now, he remains an option worth monitoring in only dynasty leagues.

    Jul 26 · Source via Cubs Brailyn Marquez
  • Cubs' Ian Happ Drawing Significant Trade Interest

    Willson Contreras generates the most public speculation among Cubs trade candidates with the deadline a week away, but teammate outfielder Ian Happ has emerged as one of the more in-demand names on the summer market, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports. That’s particularly notable when paired with Happ’s recent acknowledgment that the team has not approached him…

    Jul 26 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Ian Happ
  • Brennen Davis Returns To Practice

    Chicago Cubs outfield prospect Brennen Davis (back) has returned to the practice field and could return to game action in two to three weeks. The talented outfielder opened the season in Triple-A but has only played in 22 games this year. In that time, Davis hit .195 with two homers before undergoing back surgery. The 22-year-old was expected to make his big-league debut this year, and he still can, depending on how his back feels during his recovery. For now, it's unlikely Davis makes a major impact in redraft leagues, but managers in dynasty leagues should roster Davis and monitor his health over the next few weeks.

    Jul 26 · Source via Cubs Brennen Davis prospects
  • Cubs' Brailyn Marquez Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

    Cubs left-hander Brailyn Márquez underwent debridement surgery on his throwing shoulder last month, vice president of player development Jared Banner told reporters (including Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune). He’ll miss the remainder of the 2022 season. It’s a second consecutive lost season for Márquez, who hasn’t thrown a pitch in an affiliated game since 2020.…

    Jul 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Brailyn Marquez
  • Cubs Sign First-Round Pick Cade Horton

    The Cubs have signed their first-round selection Cade Horton with a $4.45MM signing bonus, per MLB.com’s Jim Callis (via Twitter). Horton’s deal comes in south of the slot value for the seventh overall selection, which is allotted $5.71MM. By coming in under slot for Horton, Callis notes, the Cubs were able to use their savings…

    Jul 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs prospects mlb draft
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