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  • Cubs Sign Luis Torrens To Minor League Deal

    The Cubs have signed catcher Luis Torrens to a minor league deal, per Ángel Daniel Conde T of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League’s Navegantes del Magallanes. Torrens will receive an invitation to major league Spring Training. Torrens, 27 in May, has seen scattered playing time in the big leagues since 2017, suiting up for the…

    Jan 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Luis Torrens
  • Cubs Outright Anthony Kay, Manuel Rodriguez

    The Cubs informed reporters that pitchers Anthony Kay and Manuel Rodríguez have each gone unclaimed on waivers (via Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune). Both players have been sent outright to Triple-A Iowa. It’s the first outright assignment for both, meaning they’ll each stay in the organization but won’t occupy a spot on the 40-man roster. Kay’s…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Anthony Kay closers
  • Cubs, Jordan Holloway Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Cubs signed right-hander Jordan Holloway to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLBTR has learned. Holloway was limited to just 2 2/3 major league innings with the Marlins last season — and he also logged only 23 2/3 innings in the minors — because of a fractured bone spur in…

    Jan 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Jordan Holloway
  • Mark Leiter Jr. Elects Free Agency

    Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. has elected free agency, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He had been designated for assignment and outrighted by the Cubs in recent days but had the right to reject the assignment by virtue of having been previously outrighted in his career. Leiter, 32 in March, got some time in…

    Jan 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Mark Leiter prospects
  • Cubs Designate Anthony Kay For Assignment

    The Chicago Cubs designated left-hander Anthony Kay for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for the recently signed Trey Mancini. The Cubs claimed Kay off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays in December, but he could be moving to another organization shortly. The 27-year-old southpaw tossed only two relief innings for the Blue Jays in 2022 due to injuries and allowed one earned run while striking out three. In his four seasons in the big leagues with Toronto, he's posted a 5.48 ERA (4.67 FIP), 1.63 WHIP, 38 walks and 77 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings pitched over 28 outings (seven starts). If he clears waivers this time around, Kay could remain in Chicago's organization.

    Jan 20 · Source via Cubs Anthony Kay
  • Mark Leiter Jr. Clears Waivers, Outrighted To Minors

    Chicago Cubs right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. Leiter was designated for assignment last week but will remain with the Cubs for now. The 31-year-old made 35 appearances (four starts) for Chicago in 2022, going 2-7 with a 3.99 ERA (4.29 FIP), 1.14 WHIP, a career-high three saves, 25 walks and 73 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings pitched. In three major-league seasons, he sports a 4.95 ERA (5.06 FIP), 1.35 WHIP, three saves and 22.4 percent strikeout rate. Leiter will serve as relief depth for the Cubs in 2023 and can be ignored in fantasy.

    Jan 19 · Source via Cubs Mark Leiter
  • Julian Merryweather Claimed By Cubs

    The Chicago Cubs claimed right-hander Julian Merryweather off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. Merryweather was designated for assignment by the Jays recently so that they could make room on the active roster for first baseman Brandon Belt, but the 31-year-old reliever didn't make it through waivers. In his third MLB season in 2022, Merryweather tossed a career-high 26 2/3 innings (26 appearances, one start) and had a career-worst 6.75 ERA (4.35 FIP), 1.42 WHIP, 23 strikeouts and seven walks for Toronto. An oblique strain may have been to blame for his poor performance last year, but the Cubs will be hoping he can bounce back with better health as bullpen depth.

    Jan 17 · Source via Cubs Julian Merryweather closers
  • Matt Mervis Likely To Start At Triple-A

    Chicago Cubs first base prospect Matt Mervis will almost certainly begin 2023 at Triple-A Iowa after the team signed first basemen Eric Hosmer and Trey Mancini this offseason. Hosmer will take the at-bats against right-handers and even some lefties, with Mancini also a prime candidate at designated hitter. Mervis hit 36 home runs across three minor-league levels in 2022 and is considered Chicago's No. 21 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. But if Hosmer continues to struggle and Mervis is playing well on the farm, the Cubs won't hesitate to make a move. The left-handed hitting Mervis could still be a decent stash in NL-only leagues to begin the year and should have a good shot at making his big-league debut in 2023.

    Jan 17 · Source via Cubs Matt Mervis prospects
  • Trey Mancini Signs Two-Year Deal With Cubs

    The Chicago Cubs and first baseman Trey Mancini agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with an option year for 2025. Mancini will bank seven million a year and could earn more with escalators and incentives. The 30-year-old was hauled to the Astros in a three-team deal that included Christian Vazquez to Houston. Mancini slashed .268/.347/.404 across 401 plate appearances with the Orioles before encountering some struggles in Houston. He didn't make much of an impact for the reigning champs after amassing just a .622 OPS. Despite the signing of Eric Hosmer, it appears that Mancini was brought in to address the lefty-righty split. Mancini should get some outfield reps and can also DH when Hosmer occupies first base.

    Jan 15 · Source via Cubs Trey Mancini
  • Cubs Interested In Andrew Chafin, Matt Moore

    The Cubs continue to look for relief help, and The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma reports that left-handers Andrew Chafin and Matt Moore are both on the team’s radar.  It isn’t clear whether the Cubs are necessarily willing to meet either pitcher’s asking price, as president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer had previously indicated that his team…

    Jan 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Andrew Chafin Matt Moore
  • Cubs, Ian Happ Avoid Salary Arbitration

    The Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year, $10.85 million deal with outfielder Ian Happ on Friday to avoid salary arbitration. Happ is in the final year of arbitration and will be eligible to become a free agent after the 2023 season. The 28-year-old was a first-time All-Star in 2022 in his sixth season with the Cubbies, and he hit .271/.342/.440 with a .781 OPS, 17 home runs, a career-high 72 RBI, career-high 72 runs scored and a career-high-tying nine stolen bases in 641 plate appearances and 158 games played. Happ should remain a solid source of power and on-base percentage as a starting outfielder for Chicago yet again in 2023. RotoBaller has him ranked just inside the top-50 fantasy outfield options.

    Jan 14 · Source via Cubs Ian Happ
  • Cubs Avoid Arbitration With Nico Hoerner Friday

    The Chicago Cubs avoided salary arbitration with middle infielder Nico Hoerner on Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.525 million deal. Hoerner had easily his best big-league season in his fourth year with the Cubs last season, but it still didn't move the needle much in fantasy. In a career-high 135 games played, he hit .281/.327/.410 with a .736 OPS, 10 home runs, 55 RBI, 60 runs scored and 20 stolen bases in 517 plate appearances. The 25-year-old was used mostly at shortstop, but he is expected to move back to the keystone in 2023 after the Cubs signed Dansby Swanson this offseason. Hoerner is most valuable to the Cubs for his defense and to fantasy managers for his speed on the basepaths.

    Jan 13 · Source via Cubs Nico Hoerner
  • Cubs Sign Vinny Nittoli On Thursday

    The Chicago Cubs signed veteran right-hander Vinny Nittoli to a minor-league deal on Thursday that includes an invite to major-league spring training. He will earn $775,000 in the big leagues or $162,000 in the minors. The 32-year-old pitched in just two games for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2022 and also in the minors for the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays. He quickly finds a home after being released by the Phillies earlier this week. Nittoli will compete in camp to serve as relief depth for the Cubbies in 2023. He has only pitched three innings the last two seasons with the Phillies and Seattle Mariners, allowing two earned runs on a homer while walking three and striking out two.

    Jan 12 · Source via Cubs Vinny Nittoli
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