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92-70, 1st in NL Cent

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Maddon and Mike Evans may have just met a few days ago, but the Cubs skipper was so impressed with the Bucs wide receiver that he helped kick off the launch of his new Mike Evans Family Foundation. Evans wanted to know if he could play center field.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo, on if there was any traction for a deal between the Marlins and Cubs for Stanton: "There wasn't much interaction given the makeup of our roster, our future payroll commitments and some plans that we have. Great player, great opportunity, but not necessarily one for us at the time."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

It was a little bit of a throwaway line but this quote from Theo Epstein underscores what the team still thinks of Kyle Schwarber and/or his trade value: "He's always been someone teams have had interest in, I guess, but we probably have the most interest."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about the lead off position for the Cubs, Theo Epstein described a traditional one, once again, as a "luxury" for his particular team. They scored over 800 runs last season without one. The Cubs focus remains on the mound: "Our greatest threats relate to pitching," Epstein said.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss the timing for what's next for the Cubs as they search for more pitching.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss the Cubs pitch to Shohei Ohtani.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein discussed the Cubs meeting with Shohei Ohtani which included Joe Maddon and pitcher Kyle Hendricks. At the end of the day, being in in the NL, without the DH, probably hurt the Cubs chances as much as anything but Epstein was proud of his team's efforts to lure him to Chicago.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Brandon Kintzler, who saved 29 games for the Twins this year before going to Washington at the trade deadline and pitching in a setup role, is attracting a crowd on the free agent market. The Cubs, Twins, Diamondbacks, Nationals and Rangers are among the teams with interest. If the Cubs sign Kintzler on top of the Brandon Morrow deal, it will mean they've officially moved on from Wade Davis.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Davey Martinez discuss what he learned from Joe Maddon and what he'll take with him to Washington as their new manager.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Second place NL central manager Craig Counsell speaks with reporters at the winter meetings. He says there's no timetable for Jimmy Nelson's return. He injured his shoulder diving back into first base in a game against the Cubs late in the year and is 10 weeks removed from surgery. Counsell's concern is finding enough pitching to keep his team's progress going in the right direction.

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1dJesse Rogers

Sources: Cubs, Morrow agree to 2-year deal

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with free-agent reliever Brandon Morrow, sources confirmed to ESPN.

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Prized prospect Ohtani to sign with Angels

Shohei Ohtani, a 23-year-old Japanese right-hander with a 100 mph fastball and devastating left-handed swing, picked the Angels over six other teams, his agent said Friday.

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4dBuster Olney

Sources: Expect MLB probe after Ohtani choice

Despite repeated warnings by MLB prior to Shohei Ohtani's decision to play for the Angels, sources told ESPN they wouldn't be surprised if there was an investigation into the process.

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4dDavid Schoenfield and Bradford Doolittle

Five trades we'd love to see at the winter meetings

A star slugger to the Cardinals? A coveted young ace to the Dodgers? With baseball's winter meetings just days away, we offer a handful of deals that make sense for all sides.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's Theo Epstein's only on the record quote re Shohei Ohtani. Or rather not about him: "Out of respect for the player and the process, I'll let any information come from the agency, from CAA. I think that's the appropriate thing to do. That's our choice."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Theo Epstein discuss the signing of pitcher Tyler Chatwood on Thursday.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Tyler Chatwood discuss joining the Cubs and leaving Coors Field.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein would not comment about Shohei Ohtani in any capacity. Not their meeting nor even a timeline. He said out of respect to the player he'll let them release information when they see fit.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

According to Tyler Chatwood's agent, the Cubs were consistent in their interest in him from Day 1. Says his camp didn't have to do much selling of their client and negotiation was the way it's "supposed to go." Pretty straightforward.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Cubs filled one of their rotation holes with Tyler Chatwood, signing him to a three-year, $38 million deal in what could be a steal if Chatwood stays healthy (he has two Tommy John surgeries in his past). Chatwood ranks sixth among starters in road ERA over the past two seasons (2.57), so escaping Coors for Wrigley should turn him into a sub-4.00 ERA pitcher.

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Cubs reach 3-year deal with righty Chatwood

Right-hander Tyler Chatwood agreed to a three-year contract with the Cubs on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN's Jesse Rogers the deal is worth $38 million.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chatwood deal with the Cubs is for 3 years and $38 million. He slots into the middle/back of the rotation behind Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs have signed righty Tyler Chatwood to a 3 year deal,

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs8224th
Batting Average.25516th
On Base Percentage.3384th
Slugging Percentage.4377th
Earned Run Average3.957th
Quality Starts77Tied-8th
WHIP1.289th
BAA.2384th

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