Ryan Sweeney departed game with right knee soreness . Day to day .
MLB.com "Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, sidelined since Sunday with a mild right hamstring strain, hopes to begin baseball activities early next week, and has the same goal as years past of playing all 162 games. Castro, injured when he tried to steal second base in a game, is taking advantage of the..." March 08
CBSSports.com "The first name that comes to mind when you see Kris Bryant might be Dave Kingman, another tall, lanky, righthanded-hitting Cub with immense power. Two big differences though: Bryant will be a much better hitter, and he's a friendly guy. Bryant, already the hot new slugger in baseball, hit..." March 08
CSN Chicago "James Russell is an old-school reliever. He grew up in big-league clubhouses. He wants the ball. He doesn’t think the Cubs have overworked him. Russell hasn’t appeared in a Cactus League game yet and doesn’t expect to throw off a mound again until next week. But the 28-year-old left-hander..." March 06
CSN Chicago "Sometimes, it can be hard to be patient. Especially when it comes to prospects. When the Cubs invited three of the "Core Four" to spring camp, it was considered an opportunity for Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Albert Almora to showcase their elite skills. And that's exactly what happened when..." March 05
CSN Chicago "There’s no rivalry between Starlin Castro and Javier Baez. The Cubs don’t have to choose between their $60 million shortstop and Baseball America’s No. 5 overall prospect. Castro remembers how Alfonso Soriano looked after him as a rookie in 2010. Baez understands his place in the clubhouse and..." March 05
Chicago Sun-Times "For much of the first two weeks of spring training, Luis Valbuena lived in fear, clinging to one daily hope. Maybe today is the day my family can get out of Venezuela. . . .Maybe tomorrow. ‘‘The problem is they keep canceling the flights,’’ said Valbuena, whose wife and two young sons..." March 02
Chicago Sun-Times "Adam Dunn has nothing on Darwin Barney when it comes to cinematic achievement — except maybe for that invitation to the Academy Awards on Sunday night. Barney had an actual supporting role in a movie, got an actor’s credit for it that Dunn never got and has his own bio page on the popular..." March 02
Chicago Tribune "James McDonald didn’t need any reassurances after allowing six runs in one-plus inning Friday, but he received words of encouragement from Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria. “I actually spoke to James this morning,” Renteria said of McDonald, who is competing for the fifth spot in the Cubs’..." March 01
Chicago Tribune "The streets and parking lots already are being marked Thursday morning in preparation of the first game at new Cubs Park. For Emilio Bonifacio and Mike Olt, this is their first chance to make a strong impression in a game situation for the Chicago Cubs against the Arizona..." February 27
Cubs spring facility to be named Under Armour Performance Center under multi-year naming rights agreement. Stadium remains Cubs Park.
CSN Chicago "Rick Renteria once joked about ordering Rosetta Stone tapes, so he could learn Japanese just in case the Cubs signed Masahiro Tanaka. The manager didn’t need an interpreter after watching Kyuji Fujikawa throw from the mound on Monday at Cubs Park, where the 33-year-old reliever completed his..." February 26
CSN Chicago "The Cubs Way: Players getting questions about the trade deadline before their first full-squad workout this spring. If you are looking for a high point in the first two years of the Theo Epstein administration – at least in terms of the on-field big-league product – you could bracket Anthony..." February 26
CSN Chicago "Derek Johnson first saw C.J. Edwards at a tournament on Georgia Tech’s Atlanta campus, proof that the best pitching prospect in the Cubs organization didn’t come out of nowhere. This was a few years ago, when the Cubs pitching coordinator worked as a Vanderbilt assistant. Long before Theo..." February 26
Fujikawa threw off a mound yesterday for the first time. About 20-25 pitches . Progressing but no timetable yet
Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs are no closer to finding common ground on a potential contract extension with pitcher Jeff Samardzija than they were a year ago. In some ways, they’re further apart. He is considered the club’s top commodity for the July trade market, but could he be dealt before the season starts in..." February 25
USA Today "Major League Baseball implemented an experimental, controversial rule Monday to protect catchers, prohibiting baserunners from initiating deliberate collisions at home plate in hopes of preventing concussions and injuries. Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Players Association,..." February 25
ESPN.com "Baseball players get asked it all the time, but for Chicago Cubs third base prospect Mike Olt the question has more meaning. “How are you seeing the ball?” Olt had vision problems last spring, which helped derail his season with the Texas Rangers before he was traded to the Cubs. He didn’t..." February 23
Jake Arrieta believes he could throw off a mound as early as next week if his right shoulder responses well to Saturday's throwing session.
CSN Chicago "Starlin Castro is out to prove that he’s still an All-Star shortstop. The Cubs need him to be that ultra-confident .300 hitter who used to make it look easy. “I don’t want to mention last year, because it’s over,” Castro said Wednesday. “I’m going to start with my mind clean and be ready for..." February 20
Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs executives and die-hards have plenty to look forward to, especially if Baseball America's top 100 prospect list proves to be an accurate indication. Seven players, led by Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, were among the top 100 players named Wednesday night to the list. Baez, who is..." February 20
CSN Chicago "Starlin Castro is on Rick Renteria’s mind. The relationship between a first-year manager and a two-time All-Star shortstop will be watched closely as this camp unfolds. Underneath the Arizona sunshine, Renteria will be trying to connect with Castro, who’s entering the second season of a..." February 19
#Cubs Renteria looking at Starlin Castro as leadoff man
CSN Chicago "Arodys Vizcaino stopped in the middle of the clubhouse and did a few dance moves. He swiped a piece of fruit from the table and began chatting with two Cubs staffers. That Saturday morning snapshot might have shown Vizcaino’s state of mind. This is someone who’s comfortable and confident almost..." February 16
Re extension talks, Samardzija said he has “emotional attachment” to Cubs. “But that attachment only goes so far,” he added. @FOXSportsLive
Fansided "A surprising team has signed a player surprisingly designated for assignment. When Bruce Chen re-signed with the Kansas City Royals, Emilio Bonifacio was the one who was removed from the 40-man roster. He discovered he had been designated while playing in the Winter League. It had been..." February 15
CSN Chicago "The breakthrough season the Cubs hoped to see from Jake Arrieta is already off to a slow start. During Thursday’s welcome-to-camp news conference, general manager Jed Hoyer revealed Arrieta felt right shoulder tightness when he started throwing this winter, a setback that makes him doubtful for..." February 14
CSN Chicago "Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora all have at least one thing in common: They don't pitch. While the quartet of Cubs prospects has garnered tons of attention for what their bats and gloves and legs could one day do at Wrigley Field, there's no avoiding the fact that there..." February 14
MLB.com "Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star shortstop who spent 53 years in professional baseball as a player, manager and scout, passed away early Friday morning, six days after suffering multiple strokes during an MLB alumni cruise. "He passed away at 2:36 a.m. [ET]," according to Jim Fregosi Jr., the..." February 14
ESPN New York "Major League Baseball owners, despite earning more than $8 billion in revenue in 2013, voted in January to allow individual teams to slash or eliminate pension-plan offerings to their non-uniformed personnel. The vote, tabled a year earlier when the intention became public, quietly took place..." February 14
Hardball Talk "The New York Daily News reports that, now that A-Rod has dropped his appeal and is accepting his suspension, Major League Baseball is going to drop the lawsuit it filed last March against Biogenesis, Anthony Bosch, Juan Carlos Nunez and multiple other defendants. Which, of course, just..." February 12
Fox Sports "You may have noticed that spring training is about to begin, yet baseball still has not banned home-plate collisions. Both the players and owners want to enact such a rule to protect catchers, but the issue -- somewhat like expanded replay -- is more complicated than it appears. As Hall of..." February 12
Fox Sports "Pete Rose, who remains banned from Major League Baseball for betting on games during his years as a player and as a manager, said Monday that his transgression isn’t quite as bad as using performance-enhancing drugs. “They’re both bad. I think in my case, I know I didn’t do anything to alter..." February 11
Samardzija settles for 2014. $5.345 mil . Avoids arbitration
MLB.com "On a day Arizonans would consider cold but Chicagoans would just shrug off, Ryan Kalish joined about a dozen early bird players at the Cubs' new Spring Training facility. He may have been the happiest in the group. Kalish, 25, has a new lease on his baseball life. As a high school sophomore,..." February 08
Darwin barney settles at $2.3M for '14. #cubs
CSN Chicago "Darwin Barney is looking for a fresh start. The 28-year-old former Gold Glove winner is most known for his defense at second base, but it was his work at the plate that dominated his attention last season, hitting a career-worst .208 with a .569 OPS. In the previous two-plus seasons in the..." February 05
SI.com "Former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady confirmed his intentions to play baseball, saying to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown that the attempt is “not a gimmick.” McGrady retired from the NBA in August and it has been reported that he can throw a 90 MPH fastball. The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic..." February 05
Indians have signed 1B/OF Bryan LaHair to Minors deal with spring invite. All-Star with Cubs in 2012, played in Japan in 2013.
Chicago Tribune "The Cubs were among several teams scouting Korean free agent pitcher Suk-Min Yoon in Arizona this week, but are unlikely to get into a bidding war for his services. Yoon threw a bullpen session for the Cubs and Rangers on Tuesday, according to mlb.com. The 27-year-old right-hander has drawn..." February 05
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The dirt road that Texas Rangers scouts and officials navigated to reach the home of coveted prospect Jairo Beras has been altered by progress the past few years. An overpass, part of the major road improvements designed to make a tourist’s two-hour commute from Las Americas International..." February 05
CBSSports.com "CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirms that the Cubs have agreed to a deal with right-hander Jason Hammel. Heyman adds that the one-year contract will pay Hammel $6 million for 2014 with the opportunity to make another $1 million in incentives. Hammel, 31, pitched to a 4.97 ERA (85 ERA+) and 2.00..." February 01
CSN Chicago "Edwin Jackson hoped Chicago would be something like home. As the son of a retired U.S. Army sergeant first class, Jackson is used to moving around. The 30-year-old pitcher was born in Germany, finished high school in Georgia and got drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers as an outfielder in..." January 31
Bleed Cubbie Blue "It's a minor-league deal with a NRI to major-league camp. The Cubs signed two righthanders off the scrap heap Friday. They spent $6 million (plus $1 million of incentives) for ex-Ray, Rockie and Oriole Jason Hammel. They spent virtually nothing -- a minor-league deal with a non-roster..." January 31
CSN Chicago "Is Welington Castillo the Cubs' catcher of the future? Theo Epstein's front office will always be trying to add pieces to The Core, but Castillo's future has been one of the more complex cases since the president of baseball operations arrived in Chicago in the fall of 2011. Castillo turns..." January 30
#Cubs and Justin Ruggiano avoid arbitration. He gets $2M. Had asked fro $2.45M, Chi countered at $1.6M.
Cubs agree to $3.9 million deal with Travis Wood, avoiding arbitration.
ESPN.com "Top prospects Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Albert Almora are among 24 non-roster players invited to spring training by the Chicago Cubs, the team announced on Friday. Baez, a shortstop who is expected to open the season at Triple-A Iowa, is ranked as the No. 7 prospect in baseball by MLB.com...." January 24
Chicago Tribune "Talks between the Cubs and rooftop owners are at an impasse amid the first legal shot, continued disagreement over outfield advertising signs and convention weekend rhetoric. As a result, the much-hyped $300 million Wrigley Field renovation — and the revenue it would bring to improve the team —..." January 23