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Jason Heyward’s time with the Cubs comes to an unceremonious end

A week removed from the trade deadline, the Chicago Cubs are very much casting an eye toward the future with their recent flurry of roster moves – but none sent as clear a message as Jed Hoyer’s decision to move on from veteran Jason Heyward at season’s end. “Jason and I have talked a lot […] Jason Heyward’s time with the Cubs comes to an unceremonious end - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs Top 20 (ish) Prospects: Post-draft and trade update

Jordan Wicks with unidentified man | Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via A look at the Cubs system after an infusion of talent from the draft and trades. Now that the draft and trade deadline is in order, it’s a good time to update our BCB Cubs Top 20 Prospects list. In the last update here in late June, I adjusted the rankings based on how the prospects played over the first two months of the season. There has been another six weeks or so of minor league play since then and several newly-acquired players are worth adding to the rankings. I try to be conservative...

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On The Horizon: Cubs vs. Nationals series preview

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs welcome to Wrigley a team that had a big selloff at this year’s trade deadline. The Nationals were having a rough season even before they unloaded Juan Soto and Josh Bell at the trading deadline. Somewhat surprisingly, their first post-deadline game against the Mets (started by Jacob deGrom in his return to action) resulted in a Washington win — and ex-Cub Cory Abbott threw five scoreless innings for the Nats in that game — but the Nats have not won since then. For more on the Nats, here’s Patrick Reddington, who runs our...

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Chicago Cubs: Trade grades for a surprisingly quiet deadline

In a stunning turn, the Cubs did not have the massive fire sale that most envisioned, but still made several deals close to the deadline. In the weeks leading up to the trade deadline, it seemed as though it was a foregone conclusion that the Chicago Cubs would again control much of the deadline traffic […] Chicago Cubs: Trade grades for a surprisingly quiet deadline - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Cubs: Hayden Wesneski already among team’s top prospects

Some still might be surprised the Cubs decided to deal Scott Effross, a very good bullpen piece with years of control, to the Yankees. Effross was the man who could put out fires and pitch late in the game, but now he wears a different set of pinstripes. With all of that said, the trade […] Cubs: Hayden Wesneski already among team’s top prospects - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs continue exodus of disappointing players

Several teams have begun to get rid of disappointing players now that the MLB Trade Deadline has passed. Didi Gregorius and Jackie Bradley Jr. have been let go by their respective teams after they were unable to be moved for anything at all. The Chicago Cubs have now joined that list. According to Tony Andracki […] Chicago Cubs continue exodus of disappointing players - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins preview, Saturday 8/6, 1:20 CT

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs go for two in a row over the visitors from Miami. Saturday notes... HE’S HOT: Willson Contreras, since his non-trade: .286/.412/.929 (4-for-14), a double, a triple, two home runs, only two strikeouts. HE’S NOT: Christopher Morel, last eight games since July 25: 0-for-23, seven strikeouts. HE’S HOT: Justin Steele, last 10 starts since June 5: 2.43 ERA, 1.294 WHIP, season ERA lowered from 5.40 to 3.67. HE’S NOT: Frank Schwindel, 10 games since returning from the injured list July 16: .211/.268/.237 (8-for-38), one double,...

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Cubs checked in on both Juan Soto and Shohei Ohtani pre-deadline

This week featured a puzzling trade deadline for the Chicago Cubs. The team traded a breakout rookie reliever with five years of team control, while holding onto an All-Star catcher on an expiring contract with whom they’ve had no substantive trade talks since 2017. The usual suspects traded hands in the form of relievers Chris […] Cubs checked in on both Juan Soto and Shohei Ohtani pre-deadline - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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9 star-studded standouts in St. Louis Cardinals sweep of Cubs

The St. Louis Cardinals looked like a team relieved to be together still as they swept the Chicago Cubs in a three-game set that culminated in a doubleheader sweep on Thursday.  How sweep it is! The St. Louis Cardinals won Tuesday 6-0. The game was postponed on Wednesday due to inclement weather. And the Cardinals […] 9 star-studded standouts in St. Louis Cardinals sweep of Cubs - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - St Louis Cardinals news, rumors and free agency updates from the insider fans and analysts at Redbird Rants

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Oops! Did Chicago Cubs merchandise plan for Contreras trade?

Is it possible that even the folks running the merchandise display for the Chicago Cubs thought Willson Contreras was going to be traded before the MLB trade deadline expired? Did Chicago Cubs take down Willson Contreras jerseys before the MLB trade deadline, even though he was never traded? Take a look at the photo below […] Oops! Did Chicago Cubs merchandise plan for Contreras trade? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

That Balls Outta Here

Phillies reportedly overpaid in David Robertson trade

Some believe the Phillies overpaid to acquire David Robertson from the Cubs. Philadelphia Phillies President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski has received overwhelmingly positive reviews for the trio of moves he made in advance of Tuesday’s trade deadline — acquiring starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Brandon Marsh from the Los Angeles Angels, followed by closer David […] Phillies reportedly overpaid in David Robertson trade - That Balls Outta Here - That Balls Outta Here - Philadelphia Phillies News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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The Cubs should claim Dinelson Lamet on DFA waivers

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ There’s an opportunity here for a reclamation project. Among several major deals made before Tuesday’s trade deadline, the Brewers sent Josh Hader to the Padres for Taylor Rogers, Dinelson Lamet, Esteury Ruiz and minor leaguer Robert Gasser. Wednesday, the Brewers designated Lamet for assignment. One Brewers beat writer called it a “head-scratcher”: There was some salary equalizing involved in the Brewers taking Lamet back so the Padres could stay under the luxury tax. David Stearns described a roster crunch that then came about with...

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Cardinals 6, Cubs 0: Ian Happ steals a home run, but the Cubs lose anyway

Photo by Rick Ulreich/Icon Sportswire via The Cubs haven’t scored a run since Saturday. The Cubs lost to the Cardinals 6-0 Tuesday evening in St. Louis. It was the second straight time the Cubs had been shut out, and sixth time this year. I’m really struggling to come up with more to say about this game, because Tuesday was almost exclusively focused on the two trades the Cubs did make (David Robertson and Mychal Givens) and the two they didn’t (Willson Contreras and Ian Happ). I will have more to say about the latter a bit later this morning. Even Marquee Sports...

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Cubs: With or without Willson Contreras, the future is bright

The trade deadline is now behind us – and, for now, Ian Happ and Willson Contreras are still Cubs. Whether or not the front office views these guys as veteran leaders or simply didn’t get the deals they were looking for remains to be seen. Regardless, a farm system on the rise has the organization […] Cubs: With or without Willson Contreras, the future is bright - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Reflections on the day the Cubs did not trade Willson Contreras and Ian Happ

Willson Contreras and Ian Happ on the field at Busch Stadium before Tuesday’s game | Jim Walaitis This all could end up very well for the Chicago Cubs. Wait, hear me out. Before Tuesday, what I heard from many (though not all) Cubs fans was: “Extend Willson Contreras!” Even acknowledging the fact that not all folks think that extending a 30-year-old catcher is a good idea, that appeared to be the consensus. After it was revealed that the Cubs wouldn’t be trading Contreras or Ian Happ, what I heard both on this site and from others was along the lines of, “Now...

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Column: Chicago White Sox and Cubs share the pain after deadline-day flops

The Chicago Cubs and White Sox both came up losers at the trade deadline for different reasons.

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Sometimes, it’s depth and not flash at the trade deadline that wins titles.

Photo by Jamie Squire/ The Phillies didn’t make a splash at the deadline, but fortified a top-heavy roster. The Phillies didn’t trade for Juan Soto. They didn’t get Luis Castillo. They didn’t acquire Frankie Montas or Tyler Mahle, and they didn’t pry Ian Happ away from the Cubs. (By the way, what on earth are the Cubs doing? Keeping Willson Contreras and Happ?) Reluctant to give up any of their Big-3 pitching prospects, Mick Abel, Andrew Painter or Griff McGarry, team president Dave Dombrowski added depth to their $230 million roster at yesterday’s trade...

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BCB After Dark: Goodbye, Hello

Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/ The late-night/early-morning spot for Cubs fans asks you how you’re feeling today about the trade deadline. Welcome back to BCB After Dark: the relaxing club for night owls, early-risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. It’s been a long day, so come on in and rest for a spell. We’ve still got a few tables available. Please tell us if we can doing anything for you this evening. Bring your own beverage. The show will start shortly. BCB After Dark is the place for you to talk baseball, music, movies, or anything else you need to get...

Dylan Carlson, 23, is centering the Cardinals' new-look outfield

Injuries, trade of Bader have changed everything. But Carlson, Nootbaar are thriving. Wainwright-Molina battery is connected in shutout of Cubs.

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South Side Sox Player of the Week (July 22-30): AJ Pollock

Mitch Ransdell/South Side Sox Pollo goes on a post-All Star break tear, repeatedly coming in clutch as the ChiSox grasp onto the .500 Club It’s safe to say that the White Sox won the Craig Kimbrel trade. Well, OK, maybe not that one. But really, if AJ Pollock had simply rolled around in the Sox outfield for a few innings gnawing on fistfuls of sod, this spring’s trade would’ve been considered a pretty successful swap. The L.A. Dodgers got sold a lemon, as the Cubs-cursed-Kimbrel continues a downward spiral. Oh well, no take-backs! Pollock, the one-time All-Star...

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The Cubs are NOT trading Willson Contreras or Ian Happ

Hugs no longer needed. | Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/ Well... this is interesting. And unexpected. Last year, the Cubs traded impending free agents Javier Báez, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo at the trading deadline. It was widely assumed they’d do the same with impending free agent Willson Contreras. But now, apparently, that is NOT happening: Cubs NOT trading Contreras and Happ, source tells @TheAthletic— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 2, 2022 There’s only one thing this can mean, in my opinion — that the team is working on some sort of contract...

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The Chicago Cubs one of the biggest disappointments at the trade deadline

The Chicago Cubs are back to being what they have been for much of their franchise’s history: a losing team in more ways than one. Entering Trade Deadline day, the Cubs were a team on pace for 97 losses this year but they had a lot of trade commodities that they could get prospects with. […] The Chicago Cubs one of the biggest disappointments at the trade deadline - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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If Cubs don’t extend Willson Contreras, this is a historic failure

The 5 PM CT trade deadline came and went – and Chicago Cubs fans furiously refreshed Twitter, waiting to see a late-breaking trade involving at least one of the team’s two All-Stars, Ian Happ and Willson Contreras. Instead, they were met with this tweet, courtesy of Ken Rosenthal: Cubs NOT trading Contreras and Happ, source […] If Cubs don’t extend Willson Contreras, this is a historic failure - Cubbies Crib - Cubbies Crib - Chicago Cubs News, Rumors, and Fan Community

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Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals preview, Tuesday 8/2, 6:45 CT

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports The Cubs open a series against a divisional rival. Link to David Robertson trade story: Here Link to Mychal Givens trade story: Here Link to Willson Contreras/Ian Happ NON trade story: Here Tuesday notes (and I wrote these before the trade deadline so tried to make sure they included only players who would still be with the team after the deadline)... WHAT A RELIEF: Over the Cubs’ last 12 games, the bullpen has allowed just four earned runs in 46⅓ innings spanning the team’s last 11 games (0.78 ERA). In that span the pen has...

New York Post

Mets acquire Mychal Givens from Cubs to bolster bullpen at MLB trade deadline

The Mets finally got their needed bullpen help at the MLB trade deadline.

Live updates from Busch: Cards, Cubs and the trade deadline

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New York Daily News

Mets wrap up trade deadline by adding reliever Mychal Givens from Cubs

Philadelphia and Atlanta both had bigger deadline days, but the Mets still have control of first place. Only time will tell if they can hang on to that.

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NYY vs. SEA: Jameson Taillon vs. Logan Gilbert

Photo by Adam Hunger/ Joined by two new relievers, the Yankees look to keep rolling after a dominant win in the series opener last night. The trade deadline has come and gone and the Yankees certainly seized the opportunity to shore up weaker areas of the roster. They got the ball rolling across the league when they acquired Andrew Benintendi from the Royals last Wednesday. Then, on the eve of deadline day, they first added Cubs sidearming reliever Scott Efforss before truly setting the headlines ablaze with a blockbuster that netted them starter Frankie Montas and...

Nick Castellanos - ON FIRE since joining Chicago Cubs

Nick Castellanos has been absolutely tearing it up since he joined the Cubs at the trade deadline! He has 12 home runs and is batting .346 in just 31 games with Chicago as they push for a postseason spot! Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.co

Frank Thomas on Cubs at deadline: 'I wouldn't be surprised if big things happen' | MLB WHIPAROUND

The Cubs lead the NL Central but are having a down year. Frank Thomas said he wouldn't be surprised if they pull a blockbuster trade before the deadline. #FOXSports #MLB #Cubs #FrankThomas

Ken Rosenthal on Bumgarner trade talks and potential deadline moves for the Cubs | FOX MLB

Ken Rosenthal joins Alex Rodriguez, Frank Thomas and Kevin Burkhardt to discuss Madison Bumgarner trade talks and who the Cubs might add at the trade deadline. #FOXSports #MLB #MadisonBumgarner #Cubs #KenRosenthal