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12/27/2014 | Agent: Starlin not involved in DR shooting

Paul Kinzer, the agent for Cubs infielder Starlin Castro, said the report that his client was detained or arrested after a shooting in a Dominican Republic night club is false and Castro was not involved.

12/26/2014 | Fresh faces, recent arrivals inspired Cubs in 2014

The Cubs' 2014 season began without great expectations, meant to be another year of rebuilding. But things changed. Jake Arrieta, Javier Baez and Jorge Soler burst onto the scene, setting up a wild offseason that saw the club bring on Joe Maddon and Jon Lester.

12/23/2014 | Cubs add pitcher, lose two players via waivers

The Cubs shuffled the roster Tuesday, claiming left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham off waivers from the Giants and losing two players whom they had claimed last Friday.

12/23/2014 | No need to wait: Cubs have a spot for Bryant

If top prospect Kris Bryant is healthy and in form in Spring Training, he's got to be in the Cubs' Opening Day lineup.

12/23/2014 | Pleskoff's picks: Top 10 prospects

It is always difficult to rank prospects. Why is pitcher X better than hitter X in the rankings? Again, the results are in the eyes of the person compiling the lists. Given the landscape of individual difference, I offer my own 2015 Top 10 Prospect list. For me, each has the upside of an impact player.

12/23/2014 | Jackson, Cubs forge bond with local school

It started with a caravan stop in January and didn't end as pitcher Edwin Jackson and the Cubs gave Casals School of Excellence presents all year long, including a visit with President Obama for one ambitious student.

12/19/2014 | Cubs reportedly sign Ross to 2-year deal

David Ross and Jon Lester appear to be together again. The Cubs have reportedly signed Ross to a two-year, $5 million contract, according to Several Boston media outlets confirmed the deal on Friday. The Cubs, who would have to make a roster move to open a spot for Ross, would not comment on the reports. The deal most likely is pending a physical.

12/19/2014 | Cubs claim Lavarnway, Peterson off waivers

The Cubs claimed catcher Ryan Lavarnway off waivers from the Dodgers and outfielder Shane Peterson off waivers from the Athletics on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, pitcher Donn Roach and infielder Logan Watkins were designated for assignment.

12/19/2014 | Motte excited about playing for Cubs, Maddon

After spending his entire career with the Cardinals, Jason Motte had no trouble signing with their biggest rival, the Cubs.

12/19/2014 | Cubs announce signing of Motte to 1-year deal

Manager Joe Maddon now has a veteran presence in the Cubs' bullpen with the addition of Jason Motte. The Cubs announced Friday that they have signed the free agent right-hander to a one-year, $4.5 million contract that includes $2.5 million in performance bonuses.

12/18/2014 | Windy City revival: Cubs, White Sox revamped for '15

Chicago baseball seems to have entered into an entirely new era. No pennants are won in December, but both Windy City clubs have made moves that can only be interpreted as major improvements. The Cubs have made the bigger splashes, but the White Sox have made wider improvements.

12/16/2014 | Samardzija, Lester are right fits in Windy City

New White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija will be stoked for the return to Wrigley Field in July, while lefty Jon Lester called his move to the Cubs "the right fit at the right time.'' The only way it can be better for Chicago fans is if it turns into an annual experience.

12/16/2014 | Cubs Convention to take place Jan. 16-18

New manager Joe Maddon and pitcher Jon Lester will join Anthony Rizzo, Kerry Wood and Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Fergie Jenkins at the 30th Cubs Convention, Jan. 16-18, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

12/15/2014 | Lester to wear Wood's No. 34 with Cubs

Jon Lester couldn't get No. 31 with the Cubs, so he settled for No. 34 once he got the blessing from Kerry Wood.

12/15/2014 | Championship drought? Lester up for the challenge

Jon Lester, who was in the Red Sox's farm system when Boston claimed the 2004 World Series trophy and snapped a lengthy title drought, is excited for the opportunity to end an even longer streak with the Cubs.

12/15/2014 | Cubs steadfast in aggressive pursuit of Lester

The first day Jon Lester became a free agent, the Cubs reached out and sent a 15-minute video about the team, its future and why the left-hander was a good fit. On Monday, Lester officially joined the Cubs, signing a six-year, $155 million contract, the largest in franchise history.

12/15/2014 | Source: Cubs, Motte agree on one-year deal

The Cubs have an agreement on a one-year deal with free-agent reliever Jason Motte, according to a source. The deal is pending a physical. The club has yet to comment on the agreement.

12/15/2014 | Familiarity with Epstein makes Lester, Cubs perfect fit

Nothing builds confidence like institutional memory. The Cubs have been missing that building block for success since the 1950s, and it's also one reason that the investment in Jon Lester makes so much sense as the next step in president of baseball operations Theo Epstein's methodical rebuild.

12/13/2014 | Chicago hope: Cubs to introduce Lester on Monday

The Cubs will formally introduce Jon Lester on Monday, and they can thank Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija for helping sell the left-hander on coming to Chicago.

12/12/2014 | Hammel re-introduced after signing 2-year deal with Cubs

Jason Hammel officially returned to Chicago on Friday, as the Cubs introduced the right-hander at a news conference at their offices across from Wrigley Field. Hammel, who signed a one-year deal worth $6 million with the Cubs last offseason, this time inked a two-year, $18 million contract with a club option for 2017 that includes a $2 million buyout, according to

12/12/2014 | ABC 7 to broadcast 25 Cubs games next season

The Cubs and WLS-TV/ABC 7 Chicago announced a partnership Friday for television rights to 25 games per year through 2019. Starting next April, Cubs games will begin airing on ABC 7 Chicago in primetime, daytime and weekends.

12/11/2014 | High hopes: Meetings usher in new era for Cubs

Was this a week that will be remembered as a turning point in Cubs history? General manager Jed Hoyer won't have an answer for that until possibly October.

12/11/2014 | Cubs select Featherston in Rule 5, flip SS to Angels

The Cubs selected shortstop Taylor Featherston in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, but they did not keep him long. Shortly after picking Featherston, 25, off the Rockies' Triple-A roster, the Cubs dealt him to the Angels for cash considerations.

12/10/2014 | Lester's arrival in Chicago lauded by rivals

Reaction around the baseball world, and in particular the National League Central, gave the Cubs positive reviews for their signing of left-hander Jon Lester.

12/10/2014 | Lester reaches out to fans -- and critics -- on Twitter

Jon Lester did his best to answer his critics and supporters, responding on Twitter for about three hours on Wednesday, one day after agreeing to a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs.

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