12/6/2013 | Patient approach to serve Cubs well at Meetings
The Cubs do have areas to address -- including another starting pitcher and a closer -- as they prepare for the 2014 season and try to rebound from a last-place finish in the National League Central.
12/5/2013 | Cubs lose Rule 5 Draft pick due to grievance
The Cubs did not plan on taking a player in next week's Rule 5 Draft, but they have apparently lost that selection anyway because of a grievance filed by the Phillies.
12/5/2013 | Nearly a month after hire, relatable Renteria introduced
Rick Renteria has called or reached out via text to all of the players on the Cubs' roster. He's been doodling some potential lineup combinations. He's still doing rehab following right hip replacement surgery. On Thursday, he was finally at Wrigley Field to meet with the Chicago media for his first formal introduction as the new Cubs manager.
12/4/2013 | Next year's Draft deeper, packed with pitchers
Though the Astros still have seven months to determine whom they'll take at No. 1, North Carolina State left-hander Carlos Rodon has established himself as the frontrunner. Owner of a mid-90s fastball and a wipeout slider, Rodon topped NCAA Division I with 184 strikeouts last spring and led the Wolfpack to their first College World Series appearance in 45 years.
12/4/2013 | Hollandsworth, Coomer finalists for radio analyst job
Former Cubs Todd Hollandsworth and Ron Coomer are among the finalists for the analyst job with WGN Radio. The Cubs and WGN Radio have been searching for a partner for play-by-play man Pat Hughes after Keith Moreland unexpectedly announced he was leaving on Nov. 6. A decision is expected to be finalized next week during the Winter Meetings, which begin Monday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
12/3/2013 | Hinske joins Cubs' staff as first-base coach
On Tuesday, Cubs manager Rick Renteria completed his coaching staff by naming Eric Hinske as the first-base coach.
12/3/2013 | Cubs retain nine with signings, contract tenders
The Cubs signed infielder Donnie Murphy and catcher George Kottaras to one-year contracts Monday and tendered contracts to seven arbitration-eligible players, including Darwin Barney, Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood. The Cubs non-tendered relievers Daniel Bard and Chang-Yong Lim as well as infielder Mat Gamel, who are now free agents.
12/1/2013 | Cubs face question at second as tender deadline nears
The Cubs have nine arbitration-eligible players -- with Darwin Barney, Luis Valbuena and Daniel Bard among them -- as Monday's deadline to tender them contracts approaches.