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Welcome to The Stew's Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you'll find a recap of all the day's action and other fun stuff from around the Internet. INQUIRING: Up to ten teams have asked the Rays …Share Tweet
The Chicago Cubs and defending NL CY Young award winner Jake Arrieta avoided arbitration late Friday night, agreeing to a $10.7 million salary for the 2016 season. The Associated Press first reported the agreement, also noting it to be the largest one-y…Share TweetWhen you're a young franchise cornerstone player, the type who can lead a team to the World Series and contend for the MVP award on a yearly basis, fans would prefer you spend your offseason encased in bubblewrap. The last thing they want to see you do …Share Tweet
Don't credit tanking for the success of Cubs and AstrosESPN.com Feb 5 (2 days ago)Don't credit tanking for the success of Cubs and AstrosShare Tweet
Exciting reunion could be in store for Murton, CubsMLB.com Feb 4 (3 days ago)Matt Murton? Did you say Matt Murton? That Matt Murton? Sure enough, it looks like the Cubs are about to bring back the international sensation who got away, the friendly red-headed outfielder who has piled up line drives on both sides of the Pacific Oc…Share Tweet
Improved changeup could accelerate Johnson's pathMLB.com Feb 3 (4 days ago)Pierce Johnson could have been accused of stalking Jake Arrieta or Jon Lester last spring. The way the Cubs prospect saw it, he was simply taking advantage of the veteran pitchers in big league camp, and he'll likely be shadowing them again when they ga…Share Tweet
Risky to count out Cards in NL CentralMLB.com Feb 2 (5 days ago)The St. Louis Cardinals must be absolutely thrilled that some of us have already conceded the National League Central to the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals? They're playing for second place -- or third. You can look it up.Share Tweet
SoE: Just us kids: Cubs get youngerMLB.com Jan 30The arrival of super-prospects Kris Bryant and Addison Russell have helped the Cubs reverse an aging trend in their lineup.Share Tweet
Prospect Almora among 18 Cubs NRIsMLB.com Jan 29The Cubs have invited 18 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, a group that includes two of their top five prospects. Right-hander Duane Underwood and outfielder Albert Almora headline the list of non-roster invitees, announced Friday.Share TweetMLB.com Jan 28It is almost time for Zack Greinke to suit up for the D-backs, Todd Frazier for the White Sox, David Price for the Red Sox, Justin Upton for the Tigers, Johnny Cueto for the Giants, Jason Heyward for the Cubs, and all those other new faces in new places…Share TweetMLB.com Jan 27The Hot Stove may be cooling down, but many players still remain unsigned. One such player is outfielder Dexter Fowler, who is drawing interest from both the Cubs and White Sox.Share Tweetyahoo.com Jan 26Chicago Cubs All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo has a lot going for him these days. The 26-year-old has blossomed into one of the best hitters in the game and plays on a team that is expected to be in contention for the foreseeable future. After Monda…Share Tweet
Castro provides flexibility for batting orderMLB.com Jan 26Starlin Castro has spent the majority of his career residing in the top half of the batting order,sometimes out of necessity. He recalls entire seasons where it felt like if he and Anthony Rizzo didn't hit, his Cubs wouldn't win. With the Yankees, that …Share Tweet
Schwar, what is he good for? Cubs have ideasMLB.com Jan 26One of the hot topics this offseason has been where Kyle Schwarber will play for the Cubs in 2016. It won't be third base, but Schwarber will do whatever the team wants, and he'd prefer to catch. That's where Borzello projects him, and not just because …Share TweetESPN.com Jan 26Good news for Cubs' Joe Maddon: DH not likely coming to NL soonShare Tweetnydailynews.com Jan 23So does the rather stunning re-signing of Yoenis Cespedes make the Mets the favorites in the National League to reach the World Series?Share Tweet
Is John Lackey the final piece to Cubs' pitching puzzle?ESPN.com Jan 21Is John Lackey the final piece to Cubs' pitching puzzle?Share Tweet
Cubs ink Kawasaki to Minors pact with inviteMLB.com Jan 21The Cubs have signed colorful infielder Munenori Kawasaki to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.Share Tweet
Pearl Jam to play at Wrigley on Aug. 20, 22MLB.com Jan 20Devoted Cubs fan Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam will play two concerts at Wrigley Field, Aug. 20 and Aug. 22, and pitcher Jason Hammel has already asked for those days off.Share Tweet
Cubs-Cards now 'a rivalry in more than name alone'MLB.com Jan 18When the Cubs and Cardinals played an intense weekend series last season in September, Joe Strauss, the St. Louis Post Dispatch columnist who recently passed away from leukemia, declared that Cubs-Cards was finally "a rivalry in more than name alon…Share Tweetyahoo.com Jan 17There were several notable news items to come from this weekend's Cubs Convention in Chicago. We learned that Ryne Sandberg will return to the team in an ambassador role this season. We learned the Cubs will be increasing security in and around Wrigley …Share Tweetyahoo.com Jan 17Like most professional sports fanbases, Chicago Cubs fans have ways of letting players know whether they've been accepted. Ways that go well beyond simple cheering or booing. When you attend a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, and sometimes even on the road, …Share Tweet
Miguel Montero Excited For New RotationMar 20Cubs catcher Miguel Montero is ready to work with the new rotation for the team and explains what needs to be worked on in spring training.
Epstein's 'Mission Impossible'Mar 8William Rhoden explains how Theo Epstein went from the Boston Red Sox's "boy wonder" to undertaking an impossible mission as the president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.
Lester Impressive In First Cubs OutingMar 6Jon Lester got his Cubs career underway with his first appearance on the mound in a spring training game.
Cubs Owner: We're Here To WinMar 1Cubs owner Tom Ricketts talks about the dark days in Chicago and explains why the Cubs are ready to win now with ace pitcher Jon Lester and a stacked farm system.