NL Central News and Rumors
Not to suggest Jon Lester has any pull with the Chicago Cubs after signing a six-year, $155 million contract, but he surely can't be disappointed to hear veteran catcher David Ross will be joining him. According to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal, Ross and the…Upvote Share Tweet
The Minnesota Twins have hired former Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade to run their top farm team.Upvote Share Tweet
Cubs claim Lavarnway, Peterson off waiversThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Motte excited about playing for Cubs, MaddonAfter spending his entire career with the Cardinals, Jason Motte had no trouble signing with their biggest rival, the Cubs.Upvote Share TweetThe Pirates signed first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart to a one-year deal for the 2015 season on Friday. According to reports, Hart will get $2.5 million from the Pirates, and his contract includes another $2.5 million in incentives.Upvote Share Tweet
Windy City revival: Cubs, White Sox revamped for '15MLB.com Dec 18 (4 days ago)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 hav…Upvote Share Tweet
After playing a lot in '14, Pena stays home this offseasonMLB.com Dec 17 (4 days ago)Reds backup catcher Brayan Pena is usually a lock to play winter ball during his offseason, but that isn't the case during this particular offseason. Pena has decided to skip it this year -- pretty much.Upvote Share Tweet
Brewers coach LeBoeuf undeterred by cancer battleMLB.com Dec 17 (4 days ago)Limitations in his legs caused by cancer hasn't stopped Minor League coach Al LeBoeuf from instructing his players and son on the field.Upvote Share TweetThe Mariners have found a right-handed bat for their outfield, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Chicago Cubs.Upvote Share TweetMLB.com Dec 16 (5 days ago)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 …Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Dec 16 (5 days ago)The Colorado Rockies reached agreement Tuesday on a two-year contract with former St. Louis Cardinals infielder Daniel Descalso, the team announced.Upvote Share TweetThe Cubs have yet to officially announce that they have signed Jason Motte to a one-year contract, but the pitcher confirmed that he has signed with the Cardinals' rival. On Tuesday, Motte said goodbye to Cardinals fans via Twitter.Upvote Share Tweet
County has unique plan to fix Reds park's seatsESPN.com Dec 16 (6 days ago)Ohio's Hamilton County has adopted a do-it-yourself approach to fix stadium seats in the Great American Ball Park that are unexpectedly falling apart.Upvote Share TweetJon 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Brewers to honor Selig with stadium exhibitESPN.com Dec 15 (6 days ago)The Milwaukee Brewers will honor outgoing baseball commissioner Bud Selig with an interactive exhibit at Miller Park.Upvote Share Tweet
Sox get Minors SS from Cubs to complete Doubront dealMLB.com Dec 15 (6 days ago)Back on July 30, the Red Sox traded left-hander Felix Doubront to the Cubs for a player to be named. Boston finally collected its return on Monday, acquiring Minor League shortstop Marco Hernandez from Chicago to complete the deal.Upvote Share Tweet
Joe Maddon Joins OlbermannDec 16Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon joins Keith Olbermann to discuss his Hazleton Integration project and the Cubs' outlook for the 2015 season after signing Jon Lester.
Lester Talks DealDec 15Jon Lester discusses what went into his decision to sign a six-year, $155 million deal with the Cubs.
Cubs Looking To Make More MovesDec 10"Baseball Tonight" analysts Karl Ravech, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, Jayson Stark and Keith Law report from the winter meetings on the other moves the Cubs are looking to make after signing Jon Lester.
A Good Day For The CubsDec 10Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses the team's signing of free-agent starter Jon Lester and acquisition of catcher Miguel Montero in a trade with the Diamondbacks.
Dallas Mavericks frontrunners for Jermaine O'Neal after Rajon Rondo acquis…Dec 19The acquisition of Rajon Rondo has given the Dallas Mavericks an undeniable edge in the race to lure veteran big man Jermaine O'Neal back to the NBA, according to league sources.
Clayton's Last Call: Playoff picture takes shapeDec 19The playoff picture has finally come into focus, John Clayton writes. Plus, the Cowboys' emotional win, the Saints' fall and more.
A New NFC West RivalryDec 19RENTON, Wash. — Remember, oh, about three long months ago, when 49ers-Seahawks was the best rivalry in the NFL? The Niners are 7-7, oddly out of the playoff hunt, and are 1-5 against Seattle since late in 2012. So, is it really such a great rivalry now,…
Source: Seahawks extend Avril four yearsDec 19The Seahawks have signed pass-rusher Cliff Avril to a four-year extension worth $28.5 million, with $16 million guaranteed, a source confirmed to ESPN...