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2019 Schedule
84-78, 3rd in NL Cent
2h

BBTN: Stephen Strasburg Mega-Deal And The Latest From The MLB Winter Meetings

Buster and Hembo analyze Stephen Strasburg's 7-year/$245M deal and how it impacts the free agency of Anthony Rendon and Gerrit Cole. Then, ESPN's Clinton Yates (and Nationals homer) offers his own reaction to the signing before discussing the trade market for Kris Bryant and why it's important for baseball's sake that Madison Bumgarner remain with the Giants (12:55). Plus, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold on the Cardinals' offseason plans (22:37) and...does Scott Boras deserve a spot in Cooperstown?

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17hJesse Rogers

Cubs' Epstein confident in pending Bryant ruling

Theo Epstein says he doesn't believe Kris Bryant's service-time grievance is impacting trade discussions and is confidence of the imminent ruling in the case.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein, on waiting for a decision, regarding Kris Bryant's grievance hearing: "We're fairly confident in what the outcome is going to be but the timing is a bit frustrating. It would be nice to know. We're at the winter meetings and there hasn't been a ruling. I understand these things take time. It's not going to be more than a couple weeks away but it would be nice to have that final confirmation."

1d

BBTN: The Latest From The MLB Winter Meetings

With the MLB winter meetings underway in San Diego, Buster welcomes ESPN's Alden Gonzalez (20:51) and Jesse Rogers (31:51) to discuss the latest in the Gerrit Cole sweepstakes, landing spots for Anthony Rendon, the trade markets for Kris Bryant and Wilson Contreras and more. Plus, Tim Kurkjian on last night's Hall of Fame inductions and Sarah Langs with her take on the changes coming to Mets ownership (11:02).

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6d

Hamels signs 1-year, $18M deal to join Braves

Cole Hamels, who went 7-7 with a 3.81 ERA and 143 strikeouts during an injury-plagued season with the Cubs in 2019, signed a one-year, $18 million deal with the Braves.

6d

BBTN: Where Will The Top Free Agents Land?

With the MLB Hot Stove already cookin', Buster and Bob Nightengale discuss possible landing spots for the biggest names left in free agency. Plus, a special offseason "Hembo Knows" (22:13) and some Bleacher Tweets with a Texas twist (33:21).

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8dJesse Rogers

Cubs, Russell part ways after two troubled years

The Cubs did not offer a contract to infielder Addison Russell, making him a free agent after five years with the team, with his final two seasons marked by controversy.

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17d

Cubs acquire RHP Cotton in trade with Athletics

Jharel Cotton, who went 11-10 with a 4.95 ERA in 29 starts for the A's over the 2016 and 2017 seasons before undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing all of 2018, has been traded to the Cubs.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Brian Cashman said "a lot of clubs" asked for permission to interview Carlos Mendoza for a bench coach position before the Yankees gave him the job. Sources told ESPN that the Cubs, who hired Andy Green, were one of them.

Jeff Passan ESPN 

Multiple teams in search of catching help believe Cubs catcher Willson Contreras will be available this winter. The Cubs will get creative this winter, and with a deep catching free agent market, they could trade Contreras and begin retooling under new manager David Ross.

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average4.107th
Quality Starts0Tied-27th
WHIP0.191st
BAA.24912th
Runs81410th
Batting Average.25213th
On Base Percentage.3338th
Slugging Percentage.4529th