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2019 Schedule
84-78, 3rd in NL Cent

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Wrigley Field safety netting will go past where the old bullpens were, to the elbows where the walls jut out toward the left & right field corners, Cubs Business Ops. Pres. Crane Kenney said Sat. MLB announced in Dec. that all 30 teams would extend netting for 2020. Court documents obtained last month by ESPN's Outside the Lines say the team stated 510 fans were injured by foul balls at Wrigley since 2015. A Cubs spokesperson contacted by OTL would not confirm or deny that total.

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3dJesse Rogers

Darvish now asks: Were Astros stealing off me?

In the aftermath of the Astros' cheating scandal, a big question lingers for former Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, who was rocked by Houston during the 2017 World Series: "Was I tipping [pitches], or were they stealing [signs]?"

Passan doesn't expect Bryant to remain a Cub (1:58)
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Bryant, Cubs reach $18.6M deal, avoid arbitration

Kris Bryant, who had a .282 batting average with 31 home runs and 77 RBIs last season, has reached a one-year, $18.6 million deal with the Cubs, sources told ESPN.

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10dESPN.com

2020 MLB arbitration tracker

Friday was the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to agree on salaries or exchange desired numbers for 2020. Recapping a hectic day of contract decisions.

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Attorney: Lifelong brain injury for child hit by ball

An attorney for the family of a 2-year-old girl who was hit by a foul ball at an Astros game last May says the child's brain injury is permanent and that she is at risk of having seizures for life.

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Red Sox owe team record $13.4M in luxury tax

The Red Sox will pay a team record $13.4 million luxury tax after failing to make the playoffs, and the Yankees finished with a $6.7 million bill, likely a fraction of what they will pay next year. The Cubs must pay $7.6 million.

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38dJesse Rogers

Source: Cubs, Morrow agree to minor league deal

The Cubs and Brandon Morrow have agreed to a minor league deal that will bring the oft-injured reliever who hasn't pitched since the first half of 2018 back to Chicago, a source told ESPN.

William Weinbaum ESPN 

A day after MLB announced safety netting extensions will have been installed at all 30 ballparks for 2020, the Cubs say the specifics for Wrigley Field aren't set yet. A team spokesman gave a statement to ESPN's Outside the Lines: "Given the unique design of the walls along the playing field surface which are landmarked, we are still reviewing options that provide the safest and enjoyable environment for fans."

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BBTN: Reaction To Gerrit Cole's Record Contract

Nine years. $324 million. Karl Ravech reacts to Gerrit Cole's record deal with the Yankees, its impact on the AL East and how the signing makes the Yankees the biggest World Series favorite in years. Then, New York Post's Joel Sherman on what Cole's decision ultimately came down to (19:15) and ESPN's Marly Rivera with a story on the moment she found out about the signing (37:23). And, SNY's Steve Gelbs with the latest on the Mets and how MLB's investigation into the Astros will impact new manager Carlos Beltran (37:23).

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs GM Jed Hoyer indicated the team isn't likely to complete a significant deal before the end of the meetings on Thursday: "I'd lean no but that can change quickly. It's still early in the week. We're not at halftime yet, so to speak." Hoyer confirmed the need for the free agent market to get moving before the trade market can heat up.

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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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42dJesse 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."

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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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Team Stats

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