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Kipnis chasing Cubs' 2nd base job, mentoring Hoerner

Feb. 20, 2020 12:44 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jason Kipnis joined the Chicago Cubs this spring for a shot at the second base job. He also realizes the role he plays in helping develop 22-year-old prospect Nico Hoerner. “I think he’s a stud. He’s going to be one. He’s a young guy with a lot of talent and I...

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, right, speaks to reporters during spring training baseball Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cubs' Ricketts not convinced spending more would boost team

Feb. 17, 2020 6:03 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts isn't convinced bringing in more high-priced free agents during the offseason would have boosted Chicago. "Just because you spent a lot of money doesn't mean you're going to win. We've seen that in our own organization our last couple of years," Ricketts said...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant (17) sits in the dugout during a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati. The All-Star third baseman has lost his service-time grievance against the Cubs, two people with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster, FIle)

Epstein claims `no hard feelings' between Cubs, Bryant

Feb. 11, 2020 9:21 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Theo Epstein claims there are "no hard feelings on either side" in the relationship between the Chicago Cubs and Kris Bryant. Bryant's grievance against the team was denied by arbitrator Mark Irvings, who ruled the players’ association did not prove Chicago’s reasons for...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game in New York. The Twins enter spring training emboldened by their 101-win season in 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

AL Central teams at the start of spring training

Feb. 7, 2020 1:42 PM EST

A team-by-team look at the American League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ Minnesota Twins Manager: Rocco Baldelli (second season). 2019: 101-61, first place, lost to Yankees in...

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor relays to first after fielding a ground ball during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington. Lindor's unsettled future with Cleveland hangs over the team like a darkening storm cloud. And when he and the Indians arrive at training camp later this month in Goodyear, Ariz., the 27-year-old's situation will likely be a daily topic until there is some resolution.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Indians head to Arizona with Lindor, numerous questions

Feb. 6, 2020 1:36 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor swears he hasn't listened to any of the trade rumors swirling around him this winter. The All-Star shortstop might not be able to avoid them this spring. Lindor's unsettled future with Cleveland hangs over the team like a darkening storm cloud. And when he and the Indians...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor (12) bats against the Chicago White Sox during the second inning of a baseball game, in Chicago. Francisco Lindor's status with the Indians has been slightly upgraded. Team president Chris Antonetti said Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, that he's more confident that the All-Star shortstop will be in Cleveland's lineup to start the season after the Indians didn't receive a trade proposal over the past few weeks that made sense. (AP Photo/David Banks, File)

Indians more confident star Lindor begins season with them

Jan. 8, 2020 4:02 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor's status with the Indians has been slightly upgraded. Team president Chris Antonetti said Wednesday he's more confident the All-Star shortstop will be in Cleveland's lineup to start the season after the Indians didn't receive a trade proposal to their liking over the past...

Indians' Hernández can earn $250,000 in performance bonuses

Jan. 6, 2020 3:35 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Second baseman César Hernández can earn $250,000 in performance bonuses for plate appearances as part of his $6.25 million, one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians. The 29-year-old would get $50,000 for 525 plate appearances and $100,000 each for 575 and 625 under the deal...

File-This is a 2019 file photo of Cesar Hernandez of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. Free agent second baseman Hernandez signed a one-year, $6.25 million contract with the Cleveland Indians, a person familiar with with negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday, Dec.23, 2019. Hernandez, who spent the past seven seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, must past a physical later this week before the deal is announced, said the person who spoke on condition anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.  (AP Photo/File)

Indians, Hernández finalize $6.25 million, 1-year contract

Dec. 29, 2019 10:57 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — Second baseman César Hernández and the Cleveland Indians finalized a $6.25 million, one-year contract Sunday. The sides agreed to terms early last week, pending a physical. The 29-year-old Hernández had spent his entire professional career in the Philadelphia Phillies...