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MLB investigating racist messages sent to Cubs' Carl Edwards

Apr. 16, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Major League Baseball is investigating racist messages sent to Chicago Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. on Instagram this month. Edwards was optioned to Triple-A Iowa after he had trouble with his motion and got off to a tough start this season. Lee Long, Edwards' agent, said the messages came...

Schwarber, Cubs beat Pirates 10-0 in Wrigley opener

Apr. 8, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — First, Brad Brach escaped a tough situation. Then Brandon Kintzler, Randy Rosario and Pedro Strop finished the job. Chicago's beleaguered bullpen stepped up after Jon Lester departed with left hamstring tightness, leading the Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-0 in their home opener on...

David Bote, Cubs agree to $15M, 5-year deal covering 2020-24

Apr. 3, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Chicago Cubs believe it was time to give David Bote a big-money contract, even if they are not ready to give the infielder a starting job. Bote and the Chicago Cubs agreed to a $15 million, five-year contract covering 2020-24 on Wednesday, a deal with two team options that if exercised...

Hendricks, Cubs agree to deal adding $55.5M from 2020 to '23

Mar. 26, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Hendricks' focus is on the season, among the reasons the Cubs didn't hesitate to give the right-handed pitcher a new deal. Hendricks and the Cubs agreed Tuesday to a contract that adds $55.5 million from 2020 to 2023, guaranteeing he will receive $62,905,000 over the next five...

Maddon, Cubs looking to rebound from disappointing finish

Mar. 19, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — After four consecutive playoff appearances and the 2016 World Series title, the Chicago Cubs are way past playing for Joe Maddon's future. They also know what's going on, too. Maddon is entering the final year of his contract after the team declined to offer an extension to its 65-year-old...

MLB '19: Graveman gets used to Cubs while rehabbing injury

Mar. 6, 2019 2:23 AM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Kendall Graveman is surrounded by new faces while he travels a tedious road back to the majors. Graveman signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs in December after his 2018 season with Oakland was cut short by reconstructive elbow surgery. It's a chance to use major league...

Gamblers like their odds at MIT sports analytics conference

Mar. 2, 2019 5:44 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — In the early years of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, a couple hundred math whizzes gathered on the school's campus hoping for a breakthrough that would make them the next Bill James. As the event and the field grew, they aspired to professional front office jobs, like Theo Epstein...