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FILE -In this May 27, 2019 file photo Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress throws against the Minnesota Twins in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. The Chicago Cubs and free-agent reliever Jeremy Jeffress have agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the deal on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

AP source: RH Jeffress agrees to 1-year contract with Cubs

Jan. 28, 2020 4:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs and free-agent reliever Jeremy Jeffress have agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract. The 32-year-old Jeffress can earn an additional $200,000 in incentives. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the deal on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the...

FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo Detroit Tigers' Nicholas Castellanos bats in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Detroit. Castellanos agreed to a $64 million, four-year deal Monday in the Cincinnati Reds' latest big-money move to emerge from years of losing, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Reds get OF Nick Castellanos on $64 million, 4-year deal

Jan. 27, 2020 6:57 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — Free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos signed a $64 million, four-year deal Monday with the Reds, Cincinnati's latest big-money move to emerge from years of losing. The deal allows Castellanos to opt out and become a free agent after the 2020 or 2021 seasons. He gets salaries of $16...

Kintzler agrees to $3.25 million, 1-year deal with Marlins

Jan. 27, 2020 6:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Right-handed reliever Brandon Kintzler has agreed to a $3.25 million, one-year deal with the Miami Marlins, pending a physical. Kintzler has a 3.37 career ERA in 10 seasons with four teams. He had a 2.68 ERA last year for the Cubs in 62 games. Kintzler had 28 saves for the Twins in 2017, when...

Cubs acquire reliever Lakins from Red Sox

Jan. 21, 2020 4:17 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs acquired reliever Travis Lakins from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named or cash on Tuesday. The 25-year-old right-hander debuted with Boston last season and posted a 3.86 ERA in 16 games. He was 3-4 with six saves and a 4.60 ERA in 40 appearances for Triple-A...

Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein speaks to the media during the baseball team's convention, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Epstein understands fan frustration in Cubs' slow offseason

Jan. 18, 2020 5:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Theo Epstein understands the fans' frustration. He feels it, too, at times. The Chicago Cubs went from 95 wins in 2018 to 84 last year, finished third in the NL Central behind St. Louis and Milwaukee and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014. But when it comes to big moves this...

Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant, left, fist-bumps fans after being announced during the baseball team's convention, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Chicago Cubs keeping options open with season on the horizon

Jan. 17, 2020 9:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — When it comes to Kris Bryant, or any other Chicago Cubs star on the precipice of free agency, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein is hoping for the best. He also is working on the alternative. That's about all he can say at the moment. Keeping his cards close to his chest, perhaps...

Dodgers acquire INF Clayton Daniel from Cubs for RHP Sadler

Jan. 17, 2020 4:07 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired infielder Clayton Daniel from the Chicago Cubs on Friday in exchange for right-hander Casey Sadler. Daniel has been in the Cubs organization for two years, hitting a combined .290 with 72 runs scored and 36 RBIs across four different minor league levels....

White Sox, reliever Cishek finalize $6 million contract

Jan. 14, 2020 1:46 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox finalized a $6 million, one-year contract with free agent reliever Steve Cishek on Tuesday. The 33-year-old right-hander will earn $5.25 million next season under the deal reached last week. The White Sox hold a $6.75 million option for 2021 with a $750,000 buyout....

Athletics acquire infielder/outfielder Tony Kemp from Cubs

Jan. 13, 2020 5:21 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tony Kemp, a left-handed-hitting infielder and outfielder, was acquired by the Oakland Athletics from the Chicago Cubs on Monday for minor league infielder Alfonso Rivas. The versatile Kemp began last season with Houston, where he played from 2016-2018. On Monday, Astros manager AJ...

FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant watches his three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Chicago. Bryant avoided arbitration with the Cubs, agreeing Friday, Jan. 10, 2010, to an $18.6 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Cubs, star Kris Bryant agree to $18.6 million, 1-year deal

Jan. 11, 2020 12:13 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Third baseman Kris Bryant avoided arbitration with the Chicago Cubs, agreeing Friday to an $18.6 million, one-year contract. The Cubs also avoided arbitration with their other five eligible players, agreeing to one-year deals with star shortstop Javier Báez ($10 million), All-Star...