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Adbert Alzolay
Projected to crack 2021 rotation
PChicago Cubs
October 5, 2020
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein suggested Monday that Alzolay is "primed to slide into the rotation" for Chicago in 2021, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Javier Baez
Hopes to remain with Cubs
SSChicago Cubs
October 2, 2020
Baez said Friday that he hopes to remain with the Cubs going forward, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Kyle Schwarber
Benching due to poor defense
OFChicago Cubs
September 20, 2020
Schwarber was pulled from Sunday's game against the Twins after misplaying a hit off the bat of Jake Cave, Jesse Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Jason Heyward
Treated at local hospital
OFChicago Cubs
September 6, 2020
The light-headedness and shortness of breath that led to Heyward's removal from Sunday's game against the Cardinals prompted the outfielder's evaluation at a local hospital, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
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Adbert Alzolay
Could pitch Wednesday
PChicago Cubs
August 18, 2020
Alzolay (forearm) is being considered to start one of the games in Wednesday's doubleheader against the Cardinals, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Jason Kipnis
Thriving with change of scenery
2BChicago Cubs
August 15, 2020
Kipnis, who is in his first season with the Cubs, has proven to be one of the top second-tier offseason acquisitions in all of MLB this year, Richard Justice of MLB.com opines.
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Kris Bryant
Health news encouraging
3BChicago Cubs
August 3, 2020
Bryant, who missed a second straight game Sunday due to a stomach illness, has tested negative for coronavirus repeatedly but remains in MLB's COVID-19 protocol for the time being, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. "It's kind of out of our hands right now," Cubs manager David Ross said. "Just following the protocols through MLB. He really needs to be commended for going in and getting checked out."
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Craig Kimbrel
Closer's job in peril
PChicago Cubs
August 1, 2020
Kimbrel may be in jeopardy of losing the closer's job due to his uneven performances to start the season, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. "I'll get back to you on that one," manager David Ross said in response to a question about Kimbrel's status. "I'm in the middle of conversations with Craig, so we'll have those with him first before I talk to you guys. We'll see where he's at, see how his arm feels."
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Yu Darvish
Swayed by teammates' commitment
PChicago Cubs
July 12, 2020
Darvish notes his decision to participate in the 2020 season became easier after seeing how committed his teammates were, Jesse Rogers of MLB.com reports. "It was a tough decision but everyone is doing it [playing]," Darvish said through an interpreter while wearing a mask in a Sunday Zoom call. "Everyone has concerns but everyone decided to play so it makes it easier of me to make a decision to play."
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Yu Darvish
Plans to play in 2020
PChicago Cubs
June 29, 2020
Darvish intends to report to the Cubs' "summer camp" this week, despite voicing his concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic back in March, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Kyle Schwarber
Natural DH candidate?
OFChicago Cubs
June 28, 2020
Schwarber could be the Cubs' best candidate to primarily fill the designated hitter role in 2020, Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com opines.
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Javier Baez
Extension talks on hold
SSChicago Cubs
May 6, 2020
Baez said Wednesday that he's had multiple "really good" conversations with the Cubs about a long-term contract extension, though discussions between the two sides regarding a new deal have been slowed by the coronavirus pandemic, Marly Rivera of ESPN.com reports. "Obviously, we want to reach an agreement, but right now everything is on hiatus," Baez said. "Just like it happened with baseball, we decided to leave it there. We haven't talked about it anymore."
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Jon Lester
Not eyeing retirement
PChicago Cubs
May 5, 2020
Lester suggested Monday in an interview with Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he intends to play beyond the 2020 season. "We'll figure that out one way or the other," Lester said, regarding his future with the Cubs beyond this season. "I will either be here or a free agent...I'm open-minded to anything."
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Tyler Chatwood
Role remains fluid
PChicago Cubs
March 9, 2020
Chatwood is likely to open the season in the rotation, but manager David Ross has considered using him in a multi-inning relief role, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Kris Bryant
Could be moved at deadline
3BChicago Cubs
March 3, 2020
Bryant is a candidate to be traded at this year's deadline if the Cubs aren't in contention at that point, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Brandon Morrow
Setbacks continue
PChicago Cubs  
February 29, 2020
Morrow suffered a mild calf strain after a throwing session Thursday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
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Brad Wieck
Recovery timeline uncertain
PChicago Cubs
February 27, 2020
Wieck had a cardiac ablation procedure earlier this week after a pre-spring physical revealed an abnormal heartbeat, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
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Javier Baez
In-season extension unlikely
SSChicago Cubs
February 16, 2020
Baez said Sunday that he's hopeful to work out a contract extension with the Cubs this spring, though he prefers to put those talks on hold if the two sides aren't able to complete a new deal once Opening Day arrives, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Kris Bryant
Remains open to extension
3BChicago Cubs
February 3, 2020
Bryant is open to an extension with the team, but he has received offers below his market value to this point, David Kaplan of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Kris Bryant
Will reportedly lose grievance
3BChicago Cubs
January 29, 2020
Bryant has lost his grievance with the Cubs, for which he sought an extra year of service time, sources familiar with the ruling told Jeff Passan of ESPN.com.
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Kris Bryant
Likely to lose grievance?
3BChicago Cubs
January 9, 2020
The expectation among league executives is the Cubs will prevail in their service time grievance with Bryant, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Kris Bryant
Trade talks stalling with Nationals
3BChicago Cubs
January 4, 2020
The Cubs' trade talks with the Nationals involving Bryant have "gone nowhere" up to this point, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Kris Bryant
Grievance slowing trade talks
3BChicago Cubs
December 21, 2019
Bryant could be targeted by the Braves once a decision is reached in his grievance against the Cubs, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Kyle Schwarber
Extension not imminent
OFChicago Cubs
December 11, 2019
The Cubs haven't approached Schwarber about a long-term contract extension this offseason, an industry source tells Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com.
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Anthony Rizzo
Extension not imminent
1BChicago Cubs
December 11, 2019
Rizzo's agent, Marc Pollock, said Wednesday that his client and the Cubs aren't presently working on a contract extension, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
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