12/16/2014 | Samardzija, Lester are right fits in Windy City
New White Sox right-hander Jeff Samardzija will be stoked for the return to Wrigley Field in July, while lefty Jon Lester called his move to the Cubs "the right fit at the right time.'' The only way it can be better for Chicago fans is if it turns into an annual experience.
12/16/2014 | Cubs Convention to take place Jan. 16-18
New manager Joe Maddon and pitcher Jon Lester will join Anthony Rizzo, Kerry Wood and Hall of Famers Billy Williams, Ernie Banks and Fergie Jenkins at the 30th Cubs Convention, Jan. 16-18, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.
12/15/2014 | Lester to wear Wood's No. 34 with Cubs
Jon Lester couldn't get No. 31 with the Cubs, so he settled for No. 34 once he got the blessing from Kerry Wood.
12/15/2014 | Championship drought? Lester up for the challenge
Jon Lester, who was in the Red Sox's farm system when Boston claimed the 2004 World Series trophy and snapped a lengthy title drought, is excited for the opportunity to end an even longer streak with the Cubs.
12/15/2014 | Cubs steadfast in aggressive pursuit of Lester
The first day Jon Lester became a free agent, the Cubs reached out and sent a 15-minute video about the team, its future and why the left-hander was a good fit. On Monday, Lester officially joined the Cubs, signing a six-year, $155 million contract, the largest in franchise history.
12/15/2014 | Source: Cubs, Motte agree on one-year deal
The Cubs have an agreement on a one-year deal with free-agent reliever Jason Motte, according to a source. The deal is pending a physical. The club has yet to comment on the agreement.
12/15/2014 | Familiarity with Epstein makes Lester, Cubs perfect fit
Nothing builds confidence like institutional memory. The Cubs have been missing that building block for success since the 1950s, and it's also one reason that the investment in Jon Lester makes so much sense as the next step in president of baseball operations Theo Epstein's methodical rebuild.
12/13/2014 | Chicago hope: Cubs to introduce Lester on Monday
The Cubs will formally introduce Jon Lester on Monday, and they can thank Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija for helping sell the left-hander on coming to Chicago.
12/12/2014 | Hammel re-introduced after signing 2-year deal with Cubs
Jason Hammel officially returned to Chicago on Friday, as the Cubs introduced the right-hander at a news conference at their offices across from Wrigley Field. Hammel, who signed a one-year deal worth $6 million with the Cubs last offseason, this time inked a two-year, $18 million contract with a club option for 2017 that includes a $2 million buyout, according to FoxSports.com.
12/12/2014 | ABC 7 to broadcast 25 Cubs games next season
The Cubs and WLS-TV/ABC 7 Chicago announced a partnership Friday for television rights to 25 games per year through 2019. Starting next April, Cubs games will begin airing on ABC 7 Chicago in primetime, daytime and weekends.
12/11/2014 | High hopes: Meetings usher in new era for Cubs
Was this a week that will be remembered as a turning point in Cubs history? General manager Jed Hoyer won't have an answer for that until possibly October.
12/11/2014 | Cubs select Featherston in Rule 5, flip SS to Angels
The Cubs selected shortstop Taylor Featherston in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, but they did not keep him long. Shortly after picking Featherston, 25, off the Rockies' Triple-A roster, the Cubs dealt him to the Angels for cash considerations.
12/10/2014 | Lester's arrival in Chicago lauded by rivals
Reaction around the baseball world, and in particular the National League Central, gave the Cubs positive reviews for their signing of left-hander Jon Lester.
12/10/2014 | Lester reaches out to fans -- and critics -- on Twitter
Jon Lester did his best to answer his critics and supporters, responding on Twitter for about three hours on Wednesday, one day after agreeing to a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs.
12/10/2014 | NL Central looking like 5-team race
With the Cubs' signing of Jon Lester, the 2015 version of the National League Central can safely be projected as a five-team race. The Cardinals' track record and pedigree suggest that they should still be the favorites. But every other team can offer a valid argument on behalf of its own chances.
12/10/2014 | All-Chicago World Series? Optimism high in Windy City
The White Sox and Cubs have been the talk of the Winter Meetings, with each club pulling off significant upgrades and returning optimism to both sides of Chicago.
12/10/2014 | Arrieta 'ecstatic' about Lester joining Cubs
Right-hander Jake Arrieta first heard of Jon Lester's deal with the Cubs early Wednesday morning, but he didn't really believe it until he realized he wasn't dreaming.
12/10/2014 | An elite manager, Maddon still needs right players
Joe Maddon has proven to be one of the game's elite managers. But a manager can only do so much. Financial security is great, but a manager has to have the players to get the job done. And the Cubs know that.
12/10/2014 | Windy City resurgence? A case for each club
The Cubs and White Sox each won 73 games last season. Each finished 17 games out in their division. But both teams have been quite active this offseason, signing free agents and making trades, and both should be expected to at least make big moves upward next season -- even before either of them make any more deals. Which Chicago team has improved itself the most this offseason? Columnists Richard Justice and Phil Rogers offer their takes on each.
12/10/2014 | Breaking down the numbers of Lester's contract
Jon Lester's new deal with the Cubs puts him in the upper echelon among free-agent pitchers. According to reports, Lester's six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs includes a signing bonus of $30 million to be paid over the life of the contract and a full no-trade clause. Lester will receive either a $10 million buyout after the 2020 season or a $25 million vesting option for the '21 season that could bring the total take to $170 million.
12/10/2014 | Cubs' plan ahead of schedule
Thanks to a deal with an old friend, free-agent lefty Jon Lester, Theo Epstein and the Cubs are poised to return to contention well ahead of schedule.
12/9/2014 | Maddon ready to teach 'the Cubs way'
The Chicago Cubs became a more entertaining team the day that Joe Maddon was hired as manager. The crucial issue, of course, is whether he can help them become contenders. Maddon made his first appearance as Cubs manager before the Winter Meetings media on Tuesday to touch on a variety of topics.
12/9/2014 | Maddon eager to lead underdog Cubs
Cubs manager Joe Maddon is enjoying the buzz from his new job. He's also learning some things about being a Cub. For example, day games.
12/9/2014 | Source: Lester agrees to deal with Cubs
Jon Lester reportedly picked the Cubs over his former team, the Red Sox, and signed a six-year, $155 million contract, the largest in franchise history. The Cubs would not confirm, but a source told MLB.com's Ian Browne on Tuesday night that the deal was done.
12/9/2014 | Lester reportedly chooses Cubs over Red Sox
Free-agent lefty Jon Lester reportedly agreed to a six-year, $155 million contract with the Cubs on Tuesday night at the Winter Meetings.
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