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Cubs acquire RHP Adam Warren and PTBNL from Yankees for Starlin Castro

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The Chicago Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named from the New York Yankees for infielder Starlin Castro.

Warren, 28, went 7-7 with three holds, one save, a 1.16 WHIP and a 3.29 ERA (48 ER/131.1 IP) in 43 appearances with the Yankees last season, splitting time between the bullpen (1-1, 2.29 ERA in 26 appearances) and the starting rotation (6-6, 3.66 ERA in 17 starts). Combined between the roles, Warren limited opponents to a .236 batting average, a .301 on-base percentage and a .347 slugging percentage, good for only a .648 opponents’ OPS. He walked only 39 batters in 131.1 innings pitched, for an average of 2.7 walks per nine innings.

The 6-foot-1, 224-pound Warren has spent all or part of the last four seasons in the big leagues with the Yankees (2012-15), going 13-15 with 27 holds, five saves and a 3.39 ERA in 147 games, 127 in relief and 20 as a starting pitcher. He has pitched the last two years exclusively at the major league level, going 10-13 with 23 holds, four saves, a 1.14 WHIP and a 3.17 ERA in 112 appearances, 17 as a starting pitcher. Warren has a 3.66 ERA in 17 starts and a 2.76 ERA in 95 relief outings since the start of the 2014 campaign.

In his first full big league season in 2014, Warren went 3-6 with 23 holds, three saves, a 1.11 WHIP and a 2.97 ERA in 69 relief outings. He allowed only four home runs and issued 26 walks in 78.2 innings, an average of 0.46 homers and 2.75 walks per nine innings. Warren ranked seventh in the league in holds, while his .219 batting average against was sixth lowest of any reliever in the majors with at least 75.0 innings pitched.

Warren was originally selected by the Yankees in the fourth round of the 2009 draft out of the University of North Carolina.

Castro, 25, departs the Cubs a three-time All-Star and a career .281 hitter (991-for-3,524) with a .321 on-base percentage, .404 slugging percentage and a .765 OPS in 891 major league games covering the last six big league seasons. He made his memorable debut as a 20-year-old shortstop on May 7, 2010.

Castro batted .265 with a .296 on-base percentage, a .375 slugging percentage and a .671 OPS in 151 games with the Cubs last season.

Cubs and IF Ben Zobrist agree on a four-year contract

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The Chicago Cubs and infielder Ben Zobrist have agreed to terms on a four-year contract through the 2019 campaign.

Zobrist, 34, has earned a pair of American League All-Star honors during his career spanning all or parts of 10 seasons with Tampa Bay (2006-14), Oakland (2015) and Kansas City (2015). This move reunites him with his former Tampa skipper Joe Maddon.

He is a career .265 hitter with a .355 on-base percentage and .431 slugging percentage, good for a .786 OPS. Zobrist has averaged 36 doubles, five triples, 17 homers, 77 RBI, 82 walks and 87 runs per 162 games of his major league career. Since the start of his first full big league season in 2009, he ranks fourth in the majors with 566 walks and is fifth with 247 doubles.

The switch-hitting Zobrist has surpassed 75 runs scored in each of the last seven seasons starting in 2009, reached double digits in home runs in each of the last eight years, and surpassed 30 doubles and a .350 on-base percentage in each of the last five campaigns starting in 2011.  Overall, he has 265 doubles, 35 triples, 127 home runs, 567 RBI, 641 runs scored and 105 stolen bases in 1,190 career big league games. He has batted .290 (390-for-1,344) with 33 homers and an .823 OPS vs. left-handers and .254 (755-for-2,973) with 94 homers and a .769 OPS vs. right-handers.

The versatile Zobrist has seen time at every position on the field except for pitcher and catcher, with significant playing time at second base (616 games), right field (336 games), shortstop (229 games) and left field (111 games) in addition to 34 games in center field, 17 games at first base and eight games at third base. Last year, he played more games at second base than any other position.

Zobrist batted .276 with 36 doubles, 13 homers, 56 RBI and 76 runs scored in 126 games in 2015 between Oakland and the World Champion Royals. He had more walks (62) than strikeouts (56) while turning in a .359 on-base percentage and a .450 slugging percentage, good for an .809 OPS, surpassing the .800 mark for the fifth season in his career. He helped the Royals to their first World Championship in 30 years by hitting .303 (20-for-66) with a .365 on-base percentage, .515 slugging and .880 OPS. It was Zobrist’s fifth postseason appearance in the last eight seasons.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Zobrist broke into the majors in 2006 and enjoyed his first full big league campaign in 2009 when he was named to the All-Star team en route to setting career highs with a .297 batting average, 27 homers and 91 RBI in 152 games. In 2011, he set a career high with 46 doubles and led all AL players with an 8.7 WAR. Two years later in 2013, Zobrist earned his second All-Star honor, matching his career-best from 2012 with 157 games and leading all AL second basemen with a .993 fielding percentage.

Zobrist is a native of Eureka, Illinois, located approximately 140 miles southwest of Chicago. He originally attended Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, and was selected by the Houston Astros in the sixth round of the 2004 draft out of Dallas Baptist University.

Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

Cubs and RHP John Lackey agree on two-year deal

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The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher John Lackey have agreed to terms on a two-year contract through the 2017 season.

Lackey, 37, went 13-10 with a career-best 2.77 ERA (67 ER/218.0 IP) in 33 starts with the St. Louis Cardinals last year, his 13th major league campaign. He finished ninth in Cy Young Award voting after matching his career high in starts, and his 218.0 innings pitched were second-most in his career (highest since his career-best 224.0 innings in 2007). Lackey ranked seventh in the National League in ERA, as he now joins a starting rotation for next season featuring three of the top 15 ERAs in the NL from 2015 (Jake Arrieta, second at 1.77; Jon Lester, 15th at 3.34).

The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Lackey is 165-127 with 18 complete games, eight shutouts and a 3.92 ERA in 388 major league games, all but one as a starter, with the Angels (2002-09), Red Sox (2010-11 and 13-14) and Cardinals (2014-15). His 2,481.1 innings pitched since the start of the 2002 campaign are fourth-most in the majors while his 165 victories and 387 starts both rank fifth, and his 1,965 strikeouts rank sixth.

Lackey has 12 double-digit win seasons since 2003, second-most in the majors behind only Mark Buehrle (13), and has posted 10 or more wins in every full season he has pitched since 2003. Lackey has reached the 200-inning mark six times, including 218.0 innings last season, and has made 31 or more starts in a season eight times.

The right-hander owns an 8-5 record with a 3.11 ERA (44 ER/127.1 IP) in 23 career postseason games, including 20 starts. His eight postseason victories are second-most among active pitchers, trailing only CC Sabathia’s nine victories. Lackey went 1-0 with a 3.48 ERA in two NLDS outings vs. the Cubs.

In 2013, Lackey went 10-13 with a 3.52 ERA in 29 starts for the World Champion Red Sox after missing the previous campaign recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in November of 2011. He went 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA in five postseason games (four starts) during the club’s World Series run.

Named an American League All-Star in 2007, Lackey set career marks with 19 wins and 224.0 innings pitched for the Angels. He led the AL with a 3.01 ERA that season en route to a third-place finish in the AL Cy Young vote. The 2007 campaign also marked his fifth-straight with at least 32 starts.

Lackey made his major league debut with the Angels in 2002, going 9-4 with a complete game and a 3.66 ERA in 18 starts before he went 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in five postseason outings (three starts). He won Game 7 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants on three days rest, becoming the first rookie pitcher to win a World Series Game 7 since Pittsburgh’s Babe Adams in 1909.

A native of Abilene, Texas, Lackey was originally selected by the Angels in the second round of the 1999 draft out of Grayson County College in Denison, Texas.

Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

Cubs claim LHP Edgar Olmos off waivers from Mariners

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The Cubs today claimed left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Seattle Mariners. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 37 players.

Olmos, 25, went 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA (7 ER/14.0 IP) in six appearances with the Mariners last season, including two starts. He spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Tacoma where he went 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA (13 ER/33.0 IP) in 20 games (two starts). The southpaw has a career 1-1 record with a 5.21 ERA (11 ER/19.0 IP) in 11 major league contests. He also made five appearances with the Marlins in 2013, his only other major league stint.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Olmos was originally selected by the Marlins in the third round of the 2008 draft out of Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California. He is 16-38 with a 4.44 ERA in 199 career minor league games (73 starts) over eight professional seasons.

Cubs acquire LHP Brothers from Rockies

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The Cubs acquired left-handed pitcher Rex Brothers from the Rockies for minor league left-hander Wander Cabrera. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

Brothers, who turns 28 next month, is 16-11 with 61 holds, 20 saves and a 3.42 ERA (92 ER/242.1 IP) in 286 major league relief appearances with Colorado covering the last five seasons. He has struck out 278 hitters in 242.1 innings, an average of 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings, while limiting opposing batters to a .243 average, including a .224 average to left-handed hitters. He has allowed only 21 home runs in his 242.1 innings. Brothers has finished three of his five seasons with a sub-3.00 ERA, while two of his campaigns have featured a sub-2.00 ERA.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Brothers broke into the big leagues with the Rockies in 2011 and posted 16 holds with a 2.88 ERA in 48 appearances during his rookie campaign before going 8-2 with a career-high 18 holds and a 3.86 ERA in a career-high 75 outings in 2012. Brothers spent time as Colorado’s closer in 2013 when he earned 19 saves with a 1.74 ERA in 72 appearances.

Brothers split the 2015 season between Colorado and Triple-A Albuquerque, going 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA in his 17 big league relief appearances. He limited major league left-handed hitters to a .227 batting average.

The southpaw was originally selected by Colorado in the supplemental first round (34th overall pick) of the 2009 draft out of Lipscomb University. He is a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Cabrera, 18, went 4-3 with a 2.34 ERA (11 ER/42.1 IP) in 14 appearances (seven starts) in his first professional season with the Cubs Dominican Summer League team.

 

Cubs acquire RHP Spencer Patton from Texas

The Cubs today acquired right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton from the Texas Rangers for minor league infielder Frandy Delarosa. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 33 players.

Patton, 27, broke into the big leagues with Texas in 2014 and went 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in nine big league relief appearances before splitting the 2015 campaign between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock. Patton went 2-0 with 11 saves and a 1.67 ERA in 26 Triple-A relief outings and went 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA in 27 big league relief outings. Overall, Patton is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 36 major league relief outings over the last two years, averaging more than one strikeout per inning with 36 strikeouts in 33.1 frames.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Patton has gone 15-14 with 33 saves and a 3.49 ERA in 147 career minor league appearances, all but 12 in relief, covering five minor league campaigns. He has struck out 364 batters in 268.1 innings pitched, an average of 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings. Patton was named to the 2014 Pacific Coast League All-Star team.

Patton is a native of Urbana, Illinois, and was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 24th round of the 2011 draft out of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He was acquired by Texas for right-hander Jason Frasor on July 16, 2014.

Delarosa, 19, batted .273 (70-for-256) with 20 doubles, two triples, no home runs and 30 RBI in 62 games for Short-Season A Eugene last season. He originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2012.

Cubs claim LHP Jack Leathersich from Mets

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The Cubs claimed left-handed pitcher Jack Leathersich off waivers from the Mets. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 32 players.

Leathersich, 25, went 0-1 with a 2.31 ERA (3 ER/11.2 IP) in 17 relief appearances for the Mets last season, his first appearance at the major league level. He struck out 14 in 11.2 innings with 14 of his 17 appearances resulting in scoreless outings before requiring Tommy John ligament replacement surgery at the end of July.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound southpaw was originally selected by the Mets in the fifth round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. He is 9-9 with seven saves and a 3.55 ERA (83 ER/210.2 IP) in 160 relief appearances covering five seasons in the Mets minor league system.

Cubs agree to terms with RHP Andury Acevedo

The Cubs and right-handed pitcher Andury Acevedo have agreed to terms on a 2016 contract. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 31 players.

Acevedo, 25, spent the last four seasons pitching in the Yankees organization, reaching the Triple-A level for the first time last year, going 1-2 with one save and a 2.31 ERA (3 ER/11.2 IP) in 10 relief outings with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. After starting 2015 with Single-A Tampa, Acevedo pitched at three levels in the Yankees, combining to go 3-4 with three saves and a 2.59 ERA (17 ER/59.0 IP) in 41 relief appearances. Acevedo earned Florida State League mid-season All-Star honors, posting a 1.40 ERA (3 ER/19.1 IP) in 13 relief appearances with Tampa.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Acevedo was originally signed by Pittsburgh as an infielder in 2007 before he converted to a relief pitcher upon signing with the Yankees in 2012. Overall, Acevedo is 8-8 with four saves and a 4.00 ERA (55 ER/123.2 IP) in 95 professional relief outings.

Acevedo is a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Cubs claim former All-Star RHP Ryan Cook off waivers

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The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Ryan Cook off waivers from the Boston Red Sox Friday. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 30 players.

Cook, 28, is 13-12 with 17 saves and a 3.43 ERA (79 ER/207.0 IP) in 217 major league relief appearances in all or part of five major league campaigns with Arizona (2011), Oakland (2012-15) and Boston (2015). He has struck out 210 batters in 207.0 innings while walking 89 and allowing only 13 home runs. Cook has limited foes to a .217 batting average against and has held right-handed hitters to only a .190 batting average, .262 on-base percentage and .272 slugging percentage.

The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Cook broke into the big leagues with Arizona in 2011 before being traded to Oakland that offseason. In his first full major league campaign, Cook made the 2012 American League All-Star team and went 6-2 with 14 saves and a 2.09 ERA in 71 outings with the Athletics. He followed that up by going 6-4 with two saves and a 2.54 in 71 appearances a year later. Cook was slowed by injuries in 2014 but still posted a 3.42 ERA in 54 big league outings.

He split most of the 2015 season between Oakland’s Triple-A Nashville and Boston’s Triple-A Pawtucket affiliates, combining to go 4-1 with nine saves and a 3.16 ERA in 37 minor league outings. He made nine relief appearances in the majors between Oakland and Boston, going 0-2 with an 18.69 ERA.

A native of Clovis, California, Cook was selected by Arizona in the 27th round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Southern California.

Cubs announce NLDS roster vs. Cardinals

The Cubs have set their 25-man roster prior to their National League Divisional Series against the Cardinals. Right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel was added to the team from the NL Wild Card roster, while outfielder Quintin Berry was left off. The roster reads as follows:

PITCHERS (11)
28- Kyle Hendricks, RHP
33- Clayton Richard, LHP
34- Jon Lester, LHP
37- Travis Wood, LHP
39- Jason Hammel, RHP
46- Pedro Strop, RHP
49- Jake Arrieta, RHP
52- Justin Grimm, RHP
53- Trevor Cahill, RHP
56- Hector Rondon, RHP
57- Fernando Rodney, RHP

POSITION PLAYERS (14)
3- David Ross
8- Chris Coghlan
9- Javier Baez
11- Tommy La Stella
12- Kyle Schwarber
13- Starlin Castro
15- Chris Denorfia
17- Kris Bryant
22- Addison Russell
24- Dexter Fowler
27- Austin Jackson
44- Anthony Rizzo
47- Miguel Montero
68- Jorge Soler

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