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The Cubs and catcher David Ross officially finalized terms on a two-year contract Tuesday.
The 37-year-old Ross has spent parts of 13 seasons in the majors, having played with the Dodgers (2002-04), Pirates (2005), Padres (2005), Reds (2006-08), Red Sox (2008, 2013-14) and Braves (2009-12). He is a career .233 hitter with 101 doubles, 95 home runs and 273 RBI in 744 major league games. He owns a .318 on-base percentage and a .435 slugging percentage, good for a .753 OPS.
The right-handed hitter has been to the postseason four times, including in 2004 with the Dodgers, followed by a pair of appearances with the Braves in 2010 and 2012. In 2013, the veteran claimed a World Championship with Boston alongside new Cubs ace Jon Lester, seeing action in eight games, including four World Series contests during the six-game win against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Ross hit a career-high 21 home runs in 90 games for the Reds in 2006 and followed that up with 17 homers for the club in a career-high 112 games in 2007. He has averaged 53 games played during the last seven seasons starting in 2008, including 50 games last year for the Red Sox during which he hit .184 with seven doubles, seven home runs and 15 RBI. During the past seven seasons, Ross has thrown out 35.1 percent of runners attempting to steal, the fourth-best mark in the majors during that span. His 3.69 catcher’s ERA is tied for 10th in the majors in that span, and he is also known as an excellent pitch framer.
A native of Bainbridge, Georgia, Ross was originally selected by the Dodgers in the seventh round of the 1998 Draft out of the University of Florida.
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The Cubs and right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel officially agreed to terms on a two-year contract that includes a club option for the 2017 season on Friday.
The 32-year-old Hammel joins the Cubs organization for the second time this year, as he signed a one-year deal with the club for the 2014 campaign in February. The right-hander went 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA (36 ER/108.2 IP) in 17 starts with the Cubs, striking out 104 and walking only 23 in 108.2 innings pitched, before being traded to Oakland with fellow right-hander Jeff Samardzija on July 5 for infielder Addison Russell, outfielder Billy McKinney and right-hander Dan Straily. With the Cubs, Hammel limited opponents to a .222 batting average and turned in a 1.02 WHIP.
On the year, Hammel combined to go 10-11 with a 3.47 ERA (68 ER/176.1 IP) in 30 outings, all but one as a starter, between the Cubs and the A’s. After dropping his first four starts with Oakland in July, Hammel rebounded to post a 2.86 ERA in four August starts and a 2.20 ERA in five September outings (four starts) to help Oakland to a postseason berth. With this move, he also reunites with manager Joe Maddon, whom he pitched for in Tampa Bay from 2006-08.
Hammel is 59-70 with four saves and a 4.60 ERA in 245 major league appearances (187 starts) with Tampa Bay (2006-08), Colorado (2009-11), Baltimore (2012-13), the Cubs (2013) and Oakland (2014). He has three 10-win seasons to his credit (2009, 2010 and 2013) and has made 20 or more starts in each of the last six seasons, including two years with 30 or more starts (2009, 2010).
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Hammel was originally selected by Tampa Bay in the 10th round of the 2002 Draft and made his big league debut with the club in 2006 at the age of 23. He is a native of Greenville, South Carolina, and graduated from South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington. He pitched at Treasure Valley Community College in Oregon.
Jorge Soler will make his first major league start Wednesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)
The Cubs recalled outfielder Jorge Soler and infielder Logan Watkins from Triple-A Iowa Wednesday afternoon, placing outfielders Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list with left ankle inflammation and a left hamstring strain, respectively.
Soler, 22, was the organization’s No. 5 preseason prospect, according to Baseball America and ranked the No. 49 prospect in all of baseball prior to the season. The right-handed batter and thrower combined to hit .340/.432/.700 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 23 doubles, 15 home runs and 57 RBI in 200 at-bats over 62 games this season across three minor league levels.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound player started the 2014 season at Double-A Tennessee, where, despite being slowed by hamstring injuries, he batted .415/.494/.862 in 65 at-bats over 22 games to earn a promotion to Triple-A Iowa on July 24. In just more than a month with Iowa, Soler batted .282/.378/.618 with eight homers and 29 RBI in 32 games.
Soler originally signed a nine-year major league deal with the Cubs in June of 2012 out of Cuba. He entered the 2013 campaign ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the organization and batted .281 (59-for-210) with 13 doubles, eight homers and 35 RBI after being limited to 55 games with Single-A Daytona due to a left shin fracture. He was named to the World Team in the Futures Game that year (though he did not play due to injury) and recovered to participate in the Arizona Fall League with the Mesa Solar Sox, playing in 20 games.
Overall in 151 career minor league games, Soler has batted .307 (167-for-544) with 300 total bases, 108 runs scored, 43 doubles, three triples, 28 home runs, 117 RBI, a .383 on-base percentage, a .551 slugging percentage and a .934 OPS.
Watkins, who turns 25 on Friday, returns to the Cubs for his second stint this season. He hit .300 (3-for-10) with a double and three RBI in four games with the Cubs last week before being optioned back to Iowa after the game on Sunday. At Triple-A this season, he is batting .256 (83-for-324) with 21 doubles, four home runs and 38 RBI in 103 games. He was the organization’s 2012 Minor League Player of the Year.
Ruggiano, 32, is batting .281 (63-for-224) with 13 doubles, six home runs and 28 RBI in 81 games with the Cubs this season.
Sweeney, 29, is batting .251 (52-for-207) with nine doubles, three home runs and 20 RBI in 77 games.
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The Cubs today activated right-handed pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa from the 60-day disabled list Wednesday. To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Nate Schierholtz has been designated for assignment.
Fujikawa will be available for the Cubs Wednesday night against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.
Fujikawa, 34, returns to the Cubs following an almost 14-month recovery from Tommy John surgery on June 11, 2013. He made his major league debut with the team last season after pitching 12 years for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan’s Central League. Fujikawa appeared in 12 games in 2013, recording the save on Opening Day, and went 1-1 with two saves and a 5.25 ERA (7 ER/12.0 IP) overall. He twice landed on the disabled list, first on April 13 with a right forearm strain and again on May 27, the day after walking off the mound due to injury. Soon after, he underwent Tommy John surgery.
The right-hander combined to make 12 rehab appearances with three minor league clubs during the past month, posting no record and a 0.77 ERA (1 ER/11.2 IP). He struck out 13, walked three and limited opponents to a .171 batting average.
Schierholtz, 30, batted .192 (60-for-313) with six homers and 33 RBI in 99 games for the Cubs this season. He signed with the team prior to the 2013 campaign, when he went on to hit a career-high 21 home runs.
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Cubs’ 2011 first-round draft pick Javier Baez is slated to make his major league debut Tuesday, as the Cubs kick off a three-game set in Colorado. After a slow start in Triple-A Iowa, MLB.com’s No. 5 prospect was hitting .260/.323/.510 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 23 home runs and 80 RBI at the time of the recall. Twelve of his home runs have come in the last 32 games.
Slugger and 2013 first-round draft pick Kris Bryant has been assigned to minor league camp. (Photo by Stephen Green)
The Chicago Cubs have assigned 12 players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 66 to 54 players.
Infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Logan Watkins, outfielder Matt Szczur and right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Outfielder Jorge Soler has been optioned to Double-A Tennessee.
Six nonroster invitees have been assigned to minor league camp: right-handed pitchers Marcus Hatley and Carlos Pimentel, left-handed pitcher Eric Jokisch, infielders Kris Bryant and Jeudy Valdez, and outfielder Albert Almora.
Additionally, outfielder Aaron Cunningham has been granted his release.
Chicago’s spring roster now consists of 27 pitchers (seven nonroster invitees), five catchers (three nonroster invitees), 11 infielders (four nonroster invitees) and 11 outfielders (five nonroster invitees).
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The Cubs claimed right-handed pitcher Daniel Bard off waivers from Boston Wednesday. To make room for the 28-year-old, the Cubs designated outfielder Cole Gillespie for assignment.
Originally selected in the first round of the 2006 draft by the Red Sox, Bard owns a 10-19 career record with a 3.67 ERA over 257.1 innings. He has made 10 starts since his debut in 2009, but he’s been most effective out of the ‘pen.
From 2009-11, Bard worked exclusively in reief, posting a 2.88 ERA over 197.0 innings. He struck out 213 batters and limited opposing hitters to a .190 average.
In 2012, he was converted to a starter, a role in which he has struggled. As a result, he has spent most of the last two seasons in the minors. He made 17 big league appearances last year (10 starts) and finished 5-6 with a 6.22 ERA. Bard has made just two major league appearances this season, allowing one run in one inning.
For his career, Bard has a 3.24 ERA in 201 relief appearances compared to a 5.30 ERA in 10 starts.
Gillespie is hitting .203 in 59 at-bats with the Giants and Cubs this season.
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The Cubs brought up right-handed pitcher Chang-Yong Lim from Triple-A Iowa Wednesday morning.
To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed reliever Michael Bowden was designated for assignment.
The 37-year-old Lim signed a two-year deal this offseason while recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2012. At four levels this year, the righty had no record and posted a 1.61 ERA in 22.1 innings, including five starts. He fanned 24 batters and walked seven while limiting opponents to a .173 average.
The South Korea native pitched 17 seasons in Korea (1996-2007) and Japan (2008-12), and represented his country in the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Bowden was 1-3 with a 4.30 ERA in 34 appearances this year for the Cubs.
Thomas Neal as a member of the Indians in 2012. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
The Cubs claimed outfielder Thomas Neal off waivers from the Yankees Monday afternoon. They made room for Neal by transferring right-handed reliever Rafael Dolis to the 60-day disabled list.
The 25-year-old batted .325/.391/.411 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with two homers, 17 doubles and 29 RBI over 265 at-bats for New York’s Triple-A affiliate this season. Defensively, Neal’s played 41 games in right field and 21 in left.
Neal was originally selected by the Giants in the 36th round of the 2005 draft and was a mid-season and post-season California League All-Star in 2009 and an Eastern League mid-season All-Star in 2010 and 2012, the latter as a member of the Indians organization, where he played after being acquired at the 2011 trade deadline.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound outfielder has a career line of .301/.377/.459 with 70 homers and 170 doubles in 701 minor league games, spanning eight seasons.
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The Cubs traded left fielder Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees Friday afternoon, in exchange for minor league right-hander Corey Black.
The 37-year-old Soriano spent almost seven seasons with the club, after joining the North Siders in 2007 on an eight-year, $136 million deal. Seen as both a leader in the clubhouse and on the field, Sori was a key component to the club, especially during the transition period when the new regime took over after the 2011 season.
“Seeing him from the other side of the fence, I was completely blown away by the kind of person he is and the work ethic he puts in,” said Cubs manager Dale Sveum prior to the season. “I rank him in the top five people I’ve ever been around in the game as far as work ethic, people and everything.”
Soriano returns to the Yankees, where his MLB career began in 1999. It was in New York where the slugger was mentored by some of the game’s great players, including Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Bernie Williams. Soriano used that experience to help teach an often green Cubs clubhouse how to stick at the major league level.
“When I see Starlin and all those young guys, they are like me,” Soriano said. “When I used to be young with the Yankees, I needed help, and all those guys gave me help. So that’s what I try to do with [guys like] Starlin. Try to help them to play in the big leagues. … This is the job, and this is what you love to do, so play hard and do the best you can in the field.”
Soriano has a career line of .272/.321/.503 (AVG/SLG/OBP) with 389 home runs, 181 as a member of the Cubs. This season, he was hitting .254 with 17 homers and 24 RBI.
The 21-year-old Black was a fourth-round pick in the 2012 draft out of Faulkner University in Alabama. In 2013, his first professional season, the starter is 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 82.2 innings. Black has recorded 88 strikeouts—an average of 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings—and has limited opposing hitters to a .243 average.