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Wednesday
Dec102014

Report: Cubs Sign Jon Lester

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO, Ca) -- The biggest pitching prize in baseball signed with the Chicago Cubs, Wednesday.

According to FoxSports.com and ESPN, Jon Lester has agreed to a 6 year, $155 million contract as part of a new look, new attitude club that hasn't won a World Series in over 100 years.

Lester joins new Chicago manager Joe Maddon, who recently came over from the Tampa Bay Rays, in what many are expecting to be an aggressive push towards contending in 2015.

The Cubs have also recently signed starting pitcher Jason Hammel, as well as catcher Miguel Montero.

"We have a nice ball club," Maddon said. "The pitching staff needed to be solidified, Jason Hammel helped do that. Now all of a sudden you get Jon Lester in there, beyond his pitching ability, what it does within the clubhouse among the other guys, when you talk about playoffs and World Series', it becomes more believable."

While the big name, high-priced acquisitions are capturing the headlines, the Cubs future is dependent upon the young talent the team has been developing. The list of players soon to join The Show include infielder Addison Russell, who the team acquired from the A's last season in the Jeff Samardzija deal, slugger Javier Baez, third basemen Kris Bryant and outfielder Jorge Soler.

"Primarily, I think every young Cub, sitting wherever they are sitting tonight, has a stronger believability in what we are doing next year," said Maddon to ESPN after the announcement of the Lester signing.


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Wednesday
May012013

Cubs Owner Says Team Could Move Out Of Wrigley Field

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts is considering the possibility of moving the team out of Wrigley Field if he isn’t allowed to install new gigantic video screens. Ricketts says he needs the new advertising revenue to renovate the 99-year-old ballpark.

Rooftop owners object to Ricketts’ plan to install the screens because it would block the view of the field. They have a revenue-sharing contract with the team and have threatened to sue if their views are blocked.

The Cubs formally filed their plan with the city on Wednesday, in which they call for more night games, a new clubhouse, upgrades of restrooms and concession stands, and the addition of entertainment experiences for the fans. The plan will be presented at public hearings and must be approved by the city planners and the City Council.

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Thursday
Apr112013

Goat's Head Delivered to Cubs Owner

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A goat's head was sent to Wrigley Field adressed to Cubs owner Tom Ricketts on Wednesday, a team spokesman confirmed.

A man drove up to the ballpark around 2 p.m. Wednesday and handed a package to a security guard at Gate K, according to police and Cubs spokesman Julian Green.

"We got a call at 2:30 p.m., responding to 1060 West Addison, Wrigley Field," a Chicago Police Department spokesman said. "We're investigating it as an intimidating package."

The goat's head is a reference to the possible "curse" of the Cubs, which happened in 1945 when restaurant owner Billy Sianis brought his goat to a game. Sianis was asked to leave the game and said the team would never win again.

The Cubs last playoff appearance was in 2008 when they lost 3-0 to the Dodgers in the NLDS.

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