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Cubs make several moves to 40-man roster

The Chicago Cubs today selected right-handed pitcher Jose Rosario from Triple-A Iowa. Additionally, the Cubs have claimed right-handed pitcher Conor Mullee off waivers from the New York Yankees and today activated him from the 60-day disabled list. Also activated from the 60-day disabled list are right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks, left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup and infielder Christian Villanueva.

In addition, right-handed pitcher Dallas Beeler has been activated from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted to Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Andury Acevedo and catcher Tim Federowicz have also been outrighted to Iowa.

Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 34 players.

Rosario, 26, combined to go 2-1 with 14 saves and a 2.50 ERA (15 ER/54.0 IP) between Single-A Myrtle Beach, Double-A Tennessee and Iowa. After missing the 2015 campaign with an injured right elbow he this past season walked 17, struck out 47 and allowed just one home run while the opposition batted .250.

Originally signed as a non-drafted free agent, April 29, 2008, by Cubs scouts Jose Serra and Carlos Reyes, Rosario is 27-33 with 17 saves and a 4.78 ERA (261 ER/491.2 IP) in 160 career minor league games (64 starts). The right-hander has walked 209, struck out 425 and allowed just 33 home runs.

Mullee, 28, made his Major League debut with the Yankees this past season making three relief appearances (1 ER/3.0 IP) in two stints with the club. He spent a majority of his season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 4-0 with six saves, a 0.99 ERA (4 ER/36.1 IP) and just 11 walks. Mullee landed on the 15-day disabled list, July 2, due to carpal tunnel-like symptoms and was transferred to the 60-day DL, Aug. 13, after he underwent ulnar nerve decompression surgery, Aug. 9.

Originally selected by the Yankees in the 24th round of the 2010 Draft out of St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J., Mullee is 13-6 with 14 saves and a 2.00 ERA (36 ER/162.0 IP) in 103 career minor league appearances, all in relief. He has walked 47 and struck out 164 while having surrendered just seven home runs.

Brooks, 26, landed on the 15-day disabled list, April 3 (retro to March 25), with a hip contusion and was transferred to the 60-day DL, Aug. 19. Brooks was acquired from Oakland for outfielder Chris Coghlan, Feb. 25 of this year.

Rosscup, 28, was placed on the 60-day disabled list, Feb. 26 with left shoulder inflammation. The southpaw made 61 relief appearances over three seasons with Chicago (2013-15), going 3-1 with a 5.40 ERA (28 ER/46.2 IP) after he was acquired from Tampa Bay in January 2011 along with pitcher Matt Garza in an eight-player deal.

Villanueva, 25, landed on the 15-day disabled list, April 3 (retro to March 25), with a right fibular fracture and was transferred to the 60-day DL, May 3. Acquired from Texas with pitcher Kyle Hendricks, July 31, 2012, for pitcher Ryan Dempster, Villanueva in 2015 hit .257 with 20 homers and 95 RBI between Tennessee and Iowa.

Beeler, 27, was placed on the 15-day disabled list, April 3 (retro to March 25), with right shoulder inflammation and was transferred to the 60-day DL, Aug. 19. He was selected by Chicago in the 41st round of the 2010 Draft and made five starts for Chicago spanning the 2014-15 seasons.

Acevedo, 26, made six relief appearances with Tennessee this past season but missed a majority of the year due to a torn left ACL in May. He signed with the Cubs in November of last year following four minor league seasons in the Yankees chain.

Federowicz, 29, appeared in 17 games for Chicago and hit .194 (6-for-31) with two doubles, three runs and three RBI. Signed to a minor league deal in January, he hit .293 (67-for-229) with 12 doubles, eight homers and 39 RBI in 65 games for Iowa.

Cubs decline option RHP Hammel

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The Chicago Cubs today announced that the club has declined the 2017 option on Jason Hammel’s contract.

President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein issued the following statement:

“First, I want to thank Jason for all of his contributions in his almost three seasons as a Cub. He was an effective, reliable starter the entire time he was a Cub, and this year he was an integral part of one of the best rotations in club history. We would not have been in a position to win the World Series without Jason’s terrific performance during the regular season. Jason and his family have been outstanding members of our organization and our community, and we are proud of their time with and impact on the Cubs.

“While Jason is healthy and primed to have another effective season in 2017, we have decided to consider other internal and external options for our starting rotation next year. Our hope is that by giving a starting opportunity to some younger pitchers under multiple years of club control, we can unearth a starter who will help us not only in 2017 but also in 2018 and beyond.

“When we agreed with Jason on this two-year contract back at the 2014 winter meetings, the option was included with the intent that it would be exercised if Jason was going to be a Cub in 2017. The intent was never to exercise the option and then trade Jason, so we will not consider that path. Instead, Jason will have the opportunity to enter free agency coming off an outstanding season and the ability to choose his next club. Meanwhile, the organization gains some flexibility and the opportunity to use a rotation spot to develop a younger, long-term starting pitcher.

“We wish the Hammels nothing but the absolute best going forward. We would certainly be open to Jason rejoining the organization in the future, but even if that never happens we will always consider him a Cub and be thankful for his role in delivering a World Series championship to the people of Chicago.”

Hammel had a strong 2016 season despite not making the postseason roster. He went 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 30 starts. He also struck out 144 batters in 166.2 innings.

Cubs announce World Series roster vs. Indians

The Cubs have announced their 25-man roster for the upcoming World Series against the Indians. The roster includes 14 position players and 11 pitchers. Outfielder/catcher Kyle Schwarber has been added to the roster, while left-hander Rob Zastryzny has been removed. The complete roster is as follows:

Pitchers
6- Carl Edwards Jr., RHP
28- Kyle Hendricks, RHP
34- Jon Lester, LHP
37- Travis Wood, LHP
38- Mike Montgomery, LHP
41- John Lackey, RHP
46- Pedro Strop, RHP
49- Jake Arrieta, RHP
52- Justin Grimm, RHP
54- Aroldis Chapman, LHP
56- Hector Rondon, RHP

Position Players
3- David Ross, C
5- Albert Almora Jr., OF
8- Chris Coghlan, OF
9- Javy Baez, IF
12- Kyle Schwarber, OF/C
17- Kris Bryant, IF
18- Ben Zobrist, IF
22- Jason Heyward, OF
24- Dexter Fowler, OF
27- Addison Russell, IF
40- Willson Contreras, C
44- Anthony Rizzo, IF
47- Miguel Montero, C
68- Jorge Soler, OF

Cubs announce NLCS roster vs. Dodgers

The Cubs have announced their 25-man roster for the upcoming National League Championship Series against the Dodgers. The roster includes 13 position players and 12 pitchers. Left-hander Rob Zastryzny has been added to the roster from the NLDS, while infielder Tommy La Stella was removed. The complete roster is as follows:

Pitchers
6- Carl Edwards Jr., RHP
28- Kyle Hendricks, RHP
29- Rob Zastryzny, LHP
34- Jon Lester, LHP
37- Travis Wood, LHP
38- Mike Montgomery, LHP
41- John Lackey, RHP
46- Pedro Strop, RHP
49- Jake Arrieta, RHP
52- Justin Grimm, RHP
54- Aroldis Chapman, LHP
56- Hector Rondon, RHP

Position Players
3- David Ross, C
5- Albert Almora Jr., OF
8- Chris Coghlan, OF
9- Javy Baez, IF
17- Kris Bryant, IF
18- Ben Zobrist, IF
22- Jason Heyward, OF
24- Dexter Fowler, OF
27- Addison Russell, IF
40- Willson Contreras, C
44- Anthony Rizzo, IF
47- Miguel Montero, C
68- Jorge Soler, OF

Cubs announce NLDS roster vs. Giants

The Cubs have announced their 25-man roster for the upcoming National League Division Series against the Giants. The roster includes 14 position players and 11 pitchers. The complete roster is as follows::

Pitchers
6- Carl Edwards Jr., RHP
28- Kyle Hendricks, RHP
34- Jon Lester, LHP
37- Travis Wood, LHP
38- Mike Montgomery, LHP
41- John Lackey, RHP
46- Pedro Strop, RHP
49- Jake Arrieta, RHP
52- Justin Grimm, RHP
54- Aroldis Chapman, LHP
56- Hector Rondon, RHP

Position Players
2- Tommy La Stella, IF
3- David Ross, C
5- Albert Almora Jr., OF
8- Chris Coghlan, OF
9- Javy Baez, IF
17- Kris Bryant, IF
18- Ben Zobrist, IF
22- Jason Heyward, OF
24- Dexter Fowler, OF
27- Addison Russell, IF
40- Willson Contreras, C
44- Anthony Rizzo, IF
47- Miguel Montero, C
68- Jorge Soler, OF

Cubs extend contracts of Hoyer, McLeod

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The Chicago Cubs today announced the organization has agreed to terms with Executive Vice President/General Manager Jed Hoyer and Senior Vice President/Scouting and Player Development Jason McLeod on contract extensions through the 2021 campaign.

“Jed and Jason are simply the best at what they do and have played fundamentally important leadership roles in helping the Cubs build a healthy and thriving organization,” said Theo Epstein, Cubs President of Baseball Operations. “We feel honored to have the stability and support that we enjoy throughout Baseball Operations and look forward to many years of working together in Chicago.”

Both Hoyer and McLeod originally joined the Cubs on Nov. 1, 2011 and, along with Epstein, have helped lead an organizational rebuild at the major and minor league levels. In the major leagues, the Cubs have seen a 40-win improvement from year one in 2012 to today while in the minor leagues, the Cubs improved to the consensus No. 1 system in all of baseball by the 2015 campaign. The Cubs are just the third team in major league history to win at least 100 games within four years of a 100-loss season.

Under this baseball operations leadership, the Cubs have now qualified for postseason play in consecutive seasons for only the third time in franchise history, while the 2016 team, with the best record in all of baseball, was assembled with a blend of major-league free agent signings such as Jon Lester, Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and John Lackey; amateur draft selections such as Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr.; international signings such as Jorge Soler; trades to acquire players such as Anthony Rizzo, Jake Arrieta, Addison Russell, Dexter Fowler and Kyle Hendricks; Rule 5 Draft selection Hector Rondon; and hiring 2015 NL Manager of the Year Joe Maddon.

Prior to joining the Cubs, Hoyer had spent the previous 10 seasons working in major league baseball for the Boston Red Sox (2002-09 with Epstein) and San Diego Padres (2010-11 with McLeod). He was named San Diego’s eighth general manager in franchise history on Oct. 26, 2009 after eight seasons with the Red Sox, where he departed as the club’s senior vice president/assistant general manager. Hoyer’s stint in Boston also included a 44-day stretch as co-General Manager during the 2005-06 offseason.

Hoyer began his major league career with the Red Sox and was actively involved in player development, major league scouting, quantitative analysis and advance scouting. He was a member of the front office that won a pair of World Championships (2004 and 2007), advanced to four League Championship Series (2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008) and won 95 or more games six different seasons.

McLeod spent six years in the Red Sox scouting department before returning to San Diego after Hoyer was named general manager. During his two seasons as the club’s vice president/assistant general manager, McLeod also oversaw San Diego’s amateur scouting and player development efforts. During his first stint with the Padres (1994-2003), McLeod advanced to assistant director of scouting and player development before joining the Red Sox as the club’s director of amateur scouting prior to the 2004 World Championship campaign.

During his first stint with the Padres (1994-2003), McLeod advanced to assistant director of scouting and player development before joining the Red Sox as the club’s director of amateur scouting prior to the 2004 World Championship campaign.

Cubs, Epstein agree on five-year contract extension

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Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts announced that the team and President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension.

“In the five years under Theo’s leadership, he has brought in a strong executive team and acquired and developed some of the best players in the game. Now, the results are on the field. My family and I have no doubt that we have moved closer to our goal of delivering Cubs fans the World Series Championship they deserve,” Ricketts said, adding that the contract “ensures the baseball operations team assembled by Epstein will continue its remarkable tenure of building a consistent championship contender.”

“Both on the baseball and business sides, I believe we have the best leadership in the league and we are well positioned for sustained success,” Ricketts said.

Epstein originally joined the Cubs on Oct. 25, 2011, under the terms of a five-year deal. The major-league club has progressed from a 61-101 record in 2012 to 101 wins with five games remaining just four years later, becoming just the third team in major-league history to win at least 100 games within four years of a 100-loss season. Since 2012, the organization progressed to a 66-96 record in 2013 and a 73-89 mark in 2014 before surging to a 97-65 mark in 2015, the third-best record in all of baseball and an eventual spot in the National League Championship Series.

The 2016 Cubs clinched the best record in all of baseball with more than a week remaining in the regular season, reaching 100 wins for the first time since 1935 and maintaining the possibility of posting one of the top three win totals in 140 years of Cubs baseball. The Cubs have qualified for postseason play in consecutive seasons for only the third time in their modern baseball history.

During his time with the Cubs, Epstein has expanded both the size and scope of baseball operations leadership, increasing the organization’s emphasis in amateur, professional and international scouting, player development, analytics, research and development, medical operations and beyond.

Since taking over baseball operations, Epstein and his group have rebuilt the organization by making more than 40 trades to acquire players such as Anthony Rizzo, Jake Arrieta, Addison Russell, Dexter Fowler and Kyle Hendricks; have been aggressive on the free-agent market to sign players such as Jon Lester, Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and John Lackey; selected impact talent such as Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. in the amateur draft; selected Hector Rondon in the Rule 5 Draft; signed Jorge Soler and many other future Cubs in the international market; and hired 2015 NL Manager of the Year Joe Maddon.

Epstein joined the Cubs after 10 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, the last nine as the club’s General Manager. He built World Champion ballclubs in 2004 and 2007, winning the organization’s first World Series title in 86 years, and saw four teams advance to the American League Championship Series (2003, 2004, 2007, 2008).

Cubs select contract of RHP Buchanan; activate OF Coghlan, RHP Smith from 15-day DL

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The Cubs today activated outfielder Chris Coghlan from the 15-day disabled list, activated right-handed pitcher Joe Smith from the 15-day disabled list and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Jake Buchanan from Triple-A Iowa. Chicago’s 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.

All three players will be available for the Cubs Thursday when they begin their four-game series against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field. Buchanan will wear uniform No. 43.

Coghlan, 31, has combined to hit .165 (35-for-212) with five home runs and 19 RBI in 78 games this season between Oakland and Chicago. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 17 with a right rib contusion. Coghlan saw action in five rehab games as part of his return, batting .471 (8-for-17) with three doubles and a 1.118 OPS with Iowa.

Coghlan rejoined the Cubs through a trade with Oakland on June 9 after spending the 2014 and 2015 campaigns with the club, batting .265 (219-for-825) with 53 doubles, 11 triples and 25 homers in 273 games. Last season, Coghlan set career marks with 16 homers, 58 walks, 47 extra-base hits and 148 games played as he helped the Cubs to a playoff berth. He was traded from Chicago to Oakland Feb. 25 of this season for right-handed pitcher Aaron Brooks.

Smith, 32, was acquired by the Cubs from the Angels on Aug. 1 and is 1-4 with six holds, six saves and a 4.14 ERA (19 ER/41.1 IP) in 44 relief appearances between the clubs this season. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 17 with a left hamstring strain. He made two rehab outings with Iowa this week, tossing a pair of scoreless innings.

In his career, Smith is 40-27 with a 2.97 ERA (185 ER/560 IP) in 629 major-league relief appearances covering the last 10 seasons. He has limited foes to a .228 batting average and .308 on-base percentage while allowing only 0.64 home runs per nine innings, contributing to a .331 career slugging percentage against. He has limited right-handed hitters to a .216 career batting average against.

Buchanan, 26, went 12-8 with a 4.34 ERA (68 ER/141 IP) in 24 appearances (22 starts) with Iowa this season. He had a strong finish to his Triple-A campaign, going 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA (3 ER/20 IP) in his final three starts. Buchanan was in spring training with the Houston Astros but was released on March 31. He signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs in early April and joined Iowa on April 18.

The right-hander has pitched parts of the last two seasons in the big leagues with the Astros, going 1-3 with a 4.06 ERA (20 ER/44.1 IP) in 22 appearances (20 in relief and two as a starter). He was originally selected by Houston in the eighth round of the 2010 draft out of North Carolina State University.

Cubs recall IF La Stella, option RHP Patton

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The Cubs today recalled infielder Tommy La Stella from Triple-A Iowa. Right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton has been optioned to Triple-A. La Stella is in the starting lineup tonight for the Cubs as they conclude their three-game series against the Pirates at Wrigley Field.

The 27-year-old La Stella is batting .295 (31-for-105) with nine doubles, one triple, two home runs and eight RBI in 51 games for the Cubs this season. He has a .388 on-base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage, good for an .845 OPS. La Stella was optioned to the minors on July 28 and combined to bat .296 (8-for-27) with two doubles, two walks and four runs scored between Double-A Tennessee (two games) and Iowa (six games).

La Stella was acquired from Atlanta on Nov. 16, 2014, and has batted .285 (49-for-172) with 15 doubles, three home runs and 19 RBI in 84 games covering the last two years with Chicago.

Patton, 28, is 1-1 with a 4.67 ERA (9 ER/17.1 IP) in 12 relief appearances with the Cubs this season. He is 1-0 with 11 saves and a 0.77 ERA (3 ER/35.0 IP) in 34 relief outings with Iowa this year.

Cubs put Lackey, Rondon on DL; bring up Pena, Zastryzny

The Chicago Cubs today placed right-handed pitcher John Lackey on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 15) with a right shoulder strain and right-handed pitcher Hector Rondon on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Aug. 17) with a right triceps strain. In corresponding roster moves, the Cubs have selected the contracts of right-handed pitcher Felix Pena and left-handed pitcher Rob Zastryzny from Triple-A Iowa.

To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitchers Dallas Beeler and Aaron Brooks have been transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Both Pena, who will wear uniform No. 60, and Zastryzny, who will wear uniform No. 29, join the first major-league roster of their careers and will be available for the Cubs tonight when they begin their three-game series against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Pena, 26, is 3-4 with three saves and a 3.41 ERA (24 ER/63.1 IP) in 36 relief appearances with Iowa this season. He has struck out 81 batters and walked only 23 in 63.1 innings pitched, good for 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings and a 3.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Pena has posted a 1.09 WHIP and limited opponents to a .203 batting average, including a .217 mark by right-handed hitters and a .180 mark by left-handed hitters. He has a 2.89 ERA (6 ER/18.2 IP) in 10 relief outings since the Triple-A All-Star Break.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Pena originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on March 9, 2009, out of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. He is only three seasons removed from spending the entire 2013 with Low-A Kane County, where he earned midseason All-Star honors, before moving on to earn midseason All-Star honors with High-A Daytona in 2014 and Double-A Tennessee in 2015. Overall, Pena is 29-39 with seven saves and a 3.79 ERA (265 ER/628.2 IP) in 179 minor-league appearances (78 starts) covering eight seasons.

Zastryzny, 24, has combined to go 10-5 with a 4.31 ERA (65 ER/135.2 IP) in 24 outings, all but one as a starter, between Tennessee and Iowa this season. He began the year by making nine starts with Tennessee (3-2, 4.28) before earning his first promotion to Iowa on May 24 and going 7-3 with a 4.33 ERA in 15 Triple-A appearances (14 starts). With Iowa, Zastryzny has limited foes to a .229 batting average, including a .190 mark to left-handed hitters, and has gone 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA (5 ER/20.0 IP) in his last four outings, fanning 25 in 20 innings.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Zastryzny was originally selected by the Cubs in the second round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Missouri. Like Pena, Zastryzny is only two seasons removed from Single-A Daytona. Overall, he is 17-16 with a 4.60 ERA (171 ER/334.1 IP) in 73 minor-league appearances, including 68 starts, in four campaigns.