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Cubs bring back OF Dexter Fowler on one-year deal

FowlerGettyImages-492406022The Chicago Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler have agreed to terms on a 2016 contract with a mutual option for the 2017 campaign. To make room for Fowler on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup has been placed on the 60-day disabled list with left shoulder inflammation.

Fowler, who turns 30 next month, returns to the Cubs after batting .250 (149-for-596) in 156 games and setting career highs in many offensive categories, including 102 runs scored, 17 home runs, 149 hits and 84 walks, which contributed to his .346 on-base percentage, 96 points above his batting average. He batted .272 (73-for-268) with a .389 on-base percentage and a .463 slugging percentage, good for an .852 OPS, in 71 games after the All-Star Break to help lead the Cubs to the National League Championship Series.

The switch-hitter is a career .267 hitter with a .363 on-base percentage in all or part of eight major league seasons with the Colorado Rockies (2008-13), Houston Astros (2014) and Cubs (2015). Per 162 games, Fowler has averaged 29 doubles, 11 triples, 11 homers, 20 stolen bases, 82 walks and a .418 slugging to contribute to a career .781 OPS. Including a .326 average (44-for-135) and .399 on-base percentage last year, Fowler is a career .303 hitter with a .392 on-base percentage when batting from the right side of the plate.

Fowler has exclusively played center field since his first full season in the big leagues in 2009, when he finished eighth in National League Rookie of the Year voting, and his 65 triples since 2009 lead all major leaguers covering the last seven seasons. He set the Rockies record for triples in a single season in 2010 (14) and again in 2011 (15), when he also recorded a career-high 35 doubles.

A native of Atlanta, Fowler was originally selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 14th round of the 2004 draft out of Milton (GA) High School.

Cubs invite 18 non-roster players to major league Spring Training

The Cubs have invited 18 non-roster players to major league Spring Training, which begins Feb. 19 when pitchers and catchers are invited to report in advance of their first formal workout on Feb. 20 at the club’s Under Armour Performance Center in Mesa, Arizona.

Position players are invited to report to camp Feb. 23 with the team’s first full-squad workout Feb. 24.

The following 10 pitchers have been invited to major league camp: right-handed pitchers Stephen Fife, Brandon Gomes, Jean Machi, Felix Pena, Jonathan Pettibone, Armando Rivero, Drew Rucinski and Duane Underwood, as well as left-handed pitchers Luis Cruz and Jack Leathersich.

The list also includes three infielders (Jesus Guzman, Munenori Kawasaki and Kristopher Negron); three outfielders (Albert Almora, John Andreoli and Juan Perez); and two catchers (Taylor Davis and Tim Federowicz).

Cubs announce 2016 Spring Training broadcast schedule

The Cubs announced their 2016 Spring Training broadcast schedule on Wednesday, and nearly every game will be available to fans via television, radio or internet radio broadcast.

The schedule features nine games televised by Cubs broadcast partners (six by Comcast SportsNet Chicago and three by WGN-TV), nine on the 670 The Score Cubs Radio Network and 21 via internet radio broadcast on There are also two games scheduled to be nationally televised on ESPN. Fans will be able to access the Cubs Webcasts on and for free by registering for a log-in account with the website.

The club’s new radio rights-holder, 670 The Score, will air its first game on March 5 when the Cubs host the Reds. Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer return as the radio voices of the Cubs. Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s first game will air on March 16 when the Cubs play at the Royals. WGN-TV has its first game on March 20 when the Cubs host the Royals. Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies return to call all Cubs TV games.

Kasper will again join Mick Gillispie, radio broadcaster for Chicago’s Double-A Tennessee affiliate, for most of the internet radio broadcasts.

All games start at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time unless otherwise noted. Chicago is one hour ahead of Arizona through Saturday, March 12 before moving to two hours ahead on Sunday, March 13.


Cubs announce MasterCard Presale, general on-sale dates for 2016 Spring Training tickets


The general sale for single-game tickets to Cubs Spring Training games at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona, begins this Saturday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST. This year, fans can secure tickets to their must-have dates one day earlier through the online MasterCard Presale, beginning Friday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST through 10:59 p.m. MST/11:59 p.m. CST. Fans using a MasterCard can purchase single-game Spring Training tickets in advance of the general on-sale date at a 15 percent premium in excess of face value, while fans using other forms of payment may purchase tickets at a 20 percent premium.

The Cubs open their 2016 Spring Training home schedule by hosting the Los Angeles Angels Friday, March 4, at 1:05 p.m. MST. The team has added a split-squad home game vs. the Kansas City Royals at Sloan Park Monday, March 7, at 1:05 p.m. MST, increasing the home schedule to 15 games. The complete 2016 Spring Training schedule is available at

Tickets may be purchased online at, over the phone at 1-800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or in person at the Sloan Park ticket office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. There is a limit of 10 tickets per game for a maximum of five games per order.

“After another season with record-setting attendance, we’re very excited to begin our third season of Spring Training games at Sloan Park,” said Justin Piper, general manager of Spring Training business operations. “We expect an enthusiastic response to the team’s exciting offseason and encourage fans to purchase their tickets early once again.”

Details for purchasing single game tickets follow:

Purchasing Tickets In-person
Tickets may be purchased at Sloan Park, located at 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway in Mesa, Arizona. The ticket office opens Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. MST. Standard hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST, Monday through Saturday, as well as during Sunday home games.

Purchasing Tickets by Phone and Online
Tickets may be purchased through the general sale over the phone by dialing 1-800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or online by visiting beginning Jan. 9 at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST.

Fans looking to participate in the online MasterCard Presale can purchase one day earlier, beginning Friday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST through 10:59 p.m. MST/11:59 p.m. CST.

Fans may direct ticket and additional Spring Training questions to For continuously updated information and to take a virtual tour of Sloan Park, please visit

Cubs announce 2016 Spring Training schedule

Sloan-ParkThe Cubs Friday announced their 2016 Spring Training schedule, which begins on Thursday, March 3, against the Milwaukee Brewers in Maryvale. The Cubs play their Sloan Park home opener on Friday, March 4, against the Los Angeles Angels. The club’s 31-game schedule includes 14 games at Sloan Park and 17 road games.

The Cubs and White Sox play twice next spring—Saturday, March 12, in Mesa and Friday, March 18, in Glendale.  The team concludes Cactus League play on Wednesday, March 30, vs. the Colorado Rockies at Sloan Park. The Cubs will conclude spring training with their annual trip to Las Vegas to play the New York Mets from March 31-April 1 and play one final tune-up against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, April 3, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Individual game tickets for the 2016 Chicago Cubs home spring training games at Sloan Park will go on sale Saturday, January 9, at 11 a.m. CT at the Sloan Park ticket office, on or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. For season ticket and group ticket information, please visit or call 1-800-THE-CUBS.

Fans may direct ticket and additional spring training questions to For continuously updated information and to take a virtual tour of Sloan Park, please visit

For the complete spring training schedule for 2016, go to

Cubscast Mesa: No Average Joe, Impressions of Joe Maddon

This spring, we talked to Cubs players and personnel about everything from their goals for the season to the best prank they’ve ever pulled. With the official Cactus League season wrapping up Wednesday, we round out our spring video series by looking at what the Cubs are getting in new leader Joe Maddon. The 61-year-old skipper has a unique way of relating to players and keeping the clubhouse loose, from having a DJ play on the practice field to wearing old-school coaching shorts during workouts.

And make sure you check out all the other videos from our Spring Training series:

Cubscast Mesa: Spring sit-down with manager Joe Maddon
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I weren’t a ballplayer …
Cubscast Mesa: Checking in with the 2015 Cubs coaching staff
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, If I could have one talent or superpower
Cubscast Mesa: The Cubs are setting a positive tone in camp
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, What the Cubs are watching on TV
Cubscast Mesa: The next wave of Cubs talent
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, The best thing I did this offseason
Cubscast Mesa: Goals for the 2015 season
Cubscast Mesa: The Lighter Side, The best clubhouse prank I’ve ever seen

Cubs reduce spring roster to 32 players

The Chicago Cubs have assigned three players to minor league camp, reducing their spring roster from 35 to 32 players.

Three players have been optioned to Triple-A Iowa: right-handed pitcher Brian Schlitter, left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup and outfielder Junior Lake.

Chicago’s spring roster of 32 players consists of 16 pitchers, four catchers (one nonroster invitee), six infielders (one nonroster invitee) and six outfielders.

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 4/1/15

HamHamJason Hammel takes the mound for the Cubs final Cactus League game of the season. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Brewers @ Sloan Park
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Rangers Starter: Kyle Lohse, RHP
Broadcast: CSN, Listen live at

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Chris Coghlan, LF
3. Jorge Soler, RF
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Starlin Castro, SS
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Arismendy Alcantara, 3B
8. Jason Hammel, RHP
9. Tommy La Stella, 2B

Cubs Spring Training Lineup: 3/31/15

Mike Olt will start at third base Tuesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Cubs vs. Rangers (SS) @ Surprise
First Pitch: 3:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Eric Jokisch, LHP
Rangers Starter: Derek Holland, LHP
Broadcast: MLB Network (delay), Listen live at

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Jorge Soler, RF
3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
4. Starlin Castro, SS
5. Welington Castillo, C
6. Mike Olt, 3B
7. Matt Szczur, LF
8. Eric Jokisch, LHP
9. Arismendy Alcantara, 2B

Cubs add left-hander Phil Coke to big league roster

The Chicago Cubs today selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Phil Coke. The club’s 40-man roster now stands at 40 players.

Coke, 32, joined the Cubs on a minor league contract on March 5 after spending the last seven seasons with the New York Yankees (2008-09) and Detroit Tigers (2010-14), going 22-27 with 80 holds, eight saves and a 4.16 ERA (184 ER/398.1 IP) in 383 major league appearances. He has turned in nine scoreless appearances this spring, covering 7.2 innings pitched.

The left-hander went 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA in 62 relief appearances for the Tigers last season. In his career, he has limited left-handed hitters to a .243 batting average, a .297 on-base percentage and a .648 OPS. Coke had 21 holds with the Yankees in 2009 and 20 holds with Detroit in 2012.