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January 27th

2017 Cubs Spring Training Uniform Numbers

CUBS SPRING TRAINING UNIFORM NUMBERS

NOTE 1: These are preliminary and are subject to change
NOTE 2: Minor league coaches and instructors usually are assigned numbers 67, 88-94, and 96-99 (TBA)
NOTE 3: Numbers 3, 24, 53, 54, and 69 are not assigned at this time (Cubs do not issue #69)

Cubs Sign Four More Free-Agents to Minor League Contracts, Invite 24 NRI

Baseball America is reporting that the Cubs have signed four more free-agents to 2017 minor league contracts.

Two of the players are former Cubs minor leaguers, and two have varying degrees of big league experience with other MLB clubs.

January 17th

January 13th

2017 MLB Salary Arbitration Day

1/13 UPDATE  RHSP Jake Arrieta ($15,637,500), RHRP Hector Rondon ($5.8M), and RHRP Justin Grimm ($1.825M) have agreed to 2017 contracts, but the Cubs and RHRP Pedro Strop remain far apart (per Mark Gonzalez at the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs offered $4.6M, and Strop wants $6M).

It's not unusual for the two sides to agree to just "split the difference" ($5.3M would be the mid-point) and maybe they will do that at some point prior to a hearing, but a $1.4M gap is fairly signigficant. 

Remember, if it does go to a hearing, the arbitration panel cannot "split the difference." The panel must choose either the Cubs offer or Strop's figure. 


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MLB SALARY ARBITRATION


January 7th

Cubs Re-sign Munenori Kawasaki

It was initially reported as a rumor by Japanese media earlier in the week, but Baseball America is now confiming that the Cubs have indeed re-signed INF to a 2017 minor league contract. He will almost certainly receive a NRI to Spring Training.