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  1. little bear

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    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9937521/rick-renteria-hired-chicago-cubs-manager

    Rick Renteria to manage Cubs

    Rick Renteria agreed to a three-year contract with the Chicago Cubs to be their manager on Thursday.
    The deal includes club options for the 2017 and '18 seasons. Terms were not disclosed.

    Renteria, 51, had been the bench coach for the
    San Diego Padres since 2011 after becoming a major league coach in 2008. He played infield for parts of five major league seasons after being drafted 20th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1980.

    Renteria, who retired as a player in 1996 while with the Mexico City Reds, beat out A.J. Hinch, Manny Acta, Dave Martinez and Eric Wedge for the job. A fifth candidate,
    Brad Ausmus, was hired by the Detroit Tigers earlier in the week.

    The Cubs reportedly weren't allowed to interview another candidate,
    Boston Red Sox coach Torey Lovullo, because of an agreement made when the Cubs hired president Theo Epstein in 2011 from the Red Sox.
    Renteria is known as a hands-on teacher and a strong communicator. His ability to speak Spanish is believed to be a plus for the Cubs. Sources familiar with the process say the team was intent on hiring a Latin American manager and/or coaches, something lacking on the previous coaching staff.

    Chicago has several key players of Latin American descent, including shortstop
    Starlin Castro, whose play regressed under former manager Dale Sveum.

    "In order for us to win with this group -- and win consistently -- we must have the best possible environment for young players to learn, develop and thrive at the major league level," Epstein said after Sveum was fired.

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    Gonna be honest with you, I don't know anything about him.

    What's your take on this, Benji? Good move or bad move?

     
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    I say good move until proven otherwise. No big name manager was going to come here, not with the Cubs in their current state. So, they went with a lesser known guy. There is no telling if this unknown is any better it any worse than another unknown.

    I like what in have read and heard about him. He has the tools, knowledge and experience that could help him be the manager we need or the kids.

    In the end though, time will ultimately tell.
     
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    Just because I don't know anything about Renteria doesn't mean he's bad but wouldn't have A.J. Hinrich, Eric Wedge or Manny Acta been "better" choices?
     
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    Maybe, but I dont think Wedge would have been any better. The others are just a roll of the dice
     
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    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/stor...ntroduce-first-official-mascot-modern-history

    Cubs introduce new mascot

    The Chicago Cubs listened to their fans and delivered something the franchise has lacked for most of its 138-year history. No, not a World Series championship, their previous being in 1908.
    On Monday, the Cubs announced the first official mascot in their modern history -- Clark, a "young, friendly Cub" who wears a baseball cap backward and will greet fans as they enter Wrigley Field.

    "The Cubs are thrilled to welcome Clark as the team's official mascot," Cubs senior director of marketing Alison Miller said in a statement. "Clark is a young, friendly Cub who can't wait to interact with our other young Cubs fans. He'll be a welcoming presence for families at Wrigley Field and an excellent ambassador for the team in the community."

    As they prepared for a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field, the Cubs partnered with Northwestern University to conduct a survey and found that there was a desire for the 100-year-old park to be more "family-friendly."

    Clark, named after the Clark and Addison intersection where Wrigley is located, will be introduced during a charity appearance Monday night.

    The Cubs say Clark's great-grandfather Joa was the franchise's original live Bears mascot in 1916.

    The Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are now the only teams in Major League Baseball without official mascots.
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    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/10293344/chicago-cubs-not-surprised-backlash-mascot

    Cubs not surprised by criticism

    CHICAGO -- The Cubs weren't surprised by the backlash from the unveiling of their first official mascot of the modern era, but a team spokesman said some critics went too far with reactions on social media.

    "I'm disappointed at some of the unfortunate images that went from negative to despicable," Julian Green, vice president of communications and community affairs, said Tuesday. "There are some folks that had strong reactions to the mascot, but at the same time, there are folks that see what we're trying to do. It's strictly for kids and family entertainment."

    The Cubs unveiled "Clark" -- a Cub bear -- on Monday, and the reaction was swift as the mascot was depicted in unflattering terms on several social media outlets.

    "It is a boisterous platform," Green said of Twitter and other outlets. "We don't think it's a bellwether for things we're trying to accomplish nor should it be for any company. When you look at the chatter on social media, it's a split depending on who you talk to and what media platform you're looking at."
    Green acknowledged that Clark's target audience isn't exactly the age group that would be on Twitter or Facebook.

    "Some of the strong reactions were predictable," he said. "We've been around for 100 years, and we plan on being around another 100 years. As we look to develop the next generation of fans, the mascot will help that. Plus, there were a lot of fans today excited to share the experience with Clark the mascot."

    Green repeated Monday's notion that Clark will have minimal exposure during games, acknowledging some "engagement" but not anything that can be constituted as disruptive to the viewing experience.

    Mostly, Green said the Cubs are glad to have a mascot for young fans like the ones who met with him Monday night at Advocate Illinois Masonic's Pediatric Development Center.

    "Unfortunately, there are those that decided to respond in a way that had nothing to do with the mascot," he said. "When you look at the pictures and videos showing the kids' reactions [Monday] night, it was proof positive that the visions we have for this mascot will be achieved."
     
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    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/20906/cubs-sign-former-roy-of-coghlan

    Cubs sign former ROY OF Coghlan

    The Chicago Cubs signed former Rookie of the Year outfielder Chris Coghlan Wednesday to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Coghlan, 28, won the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year with the then-Florida Marlins when he batted .321 with a .390 on-base percentage. He has been limited by injuries since then, averaging just 66 games played over the past four seasons. The Marlins didn't offer him a contract in December, making him a free agent.

    Coghlan joins a crowded outfield with another former Marlin, Justin Ruggiano, acquired in a trade with Miami earlier this offseason, along with Junior Lake, Nate Schierholtz, Ryan Sweeney, Darnell McDonald, Brett Jackson and Matt Szczur.


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    http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/20900/samardzija-wood-file-for-arbitration

    Samardzija, Wood file for arbitration

    CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood were among eight players who filed for salary arbitration Tuesday.

    Other Cubs to file were infielders Darwin Barney and Luis Valbuena, outfielders Justin Ruggiano and Nate Schierholtz and pitchers Pedro Strop and James Russell.

    Samardzija might be the most interesting case, as he has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason. There's been no indication a long-term deal is in the works, as both sides remain far apart. However, the likelihood of Samardzija actually going before an arbiter is still unlikely, as both the team and player insist there's a good working relationship between them. The expectation is that Samardzija will sign a one-year deal, which would still place him on the trade block by midseason. He made $2.64 million last season and will be due for a raise despite a rough second half in which his ERA balloon to 4.34.

    Wood is also in line for a raise in his first year of eligibility for arbitration after making $527,500 in 2013, just over the minimum salary. He vaulted near the top of the National League among starters after giving up only 163 hits in 200 innings pitched.

    Barney is also a first-time arbitration-eligible player, but his salary might not be easily computed considering his .208 batting average but Gold Glove status as a second baseman. He won the award in 2012 and was a finalist in 2013.

    Teams and players will exchange salary figures on Friday, and arbitration hearings are set to take place the first three weeks of February. At any time the sides can agree on a deal, otherwise an arbiter will choose one salary or the other and the player is then bound to that figure for one year. No Cubs player has gone to arbitration since the new front office took over after the 2011 season.
     
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    Yankees sign Tanaka seven years, $155M.

    Should Cubs fans be disappointed?
     
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    nah, hard for tanaka to not want to goto NY a larger more international city, the Yanks a better more historical team, that also has better facilities AND gave him a full 7yr deal for more money, and a 4 year exit clause.
     
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    http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/10344029/travis-wood-chicago-cubs-agree-one-year-deal

    Travis Wood, Cubs agree on deal

    The Chicago Cubs and pitcher Travis Wood avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal Friday. The contract is worth $3.9 million, a source told ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers.
    Wood, 26, made his first All-Star team last season, posting a 3.11 ERA in 32 starts. He was just 9-12 but had 24 quality starts, fourth-best in the National League. Wood made $527,500 in 2013, just over the minimum salary.

    The Cubs avoided arbitration last week with outfielder Nate Schierholtz, infielder Luis Valbuena and relievers James Russell and Pedro Strop by signing them to one-year deals. Jeff Samardzija, Darwin Barney and Justin Ruggiano have not come to agreements with the Cubs and have exchanged salary figures in advance of arbitration hearings in early February. Deals can still be struck between now and the hearings, and even during the hearings.

    No Cubs player has gone to arbitration since the new front office took over after the 2011 season.
     
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