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Cubs make deals with Valbuena, Lillibridge, McDonald

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Cubs make deals with Valbuena, Lillibridge, McDonald

In one month, pitchers and catchers will report to the Cubs complex in Arizona. Whether the front office has another big move in them or will spend the rest of the winter searching for complementary pieces the Mesa picture is coming into focus.
Infielder Luis Valbuena avoided arbitration on Thursday and agreed to a one-year, 930,000 deal. The Cubs also confirmed their list of 16 non-roster players who have so far signed minor-league contracts with invites to big-league camp, including ex-White Sox utility guy Brent Lillibridge, former Boston Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald and Oak Lawn native Brian Bogusevic.
The Cubs have stockpiled pitchers with those deals: Andrew Carpenter; Jaye Chapman; Dayan Diaz; Jensen Lewis; Blake Parker; Zach Putnam; and Cory Wade.
Hisanori Takahashi who went 4-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 61 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels in 2011 could emerge as a left-handed option for the Cubs bullpen.
The Cubs have also reached agreements with catcher J.C. Boscan, outfielder Johermyn Chavez, first basemanoutfielder Brad Nelson, and infielders Alberto Gonzalez and Edwin Maysonet.
The Cubs have not yet finalized their complete list of non-roster invitees, which should include some minor-league players already in the system. Left-hander Dontrelle Willis the National Leagues 2003 Rookie of the Year recently signed a minor-league contract that does not include an invite to major-league camp.

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: