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Cubs sign Clayton Richard and Rex Brothers to one-year deals

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Cubs sign Clayton Richard and Rex Brothers to one-year deals

Trying to deepen and diversify their pitching staff, the Cubs signed left-handers Clayton Richard ($2 million) and Rex Brothers ($1.42 million) to one-year deals.

The Cubs also tendered contracts to six other arbitration-eligible players before Wednesday night’s deadline: Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta; closer Hector Rondon; left-hander Travis Wood; setup guys Pedro Strop and Justin Grimm; and outfielder Chris Coghlan.

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Whatever revenues start flowing into baseball operations after the Cubs won 97 games and two playoff rounds, a significant amount figured to go toward raises for arbitration-eligible players like Arrieta, who might triple the $3.63 million he earned during his unforgettable season (22-6, 1.77 ERA).

But the Cubs also became a contender with a series of under-the-radar moves, like giving the Pittsburgh Pirates one dollar to spring Richard from their Triple-A affiliate during the middle of the season.

Richard – who has made 132 career starts in the big leagues – became a trusted option out of Joe Maddon’s bullpen and put up six scoreless appearances in the playoffs.

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The Cubs acquired Brothers from the Colorado Rockies last week for minor-league left-hander Wander Cabrera. Brothers has a 3.42 career ERA, 278 strikeouts against 140 walks in 242-plus big-league innings and a 19-save season on his resume, but he split this year between the Rockies and their Triple-A affiliate and got designated for assignment last month.

The Cubs did not offer contracts to right-hander Ryan Cook and left-hander Jack Leathersich – who was not eligible for arbitration – and the 40-man roster now stands at 36 players.

Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

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Podcast: In light of recent hitting coach turmoil, who’s to blame for Cubs offensive struggles?

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan, Kelly Crull, Luke Stuckmeyer and Tony Andracki discuss the comments Chili Davis made after being fired as Cubs hitting coach, ask if the Cubs struggles on offense were Davis' fault or the players and what Anthony Iapoce will be walking into as he tries to gets the team back on track a the plate.

 

Listen to the entire podcast here, or in the embedded player below:

 

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

Texas Rangers hire Cubs' Shiraz Rehman to be assistant GM

The changing of the guard continues for the Cubs this offseason. 

After the team hired a new hitting coach yesterday, it was reported today that they're losing a front office member: 

Rehman, who has been with the Cubs in the same position for the last seven years, will reportedly head up the Rangers' analytics department. According to the Chicago Tribune, Rehman's role was " evaluating existing systems, and recognizing and applying solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages for the organization." 

All reports indicate that he'll be doing similar analytic-based work with the Rangers.