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* The Cubs have reportedly signed outfielder Brian Bogusevic to a Minor League contract. Baseball America reported the signing on Wednesday. The Cubs also have signed infielder Alberto Gonzalez, outfielder Johermyn Chavez and catcher J.C. Boscan to Minor League deals.

Bogusevic, 28, a first-round Draft pick by the Astros in 2005, batted .203 in 146 games for Houston last season with seven home runs and nine doubles. Gonzalez, 29, has played for the Yankees, Nationals, Padres and Rangers, and batted .241 in 24 games this past season with Texas, playing second, third and shortstop. Boscan, 32, appeared in six games for the Braves, while Chavez, 23, batted .232 and compiled a .725 OPS in 288 plate appearances for the Mariners’ Double-A team.

* Bryan LaHair, who the Cubs designated for assignment on Tuesday, is reportedly close to signing with the SoftBank Hawks in Japan. LaHair, 30, was a National League All-Star but lost his job to Anthony Rizzo, and finished the year batting .259 with 16 home runs in 380 plate appearances.

* The ice rink at Wrigley Field was scheduled to open Friday but that has been delayed because of the unseasonably warm weather in Chicago. Interested skaters should follow the team Twitter @Cubs for updates.

— Carrie Muskat



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I think the Cubs made a mistake letting LaHair go. This will come back to bite them in the back side later. It always does. Good luck Matt.

LaHair would have made good insurance should something happen to Rizzo and also would have allowed DeJesus to play CF with LaHair in RF should the Cubs decided NOT to upgrade their outfield. But other than that scenario I don’t think the Cubs will miss LaHair that much and I was a big fan too at one time.

Joey guess what!?!?!? I met Tom Rickets!😀 and DeJesus was there too! they came because they sponsered money to rebuild a field for my school and we all had to go. The Cubs where a huge part of it so only Tom Rickets came plus DeJesus. I took a picture with him and he gave me his Cubs pin that was on his suit. All my friends where cheering for me because they knew I was a die hard Cubs fan!😀 it was AWESOME!

OMG Isabel!!! I am soooo happy for you!!! THAT’S AWESOME! Congrats, you deserve it!!!!
Good to know Mr. Rickets and DeJesus are nice guys. Thanks for sharing Isabel.

Thanks haha!

That’s cool! My wife & daughter met Ernie Banks at the Walgreen Drug store across from the Tribune building. He was there for a book signing at which they were going to sell photos of folks with Ernie. Julie & Kelsey were there before the event started & he posed for pics with them with their own cameras.

Haha thats awesome! I just wish Barney was there instead of DeJesus. I was telling ALL my teachers about Barney! They we’re telling me, “Your a die hard Cubs fan huh?” Then I said “You know it!” Haha! So they all came with me and went to go talk to Mr.Rickets and told him that Im a die hard Cubs fan! I was blushing but very happy. It was a dream of mine coming true and I was speechless! :D…for the first time…ahhh I love my teachers and how they took me to meet him! I was the only one from the school I think! (:

A great stoyr Isabel! Such wonderful teachers you have too!!!🙂


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