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12/11 Winter Meetings, Day 3 – UPDATED

* Jeff Samardzija’s agent was expected to meet Wednesday with Theo Epstein. The Cubs would like to extend Samardzija, but he will be a free agent after the 2015 season and is most likely to politely reject their offer. The right-hander, who would like to test the market at that time, has been the subject of trade rumors. The Cubs also could deal Samardzija in July.

The three-way trade between the Angels, the Diamondbacks and the White Sox may have had an impact on what the Cubs do with Samardzija. The Cubs were believed to be looking at lefty Tyler Skaggs as part of the package for the right-hander, but Skaggs was sent to the Angels.

* The Cubs are reportedly expanding their search for starting pitching. According to Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the Cubs are considering not only Masahiro Tanaka but also Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda and Korean right-hander Suk-Min Yoon. CSN Chicago also says the Cubs are looking at Jason Hammel, 31, who has pitched for the Orioles, Rockies and Rays. He has a 49-59 career record and 4.80 ERA. Tanaka, 25, was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last season. The president of his team, Rakuten, arrived at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday. MLB and Japan baseball officials were hoping to resolve the posting system.

A source said Maeda most likely would not be posted until next year. Maeda, 25, was 15-7 with a 2.10 ERA for Hiroshima last season, striking out 158 over 175 2/3 innings. Yoon, 27, is a free agent who has been a starter and reliever with the Kia Tigers in the Korea Baseball Organization. He has battled injuries.

* Major League managers and general managers met early Wednesday to discuss instant replay, among other things.

— Carrie Muskat

7/9 Cubs lineup

All-Star Travis Wood gets the start Tuesday against the Angels in an Interleague game at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are 12-6 against the American League this season, and split a series against the Angels in early June in Anaheim. Here’s the lineup:

Borbon CF
Castro SS
Rizzo 1B
Soriano LF
Valbuena 3B
Navarro C
Schierholtz RF
Barney 2B
T.Wood P

6/4 Cubs vs. Angels

The Cubs open a quick two-game Interleague series against the Angels on Tuesday night. This will be only the second trip ever to Angel Stadium. In 2004, the Cubs won two out of three games in Anaheim.

After this series, the Cubs will have visited four current AL ballparks once -– Baltimore, Boston, Minnesota and Tampa Bay. On July 2-4, the Cubs will make their first-ever visit to Oakland. At that point, the new Yankee Stadium will be the only current AL park in which the Cubs have not played a regular season contest. The Cubs did play two exhibition games there to open the park in 2009.

The Cubs enter this series having won five straight Interleague games for the first time since June 15-July 7, 2001, vs. the Twins (3-0) and Tigers (2-0). The run is one shy of the franchise record of six straight Interleague victories done Sept. 2, 1997-June 8, 1998. The current five straight Interleague wins are tied for the franchise’s most in a single campaign (also June 15-July 1, 2001).

* The Cubs own a 113-128 (.469) all-time record in Interleague play dating to 1997. The most recent winning season against the AL was in 2007 (8-4). The team went 5-10 against the AL in both 2011 and 2012.

* Here are the pitching matchups for Cubs vs. Angels:

Tuesday: RHP Scott Feldman (5-4, 2.82) vs. RHP Jered Weaver (1-1, 3.71)
Wednesday: RHP Matt Garza (1-0, 3.38) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (5-3, 3.34)

11/2 Marmol timeline

Anyone who has watched Carlos Marmol pitch knows it’s rare for him to have a 1-2-3 inning. The same could be said of the reports Friday regarding a possible deal between the Cubs and Angels which would’ve sent Marmol to Anaheim in exchange for Dan Haren — including comments by Marmol himself. However, a Cubs source confirmed to late Friday that no deal was made with the Angels.

Here’s a timeline, thanks to MLB Trade Rumors which tracks these things, of a wild and crazy night:

6:50 p.m. CT: ESPN Chicago reported the Cubs have acquired Dan Haren from the Angels in exchange for Carlos Marmol. El Caribe, a Dominican Republic media outlet, first reported the deal, quoting Marmol.

“I like Anaheim,” Marmol told El Caribe. “They have talent, and they’ll give me an opportunity. I’m grateful to Chicago.”

7:56 p.m. CT:’s Alden Gonzalez reports the deal is not complete and the Angels are talking to other teams.

8:09 p.m. CT: Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports the Angels and Cubs may be waiting on MLB approval because of the money involved.

8:29 p.m. CT: Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports the two sides have not agreed to a trade, although he says the Cubs did ask Marmol if he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to Anaheim.

8:42 p.m. CT: Rosenthal reports the deal will happen if Marmol agrees to the Angels.

9:20 p.m. CT: A Cubs source tells the trade is not happening.

9:27 p.m. CT: Rosenthal said Marmol would have approved a deal to the Angels but that the Cubs pulled it off the table.

— Carrie Muskat

12/7 Ramirez declines arbitration offer

The agent for Aramis Ramirez told the Cubs Wednesday that the third baseman was declining the Cubs’ offer of arbitration. The deadline for players to decide whether to accept was 11 p.m. CT Wednesday. Both Ramirez and Carlos Pena were Type B free agents, and if they sign with other teams, as expected, the Cubs will receive a compensatory Draft pick between the first and second rounds. Pena already has told the Cubs he will decline the offer.

Ramirez may not go too far from Chicago. He is considering the Brewers as well as the Angels. There also is a third team, but Milwaukee’s advantage is that he could stay in the NL Central. Ramirez, who has met with both Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and Angels manager Mike Scioscia, has made it clear he wants to play for a contender. Ramirez, 33, won his first Silver Slugger award this season, batting .306 with 26 homers and 93 RBIs, and is considered the top free agent third baseman available.

— Carrie Muskat

7/28 Lee says no to deal

Derrek Lee has invoked his 10-and-5 rights and rejected a proposed trade to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Lee did not want to comment prior to Wednesday’s game, saying he had talked to Cubs general manager Jim Hendry about his options but was keeping those discussions private. Hendry confirmed Wednesday that Lee was invoking his rights and wanted to finish the season with the Cubs.

The Angels were looking for another bat after Kendry Morales was injured. Lee does have a full no-trade clause and is owed about $4.95 million for the rest of the season. But he also has been in the league for 10 years and five with the same team, which gives him the right to veto any deal.

Lee, who will be a free agent after this season, is batting .248 with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs, well off his usual pace. In 17 games since July 6, he is hitting .333 with 17 runs, seven doubles, one homer and eight RBIs.

The Rangers also were looking at adding a right-handed bat who could play first but Lee, 34, was not a good fit.

— Carrie Muskat

6/19 Lineup

The Cubs’ lineup Saturday is loaded with lefties against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver:

RF Fukudome

LF Colvin

CF Byrd

1B Lee

3B Tracy

2B Fontenot

C Hill

SS Castro

P Lilly

— Carrie Muskat

6/17 Angels at Wrigley

The Angels will be making their first visit to Wrigley Field in Chicago starting Friday when they arrive for a three-game Interleague series. The Angels are the 15th and final American League team to play at the park.

However, this will not be the first time the Angels have played a game at “Wrigley Field.” In 1961, their first year as an American League club, the Angels played in Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. Known for its very short power alleys, there were a season record 248 home runs
hit at the Los Angeles Wrigley in its only season as a Major League park. In 1962, the Angels moved their games to Dodger Stadium.

The L.A. Wrigley was designed to look similar to the Chicago Wrigley (long before the current bleacher and scoreboard configuration). However, the L.A. version was actually the first
official Wrigley Field. It opened in September 1925 while the park in Chicago didn’t officially get the name Wrigley Field until a Dec. 3, 1926, board meeting, which changed it from Cubs Park.

For movie trivia buffs, the Los Angeles Wrigley was often the site of movie and TV shows. For example, “It Happened Every Spring” with Ray Millard was filmed there as were episodes of TV’s “Home Run Derby” and “The Munsters.” The ballpark was demolished in 1966.

Thanks to Cubs historian Ed Hartig for the info.

— Carrie Muskat

5/15 Updated Cubs game times

The Cubs will face the White Sox at Wrigley Field on June 13 in an Interleague game at 7 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN TV. On June 20, the Cubs will play host to the Angels at 1:20 p.m. CT, and that game will be carried on WGN-TV. The starting times for those two games were not finalized until now.

— Carrie Muskat

5/6 Hall of Fame memories

Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts died on Thursday at the age of 83. Lou Piniella was his teammate briefly in 1964 on the Baltimore Orioles, which was Piniella’s only season with the O’s. Piniella had one at-bat that year when he made his Major League debut Sept. 4, 1964, in the fourth inning. He pinch-hit for Roberts, who started that game.

“I grounded out to shortstop, and when I got back to the dugout, he said, ‘[Heck], I could’ve done that,'” Piniella said, laughing.

Actually, Piniella grounded out to the second baseman, according to the boxscore but you get the picture. Roberts lost the game, 7-1, to the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium.

“I get back to the dugout, and he said, ‘[Darn], Rook, I could’ve done that. What the [heck] did they send you up to hit for me?'” Piniella said.

Piniella would see Roberts during the offseason because he lived near him in the Tampa, Fla., area.

“I followed his career because I was a fan of the ‘Whiz Kids’ back with Richie Ashburn and Curt Simmons and that whole group and Robin was a mainstay of that pitching staff,” Piniella said. “They used to train right in Clearwater, 18, 20 miles from home, so I used to go see them play.”

— Carrie Muskat