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The Cubs avoided arbitration with Felix Doubront, signing the left-handed pitcher to a one-year, $1.925 million contract on Thursday. Doubront was 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA in four starts with the Cubs, who acquired him from the Red Sox on July 30 for Minor League infielder Marco Hernandez. A candidate for the Cubs rotation, Doubront was 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 games (10 starts) with Boston before the deal.
The Cubs have six arbitration-eligible players remaining, including Travis Wood, Luis Valbuena, Pedro Strop, Chris Coghlan, Jake Arrieta and Welington Castillo. Hearings will be Feb. 1-21 if no settlement is reached before then. The deadline to exchange figures is Friday.
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs have an agreement on a one-year deal with free agent pitcher Jason Motte, pending a physical. According to reports, Motte, 32, will receive $4.5 million from the Cubs once the deal is finalized. The right-hander has spent his entire career with the Cardinals, including 2012 when he saved a National League-leading 42 saves. He has compiled a 3.03 ERA in 311 games over six seasons. A converted catcher, Motte missed the 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in May that year. He appeared in 29 games with the Cardinals this past season, compiling a 4.68 ERA over 25 innings.
The addition of Motte will give manager Joe Maddon a much-needed veteran presence in the bullpen. Hector Rondon, 26, took over the Cubs closer duties last season, finishing with 29 saves in 33 opportunities.
* The Cubs also announced infielder Marco Hernandez was headed to Boston as the player to be named later to complete the Felix Doubront trade. Hernandez, 22, batted .270 at Class A Daytona last season with 22 stolen bases.
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs face the Dodgers Saturday at Wrigley Field. First pitch will be 12:05 p.m. CT to accomodate FOX TV. Here’s the lineup;
Felix Doubront starts Saturday night for the Cubs in Game 2 of their three-game series against the Pirates. Here’s the lineup:
The Cubs will start three left-handed pitchers in a row in the weekend series against the Pirates:
Friday: LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (4-2, 2.79) vs. RHP Vance Worley (6-4, 3.01)
Saturday: LHP Felix Doubront (1-0, 1.29) vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (3-10, 3.91)
Sunday: LHP Travis Wood (8-11, 4.81) vs. RHP Gerrit Cole (7-5, 3.86)
In his second rehab start, Felix Doubront gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings in Iowa’s 3-2 loss to Salt Lake. Josh Vitters and Eli Whiteside each had two hits. Iowa went 0-for-10 with RISP.
Jae-Hoon Ha had three hits including a two-run homer to lift Tennessee to a 7-3 win over Montgomery. Felix Pena gave up two runs over 6 1/3 innings for the win. Taylor Davis and Albert Almora each had three hits.
Daytona lost, 8-7, to Tampa. Juan Paniagua gave up four earned runs over 3 1/3 innings. Bijan Rademacher and Wilson Contreras each homered. Kyle Schwarber had two hits, including a double and his first triple.
Kane County held Wisconsin to two hits in a 9-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader. Daury Torrez gave up one hit over five innings and Jeffrey Baez hit his second home run, a solo shot. Victor Cartini had three hits and three RBIs. In the second game, Baez homered again in a 2-0 win for the Cougars. Ben Wells threw five shutout innings.
Jesse Hodges and Kevin Brown each had two hits, including a home run each, in Boise’s 7-6 win over Salem-Keiser.
Mesa played a doubleheader on Sunday against the White Sox, and won the first game, 3-0. Jose Paulino gave up three hits over five innings. Adonis Paula hit a solo home run. In the second game, the White Sox won, 2-1. Luis Hernandez gave up one run on one hit and one walk over two innings.
* GM Jed Hoyer said the front office is currently debating September call-ups and who will play in the Arizona Fall League. Triple-A Iowa outfielder Jorge Soler is one player being considered for both. Soler, ranked No. 6 on MLB.com’s list of top 20 Cubs prospects, was injured much of the first half of the season but has been getting regular at-bats, and was batting .300 in 20 games.
“[Soler] has been playing great, and is locked in now, and great at-bats, great attitude, playing good defense,” Hoyer said. “We have to decide if he’s had enough at-bats or not.”
C.J. Edwards, ranked No. 7 on the Cubs’ top 20 list, was expected to pitch in the AFL, which starts Oct. 7.
As for September call-ups, Hoyer said who gets promoted may depend on whether Iowa makes the Pacific Coast League playoffs.
“They worked hard down there,” Hoyer said. “We don’t want to raid them and leave them with nothing if they do make the playoffs.”
* The Cubs were encouraged by Felix Doubront’s first rehab start with Triple-A Iowa. Doubront threw 80 pitches over four plus innings on Tuesday night against Las Vegas. He has been on the disabled list since July 31 with a left calf strain. The left-hander will make at least one more start for Iowa.
* Outfielder Justin Ruggiano did not start Wednesday because of some soreness in his right groin, but he was available to pinch-hit. Ruggiano was pulled from Tuesday’s game after seven innings.
* Outfielder Nate Schierholtz was released, and will be a free agent by Friday. Schierholtz was designated for assignment on Aug. 6 after batting .192 in 99 games with six home runs, 10 doubles and 33 RBIs.
— Carrie Muskat
* Jacob Turner, acquired from the Marlins on Friday, was expected to join the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday but manager Rick Renteria isn’t sure what the right-hander’s role will be. The Cubs claimed Turner off waivers, and sent Minor League pitchers Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer to the Marlins in exchange. Turner was 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA in 20 games (12 starts). He was in the Marlins rotation from the start of the season until June 11, then made eight relief appearances. In his last three outings, all starts, he gave up eight earned runs on 19 hits and six walks over 14 2/3 innings. Renteria couldn’t project what Turner, 23, will do, although he most likely will be used out of the bullpen. The pitcher is out of options, and the Cubs will have to make a roster move when Turner arrives.
* Left-hander Felix Doubront threw a side session on Saturday, his third since joining the Cubs, but there was no word yet regarding a possible Minor League rehab outing for the left-hander. The Cubs acquired Doubront on July 30 from the Red Sox for a player to be named later, and is on the disabled list with a left calf strain.
* Renteria said he’s happy with Arismendy Alcantara’s play so far in center field. Alcantara has primarily been a second baseman, and switched to the outfield this year at Triple-A Iowa. So far, Alcantara’s reaction time and ability to read the ball off the bat have been good.
“Over time, his angles will continue to clean up, his approach and understanding of situations and when to get the ball in a little stronger, and when to hold up more, all of that will continue to develop,” Renteria said.
— Carrie Muskat