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Jason Hammel and Travis Wood are among the pitchers scheduled to throw live batting practice on Saturday. The list also includes Dallas Beeler, Tsuyoshi Wada, Justin Grimm, Hunter Cervenka, Jorge De Leon and Armando Rivero.
The Cubs were owed a player to be named later from the July 4 deal with the Athletics. However, the Cubs will instead receive cash considerations from the A’s. That makes the deal: Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to Oakland for Dan Straily, Minor Leaguers Billy McKinney and Addison Russell and cash considerations.
– Carrie Muskat
The Cubs will formally introduce Jon Lester on Monday, and they can thank Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija for helping sell the left-hander on coming to Chicago. Lester agreed to a six-year, $155 million contract last Tuesday, but needed to pass a physical to make it official. He did that, and will show off his new Cubs jersey for the first time Monday at Spiaggia restaurant in downtown Chicago.
Lester, Hammel and Samardzija were teammates for two months on the Athletics. The Cubs had sent Hammel and Samardzija to Oakland in a July 4 package, while the Red Sox dealt Lester and Jonny Gomes to the A’s on July 31 for Yoenis Cespedes.
Hammel, 32, formally introduced on Friday after signing a two-year contract to return to the Cubs, said Lester was curious about Chicago. Lester, who turns 31 in January, knew Theo Epstein; the two were together in Boston.
“I think the Theo-Jon bromance was going to happen anyways,” Hammel said. “But [Lester] was definitely interested, and he was picking our brains all the time.”
The addition of Lester certainly gives the Cubs rotation an ace. A two-time World Series champion, Lester now leads a staff that includes Hammel, Jake Arrieta, Travis Wood, Kyle Hendricks, Tsuyoshi Wada, and Felix Doubront.
“You see a lot of things going on right now,” Hammel said of the Cubs. “It’s not just shtick. It’s not just flash. They’re making a commitment to winning here. It’s important that it’s not, ‘We’re just trying to surprise people.’ This is a commitment to winning.”
– Carrie Muskat
* Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said Monday they try to ignore the rapid-fire rumors generated at the Winter Meetings.
“We try to condition ourselves as much as we can, especially this week of all weeks, to ignore that,” Hoyer said. “You don’t know what’s information and what’s misinformation. I’d be lying to say we don’t read it because you do want to sift through it and see what’s going on. To rely on it or let your emotions go up and down based on what’s happening down [in the lobby] doesn’t make a lot of sense. We’ve all seen people be massively wrong on stuff like that.”
That didn’t stop others from talking about Jon Lester, including Athletics GM Billy Beane, who acquired the pitcher at the Trade Deadline.
“Like Arthur Miller being briefly married to Marilyn Monroe, that’s who we are,” Beane said. “We’re the Arthur Miller in Lester’s career.”
Lester has been the hot topic at the Winter Meetings and the left-hander could make a decision by Tuesday, which would allow the rest of baseball the opportunity to move on. Hoyer, though, didn’t think Lester was holding up any other transactions.
“People talk about that, but at the same time, there’s a lot of players available,” Hoyer said. “The idea that one or two or three people hold up a market, I don’t necessarily believe in that. … You’ve seen enough deals to indicate there’s not a logjam.”
* Think about it: The Cubs have reportedly signed Jason Hammel to a two-year contract on the same day the Athletics traded Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox. On July 4, the Cubs dealt Hammel and Samardzija to the A’s.
* Cubs prospect Kris Bryant was picking up more awards on Monday, capping his stellar 2014 season. Hoyer wasn’t worried that Bryant would not be motivated this offseason.
“He’s a guy, his work ethic, his make up is so good, I’m sure he’s going to build off what he did last year, which is what any competitor would do,” Hoyer said.
Expect to see Bryant in the outfield in Spring Training. Manager Joe Maddon likes versatile players and Anthony Rizzo is probably the only one on the Cubs roster who won’t be asked to play multiple positions.
“We’re lucky,” Hoyer said. “A lot of our guys can move around. … I think Joe does a really good job of convincing guys and explaining to guys why it’s beneficial. He had success with that in Tampa and I think he’ll have success with that with us.”
Bryant did play center field in college.
– Carrie Muskat
Most of the focus on the Cubs’ pursuit of free agents has focused on Jon Lester but there are reports that Jason Hammel could be close to returning to Wrigley Field. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported the Cubs are finalizing a deal to bring Hammel back, and a source Monday confirmed that the Cubs are nearing completion of a deal. According to Heyman, Hammel was looking for a three-year deal.
Hammel signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs in February this year, and went 8-5 in 17 starts before he was traded, along with Jeff Samardzija, to the Athletics on July 4.
The Cubs are still in the mix for Lester, who was being courted by the Red Sox, Giants and Dodgers as well. The Giants met with Seth Levinson, one of Lester’s agents, on Sunday, and Boston owner John Henry met with Lester at his Atlanta area home on Saturday.
– Carrie Muskat
Cubs are underway with early start in Washington, D.C., vs. the Nationals. Here is the lineup in case you missed it:
* The Cubs have won six of their last seven road games dating to June 15, including victories in each of their last four road contests. The team has won four-straight road games for the first time since Sept. 7-12, 2012, at Pittsburgh (3-0) and at Houston (1-0), and today takes aim at a fifth-straight road victory for the first time since July 31-Aug. 4, 2011.
* The Cubs have released left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, who only appeared in one game for Triple-A Iowa on April 4, and gave up five earned runs on one hit, three walks over two-thirds of an inning.
* Jason Hammel picked up his first win in June on Friday as the Cubs beat the Nationals, 7-2. Hammel scattered five hits over 6 1/3 innings, and is now 7-0 with a 3.12 ERA in nine career starts against the Nats. He’s thrived at Wrigley Field, posting a 4-1 record and 2.35 ERA in seven outings.
* John Baker went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, hitting a three-run double in the seventh. He tied career highs with his hits and RBI totals.
“The main focus for me and for us is to win the game,” Baker said. “When you get a couple extra hits, it’s like the cherry on top of the sundae.”
* Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-5, and now is batting .321 in 20 games against NL East teams. The Cubs may want to switch divisions. With the win, they now are 12-8 against National League East teams. Chicago is 15-24 vs. NL Central foes.
* Ryan Sweeney snapped a 2-2 tie with a two-run single in the fourth. It’s his first multi RBI game since June 23, 2013, vs. the Astros.
Jason Hammel is 6-0 in his career against the Nationals, and will take the mound Friday at Wrigley Field in the second game of the Cubs’ three-day, four-game series vs. Washington. Here’s the lineup:
* Note no Junior Lake. He crashed into a metal door in the outfield wall in Thursday’s game and he was to be re-evaluated Friday.
* Starlin Castro has 21 RBI this month, third-most in the NL. He’s the fourth Cubs shortstop to reach at least 21 RBI in the month of June, joining Hall of Famer Ernie Banks (26 RBI in June 1959 and 32 RBI in June 1960), Roy Smalley (25 RBI in June 1950) and Shawon Dunston (21 RBI in June 1988).
* The Cubs’ bullpen has a 3.11 season ERA, which ranks fourth-lowest in the NL. It’s also more than a full run lower than the bullpen’s 4.22 ERA through its first 77 games of last year.
* Dallas Beeler is slated to make his Major League debut in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. He’ll be the first pitcher to make his big league debut in a starting role for the Cubs since Chris Rusin did so, Aug. 21, 2012, in Milwaukee, and just the 17th since the start of the 2000 season.
* Anthony Rizzo has 14 homers since April 30, the most in the NL and tied for fifth in the Majors. Rizzo racked up his sixth game of three or more hits this season on Thursday. According to Elias, the only players with more three-hit games as a first baseman this season are Freddie Freeman (nine) and Miguel Cabrera (eight).
– Carrie Muskat
Jason Hammel will open the Cubs’ three-game series in Miami against the Marlins. Miami changed its Tuesday starter, and will go with right-hander Anthony DeSclafani, while Jacob Turner is moved to the bullpen. Here are the updated pitching matchups:
Monday: RHP Jason Hammel (6-4, 2.81) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (5-5, 3.68)
Tuesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (2-6, 2.77) vs. RHP Anthony DeSclafani
Wednesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (2-1, 2.09) vs. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (4-2, 3.71)
And here’s Monday’s lineup:
* Valbuena is batting .360 (32-for-89) with 11 doubles, three homers, 10 RBI and a 1.009 OPS in his last 26 games since May 13. The .360 average is second in the NL in that span, trailing only the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy (.368)