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Cubs claim LHP Ian Clarkin off waivers from White Sox

The Chicago Cubs claimed left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin on Wednesday off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox had claimed Clarkin off waivers from the Cubs on November 26, 2018 after the Cubs had originally claimed him from the White Sox on November 20.

Clarkin, 23, was a first round draft pick (33rd overall) by the New York Yankees in 2013 and has gone 18-24 with a 3.55 ERA (138 ER/349.2 IP) in 81 minor league appearances (66 starts) covering five seasons in the Yankees (2013-14, 16-17) and White Sox (2017-18) organizations. He joined the White Sox as part of the seven-player trade that sent Todd Frazier and David Robertson to the Yankees on July 18, 2017.

The Chicago Cubs claimed left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin on Wednesday off waivers from the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox had claimed Clarkin off waivers from the Cubs on November 26, 2018 after the Cubs had originally claimed him from the White Sox on November 20.

Clarkin, 23, was a first round draft pick (33rd overall) by the New York Yankees in 2013 and has gone 18-24 with a 3.55 ERA (138 ER/349.2 IP) in 81 minor league appearances (66 starts) covering five seasons in the Yankees (2013-14, 16-17) and White Sox (2017-18) organizations. He joined the White Sox as part of the seven-player trade that sent Todd Frazier and David Robertson to the Yankees on July 18, 2017.

The 6-foot-2 southpaw went 4-5 with a 4.76 ERA (45 ER/85.0 IP) in 25 appearances (12 starts) last season across three levels of the White Sox minor league system, reaching Double-A for the first time in his career.

Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 39 players.

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Pat Hughes named Illinois Sportscaster of the Year

Chicago Cubs Radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes has been named the 2018 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

"I'd like to dedicate this award to three special co-workers," said Hughes. "The Operations Director of 670 The Score, Mitch Rosen, also the Executive Producer of Cubs Radio. And, to my two very talented and congenial booth partners, Ron Coomer and Zach Zaidman. Those three men have a great deal to do with this award."

Chicago Cubs Radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes has been named the 2018 Illinois Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

"I'd like to dedicate this award to three special co-workers," said Hughes. "The Operations Director of 670 The Score, Mitch Rosen, also the Executive Producer of Cubs Radio. And, to my two very talented and congenial booth partners, Ron Coomer and Zach Zaidman. Those three men have a great deal to do with this award."

This is Hughes' 12th Sportscaster of the Year honor and his ninth in Illinois, having previously won the award in 1996, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015, and 2017. Hughes was honored as the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year three consecutive years ending in 1992.

Pat is entering his 24th season as the Radio Voice of the Cubs, and his sixth year with Coomer. The 2019 season marks his 37th consecutive season as a Big League broadcaster. 

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Cubs name Craig Breslow as Director of Strategic Initiatives, Baseball Operations

The Chicago Cubs have named Craig Breslow as Director of Strategic Initiatives for Baseball Operations.

Breslow, 38, recently completed a 12-year major league pitching career that saw him make 576 appearances, all but two in relief, with seven different clubs, including a 2013 World Championship with the Boston Red Sox. He is a 2002 graduate of Yale University with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

The Chicago Cubs have named Craig Breslow as Director of Strategic Initiatives for Baseball Operations.

Breslow, 38, recently completed a 12-year major league pitching career that saw him make 576 appearances, all but two in relief, with seven different clubs, including a 2013 World Championship with the Boston Red Sox. He is a 2002 graduate of Yale University with a degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.

In his role with the Cubs, Breslow will help to evaluate and implement data-based processes throughout all facets of Baseball Operations. He will also support the organization's pitching infrastructure in Player Development and the major leagues. 

Breslow is a native of New Haven, Conn. and was originally selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 26th round of the 2002 Draft, making his big league debut three years later with the Padres. In addition to San Diego (2005), Breslow pitched for Boston (2006, 2012-15), Cleveland (2008, 2017), Minnesota (2008-09, 2017), Oakland (2009-11), Arizona (2012) and Miami (2016), reaching 60 appearances six times and posting a career year with Boston in its World Series season of 2013 (5-2, 1.81 ERA, 61 outings).  

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Cubs announce 2019 Minor League managers and staff

The Chicago Cubs today announced their minor league managers and coaching staffs for the 2019 season. Four managers return to their same teams as last season while all nine managers were in Chicago's organization last year. A detailed list of each club's managers and coaching staffs are included on the following page, and more information on returning members of the organization may be found on pages 198-222 of the Chicago Cubs 2018 Media Guide.

Marty Pevey returns for his 11th season in the organization and his seventh as manager for Triple-A Iowa and brings with over 30 years of professional experience, beginning with 13 years as a player. He was named the 2009 Midwest League co-Manager of the Year with Single-A Peoria.

The Chicago Cubs today announced their minor league managers and coaching staffs for the 2019 season. Four managers return to their same teams as last season while all nine managers were in Chicago's organization last year. A detailed list of each club's managers and coaching staffs are included on the following page, and more information on returning members of the organization may be found on pages 198-222 of the Chicago Cubs 2018 Media Guide.

Marty Pevey returns for his 11th season in the organization and his seventh as manager for Triple-A Iowa and brings with over 30 years of professional experience, beginning with 13 years as a player. He was named the 2009 Midwest League co-Manager of the Year with Single-A Peoria.

Mark Johnson begins his fourth season as Double-A Tennessee's manager, and his ninth in the organization. Johnson's clubs have reached the postseason in four of his first eight minor league managerial campaigns, including a Midwest League title with Single-A Kane County in 2014 and a Mills Cup Championship with Single-A Myrtle Beach in 2015.

Jimmy Gonzalez takes the helm of Single-A Myrtle Beach following four seasons managing Single-A South Bend. The 2016 Midwest League Manager of the Year with South Bend, Gonzalez was Rookie League Mesa's manager in 2014 following a season as the club's hitting coach.

Buddy Bailey begins his first season as manager at Single-A South Bend following three campaigns as manager for Myrtle Beach. He enters his 31st season as a minor league manager with 2,064 regular season victories, and in 2017 became just the 11th minor league manager to reach the 2,000-win plateau. 

Steven Lerud starts his second season as manager for Single-A Eugene after guiding the Emeralds to the 2018 Northwest League Championship in his first career managerial or coaching stint. He played 13 minor league seasons from 2004-16 and appeared in nine major league games with the Phillies in 2012-13.

Carmelo Martinez is in his 22nd season in the Cubs organization, and returns to manage Rookie League Mesa for the fifth-straight year. The team has reached the Arizona League playoffs each of the last four seasons. Martinez is a former outfielder/first baseman who played in the majors from 1983-91, seeing action with the Cubs in 1983.

Lance Rymel is the manager of the club's second Rookie League Mesa team after two seasons managing the organization's Dominican Summer League club. He began his coaching career in 2016 as Mesa's rehab coach following a three-year minor league playing career as a catcher in the Cubs chain from 2012-14.

Leo Perez takes over as manager for the first of Chicago's two Dominican Summer League teams, and is in his 11th season in the organization. He served as a coach in Mesa each of the previous two seasons and was a coach with Iowa in 2016. He played in the Cubs farm system from 2003-08.

Carlos Ramirez will manage the second Dominican Summer League team and is in his fourth season with the organization. He was a coach for the Dominican League club the previous three years following three seasons as a catcher in the system from 2012-14.  

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Cubs announce 2019 Minor League coordinators

The Chicago Cubs today announced their minor league coordinators for the 2019 season.

Jeremy Farrell begins his first year as the organization's minor league field coordinator and his fourth as a coach with the organization. He last season was the minor league infield coordinator following two seasons as a hitting coach, first with Rookie League Mesa in 2016 and then with Single-A South Bend in 2017. Farrell enjoyed a seven-year minor league playing career as an infielder in the Pirates (2008-12) and White Sox (2013-15) farm systems. His brother, Shane, is a regional supervisor in the amateur scouting department.

The Chicago Cubs today announced their minor league coordinators for the 2019 season.

Jeremy Farrell begins his first year as the organization's minor league field coordinator and his fourth as a coach with the organization. He last season was the minor league infield coordinator following two seasons as a hitting coach, first with Rookie League Mesa in 2016 and then with Single-A South Bend in 2017. Farrell enjoyed a seven-year minor league playing career as an infielder in the Pirates (2008-12) and White Sox (2013-15) farm systems. His brother, Shane, is a regional supervisor in the amateur scouting department.

Brendan Sagara returns for his second season as minor league pitching coordinator. He was a coach or coordinator in the Marlins system for six seasons from 2012-17, and has served as a pitching coach or coordinator for 18 seasons with various teams, beginning with the Dubois County Dragons of the Frontier League in 2001. A native of Hawaii, he attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Chris Valaika begins his first season as minor league hitting coordinator after serving as Triple-A Iowa's assistant hitting coach in 2018. Now in his third year as a coach or coordinator in the Cubs system, Valaika had a 10-year playing career, including parts of four seasons in the majors with the Reds (2010-11), Marlins (2013) and the Cubs (2014). Valaika was selected by Cincinnati in the third round of the 2006 Draft out of the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Jonathan Mota starts his first year as minor league infield coordinator, and his fourth season as a coach or coordinator with the organization. He last year managed the Rookie League Mesa 2 squad following coaching duties with Single-A South Bend in 2017. Mota played in the Cubs system from 2004-15 after he was originally signed by the club in August of 2003.

Doug Dascenzo is in his fifth year as the organization's minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator, bringing with 20 years of coaching experience. He played parts of seven seasons in the majors, including five with the Cubs (1988-92). He coached in the Padres system from 1999-2011, including six seasons as a minor league manager, before coaching in the Braves system from 2012-14, including third base coach for the big league team in 2014.

Dave Keller begins his 16th year in the organization and his fifth as minor league Latin America field coordinator. He brings with 34 years of minor league coaching and managerial experience, and managed three clubs to championship series appearances, including a Florida State League title with Single-A Daytona in 2013. The former first baseman played in the Reds chain for three seasons (1982-84) after Cincinnati selected him in the 28th round of the 1982 Draft.

Mike Mason is in his 12th year in the system and his sixth as minor league assistant pitching coordinator, bringing with over 25 years of coaching experience. He served as Triple-A Iowa's pitching coach from 2008-13 after serving four seasons as the Royals minor league pitching coordinator from 2004-07. Mason played seven major league seasons with Texas (1982-87), the Cubs (1987) and Minnesota (1988), posting a 29-39 record with a 4.53 ERA.

Carlos Chantres begins his first year with the organization as minor league assistant pitching coordinator and his 14th as a coach, coordinator or special assistant. He spent the past two years with Atlanta, including as a special assistant to player development in 2018, after stints coaching in the Tigers (2015) and Mariners (2016) chains. Chantres spent nine seasons coaching in the Yankees system (2006-14) after 12 minor league seasons (1994-2005) pitching with the 
White Sox (1994-2000), Brewers (2001), Devil Rays (2002) and Phillies (2004-05) organizations.

Tom Beyers starts his 20th season in the Cubs organization and his fifth as assistant hitting coordinator. He joined Chicago in 2000 following 21 seasons in the Dodgers minor league system as a player, coach and manager. Beyers managed nine seasons in both the Dodgers and Cubs chains, and he led Single-A Boise to a Northwest League title in 2004. Beyers, a former outfielder, was selected by the Dodgers in the 15th round of the 1979 Draft.

Chuck Baughman enters his 19th year with the Cubs and his second as the head minor league athletic training coordinator. He was assistant athletic training coordinator from 2014-17 following eight years as a rehabilitation coordinator. His career in professional baseball began in 1999 when he an athletic training in Cincinnati's organization.

Doug Jarrow is in his 12th season as Chicago's minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. He worked in the Dodgers system from 2003-07, including 2006-07 as the major league strength coach. Jarrow began his career as a minor league strength and conditioning coach with Tampa Bay in 1998 and Pittsburgh in 1999.

Jon Fierro is in his eighth year with the organization and his second as the club's rehab coordinator. From 2012-17 he was an athletic trainer in the system, including 2017 with Triple-A Iowa.

Ron Villone starts his eighth season as a coach in the Cubs organization, returning as the team's minor league rehab pitching coordinator for the fourth season. He served as a pitching coach at various levels from 2012-15. A left-handed pitcher, he played in 15 major league seasons from 1995-2009, going 61-65 with eight saves and a 4.73 ERA.

Josh Lifrak is in his fifth season as the organization's director, mental skills program following 10 years as the Senior Mental Conditioning Consultant for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island in 1994 and earned his Masters of Science, Exercise Science in 2005 from Ithaca College.

David Da Silva starts his second year as coordinator, mental skills after nine years as a mental conditioning consultant for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New Hampshire College/Southern New Hampshire University in 2000 and earned a Master of Science in Movement Science from Barry University in 2003.

Ray Fuentes begins his seventh season in the organization, and his fifth as Latin coordinator, mental skills program. He graduated from Barry University in 2002 with a degree in Exceptional Student Education.

John Baker is in his fourth season as a mental skills coordinator after joining the Cubs front office in November of 2015 as a baseball operations assistant. He played seven major league seasons with Florida (2008-11), San Diego (2012-13) and the Cubs (2014).

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Cubs announce baseball operations hirings and promotions

The Chicago Cubs today announced a series of hirings and promotions within the baseball operations department.  

Kyle Evans has been promoted to Senior Director, Player Personnel. Evans enters his eighth season with the Cubs organization and has held a variety of roles with the club, having spent the last two seasons as Special Assistant to the President and General Manager/Director of Pro Scouting. In his new role, Evans will continue to be a key decision maker on all major league transactions. He will evaluate players both inside and outside the organization for trades and free agent signings. Evans will also work closely with our major league coaching staff with a focus on transition and development plans for players at that level.  

The Chicago Cubs today announced a series of hirings and promotions within the baseball operations department.  

Kyle Evans has been promoted to Senior Director, Player Personnel. Evans enters his eighth season with the Cubs organization and has held a variety of roles with the club, having spent the last two seasons as Special Assistant to the President and General Manager/Director of Pro Scouting. In his new role, Evans will continue to be a key decision maker on all major league transactions. He will evaluate players both inside and outside the organization for trades and free agent signings. Evans will also work closely with our major league coaching staff with a focus on transition and development plans for players at that level.  

Jeff Greenberg has been promoted to Director of Pro Scouting and Baseball Operations. Greenberg joined the Cubs in 2012 as a baseball operations intern and was later promoted to Assistant to the General Manager prior to the 2015 campaign. He was promoted to Director of Baseball Operations last year.

The following additional promotions and hirings have occurred within the club's baseball operations department:

Amateur Scouting

- Adam Unes, promoted to Assistant, Amateur Scouting
- Steve Riha, hired as Area Scout
- Gabe Sandy, hired as Area Supervisor/Canadian & Special Assignment Crosschecker

International Scouting

- Kenny Socorro, promoted to Coordinator, International Scouting
- Miguel Diaz, promoted to Coordinator, Dominican Republic Scouting
- Gian Guzman, promoted to International Crosschecker
- Jamie McFarland, promoted to International Scout 

Pro Scouting

- Willie Fraser, hired as Pro Scout
- David Howard, hired as Special Assignment Scout 

Front Office/Advance

- Greg Davey, promoted to Assistant Director, Baseball Operations
- Nate Halm, promoted to Assistant Director, Advance Scouting, Run Production
- Brad Mills, hired as Assistant Director, Advance Scouting, Run Prevention
- Meghan Jones, promoted to Manager, Baseball Operations Administration/Executive Assistant to President/GM
- Alex Smith, promoted to Coordinator, Baseball Operations 
- Sam Abrams, hired as Trainee, Baseball Operations

Player Development

- Derrick Fong, promoted to Manager, Minor League Administration 
- Ella Cahill, promoted to Assistant, Player Development

Research and Development

- Chris Jones, promoted to Assistant Director, Research and Development/Major League Strategist
- Eli Shayer, promoted to Developer, Baseball Systems
- Troy Mulholland, hired as Analyst, Research and Development
- Ryan Otero, promoted to Assistant Analyst, Research and Development

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Chicago Cubs announce January 11 Mastercard Presale and January 12 general on-sale opportunity for 2019 Spring Training tickets

CHICAGO - The general on-sale for single game tickets to Cubs Spring Training games at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona, begins Saturday, January 12, at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST. Fans can secure tickets to their must-have games one day earlier through the online Mastercard Presale, beginning Friday, January 11, at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST through 10:59 p.m. MST/11:59 p.m. CST, pending availability. Fans using a Mastercard can purchase single game Spring Training tickets in advance of the general on-sale at a 15 percent premium in excess of face value, while fans using other forms of payment may purchase tickets at a 20 percent premium. A limited number of tickets will be made available to each home game for the Mastercard Presale.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.cubs.com, over the phone at 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or in person beginning Saturday, January 12, at the Sloan Park ticket office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. There is a limit of eight tickets per game and a maximum of eight games per order.

CHICAGO - The general on-sale for single game tickets to Cubs Spring Training games at Sloan Park in Mesa, Arizona, begins Saturday, January 12, at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST. Fans can secure tickets to their must-have games one day earlier through the online Mastercard Presale, beginning Friday, January 11, at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST through 10:59 p.m. MST/11:59 p.m. CST, pending availability. Fans using a Mastercard can purchase single game Spring Training tickets in advance of the general on-sale at a 15 percent premium in excess of face value, while fans using other forms of payment may purchase tickets at a 20 percent premium. A limited number of tickets will be made available to each home game for the Mastercard Presale.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.cubs.com, over the phone at 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or in person beginning Saturday, January 12, at the Sloan Park ticket office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST. There is a limit of eight tickets per game and a maximum of eight games per order.

The Cubs open their 2019 Spring Training home schedule vs. the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, February 23, at 1:05 p.m. MST. The complete 2019 Spring Training schedule is available at www.sloanpark.com.

Details for purchasing single game tickets follow:

Purchasing Tickets in Person
Tickets may be purchased at Sloan Park, located at 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway in Mesa, Arizona. The Sloan Park ticket office opens at 10 a.m. MST Saturday, January 12. Standard hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST, Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. MST, with extended hours on gamedays to accommodate night and Sunday home games. The Cubs Team Store will open January 12 at 8 a.m. MST. For a list of store hours, visit www.sloanpark.com.

Purchasing Tickets by Phone and Online
Tickets may be purchased through the general on-sale over the phone by dialing 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or online by visiting www.cubs.com beginning at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST Saturday, January 12.

Fans looking to participate in the online Mastercard Presale can purchase one day earlier, beginning Friday, January 11, at 10 a.m. MST/11 a.m. CST through 10:59 p.m. MST/11:59 p.m. CST. Fans using a Mastercard can purchase single game Spring Training tickets in advance of the general on-sale at a 15 percent premium in excess of face value, while fans using other forms of payment may purchase tickets at a 20 percent premium. Fans may direct ticket and additional Spring Training questions to mesa@cubs.com. For updated information and to take a virtual tour of Sloan Park, please visit www.sloanpark.com.

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Cubs name Mark Loretta bench coach, Bob Tewksbury coordinator, mental skills

The Chicago Cubs today named Mark Loretta as bench coach to replace Brandon Hyde, who last month departed the organization to become manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Additionally, the Cubs have named Bob Tewksbury as coordinator, mental skills.

Loretta is a 15-year major league veteran who has spent the last nine seasons in the San Diego Padres front office upon retiring as a player in January, 2010, most recently as a special assistant, baseball operations. Loretta was a two-time All-Star infielder with the Padres (2004) and Boston Red Sox (2006) during his career with the Milwaukee Brewers (1995-2002), Houston Astros (2002, 2007-08), Padres (2003-05), Red Sox (2006) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2009).

The Chicago Cubs today named Mark Loretta as bench coach to replace Brandon Hyde, who last month departed the organization to become manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Additionally, the Cubs have named Bob Tewksbury as coordinator, mental skills.

Loretta is a 15-year major league veteran who has spent the last nine seasons in the San Diego Padres front office upon retiring as a player in January, 2010, most recently as a special assistant, baseball operations. Loretta was a two-time All-Star infielder with the Padres (2004) and Boston Red Sox (2006) during his career with the Milwaukee Brewers (1995-2002), Houston Astros (2002, 2007-08), Padres (2003-05), Red Sox (2006) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2009).

Loretta is a 1993 graduate of Northwestern University. He was drafted by the Brewers in the seventh round of the 1993 Draft and made his big league debut two years later. Loretta was a career .295 hitter (1,713-for-5,812) with 309 doubles, 76 home runs and 629 RBI in 1,726 major league games.

Tewksbury enters his 38th year in professional baseball, which includes 13 years as a major league pitcher and 15 years in mental skills. During his big league career, Tewksbury spent time with six different teams (1986-98), including parts of two seasons with the Cubs from 1987-88. He was an All-Star with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1992. 

Upon retiring as a player, Tewksbury earned his B.S. in physical education from St. Leo University (2000) and his Master's of Education in Sport Psychology and Counseling from Boston University (2004). He spent 10 years as the Mental Skills coordinator for the Red Sox from 2004-13, was the Director of Player Development for the MLB Players Association in 2014, returned to the Red Sox for two seasons from 2015-16 and most recently served as mental performance coach for the San Francisco Giants from 2017-18.

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Cubs, RHP Kendall Graveman agree to one-year deal with club option for 2020

The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman have agreed to terms on a one-year major league contract with a club option for the 2020 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

Graveman, who on Friday turned 28, was Oakland's Opening Day starter for the second-straight season in 2018, but had his campaign cut short due to a right forearm strain in late May that eventually led to Tommy John surgery on July 30 (performed by Dr. Keith Meister). All told, he was 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA (29 ER/34.1 IP) in seven starts with Oakland and 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA (12 ER/24.0 IP) in four starts with Triple-A Nashville prior to his season-ending injury.

The Chicago Cubs and right-handed pitcher Kendall Graveman have agreed to terms on a one-year major league contract with a club option for the 2020 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 38 players.

Graveman, who on Friday turned 28, was Oakland's Opening Day starter for the second-straight season in 2018, but had his campaign cut short due to a right forearm strain in late May that eventually led to Tommy John surgery on July 30 (performed by Dr. Keith Meister). All told, he was 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA (29 ER/34.1 IP) in seven starts with Oakland and 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA (12 ER/24.0 IP) in four starts with Triple-A Nashville prior to his season-ending injury.

Graveman is 23-29 with three complete games, one shutout and a 4.38 ERA (217 ER/446.0 IP) in 83 career major league appearances, all but five as a starter, in all or parts of five seasons with the Blue Jays (2014) and Athletics (2015-18). He has averaged just 2.6 walks per 9.0 innings, having issued 130 walks compared to 286 strikeouts in 446.0 innings. The righthander has limited left-handed hitters to a .269 batting average (235-for-875). 

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Graveman was selected by Toronto in the eighth round of the 2013 Draft out of Mississippi State University, and made his major league debut the following season, pitching to a 3.86 ERA (2 ER/4.2 IP) in five relief appearances for the Blue Jays in 2014.

Graveman was traded to Oakland, November 28, 2014, in a five-player deal that netted the Blue Jays infielder Josh Donaldson. In his first season with Oakland in 2015, Graveman was 6-9 with a 4.05 ERA (52 ER/115.2 IP) in 21 starts before setting career marks with 10 victories, 31 starts, two complete games and 186.0 innings pitched in 2016. He was 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA (49 ER/105.1 IP) in 19 starts during the 2017 season that was shortened due to two stints on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder.

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Pat Hughes extended as Cubs radio play-by-play announcer on Entercom station 670 The Score

Entercom and Hughes reach multiyear agreement

The Chicago Cubs and Entercom announced Thursday that radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes will receive a multiyear contract extension to continue his award-winning coverage of the team alongside radio color analyst Ron Coomer on 670 The Score (WSCR-AM) in Chicago. 

Hughes, who joined the Cubs radio broadcast in 1996, will enter his 24th season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Cubs. 

The Chicago Cubs and Entercom announced Thursday that radio play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes will receive a multiyear contract extension to continue his award-winning coverage of the team alongside radio color analyst Ron Coomer on 670 The Score (WSCR-AM) in Chicago. 

Hughes, who joined the Cubs radio broadcast in 1996, will enter his 24th season as the radio play-by-play voice of the Cubs. 

"Pat is the iconic voice of the Chicago Cubs. We are both proud and honored to have him on our team at 670 The Score and Entercom Chicago," said Jimmy de Castro, senior vice president and market manager, Entercom Chicago. "Pat is the eyes and ears for so many Cubs fans both in Chicago and worldwide. We are thrilled he will continue as the radio voice for multiple years to come."

Hughes began his baseball play-by-play career in the minor leagues, calling action for the San Jose Missions (1978-1981) and the Columbus Clippers (1982). Hughes continued his career calling baseball games with Bob Uecker on the Milwaukee Brewers Radio Network before his long-standing role as the Cubs radio play-by-play announcer.

Hughes has been named the Illinois Sportscaster of the Year eight times, capturing the award in 1996, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015 and 2017, and is a finalist for the award again in 2018. 

"For more than two decades, Pat has brought Cubs games to life for our fans as the radio voice of the Cubs. He has delivered countless monumental play-by-play calls from walk-off victories to no-hitters and of course, our 2016 World Series win," said Crane Kenney, Cubs president of business operations. "We look forward to Pat continuing to make history with our team and deliver many more memorable moments for our fans."

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Cubs, infielder Daniel Descalso agree to two-year deal

The Chicago Cubs and infielder Daniel Descalso have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 37 players.

Descalso, 32, turned in the strongest season of his career at the plate in 2018 when he posted a career-best .789 OPS thanks to a .353 on-base percentage and .436 slugging percentage, both of which were also single-season bests, in 138 games with Arizona, his most games in a season since 2012. Overall, Descalso saw 39 of his 83 hits go for extra bases (47 percent) and posted a career best 15.1 percent walk rate, which would have tied for fifth in the National League (just behind Kyle Schwarber's 15.3 percentage) with enough plate appearances to qualify.

The Chicago Cubs and infielder Daniel Descalso have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chicago's 40-man roster now stands at 37 players.

Descalso, 32, turned in the strongest season of his career at the plate in 2018 when he posted a career-best .789 OPS thanks to a .353 on-base percentage and .436 slugging percentage, both of which were also single-season bests, in 138 games with Arizona, his most games in a season since 2012. Overall, Descalso saw 39 of his 83 hits go for extra bases (47 percent) and posted a career best 15.1 percent walk rate, which would have tied for fifth in the National League (just behind Kyle Schwarber's 15.3 percentage) with enough plate appearances to qualify.

The versatile Descalso last year played 52 games at second base, 37 games at third base, 11 games at first base and five games in left field. Overall, Descalso batted .238 (83-for-349) with 22 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs and 57 RBI, setting career bests in homers, RBI, walks (64) and OPS+ (106) while recording his most doubles since his career-best 25 two-baggers in 2013. The left-handed batter hit .286 (18-for-63) with a .365 on-base percentage, .524 slugging and .889 OPS vs. left-handed pitching last season.

Descalso has played all or part of nine major league seasons with St. Louis (2010-14), Colorado (2015-16) and Arizona (2017-18). He has a career .240 batting average (564-for-2,351) with 121 doubles, 46 homers and 279 RBI in 997 career major league games. Descalso has played every position except for center field and catcher, seeing time at second base (300 games), third base (261), shortstop (179), first base (62), left field (48) and right field (one) to go along with five relief appearances.

Descalso was originally selected by St. Louis in the third round of the 2007 Draft out of the University of California, Davis. He broke into the big leagues three years later in 2010 before setting a career high with 148 games played in 2011 in helping the Cardinals to a World Championship. Descalso has reached the postseason five times in his career, including four straight NLCS appearances and a pair of World Series showings (2011, 2013 runner-up) with St. Louis from 2011-14, and reaching the Division Series round in 2017 with Arizona.

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Cubs 8-game packs and 14-game flex pack go on sale December 14

Fans can purchase must-have matchups for 2019 season, including Opening Day, before single-game tickets go on sale February 22

Beginning Friday, December 14, Chicago Cubs fans can get first access to some of the hottest matchups of the 2019 season by purchasing multi-game packages before single-game tickets go on sale Friday, February 22.

New this year, the Cubs are offering an 8-game "Holiday Pack" available only through Tuesday, January 1. This limited-time holiday season offer includes matchups from the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and more. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/packs.

Beginning Friday, December 14, Chicago Cubs fans can get first access to some of the hottest matchups of the 2019 season by purchasing multi-game packages before single-game tickets go on sale Friday, February 22.

New this year, the Cubs are offering an 8-game "Holiday Pack" available only through Tuesday, January 1. This limited-time holiday season offer includes matchups from the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and more. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/packs.

The Cubs 8-game packs and Cubs 14-game flex pack are the team's most extensive ticket offering during the holiday season, featuring tickets for all 81 home games. Cubs 8-game packs and Cubs 14-game flex pack go on sale at 10 a.m. CST Friday, December 14, at www.cubs.com/packs.

Cubs 8-game packs

Cubs 8-game packs provide a choice of five pre-selected, eight-game packs, with each option tailored to different fan interests. Options include the "Friday Pack," featuring eight Friday games; the "Sunday Pack," featuring eight Sunday games; the "Rival Pack," featuring matchups with the Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and other NL Central Division rivals; the "Summer Pack," featuring games during the summer months of June, July, August and September; and the "Holiday Pack" available only through January 1.

Fans must order the same number of tickets for each of the eight games in their package. Prices start at $209 in the Upper Reserved Outfield before service fees and City and County amusement taxes, with other prices varying based on pack and location.

Cubs 14-game flex pack

Fans looking to customize their ticket package can choose the Cubs 14-game flex pack. This package allows fans to select from exciting games including Opening Day, matchups against division rivals and rare visits from Interleague teams. Prices start at $320 in the Upper Reserved Outfield before service fees and City and County amusement taxes, with other prices varying based on games and location. Overall, fans can select from 81 total games when purchasing the Cubs 14-game flex pack.

The Cubs 8-game packs and Cubs 14-game flex pack are available in select options in the seating bowl and Budweiser Bleachers. Tickets will be delivered exclusively through the free MLB Ballpark app.

Tickets may be purchased online through www.cubs.com/packs, by calling 800-THE-CUBS or by emailing cubsflexsales@cubs.com. Mastercard is the preferred payment of the Chicago Cubs.

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Cubs announce 2019 Major League coaching staff

Tommy Hottovy named pitching coach, Terrmel Sledge named assistant hitting coach, Chris Denorfia named quality assurance coach

The Chicago Cubs today named Tommy Hottovy as pitching coach, Terrmel Sledge as assistant hitting coach and Chris Denorfia as quality assurance coach. Furthermore, Mike Borzello has had associate pitching coach added to his title. Today's announcement rounds out manager Joe Maddon's 2019 Major League coaching staff:

Brian Butterfield, third base coach, second season on the Cubs coaching staff in this role, 23rd season on a Major League coaching staff. Butterfield will also continue to coach the club's infielders.

The Chicago Cubs today named Tommy Hottovy as pitching coach, Terrmel Sledge as assistant hitting coach and Chris Denorfia as quality assurance coach. Furthermore, Mike Borzello has had associate pitching coach added to his title. Today's announcement rounds out manager Joe Maddon's 2019 Major League coaching staff:

Brian Butterfield, third base coach, second season on the Cubs coaching staff in this role, 23rd season on a Major League coaching staff. Butterfield will also continue to coach the club's infielders.

Tommy Hottovy, pitching coach, first season on a Major League coaching staff. Hottovy joined the Cubs as a coordinator in Major League scouting in 2015 following a 10-year pro pitching career, including parts of two seasons in the majors with Boston (2011) and Kansas City (2012). With the Cubs, Hottovy has worked within the Major League pitching infrastructure for the last four seasons, formulating game plans with the coaching staff and assisting pitchers in their game preparation on a daily basis.   

Brandon Hyde, bench coach, sixth season on the Cubs coaching staff, third as bench coach (2014, 18-19), eighth on a big league coaching staff. Hyde also served as the club's Major League first base coach for three seasons (2015-17).

Anthony Iapoce, hitting coach, first season on the Cubs coaching staff, fourth season as a Major League hitting coach. Iapoce was named to this position on October 15 after serving as Major League hitting coach for the Texas Rangers the last three seasons. He was the Cubs Minor League hitting coordinator from 2013-15.

Lester Strode, bullpen coach, 13th season as Cubs bullpen coach, 31st season in the Cubs organization.

Will Venable, first base coach, second season on the Cubs coaching staff in this role. Venable will also continue to coach the club's outfielders.

Mike Borzello, associate pitching, catching and strategy coach, eighth season on the Cubs coaching staff, sixth season in this role, 24th season on a Major League coaching staff. Associate pitching coach is new to Borzello's title in 2019.

Chris Denorfia, quality assurance coach, first season on a Major League coaching staff. He joined the Cubs front office as a Special Assistant to the President/GM prior to the 2018 campaign after concluding his 10-year Major League career with the Cubs in 2015. The former outfielder made his Major League debut in 2005 and spent time with Cincinnati (2005-06), Oakland (2008-09), San Diego (2010-14), Seattle (2014) and the Cubs (2015).

Terrmel Sledge, assistant hitting coach, first season on a Major League coaching staff. Sledge returns to the Cubs organization after spending 2015 as hitting coach at Single-A Eugene. He has spent the last two seasons as a hitting coach in the Dodgers system. The former outfielder spent parts of four Major League seasons with Montreal (2004), Washington (2005) and San Diego (2006-07) and also played five years professionally in Japan (2008-12).

Juan Cabreja, staff assistant, third season on the Cubs coaching staff, 16th season in the Cubs organization.

Franklin Font, staff assistant, eighth season on the Cubs coaching staff, 25th season in the Cubs organization.

Chad Noble, bullpen catcher, sixth season with the Cubs in this role.

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Cubs announce roster moves for November 30

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today announced the following roster moves for Friday, November 30, in conjunction with today's deadline to tender/non-tender 2019 contracts for unsigned players on their 40-man roster.

Seven arbitration-eligible players have been tendered 2019 contracts: infielders Javier Báez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell; outfielder Kyle Schwarber; right-handed pitchers Carl Edwards Jr. and Kyle Hendricks; and left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery. Overall, a total of 24 players from the Cubs 40-man roster were tendered 2019 contracts today - the seven arbitration eligible players listed above and 17 players not yet eligible for arbitration.

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today announced the following roster moves for Friday, November 30, in conjunction with today's deadline to tender/non-tender 2019 contracts for unsigned players on their 40-man roster.

Seven arbitration-eligible players have been tendered 2019 contracts: infielders Javier Báez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell; outfielder Kyle Schwarber; right-handed pitchers Carl Edwards Jr. and Kyle Hendricks; and left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery. Overall, a total of 24 players from the Cubs 40-man roster were tendered 2019 contracts today - the seven arbitration eligible players listed above and 17 players not yet eligible for arbitration.

Infielder Ronald Torreyes has been non-tendered.

Two additional players have been non-tendered who were not eligible for arbitration: right-handed pitchers Justin Hancock and Allen Webster.

The Cubs 40-man roster now stands at 36 players.

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Statements from Addison Russell, Theo Epstein

STATEMENT FROM ADDISON RUSSELL

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell today released the following statement:

STATEMENT FROM ADDISON RUSSELL

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell today released the following statement:

"I offer my heartfelt apology to my family and my former wife Melisa for my past behavior. I also want to apologize to Cubs fans, the Cubs organization, and my teammates for letting them down. Since accepting my suspension, I've had time to reflect on my past behavior and think about the next steps I need to take to grow as a person. Here are the first steps I've taken:

"I accepted my suspension and did not appeal. I am responsible for my actions.

"I am complying with the MLB-MLBPA treatment plan, and I will be meeting regularly with different experts, counselors, and therapists. Even before any mandated treatment, I took the extra initiative of obtaining my own therapist and I have been meeting with that therapist several times a week for the last two months and plan to continue this therapy beyond the MLB treatment plan. With that therapy, I am attempting to improve myself by learning new outlooks and understanding different emotions.

"After I have done my own therapy and gained new insights into myself, I hope to be able to work with non-profit groups in Pensacola, Chicago, and Arizona to support their missions and become part of the solution.

"Finally, I recently met with Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein to explain my progress and goals. They outlined the Cubs' expectations for me. I accept and am completely committed to meeting those expectations. I am grateful for their support.

"I am just in the early stages of this process. It is work that goes far beyond being a baseball player - it goes to my core values of being the best family man, partner, and teammate that I can be, and giving back to the community and the less fortunate. While there is a lot of work ahead for me to earn back the trust of the Cubs fans, my teammates, and the entire organization, it's work that I am 110 percent committed to doing."

Sincerely,
Addison Russell

STATEMENT FROM THEO EPSTEIN

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein today released the following statement:

"The behavior that led to Addison Russell's suspension under Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence Policy happened on our watch. We traded for Addison when he was a 20-year-old Double-A player, helped him develop into a world champion and welcomed the praise that came along with his triumphs.

"If we're willing to accept credit when a member of our organization succeeds on the field, what should we do if he engages in conduct off the field worthy of discipline from Major League Baseball?

"After a very thorough process, we have chosen to take action to try to become a small part of the solution for Addison, his family, Melisa Reidy and the larger issue of domestic violence prevention. In determining our path forward, we've maintained regular dialogue with Melisa to support her and to listen. We've also consulted with a number of domestic violence experts. Over the past few months, I've maintained frequent communication with Addison, and Cubs personnel have met with him regularly. Earlier this week, Tom Ricketts and I met with Addison in Chicago to assess his progress and communicate our expectations as he works to earn back the trust of our fans and entire organization. He affirmed he understands and accepts those expectations.

"As Addison detailed in his statement, he has taken the initial steps to hold himself accountable for his past behavior and begin the rehabilitation process. He is working closely with his own therapist - help he proactively sought on his own beyond the league-mandated treatment -- and plans to continue this work once the mandated program is completed. We are encouraged by his early effort and will continue to evaluate and verify his progress.

"Today, we are taking the procedural step of tendering Addison a non-guaranteed contract in conjunction with Major League Baseball's deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. While this decision leaves the door open for Addison to later make an impact for us on the field, it does not represent the finish line nor rubber-stamp his future as a Cub. It does however reflect our support for him as long as he continues to make progress and demonstrates his commitment to these important issues.

"Just as Addison has a responsibility to own his actions and put in significant work to grow, our organization has a responsibility to act as well. We're taking a hard look at how we can support domestic violence prevention. In our own workplace, we are dedicating more resources to expand training for our players, their families and our coaching staff and front office. We will engage the appropriate experts to help us design programs for the Cubs which raise awareness of domestic violence, help prevent future incidents and make us the safest workplace possible. We also have connected with Family Rescue, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to serving survivors of domestic violence and community education and prevention. We're exploring ways we can support their award-winning efforts to eradicate domestic violence in Chicago.

"We understand every action we take and word we use sends a message to our fans -- all of whom have their own unique experiences and perspectives, and some of whom have a personal connection to domestic violence. The message we would like to leave you with is we take the issue of domestic violence seriously. There is a long road ahead for Addison, and we will hold him accountable. There also is a long road ahead for our organization as we attempt to make some good of this situation. We are committed to being a part of the solution."

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