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 Latest Chicago Cubs Player Notes:

Dec 16 2017 - Steve Cishek
  The Chicago Cubs and right-handed reliever Steve Cishek agreed to terms on a two-year contract, the team announced Saturday. Terms were not disclosed for the free agent, but a source told ESPN that the deal is worth between $12 million and $14 million. Cishek, 31, made $6 million last season in the final year of a two-year, $10 million contract. Cishek combined to go 3-2 with 16 holds, one save and a 2.01 ERA over 44 2/2 innings in 49 relief appearances for the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays last season.


Dec 15 2017 - Steve Cishek
  RHP Steve Cishek agreed to a two-year deal, multiple outlets reported. Cishek recorded a 3-2 mark with a 2.01 ERA in 49 appearances last season with the Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays acquired Cishek and cash considerations from the Mariners in July for left-hander Erasmo Ramirez. The 31-year-old Cishek owns a 24-28 record with 121 saves and a 2.73 ERA in eight seasons with the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Mariners and Rays.


Dec 12 2017 - Drew Smyly
  LHP Drew Smyly, who underwent Tommy John surgery in early July, signed with the Cubs on Tuesday. The two-year deal is worth $10 million, according to multiple media reports. Smyly will get $3 million in 2018 and $7 million in 2019, when he is expected to return to action. "Anything we get out of him next year will be sort of gravy," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We'll rehab him and hopefully get him back to exactly where he was." Hoyer is hoping Smyly can pitch out of the bullpen at some point in the 2018 season and then return to the rotation in 2019. Smyly, 28, got hurt while with the Mariners in March after pitching for the United States team in the World Baseball Classic. He never ended up appearing in a game for Seattle.


Dec 10 2017 - Brandon Morrow
  RHP Brandon Morrow agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Cubs on Sunday. He could become the Cubs' closer if the franchise fails to re-sign free agent Wade Davis. Morrow, 33, was 6-0 with a 2.06 ERA in 45 regular-season games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. He gave up just one run and three hits over 8 1/3 innings as the Dodgers won the first two rounds of the playoffs to reach the World Series. Morrow became the second pitcher to enter all seven games of the World Series, but his ERA was 8.44 and he served up two homers over 5 1/3 innings. Overall, Morrow is 51-43 with a 4.05 ERA in 299 career appearances (113 starts) with the Seattle Mariners (2007-09), Toronto Blue Jays (2010-14), San Diego Padres (2015-16) and Dodgers.


Nov 2 2017 - Brandon Morrow
  RHP Brandon Morrow appeared in all seven World Series games after coming on in relief in the second inning of Game 7. Oakland's Darold Knowles (1973) is the only other pitcher to appear in all seven games of a World Series. In addition, Morrow tied Cleveland's Paul Assenmacher (1997) for most appearances in a single postseason with 14.


Nov 1 2017 - Brandon Morrow
  RHP Brandon Morrow came on in the fifth inning Tuesday to give him an appearance in all six World Series games. Morrow has also appeared in 13 of the Dodgers' 14 postseason games this month. Cleveland's Paul Assenmacher appeared in a record 14 postseason games in 1997. Oakland's Darold Knowles is the only pitcher to appear in all seven games of a single World Series.


Oct 30 2017 - Brandon Morrow
  RHP Brandon Morrow appeared in his 12th postseason game, and he has pitched in all but one of the Dodgers' postseason games. The 12 appearances are the most by a Dodgers hurler in a single postseason. Cleveland LHP Paul Assenmacher holds the single-postseason mark with 14 appearances during in 1997. Morrow became the fourth reliever in Dodgers history to appear in at least five games in a single World Series. The others include Hugh Casey (six in 1947), Hank Behrman (five in 1947) and Mike Marshall (five in 1974). Morrow struggled in Game 5 of the World Series, though, allowing four hits and four runs without retiring a batter.


Oct 29 2017 - Brandon Morrow
  RHP Brandon Morrow appeared in his 11th postseason game, and has pitched in all but one of the Dodgers' postseason games. His 11 appearances are the most by a Dodgers pitcher in a postseason and three shy of the major league mark set by Indians LHP Paul Assenmacher in 1997. Morrow became the sixth Dodgers reliever to appear in at least four games in a World Series.


Oct 19 2017 - Anthony Rizzo
  1B Anthony Rizzo finished 0-for-4 as the Cubs' season ended Thursday with an 11-1 loss to the Dodgers. The performance capped a miserable series for Rizzo, who hit .059 (1 of 17) with eight strikeouts. That was a far cry from last year's NLCS, when Rizzo hit .320 (8 of 25) with two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs.


Oct 19 2017 - Kris Bryant
  3B Kris Bryant clubbed his first home run of the postseason in the Cubs' season-ending loss to the Dodgers on Thursday night. The blast gave Bryant six career postseason home runs in 36 games.


Oct 19 2017 - John Lackey
  RHP John Lackey gave up two runs in two innings out of the bullpen in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The appearance might have been the last of Lackey's storied career, although he has yet to make an announcement about his plans for 2018. Cubs manager Joe Maddon's eyes watered as he discussed Lackey, who will turn 39 years old later this month. "It's really special for me with John," he said. "Hopefully it's not (the end), but if it is, having that chance to be with him in that moment is pretty special for me."


Oct 19 2017 - Jose Quintana
  LHP Jose Quintana drew the Cubs' season-ending loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. He allowed six runs on six hits in two-plus innings as his postseason ERA ballooned from 1.59 to 5.40. The southpaw expects to be a mainstay in the Cubs' rotation next season.


Oct 19 2017 - Willson Contreras
  C Willson Contreras hit a monster home run that traveled an estimated 491 feet on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. The blast slammed off the video board in left field, which had happened only twice before during the regular season. Contreras hit 21 home runs during the regular season.


Oct 19 2017 - Javier Baez
  2B Javier Baez broke out of an 0-for-20 skid in a big way Wednesday night in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. Baez homered twice to help the Cubs prevail for a 3-2 win over the Dodgers. He became the fifth player in franchise history to hit two home runs in a playoff game.


Oct 19 2017 - Jake Arrieta
  RHP Jake Arrieta delivered a gutsy performance in what might have been his final game as a player for the Cubs. The soon-to-be free agent limited the Dodgers to one run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings Wednesday night in Game 4 of the National League Championship Series. He walked five and struck out nine to help the Cubs stave off elimination.


Oct 18 2017 - Kris Bryant
  3B Kris Bryant finished 2-for-4 with a pair of hard-hit singles Tuesday night in Game 3 of the NLCS to increase his series average to .250 (3 of 12) with three strikeouts. Bryant entered the game hitting only .179 (5 of 28) this postseason.


Oct 18 2017 - Javier Baez
  2B/SS Javier Baez went 0-for-1 in a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday night in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers, extending his hitless streak to 0-for-20 during the postseason. He is one out away from matching the longest hitless streak in Cubs' postseason history (Jimmy Sheckard, 0-for-21 in 1906).


Oct 18 2017 - Kyle Schwarber
  OF Kyle Schwarber hit his first home run of the postseason and the sixth home run of his postseason career Tuesday night in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. He pulled even with teammate Anthony Rizzo for the most career home runs in Cubs' postseason history. Schwarber also fielded a line drive off the left-field wall and threw out Dodgers OF Yasiel Puig at second base.


Oct 18 2017 - Kyle Hendricks
  RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-1) drew his first loss of the postseason against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS on Tuesday night. Hendricks allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in five-plus innings. He walked one and struck out five. In each of his past two playoff starts, Hendricks has allowed two home runs.


Oct 15 2017 - John Lackey
  RHP John Lackey has pitched in the postseason 10 different years with four different teams, so Cubs manager Joe Maddon had no problem going to him with the Dodgers having the potential game-winning run on second base with two outs Sunday in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the NL Championship Series. Lackey walked Chris Taylor before yielding Justin Turner's game-winning three-run homer. "I'm betting on his experience right there as much as anything," Maddon said of his decision to go with Lackey. "I know he went out there and tried to make the pitches he wanted to make. I knew the crowd would not affect him, and it didn't."


Oct 15 2017 - Javier Baez
  2B Javier Baez was in the starting lineup for Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday against the Dodgers despite being hitless in the postseason (0-for-17 with seven strikeouts) going into the game. "As of right now, they have a lot of lefties pitching, and if you look at Javy's numbers against lefties, they've been pretty darn good over the course of the season," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "He's the kind of guy that it just takes one at-bat to get him rolling in the right direction." Baez, who hit .315 (39-for-124) against lefties during the regular season, went 0-for-1 with a walk in Game 2 against Dodgers LHP Rich Hill, 0-for-2 overall, leaving him 0-for-19 this postseason.


Oct 15 2017 - Albert Almora
  CF Albert Almora Jr. was happy to see the Dodgers start another left-hander in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series (Rich Hill). Almora hit lefties well during the regular season, batting .342 (38-for-111) with a .411 on-base percentage. Then in Game 1 against Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw, Almora hit a two-run homer that gave the Cubs an early lead. "Obviously it's something that I'm going to be able to share with my kids and grandkids later on," Almora said. Against Hill in Game 2, however, Almora went 0-for-2 with a strikeout, and he finished the night 0-for-4.


Oct 15 2017 - Jason Heyward
  RF Jason Heyward was in the starting lineup Sunday for Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, replacing Kyle Schwarber, who started Game 1. Heyward went 0-for-3 and is now hitting .133 (2-for-15) with no extra-base hits and no RBIs in the 2017 postseason. This is Heyward's sixth postseason in the past eight seasons, but he has struggled, hitting .155 (18-for-116) with two homers and seven RBIs.


Oct 15 2017 - Jon Lester
  LHP Jon Lester got a no-decision against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday after he allowed one run on three hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings. Lester held the Dodgers scoreless through four innings, but the Dodgers made him work for it, elevating his pitch count. In the fifth, he gave up a two-out RBI single to 3B Justin Turner. After he walked 1B Cody Bellinger, Lester had made 103 pitches, and he was taken out of the game.


Oct 15 2017 - Kyle Hendricks
  RHP Kyle Hendricks will start Game 3 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers on Tuesday. It will be Hendricks' third start this postseason after he started twice in the NL Division Series against the Nationals, going 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA. In last season's NLCS against the Dodgers, Hendricks went 1-1 with a 0.71 ERA, throwing 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a Game 6, series-clinching win.