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  • Cubs' Matthew Thompson: Sent across town

    Thompson was traded from the White Sox to the Cubs on Tuesday in exchange for Bailey Horn, Ken Rosenthal and Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic report.

    Thompson spent last season at the Double-A level and posted a 4.71 ERA, 1.57 WHIP and 136:85 K:BB across 124.1 innings (27 starts). The right-hander will likely need to showcase better command to move up to Triple-A, let alone the big leagues.

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  • Cubs' Hayden Wesneski: Struggles in spring debut

    Wesneski allowed four runs on six hits across 1.1 innings in Monday's Cactus League game against the Royals. He struck out one.

    Wesneski got off to a rough start as he competes for the No. 5 spot in Chicago's rotation. The righty, who posted a 4.63 ERA across 34 games (11 starts) for the Cubs last season, should still have a handful of opportunities to make his case. Javier Assad, Drew Smyly and Jordan Wicks are likely the top competition at this point. Wesneski could have some fantasy value if he wins the job, though he'll need to be a little more consistent to really take a step forward in 2024.

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  • Cubs' Garrett Cooper: Joins Cubs on minor-league deal

    Cooper agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Sunday, Craig Mish of the Miami Herald reports.

    Cooper was an All-Star in 2022 and put together another solid season in 2023, slashing .251/.304/.419 with 17 home runs, 61 RBI and 42 runs over 123 games between the Marlins and Padres. He'll have to settle for a minor-league contract with the Cubs but will compete for a roster spot as a non-roster invitee this spring. The Cubs had a question mark at first base heading into spring training but alleviated some of those concerns by agreeing to terms with Cody Bellinger on Sunday. The team also has young players available to play first base when Bellinger is in center field, as Michael Busch was traded from the Dodgers to the Cubs this offseason, while Matt Mervis made his major-league debut for Chicago in 2023. However, if the Cubs don't feel as though Busch or Mervis are ready to handle regular playing time, Cooper could land on the active roster to provide a veteran presence.

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  • Cubs' Michael Busch: May see less playing time

    Busch could see his role reduced somewhat now that Cody Bellinger has agreed to return to the Cubs, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Bellinger agreed to a three-year, $80 million deal Sunday and will likely split his time between center field and first base just like he did last year. Busch is likely the top option at first whenever Bellinger is in center, but the former's role could still be reduced due to the new addition to the roster. Fantasy players will want to keep an eye on the situation, but for now, Busch may be an up-and-down option, at least in the early going as things shake out.

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  • Cubs' Pete Crow-Armstrong: Role could shrink

    With Cody Bellinger returning to the Cubs, Crow-Armstrong may not have a clear path to MLB playing time in 2024, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Bellinger, who agreed to return to the Cubs by signing a three-year, $80 million contract Sunday, will likely see a lot of playing time in center, which is also Crow-Armstrong's natural position. Veteran Mike Tauchman may be the top option to spell Bellinger when he rests or shifts over to first base, which could push Crow-Armstrong out of the fold. The 22-year-old still has plenty of upside and should get his shot with the Cubs soon enough.

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  • Cubs' Brennen Davis: Goes deep Saturday

    Davis went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and three RBI in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Giants.

    Davis has struggled the last few seasons in the minors, which has diminished his prospect standing. The 24-year-old outfielder still has some upside from a power perspective, and while he'll likely start this year with Triple-A Iowa, he could push toward making his MLB debut this summer if he performs well at a lower level.

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  • Cubs' Cody Bellinger: Returns to Cubs on three-year deal

    Bellinger agreed to a three-year, $80 million contract with the Cubs on Sunday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.

    The contract includes opt-outs after both the 2024 and 2025 seasons. A former Rookie of the Year and National League MVP with the Dodgers, Bellinger's production fell off a cliff in 2021 and 2022, but he rebounded with the Cubs last season (.881 OPS, 26 home runs, 20 steals). Still just 28 years old, he will have a chance to build on what he accomplished in Chicago while playing under new manager Craig Counsell. Bellinger primarily hit cleanup last season under former skipper David Ross.

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  • Cubs' Caleb Kilian: Looks sharp in spring opener

    Kilian logged two scoreless innings with two strikeouts in Friday's Cactus League game against the White Sox.

    Kilian was the third pitcher to appear in the contest for the Cubs and he looked sharp. The righty has appeared in six games (four starts) for Chicago over the past two years and could be in the running for a bullpen role this spring if he pitches well. Kilian doesn't seem like a realistic option for a rotation spot at this point, though he could be on the radar for spot starts when needed.

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  • Cubs' Jordan Wicks: Starts spring opener

    Wicks got the start in Friday's Cactus League game against the White Sox, allowing one run on two hits across 1.2 innings. He struck out one.

    Wicks wasn't in the game long enough to really make an impression one way or the other as he competes for the final spot in Chicago's rotation. The young lefty will look to pitch deeper into the game and make a strong showing in his next spring appearance. Wicks is likely competing with the likes of Javier Assad, Drew Smyly and Hayden Wesneski for the No. 5 role.

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  • Cubs' Christopher Morel: Starts spring with homer

    Morel went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Friday's Cactus League game against the White Sox.

    Morel started at third base, which is where he's slated to see most of his playing time, at least in the early going. The 24-year-old got off to a flying start in the power department last season and now has his spring campaign started on the right foot as well. If Morel sees regular time at the hot corner and can build on the positives from his 2023 campaign, a big 2024 could be in store.

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  • Cubs' Kyle Hendricks: Ramping up earlier this spring

    Hendricks, who threw a bullpen session Saturday, is ramping up earlier this spring compared to last year, when he was returning from a shoulder injury, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Hendricks had his 2022 campaign cut short due to a capsular tear in his right shoulder, and the injury also impacted him in 2023, as the veteran didn't throw his first spring bullpen until Feb. 24. He then didn't make a regular-season start until May as the team built him up slowly. It looks like Hendricks is healthier to kick off this season, so he stands a decent chance of surpassing the 24 starts and 137 innings he compiled in 2023. If the righty can maintain or improve upon his 3.74 ERA and 1.20 WHIP from last season, he should be a solid fantasy option in 2024.

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  • Cubs' Dominic Smith: Lands MiLB deal with Cubs

    Smith signed a minor-league contract with Chicago on Monday, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    Smith is the second left-handed bat the Cubs have signed on the day, as David Peralta inked a minor-league contract earlier Monday. Murray notes that Smith underwent hamate bone surgery in January, so while he may not be 100 percent by the beginning of camp, the expectation is that he'll be at full strength for the start of the 2024 campaign. There will be plenty of competition at first base throughout spring training, as Michael Busch, Matt Mervis and Patrick Wisdom are all in the mix for playing time.

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