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Shota Imanaga is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Saturday against the Dodgers. (Source: Sahadev Sharma on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Imanaga landed a four-year deal with the Cubs this offseason. He is an intriguing target late in fantasy drafts.


Brennen Davis has been placed in concussion protocol. (Source: Sahadev Sharma on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Davis suffered the injury after he was hit by a pitch on Tuesday. He will be sidelined until he can clear the protocol.

Category: Injury Updates


Cubs manager Craig Counsell said Michael Busch is expected to be in the lineup on Monday. (Source: Meghan Montemurro on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Counsell said Busch had a little bit of a sore shoulder at the start of camp so the Cubs were cautious. “Good to go and no issues, no concerns," Counsell said. Busch was traded to the Cubs this offseason with the early talk being that he'll mostly see playing time at first base.

Category: Injury Updates


Drew Smyly has reportedly added a splitter to his pitch arsenal this offseason. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Smyly is back with the Cubs this season after exercising his pitch arsenal. He'll compete in camp for a spot on the team's Opening Day starting rotation.


Christopher Morel is set to enter camp with the Cubs as a third baseman. (Source: Meghan Montemurro on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cubs manager Craig Counsell wants to give Morel a chance at 3B and provide him some defensive consistency then see where the roster is at some point in spring and go from there. He played five games at third base last season, and he figures to play that position more consistently this year.


The Cubs have traded Michael Rucker to the Phillies. (Source: Philadelphia Phillies on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Cubs designated Rucker for assignment last week. He'll look to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster out of Spring Training with the Phillies.

Category: Transactions


The Chicago Cubs signed Blake Weiman to a minor league deal. (Source: MILB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Weiman pitched 54 innings last year in Triple-A with the Mariners. He'll join the Cubs organization as bullpen depth.

Category: Transactions


The Chicago Cubs signed Sam McWilliams to a minor league deal. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McWilliams played in Mexico and in the DR before finding his way back into the MLB. He'll compete for a depth role in the Cubs bullpen.

Category: Transactions


Carl Edwards Jr. has signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs. (Source: Robert Murray on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Edwards also gets an invitation to Spring Training where he will compete for a spot in the Cubs' bullpen this season. This is a reunion of sorts, as Edwards first broke into the bigs with the Cubs back in 2015. The right-handed reliever was with the Cubs until partway through the 2019 season, winning a World Series ring during his run with Chicago. Edwards has worn five different uniforms since then, working out of the Nationals' bullpen most recently. He posted a respectable 3.69 ERA across 31 2/3 innings in 2023 and holds a 3.54 mark over nearly 300 career MLB relief appearances.

Category: Transactions


Mike Tauchman signed a one-year deal worth $1.95 million with the Cubs to avoid arbitration. (Source: Patrick Mooney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tauchman slashed .252/.363/.377 with eight home runs and seven stolen bases last season. He should remain in the outfielder as a starter with the Cubs.

Category: Transactions


Mark Leiter Jr. signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million with the Cubs to avoid arbitration. (Source: Patrick Mooney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Leiter should remain in a middle innings role out of the Cubs bullpen after seeing some time as the closer last year.

Category: Transactions


Nick Madrigal signed a one-year deal worth $1.8 million with the Cubs to avoid arbitration. (Source: Patrick Mooney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Madrigal hit .263 with 10 stolen bases last season. He figures to be a utility infielder with the Cubs this year, potentially seeing playing time at multiple positions.

Category: Transactions


Justin Steele signed a one-year deal worth $4 million with the Cubs to avoid arbitration. (Source: Patrick Mooney on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Steele posted a 3.06 ERA across 173 1/3 innings last season in Chicago. He will look to carry his recent momentum into this year at the top of the Cubs starting rotation.

Category: Transactions


Yency Almonte traded to the Cubs

Thu, Jan 11th 4:02pm EST
By Ari Koslow

Yency Almonte has been traded to the Cubs in a package deal. (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Michael Busch was also sent to the Cubs in the same package. Almonte posted a 5.06 ERA across 48 innings with the Dodgers last season after a strong 2022 campaign. He'll look to earn a role in the Cubs bullpen.

Category: Transactions


Adbert Alzolay signed a one-year deal worth $2.11 million with the Cubs to avoid arbitration. (Source: Jesse Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Alzolay finished last season as the closer for the Cubs, recording 22 saves. He posted a 2.67 ERA across 64 innings and should remain in the same role this season.

Category: Transactions


The Cubs have exercised their 2024 option on C Yan Gomes. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Gomes is set to make $6 million in the 2024 season. Gomes turned in a solid 2023 season with the Cubs, posting a .267 average with 10 home runs, and 63 RBIs in 115 games.

Category: Transactions


The Cubs have exercised their 2024 option on SP Kyle Hendricks. (Source: ESPN.com)

Fantasy Impact: Hendricks is set to make $16.5 million in 2024. The veteran will look to build off a 2023 season that saw him log a 3.74 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 24 starts. Hendricks should remain a solid option for fantasy managers in 2024.

Category: Transactions


Cody Bellinger is absent from the lineup for the Chicago Cubs against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday. (Source: Chicago Cubs on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bellinger will receive the afternoon off, with Pete Crow-Armstrong starting in center field and batting leadoff against the Brewers for manager David Ross Sunday.


Dansby Swanson is missing from the lineup for the Chicago Cubs against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday. (Source: Chicago Cubs on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Swanson will sit out the season finale Sunday, with Christopher Morel filling in at shortstop and batting second for manager David Ross against the Brewers.


Ian Happ went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Brewers Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Happ currently has a .247 batting average, 21 home runs, 83 RBI, and 14 stolen bases so far this season. The veteran will remain a solid option heading into the 2024 season.

Category: Game Recaps