Chicago Cubs: The Hot Corner: Darvish vows to perform, latest from the Hot Stove and more

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David Kohl - USA Today Sports
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Cubs’ news and notes

Cubs’ Opening Day: 46 days. (March 28 vs Rangers)

Pitchers/Catchers Report: 3 Days.

First Spring Training game: 13 Days. (Saturday, February 23, Brewers vs. Cubs at Sloan Park)

Darvish update: According to WGN’s Steve Scheuer, Yu Darvish threw 45 pitches from the mound this morning “and looked REALLY good.” In a short interview, Darvish acknowledged that he did “nothing for the Cubs last year” and wants to be productive for both the team and its fans this season.

Schwarber; Lifetime Cub? According to Buster Olney of ESPN, if and when the league finally implements the designated hitter for the National League, Kyle Schwarber may remain a permanent fixture in Chicago. No one doubts that Schwarber possesses the ability to hit, and while a DH spot could suit both him and the team, other factors, such as the free-agency market and future performance, will certainly affect Kyle’s future as a Cub.

Latest news and rumors from around the league

Ryan Madson: The free-agency situation this off-season may be about to claim another victim. The veteran righty, Ryan Madson, is currently debating his future in the game. It is unclear whether the 38-year-old is contemplating his departure due to personal considerations, or due to lack of offers.

Giants: The latest reports out of SF say that the Giants are planning to offer Bryce Harper a short-term deal. The team and Harper had a meeting that lasted approximately four hours last week and included ownership from the Giants.

Indians: Cleveland has signed RHP Alex Wilson and OF Matt Joyce to minor league deals.

Mariners: Jerry Dipoto is at it again. In a season that has seen new acquisitions turned through a revolving door, Dipoto is now trying to off-load recently acquired 1B/DH, Edwin Encarnacion. Thus far, no takers.

Nationals: Washington has re-signed right-hander, Jeremy Hellickson, and in turn, has designated reliever, Trevor Gott, for assignment.

Pirates: Pittsburgh has signed free-agent outfielder, Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal.

Rockies: Colorado has signed right-hander, Alex Asher to a minor league pact.

Royals: Homer Bailey now finds himself getting ready to suit-up in Kansas City after being traded to Los Angeles as part of the deal that sent Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to the Reds. Bailey was released by the Dodgers moments after the trade with the Reds became official.

Twins: Minnesota has signed 1B/DH Lucas Duda to a minor league deal.

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