|Kyuji Fujikawa posed for photos at Wrigley Field after his signing was officially announced (photo from @Cubs on Twitter)|
|Jim Deshaies is welcomed to the Cubs and Wrigley Field by Len Kasper|
Third baseman Ian Stewart re-signed a one-year, $2 million deal with $500,000 in incentives with the Cubs. However, the money isn't guaranteed and Stewart can be released if he doesn't make the team in spring training. Stewart tweeted, "Glad to be healthy and back with the Cubs. The support from the Cubs organization and the fans has been incredible. Thank you all so much" on December 6th. Even former Cubs starter Paul Maholm tweeted, "Congrats
The Cubs selected RHP Hector Rondon from the Cleveland Indians in the Rule 5 Draft on December 6th. Rondon was Cleveland’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009. The Cubs also lost RHP Starling Peralta, OF Michael Burgess, IF Matt Cerda and RHP Alvido Jimenez.
Former Cubs starting pitcher Randy Wells signed a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training with the Texas Rangers last week. Wells underwent elbow surgery in July 2012 and didn't seem appreciated by the Cubs' front office and management.
|Randy Wells is now part of the Texas Rangers (Reuters photo)|
|Ryan Dempster could return to the Cubs (Chicago Tribune photos)|
Hall of famer and former Cub Andre Dawson was also on hand to show his support. "Beating cancer and overcoming everything -- it's all hitting me right now," Rizzo said, pausing to collect himself. "It's crazy -- I'm usually never like this."
|Hall of famer and former Cub Andre Dawson was on hand to support Anthony Rizzo's 5K for cancer (photo from @Cubs on Twitter)|
|Anthony Rizzo held a 5K in Parkland, Florida to help cancer patients (photo from cubs.com)|
Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will host his second annual "Woody's Winter Warm-Up" at Harry Caray's Navy Pier on Friday, January 18th, 2013. Cubs players and local celebrities will serve as bartenders throughout the night and proceeds will benefit the Wood Family Foundation. The night will also feature opportunities to meet and mingle with Cubs players, a silent auction, premium open bar, dinner buffet, and a raffle, as well as a concert, for which details will be announced soon,
I was at their inaugural event in January 2012 and it was definitely worth attending, so I hope to see some of you there! Tickets are limited and can be purchased at: http://woodfamilyfoundation.org
David and Kim DeJesus will host the inaugural "Strike a Pose" fundraiser on January 17th, 2013 at the River East Arts Center. Current and former Cubs players and their spouses will walk the runway and the show will feature fashion by 900 N. Michigan Shops. There will also be a live auction and raffle, as well as heavy appetizers provided by some of Chicago's hottest restaurants, including Chicago q, RPM Italian, Bull and Bear, Shaw's and Glazed & Infused. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/community/strike_a_pose.jsp