Cubs Rumors & News

  • Jon Lester leaves Cubs game with injury

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester left Thursday's game with an undisclosed ailment in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds. Lester signaled to the dugout after Eugenio Suarez hit a double with two out as the Reds lead the Cubs 9-0 in the bottom of the second. Manager Joe Maddon..." August 17

  • Joe Maddon rips umpires for ‘asinine’ call Wednesday night

    Sportsnaut "The Chicago Cubs haven’t had an easy go of it this season after winning the World Series last year. However, Joe Maddon and Co. have clawed their way atop the NL Central and are now 1.5 games ahead of the the Milwaukee Brewers. Though, a controversial call Wednesday night almost cost them a..." August 17

  • The evolution of Kris Bryant and why Joey Votto became his favorite player

    CSN Chicago "Kris Bryant already has a bromance with Anthony Rizzo, their Bryzzo Souvenir Co. brand and a joint appearance at a downtown Chicago hotel this weekend where Cubs fans can pay $699 for their autographs. Bryant also has a friendly rivalry with Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals superstar who..." August 17

  • The Cubs gave Rick Renteria a World Series Ring

    Hardball Talk "It was revealed, in the course of a Jerry Reinsdorf interview the other day, that the Chicago Cubs gave Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria a World Series ring. Renteria, of course, managed the Cubs for one season — in 2014 — and was fired when Joe Maddon became available after exiting his..." August 17

  • Cubs' Maddon makes contact with umps during tirade, may face discipline

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs manager Joe Maddon expects to be fined after his ejection, subsequent actions and comments Wednesday night in the ninth inning of a 7-6 win over the Reds. "I don’t know what to say about that call," said Maddon, who was irate that a pitch from Wandy Peralta that struck Ben Zobrist on the..." August 17

  • Will Cubs make another deal in August with Willson Contreras sidelined?

    CSN Chicago "The expectation that catcher Willson Contreras didn’t suffer a season-ending injury – combined with Alex Avila’s experience and Victor Caratini’s upside – means the Cubs will likely stand pat before the Aug. 31 trade deadline. “We’re happy with those guys right now,” general manager Jed Hoyer..." August 15

  • Hawk Harrelson: Time For Wrigley Field ‘To Be Replaced’ "Some fans love him, some fans despise him, but he’s pretty hard to ignore. White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson doubled down on his criticism of the Cubs’ fabled Wrigley Field on Saturday, echoing recent comments that he’ll never step foot in the stadium again and then adding more detail to why..." August 14

  • Ben Zobrist calls for e-zone after called third strike ends game

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs veteran Ben Zobrist has been in favor of an electronic strike zone for several years, and the Strike 3 call on him to end Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks will only fortify his stance on the matter. The slider from reliever David Hernandez looked decidedly low, but..." August 13

  • Cubs' Contreras out 4-6 weeks with 'moderate' hamstring strain

    Chicago Tribune "After carrying the Cubs for nearly six weeks, catcher Willson Contreras is resigned to accepting of the possibility he will miss the same length of time while he recovers from a moderate right hamstring strain. "I just hope my teammates keep doing their job to maintain first place," Contreras..." August 12

  • Cubs' Contreras likely DL-bound with hamstring injury "Willson Contreras, the face of the Cubs' offensive resurgence of late, is likely headed to the disabled list after injuring himself Wednesday while running out an inning-ending groundout. The Cubs lost the game, 3-1, and the series to the Giants. Contreras will travel with the team to Arizona..." August 10

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • How Cubs are positioned for a Giant run – right now and in the future

    CSN Chicago "Since last October, the San Francisco Giants have gone from nearly pushing the Cubs into a dreaded elimination game against Johnny Cueto to racing the White Sox to the bottom for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft. The Cubs are headed for that Giant crash someday. Maybe Theo Epstein..." August 08

  • Cubs sign Mike Freeman to a minor league deal

    Hardball Talk "This is not about to upset the balance of baseball power, but the Cubs signed a player today: utilityman Mike Freeman, who was inked to a minor league deal. Freeman played 20 games between the Mariners and Dodgers this year. " August 07

  • White Sox's Hawk Harrelson will 'never step foot' at Wrigley Field again

    USA Today "White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson, who will retire next year in his 34th and final season as a play-by-play announcer, said on Sunday that he’ll “never go back to Wrigley Field again.” “Worst press box, worst booths for television. It’s a joke. It really is,” Harrelson told reporters..." August 07

  • Wives of Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant inspire more Harper-to-Cubs buzz

    Sportress of Blogitude "The wives of Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant are now playing a role in fueling speculation that the Washington Nationals superstar slugger could join fellow Las Vegas native and friend by signing with the Chicago Cubs. Kayla Harper and Jess Bryant sat together and enjoyed the finale of the..." August 07

  • Former Cubs manager Don Baylor dies at 68 from multiple myeloma

    Chicago Sun-Times "Former Cubs manager Don Baylor died Monday morning after a long struggle with multiple myeloma. He was 68. According to the Austin American-Statesman, he Baylor died at 4:25 Monday morning, his son confirmed to his hometown newspaper. “Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity..." August 07

  • As free agency approaches, Cubs All-Star Jake Arrieta trending upward: 'I like my chances'

    USA Today "For the first time in their baseball lives, they will have control. They can choose where they’ll live. Where they will work. And sign a contract that will guarantee financial security for generations. Freedom is just three months away. It’s called free agency, and with the..." August 06

  • Cubs place Russell on 10-day DL with foot injury

    Bleacher Report "Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell suffered a foot injury that has landed him on the 10-day disabled list. The Cubs announced Friday that Russell had been placed on the DL, retroactive to Aug. 2. Russell demonstrated his formidable power from the shortstop role in 2016 with 21 home runs..." August 05

  • Cubs GM plans to be active on waiver wire

    Chicago Sun-Times "Just because the non-waiver trade deadline July 31 has passed doesn’t mean the Cubs are out of the business of adding to their depth this season. It’s harder to acquire players through the waiver process in August, and possible fits might be few and far between after the Cubs traded for..." August 04

  • GoFundMe raises over $100K for seven-year-old Cubs fan battling rare brain tumor

    Sportsnaut "A seven-year-old boy and rabid Chicago Cubs fan, Joey, is battling a rare and aggressive form of brain tumor known as DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). His family has set up a GoFundMe to help cover the cost of his treatment. Following his diagnosis last year at the age of six,..." August 02

  • Cubs considered being sellers before trade deadline

    Sporting News "There's a fine line between competing for a playoff spot and falling out of the race entirely. The Cubs were toeing that line as they neared the All-Star break this season and team president Theo Epstein had some decisions to make. He nearly made trades which would have sent ripples across the..." August 02

  • The Steve Bartman Story Will Never Have a Warm and Fuzzy Ending

    The Big Lead "Chicago is the city of big shoulders. The Steve Bartman story is one of active hands. It began with dozens of them reaching into the crisp October air to catch a Luis Castillo foul ball during Game 6 of the 2003 National League Championship Series. In a just world, it ends with a ring being..." August 01

  • Steve Bartman to receive 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series Championship ring "A WGN News exclusive — Steve Bartman is receiving an official Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship ring as a special gift from the Ricketts family and the Cubs organization. One of the team’s most infamous fans, Bartman is remembered for tipping a foul ball that left fielder Moises Alou..." July 31

  • Cubs acquire reliever Justin Wilson, catcher Alex Avila in trade with Tigers

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs have acquired Detroit Tigers closer Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila in exchange for minor league infielders Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes, according to a source familiar with the situation. The Cubs will be sending Detroit a player to be named later or cash as part of..." July 31

  • Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem

    New York Daily News "It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been..." July 28

  • There's a baby boom in Chicago, nine months after Cubs World Series win

    Chicago Tribune "Last fall, Jackie Young told her husband a joyous but unexpected bit of news: She was pregnant. The couple did the math to figure out when their baby was conceived and landed on the night of Nov. 2 — Game 7 of the World Series. The two longtime Cubs fans, swept up by the magic of the Cubs'..." July 27

  • The details of Rangers' Yu Darvish's 10-team no-trade list

    MLB Trade Rumors "At some point within the next five days the Rangers will make the franchise-altering decision whether to trade staff ace Yu Darvish. Texas is 49-51 this season and 3 1/2 games back of the second AL wild card spot. There are four teams ahead of them in the standings. FanGraphs put their postseason..." July 26

  • Cubs Reach Out to Mets About Trade for Starting Hurler

    12 Up "​The Chicago Cubs are still looking to upgrade their starting rotation despite ​acquiring Jose Quintana from their crosstown rivals. Young, controllable starters are what they are seeking, and they've contacted the New York Mets about a potential deal involving right-hander Seth Lugo. ​​The..." July 26

  • Brett Anderson activated, designated for assignment

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs activated left-hander Brett Anderson from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment on Wednesday. Anderson had been placed on the disabled list in May with a back strain and then transferred to the 60-day disabled list a month later." July 26

  • Kris Bryant on ejection: ‘I had to stick up for myself’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was ejected for the first time in his major league career during Tuesday’s 7-2 victory over the crosstown Chicago White Sox. Bryant’s ejection occurred during the fourth inning after arguing a questionable third-strike call by umpire Lance Barksdale. After..." July 26

  • Kris Bryant on ejection: 'I had to stick up for myself'

    CSN Chicago "There's always something wacky that occurs when the Cubs and White Sox get together for Crosstown. The lasting image from the 2017 iteration of the rivalry may be Kris Bryant getting ejected for the first time in the big leagues and only the second time in his life. Bryant - who was..." July 26

  • John Lackey makes history, hits four White Sox batters in one game

    Sportsnaut "Tuesday’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox got chippy. Both benches were warned when White Sox pitcher Chris Beck hit Ian Happ with a pitch. That came after Cubs pitcher John Lackey hit some batters on his own, making team history in the process. " July 25

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Justin Verlander Trade Talks Reportedly Involve Cubs, Dodgers

    Bleacher Report "MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Monday that the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs have been engaged in trade talks involving starting pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila. Verlander would be the second big-name pitching acquisition for the Cubs after previously landing Jose Quintana..." July 24

  • Is Willson Contreras becoming the most valuable Cub?

    ESPN "Ask Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras if he likes hitting cleanup and watch his face light up. "Oh yeah," he said recently. "I'm in the middle of things right there. I like that." Contreras has been in a middle of a lot lately, as the Cubs have begun their climb toward first place in..." July 23

  • Cubs interested in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy

    Sportsnaut "There’s been talk around the water cooler that the Chicago Cubs are interested in Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish. While that might still very well be the case, at least one report suggests Chicago is more interested in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. “According to a source, a key Rangers..." July 22

  • Jose Quintana admits trade rumors have affected him negatively this season

    CSN Chicago "Jose Quintana emerged from the third-base dugout, taking in Wrigley Field for the first time in a Cubs uniform. But he quickly snapped back to Earth as he realized he and the other Cubs starting pitchers were to take batting practice and he forgot to bring his bat out. Ah, the life of an..." July 21

  • Cubs reach out to Rangers about Yu Darvish

    Sporting News "The most valuable rental player on the MLB trade market will be Yu Darvish if he becomes available. Period. There may be no more valuable player at all, rental or controllable, than Darvish if the Rangers decide to sell. And, according to Yahoo Sports, the Rangers are gauging interest from..." July 21

  • Kris Bryant confused by Cubs' on-base dance ritual

    ESPN "Two years ago, as the Chicago Cubs were beginning to build their winning chemistry under new manager Joe Maddon, a backup infielder found a unique way to add to the emerging vibe. Jonathan Herrera made it a tradition for a hitter to rub his helmet demonstratively after he reached base -- in..." July 20

  • Kyle Hendricks plans to be Cubs’ next impact acquisition in DL return

    Chicago Sun-Times "Right-hander Kyle Hendricks hadn’t been in the Cubs’ clubhouse since before the All-Star break until he arrived Tuesday after a brief minor-league rehab assignment. ‘‘It’s awesome to come in here,’’ he said. ‘‘You can feel the energy with all the guys.’’ Hendricks, who has been on the..." July 19

  • Cubs' Kris Bryant leaves in 1st inning with left hand injury

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant left after the top of the first inning because of an injury to his left hand. Bryant, the 2016 National League Most Valuable Player, unsuccessfully tried to advance to third base on an errant pitch. The 6-foot-5 Bryant attempted a head-first slide after..." July 19

  • Kris Byrant X-rays negative, day-to-day with sprained left pinkie

    Sportsnaut "Chicago Cubs superstar third baseman Kris Bryant will not have to miss extended time after an X-ray of his left pinkie revealed no fracture or break. Instead, Bryant will be day-to-day with a sprained left pinkie, per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Bryant injured his pinkie sliding..." July 19

  • The message the Cubs sent in not trading Kyle Schwarber

    CSN Chicago "After a World Series that almost turned him into a cartoon character — and a roller-coaster beginning to this Cubs season — Kyle Schwarber went to Disney World with his girlfriend to escape during the All-Star break. Schwarber still “briefly” heard about a rumor that linked him to the Detroit..." July 19

  • John Lackey on moving out of Cubs' rotation: 'That ain't going to happen'

    Chicago Tribune "John Lackey displayed his experience and wisdom before and after helping lead the Chicago Cubs past the Atlanta Braves 5-1 for their fifth consecutive victory. Lackey, 38, was careful not to start warming up Tuesday night before Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb began his pre-game tosses, as the..." July 19

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Cubs' rotation faces many questions — especially the status of John Lackey

    Chicago Tribune "Jose Quintana's masterful performance in his Cubs' debut could spark a late season renaissance for the rotation, which underachieved in the first half after the championship run. "A lot of guys would reiterate we didn't perform the way we'd like," Jake Arrieta said. "We expect better things..." July 17

  • Cubs could trade for Zach Britton?

    Larry Brown Sports "The defending champions may not be done wheeling and dealing after their trade for Jose Quintana earlier this month. Mark Feisand of quotes an industry source who believes that the Chicago Cubs will trade for Baltimore Orioles reliever Zach Britton, citing the minor leaguers that Cubs..." July 17

  • Tigers-Cubs talks over Justin Verlander never got serious

    Detroit News "Before the Cubs made a dramatic trade Thursday with the White Sox that shipped pitcher Jose Quintana to Wrigley Field, the Cubs inquired about Tigers star Justin Verlander. However, a source familiar with the two clubs’ conversation say there was no formal Cubs offer. No Cubs prospects were..." July 16

  • Arrieta on future with Cubs: 'I don't want to leave without another ring'

    CSN Chicago "Jake Arrieta didn’t throw a baseball while relaxing at home in Austin, Texas, during an All-Star break the Cubs absolutely needed. Walking the streets of Baltimore this weekend triggered memories, seeing where he used to live (when he wasn’t getting shuttled back to Triple-A), eating at one of..." July 16