Cubs Rumors & News

  • Cubs' pitchers man outfield in 15-inning win over Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Joe Maddon's crystal ball was working overtime prior to Tuesday's game. Hours after talking about how left-hander Travis Wood could play the outfield then come in to pitch, that very scenario presented itself in the 14th inning. "When you get into a game like that, it's..." June 29

  • Hendricks propels Cubs to sweep vs. Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Kyle Hendricks' marching orders on Wednesday afternoon were cut and dry. Coming off a 15-inning game in which seven relievers were used, the Cubs needed Hendricks to extend himself. "It was necessary," manager Joe Maddon said. "I went up to him afterward and said, 'This is..." June 29

  • New bill aims to make minor leaguers exempt from OT pay

    The Comeback "Congress has introduced a bill which aims to make life a lot tougher for Minor League Baseball players. The Save America’s Pastime Act would amend the Fair Labor Standard Act to make MiLB players not subject to laws that protect hourly-rated employees. Basically, they don’t want Minor League..." June 29

  • Cubs use 3 different pitchers as OFs en route to 15-inning win

    ESPN "The Cubs played three different pitchers in left field in their 15-inning, 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Two of them, lefty Travis Wood and righty Spencer Patton, alternated pitching and playing left in the 14th inning before Wood pitched the 15th while setup man Pedro Strop played..." June 29

  • Cubs' Bryant has giant night with three HRs, two doubles

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Following his third home run on Monday night, Kris Bryant wasn't about to take a curtain call. Not on the road, not at Great American Ball Park. Even as teammates urged him on and the roaring of thousands of Cubs fans reached a crescendo, Bryant steered clear of the dugout..." June 27

  • Kris Bryant admits Cubs' best defense with Javier Baez at third base

    Chicago Tribune "Kris Bryant has played five positions this season, but third base remains his best spot. But even manager Joe Maddon and Bryant acknowledge that a case can be made that the Cubs' best defense involves Bryant in left field and dazzling infielder Javier Baez at third base. "Javy makes some..." June 26

  • Fernandez helps Marlins beat Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins flexed their muscles literally and figuratively this weekend. Jose Fernandez struck out 13 and continued his dominance at home as the Miami Marlins defeated the slumping Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Sunday afternoon. Miami (41-35) took three out of four in the series..." June 26

  • Jake Arrieta to get Coastal Carolina tattoo after losing bet

    ESPN "Reigning National League Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta will have to visit a tattoo artist when the Cubs return to Chicago from their road trip after losing a bet to teammate Tommy La Stella over the College World Series. Coastal Carolina eliminated TCU from the tournament Saturday, beating the..." June 26

  • The Chicago Cubs Should Trade Kyle Schwarber

    The Sports Quotient "For weeks now, rumors have been swirling around the Chicago Cubs organization that they are want to, and are likely to, make a significant trade before the July 31 Non-Waiver Trade Deadline. The MLB-leading Cubs (47-24) already have a deep and talented roster, but with the right acquisition they..." June 25

  • Anthony Rizzo's recurring back stiffness could require more monitoring

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he might need to monitor first baseman Anthony Rizzo more closely to ensure his health for the rest of the season. The usually durable slugger missed his second start in 14 days Thursday because of back stiffness. "I have no problem with giving him a day off," said..." June 24

  • Contreras pushes Cubs past Marlins

    The Sports Xchange "By Walter Villa, The Sports Xchange MIAMI -- In just seven major league games, Willson Contreras already has eight RBIs, including the game-winner on Friday night at Marlins Park. He also hit a two-run homer, his third long ball in his amazing first week in the majors, as the Chicago..." June 24

  • The Cubs’ record isn’t that special anymore

    SB Nation "The Cubs have lost four games in a row. They’re still in first place in the NL Central and are nine games up on the second-place Cardinals, but their overall record just isn’t what it was earlier in the year: that nine-game lead isn’t even the largest division lead in the majors anymore. The Cubs..." June 24

  • Stanton helps Marlins hand Cubs fourth straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- The pie masked the pain. Giancarlo Stanton homered and hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning to lift the Miami Marlins over the suddenly slumping Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Thursday night at Marlins Park. Stanton's heroics could not have come soon enough for the proud slugger,..." June 23

  • Heyman: Cubs not interested in trading top prospects

    Today's Knuckleball "Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and the Chicago Cubs front office’s biggest focus has been acquiring young talent since the regime took over. But now that the team is not only contending but considered the favorite by most, is it time to move that young talent for an immediate boost in areas of..." June 23

  • Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Las Vegas to one day have a MLB team

    Hardball Talk "The NHL will soon bring an expansion team in Las Vegas, while the NFL and NBA have continued interest in the city. Major League Baseball is no different. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Vegas one day having a major league team. In the past, Major League Baseball has been..." June 23

  • Wainwright, Cardinals shut down Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Adam Wainwright was in a familiar spot on Tuesday, struggling with command but with enough to still earn a victory. "That's the way I've been my entire career," said the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander following a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. "When you don't have your best..." June 22

  • Cardinals complete sweep of Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Michael Wacha said he's been building toward a welcomed breakthrough. The right-hander snapped a personal streak of 10 straight starts without a win as the St. Louis Cardinals completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 7-2 victory on Wednesday. "Stuff was coming..." June 22

  • Cubs place Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs have placed outfielder Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list due to right hamstring discomfort, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports. The club recalled pitcher Carl Edwards, Jr. from Triple-A Iowa. Fowler left Saturday’s game against the Pirates after tweaking his hamstring..." June 21

  • Maddon won’t fall into trap of comparing Cubs' quest to Cavs

    Sportress of Blogitude "Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon appreciates how the Cavaliers delivered Cleveland its first championship since 1964, but he isn’t about to draw any parallels between that achievement and a World Series title drought that has plagued the Cubs now for over a century. “It’s wonderful for them,”..." June 21

  • Hendricks strikes out 12 as Cubs beat Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks combined a serviceable fastball with a deadly changeup on a record-setting Sunday night. The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 while five teammates contributed home runs, including three solo shots as the Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the..." June 20

  • Winningest team power rankings: How do 2016 Cubs stack up so far?

    SI "The Cubs will enter this weekend’s series against the Pirates with a 44–20 record and are currently on pace to win 111 games, a total reached by just four other teams in major league history. With the season nearly 40% over, we thought it was time to start tracking Chicago’s pursuit of a..." June 20

  • Cubs belt three homers in win over Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester quickly realized that he did not have great command of his pitches Saturday night. "I had to battle through it," Lester said. "Really, your mentality there is to keep the team in the game. With this offense, you keep them within reach, and..." June 19

  • Cubs hope Fowler's hamstring issue not serious

    MLB.com "There was no official word on Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler's status after he left Saturday's 4-3 win against the Pirates after the first inning with right hamstring discomfort. Fowler grounded out to third to lead off the bottom of the first and struggled running down the first-base line...." June 19

  • Newest Cubs stud Willson Contreras describes debut as 'an amazing feeling'

    Sporting News "Just what the Cubs need — another young stud. The NL Central-leading Cubs called up 24-year-old catcher Willson Contreras after just 54 games in Triple-A and immediately tossed him into the fire Friday night, inserting him into the game in the ninth inning against the Pirates. The top prospect..." June 18

  • Cubs' Arrieta wins 11th to tie for most in majors

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta admitted he created more drama than he needed but also managed to work out his troubles on Friday. The Chicago Cubs right-hander became the National League's first 11-game winner as he allowed just two hits and walked three over six innings in a 6-0 victory over the..." June 17

  • Setting odds for Ryan Braun's possible landing spots

    The Comeback "Two years ago, the idea of the Milwaukee Brewers trading Ryan Braun was ludicrous. Hell, even a year ago, trading Braun seemed like a pipe dream for Milwaukee, even as they started unloading every player with any positive value. That was mainly due to his declining production and unwieldy..." June 16

  • Will Cubs Get Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller?

    NESN "The trade winds could be blowing toward the Windy City. The Chicago Cubs, who own the best record in baseball, are “interested” in bolstering their bullpen before next month’s Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline, according to MLB.com’s Phil Rogers, who suggests that Theo Epstein’s club..." June 16

  • Cubs To Promote Willson Contreras

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs will promote top catching prospect Willson Contreras before tomorrow’s game, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The team’s plan is to carry three catchers for the time being, he adds, so it doesn’t appear that the yet-unknown corresponding roster move will involve either..." June 16

  • Kris Bryant not interested in second Home Run Derby

    Chicago Sun-Times "You might see Jake Arrieta in an All-Star Home Run Derby before you see Kris Bryant in another one. In fact, if internal MLB discussions regarding a potential pitcher’s homer derby gain momentum in the coming weeks, Arrieta might be the only Cub doing an exhibition homer contest during All-Star..." June 16

  • Werth's hit in 12th lifts Nationals over Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Dusty Baker was born June 15, 1949 in Riverside, Calif., and the veteran manager said his teams have not done too well in the past on his birthday. There was no chance for a victory the last two years as Baker was away from the dugout after leaving the Cincinnati Reds following..." June 15

  • Ranking the 30 teams from least likely to most likely to acquire Jose Reyes

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Wednesday, the Rockies officially cut ties with shortstop Jose Reyes by designating him for assignment. The team now has 10 days to trade, release, or waive him. Reyes has finished serving his 51-game suspension under the league's domestic violence policy, but with rookie Trevor..." June 15

  • Joe Maddon interested in taking actor up on cameo in 'Curb'

    ESPN "Though he's known for his effervescent demeanor, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is more than willing to curb his enthusiasm if it means a television cameo. Maddon, Chicago's second-year manager, said he is excited to take up actor and rabid Cubs fan Jeff Garlin's invitation to appear on the..." June 15

  • Are You Ready For Unbearable Trade Rumor Season?

    Deadspin "Listen, can you hear it? A faint whisper grows louder. “The Cubbies could use another bat on the bench.” it says. “Why not trade for Andrew McCutchen?” That’s right, my friends, it is almost Unbearable Trade Rumor season, the time of year when baseball fans, radio callers, and hometown..." June 15

  • Pete Rose says Cubs are good but 'will find a way to screw it up'

    Yahoo! Sports "Pete Rose beat up on the Chicago Cubs plenty during his memorable career with the Cincinnati Reds and all these years later he’s still finding ways to get under the skin of Cubs fans. Baseball’s disgraced all-time hits leader appeared on FOX Sports' "Outkick the Show" with Clay Travis and was..." June 15

  • Ranking All 30 MLB Farm Systems, Post 2016 MLB Draft

    Bleacher Report "The 2016 MLB draft is in the books, with 1,216 players selected over the course of the 40-round, three-day event. With no clear-cut No. 1 talent in this year's class, the first round was as unpredictable as any in recent memory and a number of highly regarded prospects wound up slipping below..." June 15

  • Almora's double in ninth lifts Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon joked that Albert Almora Jr. has been in the big leagues about "five minutes." But it took even less time than that for the rookie outfielder to complete his only at-bat of the game Tuesday. Almora had an RBI double with one out in the ninth inning..." June 14

  • Jose Fernandez, Jake Arrieta Among Pitchers Who Want Their Own Home Run Derby

    NESN "It looks like Madison Bumgarner might have started a revolution. The San Francisco Giants ace, whose 13 career home runs top all active pitchers, expressed his desire to participate in this year’s Home Run Derby recently. And even though his manager Bruce Bochy said that’s not going to happen, a..." June 14

  • Cubs, Brian Matusz Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have signed free-agent lefty Brian Matusz to a minor league contract, reports Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter). The longtime Orioles southpaw was recently traded from Baltimore to Atlanta alongside a Competitive Balance Draft Pick in a salary dump deal. The Braves..." June 14

  • Scherzer fans 11 as Nats beat Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The game-time temperature was 80 degrees without a hint of the summer-like humidity that is bound to plague the nation's capital. "Perfect pitching conditions," Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer said. On the mound, Scherzer was not quite perfect, but he was..." June 13

  • Lester, Cubs get last laugh in rout of Braves

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Chicago Cubs were a comedy of errors defensively with Bill Murray on hand for the final two games against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Cubs won both in laughers anyway, making the actor-comedian happy and improving the team's major league-best record to 43-18...." June 12

  • MLB’s best already scavenging Yankees for bullpen’s monsters

    New York Post "With MLB’s First-Year Player Draft completed, the trade market will gather some momentum — and the Cubs created a buzz this week. Scout Jason Parks was at Yankee Stadium, and according to industry sources, he was looking at the trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis..." June 12

  • Arrieta wants to join Bumgarner in Home Run Derby

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jake Arrieta pitched seven strong innings against the Braves on Saturday to win his first start since his only loss in nearly a year. But it wasn’t until he was asked about his hitting, and about Madison Bumgarner’s effort to crash the All-Star Home Run Derby that Arrieta seemed to get fired..." June 12

  • Norris strong as Braves down Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- When veteran Bud Norris exited April with an 8.74 ERA, there were some who believed the right-hander would be released. Now, a month later, he's on the verge of returning to the starting rotation. Norris took another step toward reclaiming his spot among the Atlanta Braves'..." June 11

  • Cubs draft Harmon Killebrew's grandson in 6th round

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs dipped into one of baseball's royal bloodlines on Friday by selecting Cal State Fullerton right-hander Chad Hockin, grandson of Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew, with their sixth-round draft pick, 194th overall, in the 2016 MLB Draft. Hockin, a reliever, owned a 1.05 ERA..." June 11

  • Heyward's brother drafted while playing in NCAA tourney

    The Score "Saturday was quite the day for Miami outfielder Jacob Heyward, who played against Boston College in the Super Regionals and got drafted by the San Francisco Giants. The younger brother of Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, Jacob was selected by the Giants in the 18th round, 545th overall,..." June 11

  • Arrieta, Cubs overpower Braves

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Chicago Cubs didn't have batting practice on Saturday, an afternoon game with temperatures in the mid-90s, in the aftermath of a night game. It didn't really matter. The refreshed Cubs smashed four home runs and pitcher Jake Arrieta claimed his 10th victory in an 8-2 victory..." June 11

  • Jean Machi arrested following release from Cubs organization

    Des Moines Register "A World Series-winning relief pitcher who had been on the Iowa Cubs roster was arrested Thursday morning. Right-hander Jean Machi was arrested for public intoxication and urinating in public in the 200 block of Third Street in Des Moines. Machi, 34, was booked in the Polk County Jail at 2:01..." June 10

  • Cubs acquire Chris Coghlan from the Athletics for Arismendy Alcantara

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs have acquired utilityman Chris Coghlan from the Athletics in exchange for fellow utilityman Arismendy Alcantara, MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the Cubs traded Coghlan to the A’s back in February for pitcher Aaron Brooks. Coghlan, 30, has struggled..." June 09

  • Report: Cubs won't trade Schwarber for Yankees' Miller

    The Score "If the Chicago Cubs decide to make a move to upgrade their bullpen ahead of the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline, don't expect the title-starved division-leaders to move injured slugger Kyle Schwarber to get a deal done. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Cubs aren't willing to..." June 09

  • Cubs to trade for Jose Bautista if Blue Jays make him available

    Sportsrageous "The Chicago Cubs are still the best team in baseball after the first two months of the 2016 season with a 39-16 record. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Cubs still want to improve their roster as they are reportedly interested in Jose Bautista if ever the Toronto Blue Jays make him..." June 09