Cubs Rumors & News

  • Cubs rookies carry day in comeback victory over Reds

    Chicago Tribune "Arismendy Alcantara earned three more days in the major leagues and fellow rookie Kyle Hendricks left a more than credible impression in his debut start. In the process, the Cubs sustained their pride Thursday in an emotionally charged come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the Reds in 12 innings..." July 11

  • Injuries cloud Reds' 4-1 victory over Cubs

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds beat the Cubs 4-1 on Wednesday, but may have lost second baseman Brandon Phillips and center fielder Billy Hamilton to injury. Hamilton left before the eighth inning with a tight left hamstring and Phillips left during the eighth inning with a sprained left thumb. X-rays on Phillips'..." July 10

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    MLB Public Relations @MLB_PR

    Chris Sale and Anthony Rizzo win #ASG Final Vote.

  • Hamilton's walk-off puts cap on Reds' doubleheader sweep

    Cincinnati Enquirer "It was Cubs legend Ernie Banks who famously said, "let's play two," but after the Reds swept a doubleheader from Banks' former team on Tuesday, Reds legend-in-the-making Billy Hamilton did him one better -- "Let's play three." Hamilton hit a broken-bat single into left in the ninth inning to..." July 09

  • Cueto, Bruce lift Reds past Cubs, 4-2

    Cincinnati Enquirer "To sweep a doubleheader, as they say, you've got to win the first game. With that in mind, the Reds sent Johnny Cueto out to pitch Game 1 of the day-nighter against the Chicago Cubs. Cueto wasn't his usual dominating self, but he was good enough to beat the Cubs 4-2 before a crowd of 17,371..." July 09

  • Cubs: James Russell knows he could be up next on trading block

    CSN Chicago "James Russell gave Jeff Samardzija the beer-and-a-cigarette sendoff on the Fourth of July in Washington. And then the Cubs reliever had to wonder if he would be the next one to get traded. It’s hard to see Theo Epstein’s front office topping that six-player blockbuster with the Oakland A’s. But..." July 09

  • Cubs' hitters fail in clutch in loss to Reds

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs have learned to brace themselves for Edwin Jackson's mercurial ways. Monday night's 9-3 loss to the Reds was no different as Jackson struggled early, settled into a comfortable pattern before failing to get a key out. But another disturbing trend has surfaced: a lack of clutch..." July 08

  • Despite some uneven play, Nationals find a way in series finale against the Cubs

    Washington Post "An afternoon of mistakes on the base paths and at the plate by the Washington Nationals didn’t deter Denard Span. He saw a chance for an extra base and took it. “I just trusted my instincts and just went for it,” Span said. “A little risky.” Span’s double in the eighth inning turned into the..." July 07

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    Peter Gammons @pgammo

    Two trade names heard very often this weekend:Aaron Hill, James Russell

  • Mets could go after Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro

    New York Daily News "A golden opportunity in the name of Starlin Castro has sprung seemingly out of nowhere, and the Mets need to do everything they can to take advantage of it. If that means trading Zack Wheeler and perhaps even another pitcher to get the best-hitting shortstop this side of Troy Tulowitzki, so be..." July 07

  • Nats collect 19 hits and Gio Gonzalez throws eight shutout innings in 13-0 win over Cubs

    Washington Post "Through injury and inconsistencies, the Washington Nationals dreamed of a week like this, when their offense would be whole and churning all at once. Against the lowly Chicago Cubs, who traded away their best starting pitcher 24 hours before he would face the Nationals, Washington’s potent lineup..." July 06

  • After failed bid for David Price, A's strike with win-now deal for Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel

    Yahoo! Sports "The Oakland A's were going to make a trade this week. They play in a stadium that turns into a toilet when it rains and generate less revenue than a team in Cleveland and still will head into the All-Star break as the very best team in baseball, and that is not something they take for granted. No..." July 06

  • Cubs ship Samardzija, Hammel to A's

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs have traded starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for 2012 first-round pick Addison Russell, 2013 first-round pick Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later, sources close to the situation confirmed to" July 06

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    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Cubs to add reliever Sunday, Wada to make a start Tuesday, wed. TBA

  • Jason Hammel’s unhappiness turns into parting shot as Cubs beat Nationals

    Chicago Sun-Times "In the end, it was nothing more than a parting shot. Pulled from the Cubs’ 7-2 victory over the Nationals on Friday after giving up a leadoff double in the seventh inning, Jason Hammel fumed about a pitch-count issue raised two months ago by Jeff Samardzija and discussed privately by Cubs..." July 05

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Yankees exchanged proposals with #Cubs on both Samardzija, Hammel. #Athletics had piece that could trump all - Russell.

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    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Cubs released LHP Jonathan Sanchez, who was at Triple-A Iowa.

  • Cubs' Manny Ramirez teaching prospects: 'Do the right thing, bro' "Manny Ramirez joined the Iowa Cubs last week as a player/coach and is expected to play one or two times a week for Chicago's Triple-A affiliate. According to the Associated Press, his biggest responsibility will be to work with the team's most promising prospects, and his advice thus far is..." July 04

  • Cubs rally in 9th, survive replay challenge against Red Sox

    Chicago Tribune "A tense pitchers' duel didn't provide nearly as much suspense for the Cubs as a game-ending replay that validated their 2-1 win over the Red Sox. "It was nerve-wracking, especially with Papi (David Ortiz) coming up," Anthony Rizzo said. A challenge by Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed..." July 02

  • David Ortiz: Day games plague Cubs "David Ortiz thinks he knows why the Chicago Cubs haven't been able to win consistently. Ortiz, who stands as Theo Epstein's biggest acquisition during the Cubs president's decade as an executive with the Boston Red Sox, blames the one thing many Cubs fans cherish -- the one thing that sets the..." July 02

  • Cubs' Alcantara getting closer to promotion "Chicago Cubs infield/outfield prospect Arismendy Alcantara has taken another step in his development at Triple-A Iowa in recent weeks, putting him squarely on the major league club's radar. "He's certainly making himself noticed," vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod..." July 01

  • Manny Ramirez hits a homer in his second game with the Iowa Cubs

    Hardball Talk "Manny Ramirez was signed as a player/coach for the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate the Iowa Cubs. The Cubs also said that no matter what happens, they are not calling him up to the bigs. He’s there to coach and mentor young players, that’s it. Which is OK. I think Manny showed over the past couple of..." July 01

  • Jake Arrieta and Cubs nearly untouchable against Red Sox

    Chicago Tribune "After silencing the Red Sox and their fans for 72/3 innings Monday night, Jake Arrieta received the ultimate compliment at sold-out Fenway Park after falling short in his bid for a no-hitter. A standing ovation. Arrieta came within four outs in his latest no-hit bid before Steven Drew hit..." July 01

  • Nationals sweep Cubs, reach midway mark tied for first in the NL East at 43-38

    Washington Post "A long and unusual day at Wrigley Field offered the Washington Nationals a chance for reflection. After sweeping Saturday’s rare doubleheader, the first scheduled one at this stadium in more than three decades, the Nationals officially reached the midpoint of their season. And through 81 games,..." June 29

  • Cubs 7, Nationals 2

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jason Hammel helped the Cubs continue their strong June. And in the process he boosted his trade value. With scouts watching, Hammel pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs while striking out six in the Cubs’ 7-2 win Friday over the Washington Nationals. Expected to be dealt before the July..." June 28

  • Samardzija a great trade chip, but can he bring twice as much as Garza? "After seeing Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija's frustration boil over to the point where he snapped a bat in half over his knee in his latest good-start, bad-result performance, the thought that immediately jumps to mind is this: get this poor fellow out of Chicago. However, it isn't as simple as it..." June 27

  • Reds take series in 4-1 win over Cubs

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Mat Latos is admittedly in nowhere near midseason form. But when you throw seven innings of one-run ball, it's not really time to quibble about your stuff. Latos did that to help the Reds wrap up their fourth straight series victory with a 4-1 win over the Chicago Cubs before a crowd of 28,207..." June 26

  • Cubs beginning Manny Ramirez experiment with Triple-A Iowa

    CSN Chicago "The Manny Ramirez experiment moves to Colorado Springs, where Triple-A Iowa’s new player/coach will try to repair his image and mentor some of the can’t-miss prospects the Cubs are betting on now. After getting in shape at the team’s Arizona complex, Ramirez will be activated for Thursday’s..." June 26

  • Mariners in on Samardzija, Hammel; but doesn't Seattle need bats? "The Mariners' obvious need is hitting help for stars Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager in a lineup that ranks near the bottom in OPS. Yet, the two players most connected to Seattle trade talks are pitchers Jeff Samardzija (who they are said to like very much) and Jason Hammel. The Mariners have..." June 25

  • Cubs snap losing streak with win over Reds

    CSN Chicago "Jake Arrieta retired his first 18 batters and struck out nine in seven impressive innings, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Arrieta (4-1) was working on a perfect game before rookie Billy Hamilton started the seventh with a single up the..." June 25

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Angels interested in #Rays’ Price. Team likely does not have package to get it done. #Cubs’ Hammel also on long list of options.

  • Reds score 5 in 9th to put Cubs away

    Chicago Tribune "After popping up a sacrifice bunt attempt that landed in the glove of Reds first baseman Joey Votto, Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija snapped his bat over his leg before retreating to the dugout Monday night. Samardzija's frustration was understandable, given his failure to help his cause and the..." June 24

  • Pirates' Cumpton keeps Cubs at bay for 2-1 win at Wrigley

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Brandon Cumpton pitched seven shutout innings Sunday, working his way through the Chicago Cubs lineup on the way to a 2-1 win at Wrigley Field. The Cubs made things interesting in the ninth, scoring a run off closer Mark Melancon. The Pirates (37-38) got a third-inning home run by Travis..." June 23

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Wellington Castillo activated off DL. Eli Whiteside DFA.

  • Mercer, Harrison power Pirates past Cubs, 5-3

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Jordy Mercer stayed hot. Josh Harrison rediscovered his mojo. They each hit a home run Saturday to power the Pirates past the Chicago Cubs, 5-3. Mercer had a pair of hits, including a solo home run in the third inning. This month, Mercer is batting .306 (22 for 72), including seven..." June 22

  • Cubs establishing a swagger after latest win over Pirates

    CSN Chicago "There is a quiet confidence brewing the Cubs’ clubhouse, which might seem surprising given their sub-par record. But after beating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-3, on Friday, the Cubs are coming together in all facets of the game. Friday marked their 11th win of the month, which already matches..." June 21

  • Epstein doesn't foresee Bryant call up this season

    CSN Chicago "Push away any visions of seeing top prospect Kris Bryant in a Chicago Cubs uniform this season at Wrigley Field. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein has essentially ruled out the possibility of Bryant getting a call up from Triple-A Iowa this season. “I don't foresee a scenario..." June 21

  • Power Hitting prospect Yasmani Tomas defects from Cuba

    Baseball America "Yasmani Tomas, one of the top young power hitters in Cuba and a member of the national team, has left the island to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned. The Cuban newspaper Granma also confirmed that Tomas had left the country. Tomas is 23 and has played..." June 20

  • The union does not plan on pushing for or agreeing to a smokeless tobacco ban

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal spoke to Tony Clark, head of the MLBPA. The topic: smokeless tobacco. Tony Gwynn was a personal hero of Clark’s, and Rosenthal asked him if Gwynn’s death — almost certainly caused by smokeless tobacco use — was enough to get the union to either push for or agree to a ban on smokeless..." June 20

  • Cubs make Samardzija an offer he can refuse; trade to contender looms "The Cubs did indeed recently present star righthanded pitcher Jeff Samardzija with a new five-year contract offer. However, the chances of Samardzija signing the new proposal amount to something akin to the outmanned, out-of-it Cubs winning the World Series this year. If the odds are slightly..." June 19

  • Arrieta whiffs 11, Cubs win 6-1

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs fulfilled their main goal Wednesday as Jake Arrieta struck out a career-high 11 in coasting to a 6-1 win at Miami. With the win, the Cubs earned a 500 record on this 10-game trip. It also gave them two consecutive road series wins for the first time since taking two of three at..." June 18

  • Red-hot Bryant moved to Triple-A by Cubs

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs have promoted 2103 first-round pick Kris Bryant to Triple-A Iowa. Bryant tweeted about the promotion Wednesday, and the team later confirmed it. Bryant, 22, led the Southern League at Double-A Tennessee in batting average (.355), home runs (22), RBIs (58), on-base..." June 18

  • Jones ends power drought in Marlins win over Cubs

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The contact didn't coincide with any of the thunder claps audible from inside Marlins Park Tuesday night. It didn't make Garrett Jones' three-run, seventh-inning homer any less dramatic. Jones' first since May 23 was perfectly timed, considering it eclipsed a one-run deficit and proved the..." June 18

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    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Source: Giants and Royals each had a high-level scout in Miami last night to evaluate Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija.

  • Samardzija available for trade, despite Cubs’ contract offer

    Chicago Sun-Times "Despite making a final run at a contract extension with ace Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs continue to make it clear to teams looking for pitching that he is available in trade. Officials from four teams said this week the Cubs have told other teams that Samardzija and pitcher Jason Hammel are..." June 18

  • Travis Wood's pinch-hit double in 13th gives Cubs 5-4 win over Marlins

    Chicago Tribune "With at least six scouts evaluating Jason Hammel, the Cubs' exceptional pitching rental didn't turn in one of his sharper performances. Perhaps those same evaluators will see a more tantalizing performance from ace Jeff Samardzija on Tuesday night. The most noticeable difference Monday was..." June 17

  • Cubs talking again to Jeff Samardzija about multiyear extension

    Chicago Sun-Times "With the Cubs’ top two trading chips of the summer pitching the first two games of this series against the Miami Marlins, scouts from contenders and hopefuls started to gather like tropical storm clouds at Marlins Park on Monday. But even as the Cubs continue early trade talks with some teams..." June 17

  • Report: Cubs start Samardzija trade talks

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs have talked with multiple teams about trades involving ace Jeff Samardzija and veteran starter Jason Hammel, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Citing multiple sources, the Sun-Times reported that the Cubs may already have begun fielding trade offers from multiple teams. The..." June 17

  • Wood shuts down Phillies as Cubs take first road series

    CSN Chicago "Travis Wood pitched hitless ball into the sixth inning, and the Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 3-0, on Sunday to win a road series for the first time this season. Anthony Rizzo hit his 14th home run, and Starlin Castro added three hits as the Cubs took two of three at Citizens Bank..." June 15

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    Brian McTaggart @brianmctaggart

    Astros have agreed on Minor League deal with RHP Jose Veras. He'll to go Kissimmee and then OKC.