Cubs Rumors & News

  • Bumgarner, Posey, Panda help Giants win Cubs 'nightcap' 5-3

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants' mood swings were off the charts in three extraordinary days at Wrigley Field. The takeaways: A grounds crew that made history, a 2-0 loss, a successful protest that wiped out that 2-0 loss, new knowledge about Rule 4.12(a)(3), an 8-3 win, the 2-0 loss that turned into a 2-1 loss,..." August 22

  • Cubs win ‘Tarpgate’ game over Giants

    Chicago Sun-Times "It took another seven-plus hours Thursday – including nearly two more hours of rain delay – but the Cubs finally completed a victory they thought they’d already won Tuesday, then finished a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants with a 5-3 loss in a regularly scheduled..." August 22

  • Cubs place sore Edwin Jackson on DL

    Chicago Sun-Times "It might have looked like adding injury to insult when the Cubs placed struggling, $52 million pitcher Edwin Jackson on the disabled list Thursday with a lat strain. But Jackson remains confident he can return stronger and better from soreness that has plagued him for weeks until finally..." August 22

  • Staffing issue may have been responsible for Cubs ‘tarp gate’

    Chicago Sun-Times "A staffing decision by the Cubs’ stadium operations might have made as big a difference as any “mechanical’’ issue in creating the tarp-related mess Tuesday night that led to the historic decision Wednesday to uphold the San Francisco Giants’ challenge of what was originally ruled a rain-shortened..." August 22

  • Cubs could demote Edwin Jackson to the bullpen midway through $52 million contract

    Hardball Talk "After signing a four-year, $52 million contract with the Cubs last offseason Edwin Jackson struggled last season and has now been a mess this year, giving him a combined 14-32 record and 5.47 ERA in 57 starts for Chicago. That includes leading the league in losses both seasons and leading the..." August 21

  • Giants beat Cubs to complete win-win day

    San Jose Mercury News "Jake Peavy walked into the cramped visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field shortly after batting practice and announced that the teams would play two on Thursday. Travis Ishikawa's head dropped. "My first thought was, 'Gosh, did we get rained out?' " Ishikawa said. It was all clear a night after..." August 21

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    Jason Martinez @mlbdepthcharts

    Updated #Cubs roster: SS Starlin Castro placed on Bereavement List, SP Edwin Jackson (strained lat) placed on DL ...

  • Giants have grounds for frustration - could protest, Bochy says

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants lost 2-0 Tuesday night in a game that was called after 4 1/2 innings, and they were furious with how it was handled by the Cubs. Give the win to Chicago starting pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada and the save to the Wrigley Field grounds crew, which fouled up covering the infield when rain..." August 20

  • Cubs vs. Giants: What happened at Wrigley Field?

    CSN Chicago "What just happened at Wrigley Field? The Cubs and San Francisco Giants came to a standstill as Tuesday night turned into Wednesday morning, leaving both teams hanging around the dugouts for hours, waiting for answers that didn’t satisfy anyone. The bleachers and upper deck were almost..." August 20

  • Lester return to Boston a long shot; Cubs, Yankees are likely players "There have been a lot of nice things said by ace starter Jon Lester about the Red Sox since being traded to the Athletics, and that shouldn't be a surprise. There's no reason to think he didn't absolutely love his time in Boston, as he has said both before he left and since he has gone. Still,..." August 20

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    Bruce Miles @BruceMiles2112

    Giants not confirming it but sources say they won protest. Tuesday game to be picked up at 4 Thursday. #Cubs

  • Giants file official protest over controversial loss at Wrigley

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants have filed an official protest with Major League Baseball following Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss at Wrigley Field, when a 15-minute rainstorm in the fifth inning left the field unplayable because the grounds crew failed to fully cover the infield. A club source confirmed the Giants went..." August 20

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Tigers, #RedSox, #SFGiants still in mix for Rusney Castillo. #Cubs, #Yankees, #Phillies not expected to place high bid.

  • Cubs 4, Mets 1: Kyle Hendricks Shines Again

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "The Cubs rookie righthander could get some Rookie of the Year votes if he keeps this up. I told you guys about Kyle Hendricks in spring training. Yes, I understand completely the reasons he didn't make the Opening Day roster and I think he was called up at exactly the right time. And I do..." August 19

  • Wright hurt, Niese falters, but Mets somehow pull one out over Cubs

    New York Post "Jon Niese was able to look at his performance in Saturday’s 7-3 win over the Cubs as a “step forward.” He has Vic Black to thank for that. Niese, cruising for most of his start, unraveled in the seventh and only a brilliant job out of the bullpen from Black kept the Mets comfortably..." August 17

  • Top prospect Bryant to have MRI on foot "Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant had to leave Saturday's game with Triple-A Iowa before the third inning after apparently aggravating a minor foot injury. In a game at Principal Park in Des Moines, the 22-year-old third baseman drew a walk in the first against Salt Lake to load the bases. It was..." August 17

  • Starlin Castro says he's happy with Cubs, but Mets could use a shortstop

    New York Daily News "How to Break a Met Fan’s Heart, version 673: “I don’t want to leave. I want to stay here all my career.” That was Starlin Castro talking Friday night before he and the Cubs faced the Mets in the opener of a four-game series at Citi Field. A certain segment of Met fan has fixated on the Cubs’..." August 17

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Cubs planning to promote Matt Szczur from Iowa after Dan Straily makes a spot start on Saturday night in New York.

  • Cubs option Junior Lake "The Chicago Cubs optioned outfielder Junior Lake to Triple-A Iowa while recalling right-handed pitcher Dan Straily, the team announced on Saturday. Lake, 24, had been in the majors since debuting last season after the All-Star break. He hit .284 with a .332 on-base percentage and an OPS of..." August 16

  • Wheeler strikes out 10, Campbell homers as Mets beat Cubs

    New York Post "It’s Zack, with a “K.” That’s just the easiest way to remember the correct spelling of Zack Wheeler’s first name, along with his optimum pitching style. On a seasonably cool Friday night in Flushing, the Mets right-hander cranked up the heat and delivered in a 3-2 victory over the Cubs that..." August 16

  • Chicago-area Little League team gets better ratings than Cubs, White Sox

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox and Cubs took a back seat to Chicago’s Little Leaguers Thursday in the ratings department. Jackie Robinson West’s 12-2 victory over Lynwood, Wash., did a 2.4 rating in Chicago on ESPN. That means the game was viewed in more than 70,000 area homes." August 16

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    No Valbuena in #Cubs lineup today or tomorrow. Battling cold

  • Cubs prospect Kris Bryant hits walk-off blast for 40th homer

    Hardball Talk "Kris Bryant’s incredible season continued last night, as the Cubs prospect hit his minors-leading 40th home run and it was a 12th-inning walk-off bomb on “Kris Bryant jersey t-shirt night” at Triple-A Iowa. Bryant joins Rangers prospect Joey Gallo last season as the only minor leaguers to reach..." August 15

  • Cubs trade former top prospect, first-round pick Brett Jackson to Diamondbacks

    Hardball Talk "While the Cubs wait for their current array of stud prospects to reach the majors together they traded away a former top prospect, dealing 2009 first-round draft pick Brett Jackson to the Diamondbacks for Triple-A reliever Blake Cooper. Jackson cracked Baseball America’s top-100 prospects list..." August 15

  • Brewers beat Cubs

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Mike Fiers' remarkable resurgence continued Thursday afternoon. Making his second start in place of the injured Matt Garza, the 29-year-old righthander struck out a career-high 14 while allowing just three hits over six shutout innings to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a much-needed 6-2 victory..." August 15

  • Cubs take down first-place Brewers again behind stellar pitching

    CSN Chicago "Seven up, seven down for the Cubs starters. The Cubs rotation has rattled off seven quality starts in a row and beat the first-place Milwaukee Brewers behind a rookie pitcher for the second straight night Wednesday in a 4-2 win in front of 31,191 at Wrigley Field. Tsuyoshi Wada, the..." August 14

  • Rooftop owners sue city over Wrigley renovations

    Chicago Tribune "A group of owners of rooftop clubs overlooking Wrigley Field sued the City of Chicago today in Cook County Circuit Court, asking a judge to review the decision that allowed the Chicago Cubs to build as many as seven outfield that would block views from the rooftops. The rooftop owners are..." August 14

  • An early look at the top MLB free agents

    MLB Daily Dish "While not as strong as year's past, this winter's free agent class is shaking up to be particularly deep. With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline now past us, barring an unlikely late-August blockbuster, it seems that all the major in-season transactions are now passed us. With less than..." August 14

  • Kyle Hendricks keeps right on rolling as Cubs shut out Brewers

    CSN Chicago "Kyle Hendricks has silenced the doubters to a whisper. The 24-year-old rookie has never been considered a top prospect because he doesn't have overpowering stuff, but he just keeps right on rolling. Tuesday night, Hendricks shut down the first-place Milwaukee Brewers in a 3-0 Cubs win in front..." August 13

  • Hendricks among Cubs' elite rookies

    Chicago Tribune "One of the most interesting scouting reports on Chicago Cubs rookie standout Kyle Hendricks was provided Tuesday night by first baseman Anthony Rizzo. “He works well, he works fast,” Rizzo said after Hendricks pitched 7 1/3 shutout innings to lead the Cubs to a 3-0 win over the National League..." August 13

  • Chris Archer 'wouldn't be shocked' if David Price came to Cubs

    CSN Chicago "Could David Price come to the Cubs? The pitcher recently traded from the Rays to the Tigers is a free agent after the 2015 season, and given the Cubs' seeming need for top-of-the-line pitching, it could possibly be a fit. Of course, the former Cy Young winner is expected to demand a hefty..." August 13

  • Bud Selig expects MLB regular season games in Europe soon

    SB Nation "Some MLB teams will likely be headed to Amsterdam for meaningful games as early as 2015. Outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig hopes to announce plans for regular season games in Europe before he leaves office, according to multiple reports. The league has its eye on London..." August 13

  • Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta open to long-term contract

    Chicago Sun-Times "After only 13 months with the Cubs, right-hander Jake Arrieta already seems to feel pretty strongly about two things: First, that he can be the ace of the pitching staff, even if the Cubs sign a front-line starter such as Jon Lester. ‘‘I don’t see why not,’’ Arrieta said. And second,..." August 13

  • The Cubs and the hunt for pitching

    ESPN Chicago "By now you know that the Chicago Cubs are in search of pitching to augment their position-player prospect base. The Cubs could fill out a starting eight of prospects -- and then some -- but finding a five-man rotation to help them compete in the coming years is still a work in progress. Any fan..." August 11

  • Cubs prospect Kris Bryant is up to 38 home runs

    Hardball Talk "Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant hasn’t slowed down one bit since being promoted on June 18 from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa and slugged his 38th home run of the season on Saturday night in Oklahoma City, home of the Astros’ Triple-A team. Bryant is now in a deadlock with Rangers..." August 10

  • Odorizzi rebounds, handcuffs Cubs in 4-0 win

    Tampa Tribune "The strikeouts came in bunches for Jake Odorizzi. They came early, too. He walked off the mound after the second inning having struck out five successive Cubs hitters. That wasn’t the plan. It was the byproduct of the plan. Odorizzi didn’t pitch aggressively in his previous start, and the..." August 10

  • Kiermaier hit gives Rays 4-3 win in the 10th over Cubs

    Tampa Tribune "Underneath that calm, quiet, stone-like exterior of Brad Boxberger is an inferno. At least that’s what his boss says. “He has a lot of fire, man,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. Maddon might not have felt that fire, but he said he heard it when Boxberger returned to the mound in the 10th..." August 09

  • Cubs acquire Jacob Turner for two minor leaguers "As has been expected for two days, the Cubs have acquired right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner from the Marlins, according to the Cubs official website. It was expected due to the following chronology and factors. 1. Turner was designated for assignment and put on revocable waivers. 2. The..." August 09

  • Cubs, Phillies talking Hamels but unlikely to complete trade "The Cubs and Phillies have engaged in talks on a trade for star Philly pitcher Cole Hamels, but are not especially likely to complete a deal, according to people familiar with the situation. Chicago claimed Hamels on revocable waivers, as Mike Missanelli of 97.5 the Fanatic originally reported,..." August 08

  • Javy Baez hits two HRs in Cubs win over Rockies

    Chicago Sun-Times "Rookie Javier Baez hit two more homers and drove in four runs Thursday, leading the Chicago Cubs over the Colorado Rockies 6-2. Along with his home runs, the Cubs’ 21-year-old prized prospect had an RBI single to back rookie Kyle Hendricks (3-1). Baez homered in his major league debut..." August 08

  • Cubs claim Cole Hamels off revocable trade waivers "The Cubs have claimed left-hander Cole Hamels off revocable trade waivers from the Phillies, Jon Heyman of has confirmed. Mike Missanelli of 97.5 the Fanatic first reported the claim. One of three things will happen now: The Phillies pull Hamels back off trade waivers and..." August 08

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    Mike Missanelli @MikeMiss975

    My info sez the CUBS put in the waiver claim on Cole Hamels. Would the Phils trade him there now and would Cole accept?

  • Rockies cruise by the Cubs in support of Jordan Lyles' return

    Denver Post "As Matt Belisle warmed up in the Rockies bullpen Wednesday at Coors Field, readying to replace Jordan Lyles, he was interrupted by the falling ball walloped off the bat of Carlos Gonzalez. These three things — starter, reliever, slugger — weaved together Colorado's most complete game in more..." August 07

  • MLB asks feds for names in probe "Major League Baseball officials have contacted the DEA and U.S. Attorney's office in Southern Florida in an effort to unmask the names of any players who might have violated the league's drug policy, sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Federal officials are discussing how to honor the..." August 07

  • Renteria: Hype won't get to Baez "If you're worried that the giant microscope following Javier Baez around will eventually burn him, he says, "I'm ready for anything." And that's good enough for Rick Renteria, whose new second baseman will make his Wrigley Field debut on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. "I think he'll be..." August 07

  • Debuting Javy Baez hits winning HR as Cubs beat Rockies 6-5

    Chicago Sun-Times "Even after saying Sunday that Javy Baez should be promoted to the majors ‘‘soon,’’ shortstop Starlin Castro was as surprised as anyone else that the Cubs did it Monday. ‘‘I said, ‘Wow, I said something and he comes up right away,’ ’’ Castro said. So who does Castro-damus say is coming..." August 06

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    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    Cubs claim Jacob Turner on waivers

  • Cubs Designate Nate Schierholtz For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have designated outfielder Nate Schierholtz for assignment, tweets Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. With the move, roster space was created for Kyuji Fujikawa‘s activation from the 60-day DL. Schierholtz, a 30-year-old left-handed hitter, was playing on a $5MM salary this season..." August 06

  • Nightengale: MLB's Biogenesis nightmare far from over

    USA Today "If I'm a former client of Tony Bosch's, I'm petrified. If I'm close friend of Alex Rodriguez, or, ahem, a business associate, I'm scared. If I'm Sam and Seth Levinson, who run the ACES agency, I'm worried. If I'm Major League Baseball, ooh, boy, I'm all ears. Biogenesis founder Tony..." August 06

  • Soler is Cubs minor league player of month "With one prized prospect in Javier Baez set to make his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, another at Triple-A Iowa is doing his best to join him. The Cubs named outfielder Jorge Soler their minor league player of the month for July after he slashed .406/.500/.891 in 24 games..." August 05