Cubs Rumors & News

  • Ernie Banks suffered heart attack

    ESPN Chicago "Ernie Banks' family has announced that the Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer died after suffering a heart attack. Banks, a two-time National League MVP who spent his entire major league career with the Cubs, died Friday at the age of 83. The cause of his death was not announced until Sunday, when..." January 26

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    Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

    Gonzalez Germen has been claimed by the Cubs. This winter he's been a Met, Yankee and Ranger too. #mets

  • Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, Dies At 83

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "Just last weekend, it was announced at the Cubs Convention that Ernie Banks couldn't make it; the reason wasn't stated but many assumed he had to be seriously ill. I can't remember the last convention Ernie missed. Tonight, unfortunately, we have this sad news: BREAKING NEWS: So sorry to..." January 24

  • Cubs, Dexter Fowler Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs and outfielder Dexter Fowler have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $9.5MM, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link). As MLBTR’s Arbitration Tracker shows, Fowler had filed at $10.8MM, while the club countered with an $8.5MM figure. His $9.5MM salary falls..." January 24

  • Wrigley rooftop owners sue Cubs, say club breached contract

    Sporting News "The Cubs and chairman Tom Ricketts are being sued in federal court by businesses that own two of the rooftops that overlook Wrigley Field, according to the Chicago Tribune. Ricketts and the team have been accused of violating their revenue-sharing contract with the businesses, participating in..." January 21

  • Cubs' future plans with Kris Bryant still uncertain

    The Outside Corner "The Chicago Cubs made a rather expected move on Monday when they went out and acquired center fielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros. Fowler fills a need for on-base percentage at the top of the lineup, while also presenting Joe Maddon with an extremely versatile lineup to work with..." January 21

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    Houston Astros @astros

    #Astros officially acquire IF Luis Valbuena and RHP Dan Straily from the Cubs in exchange for OF Dexter Fowler.

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Breaking news -Cubs close to completing trade for Houston CF Dexter Fowler .

  • Too early to put Bryant in lineup

    MLB Blogs "With Luis Valbuena headed to Houston, that leaves an void at third base but Cubs GM Jed Hoyer says it’s too early to write Kris Bryant’s name in the lineup for Opening Day. Cubs fans are giddy at the prospect of Bryant, 23, the Minor League Player of the Year, playing at Wrigley Field. In his..." January 19

  • Cubs get Dexter Fowler from Astros

    ESPN Chicago "The Houston Astros have traded outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-handed pitcher Dan Straily. The Cubs announced the move on Monday. Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight homers and 35 RBIs last year in his only season with the Astros, who acquired..." January 19

  • Hoyer says Baez 'has to earn his playing time' in 2015

    Chicago Sun-Times "Of all the changes in store for the Cubs, none will feel them more than their kid hitters, who won’t get free passes this season. That means keep your eye this spring on Javy Baez. He could be the poster boy for the “accountability” the Cubs plan to install. “He has to earn his playing time,..." January 18

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    Mike Perchick @TheREALPerchick

    Just in case this was lost in flurry of tweets: #Cubs and P Daniel Bard agree on minor league deal with Major League Spring Training Invite

  • Starlin Castro: Problems follow me "After being near gunfire on two separate occasions this offseason, Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has decided to move his family from the Dominican Republic to Arizona. And the Cubs think it's the best thing for him. "He made a not insignificant step to move to Arizona and start his..." January 18

  • Wrigley to be minus famed bleachers "Visiting hitters won't have their home runs thrown back onto Wrigley Field until May 11, at least, as the Cubs announced the stadium's famous bleachers won't be open for the first month of the 2015 season. The target date is May 11 for the left field bleachers and late May for the right field..." January 18

  • Lester anti-clock: 'No time limit' in baseball "New Cubs pitcher Jon Lester is not in favor of a pitch clock in order to speed up games. Major League Baseball will experiment with a clock at Double-A and Triple-A this season after testing it at the Arizona Fall League last year. It won't be in the majors in 2015, but could make its way there..." January 18

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Here we go: Joe Maddon says he's thinking of batting the pitcher 8th. Not definitive of course. It's early

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    Kiley McDaniel @kileymcd

    Pedro Strop/CHC/3.0M/2.0M Tom WIlhelmsen/SEA/2.2M/1.4M Vance Worley/PIT/2.45M/2.0M I would include midpoints but you guys have calculators.

  • Cubs, Chris Coghlan, Welington Castillo agree to contracts

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs trimmed their list of unsigned arbitration eligible players to four after agreeing to terms on a one-year, $2.505 million contract with outfielder Chris Coghlan and a one-year, $2.1 million contract with catcher Welington Castillo. Coghlan, 29, the 2009 National League rookie..." January 16

  • Cubs, Felix Doubront avoid arbitration for $1.925 million

    Hardball Talk "Left-hander Felix Doubront and the Cubs have avoided arbitration, with Jon Heyman of reporting that they agreed to a one-year, $1.925 million deal. Acquired from the Red Sox at the trade deadline, Doubront made just four starts for the Cubs and also spent some time in the minors. " January 15

  • Anthony Rizzo: ‘We’re Going To Win The NL Central — Quote Me On That’ "The expectations for the 2015 Cubs have been set. Full of confidence following a strong offseason that included the additions of respected manager Joe Maddon and ace left-hander Jon Lester, first baseman Anthony Rizzo came out firing Thursday ahead of the Cubs Convention this weekend, saying..." January 15

  • Cubs ink Denorfia to 1-year deal "The Cubs announced the signing of outfielder Chris Denorfia to a one-year deal Friday. Denorfia, 34, split time with San Diego and Seattle last season, compiling a .230 batting average to go along with three home runs and 21 RBIs in 330 at-bats. He is a nine-year veteran who broke in with..." January 10

  • Pedro, Big Unit, Smoltz, Biggio make Hall of Fame "Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America on Tuesday. The three pitchers were voted in on their first time on the ballot, while Biggio was selected in his third year. Johnson received 97.3 percent..." January 06

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    John Baker @manbearwolf

    Chris Denorifa to the @cubs ? Deno is one of my favorite teammates of all time! The Cubs fans are going to love him. Enjoy him Chicago.

  • The crazy story of how David Ross ended up with the Cubs

    CSN Chicago "Social media has changed the way sports information is filtered out to the masses and it's always fascinating to see how it affects players finding out their own future. That happened with David Ross earlier this month before he signed a two-year, $5 million deal with the Cubs. The veteran..." December 31

  • Before deciding on the Cubs, David Ross heard on the radio that he signed with the Padres

    WEEI Boston "David Ross thought the entire offseason was bizarre enough. As the former Red Sox catcher put it, “€œI was blown away and flattered by the offers and opportunities that came my way. It really shocked me.”€ Then the morning of Dec. 19 came around, and that took the unpredictability to another..." December 28

  • Agent: Starlin Castro wasn't arrested or detained, needs to leave the DR "Cubs All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro had nothing to do with a shooting in the Dominican Republic that reportedly left six people injured, and Castro was neither arrested nor detained, Castro's longtime agent Paul Kinzer said. "He wasn't arrested. That's just the [Dominican] media trying to..." December 28

  • Starlin Castro detained in connection with shooting in D.R.

    Hardball Talk "According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was detained for questioning by authorities in the Dominican Republic on Saturday in connection with a nightclub shooting that injured six people this morning. The initial report from Rojas said that Castro was arrested,..." December 27

  • The average major league salary is up to $3.8 million

    Hardball Talk "The best things in life are free. But you can keep them for the birds and bees: Major League Baseball’s average salary shot up to more than $3.8-million (U.S.) this year following the steepest rise since 2001, putting big-leaguers on track to top the $4-million barrier for the first time in..." December 24

  • Catcher David Ross officially signs two-year deal with Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs officially signed veteran catcher David Ross Tuesday to a two-year, $5 million deal. The 37-year-old veteran will likely become the personal catcher for Jon Lester, his former batterymate in Boston, making incumbent Welington Castillo expendable. Ross has thrown out 35.1 percent of..." December 23

  • MLB, umpires reach agreement on new contract

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball and its umpires will maintain labor peace for the next few seasons. The sides agreed to a five-year collective bargaining agreement late Friday, The Associated Press reported. The current agreement was set to expire Dec. 31. The umpires and team owners will hold..." December 21

  • Cubs claim catcher Ryan Lavarnway

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs lost out on one former Red Sox catcher on Friday before claiming another one. After David Ross signed with the Padres, Ryan Lavarnway was claimed off waivers by the Cubs, one of two waiver claims on the day along with A's outfielder Shane Peterson. Lavarnway spent the last seven..." December 19

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: David Ross to #Cubs, two years, $5M.

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    Steve Adams @Adams_Steve

    Source: RHP Anthony Carter has agreed to terms with #Cubs on minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

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    Paul Sullivan @PWSullivan

    Cubs deal @justinruggiano to M's for RH Matt Brazis.

  • MLB releases statement on Cuban relations

    Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17

  • Mariners acquire outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs

    Seattle Times "The trade that was debated, discussed and fretted about is done. The Mariners have acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs in exchange for right-handed reliever Matt Brazis. To make room for Ruggiano on the 40-man roster, reliever Logan Bawcom has been designated for assignment. “I..." December 17

  • Orioles in agreement on one-year deal with Wesley Wright

    CSN Baltimore "The Orioles are in agreement on a one-year contract with free agent left-handed reliever Wesley Wright according to an industry source. The deal is pending a physical. Wright was non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs on Dec. 2. In 58 games with the Cubs in 2014, Wright was 0-3 with a 3.17..." December 16

  • Jon Lester: Phone Call To Dustin Pedroia After Signing Was Hardest To Make

    NESN "Jon Lester’s been a busy man recently, but there was no way he was going to forget to call Dustin Pedroia. Lester and the Boston Red Sox second baseman spoke frequently in recent weeks. The free-agent Lester was being courted by multiple teams, and Pedroia obviously wanted a reunion in Boston with..." December 16

  • Cubs agree to one-year deal with reliever Jason Motte

    Hardball Talk "Bruce Levine of hears that that the Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Jason Motte, pending a physical. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, it’s worth $4.5 million. Motte scuffled in his return from Tommy John surgery this past season, posting a 4.68..." December 16

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    #Cubs trying to add an OF but it won't be Colby Rasmus. They might be done with rotation after Lester deal but could use a veteran reliever.

  • Inside the Chicago Cubs' Hiring of Joe Maddon, One of MLB's Best Managers

    Bleacher Report "From his 20th floor room here in the Grand Hyatt hotel, from his first winter meetings as the manager of the Chicago Cubs, Joe Maddon's view is breathtakingly spectacular. Out the window is a gorgeous and expansive panorama of the San Diego Bay, sun sparkling on the water. Down below and to the..." December 15

  • Lester $30M signing bonus a record "Jon Lester set Major League Baseball records for largest signing bonus and biggest upfront payment with his $155 million, seven-year deal with the Chicago Cubs. The pitcher's contract calls for a $30 million signing bonus, of which $15 million is due by April 1, a person familiar with the..." December 15

  • Major moves by the Cubs spur spike in expectations

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs left the winter meetings Thursday with their biggest haul in eight years, already assuring the kind of spring-training buzz they haven’t seen since the last time they had an ex-Rays manager running things and talking about a World Series. “They’re certainly going to be a lot better..." December 13

  • Theo Epstein says Cubs aren't selling out to win in 2015

    CSN Chicago "Theo Epstein isn’t buying the narrative that the Cubs are now all-in for next season. There was the Big Bat Theory floating around the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego and the Twitter rumors about another frontline pitcher. But the Cubs won’t have that much financial flexibility after they..." December 11

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    Jayson Stark @jaysonst

    Lester's signing bonus is $30 million, paid over the life of the contract, according to a source familiar with the terms.

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Source confirms Jon Lester is signing with #Cubs and getting a six-year, $155 million deal.

  • Jon Lester agrees to 6 year, $155M contract with Cubs

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs have agreed to terms with one of the biggest free agents on the market. Jon Lester has picked the Cubs over the other finalist - the Boston Red Sox - in a move that signals the Cubs are now taking the next step in the rebuilding of the franchise. When the Cubs open the 2015 season..." December 10

  • MLB sees record $9 billion in revenues for 2014 "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10

  • David Ross, Jonny Gomes likely to follow Lester to Cubs

    Larry Brown Sports "Jon Lester choosing to sign with the Chicago Cubs could have a domino effect. Some believe that Lester agreeing to a deal with the Cubs means free agents David Ross and Jonny Gomes could follow. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan said the chances the two sign with the Cubs “increases significantly.” ESPN’s..." December 10

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    it's down to #Cubs vs #RedSox for Lester