Cubs Rumors & News

  • Maddon plays coy on revealing Cubs' NLDS rotation "Manager Joe Maddon admitted on Friday that he's had the Cubs' postseason rotation set in his mind for about a week, but he was not ready to reveal it until he can meet with the front office and the coaching staff. "We haven't had that final conversation with [president of baseball operations..." October 01

  • Zobrist hitting his stride with 2 homers in Cubs' 7-3 win

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Last season, Ben Zobrist got hot at the right time to help lead the Kansas City Royals to a World Series title. He's hoping to do the same for the Chicago Cubs. On Friday night, Zobrist homered twice and Anthony Rizzo singled home two runs, lifting the Cubs to a 7-3 victory..." September 30

  • Cubs fan gets World Series champs tattoo because of course he did

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Chicago Cubs enter the MLB postseason as the prohibitive favorites to win the World Series, but that doesn’t make a fan’s decision to tempt fate and awake curses by getting a tattoo prematurely touting the team as 2016 world champions. A guy named Noel based in Des Moines, Iowa, was the..." September 30

  • Cubs-Pirates game ends in rare tie

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs' record is the best in the majors, and now, it is unique as well. 101 wins. 57 losses. And one tie. The Cubs and Pittsburgh were tied 1-1 in the top of the sixth when a hard rain washed out the rest of the Pirates' final home game of the season Thursday..." September 29

  • Chicago Cubs Playoff Tickets On Track To Be Baseball's Most Expensive Ever "The Chicago Cubs won their 100th game Monday night as their magical season rolls on. The club has the best record in baseball by a wide margin (101-56), the best run differential in a landslide (+252) and is a heavy favorite to win the World Series (11/5). The Cubbies have three Cy Young Award..." September 29

  • Cubs keep rolling, beat Pirates for 101st win

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs have heard all about 1908 for what literally has been more than a century. On this night, though, the team with the majors' best record heard about 1910. Chris Coghlan gave still-streaking Chicago an early lead with a three-run triple in the second inning, and..." September 28

  • Jaso's cycle powers Pirates past Cubs, Arrieta

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates once couldn't have hit for the cycle against Jake Arrieta in a week's worth of starts against him. John Jaso did it in a single night. Jaso became the first player to hit for the cycle in PNC Park, driving in five runs with a three-run homer, triple,..." September 28

  • Levine: Theo Epstein Agrees To 5-Year Extension With Cubs "The Cubs got their man for the second time in five years today. Chairman Tom Ricketts and president Theo Epstein hammered out a new deal that will keep Epstein in charge of the Cubs’ baseball operations for five more years. Epstein’s contract had been set to expire at season’s end. The deal..." September 28

  • Extend Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod to go along with extending Theo Epstein

    MLB Trade Rumors "USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that Epstein’s contract is believed to be worth more than $50MM in total, which would make him the highest-paid baseball executive on record. Additionally, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that both Hoyer and McLeod have received extensions with the Cubs as..." September 28

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Cubs dump Cardinals, set record for Wrigley wins

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- David Ross enjoyed quite the retirement party Sunday night. In the Chicago Cubs' regular-season home finale, Ross homered, received four standing ovations and cried about three times, according to pitcher Jon Lester's count. And he caught another Lester gem as the Chicago..." September 26

  • Zastryzny to start Thursday's bullpen day "Cubs rookie Rob Zastryzny will make his first Major League start on Thursday in the club's series finale against the Pirates at PNC Park. The Cubs, who have clinched the No. 1 seed in the National League, want to give the rest of the rotation a breather heading into the postseason and had..." September 26

  • Cubs overpower Pirates for 100th win

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The milestones and achievements keep piling up, but there is only one pot of gold the Chicago Cubs are chasing -- a World Series title. Picking up their 100th win of the season Monday, a first since 1935 for the franchise, was just another bright spot. "I think it's..." September 26

  • Arrieta wins 18th game as Cubs drop Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta's goal may be perfection but he realizes he can occasionally ease up and still have good outcomes. Arrieta (18-7) scattered five hits in a seven-inning shutout effort as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 on Friday at Wrigley Field. Chicago..." September 24

  • Reyes shows poise as Cardinals drub Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Rookie Alex Reyes is enjoying his time pitching in an important role for a team trying to reach the playoffs. He came up big in pivotal moments on Saturday as the visiting St. Louis Cardinals breezed to a 10-4 win over the National League Central champion Chicago Cubs. With..." September 24

  • Cubs' Maddon: 100 wins would be 'really special' "The Cubs secured home-field advantage through the National League Championship Series after the Pirates' walk-off win over the Nationals on Friday night. Manager Joe Maddon watched the end of that game. "It's one of our goals," Maddon said Saturday. "The other one is to get 100 wins."" September 24

  • Arrieta masterful as Cubs clinch tie for home field

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta's goal may be perfection but he realizes he can occasionally ease up and still have good outcomes. Arrieta (18-7) scattered five hits in a seven-inning shutout effort as the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0 on Friday at Wrigley Field. Chicago..." September 23

  • Cubs club Reds, sweep series

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- John Lackey has made another big stride in his rebound from an August stay on the disabled list. The Cubs right-hander picked up his first victory since Aug. 9 and joined four fellow starters with double-digit win totals as the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-2 on..." September 22

  • Manny Ramirez Joining Winter League at 44 Years Old

    12 Up "​Are we shocked to hear the news that Manny Ramirez is back in a baseball uniform playing baseball again? We shouldn't be. According to a report from Antonio Puesan, Manny Ramirez will be joining the Aguilas Cibaenas in the winter league at the ripe age of 44 years old. The last time Ramirez..." September 22

  • Kyle Schwarber preparing for playoff role: Cubs cheerleader

    ESPN "He has been gone for all but three games this season, but he isn't far from the action. Chicago Cubs outfielder/catcher Kyle Schwarber is preparing for the playoffs as well -- as a cheerleader. He has been in the dugout for the home games but now looks to expand his role. Here’s a quick update..." September 22

  • Lester wins 18th as Cubs top Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The outing was a grind, but the result nonetheless vaulted Jon Lester ahead of his peers for the National League lead in wins. Lester (18-4) allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings in the Chicago Cubs' 6-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. "For..." September 21

  • Cubs' Jon Lester endorses Kyle Hendricks for NL Cy Young Award

    CSN Chicago "Win or lose, Jon Lester is always a straight shooter during his postgame press conferences, never sugarcoating his performance, the responsibilities that comes with his $155 million contract or those World Series-or-else expectations surrounding the Cubs. When asked about the National League Cy..." September 21

  • Cubs' Kyle Schwarber incorporates jogging in rehab

    Chicago Tribune "The chances of Kyle Schwarber rejoining the Cubs by next spring training is coming into focus. Before Monday's game, Schwarber was jogging lightly between and around some well-spaced cones in a figure-8 route in the Wrigley Field outfield. The left-handed hitting Schwarber, who hit 16..." September 21

  • Cubs president Theo Epstein has a diabolical wish for the NL Wild Card Game

    Fox Sports "The Cubs still are the only team that officially can make plans for the MLB postseason, and team president Theo Epstein already has his dream scenario for Chicago’s NLDS matchup. Barring a stunning collapse, Chicago will enter the playoffs with home-field advantage in the National League,..." September 20

  • Here's Jake Arrieta dressed as 'Jake from State Farm'

    Fox Sports "In a pretty obviously staged but nevertheless funny result, Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta shared a photo of himself in his Halloween costume as "Jake from State Farm" -- the insurance company's popular commercial character. Take a look:" September 20


    CSN Chicago "Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Saturday that he doesn't think Jorge Soler's injury is serious. The Cubs outfielder left Friday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers with tightness on his right side. “I didn’t get anything awful," Maddon said. "Just that his side was tight and whenever you hear..." September 18

  • Brewers hand Cubs' Hendricks first loss in nine starts

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Wily Peralta initially couldn't decide what was the bigger highlight on Sunday - an RBI base hit or repeatedly pitching his way out of tough situations. "Both," Peralta said with a laugh following the Milwaukee Brewers' 3-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. "No, I think being able to..." September 18

  • Seven MLB managers who could be fired after the season

    Sporting News "The regular season is winding down, and you know at least a couple of MLB managers are wondering whether they’re wearing their current uniform for the final few times down the stretch. At one point this season, Yankees manager Joe Girardi might have wondered about his job security. But after..." September 18

  • Brewers hammer Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- After clinching the National League Central, the Chicago Cubs continued to rest many of their regulars. And the Milwaukee Brewers took advantage. Ryan Braun hit two home runs, Chris Carter crushed a grand slam and Domingo Santana added a solo shot as the Brewers routed the Cubs..." September 17

  • David Ross celebrated Cubs’ division title by taking single shot

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross is a 39-year-old. After the team won the NL Central division title Thursday, he figured he’d celebrate like one. Appearing Friday on The Mully and Hanley Show on 670 The Score Chicago, Ross said he had just finished a workout after a game on Thursday when a loss..." September 17

  • Theo Epstein goes incognito to take in Cubs game in Wrigley Field bleachers

    Chicago Tribune "What looked to be a fake-mustachioed Theo Epstein and other members of the Cubs front office took in Friday's game against the Brewers from the front row of the bleachers at Wrigley Field. Images of what appared to be the Cubs president of baseball operations were shared on Twitter during the..." September 17

  • Cubs lose to Brewers, but win NL Central

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs' division-clinching party will wait until Friday, even though they became National League Central champions Thursday. The Milwaukee Brewers played spoiler -- for a couple hours anyway -- and prevented the Cubs from wrapping up the title before a sellout crowd at..." September 16

  • Montero lifts Cubs with walk-off blast

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Miguel Montero was not about to party after a loss. So the veteran Chicago Cubs catcher took matters into his own hands with his 10th inning game-winning walk-off home run as the Chicago Cubs rallied to a 5-4 victory over Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. As Montero's solo blast..." September 16

  • Thursday’s Cubs game received record television ratings

    Today's Knuckleball "Thursday night’s Cubs game against the Milwaukee Brewers received a rating of 11.19, which was the highest in the 12-year history of Comcast Sports Net Chicago for a regular season game. The Cubs entered Thursday night with a magic number of one, meaning they had a chance to clinch the National..." September 16

  • Joe Maddon's post-clinch prescription for Cubs involves plenty of rest

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs will opt for lineups that resemble a mid-March exhibition game once they clinch the National League Central title. That's the biggest of manager Joe Maddon's three priorities as the Cubs prepare for the postseason. "Resting guys who might have more dings, that would be No. 1 for..." September 16

  • Cubs clinch 1st NL Central title since 2008

    USA Today "The champagne in the Chicago Cubs clubhouse was already stashed away. The police barricades lined up outside Wrigley Field were dismantled. The Cubs’ party room was empty. The Cubs clinched the National League Central Division title Thursday night, but no one was around to celebrate it." September 16

  • Heyman: Top 30 free agents and early contract guesses

    Today's Knuckleball "Edwin Encarnacion rolled the dice, declining to counter the Toronto Blue Jays’ mild overtures in spring, and he’s hit a grand slam. Encarnacion moves way up the free-agent list (he’s No. 2 on our list, and actually No. 1 among players who are unfettered free agents: technically, Yoenis Cespedes..." September 15

  • Cubs ultimately to be judged by October performance

    USA Today "They are the Golden State Warriors in spikes, Springsteen on the diamond and Warren Buffett with a scorecard. The Chicago Cubs are baseball royalty, the ultimate in perfection with a gaudy 93-52 record and on the brink of taking the first giant step to their most magical season in 108..." September 15

  • Cards grab much-needed win vs. Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- For St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, the second inning of Tuesday night's game was that moment where you break glass in case of emergency. Struggling starter Jaime Garcia had just walked Dexter Fowler to load the bases for Kris Bryant and his 37 homers. The Chicago Cubs..." September 14

  • Lester leads Cubs to share of NL Central title

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Manager Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs are planning to throw a party Thursday night at Wrigley Field with about 40,000 fans invited. Jon Lester tossed eight strong innings and Anthony Rizzo belted two homers Wednesday as Chicago clinched at least a tie for the National League..." September 14

  • MLB releases 2017 schedule "After a fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic in March, the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season will arrive with three games on the first Sunday (April 2), 13 more Opening Day games on that Monday, and a calendar that includes the debut of a brand-new ballpark in Atlanta and the..." September 14

  • How Cubs star Kris Bryant got even better and became the NL MVP favorite

    SI "Kris Bryant gladly broke a team rule recently. Under orders from manager Joe Maddon, the Cubs were not supposed to report for work on Aug. 30 until 6 p.m. CDT, or an hour before they were to play Pittsburgh. Maddon ordered the respite after the Cubs played a five-hour game the previous night,..." September 14

  • MLB's most disappointing players of 2016

    Fox Sports "Between hefty free-agent contracts and big trades made this past offseason, a number of players went into the 2016 season with huge expectations. And of course, not everyone lived up to those expecations. In fact, some players fell flat on their faces in the first year with their new teams...." September 13

  • Kerry Wood rips Joe West over Joe Maddon ejection

    Larry Brown Sports "The crankiest umpire in Major League Baseball was at it again Monday night, this time ejecting Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon in the ninth inning over a situation that surely could have been avoided. After Jeremy Hazelbaker of the St. Louis Cardinals broke up Cubs pitcher Kyle Kendricks’..." September 13

  • Cubs' Joe Maddon ejected after stall tactic irks umpire

    ESPN "The ninth inning between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals on Monday was not without drama -- and that had nothing to do with starter Kyle Hendricks and his near no-hitter. Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried to stall after Hendricks gave up his first hit of the game, a home run to Jeremy..." September 13

  • Cubs' Hendricks loses no-no on 9th-inning HR

    USA Today "Chicago Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks lost his shot at history Monday night with a no-hitter, but instead may have just secured himself the National League Cy Young award. There are still nearly three weeks left in the season, but Hendricks, 15-7, and major-league low 2.03 ERA, has got to be in..." September 13

  • Arrieta, Lester or Hendricks: Who should Cubs pick as Game 1 starter?

    SI "The regular season isn’t over, but the Cubs, who boast a 16-game lead in the National League Central, can already turn their attention to the playoffs. Yesterday, I wrote about the two candidates to be Chicago's fourth starter in the postseason. The decision at the opposite end of the rotation is..." September 13

  • Minnesota Twins ask to interview Cubs executive Jason McLeod

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "On Monday night at Comerica Park, Brian Dozier joined Harmon Killebrew as the only Twins with 40 home runs in a season. Not bad for a former eighth-round draft pick who washed out at his primary position. “What (stinks) is they’re going to expect this every year from me,” Dozier said after a..." September 13

  • Cubs shut down Astros behind Lester, Bryant

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Even before Cubs left-hander Jon Lester recorded the biggest and final out of his evening, the Houston Astros had their chances. That none of them failed to materialize into anything substantial spoke more to Lester than the Astros' failings. Lester continued his exceptional..." September 10

  • Bregman, bullpen deliver win for Astros

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Despite being hamstrung by an injury-ravaged rotation and an overworked bullpen, Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch somehow managed to set up his pitching on Saturday to cover four high-leverage innings with his best relievers. Shortstop Alex Bregman hit an opposite-field home run..." September 10