Cubs Rumors & News

  • Brian Duensing, Cubs agree to deal

    Fanrag Sports "Left-handed pitcher Brian Duensing and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal worth $2 million, per our FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. For the Orioles last season, the 33-year-old southpaw made only seven appearances before undergoing surgery on his elbow. The procedure wasn’t exactly major, nor..." December 02

  • Fowler searching for multi-year deal worth $18M annually

    ESPN "As possibly the top free-agent outfielder currently available, Dexter Fowler likely won't come cheap. Fowler's camp believes they can get a multiyear deal worth $18 million per year, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals..." December 02

  • Cubs expected to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible pitchers

    Chicago Tribune "General manager Jed Hoyer wouldn’t say Wednesday if the Chicago Cubs would tender contracts to all four arbitration-eligible players by Friday night’s deadline, but all signs point in that direction. Those four players – all pitchers – contributed to the Cubs’ World Series title and could play..." December 01

  • Nats reportedly think Aroldis Chapman is too pricey

    Larry Brown Sports "It looks like we can cross one team off the list of Aroldis Chapman suitors. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Thursday, the Washington Nationals think that Chapman is too rich for their taste and will instead aim to re-sign fellow closer Mark Melancon, who impressed on..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • Jon Lester takes funny shot at himself for inability to throw to first base

    Larry Brown Sports "Jon Lester has a major problem with throwing to first base, but at least the Chicago Cubs ace has a sense of humor about it. Lester’s problems throwing to first gained a lot of attention after he signed a $155 million contract with the Cubs. He basically stopped trying to hold runners on..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Wrigley Field renovations continue now behind home plate

    CBS Sports "Back in 2013, the Cubs (relatively new at the time) ownership group laid out comprehensive plans to renovate Wrigley Field to the point that the old ballpark could remain the Cubs' home while offering the amenities of modern ballparks. Among the things we've seen in recent years are the two video..." November 30

  • Cubs will be "ALL-IN" on Japanese star

    Cubs HQ "The Chicago Cubs might not be big spenders this offseason with the acquisitions of Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey last season. This year's free agent market is not that filled with superstars but look for the Cubs to be players in 2018 for two-way standout Shohei Otani according to..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • Cubs prepare for Dexter Fowler's departure, sign center fielder Jon Jay

    Chicago Tribune "With the looming likelihood free agent Dexter Fowler will land a lucrative contract elsewhere, the Cubs bought some protection for potential successor Albert Almora Jr. Tuesday night when they signed free-agent outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year contract. Jay, 31, is a lifetime .287 hitter in..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • How the Cubs Can Become a Dynasty

    The Ringer "We don’t talk enough about how inevitable the Cubs’ World Series title felt. This Cubs season was like the movie Titanic — huge, expensive, and wildly anticipated, but in the end it actually won everything and left a song stuck in your head to boot. A second title, whether in 2017 or in the few..." November 29

  • Could Cubs turn to Hector Rondon as closer again in 2017

    ESPN "With the winter meetings around the corner (Dec. 5-8), the Chicago Cubs have less heavy lifting to do than in most offseasons. They return four members of their starting rotation and have more position players than available positions, but one area which is in flux is their bullpen. Working..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Nationals could be interested in Aroldis Chapman

    Hardball Talk "A report from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo suggests that the Nationals have expressed interest in free agent closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman profiles as one of the top bullpen arms on the market alongside right-handed closer Kenley Jansen, and his list of known suitors includes the Giants,..." November 27

  • Cubs Reportedly Interested in Charlie Blackmon

    Chicago Cubs Online "According to a report from Bruce Levine, one of the outfielders the Cubs are looking at to complement Albert Almora Jr. in center field is Charlie Blackmon. This is the third straight off-season the Cubs have been connected to the Rockies’ outfielder. The Cubs were interested in acquiring..." November 27

  • Trump likely to tap Cubs co-owner for deputy Commerce post

    CNN "President-elect Donald Trump is likely to pick Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts to be deputy secretary of the Commerce Department, according to two sources. Ricketts hails from a family of powerful conservative donors, led by parents Joe and Marlene Ricketts. He has been a prolific donor, too,..." November 25

  • Cubs to pay $388,000 for repairs following World Series celebration

    Larry Brown Sports "The celebration the Cubs held following their World Series victory will cost the team a hefty amount. Millions celebrated the Cubs’ victory over the Indians in the World Series with a parade through Chicago that ended at Grant Park. It was there Chairman Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon,..." November 24

  • Aroldis Chapman ‘would love to be a Yankee again’ as GM says team will pursue potential return

    New York Daily News "The Yankees want Aroldis Chapman back. Apparently, the feelings are mutual. Since the day the Yankees traded him to the Cubs in late-July, the flame-throwing closer hasn’t hidden his love for New York, but Tuesday he told NY Sports Day that he “would love to be a Yankee again.” “The..." November 23

  • How the Cardinals hope to take advantage of the Cubs' championship

    Fox Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals no longer have those century-old bragging rights over the Chicago Cubs, but that isn’t all bad. Tickets to games between the NL Central rivals are usually hot items, and the Cardinals apparently are willing to take advantage not only of the high demand but also the Cubs’..." November 23

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Free agency ‘love’ between Aroldis Chapman and Yankees is mutual

    New York Post "The Yankees would like to bring free agent Aroldis Chapman’s triple-digit fastball back to The Bronx. And the lefty closer told NY Sports Day he is very interested in a reunion with the team that dealt him to the Cubs at this summer’s trade deadline. “I would love to be a Yankee again,’’..." November 22

  • How top closers available Chapman, Jansen, Melancon get their outs

    CBS Sports "Over the weekend, the Cardinals signed left-handed reliever Brett Cecil to a surprising four-year deal worth more than $30 million. That contract inspired curiosity; if a good setup man is receiving so much, then how rich are the elite closers -- Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon..." November 22

  • Report: Yankees interested in RHP Jason Hammel

    Hardball Talk "While much of the Yankees’ focus this offseason has centered on sluggers like Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Beltran, the team has expressed repeated interest in strengthening their pitching staff as well. They’ve already been linked to left-handed free agent Rich Hill and former Yankee reliever..." November 19

  • Yankees GM: Chapman knows we want him back

    MLB.com "The Yankees entered the offseason voicing a familiar refrain, stating that they were centering their focus upon adding pitching. They now are also officially in the market for a big bat. Thursday's trade of Brian McCann to the Astros for two Minor League pitchers opens the door for the Yankees..." November 19

  • Blue Jays reportedly looking at Dexter Fowler, Adam Eaton

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays have a couple of targets in mind as they aim to strengthen the top of their order. According to a report by Jon Morosi of MLB Network on Friday, the Blue Jays are looking at lefty-hitting leadoff men with good on-base percentages, including Chicago Cubs free agent..." November 18

  • Cubs catcher David Ross’ Game 7 equipment fetches $50,000 at auction

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Chicago Cubs have at long last broken their century-plus World Series curse and by all appearances memorabilia collectors are willing to pay top dollar to get their hands on any game-used items, especially anything from Game 7. Arguably helping set the relative market value for game-used..." November 18

  • Cubs Claim David Rollins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have claimed lefty David Rollins off waivers from the Mariners, per a team announcement. He can be controlled at the league minimum salary. It could be that Chicago intends to try to slip Rollins through waivers itself. After all, the Cubs are at the end of the line for waiver claims,..." November 18

  • Familia hires Chapman's lawyer in domestic case

    New York Post "Jeurys Familia has retained the services of a prominent attorney to aid him in his upcoming day of judgment with Major League Baseball, The Post has learned. Jay Reisinger confirmed that he will represent Familia with respect to MLB’s investigation into Familia’s Oct. 31 arrest for domestic..." November 18

  • Cubs' Kris Bryant named National League MVP

    Chicago Tribune "Two seasons into his major-league career, Kris Bryant has two All-Star selections, a Rookie of the Year award and a World Series championship to his name. On Thursday, the 24-year-old Cubs star added another major honor to the list – National League MVP. Bryant topped Nationals second..." November 17

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Bryant looking to join elite company as NL MVP

    MLB.com "He began hitting under his dad's tutelage at the age of 5 and hasn't stopped. This year, the Cubs' Kris Bryant continued his meteoric rise, and he will find out on Thursday (5 p.m. CT on MLB Network) whether he won the National League Most Valuable Player Award, presented by the Baseball Writers'..." November 17

  • Cubs owner plans on reaching out to Bartman

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs owner Tom Ricketts says one of his top missions has been accomplished. “It was just so important for this organization,’’ Ricketts told USA TODAY Sports, “to put this lovable loser crap to bed. “Despite all of the successes of the year, had that game gotten away from us, the next..." November 17

  • Yankees sniffing around Cubs’ 15-game winner

    New York Post "Brian Cashman has spent much of the offseason talking about bullpen help, but he also has made inquiries about several starters, including 15-game winner Jason Hammel. The Yankees general manager contacted Octagon sports agency about Hammel, the right-hander who became a free agent when the..." November 16

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Mike Montgomery's long journey to the Cubs' biggest out in 108 years

    Fox Sports "Warming up during Game 7 of the World Series, Cubs left-hander Mike Montgomery thought to himself, “What happens if I’m out there on the final out? What am I going to do?” Montgomery had no idea how he would react, no idea if he would even pitch. He had warmed up four times — in the third,..." November 15

  • Dexter Fowler declines Cubs' qualifying offer

    Chicago Tribune "During the same week in which some Cubs will be recognized for their individual achievements, team executives will continue to sculpt their 2017 roster. Free agent center fielder Dexter Fowler, as expected, declined the Cubs' one-year qualifying offer of $17.2 million. The Cubs will receive a..." November 14

  • A first baseman won the “Platinum Glove” award for best overall defender. OK.

    Hardball Talk "The sixth-annual Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards were announced over the weekend. The Platinum Glove recognizes the best defensive player in each league. Only those Gold Glove Awards were eligible for the Platinum Glove Award. The winners are determined by a combination of a fan vote and SABR’s..." November 14

  • Five potential MLB trades that make too much sense

    Sportsnaut "The 2016-17 season has already yielded a few MLB trades, but there are more to be made. Which ones make the most sense for all teams involved? Where should All-Star pitchers like Sonny Gray and Chris Sale wind up? Can the Red Sox find a home for Pablo Sandoval? How can the champs improve? Would..." November 14

  • Cubs' Epstein not anticipating flurry of offseason moves

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs have a surplus of outfielders for next season with the return of Kyle Schwarber, which means one or more can be traded to shore up other areas like the bullpen or catching. Schwarber, Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward don't have to worry, and because Albert Almora Jr. and Matt Szczur can..." November 13

  • 108-Year-Old Cubs Fan Who Waited Her Whole Life to See Team Win World Series Dies

    Complex "There were all kinds of crazy stories that came out of the 2016 World Series. Cubs fans have been waiting for 108 years now to win a title, so when they finally did it by beating the Indians in Game 7 of this year’s World Series, they celebrated by sharing those stories. But this next story might..." November 12

  • Lindor, Rizzo named Platinum Glove winners

    MLB.com "Their gloves already gold for the first time this year, Francisco Lindor and Anthony Rizzo turned platinum Friday night. Lindor and Rizzo were presented with the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award as Major League Baseball's best overall defensive players in each league during the Gold Glove Awards..." November 12

  • Charlie Sheen: Indians ‘maybe’ lost World Series over first pitch refusal

    Sportress of Blogitude "Charlie Sheen isn’t saying the Cleveland Indians lost to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series because he wasn’t allowed to throw out a ceremonial first pitch during the Fall Classic. On the other hand, he isn’t exactly ruling it out, either. The actor, perhaps best known for playing Indians..." November 11

  • Cubs considering White House visit before Obama leaves office

    Sportress of Blogitude "Theo Epstein says the Chicago Cubs may take up Barack Obama on his White House invitation after all. Shortly after the Cubs broke their 108-year World Series curse, President Obama, who of course has longstanding ties to Chicago (albeit as a White Sox fan), took to Twitter to invite the team to..." November 10