Cubs Rumors & News

  • Starlin Castro trying to get back into a groove

    CSN Chicago "Starlin Castro hasn’t told Joe Maddon he wants to play in all 162 games this season. “Not yet, but I think they know,” Castro said. “I want to be there every day. It doesn’t matter if today’s a bad game, tomorrow’s a bad game, I don’t care. I’m here trying to grow up every day and be a better..." March 26

  • Boras on Kris Bryant: When a guy's this good ... don't bring me 2nd fiddles

    CBSSports.com "Young Cubs slugger Kris Bryant is both the scourge and the talk of spring training. But with the extreme likelihood that he won't start the season with the big club becoming more apparent even as Bryant continues to tear up the Cactus League, Bryant's agent Scott Boras is taking on Bryant's cause..." March 26

  • Cubs' Ricketts reveals Wrigley renovation might take extra year

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts revealed Wednesday that the Wrigley Field restoration project will take an extra year to complete. The first of four scheduled offseason phases began in the fall of 2014 and the project was expected to be completed during the offseason between the 2017 and 2018..." March 26

  • Joe Maddon Denies Report Indicating Javier Baez Already Told He’d Made the Team

    Bleacher Nation "This is one of those things that has the potential to get a little sticky thanks to the inherent game of telephone, but Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon apparently wasn’t buying yesterday’s report that Javier Baez has already been told he’s made the team as the second baseman. The report was..." March 25

  • Google Maps led to Edwin Jackson arriving late to stadium

    Larry Brown Sports "Edwin Jackson was scheduled to start the Cubs’ game Tuesday afternoon against the A’s. Unfortunately, Jackson did not arrive to the stadium on time due to difficulty getting directions to Oakland’s spring training complex. The A’s now play their spring training games at Hohokam Park in Mesa,..." March 25

  • Cubs' Lester might be on pitch count for opener

    The Score "Jon Lester could be on a pitch limit in his first start of the season after missing a spring outing last week due to arm fatigue. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Lester is expected to throw 60 pitches against minor-league competition Thursday, and no more than 80 in his final spring tuneup..." March 25

  • Javy Baez told he'll make Cubs' roster despite strikeout woes

    Chicago Sun-Times "Maybe it’s not a complete reversal of the tough talk by the Cubs’ front office and new manager Joe Maddon, who said there wouldn’t be any entitlement programs in camp. But struggling, strikeout-prone Javy Baez said Tuesday he has been told with two weeks left in camp that he will be on the..." March 25

  • Players union must fight again as familiar story unfolds in Chicago

    Fox Sports "In 1988, the Cubs chose the fading Leon Durham over red-hot rookie Mark Grace as their Opening Day first baseman. Grace went to the minors, only to return on May 2, forcing the trade of Durham 17 days later. The players union stewed over the turn of events, believing that the Cubs started Grace..." March 23

  • Cubs could play homer-happy Bryant in outfield

    MLB.com "Kris Bryant passed all the tests at third base, and the next step will likely be having the Cubs' top prospect play some outfield. Bryant, who posted his third two-homer game this spring on Saturday to raise his spring total to eight home runs, did not start Sunday, but he will play on..." March 23

  • Starlin Castro fine, Kris Bryant to work in OF

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro should be back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing the last few days with a sore groin. “He feels strongly about one more day,” manager Joe Maddon said Sunday morning. “Today, then one more with the off day [Monday]. Tuesday should be fine.” Castro..." March 22

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    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Castro said he will return to lineup Tuesday, insists right groin tightness is minor, first felt discomfort Thursday

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs Lester says he's not concerned about tired arm. There's no pain, no worry. He'll throw side session on Monday

  • Mets feared elbow would scuttle offseason Wheeler trade

    New York Post "Teams such as the Giants would inquire about the availability of Zack Wheeler during the offseason, and the Mets would not even entertain discussions. The perception they gave to the industry was Wheeler was part of a group of protected players who were not going to be dealt. In reality, the..." March 22

  • Kris Bryant: 'I couldn't be happier'

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant kept the heat on the team's front office by hitting his seventh and eighth home runs of the spring Saturday, including a first-inning shot off former Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners. "I couldn't be happier with where I am..." March 22

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Starlin Castro scratched today. Right groin issue. Day to day. Addison Russell plays short

  • Cubs: No ‘entitlement program’ for Javier Baez

    CSN Chicago "Joe Maddon repeated part of a question the Cubs already answered this winter, when they said Javier Baez wouldn’t be handed a job. “Of course, there’s a chance he doesn’t make the team,” Maddon said. “There’s no lock in regard to that. I talked about the entitlement program. It doesn’t exist...." March 20

  • Boras, Epstein at war over Cubs super slugger prospect

    New York Post "Leave it to Scott Boras to try to quell the first excitement that made its way to the Cubs in quite some time. The super-agent bashed the Cubs’ commitment to winning based on the likely scenario of them starting future star Kris Bryant at Triple-A this season. If you are not familiar with the..." March 19

  • Scott Boras to Cubs: Kris Bryant belongs on opening day roster

    Sporting News "Agent Scott Boras, who represents Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant, had choice words Tuesday for the organization and its likely decision to not include Bryant on the club's opening day roster. “Cubs ownership has a choice,” Boras told FOX Sports on Tuesday. “Are they going to present to..." March 18

  • Maddon impressed by Lester's accountability

    ESPN Chicago "Calling it a "beautiful moment," Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was thoroughly impressed by pitcher Jon Lester's attitude after giving up six runs in 3.1 innings against the San Diego Padres in Monday's 7-0 loss. "I was so proud of Jon Lester," Maddon said Tuesday morning. "Lester would not..." March 18

  • Say hey, baseball: Kris Bryant should make the Cubs, but won't

    SB Nation "Depending on who you ask, the Cubs' Kris Bryant is either the best or second-best prospect in baseball. The third baseman is just 23 and was selected second overall in the 2013 draft, and he terrorized minor league pitching in his first full season: Bryant started the year in Double-A even though..." March 16

  • Kris Bryant receptive to playing outfield

    Chicago Tribune "Kris Bryant looks forward to playing the outfield once his right shoulder has recovered from fatigue. Kris Bryant looks forward to playing the outfield once his right shoulder has recovered from fatigue. Bryant, who has seized attention in Cactus League play with six home runs and a .450..." March 16

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    Chicago Cubs @Cubs

    Kris Bryant will not start at third base due to right shoulder fatigue. He will enter the game at designated hitter during the game.

  • MLB approves external padding on pitchers' caps

    The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14

  • Cubs: Jacob Turner shut down for a month with elbow issue

    CSN Chicago "Jacob Turner got a second opinion on his elbow, which confirmed that the Cubs right-hander has no ligament damage but does have a bone bruise and mild flexor strain. Turner will take a month off from throwing to let his injury heal before resuming his work to get ready for the 2015 season...." March 13

  • Will Ferrell set to suit up for Cubs and White Sox on Thursday

    Chicago Tribune "White Sox and Cubs players expect comedian Will Ferrell to provide plenty of laughs when he suits up for their teams and eight other Cactus League clubs Thursday. Baseball acumen is not anticipated. Ferrell will attempt to play every position in five spring training games across the Phoenix..." March 12

  • Cubs prospects Soler, Baez, Bryant put on show with back-to-back-to-back HRs

    MLB.com "Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant put on a home run derby in the fourth inning Tuesday that Cubs fans are hoping to see a lot in the regular season. Soler led off the power show against the Indians' Trevor Bauer with a mammoth shot to left that landed on the concourse behind the grassy..." March 11

  • Cubs shut down Jacob Turner with an elbow injury

    Hardball Talk "Right-hander Jacob Turner was in the mix for the Cubs’ final rotation spot, but a sore right elbow has eliminated him from the competition and will likely cause him to begin the season on the disabled list. J.J. Stankevitz of CSNChicago.com reports that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage..." March 11

  • Cubs to pay funeral home for Ernie Banks' services

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs will pay for services for Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks after the funeral home that handled the arrangements jumped into the legal battle over the estate of the Hall of Famer with a claim for more than $35,000 it says it has not been paid. The claim by Donnellan Family Funeral..." March 07

  • Cubs' Corey Black still emotional after hitting Hunter Pence

    USA Today "Chicago Cubs minor-league pitcher Corey Black, emotional a day later, still feels awful about the pitch heard 'round the Bay. It was Black's inside fastball that hit and broke San Francisco Giants All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence's left forearm Thursday during their game, sidelining him until..." March 07

  • Jon Lester pitches 2 sharp innings

    ESPN.com "In front of the largest spring training crowd ever, new Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester threw as advertised on Friday, facing the minimum in his two inning debut in a Cubs uniform. Lester got ahead of all but one Cincinnati Reds batter while striking out three in front of 15,331. He gave up one..." March 06

  • How James Shields almost wound up with the Cubs

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs almost slammed on the accelerator and got James Shields to ride shotgun with Jon Lester. It’s the what-if scenario for a win-now team, an offer Theo Epstein’s front office almost couldn’t refuse but ultimately couldn’t afford. You know the Las Vegas odds to win the World Series would..." March 05

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Coke to #Cubs on minor-league deal.

  • Cubs considered playing entire 2015 home schedule in Milwaukee

    SI.com "The Chicago Cubs say they considered playing their entire home schedule in Milwaukee because of delays to the renovation of Wrigley Field. Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said the team did not go ahead with the plan to move the games to Miller Park because it was “too much..." March 04

  • Cubs waiting for Welington Castillo situation to play itself out

    CSN Chicago "Anyone need a catcher? The Cubs will be open for business when their Cactus League schedule begins on Thursday with two split-squad games. Some of the scouts sitting behind home plate will have to be watching Welington Castillo this spring. While the Cubs publicly insist it’s not impossible..." March 04

  • Cubs and Javier Baez trying unique ways to improve offensive approach

    SI.com "When Cubs second baseman Javier Baez took his cuts against new teammate Jon Lester in live batting practice last Friday, something very big was missing. Baez hit without his pronounced leg kick, when he lifts his front knee about waist high. Instead, Baez simply lifted his left heel off the..." March 03

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    It's official: @JLester34 will start Opening Night for #Cubs

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Joe Maddon also confirms that Kyle Hendricks is essentially a lock for #Cubs rotation, leaving the No. 5 job up for grabs.

  • No turning back, Jon Lester goes all-in with Cubs

    CSN Chicago "The $155 million guaranteed obviously helped. But Jon Lester still had to buy into The Plan and believe the Cubs could evolve from a last-place team into a contender and eventually a World Series winner. For Lester, these last few weeks in Mesa haven’t been about any aha moments validating his..." March 01

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    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    C.J. Edwards' right index finger is fine, just threw a bullpen session

  • Union will be watching Cubs in Kris Bryant situation

    CSN Chicago "The union will be watching the Cubs to see how they handle the Kris Bryant situation. Tony Clark, the Major League Baseball Players Association’s executive director, declined to directly answer questions about the service-time math that will almost certainly force Bryant to start this season..." February 28

  • Sammy Sosa in Exile: There's Silence Rather Than Apology from Former Cubs Star

    Bleacher Report "At 30,000 feet, the seat belt signs were not illuminated, and the drink carts rolled freely up and down the aisle. The salsa music played on, and nobody could see the turbulence ahead during the heyday of the Sammy Sosa era with the Chicago Cubs. Charter flight after charter flight in 2003,..." February 25

  • Cubs sell ownership shares to help finance Wrigley renovation

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs have sold minority ownership shares to six investors, closing a deal that helps finance the Wrigley Field renovations. The investors recently bought into the Ricketts family’s holding company, according to a source familiar with the deal, after receiving approval from Major League..." February 25

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Manny Ramirez hired as Chicago Cubs major and minor league hitting consultant

  • Cubs’ Bryant Asked To Play Outfield This Spring

    CBSChicago.com "Although 23-year-old phenom Kris Bryant will compete for the Cubs’ third-base job this spring, learning another position will be a part of his experience in Mesa. Bryant had a meeting with management and new manager Joe Maddon on Monday. He was asked to keep an open mind about learning a second..." February 24

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    Gordon Wittenmyer @GDubCub

    Wada (hamstring) did all on-field work with pitchers except throw and has bullpen scheduled for midweek.

  • 32d
    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs will be careful with Jorge Soler this spring to avoid any leg injuries. The plan is to not have him on his feet too long

  • 32d
    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs Tsuyoshi Wada has hamstring tightness and didn't throw today. That's only injury

  • 33d
    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Rondon remains the closer. Maddon did stress he's a believer of using the right reliever in high leverage situations, but Rondon is the man.

  • Castillo's future has passed with Cubs

    Chicago Sun-Times "What is Welington Castillo even doing here? For now, he’s going to meetings, catching bullpens and trying to keep from thinking too hard about where he might be when the season starts and the Cubs’ two new catchers – both on multiyear contracts – are sharing the job that used to belong to..." February 21

  • Baseball America names Kris Bryant as baseball’s top prospect

    Hardball Talk "Baseball America unveiled their annual top 100 prospects list this evening and the top spot went to Cubs prospect third baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant earned top honors after batting .325 with a 1.098 OPS while leading the minors with 43 homers in 138 games between Double-A and Triple-A last..." February 20