Cubs Rumors & News

  • Kris Bryant: Cubs have 'no reason to worry' over 25-24 start

    ESPN "Cubs manager Joe Maddon is keeping calm while fans in Chicago might be "freaking out" over the team's 25-24 record as the calendar hits Memorial Day. After a weekend sweep at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Maddon was asked what to tell a nervous fan base. "Please, go ahead and freak..." May 29

  • Scott Boras says Jake Arrieta still elite despite fastball velocity drop

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras, pushed back on the notion Arrieta isn't an elite pitcher just because his fastball velocity has dropped this year, while also insisting it's way too small of a sample size to judge the free agent to be. "The question becomes what's..." May 28

  • Kyle Schwarber to start vs. righties only for now, Joe Maddon says

    ESPN "Until further notice, Chicago Cubs outfielder and World Series hero Kyle Schwarber is likely to start against right-handed pitchers only, according to manager Joe Maddon. Schwarber, who bats left-handed, is hitting .181 this season after going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Thursday's game..." May 27

  • Dodgers' Roberts: 'We're a better team' than Cubs this year

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday at Dodger Stadium and manager Dave Roberts still has last year’s National League Championship Series on his mind. The Cubs defeated the Dodgers in six games to win the pennant, and eventually went on to win the..." May 27

  • Ten MLB players not living up to the hype

    Yardbarker "Entering every season, many MLB players are hyped for various reasons. Some are youngsters finally coming up to the show. Others are stars coming off of an injury or a career year. Plenty of MLB players entered 2017 with loads of hype, and more than a few are not living up to it. So, who are..." May 25

  • Jason Heyward credits yoga, meditation for early-season rebound

    SI "Two weeks after he gave one of the most famous speeches in baseball history, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward departed for Arizona to try to put himself back together again. The best word to describe Heyward as a ballplayer was "broken." A .230 hitter during the regular season and a .104 hitter in..." May 24

  • Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year. Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. " May 24

  • David 'Grandpa' Ross awarded perfect score in DWTS finale "After an inspiring run that kept us all glued to our television sets or mobile devices every Monday, Cubs World Series hero David Ross made it to the "Dancing with the Stars" finale -- which will be broken up into two parts. (The voting lines are open now, by the way, and will close at 8 p.m. ET..." May 23

  • Maddon: 'We just haven't played our game yet' "Joe Maddon isn't fretting his team's slow start. It's just the opposite, actually. With Saturday's game postponed due to weather, the Cubs' manager took advantage of the off-day. His schedule consisted of some rest and relaxation, even though the downpour didn't quite materialize in the way it..." May 21

  • Brewers upset with Cubs after Saturday’s questionable rainout

    Larry Brown Sports "Only a few short hours before Saturday’s scheduled first pitch, the Chicago Cubs called to reschedule their game against the Milwaukee Brewers due to an unfavorable weather forecast. The postponement was granted, but then the rain stopped falling. In fact, it hardly sprinkled again for the..." May 21

  • 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings

    MLB Trade Rumors "About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books. The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme. Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards. Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those..." May 18

  • Man Dies After Falling over Railing at Wrigley Field Following Cubs Game

    Bleacher Report "A 42-year-old Wheaton, Illinois, man died Wednesday after falling over a railing at Wrigley Field following the Chicago Cubs game against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday. According to Scott Gleeson of USA Today, Richard E. Garrity fell onto his head and was rushed to the hospital Tuesday night..." May 18

  • Schwarber's blast helps Cubs top Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- It was not a night for the timid with summer conditions and winds howling out of Wrigley Field on Tuesday. "It was a terrible night to pitch," Chicago Cubs starter John Lackey said. "The wind was blowing out like 100 miles-per-hour and it was hot. ... It was a tough place to pitch..." May 17

  • Cubs To Raise Flag In Honor Of Jackie Robinson "The Cubs will raise a flag Thursday at Wrigley Field to honor Jackie Robinson. This occasion comes on the 70th anniversary of Robinson’s first game at Wrigley Field, the last ballpark at which he played. The flag be hoisted along the right field foul pole. Robinson’s granddaughter, Meta..." May 17

  • Breaking Down the Trade Market and Jake Arrieta as Cubs Preach Patience with Pitching

    CSN Chicago "It’s still too early to be dreaming about Yu Darvish pitching at Wrigley Field, guessing if the Pittsburgh Pirates would trade Gerrit Cole within the division, calculating how much money remains on Zack Greinke’s megadeal or wondering what a change of scenery and the Chicago nightlife might do to..." May 17

  • Joe Maddon celebrates 1,000 wins by donating 1,000 meals to needy families

    CBS Sports "Tuesday night, the Chicago Cubs beat the visiting Cincinnati Reds (CHC 9, CIN 5) to give manager Joe Maddon the 1,000th win of his managerial career. Maddon is now 1,000-871 all-time. Most of those wins came with the Tampa Bay Rays, of course. Maddon celebrated his 1,000th managerial win by..." May 17

  • Joe Maddon pokes fun at MLB safety rules, suggests cup checks and face masks

    Sportsnaut "When it comes to trolling Major League Baseball, the only man who can do it successfully and with so much grace is Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Recently, he did the perfect job poking fun at the MLB safety rules in an interview with CSN Chicago. “I have some other additions to it,” he explained...." May 15

  • Joe Maddon's sarcastic rant against MLB slide rule includes 'cup check' suggestion

    USA Today "Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, still seething over the controversial slide rule that cost his team a run on Saturday in their 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, said if Major League Baseball really wants to keep everyone safe, he’s got a few ideas that baseball should adopt. And revealed it..." May 14

  • Jon Lester is 'over this damn slide rule' after Cubs lose a run Saturday

    CBS Sports "Saturday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals beat the rival Chicago Cubs (STL 5, CHC 3) to further increase their NL Central lead. The Cardinals have a 1 1/2 game lead in the division overall, and a 2 1/2 game lead over the fourth-place Cubs. In the fifth inning Saturday the Cubs lost a run when..." May 14

  • Slumping Cubs get much-needed win, beat Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Willson Contreras belted two solo homers Friday night in the Chicago Cubs' one-run win. Like most catchers, though, Contreras' favorite moment came on a play that potentially prevented a run. With the St. Louis Cardinals mounting a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning..." May 13

  • Pham, Sierra back Martinez as Cardinals top Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- Tommy Pham and Magneuris Sierra may not know how long they will be with the St. Louis Cardinals, but they intend to make the most of the opportunity. The two outfielders were called up from the minor leagues last week because of injuries that sent Stephen Piscotty and Jose..." May 13

  • Cubs promote 2015 No. 1 pick Ian Happ

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs promoted 2015 No. 1 pick Ian Happ for Saturday's game against the Cardinals in the wake of various ailments to several players. Happ, 22, is batting .298 with nine home runs and 25 RBIs at Triple-A Iowa. Happ is 9 for his last 18 and has looked strong since coming off the seven-day..." May 13

  • Cubs dispute report they mistreated superfan Ronnie Woo Woo

    USA Today "The Chicago Sun-Times ran a cover story featuring Cubs superfan Ronnie “Woo Woo” Wickers, who claimed he was mistreated and targeted by security at Wrigley Field. The defending World Series champion organization — holding firm that its reasoning for dismissing Wickers was based on no proof of a..." May 12

  • Juice the ball. Or don't juice it. Just tell us!

    ESPN "I was at a sabermetric conference in Cambridge last August watching a physics professor, Alan Nathan, give a presentation on the possibility of a juiced ball in major league baseball, when around Slide 16, I found myself in a near-frenzy of intrigue and excitement. Nathan, perhaps the world's..." May 11

  • Lackey helps Cubs gain split with Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Chicago Cubs needed someone to come forward and stop their season-high-tying four-game losing streak, so John Lackey stepped up to the plate. Lackey overcame his dismal history at Coors Field with seven scoreless innings while also contributing an RBI single, and Chicago..." May 10

  • Marquez's masterful performance lifts Rockies past Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- While losing his first two starts this season at Coors Field, Colorado Rockies rookie German Marquez had an 11.70 ERA. His third start there Wednesday was so dazzling it summoned memories of Coors Field history. The 22-year-old right-hander held the Chicago Cubs hitless until the..." May 10

  • Joe Maddon cites fatigue as factor in Cubs' slow start

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon thinks he knows why his team is off to a mediocre start and figures there are a couple of things the Cubs can do better on the field once his players get some rest. "I sense sleep deprivation more than anything," Maddon said regarding the team's 17-16 record..." May 10

  • Miguel Montero calls out mediocre Cubs for taking things for granted

    Sporting News "Before the Cubs snapped a four-game losing streak with a 8-1 win over the Rockies Tuesday night, catcher Miguel Montero said the Cubs have to wake up and focus. "The reality is we can't take anything for granted and right now, I feel like we do," Montero told reporters following Tuesday..." May 10

  • Struggling Jake Arrieta ‘not worried about the contract year’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jake Arrieta isn’t the only Cubs starter to struggle in the first five weeks of the Cubs’ championship defense. But another rough start Tuesday in Colorado has put him in places he has never experienced as a Cub – his 5.35 ERA after a 10-4 loss to the Rockies the highest it has been in any..." May 10

  • Cubs-Rockies game rained out; DH on Tuesday

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The sun was coming up Monday morning when the Chicago Cubs arrived in Colorado following an 18-inning, 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees in a Sunday night game at Wrigley Field that took 6 hours, 5 minutes and ended at 1:14 a.m. CT. "The toughest part is getting in at 5 o'clock in..." May 09

  • Padres Acquire Matt Szczur

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have acquired outfielder Matt Szczur from the Cubs, per club announcements. Chicago will acquire righty Justin Hancock in exchange for Szczur, who had been designated for assignment. Since the Cubs were able to find some kind of return for the out-of-options Szczur, there must’ve..." May 09

  • Yankees nip Cubs in record-setting, 18-inning game

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Aaron Hicks was thrilled when he scored what would prove to be the winning run to conclude an 18-inning game that the New York Yankees took 5-4 over the Chicago Cubs early Monday morning. He was also, understandably, tired following the 6-hour, 5-minute marathon. By winning..." May 08

  • X-rays negative on Anthony Rizzo’s forearm after fastball from Aroldis Chapman

    Chicago Tribune "The hurt, when it happened, was not so good. But Anthony Rizzo’s left forearm didn’t feel bad enough for him to leave Sunday’s game after he was hit with a 98.6 mph Aroldis Chapman fastball to force in the tying run in the ninth inning of what turned out to be an 5-4, 18-inning loss to the..." May 08

  • Cubs place Jason Heyward on 10-day DL for injured knuckle

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Jason Heyward on the 10-day disabled list on Monday for a hand injury and called up right-hander Dylan Floro to take his place. Heyward injured a knuckle on his right hand while diving for a ball in the outfield on Friday. He will be eligible to come off the..." May 08

  • Yankees-Cubs sets MLB record with 48 combined strikeouts

    ESPN "The Yankees and Cubs broke a major league record for combined strikeouts in a game with 48 on Sunday night in New York's 5-4 victory in 18 innings at Wrigley Field. The record fell when Yankees catcher Austin Romine became the game's 44th strikeout in the 17th inning, while facing Cubs reliever..." May 08

  • Brett Anderson has 2nd straight poor start, leaves with back injury

    ESPN "Cubs starter Brett Anderson left Saturday's game against the New York Yankees in the first inning with lower back tightness and likely will be placed on the disabled list, manager Joe Maddon said after his team's 11-6 loss. Anderson, 29, has a history of back problems and was able to get only..." May 07

  • Cubs' Joe Maddon says he's intrigued by idea of robot umpires calling balls, strikes

    ESPN "Cubs manager Joe Maddon says he's "vacillating" on the idea of using "robot" umpires to call balls and strikes after a week in which he thought a couple of strike zones were too tight for his pitchers. "Once again the umpire had a ball [tight] zone," Maddon said after a 3-2 loss to the New York..." May 07

  • Castro homers for Yankees in return to Chicago

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Starlin Castro had to admit he enjoyed hitting a two-run homer against his former team. Castro began his career and spent six seasons with the Chicago Cubs. This weekend, he's back in Chicago as his current team, the New York Yankees, faces the defending World Series..." May 06

  • Gardner's blast in ninth propels Yankees past Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The New York Yankees were one strike away from defeat on Friday when Brett Gardner found a pitch he liked. The Yankees third baseman took a 2-2 offering from Chicago Cubs reliever Hector Rondon with two outs and drove it 400 feet through tricky crosswinds toward the right-field..." May 05

  • Joe Maddon's odd advice to strike out more may have helped Javier Baez break out

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs will live with the boom-and-bust cycles for Javier Baez, because he can still be a game-changing presence with his swim moves and freakish sense for tagging, whether or not he looks out of control at home plate. “Not so much,” manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday when asked if Baez is at..." May 05

  • Cubs rally for 5-4 win over Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Willson Contreras doesn't need to start to have an impact for the Chicago Cubs. The second-year catcher delivered a two-out pinch-hit double, the key hit in a four-run sixth inning, as Chicago claimed a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night. "The..." May 04

  • Cubs push across run in 13th to down Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Albert Almora Jr. was already on the run from second base as teammate Matt Szczur slapped a 13th-inning infield grounder. Almora's target was home plate and a game-winning run if Szczur's grounder didn't turn into an inning-ending double play. Ben Zobrist was forced at..." May 04

  • Lester, Cubs labor past Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jon Lester overcame a tight strike zone and finally earned a victory. The Cubs left-hander worked five rocky innings, and the bottom and top of the Chicago batting order came through in an 8-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. Lester (1-1) allowed three runs..." May 03

  • Injury Report: Ian Happ Placed on Disabled List with Thumb Injury

    Cubs Insider "Ian Happ has been placed on the 7-day disabled list today with what is being described as a bruised left thumb injury. The severity of the injury is not known at this time but we’ll be sure to update you if this turns out to be anything more serious than what has been described. Happ has been..." May 03

  • Cubs World Series trophy reportedly damaged at Theo Epstein charity event

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago Cubs World Series trophy was damaged when passed around the crowd at a Theo Epstein charity event over the weekend, according to a report. Epstein’s charity held its annual “Hot Stove Cool Music” concert on Saturday, and the World Series trophies he won as an executive for the Red..." May 03

  • Kyle Schwarber sets Cubs record after 20th home run

    Fanrag Sports "Kyle Schwarber’s comeback tour now includes a nice milestone for a storied franchise. The Chicago Cubs saw their still-developing outfielder club his 20th major league home run on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. By hitting that 20th blast, Schwarber became the fastest in Cubs..." May 03

  • Phillies jump on Cubs early in 10-2 win

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Pete Mackanin said he was concerned that his team might be flat coming into Chicago on Monday after three consecutive losses last weekend to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Philadelphia Phillies manager did not need to worry. The Phillies pounced on Cubs starter Brett Anderson..." May 02

  • Extension? Kris Bryant likes incentives, prefers to ‘play it out’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Talk to Cubs star Kris Bryant about things such as contract extensions, and he might bring up his track record of thriving when he has incentives to chase. It goes back to grade school, when his parents would give him $100 for every report card with straight A’s and his grandparents would give..." May 01

  • Cubs officials reportedly 'infuriated' by pitching coach's comments on Eric Thames

    CBS Sports "Two weeks ago Brewers first baseman Eric Thames went on a rampage at Wrigley Field, going 6 for 11 with three doubles and a home run in the three-game series against the Cubs. Thames has been a monster early on. Thames homered for the fifth straight game in the series opener against the Cubs, and..." May 01

  • Joe Maddon's advice to struggling Cubs youngsters: 'Try to keep anger out of it'

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs manager Joe Maddon sensed there would be some rough patches that his young players would experience, even after many of them excelled during their run to the 2016 World Series title. That moment has arrived, and Maddon is the least surprised. "Even coming off a World Series victory,..." April 30