Cubs Rumors & News

  • Agent Scott Boras wants more leeway to trade draft picks

    Arizona Republic "Major League Baseball informed clubs last week of a rules change regarding trading recently drafted players, an adjustment that allows teams to deal players the day after the end of the World Series rather than having to wait until a year after they sign. Agent Scott Boras welcomes the change,..." May 04

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs claim RHP Anthony Varvaro off waivers from Red Sox. LHP Joseph Ortiz DFA

  • Brewers Mike Fiers strikes out 12 to shut down Cubs

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Mike Fiers pitching at Wrigley Field has come to mean great things for the Milwaukee Brewers. Fiers turned in his second terrific start in as many turns at the Friendly Confines on a sunny Saturday afternoon, striking out a season-high 12 and allowing just three hits to lead the Brewers past..." May 03

  • Maddon, Cubs trying to 'unearth' Soler with lineup switch

    CSN Chicago "Jorge Soler checked off another big league "first" Saturday. The 23-year-old slugger hit leadoff for the first time in his brief MLB career in Cubs manager Joe Maddon's attempt to get Soler going at the plate. Standing at 6-foot-4 with a 215-pound frame, Soler looks more like a linebacker..." May 03

  • Jon Lester dominant in Cubs victory over Brewers

    CSN Chicago "This is what the Cubs are paying Jon Lester for. After four rocky starts to begin the 2015 season, the $155 million pitcher flashed his dominance Friday, hurling seven shutout innings to pick up his first Chicago win as the Cubs beat the Brewers, 1-0, in front of 31,128 fans at Wrigley..." May 02

  • Pirates' McCutchen collects 1,000th career hit in victory over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The slump, and perhaps the worst month of Andrew McCutchen's career, is history. In the sixth inning Wednesday, the Pirates center fielder uncoiled on a Gonzalez Germen four-seam fastball for a two-run triple. The decisive hit smashed off the center-field wall at Wrigley Field to expand the..." April 30

  • Grant Balfour on Cubs' radar in search for bullpen reinforcements

    CSN Chicago "Grant Balfour is one reliever on their radar as the Cubs look into reinforcements for their bullpen. The Balfour connection is obvious since the Australian right-hander used to play for Cubs manager Joe Maddon. The Tampa Bay Rays officially released Balfour this week and will be responsible..." April 30

  • Cubs take celebrating to a new level "The Cubs have gone hi-tech. The cheap disco ball hanging from a ceiling fan in the clubhouse is gone and in its place is a light and sound system that might rival Chicago's best dance clubs. "Guys enjoy it," bench coach Davey Martinez said before the Cubs played the Pittsburgh Pirates..." April 29

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    6 months after Maddon's hiring by #Cubs, MLB says investigation produced "no finding of a violation of Major League Rule 3(k) on Tampering."

  • Cubs past Pirates 6-2 for 4th straight win

    ESPN Chicago "We knew the Chicago Cubs would hit home runs this year and we had an idea that with the additions of Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler and Miguel Montero they would take a few more walks. But did anyone see them leading the league in stolen bases? "Station to station base running is..." April 29

  • MLB finds no tampering violation in Joe Maddon joining Cubs "Major League Baseball completed their investigation into manager Joe Maddon accepting the position with the Cubs and leaving the Rays, the league announced. The league concluded Chicago did not violate any tampering rules in their pursuit of Maddon. Tampa Bay accused Chicago of tampering..." April 29

  • Cubs getting off to the fast start they absolutely needed

    CSN Chicago "Anthony Rizzo must be feeling pretty good about his winning-the-division prediction. “We’ve got a long way to go,” Rizzo said, sounding annoyed at the wise-guy question. The Cubs had completed less than 12 percent of their schedule after Monday night’s 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at..." April 28

  • Addison Russell feels 'terribly bad' after fan struck with flying bat "The Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, and rookie Addison Russell got a hit and scored a run during his Wrigley Field debut Monday night. Any kind of celebration was muted, however, because a fan was hospitalized after being struck by one of Russell's bats after it flew into the stands on a..." April 28

  • Joe Maddon keeping faith in slumping Addison Russell

    Chicago Sun-Times "Three pitches into his first at-bat Sunday in Cincinnati, Addison Russell quickly had strikeout No. 11 in 19 at-bats in his five big-league games. But for all his struggles at the plate his first week in the majors, the youngest player in the National League appeared in no danger of a seat on..." April 27

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs bullpen in good shape. Strop (foot) is available Sunday

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs vs #Reds postponed. Finally. It's 10th postponement at GABP, which opened in '03. Enjoy the Bulls, Blackhawks

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Pedro Strop wasn't avail because of a foot issue. Should be avail tomorrow. Herrera got the beer shower.

  • Cubs win in 11 over Reds

    Chicago Sun-Times "He didn’t get the win. Didn’t even pitch with a lead. But for all his trouble containing one of the top base stealers in baseball early in the game, the Cubs’ Jon Lester eventually found a semblance of his big-money groove Friday night in Cincinnati – contributing to a 7-4, 11-inning victory..." April 25

  • Will Bryant file grievance vs. Cubs? "Cubs phenom Kris Bryant is off to a spectacular start and everything appears to be going splendidly on the North Side of Chicago, but the players union is still said to see a potential for filing a grievance over the timing of Bryant's callup on Bryant's behalf. There's never been a grievance like..." April 25

  • With road trip looming, Pirates rally for afternoon victory over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Gregory Polanco batted third and played center field Thursday out of necessity. Andrew McCutchen was scheduled to have the day off, and manager Clint Hurdle likes to tell his players about those days in advance, believing the mental aspect of going to sleep knowing your name won’t be on the lineup..." April 24

  • Pitchers Worley, Watson work out of jams to help Pirates knock off Cubs

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Wednesday marked a night of great escapes, bracketing a snow squall, in the Pirates' 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. The win was the Pirates' first in the series and snapped a two-game losing streak. Vance Worley was surrounded in the middle of the infield, with seemingly no way out..." April 23

  • Cubs to start Kris Bryant in center field with Dexter Fowler out

    ESPN Chicago "After playing an inning in center field during Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Pirates, Chicago Cubs rookie Kris Bryant will start there in Thursday's matinee. "Third base is obviously my first position and the position I want to be better at," Bryant said Thursday morning. "I'm here to fill that..." April 23

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    Chicago Cubs @Cubs

    Dexter Fowler was removed from tonight's game due to right groin tightness. #Cubs

  • Cubs' 3-run, 9th-inning rally upends Pirates

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Pirates closer Mark Melancon insisted he does not feel out of sorts, but the results on the field seem to indicate otherwise. Melancon blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning Tuesday, as the Chicago Cubs scored three runs and upended the Pirates, 9-8. Melancon should have been a safe bet to..." April 22

  • Wrigley rooftop owners drop lawsuit against city

    Chicago Tribune "A federal judge last week granted a request by owners of Wrigley rooftop businesses to withdraw their lawsuit against the city of Chicago and its Landmarks Commission, which sought to throw out the panel's decision allowing the Cubs to install its outfield signs. The businesses, Skybox on..." April 22

  • Cubs hope Javier Baez will be returning soon

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are hopeful Javier Baez will soon return to the game that could become a sanctuary for him. Baez has been on an extended leave of absence from Triple-A Iowa since his younger sister, Noely, died on April 8. Baez was exceptionally close with Noely, who was born with spina bifida and..." April 22

  • Amid talk of future, Cubs finding ways to win games now -- beat Pirates 5-2

    Chicago Sun-Times "“Well, we’ve got the Messiah here now,” said one Cubs veteran exiting the visitors clubhouse at PNC Park after the Cubs beat the Pirates 5-2 at PNC Park on Monday night. “He seems pretty good.” And that was before the news spread through the team that middle-infield prospect Addison Russell..." April 21

  • Cubs call up infield prodigy Addison Russell to majors "Top Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell is being called up to the majors, sources told Russell will join top slugging prospect Kris Bryant, who was called up only Friday and is already making an impact with three RBI Monday night against Pittsburgh. Russell, who will be..." April 21

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    Gordon Wittenmyer @GDubCub

    Woman hit in head with Castro's foul ball taken from field. Appears to be conscious. Friend next to her gives thumbs up to crowd.

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Maddon on @Addison_Russell playing 2nd in Iowa:“Being a little bit more pro-active regarding prepping him for a need that might be open here

  • Padres blast past Cubs in wacky win

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Sunday's series finale at Wrigley Field produced a bit of everything. Entertainment was a constant. The rain, thankfully, held off until the final innings. There was an early ejection, almost immediately followed by a resounding blast. There was an unorthodox throw to first, perhaps the..." April 20

  • Pirates game delayed after fan is hit in head with foul ball behind home plate

    New York Daily News "In a scary scene during the second inning of Monday’s game between the Pirates and Cubs at PNC Field, a woman was hit in the back of the head with a foul ball, causing a delay of game. The fan was standing in the first row behind home plate with her back turned to the action when Starlin Castro..." April 20

  • MLB sets attendance record for first 2 weekends of season

    The Score "Baseball is proving, yet again, that it's not a dying sport. The first chunk of the 2015 season provided concrete evidence that America's pastime is alive and well. Major League Baseball games across the sport's 30 parks drew 1.5 million fans during each of the first two weekends for the..." April 20

  • Joe Buck has a truly awful suggestion about how to improve MLB broadcasts "Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver's seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night's..." April 20

  • Trade worked out for Anthony Rizzo, Andrew Cashner

    Chicago Sun-Times "Right-hander Andrew Cashner was a first-round pick like Kris Bryant, but he never experienced anywhere near the level of hype. “That’s a lot of pressure to put on a young kid,” Cashner said. “This is the major leagues, and it’s a tough place to play. It’s a lot of pressure to put on just one..." April 19

  • Starlin Castro hits walk-off winner for Cubs; Kris Bryant collects first hit against Padres

    Chicago Sun-Times "Starlin Castro says the 2015 Cubs don’t give games away like previous North Side squads. They don’t give away outs and they “fight all night.” Castro made those comments before hitting a walk-off single Saturday to beat the Padres, 7-6, in 11 innings at Wrigley Field. Maybe he was onto..." April 19

  • Kris Bryant not discouraged by hitless debut in Cubs' loss

    ESPN Chicago "Kris Bryant absorbed the sights, smells and sounds of Wrigley Field. He cherished playing in front of 30,000 charged-up fans. He appreciated all the family members and friends who turned out for his big league debut. Only two things were missing: a hit and a win. The prized power prospect of..." April 19

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    Tommy Birch @TommyBirch

    I-#Cubs announce that Wada will start tonight as part of a rehab assignment. #PCL #MiLB

  • Padres come back twice to beat Cubs

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Eleven games in, the Padres appear to be forging an identity. They've fallen behind. They've trailed. But they are no longer an automatic out. With one swing of the bat, Will Middlebrooks tied Friday's game at Wrigley Field. With one swing of the bat, Wil Myers gave the Padres the..." April 18

  • Next up on the Cubs hype train: Addison Russell "Friday afternoon in Wrigley Field, baseball's top slugging prospect will debut for the Cubs. Everyone here should know by now that the man we are discussing is Kris Bryant. The next big prospect for the Cubs is also unbelievably talented, though, and it might not be long before he joins Bryant in..." April 18

  • Cubs promote top prospect Kris Bryant, 23, for MLB debut

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday, paving the way for his major league debut, according to a source familiar with the situation. He will take third baseman Mike Olt's roster spot as Olt will go on the disabled list with a hairline fracture in his wrist suffered..." April 17

  • Cubs power past Reds, 5-0

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs tagged Jason Marquis for four runs in the first two innings Wednesday night and coasted to a 5-0 victory over the Reds. Anthony Rizzo pulled a belt-high pitch for a two-run home run in the first to support left-hander Travis Wood, who limited the Reds to three hits while striking out..." April 16

  • Jon Lester responds to every fan's tweets about his poor start -- even the awful ones

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jon Lester is well aware that the start to his Cubs career hasn’t gone very well. Not only has Lester pitched poorly — nine earned runs in 10 1/3 innings — but he’s also got what can only be described as a case of the yips. Lester struggles to throw the ball to first base on pick-off attempts,..." April 16

  • DeSclafani lifts Reds to 3-2 win against Cubs

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds had the Disco Ball working in the visitors' clubhouse in honor of winning pitcher Anthony "Disco" DeSclafani. "It's two-for-one drink specials in there," Reds manager Bryan Price said. The Reds could use a little levity after a 3-2 survival victory Tuesday before a crowd of 27,525..." April 15

  • Cubs show they’re bigger than just Jon Lester

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are bigger than just Jon Lester. This isn’t exactly how Theo Epstein’s front office drew up The Plan, or how any big-name free agent wants to make a first impression in a new city starving for a winner. But the Cubs are now alone in first place in the National League Central after..." April 14

  • Baseball’s new metal detectors won’t keep you safe. They’ll just make you miss a few innings.

    Washington Post "Fans attending Major League Baseball games are being greeted in a new way this year: with metal detectors at the ballparks. Touted as a counterterrorism measure, they’re nothing of the sort. They’re pure security theater: They look good without doing anything to make us safer. We’re stuck with..." April 14

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs injury updates: Grimm (forearm) rehabbing in AZ; Wada threw 72 pitches over 5 IP on Sunday; Beeler to pitch midweek

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs Olt scratched from game. Will get one more day (wrist)

  • Cubs see 9th-inning come-from-behind victory as great sign

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs' first small step toward legitimizing themselves as playoff contenders started to crystallize Sunday as Dexter Fowler's drive landed in the right-field seats at Coors Field. More hurdles await the Cubs, but they took great satisfaction in a 6-5 comeback victory over the Rockies that..." April 13

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Tommy La Stella has a strain on his side (oblique?) so that's why Herrera starting. Olt might be avail after hit by pitch