Cubs Rumors & News

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Cubs' Contreras has suspension reduced to 1 game

    Chicago Tribune "The suspense over Willson Contreras’ appeal to his two-game suspension didn’t last long. The Cubs catcher’s punishment for “inappropriate actions, which included the throwing of his mask,” was reduced to one game, which he will serve Sunday, the team said. Saying sorry, both after he was..." September 17

  • Joe Maddon considers how Willson Contreras’s background impacts temperament

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras found himself in some hot water over how he lost his temper in Friday’s game against St. Louis, but he has a rather nuanced defender in his manager. Contreras was suspended for two games over an altercation with home plate umpire Jordan Baker that also got..." September 17

  • Willson Contreras receives two-game suspension, John Lackey fined for ejections vs. Cardinals

    Chicago Tribune "“Willie’s Willie,” Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward said of catcher Willson Contreras’ mask-tossing episode during Friday’s fifth inning meltdown at Wrigley Field, in which Contreras and pitcher John Lackey were ejected by umpire Jordan Baker. But will Willie being Willie led to a suspension from..." September 16

  • Arrieta likes where he’s at in his recovery from hamstring strain

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta said he likes where he’s at in his recovery from a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. “I’m doing good guys. I have a bullpen today and I’m making a lot of progress,” Arrieta said on WSCR-670 the Score on Thursday. “Everything is going in the right direction.” One..." September 15

  • John Lackey, Willson Contreras ejected after berating plate umpire

    ESPN "Cubs starter John Lackey and catcher Willson Contreras were both kicked out of Friday's game against the Cardinals after arguing with plate umpire Jordan Baker following an apparent missed strike three call on St. Louis pitcher Carlos Martinez. With two on and two out in the top of the fifth..." September 15

  • Cubs' Theo Epstein says bullpen improvement key down the stretch

    ESPN "Exactly one year ago Saturday, Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein, along with other members of the front office, watched from the left-field bleachers as the team played the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. The relaxed setting to watch the game was understandable, considering the Cubs had..." September 15

  • Jake Arrieta throws off mound; 'pen session next "Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw about 25 pitches off a mound on Thursday, but it wasn't a full-fledged bullpen session, which will come Saturday as the next step in the right-hander's rehab while he works his way back from a right hamstring strain sustained on Sept. 4. "We've been cautious, but..." September 15

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Cubs closer Wade Davis could go more than one inning to preserve setup men

    Chicago Tribune "Manager Joe Maddon is prepared to use rested closer Wade Davis for more than one inning in the season's final few weeks in an effort to not overtax late-inning specialists Carl Edwards Jr. and Pedro Strop and perhaps to shield some of the Cubs' ineffective relievers. "It's getting to that..." September 15

  • Cubs' Jake Arrieta: Still limited to flat-ground throwing

    CBS Sports "Arrieta (hamstring) threw on flat ground again Tuesday, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The Cubs have not set a date for his first bullpen session since his injury, and that means a return the next time through the rotation is off the table." September 12

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Cubs raffle off World Series ring

    Fanrag Sports "Geneine Dietz spent 10 seasons as an usher for the Chicago Cubs. Ironically, she was the one who recently won the Cubs Charities World Series Ring Raffle. Dietz is now an owner of a 214-diamond ring that features three karats of red rubies and 2.5 karats of sapphires that’s reportedly valued..." September 12

  • Cubs activate Contreras from DL "As the team continues their run toward a third-straight playoff apperance, a major piece is returning to the Cubs on Sunday. The team announced that catcher Willson Contreras has been activated off the 10-day DL. He’s been out of the lineup since August 11th after a right hamstring strain in..." September 10

  • Cubs add former MLB outfielder Will Venable to front office

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs added an outfielder to the organization Wednesday...but not on the active roster. The organization hired Will Venable to the front office Wednesday morning as a special assistant to the president/general manager. Venable is only 34 and played in the big leagues as recently as last..." September 06

  • Cubs' Willson Contreras strikes out with former porn star Mia Khalifa

    Sporting News "Willson Contreras has been spending some of his time on the disabled list trying to slide into Mia Khalifa's DMs. The Cubs' catcher, out since Aug. 9 with a strained hamstring, was called out by the former porn star Tuesday for consistently messaging her on Twitter. After Khalifa made..." September 06

  • Hamstring strain could sideline Cubs’ Jake Arrieta for multiple starts

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jake Arrieta’s hamstring injury could cost the playoff-minded Cubs two starts or more from their hottest pitcher down the stretch after an MRI on Tuesday revealed a Grade 1 strain in the right leg he hurt Monday. “It’s better than it could have been,” Arrieta said, adding he was told a common..." September 06

  • Cubs ace Jake Arrieta undergoes MRI on ailing hamstring

    Sporting News "Cubs ace Jake Arrieta left Monday's 12-0 loss to the Pirates after allowing three runs in just 2 1/3 innings because he felt discomfort in his leg. Tuesday, Arrieta underwent an MRI to determine the damage in his right hamstring, according to CSN Chicago. Arrieta said after last night's..." September 05

  • Mariners To Claim Jacob Hannemann

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners have claimed outfield prospect Jacob Hannemann off waivers from the Cubs, reports Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (on Twitter). MLBTR had just reported that Hannemann would lose his 40-man roster spot, though it seems that his removal and subsequent placement on waivers was..." September 04

  • Cubs lose starter Jake Arrieta to apparent right leg injury

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs starter Jake Arrieta left Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with an apparent right leg problem after facing two batters in the third inning. Arrieta grabbed the back of his right leg after throwing a pitch indicating a possible hamstring or cramping problem. The Cubs..." September 04

  • Cubs weighing the possibility of keeping six-man rotation intact for stretch run

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs' offense has been fun to watch lately, but the team's 32-16 record since the All-Star Break has more to do with the starting rotation than the group of hitters Joe Maddon writes out on the lineup card each day. Jake Arrieta is rolling, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester are now both healthy..." September 04

  • Javier Baez suffers blurred vision after eye injury; status uncertain

    Chicago Tribune "In a blink of an eye, the Cubs' second-half surge looked to be in jeopardy. Shortstop Javier Baez was kneed in the right eye on a headfirst slide into second base during the second inning of the Cubs' 5-1 loss to the Braves on Sunday and later came out of the game suffering from blurred..." September 04

  • Javier Baez Leaves Game vs. Braves After Suffering Head Injury

    Bleacher Report "Chicago Cubs utility infielder Javier Baez exited Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves after taking a knee to the head. According to 670 The Score's Bruce Levine, Baez was sliding into second when he collided with Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson. Mike Freeman replaced Baez at..." September 03

  • Cubs' Russell to miss at least 3 more weeks after re-aggravating foot injury

    Chicago Tribune "Shortstop Addison Russell underwent an MRI exam on his right foot Thursday after being examined by Cubs orthopedic physician Stephen Gryzlo. The MRI revealed Russell re-aggravated plantar fasciitis in his right foot and will be out for at least three more weeks. He had been planning to return..." September 01

  • Verlander wanted trade to Cubs before Astros deal

    CSN Chicago "As the clock struck midnight out on the East Coast to signal Major League Baseball's waiver trade deadline, Justin Verlander didn't turn into a pumpkin. He turned into a Houston Astro. Though it sounds like he wanted to turn into a Cub. Yes, the biggest name traded before time ran out on the..." September 01

  • Cubs acquire Leonys Martin from Mariners "In a last-minute trade ahead of the postseason roster eligibility deadline, the Cubs acquired outfielder Leonys Martin from the Mariners late Thursday night, according to the Athletic and multiple reports. In return, Chicago will send Seattle cash or a player to be named later." September 01

  • Cubs’ Addison Russell aggravates foot injury, DL return uncertain

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs shortstop Addison Russell aggravated his foot injury during his minor-league rehab assignment, a setback that could push his return from the disabled list back by two weeks or more. Russell, who has been on the DL for the last month with plantar fasciitis in his right foot, was scratched..." August 31

  • Cubs get ‘one-time exception’ for one more night game this season

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs will be allowed to play one more night game — next Friday night — under a surprise compromise aimed at assisting the team in its quest to repeat as World Series champs. The “one-time exception” to the ban on Friday night games at Wrigley will take place on Sept. 8 after the team..." August 31

  • Jon Lester will come off DL to start Saturday against Braves

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs have opted for a six-man turn through their rotation. They’re activating Jon Lester from the disabled list to start Saturday against the Braves. Lester, who was deemed fit to return from the DL after a 50-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, will make his first start since leaving the..." August 31

  • Cubs set MLB record with 5 players, 25 or younger, hitting 20 HRs in season "To borrow verbage from the great Pat Hughes, the Cubs have gotten out the tape measure plenty this season. On Wednesday night at Wrigley Field, they did so with a franchise milestone. Ian Happ’s 414-foot homer in the third inning of Wednesday’s contest with the Pirates marked the sixth Cubs..." August 31

  • Cubs' Rizzo moved to tears after donating $3.5M to children's cancer research

    CBS Sports "As many people know, Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma as a teenager. Rizzo underwent six months of chemotherapy, and has been in remission since. He's enjoyed a highly successful and public life since, yet he continues to take his role as a survivor..." August 30

  • Wade Davis breaks Cubs record for consecutive saves

    Fanrag Sports "While the Chicago Cubs are not in as strong a position to win the World Series as they were before Wade Davis‘ arrival, their new closer has done his part and then some this season. Davis on Tuesday night set a franchise record for consecutive saves by converting his 27th in a row. Davis..." August 30

  • Are Cubs turning Ben Zobrist into a part-time player?

    CSN Chicago "Joe Maddon believed in Ben Zobrist when he broke in with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and found all these different ways to use a multifaceted player. Zobrist bought into the super-utility concept – though he didn’t really have a choice – and helped create Maddon’s aura as a cool manager. The Cubs..." August 29

  • Not Even the Mighty Dodgers Intimidate the Revitalized Cubs

    New York Times "Joe Maddon is using a new shampoo. It is designed to reduce the gray in his hair, and after just four or five applications, it is working. Before long, said Maddon, the manager of the Chicago Cubs, he might even try frosted highlights. For now, though, he is happy with a shade he calls blue..." August 27

  • Joe Maddon gives Cubs pitchers no restrictions while going for no-hitters

    Chicago Tribune "One night after Rich Hill of the Dodgers was allowed to pitch into the 10th inning in a failed no-hitter attempt, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said his starting pitchers have no restrictions if such situations. "Yes, go for the no-no," Maddon said Thursday, after Hill lost on a home run by Josh..." August 25

  • Kris Bryant injury turns Anthony Rizzo into first lefty third baseman in over 20 years

    CBS Sports "The Cubs got quite the scare with one of their stars on Tuesday, but the news didn't turn out to be awful. Plus, they got some funny history out of the situation. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has been used in quirky ways this season, namely switching out gloves and playing "second base"..." August 23

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Booing of former Cub Miguel Montero bothers Kyle Hendricks

    Chicago Tribune "You don’t have to be a big star to get a warm welcome upon your return to Wrigley Field. After being traded to the Nationals in 2013, outfielder and current CSN analyst David DeJesus got a standing ovation in his first at-bat back, despite spending less than two seasons on the Cubs and hitting..." August 20

  • Cubs claim Rene Rivera off waivers from Mets "The Cubs have claimed catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from the Mets, they announced Saturday. The 34-year-old Rivera is a nine-year veteran who’s hitting .230 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 54 games this season. He’s a career .215 hitters. Rivera has thrown out 10 of 31 runners attempting..." August 19

  • Jon Lester not expected to miss extended time with injury

    Sportsnaut "Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester pulled himself out of the game on Thursday, and later in the evening there were reports he might miss the rest of the season. However, after visiting with a specialist, there’s good news for Lester and the Cubs. While it’s been far from a brilliant 2017..." August 18

  • Miguel Montero booed during return to Wrigley Field

    Sporting News "Miguel Montero left Chicago under ugly circumstances, and upon his return to face the Cubs on Friday he was greeted with boos. After criticizing Jake Arrieta by saying his speed to the plate allowed for the Nationals to steal so many bases, Montero was DFA'd on June 28 and traded to the Blue..." August 18

  • Jon Lester to miss one or two starts

    Hardball Talk "Jon Lester had a terrible outing yesterday, allowing nine runs — seven earned — and leaving the game before he could complete two innings.Lester entered the afternoon with a 3.99 ERA. He exited with a 4.37 ERA. Later the Cubs said that Lester was suffering from left lat tightness. The Cubs are..." August 18

  • Kris Bryant: Joey Votto is 'the best player ever'

    USA Today "In the midst of arguably his best career season, Reds first baseman Joey Votto received the highest of praises from reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant. “He’s the best player ever,” Bryant said Wednesday, per CSN Chicago. “He’s my favorite player. I love watching him. I love talking to..." August 18

  • Jon Lester leaves Cubs game with injury

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester left Thursday's game with an undisclosed ailment in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds. Lester signaled to the dugout after Eugenio Suarez hit a double with two out as the Reds lead the Cubs 9-0 in the bottom of the second. Manager Joe Maddon..." August 17

  • Joe Maddon rips umpires for ‘asinine’ call Wednesday night

    Sportsnaut "The Chicago Cubs haven’t had an easy go of it this season after winning the World Series last year. However, Joe Maddon and Co. have clawed their way atop the NL Central and are now 1.5 games ahead of the the Milwaukee Brewers. Though, a controversial call Wednesday night almost cost them a..." August 17

  • The evolution of Kris Bryant and why Joey Votto became his favorite player

    CSN Chicago "Kris Bryant already has a bromance with Anthony Rizzo, their Bryzzo Souvenir Co. brand and a joint appearance at a downtown Chicago hotel this weekend where Cubs fans can pay $699 for their autographs. Bryant also has a friendly rivalry with Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals superstar who..." August 17