Cubs Rumors & News

  • Anthony Rizzo's recurring back stiffness could require more monitoring

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs manager Joe Maddon said he might need to monitor first baseman Anthony Rizzo more closely to ensure his health for the rest of the season. The usually durable slugger missed his second start in 14 days Thursday because of back stiffness. "I have no problem with giving him a day off," said..." June 24

  • The Cubs’ record isn’t that special anymore

    SB Nation "The Cubs have lost four games in a row. They’re still in first place in the NL Central and are nine games up on the second-place Cardinals, but their overall record just isn’t what it was earlier in the year: that nine-game lead isn’t even the largest division lead in the majors anymore. The Cubs..." June 24

  • Stanton helps Marlins hand Cubs fourth straight loss

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- The pie masked the pain. Giancarlo Stanton homered and hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning to lift the Miami Marlins over the suddenly slumping Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Thursday night at Marlins Park. Stanton's heroics could not have come soon enough for the proud slugger,..." June 23

  • Heyman: Cubs not interested in trading top prospects

    Today's Knuckleball "Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and the Chicago Cubs front office’s biggest focus has been acquiring young talent since the regime took over. But now that the team is not only contending but considered the favorite by most, is it time to move that young talent for an immediate boost in areas of..." June 23

  • Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Las Vegas to one day have a MLB team

    Hardball Talk "The NHL will soon bring an expansion team in Las Vegas, while the NFL and NBA have continued interest in the city. Major League Baseball is no different. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he “would not disqualify” Vegas one day having a major league team. In the past, Major League Baseball has been..." June 23

  • Wainwright, Cardinals shut down Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Adam Wainwright was in a familiar spot on Tuesday, struggling with command but with enough to still earn a victory. "That's the way I've been my entire career," said the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander following a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs. "When you don't have your best..." June 22

  • Cardinals complete sweep of Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Michael Wacha said he's been building toward a welcomed breakthrough. The right-hander snapped a personal streak of 10 straight starts without a win as the St. Louis Cardinals completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 7-2 victory on Wednesday. "Stuff was coming..." June 22

  • Cubs place Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs have placed outfielder Dexter Fowler on the 15-day disabled list due to right hamstring discomfort, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports. The club recalled pitcher Carl Edwards, Jr. from Triple-A Iowa. Fowler left Saturday’s game against the Pirates after tweaking his hamstring..." June 21

  • Maddon won’t fall into trap of comparing Cubs' quest to Cavs

    Sportress of Blogitude "Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon appreciates how the Cavaliers delivered Cleveland its first championship since 1964, but he isn’t about to draw any parallels between that achievement and a World Series title drought that has plagued the Cubs now for over a century. “It’s wonderful for them,”..." June 21

  • Hendricks strikes out 12 as Cubs beat Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks combined a serviceable fastball with a deadly changeup on a record-setting Sunday night. The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 while five teammates contributed home runs, including three solo shots as the Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the..." June 20

  • Winningest team power rankings: How do 2016 Cubs stack up so far?

    SI "The Cubs will enter this weekend’s series against the Pirates with a 44–20 record and are currently on pace to win 111 games, a total reached by just four other teams in major league history. With the season nearly 40% over, we thought it was time to start tracking Chicago’s pursuit of a..." June 20

  • Cubs belt three homers in win over Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester quickly realized that he did not have great command of his pitches Saturday night. "I had to battle through it," Lester said. "Really, your mentality there is to keep the team in the game. With this offense, you keep them within reach, and..." June 19

  • Cubs hope Fowler's hamstring issue not serious "There was no official word on Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler's status after he left Saturday's 4-3 win against the Pirates after the first inning with right hamstring discomfort. Fowler grounded out to third to lead off the bottom of the first and struggled running down the first-base line...." June 19

  • Newest Cubs stud Willson Contreras describes debut as 'an amazing feeling'

    Sporting News "Just what the Cubs need — another young stud. The NL Central-leading Cubs called up 24-year-old catcher Willson Contreras after just 54 games in Triple-A and immediately tossed him into the fire Friday night, inserting him into the game in the ninth inning against the Pirates. The top prospect..." June 18

  • Cubs' Arrieta wins 11th to tie for most in majors

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta admitted he created more drama than he needed but also managed to work out his troubles on Friday. The Chicago Cubs right-hander became the National League's first 11-game winner as he allowed just two hits and walked three over six innings in a 6-0 victory over the..." June 17

  • Setting odds for Ryan Braun's possible landing spots

    The Comeback "Two years ago, the idea of the Milwaukee Brewers trading Ryan Braun was ludicrous. Hell, even a year ago, trading Braun seemed like a pipe dream for Milwaukee, even as they started unloading every player with any positive value. That was mainly due to his declining production and unwieldy..." June 16

  • Will Cubs Get Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller?

    NESN "The trade winds could be blowing toward the Windy City. The Chicago Cubs, who own the best record in baseball, are “interested” in bolstering their bullpen before next month’s Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline, according to’s Phil Rogers, who suggests that Theo Epstein’s club..." June 16

  • Cubs To Promote Willson Contreras

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs will promote top catching prospect Willson Contreras before tomorrow’s game, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). The team’s plan is to carry three catchers for the time being, he adds, so it doesn’t appear that the yet-unknown corresponding roster move will involve either..." June 16

  • Kris Bryant not interested in second Home Run Derby

    Chicago Sun-Times "You might see Jake Arrieta in an All-Star Home Run Derby before you see Kris Bryant in another one. In fact, if internal MLB discussions regarding a potential pitcher’s homer derby gain momentum in the coming weeks, Arrieta might be the only Cub doing an exhibition homer contest during All-Star..." June 16

  • Werth's hit in 12th lifts Nationals over Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Dusty Baker was born June 15, 1949 in Riverside, Calif., and the veteran manager said his teams have not done too well in the past on his birthday. There was no chance for a victory the last two years as Baker was away from the dugout after leaving the Cincinnati Reds following..." June 15

  • Ranking the 30 teams from least likely to most likely to acquire Jose Reyes

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Wednesday, the Rockies officially cut ties with shortstop Jose Reyes by designating him for assignment. The team now has 10 days to trade, release, or waive him. Reyes has finished serving his 51-game suspension under the league's domestic violence policy, but with rookie Trevor..." June 15

  • Joe Maddon interested in taking actor up on cameo in 'Curb'

    ESPN "Though he's known for his effervescent demeanor, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is more than willing to curb his enthusiasm if it means a television cameo. Maddon, Chicago's second-year manager, said he is excited to take up actor and rabid Cubs fan Jeff Garlin's invitation to appear on the..." June 15

  • Are You Ready For Unbearable Trade Rumor Season?

    Deadspin "Listen, can you hear it? A faint whisper grows louder. “The Cubbies could use another bat on the bench.” it says. “Why not trade for Andrew McCutchen?” That’s right, my friends, it is almost Unbearable Trade Rumor season, the time of year when baseball fans, radio callers, and hometown..." June 15

  • Pete Rose says Cubs are good but 'will find a way to screw it up'

    Yahoo! Sports "Pete Rose beat up on the Chicago Cubs plenty during his memorable career with the Cincinnati Reds and all these years later he’s still finding ways to get under the skin of Cubs fans. Baseball’s disgraced all-time hits leader appeared on FOX Sports' "Outkick the Show" with Clay Travis and was..." June 15

  • Ranking All 30 MLB Farm Systems, Post 2016 MLB Draft

    Bleacher Report "The 2016 MLB draft is in the books, with 1,216 players selected over the course of the 40-round, three-day event. With no clear-cut No. 1 talent in this year's class, the first round was as unpredictable as any in recent memory and a number of highly regarded prospects wound up slipping below..." June 15

  • Almora's double in ninth lifts Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon joked that Albert Almora Jr. has been in the big leagues about "five minutes." But it took even less time than that for the rookie outfielder to complete his only at-bat of the game Tuesday. Almora had an RBI double with one out in the ninth inning..." June 14

  • Jose Fernandez, Jake Arrieta Among Pitchers Who Want Their Own Home Run Derby

    NESN "It looks like Madison Bumgarner might have started a revolution. The San Francisco Giants ace, whose 13 career home runs top all active pitchers, expressed his desire to participate in this year’s Home Run Derby recently. And even though his manager Bruce Bochy said that’s not going to happen, a..." June 14

  • Cubs, Brian Matusz Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have signed free-agent lefty Brian Matusz to a minor league contract, reports Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter). The longtime Orioles southpaw was recently traded from Baltimore to Atlanta alongside a Competitive Balance Draft Pick in a salary dump deal. The Braves..." June 14

  • Scherzer fans 11 as Nats beat Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The game-time temperature was 80 degrees without a hint of the summer-like humidity that is bound to plague the nation's capital. "Perfect pitching conditions," Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer said. On the mound, Scherzer was not quite perfect, but he was..." June 13

  • Lester, Cubs get last laugh in rout of Braves

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Chicago Cubs were a comedy of errors defensively with Bill Murray on hand for the final two games against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Cubs won both in laughers anyway, making the actor-comedian happy and improving the team's major league-best record to 43-18...." June 12

  • MLB’s best already scavenging Yankees for bullpen’s monsters

    New York Post "With MLB’s First-Year Player Draft completed, the trade market will gather some momentum — and the Cubs created a buzz this week. Scout Jason Parks was at Yankee Stadium, and according to industry sources, he was looking at the trio of Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis..." June 12

  • Arrieta wants to join Bumgarner in Home Run Derby

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jake Arrieta pitched seven strong innings against the Braves on Saturday to win his first start since his only loss in nearly a year. But it wasn’t until he was asked about his hitting, and about Madison Bumgarner’s effort to crash the All-Star Home Run Derby that Arrieta seemed to get fired..." June 12

  • Norris strong as Braves down Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- When veteran Bud Norris exited April with an 8.74 ERA, there were some who believed the right-hander would be released. Now, a month later, he's on the verge of returning to the starting rotation. Norris took another step toward reclaiming his spot among the Atlanta Braves'..." June 11

  • Cubs draft Harmon Killebrew's grandson in 6th round

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs dipped into one of baseball's royal bloodlines on Friday by selecting Cal State Fullerton right-hander Chad Hockin, grandson of Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew, with their sixth-round draft pick, 194th overall, in the 2016 MLB Draft. Hockin, a reliever, owned a 1.05 ERA..." June 11

  • Heyward's brother drafted while playing in NCAA tourney

    The Score "Saturday was quite the day for Miami outfielder Jacob Heyward, who played against Boston College in the Super Regionals and got drafted by the San Francisco Giants. The younger brother of Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, Jacob was selected by the Giants in the 18th round, 545th overall,..." June 11

  • Arrieta, Cubs overpower Braves

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- The Chicago Cubs didn't have batting practice on Saturday, an afternoon game with temperatures in the mid-90s, in the aftermath of a night game. It didn't really matter. The refreshed Cubs smashed four home runs and pitcher Jake Arrieta claimed his 10th victory in an 8-2 victory..." June 11

  • Jean Machi arrested following release from Cubs organization

    Des Moines Register "A World Series-winning relief pitcher who had been on the Iowa Cubs roster was arrested Thursday morning. Right-hander Jean Machi was arrested for public intoxication and urinating in public in the 200 block of Third Street in Des Moines. Machi, 34, was booked in the Polk County Jail at 2:01..." June 10

  • Cubs acquire Chris Coghlan from the Athletics for Arismendy Alcantara

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs have acquired utilityman Chris Coghlan from the Athletics in exchange for fellow utilityman Arismendy Alcantara,’s Jane Lee reports. If this sounds familiar, it’s because the Cubs traded Coghlan to the A’s back in February for pitcher Aaron Brooks. Coghlan, 30, has struggled..." June 09

  • Report: Cubs won't trade Schwarber for Yankees' Miller

    The Score "If the Chicago Cubs decide to make a move to upgrade their bullpen ahead of the Aug. 1 non-waiver trade deadline, don't expect the title-starved division-leaders to move injured slugger Kyle Schwarber to get a deal done. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Cubs aren't willing to..." June 09

  • Cubs to trade for Jose Bautista if Blue Jays make him available

    Sportsrageous "The Chicago Cubs are still the best team in baseball after the first two months of the 2016 season with a 39-16 record. According to the latest MLB rumors, the Cubs still want to improve their roster as they are reportedly interested in Jose Bautista if ever the Toronto Blue Jays make him..." June 09

  • 2016 MLB Draft: How to watch, stream, and everything else you need to know in one place

    MLB Daily Dish "There is no greater thrill in sports than sitting quietly while a man in a suit slowly reads off a list of names over the course of several days. Fortunately for baseball fans, that time of the year has once again arrived. It will be MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in his second year at the podium..." June 09

  • Giants agree to deal with Chris Denorfia, pending physical

    Baseball Essential "The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a deal with outfielder Chris Denorfia, pending physical, league sources said. With Hunter Pence out due to a serious hamstring injury, the Giants are adding depth to the outfield, and they likely aren’t done yet. Expect another signing in the near future." June 09

  • Rumors: Cubs acquiring starter Julio Teheran from Braves?

    Sportsrageous "Chicago Cubs’ ace Jake Arrieta suffered his first regular season loss in nearly a year on Sunday, June 5 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s not the time to panic but the latest MLB rumors suggest that the Cubs are looking to add another starting pitcher and it could be Julio Teheran from the..." June 09

  • Cubs switch gears, hammer Phillies

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Two pitches were all it took for the Chicago Cubs to have to change their game plan at the plate. Right-handed starter Vince Velasquez of the Philadelphia Phillies, whose fastball is usually in the mid-90s, threw two pitchers topping out at 87 mph to start the game and left..." June 08

  • Cubs dominating NL All-Star voting

    Today's Knuckleball "Major League Baseball updated their National League All-Star voting numbers on Wednesday and the Chicago Cubs still have a commanding lead at every position but catcher. First basemen Anthony Rizzo owns the largest advantage in the NL with over 1.2M votes with the San Francisco Giants’ Brandon..." June 08

  • Former Cubs, Brewers pitcher Ruben Quevedo dies at 37

    Sporting News "Venezuelan pitcher and former Cub and Brewer Ruben Quevedo died Tuesday at the age of 37. According to, the cause of death was a heart attack. The Aragua Tigers of the Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional (LVBP) and the Brewers expressed their sympathy on..." June 08

  • Clutch pitching helps Phillies rebuff Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies manager Pete Mackanin turned to his closer, Jeanmar Gomez, in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Chicago Cubs. "He looked a little nervous today," Mackanin said. "I was nervous, too." They had reason to be. The Cubs, trailing by..." June 07

  • Almora to join Cubs if Soler goes on DL "Cubs No. 5 prospect Albert Almora is on his way to join the team in Philadelphia on Tuesday, and he will likely be activated if left fielder Jorge Soler goes on the disabled list, according to a baseball source. The Cubs have not commented on the potential move, which was first reported by MLB..." June 07

  • Cubs become fastest team in 15 years to reach 40 wins

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs' rapid ascent has them on pace to match MLB history. After holding off a late Philadelphia Phillies rally on Monday to win 6-4, the Cubs became the quickest team in 15 years to reach 40 wins, matching the 2001 Seattle Mariners. Should the Cubs continue their torrid play for..." June 07

  • Study says pitch clocks in MLB could increase risk of injury to pitchers

    Toronto Star "If Major League Baseball were to introduce a pitch clock to quicken the pace of play and shorten the length of games it would also increase the injury risk to pitchers, a McMaster University study has found. Increasing pace of play is a stated priority for MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who in..." June 07