Cubs Rumors & News

  • Arizona Diamondbacks scratch out runs to take series against Cubs

    Arizona Republic "The top of the rotation for the Chicago Cubs is as strong as any in the major leagues, and the Arizona Diamondbacks were unfortunate enough to face all three of Chicago's top starters in their three-game series at Chase Field this weekend. Or maybe more accurately, those three starters were..." May 25

  • Joe Maddon upset with schedule

    ESPN Chicago "Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn't happy his team is playing an early-afternoon game on Memorial Day after playing a day game in Phoenix on Sunday and then traveling through "two time zones" to get home. "I don't understand why [the] Memorial game has to be played during the day," Maddon said Monday..." May 25

  • Bryant eager to catch up with boyhood rival Harper

    MLB.com "They played against each other and were teammates, starting when the pair were about 8 years old growing up in Las Vegas. On Monday, the Cubs' Kris Bryant and the Nationals' Bryce Harper will compete against each other at Wrigley Field in the first game of a three-game series. "The thing that..." May 25

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Bryce Harper on Kris Bryant: "When we were younger, we used to call him ‘Silk,’ because he was so smooth with everything he did." #Cubs

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    Alex Speier @alexspeier

    ...suffered the injury) took him back and put him back on big league roster (kind of like Workman rejoining ML roster after being optioned)

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    Alex Speier @alexspeier

    Varvaro had been claimed by Cubs off waivers, then designated for assignment, but MRI revealed injury, so Sox (with whom he presumably...

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    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Herrera receives a start: pic.twitter.com/aNkbsGaRMT

  • Rizzo drives in 6, Cubs rally late to beat D-Backs 9-6

    Chicago Tribune "Anthony Rizzo drove in six runs for the second time in his career, capped by a three-run homer off Enrique Burgos in the ninth inning to vault the Cubs to a 9-6 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night at Chase Field. Rizzo barely missed a grand slam in the fifth when he hit a three-run..." May 24

  • Nick Ahmed hits walk-off single to send Diamondbacks over Cubs in 13 innings

    Arizona Republic "Shortstop Nick Ahmed got his first career walk-off hit, a single to left field that scored Tuffy Gosewisch in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Diamondbacks a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs Friday at Chase Field. Arizona extended its winning streak to five games and moved to just one..." May 23

  • Ricketts continue Wrigleyville plan, buy three more rooftop buildings

    CSN Chicago "The Ricketts continue to shake up the Wrigleyville area, buying three more rooftop buildings surrounding the historic stadium, according to the Chicago Tribune. The nearly-$600 million Wrigley Field renovation project has had plenty of drama, but things are starting to run smoothly now that the..." May 22

  • Hendricks shuts out Padres

    San Diego Union-Tribune "In Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Cubs, Odrisamer Despaigne pitched well enough to earn another start. The Padres right-hander overcame a two-run homer in the top of the first to allow no more damage over six innings. He'd entered the series finale at Petco Park after disasters in his last two games,..." May 22

  • Should the Cubs trade Starlin Castro?

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs find themselves in relatively new territory as the calendar heads toward June. Five games above .500, the North Siders would earn a wild card berth if the playoffs started today. There are still some areas that need improvement, though, like the back-end of the rotation, left field..." May 22

  • Cubs looking at Rafael Soriano as possible bullpen upgrade

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are looking at Rafael Soriano as another way to upgrade their bullpen. Soriano is still out there as a free agent, training in the Dominican Republic, facing live hitters and waiting to sign with a contender. The Cubs are one of several teams that have kicked the tires on Soriano,..." May 22

  • Tsuyoshi Wada, 9 K's; Dexter Fowler, 3-base hit; Cubs' bullpen: priceless

    Chicago Sun-Times "The first time through the San Diego Padres batting order Wednesday night, Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada struck out seven and faced the minimum. Then as he walked off the field to the dugout, looking down at the grass, he stopped suddenly in foul territory, and reached down. And picked up a..." May 21

  • Padres come back to beat Cubs

    San Diego Union-Tribune "James Shields was 33 when he signed with the Padres on the eve of spring training. He'd spent the offseason watching the days tick away, hearing doubts about his durability, reading articles on what was sure to be an inevitable decline. What's he done about it? So far this season, the..." May 20

  • Cubs should be in position to make much bigger moves

    CSN Chicago "The time will come for the Cubs to put their money where their mouth is. If this team really is that good, then it’s up to Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and their baseball operations department to find the right pieces between now and the July 31 trade deadline, perhaps dealing from what’s arguably..." May 20

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Source: Cubs have traded catcher Welington Castillo to Seattle.

  • Assembling the Perfect Cubs-Mets Blockbuster Trade Package

    Bleacher Report "Concocting trades is fun, but it isn't easy, even from the outside looking in. There are any number of challenging factors that need to be weighed—from talent to finances to timing to need—in order to try to come up with a swap, especially one that actually makes some sense for both..." May 19

  • Cubs trade Welington Castillo to Seattle for prospect

    Chicago Tribune "Update: Per the team, the pitcher will be Yoervis Medina Medina is a big-bodied RHP who throws hard (92-96 mph, t98) and adds a slider, but he has had command issues. It is a flyer for the Cubs who were not able to get much value in return for their young catcher this offseason and it would..." May 19

  • Barack Obama joins Twitter; follows all Chicago pro teams except Cubs

    ESPN Chicago "He has been living outside of Chicago for six years, but President Barack Obama is still loyal to his teams. The president announced on Monday at 11:41 a.m. ET that he had finally gotten his own personal Twitter account as @POTUS. Of the 65 accounts that he is following, 58 are political, 3 are..." May 19

  • Pirates break losing streak with 3-0 win against Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "On a normal day, A.J. Burnett’s performance Sunday afternoon would have earned him the lowest ERA in the National League. He woke up tied for second, after all, with Atlanta Braves starter Shelby Miller. Burnett then pitched seven scoreless innings, dropping his ERA to 1.38 after eight starts..." May 18

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    Cubs Talk @CSNCubs

    Maddon says Tsuyoshi Wada will start Wed for #Cubs in SD. That's Wood's spot.

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    Chicago Cubs @Cubs

    .@KrisBryant_23 left today's game because he was under the weather.

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    Bruce Miles @BruceMiles2112

    Wood staying in pen. #Cubs to talk rotation tomorrow. Wada seems the choice

  • Jon Lester looks the part in Cubs' win over Pirates

    Chicago Sun-Times "Games like Saturday are partially why the Cubs gave Jon Lester $155 million for six years. Sure, they’ll get their full money’s worth if and when he wins in October, but what he did against Gerrit Cole and the Pittsburgh Pirates on a warm May afternoon has value as well. Pitching with the wind..." May 17

  • Milton Bradley to start serving 32-month jail sentence

    SI.com "In an emotional hearing inside a Los Angeles courtroom this week, former major league outfielder Milton Bradley was ordered to begin serving the 32-month jail sentence he received following his 2013 conviction on multiple counts of domestic violence and abuse. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge..." May 17

  • Cubs get wild win over Pirates

    Chicago Sun-Times "It was the kind of thing you’d expect to happen to the Cubs. With the same hitter up in the same situation as two innings earlier, he hits the same fly ball to the same outfielder who threw out the same runner at third to extend a game that should have been locked up much earlier and..." May 16

  • Cubs sweep Mets in four, take rock-and-roll vibe into weekend Bucs series

    Chicago Sun-Times "Shortstop Starlin Castro leaned back in his clubhouse chair, relaxing with a postgame beverage, smiling and talking with teammates, one leg propped on the chair at the next locker after the Cubs finished off a four-game sweep of the New York Mets on Thursday. He looked up just in time to catch..." May 15

  • Judge Grants Class-Action Status To Sports TV Blackout Antitrust Case

    Deadspin.com "U.S. District Court judge Shira Scheindlin yesterday granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify class action status in an antitrust lawsuit against MLB and the NHL, a case that threatens to demolish the decades-old blackout system in sports media. Scheindlin’s decision, which you can read here,..." May 15

  • The 2015 MLB All-Star Game caps have apparently been leaked

    Hardball Talk "Via Phil Hecken of Uni Watch, the caps for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game have apparently been leaked. Check them out below: This year’s All-Star Game is set to take place in Cincinnati. Just in case it wasn’t obvious, these caps were inspired by the pillbox hat of Reds mascot Mr. Redlegs. The..." May 15

  • MLB's culture clash, or why baseball is boring

    Vice Sports "Emilio Bonifacio of the Chicago White Sox cracked a home run Saturday against the Cincinnati Reds and made a big show of flipping his bat. He saluted the gods, rounded the bases with his arms out as if he were an airplane, and when he crossed home? He leaped into the crowd, giving fans a chance to..." May 15

  • Cubs find a way to beat Mets on Matt Harvey Day

    CSN Chicago "Joe Maddon sat down at the table inside Wrigley Field’s interview room/dungeon and a reporter asked if the Cubs manager could lead Wednesday night’s postgame news conference with Matt Harvey. “Let’s start with Jason Hammel,” Maddon said, getting a few laughs after a 2-1 walk-off win over the..." May 14

  • Cubs' Jake Arrieta outduels Mets Noah Syndergaard

    Chicago Tribune "As one of several former top prospects in the Baltimore Orioles’ system, Jake Arrieta knows about the hype and expectations for the New York Mets’ Noah Syndergaard. Arrieta came way very impressed with Syndergaard in his major league debut, but it was Arrieta who stood out in a more dominant..." May 13

  • Smells like team spirit: Cubs welcome bleacher denizens with 4-3 win

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jon Lester isn’t exactly pitching the way he expects to pitch seven starts into the season. “I stink,” he said. But it smelled like a win to the Cubs, who beat the New York Mets 4-3 in the opener of a seven-game homestand Monday, as the Cubs opened much of the Wrigley Field bleachers for the..." May 12

  • Young stars aligned for Cubs-Mets deal? 'It'll happen at some point,' Hoyer says

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Mets need hitting — in particular, a hitting shortstop. The Cubs like the Mets’ young pitching. A lot. Obviously, there’s a deal waiting to happen, right? As former Cub manager Dale Sveum might say, “kind of a no-brainer.” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer acknowledged as much as the Cubs’..." May 12

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    Gordon Wittenmyer @GDubCub

    Ramirez (shoulder) threw first aggressive session off mound today and "did pretty well." Could be back early June. Best case: 2 weeks.

  • Cubs sign right-hander Felipe Paulino

    Hardball Talk "Oft-injured right-hander Felipe Paulino, who spent most of last season on the White Sox’s disabled list after signing a $1.75 million deal, has signed a minor-league contract with the Cubs. Paulino was previously cut loose by the Red Sox this spring and is just now finding another Triple-A gig..." May 11

  • Brewers rule Mother's Day as Maldonado homers, singles in game-winner against Cubs

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Craig Counsell predicted before the game that someone, somewhere in the major leagues, was going to write a Mother's Day story to remember. The Milwaukee Brewers' new manager figured it might as well be Martin Maldonado. "I told (bench coach) Jerry (Narron) before the at-bat, 'Let's give..." May 11

  • Brewers' bats come to life for rout of Cubs

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Khris Davis had a succinct and telling answer when asked about getting the green light to swing away on a 3-0 pitch. "I'm not here to take pitches," he said. "I'm here to swing at them." And that's exactly what the Milwaukee Brewers' leftfielder did for the second consecutive game Saturday..." May 10

  • Kris Bryant hits first career home run, returns to empty dugout

    Sporting News "Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant entered Saturday's game against the Brewers batting .278 with a .422 OBP and 14 RBIs in just 20 career games — a solid debut for the much-hyped rookie. But he had yet to hit the big one: the first career home run. Now, the wait is over. Bryant came to bat in..." May 10

  • Cubs outslug Brewers, hold on for 7-6 win

    Daily Herald "Rookie Jorge Soler hit one of the Cubs four home runs, and the Cubs' bullpen nearly squandered a four-run lead before holding on for a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer to the right-field corner off reliever Hector Rondon to make it a..." May 09

  • Joe Maddon hears from MLB after ripping umpire

    CSN Chicago "As expected, Cubs manager Joe Maddon heard from Major League Baseball about his we’re-not-gonna-take-it message for umpires everywhere. “As of right now, nothing punitive,” Maddon said before Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. It wouldn’t be surprising if Maddon got..." May 09

  • Cards wrap up home stand with 5-1 win over Cubs

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals’ 9-2 home stand, which wrapped up Thursday afternoon with a 5-1 win over Chicago Cubs nemesis Jake Arrieta, was more than one that encompassed three more series victories, giving the Cardinals eight series wins in succession after a season-opening two-game split in Chicago. Because..." May 08

  • Lester leads Cubs end Cardinals' 8-game winning streak

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs snapped a four-game losing streak while ending the host Cardinals' eight-game winning streak Wednesday night as Anthony Rizzo hit a home run and two-run double to lead the way for a 6-5 victory. Kris Bryant poked a single with two out in the first to score Chris Coghlan, and he added a..." May 07

  • MLB commissioner remains open to 154-game schedule

    Sporting News "In his first year as commissioner, Rob Manfred already has overseen an improvement in pace of play on the field. Might he be up for shortening the length of the season, too? Manfred certainly appears open to the possibility. At a news conference Wednesday night in Houston, Manfred indicated..." May 07

  • Cubs' Maddon takes ump to task over strike zone

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon wasn't happy with plate umpire D.J. Reyburn's strike zone in his team's 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. He let Reyburn know his thoughts on the field before being ejected in the sixth inning, and then he continued his criticism while addressing..." May 07

  • Tyler Lyons keeps it close enough for Matt Carpenter tying home run and 7-4 win over Cubs

    Viva El Birdos "On a beautiful night at Busch Stadium, Tyler Lyons (4.62 ERA, 3.70 FIP, 3.76 xFIP Career) faced off against the Cubs and Kyle Hendricks (5.23 ERA, 3.28 FIP, 3.26 xFIP). Lyons, of course, was brought up from Memphis to cover the Adam Wainwright Memorial Rotation Spot this time around...." May 06

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    #Cubs activate Justin Grimm and call up Matt Szczur. Anthony Varvaro DFA'd. Junior Lake sent down to Iowa.

  • 'Relentless' Cards refuse to lose

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "On the verge of 25-game history for the Cardinals’ franchise Monday night, Carlos Martinez offered up the first bad game by a member of the season-opening rotation. The righthander walked the first two hitters of the game and got an immediate lecture, perhaps some of it in Spanish, at the mound..." May 05

  • Cubs unveil new look for bleachers

    MLB.com "Wrigley Field will nearly be back to normal with the opening of the left and center field bleachers on Monday. The opening of the left and center field bleachers will coincide with Cubs Charities’ “Pink Out,” presented by Advocate Health Care. Each fan in the bleachers that day will receive a pink..." May 05