Cubs Rumors & News

  • How Addison Russell plans to keep nagging arm/foot injuries at bay in 2018

    NBC Sports Chicago "Addison Russell doesn't have time to think about whether or not Javy Baez is coming for the starting shortstop gig. Russell is too busy making sure he's able to perform at his physical peak for as much of 2018 as possible after a rough few years in that regard. The soon-to-be-24-year-old..." January 19

  • Albert Almora Jr. is hungry for more

    NBC Sports Chicago "While most of the Cubs were focusing on rest and relaxtion this winter, Albert Almora Jr. sees no need for chillin'. Kris Bryant admitted he was worn down by the end of the Cubs' playoff run last October and most other regulars would say the same thing. But some Cubs saw the winter not as an..." January 18

  • Cubs catcher clarifies remarks that angered Yadier Molina

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras stirred up some drama last week with some comments about himself and his veteran counterparts at the position, but now he is taking time to clarify his remarks. In a recent interview with Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times, Contreras said that he no..." January 18

  • A crowded Cubs outfield has plenty to prove in 2018

    Chicago Tribune "After Ben Zobrist earned his second straight ring and was named the World Series MVP in 2016, you can’t blame him for taking some time to relax last offseason. But that’s old news. Zobrist, who turns 37 in May, is coming off a subpar season and doesn’t know how he will be used this year in..." January 18

  • Nick Williams talks up Phillies to a free-agent Cy Young winner

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "It's not clear whether the Phillies will add a starting pitcher before opening day, but surely they would like to. General manager Matt Klentak “is busting his ass every single day looking for every possible opportunity to upgrade our team from every perspective,” manager Gabe Kapler said on..." January 18

  • Yadier Molina Responds to Willson Contreras' Confident Comments in Latest Instagram

    12 Up "Having confidence as a young player in the MLB is a good thing. However, when you start claiming that you'll be better than the guys who have already proven themselves in the league over and over again, that's a problem. Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras claimed that he's going to be..." January 17

  • Cubs’ catcher Wilson Contreras: ‘I know that I’m going to be better’ than Buster Posey, Yadier Molina

    KNBR "Wilson Contreras has played in just 193 Major League games, and this year, the Chicago Cubs’ catcher will turn 26 years old. While Contreras has performed well at the plate to this point in his career, he hasn’t exactly established himself as one of baseball’s elite catchers. Contreras, though,..." January 17

  • Report: Cubs, Brian Duensing Agree To 2-Year Deal

    CBS Chicago "The Cubs have agreed to terms with a key part of their bullpen last season, signing Brian Duensing to a new two-year deal worth $7 million, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Duensing, 34, reportedly turned down better offers to rejoin the Cubs. In 2017, he posted a 2.74 ERA in 62.1..." January 17

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Why Kyle Hendricks is excited to have Tyler Chatwood in the Cubs' starting rotation

    NBC Sports Chicago "Everyone wants to know when the Cubs are going to add another starting pitcher. Fewer folks want to talk about the one they've already signed this offseason. Kyle Hendricks, though, is happy to talk about Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood might not be a big name like Jake Arrieta, Yu Darvish or Alex..." January 16

  • Rob Manfred is prepared to implement a pitch clock unilaterally for 2018

    Hardball Talk "Rob Manfred has long been on record wanting to speed up the pace of play in baseball and, to that end, last year proposed a 20-second pitch clock. Pursuant to baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, he could not implement that unilaterally last year. However if, one year after a proposed rules..." January 16

  • Does Chili Davis have key to unlock Jason Heyward’s bat for Cubs?

    Chicago Sun-Times "For months, the Cubs’ focus has been on filling roster holes and on which big-name player might be coming next. But whether they head to spring training with a new starting pitcher, such as Yu Darvish or Alex Cobb, or a new closer, such as Greg Holland, the list of questions involving players..." January 15

  • Report: Brewers pursuing both Jake Arrieta, Mike Moustakas

    Larry Brown Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers are reportedly after a pair of All-Star free agents. According to The Athletic’s Jim Bowden on Monday, the Brewers are pursuing both Chicago Cubs righty Jake Arrieta and Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas. Bowden also says that a Moustakas signing could be a..." January 15

  • Never more popular, Cubs eyeing their own network after 2019 season

    Awful Announcing "No Major League Baseball team (or any sports organization, for that matter) wants to leave money on the table. When the opportunity presents itself to maximize profits, teams and their owners are going to pounce on that additional revenue. Crane Kenney, the Chicago Cubs president of business..." January 15

  • Of 30 MLB teams, only five have yet to expand protective netting down foul lines

    CBS Sports "With the Toronto Blue Jays announcing that they will be adding protective netting down foul lines on Monday, 25 of 30 MLB teams have expanded their safety precautions to protect fans from rogue foul balls. Only the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and..." January 15

  • Cubs know waiting for Bryce Harper and next winter's insane free-agent class is affecting baseball's offseason

    NBC Sports Chicago "You might have heard that baseball’s offseason has been slow. Dreadfully slow. Drive-you-crazy slow. What’s the deal? Well, one theory is that teams are hesitant to spend too much money this winter because they’re gearing up for next winter, when things will most definitely not be..." January 15

  • Willson Contreras: “I know that I’m going to be better than [Yadier Molina and Buster Posey].”

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs held their annual Cubs Convention over the weekend. There, catcher Willson Contreras explained that he used to study fellow catchers Yadier Molina and Buster Posey, but that isn’t the case anymore. Via Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times, Contreras said, “I used to watch a lot of..." January 15

  • Cubs continue to load up on players from Mexico: 'There’s more coming'

    Chicago Tribune "Recent international bonus limitations caused the Cubs to invest more heavily in Mexican talent, in which bonuses do not count toward a team’s international bonus pool. And the Cubs will continue to have a presence in Mexico while keeping a watch on Cuba. Three years ago, the Cubs gave an..." January 15

  • Tom Ricketts: Sammy Sosa must be honest about PED use

    Larry Brown Sports "Sammy Sosa is still unwelcome at Wrigley Field — unless he tells the truth about his past involvement with PEDs. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said Sosa needs to be honest about his past if he is to be officially welcomed back by the team in any capacity. “Players from that era owe us a little bit..." January 13

  • Gerrit Cole Reportedly Discussed by Chicago

    Bleacher Report "The Chicago Cubs have reportedly reached out to the Pittsburgh Pirates to discuss a potential trade for starting pitcher Gerrit Cole. On Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports noted the Cubs joined the New York Yankees and Houston Astros as clubs in talks with the Buccos about the 2015 All-Star..." January 12

  • Cubs' Kris Bryant sets record with $10.85 million salary

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant set a record for a first-year arbitration-eligible player by agreeing Friday to a one-year, $10.85 million contract. Bryant surpasses the previous mark of $10 million by Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies before the 2008 season. Bryant and Howard each won..." January 12

  • Phillies playing waiting game with Jake Arrieta?

    Newark Star-Ledger "As of Jan. 12, the Phillies have spent more money on free agents than any team in Major League Baseball this offseason. Yes, you read that right. Carlos Santana (three years, $60M), Tommy Hunter (two-years, $18M) and Pat Neshek (two years, $16M) didn't generate huge headlines in..." January 12

  • Cubs Avoid Arbitration With Justin Wilson, Kyle Hendricks

    CBS Chicago "The Cubs avoided arbitration with lefty reliever Justin Wilson and right-hander Kyle Hendricks by agreeing to terms for a 2018 contract Friday hours before the deadline. Wilson and the Cubs reached a one-year, $4.25-million deal, the Sun-Times reported Friday. Hendricks will earn $4.125..." January 12

  • MLB owners seem to want more money in their pockets, not those of players

    Sporting News "Doldrums. A dry spell. A brain-melting and frustrating period of incredible boredom. Whatever words or turn of phrase you use to describe the current state of the baseball offseason, you’re right. We’re in a haze of offseason monotony punctuated only by the occasional reliever deciding to join..." January 11

  • Cubs’ Joe Maddon Unsure About Jake Arrieta’s Destination

    CBS Chicago "Cubs manager Joe Maddon is a generous man with his time and money. On Thursday, he was feeding the homeless at the Catholic Charities event on North LaSalle St. Maddon’s annual “Thanksmas” event helps the homeless and needy in three different states. A dinner was provided for 100 people, and..." January 11

  • Cubs release a Kyle Schwarber training video and he's basically the second coming of Rocky

    NBC Sports Chicago "Kyle Schwarber is basically Rocky Balboa now. The Cubs outfielder isn't hoisting logs on his shoulder as he runs through snow or battering a frozen hunk of meat with his bare hands. But Schwarber got his own Rocky-esque workout montage Thursday as the Cubs showed behind the scenes of his..." January 11

  • Don’t be surprised if market brings Jake Arrieta back to Cubs

    Chicago Sun-Times "Raise your hand if you believe pitcher Jake Arrieta will land the six-year mega contract agent Scott Boras is seeking in this stagnant market. Exactly. The latest rumblings on an Arrieta landing spot focus on two teams: The Cubs and Cardinals. And if anything smells of a Boras-fueled..." January 08

  • Landing Jake Arrieta with 4-year offer would be a win for Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "Come on, baseball. Your offseason should be sponsored by Ambien, your hot stove faulty enough to check the warranty, your continued absence a shrewd way to make every seamhead’s heart grow fonder. Winter misses you. Sports fans want you. Chicago needs you — especially on the North..." January 04

  • Cubs Still Have Key Additions To Make For 2018 Season

    CBSChicago.com "With the new year upon us, the start of Cubs spring training awaits in less than six weeks. The incomplete grade on the Cubs’ offseason shouldn’t be confused for a lack of aggressiveness from the team’s front office. Executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have been busy through the holiday..." January 03

  • Should Japanese career be a HOF factor?

    CBS Sports "No sooner than five years from now, the great Ichiro Suzuki will be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. Ichiro still wants to play but remains unsigned. If he's unable to latch on anywhere, his five-year waiting period before appearing on the Hall of Fame ballot will..." January 02

  • Cubs’ reported trade offer for Manny Machado revealed

    Larry Brown Sports "With many a top contender putting out feelers for Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, some concrete details are emerging about an offer that the defending NL Central champion Chicago Cubs apparently floated out. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported over the weekend that the Cubs..." December 26

  • Yu Darvish himself shoots down a rumor that he signed with the Cubs

    Hardball Talk "A report began circulating on Thursday afternoon that free agent starter Yu Darvish was a “done deal.” That report, however, was quickly refuted by other, more well-regarded journalists in the know like Bruce Levine and David Kaplan. Just to make perfectly clear, though, Darvish himself took to..." December 21

  • Which Kyle Schwarber at-bats was Joe Maddon watching last year?

    Chicago Tribune "Jingle snark, jingle snark, jingle all the way: I believe Joe Maddon knows what game he’s watching. But did Maddon know which Kyle Schwarber at-bats he was watching last year? The Cubs manager said recently he would consider using Schwarber at leadoff again if Schwarber takes his walks,..." December 21

  • Cubs' pursuit of Yu Darvish has been under the radar

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs’ interest in free-agent pitcher Yu Darvish is surprising and intriguing at the same time. Darvish and Jake Arrieta, both 31, are considered the top two starters on the market, and if Arrieta’s asking price was expected to be too high for the Cubs to consider re-signing him, it made..." December 20

  • Jessica Mendoza will return to ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball in 2018, but other booth positions remain TBD

    Awful Announcing "With Dan Shulman leaving Sunday Night Baseball for the sake of his personal life and Aaron Boone departing to manage the Yankees, ESPN’s flagship baseball program finds itself in flux. But as of Tuesday, we know one thing about Sunday Night Baseball in 2018: Jessica Mendoza will be back. ESPN..." December 20

  • Yu Darvish confirms meeting with Cubs

    Fanrag Sports "Hours after it was reported that the Chicago Cubs were interested in free agent pitcher Yu Darvish, the man himself confirmed that he met with the team on Monday. In his native Japanese, Darvish said that he did not have an interpreter with him for the 3.5-hour meeting in order to get more..." December 19

  • Signing Yu Darvish would be great win-now move for Cubs

    Fanrag Sports "Coming into the offseason, the Chicago Cubs knew they were going to need to make some moves to patch up their starting rotation. Jake Arrieta and John Lackey are free agents, with the former projecting to get a big contract and the latter looking to hang on and pitch one more season. The Cubs..." December 18

  • Should the Cubs trade Addison Russell for Manny Machado? Umm...no

    NBC Chicago "Twitter is abuzz with the sound of Manny Machado trade propositions. There's no harm in that. It's everybody's right as a sports fan to come up with their own ideas for trades — no matter how crazy — and debate proposals with other fans. But not all trade ideas are equal, of course. In..." December 18

  • Kyle Schwarber slimming down, has lost weight this offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2018 MLB season should be seeing a leaner and meaner Kyle Schwarber. The Chicago Cubs slugger recently told Jesse Rogers of ESPN that he has lost 17 to 20 pounds this offseason. Moreover, he doesn’t think he’s sacrificed any strength in order to drop the weight. “It’s a lifestyle choice,..." December 17

  • Yu Darvish Is On Cubs’ Radar

    CBSChicago.com "The Cubs aren’t letting a holiday malaise or slow-moving market stop their pursuit of pitching. After signing four pitchers in the past nine days, the Cubs have eyes on landing a bigger catch: free-agent right-hander Yu Darvish. The Cubs are showing interest in Darvish, a source..." December 16

  • Cubs agree to terms with former closer Steve Cishek

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs nabbed another late-inning reliever on the way out of the Winter Meetings Thursday, having agreed to a multiyear contract with former Marlins and Mariners closer Steve Cishek, sources said. Cishek, 31, had a 2.01 ERA in 49 appearances as a setup man for Seattle and the Rays last..." December 14

  • Cubs ‘caught by surprise’ at report of Mike Montgomery’s displeasure

    Chicago Sun-Times "As the Cubs openly court more starting pitching this winter, starter-in-waiting Mike Montgomery apparently has become increasingly chafed. The left-hander who played a major role for the Cubs last year as a reliever and then a productive injury replacement in the rotation wants to be a starter..." December 13

  • Cubs reportedly in trade talks with Indians for Danny Salazar

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs and Indians have reportedly had trade talks and right-hand pitcher Danny Salazar has been mentioned, according to CBS Sports. The Cubs have made adding depth to their pitching staff a top priority this offseason. The team has already signed Tyler Chatwood, Brandon Morrow and Drew..." December 13

  • Cubs Agree to Contracts With Smyly, Morrow

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Cubs have made a pair of signings at baseball’s Winter Meetings, signing Drew Smyly and Brandon Morrow to contracts. Morrow, who reportedly agreed to the parameters of a deal with the Cubs last week, signed a two-year deal with a vesting option for a third year. Smyly agreed to a..." December 12

  • Cardinals interested in Wade Davis in hunt for closer

    CBS Sports "In addition to adding a big middle of the order bat, the Cardinals came into the offseason needing to improve their bullpen. Both Seung-Hwan Oh and Trevor Rosenthal are free agents -- Rosenthal was released after having Tommy John surgery -- and they were the club's top two end-game arms the..." December 12

  • Why Joe Maddon still thinks Kyle Schwarber makes sense as a leadoff hitter

    NBC Chicago "Kyle Schwarber may take the first official at-bat of the 2018 Cubs season. When the Cubs take on the Giancarlo Stanton-less Marlins in Miami March 29, Schwarber may very well be the team's leadoff hitter. Yes, even after that idea didn't pan out so well last year. As manager Joe Maddon..." December 12

  • Nationals showing interest in Jake Arrieta

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals have expressed interest in free agent right-hander Jake Arrieta, a source tells FanRag Sports. The buzz comes after learning that another club in the NL East, the Philadelphia Phillies, have also shown interest in the 31-year-old. It would certainly be a stroke of good..." December 12

  • Jake Arrieta ain't happening, Phillies fans

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Throughout this entire offseason, Phillies officials have privately said that they will not be players for top free-agent starting pitchers seeking long contracts and huge paydays. It's not that the Phillies can't do it. This is the same ownership group that signed free agent Cliff Lee to a..." December 12

  • Boras has $200M price tag, 75-page binder for teams in on Jake Arrieta

    CBS Sports "Given that he was a late bloomer and just now hit free agency heading into his age-32 season, free-agent starting pitcher Jake Arrieta is in the midst of his one chance to really break the bank in his career. He's our second-ranked starting pitcher on the market and has no shortage of teams at..." December 12