Cubs Rumors & News

  • Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo leads charge to support badly beaten student

    Fox Sports "The story horrified Rizzo, just was it would horrify any person with a conscience. On Feb. 3, officials from Kenyon Woods Middle School told parents that a student physically assaulted another student and left him severely beaten. That student was Henry, a seventh grader who turns 13 on..." February 26

  • Montgomery, Anderson vie for Cubs fifth starter position

    ESPN "The battle for the No. 5 spot in the Chicago Cubs' starting pitching rotation begins on Saturday when Mike Montgomery takes the mound in a Cactus League contest against the Oakland Athletics. But this isn't a traditional spring fight for a regular-season role, according to manager Joe..." February 25

  • Kyle Schwarber might be the Cubs’ next leadoff hitter

    MLB.com "Who will be the Cubs' leadoff man now that Dexter Fowler is gone? Manager Joe Maddon likes the idea of Kyle Schwarber at the top of the lineup, although don't expect the outfielder to be setting any stolen base records, and that's not because of a lack of speed. Schwarber, who missed virtually..." February 25

  • Pedro Strop and Cubs agree to one-year extension

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs and reliever Pedro Strop reached an agreement Friday on a one-year extension for 2018 with a club option. Strop, who avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a $5.5 million deal two weeks ago, will earn $5.85 million in 2018 with a $6.25 million option for 2019. Strop..." February 24

  • Cubs Claim They're Done With Sammy Sosa Forever After Latest Weird Interview

    12 Up "​Sammy Sosa was one of the best power hitters of his time and nothing was more exciting than the home run battle between Mark McGwire and him in 1998. However, on the final day of the 2004 season, Sosa left the stadium before the game even started, and that is the exact moment his relationship..." February 23

  • Sammy Sosa compares himself to Jesus talking about PED accusations

    Sportsnaut "Once one of the most feared sluggers in MLB, former Chicago Cubs star Sammy Sosa is an outsider these days. He was on the outside looking in when the Cubbies finally won the World Series last year, and his relationship with the franchise remains toxic. No jersey retirement for the man who hit..." February 22

  • Sammy Sosa speaks, but the Cubs aren’t listening

    Chicago Tribune "Sammy Sosa speaks about as often as the Sphinx these days, but when he does have something to say it’s usually over the top and ready to go viral. On Tuesday, Sosa chose an unusual outlet, a personal blog former Cubs media relations employee Chuck Wasserstrom writes, to relay his thoughts on..." February 22

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Sammy Sosa has some regrets but won't beg for return

    ESPN "Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, Kerry Wood ... many former Chicago Cubs legends took part in the 2016 World Series celebration, but one was noticeably absent: Sammy Sosa. And from what he's saying, a reunion isn't likely anytime soon. Former Cubs media relations employee Chuck Wasserstrom spoke..." February 21

  • Dexter Fowler reacts in perfect way to fans upset about recent comments on Trump

    CBS Sports "New Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler has been in spring training with his new club for a few days now, and over the weekend he managed to upset some fans. Fowler, whose wife was born in Iran, made some comments about President Donald Trump’s travel ban against seven predominantly Muslim..." February 20

  • Fowler reveals family affected by Trump's travel ban

    12 Up "The first few weeks of the Trump presidency have been controversial to say the least in the United States, with the low point likely being the travel 'ban' which effected people trying to fly into the U.S. from specific Muslim-majority countries. Of course, there are two sides to every coin,..." February 19

  • Jake Arrieta: ‘Still an opportunity’ for extension with Cubs

    Chicago Sun-Times "It remains a long shot as spring training gets underway for the Cubs, but Jake Arrieta said Wednesday morning he expects to talk to the Cubs again about a contract extension before he becomes a free agent next fall. And he suggested a deal might be possible. “There’s an open dialogue there. I..." February 15

  • Cubs will use restraint to ease Kyle Schwarber into limited catching role

    Chicago Tribune "The protective brace on Kyle Schwarber's left knee represents insurance for the future. But the Cubs haven't completely dismissed the notion of Schwarber serving as their third catcher this season after he missed 6 1/2 months last year before returning for the World Series. "We're going to..." February 15

  • Terry Francona hasn't watched Indians' World Series Game 7 loss to Cubs

    Sporting News "Terry Francona isn't one to dwell on the past, even though he was named AL Manager of the Year this past season and his club won the AL Central en route to a World Series appearance. While the past includes the Indians' extra-inning loss to the Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series, Francona..." February 15

  • Javier Baez explains funny reason for going blonde

    Sportsnaut "It’s a great day for baseball fans. Pitchers and catchers have started reporting to Arizona and Florida across the industry and media are making sure fans know everything that’s going on with the players. Especially the important stuff. One of these breaking developments revolves around the..." February 14

  • Cubs' Anthony Rizzo 'I Wouldn't Have Boycotted Trump White House'

    TMZ "Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo says he's an athlete -- not a politician -- and would NOT have boycotted a visit to Donald Trump's White House. The World Series champ was at LAX wrapping up a quick L.A. vacation when we asked how he felt about the Patriots players refusing to take their..." February 14

  • Travis Wood agrees to deal with Royals

    Fanrag Sports "Free agent pitcher/occasional outfielder Travis Wood has agreed to a two-year deal with the Kansas City Royals, sources tell FanRag Sports. Jerry Crasnick was the first to report Kansas City as the destination. The deal, worth $12 million, is pending a physical. Wood, who just turned 30 this..." February 14

  • Cubs have made offers to Travis Wood

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have made contract offers to Travis Wood, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter links), though the Padres and two other teams are also still in the mix for the free agent lefty. The Yankees aren’t one of the other teams; New York reportedly checked in on Wood recently, though the..." February 13

  • Chicago Cubs tinker with starting depth, but is it enough?

    MLB.com "Addressing pitching depth was a major offseason goal for the world champion Chicago Cubs, and now that spring training is nearly upon us we can assess whether they’ve fortified themselves enough for the approaching marathon. Remember, the Cubs now view the season as a seven-month exercise -- not..." February 12

  • Chapman 'surprised' by how aggressively Marlins pursued him

    Newsday "Once Aroldis Chapman knew the feeling was mutual, the closer had no desire to pitch for anyone other than the Yankees. “I always talked to my agent that my priority was coming back to the Yankees,” Chapman said early Saturday afternoon after arriving at Steinbrenner Field. “I was surprised how..." February 12

  • Hammel left Cubs due to strained relationship with Maddon

    ESPN "Addressing pitching depth was a major offseason goal for the world champion Chicago Cubs, and now that spring training is nearly upon us we can assess whether they’ve fortified themselves enough for the approaching marathon. Remember, the Cubs now view the season as a seven-month exercise -- not..." February 12

  • Cubs, Strop avoid arbitration with $5.5M deal

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs reached agreement with their final arbitration-eligible player, avoiding a hearing with right-hander Pedro Strop. Strop, the setup reliever slowed by knee and groin injuries late last season, signed a $5.5 million deal for 2017. Despite the injuries, he finished with a 2.85 ERA in..." February 12

  • Posey warns Schwarber not to rush back to catching

    Chicago Tribune "While the Cubs' Kyle Schwarber maintains his desire to catch, Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey offered a cautionary tale about returning to the position after suffering a serious leg injury. "I always told people it took me a solid two years before I felt back to some sense of normalcy,"..." February 11

  • Epstein: Cubs can't be arrogant if they want to repeat

    CSN Chicago "Whether it’s building a perennial contender or defending a World Series title, Theo Epstein takes the same clear-eyed view of the situation. Whether it’s remodeling the Boston Red Sox or taking a sledgehammer to baseball operations at Wrigley Field, Epstein cuts through the clutter. “The..." February 10

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Cubs' Anthony Rizzo reaches out to victim of school attack in Chicago

    CBS Sports "Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo helps people regularly with his Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation. We've covered him writing a letter and donating money to a cancer patient before and his generosity is once again on display. Rizzo is reaching out to Henry Sembdner, a 12-year-old from the Chicago..." February 07

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Royals agree to terms with starting pitcher Jason Hammel

    Kansas City Star "In the days after tragedy, as the Royals and Kansas City wrestled with the death of starting pitcher Yordano Ventura, general manager Dayton Moore made it clear that the franchise was prepared to fill the on-field hole. Moore did not know how it would be done. The loss and pain was all too fresh...." February 06

  • Cubs agree to minor-league deal with Williams Perez

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs signed right-handed pitcher Williams Perez to a minor-league deal, according to Ken Rosenthal. The Braves released Perez on Dec. 8. Perez, 25, made 31 starts for the Braves in the last two seasons, during which he had a 5.18 ERA in 170 1/3 innings. Last season, he had a 6.04 ERA in 53 2/3..." February 05

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Cubs' mound options expansive

    MLB.com "It's a good thing that they have large meeting rooms at the Cubs' complex in Arizona. When their pitchers gather for the first meeting of Spring Training, there will be almost enough of them assembled to fill a 40-man roster. And that's despite the fact that the Major League staff currently has..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Steinbrenner says he misspoke about Champan's domestic abuse

    Newsday "The Yankees took considerable heat last year by trading for Aroldis Chapman, and Hal Steinbrenner inadvertently stepped back into that fire Thursday when he talked about the team’s motivation for signing him to a five-year, $86-million free-agent contract in December. Steinbrenner initially was..." February 03

  • A bet with Kyle Schwarber almost kept David Ross from retiring

    CSN Chicago "David Ross was almost forced to postpone retirement because of a bet with Kyle Schwarber. If Schwarber pulled that off, he really would've been considered superhuman. Grandpa Rossy hopped on Rob Bradford's podcast on WEEI.com this week and talked about how his yearlong retirement tour almost..." February 03

  • Hal Steinbrenner on Chapman: ‘Sooner or later, we forget, right?’

    USA Today "The New York Yankees are embracing a youth movement, and say their fan base has fallen in love with their future stars, but their most popular player these days is a 28-year-old veteran with a checkered past. Yes, we’re talking about Aroldis Chapman, who was brought back to the Yankees as their..." February 02

  • Cubs Acquire Eddie Butler, Designate Dylan Floro For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs announced that they’ve acquired right-hander Eddie Butler from the Rockies in exchange for minor league righty James Farris. Butler had been designated for assignment over the weekend. The trade also includes the Cubs sending their top international bonus slot, No. 28 overall, to the..." February 01

  • 'Superhuman' Schwarber ready to roll with the punches in 2017

    CSN Chicago "It was about this time last year when "The Legend of Kyle Schwarber" really started to pick up steam. Schwarber was hot off the heels of setting the Cubs franchise mark with five postseason homers — including a monster shot onto the top of the right-field video board — and kicked off spring..." February 01

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Former Cubs catcher David Ross to be baseball analyst for ESPN

    ESPN "David Ross was in the media spotlight with the Chicago Cubs last season. Now, he'll be a member of the media. ESPN announced on Monday that the former catcher, who won a World Series for the Cubs last season, will join the company as an MLB analyst. "I'm excited to dive right in and start..." January 30

  • Can Cubs break down Jason Heyward's swing and build him back up again?

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs can use hitting jargon to explain Jason Heyward's steep offensive decline, focusing on bat angle and launch position, but there's still a bottom-line aspect to his struggles: How to handle the pressure that comes with signing the biggest contract in franchise history. "You try so hard..." January 28

  • Kris Bryant honored by landing coveted 2017 Topps Card No. 1

    Sportress of Blogitude "Chicago Cubs superstar Kris Bryant has earned yet another honorable accolade in his brilliant yet young baseball career: Landing the coveted Card No. 1 in the upcoming 2017 Topps baseball-card set, which will go on sale Feb. 1. Bryant snagged Card No. 1 courtesy of week-long online vote held in..." January 27

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24