Cubs Rumors & News

  • Cubs-Yankees Twitter battle gets personal

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees won't meet this season - unless both teams reach the World Series - but that didn't prevent two of MLB's oldest clubs from renewing hostilities over the Internet on Monday. What began as one Yankees fan's simple preference turned into a Twitter battle..." February 08

  • Jake Arrieta, Cubs agree on $10.7 million, one-year deal

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has agreed to a $10.7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major league service. A person familiar with the negotiations disclosed the agreement on Friday night. The person spoke to The..." February 06

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    Phil Rogers @philgrogers

    Reports out of Japan say Cubs have signed Matt Murton, a former Cub who in 2010 had 214 hits for Hanshin, breaking Ichiro's season record.

  • Don't credit tanking for the success of Cubs and Astros

    ESPN "August Fagerstrom presented a good table of information over at FanGraphs, showing the current 40-man roster construction of all 30 teams -- including how many players were acquired via the amateur draft, trade, free agency, international signings and waivers. One thing I found particularly..." February 05

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Breaking - Chicago Cubs and Jake Arrieta arbitration case set for Tuesday Feb 9th in Arizona.$ 5.5 million difference .

  • Top 5 statistical milestones to watch in 2016

    ESPN "The upcoming season should be a banner one for milestones, as Ichiro, A-Rod, K-Rod and a quartet of pitchers take aim at some magic hits, home runs, saves and strikeouts. Here's a look at the players who are closest to some historic achievements. Though Ichiro isn't the hitter he once was, he..." February 04

  • Big spenders: MLB teams exceed $4.5 billion in FA signings

    The Score "Major-league clubs spent over $4.5 billion on free agents during a record-setting winter that saw both David Price and Zack Greinke receive history-making contracts. While the usually deep-pocketed Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers were among the big spenders, the Chicago Cubs, Arizona..." February 04

  • Ranking the 30 best starting pitchers in Major League Baseball for 2016

    CBS Sports "We've made our way through the position player and DH rankings (previous rankings: C | 1B | 2B |SS | 3B | LF | CF | RF | DH), and now it's time to give the starting pitchers their due. As was the case with previous rankings, let's keep these things in mind: 1. We are ranking the players..." February 03

  • Ex-Yankee Brendan Ryan signs with Washington Nationals

    Newark Star-Ledger "Former Yankees backup infielder Brendan Ryan has signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals, the team announced Tuesday. Ryan, 33, was a member of the Yankees for three seasons ('13-'15) before being shipped to the Chicago Cubs in early December as part of the Starlin Castro-Adam..." February 02

  • The White Sox and Rangers want Dexter Fowler

    SB Nation "There are still worthwhile free agents out there! That's upsetting news for those still looking for a job, but hey, you want something to read and we want something to write, so it's not so bad for the two of us, yeah? One of those free agents is Dexter Fowler, who has a couple of teams attached..." February 02

  • Groundhog Deals: Do-overs shadow GMs "The film "Groundhog Day" is not just a comedy classic, but its premise -- which involves Bill Murray's character living the same day over and over -- has also become a cultural metaphor. So beyond just the thought of a rodent sticking its head out of the ground to provide a long-term weather..." February 02

  • MLB owners take a look at issues involved with tanking

    ESPN "The question of whether some teams are intentionally building bad rosters in order to improve their standing in subsequent drafts -- tanking, to borrow the parlance of the NBA -- was raised at the most recent Major League Baseball owners meetings, according to sources. The January discussion in..." February 02

  • Dexter Fowler plays the waiting game in free agency

    CSN Chicago "The sense is Dexter Fowler returning to Wrigley Field as Joe Maddon’s “You go, we go” leadoff guy is highly unlikely, but the Cubs won’t completely shut the door on that remote possibility until he signs somewhere else. The White Sox didn’t turn Fowler into their SoxFest splash over the..." February 02

  • Baseball execs can't lose sight of the human element in making decisions

    Fox Sports "I need to get out more. Baseball executives need to get out more, too. On Friday night, I was in Toronto for "Pitch Talks," a speaker series about baseball, serving on a panel with Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith of Rogers SportsNet. Midway through the session, a fan asked a seemingly..." February 01

  • Cubs hoping to change offensive identity with Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs guaranteed $184 million to a player who has never hit 30 homers or driven in 100 runs in a single season, paying for Jason Heyward’s age-26 upside and Gold Glove defense. The Cubs also gave a four-year deal to a guy who will turn 35 in May, betting $56 million on Ben Zobrist’s..." January 30

  • Why in the Heck is Dexter Fowler Still a Free Agent?

    Baseball Essential "Coming into free agency as a 29-year-old, bouncing off the best year of his career, Dexter Fowler should have been on the top of several lists this season. His offense was solid with a slash line of .250/.346/.411, an OPS of .757. He got 149 hits, 46 RBIs (and that is low because he was the..." January 30

  • MLB salaries will near record $4 billion

    Yahoo! Sports "Major League Baseball teams have guaranteed nearly $2.5 billion to free agents this offseason, shattering the previous record by more than half a billion dollars and continuing the distribution of record revenues that could soon approach $10 billion annually industry-wide. An analysis of..." January 29

  • The qualifying offer is screwing up free agency again

    SB Nation "It's Jan. 28, but thanks to the qualifying offer, there are still free agents available who could help a team. And not like, help off the bench, or fill out the back-end of a rotation: there are legitimate starting players who could not only fill a hole but also produce at above-average levels..." January 28

  • Cubs, White Sox Continue To Express Interest In Dexter Fowler "With just more than three weeks until spring training begins, outfielder Dexter Fowler is still a free agent and looking for a new team. Fowler, who will turn 30 in March, had his best season in 2015 in many offensive areas of his game, as he scored 104 runs and was a catalyst for the Cubs’..." January 28

  • MLB cranks up pace-of-game restrictions for Year 2

    New York Post "Major League Baseball officials and their union counterparts are closing in on agreements for further initiatives to improve the pace of the game, concerning both pitchers and managers, The Post has learned. The sides have been discussing two items in particular to try to make another dent in..." January 27

  • Who Will Jorge Soler Be in 2016?

    Baseball Essential "Some background for those not familiar with Soler might be a good start. Jorge Soler is a major league baseball player out of Cuba. He played for the Cuban National Team, and spent a little time in the Cuban National Series, but early on in his life defected to try his luck in the American major..." January 26

  • All 30 MLB teams' starting rotations, ranked

    USA Today "What follows here will probably prove very, very wrong in spots. Starting pitching, by nature, is a fickle thing: Sometimes great pitchers get hurt or suddenly prove ineffective, sometimes guys emerge as aces seemingly overnight. And there’s enough parity in Major League Baseball in 2016 that it’s..." January 26

  • Good news for Cubs' Joe Maddon: DH not likely coming to NL soon

    ESPN "There’s at least one person happy baseball commissioner Rob Manfred clarified his stance on the designated hitter coming to the National League: Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon. On Monday, Manfred told’s Jerry Crasnick that his recent comments on the subject were misinterpreted. In..." January 26

  • MLB plans to play first regular-season games in London in 2017

    The Comeback "Major League Baseball is looking to expand its horizons, particularly overseas. Commissioner Rob Manfred told The Associated Press that the league is hoping to play it’s first regular-season games in London in 2017. The move would be congruent with other international moves by the league, such..." January 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says likely no DH in NL for “foreseeable future”

    Hardball Talk "Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak created quite a bit of a chatter last weekend when he said that there has been “more momentum” in discussions with other general managers and owners for the designated hitter to come to the National League. That “momentum” might have been overstated. In..." January 26

  • Epstein: Cubs spent big this winter due to poor '17 free-agent class

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are always trying to stay ahead of the curve, picturing the lineup five years out, recalibrating their financial position and preparing for worst-case scenarios. When Jon Lester made his recruiting trip to Wrigleyville in November 2014, the Cubs showed the All-Star lefty their..." January 26

  • Q&A: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred

    Yahoo! Sports "Monday marks the one-year anniversary of Rob Manfred taking over as commissioner of Major League Baseball. In a Q&A over the weekend with Yahoo Sports, Manfred reflected on the big issues of his first year (Pete Rose and recapturing the youth market), looked at the game’s future (expansion,..." January 25

  • MLB open to expansion, relocation possibilities, Manfred says

    Sporting News "Baseball fans in cities without a major league franchise might still get a team to call their own — just not anytime soon. Commissioner Rob Manfred touched on possible expansion and relocation as part of a wide-ranging Q&A with Yahoo Sports and sounded as if he's keeping an open mind on both..." January 25

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #MLB trading deadline has been moved to Aug. 1 instead of July 31, since July 31 is a Sunday

  • Cubs prospect Willson Contreras could be next core player to hit Wrigley

    CSN Chicago "Willson Contreras isn’t riding the tidal wave of hype that followed Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber. But the Cubs still see Contreras as their potential catcher of the future, possibly the next core player to crash onto the stage at Wrigley Field as they ramp up..." January 21

  • The Definitive Case for Universal DH

    Sports On Earth "Arguments for and against the designated hitter in Major League Baseball are as old as the position itself. And by now, those arguments are well established and, frankly, very, very tired. We know one side likes added offense, the other added strategy. We know one side is tired of watching..." January 21

  • Howie Kendrick and Dexter Fowler are still free agents for some reason

    SB Nation "Dexter Fowler isn't the best outfielder around, especially since there are questions about just how well he can handle center field. Even considering that, though, his bat is legitimate -- Fowler has hit .270/.367/.420 for a 110 OPS+ over the last five seasons -- and he's been at least an average..." January 21

  • Report: Cubs sign former Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki

    Sportsnet "The Chicago Cubs have signed former Toronto Blue Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki to a minor-league deal, reports Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Kawasaki, who spent parts of the last three seasons with the Blue Jays, was a fan favourite in Toronto known for his colourful personality and dugout..." January 21

  • Cubs outfield prospect Billy McKinney healthy for 2016

    Chicago Tribune "It took a knee injury last August to slow Billy McKinney's development. But the Chicago Cubs' left-handed hitting outfield prospect said he has fully healed and is ready for the 2016 season. "Feeling well and heading out to Arizona on Sunday," McKinney wrote in an email. "Should be ready for..." January 20

  • Report: Padres agree to deal with Rodney

    The Score "Fernando Rodney will have a chance to revitalize his career in Southern California. The two-time All-Star reliever reportedly agreed to a major-league deal with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Rodney is coming off the worst season of his 13-year..." January 20

  • MLB agrees to offer single-team streaming to settle class-action suit

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball on Tuesday reached a deal with fans to settle an antitrust class action lawsuit over how out-of-market game broadcasts are sold, reported, adding that the side settled only moments before the trial was due to start in Manhattan. Under the agreement, MLB will..." January 20

  • MLB's top 10 teams: How 'bout those Cubbies

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs' 2015 season ended with a humbling sweep at the hands of the New York Mets, but in listening to the Chicago players and to manager Joe Maddon right after defeat, it didn't sound like an ending. Rather, they seemed to view it as a beginning, in the way they framed it emotionally,..." January 19

  • Will changes to 2B slide rule come at upcoming owners meetings?

    Fox Sports "As Major League Baseball owners prepare to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Coral Gables, Florida, consensus with the players’ union remains elusive on slides at second base. MLB officials raised the possibility of a rule change in the aftermath of Ruben Tejada’s broken leg suffered in the..." January 19

  • Cubs' Heyward: Critics entitled to their opinions

    Chicago Sun-Times "Newly signed Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward took the high road over the weekend when asked about critical comments made by his former manager and teammates in St. Louis after he said he chose to sign with the Cubs in large part because of the Cubs young core vs. an aging Cardinals..." January 18

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    Gordon Wittenmyer @GDubCub

    Club re-signed 6yr MiLB FA Logan Watkins, IF who's healthy after missing season w/ Achilles injury.

  • Cubs' owner: Sosa needs to be honest to be welcomed back

    Chicago Tribune "Owner Tom Ricketts cheered for Sammy Sosa long before Ricketts and his family bought the Cubs. But an invitation to return to the organization for the tarnished slugger remains at the bottom of the list of the Cubs' priorities. “I appreciated him as a great player, a great Cub,” Ricketts..." January 17

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Chris Bosio says Trevor Cahill turned down a two-year deal to start for #Pirates in taking one-year offer to stay with #Cubs bullpen.

  • Cubs co-owner: 'Mets fans are really, really obnoxious'

    The Score "As he stood at a podium surrounded by throngs of Chicago Cubs fans Saturday morning, team co-owner Todd Ricketts had no problem sharing his feelings about the New York Mets, who ousted his team from the National League Championship Series in October. It turns out he's not so crazy about..." January 16

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs and Coghlan avoid arb and settle at $4.8 million

  • Report: No agreement yet between Cubs, Arrieta

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs were able to avoid arbitration with a number of players Friday, but National League Cy Young winner and staff ace Jake Arrieta wasn't included in the mix, reports MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Chicago could still reach a long-term agreement with the 29-year-old prior to Feb. 1,..." January 15

  • Cubs bringing back Ryne Sandberg as ambassador

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are reuniting with Ryne Sandberg, sources confirmed Thursday, bringing the Hall of Famer back to the organization as an ambassador. A formal announcement could come as soon as this weekend, when Sandberg is scheduled to appear at the Cubs Convention at the Sheraton Grand..." January 15

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Sandberg. Confirmed on Windy City live

  • Theo Epstein extension on hold as Cubs exec enters lame duck season

    Chicago Sun-Times "Despite the Cubs’ habit of using Cubs Convention as a platform for a newsworthy announcement, don’t expect a contract extension for team president Theo Epstein to be on this year’s agenda, team chairman Tom Ricketts said Wednesday. Although the subject has come up in conversations, the club and..." January 14

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    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Schwarber: "I feel like we're going to win the division." ... "There are probably going to be more targets on our backs."

  • 156 Players File For Salary Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that 156 players have filed for salary arbitration. Players and teams will formally exchange arbitration figures on Friday, and in the five to six weeks that follow, dozens of agreements will be reached. Players and teams that are..." January 13