Cubs Rumors & News

  • Cubs are interested in Brandon Morrow

    Hardball Talk "Patrick Mooney of NBC Sports Chicago reports that the Chicago Cubs are going to target free agent reliever Brandon Morrow. Morrow had a fantastic season in his first year as a reliever, posting a 2.06 ERA and 50/9 K/BB ratio over 43.2 innings. " November 17

  • Cubs 2018 season tickets will see slight increase

    Chicago Tribune "fter two consecutive years of double-digit hikes, the average price of Cubs season tickets will rise less than 1 percent in 2018. “We saw an opportunity to be less aggressive than we have been the last two years,” Cale Vennum, vice president for ticket sales said Thursday. Prices in some..." November 16

  • Why Zach Britton no longer makes sense for Cubs team going in different direction with bullpen

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs executives who checked out of the Waldorf Astoria Orlando on Wednesday had to ask the Baltimore Orioles again about Zach Britton. But any standard due diligence during the general manager meetings doesn’t mean Britton will follow Aroldis Chapman and Wade Davis as the next All-Star rental..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • Ray of hope? Alex Cobb could be key to filling Cubs’ pitching needs

    Chicago Sun-Times "The way the Cubs look at filling their pitching needs this winter, the bullpen gaps — including the closer — are the least of their worries. That’s why much of their effort and resources are being earmarked for their pursuit of at least two starting pitchers, at least one of whom they can..." November 15

  • Scott Boras on free agent Jake Arrieta: 'A big squirrel with a lot of nuts'

    USA Today "Scott Boras, who represents Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta, resorted to typically colorful language in assessing the former Cy Young Award winner's market value this winter. Boras described Arrieta as "a big squirrel with a lot of nuts in his tree." " November 15

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Ex-Cubs prospect Eloy Jimenez is speeding up the timetable on White Sox

    CSN Chicago "The White Sox are beginning to understand what the Cubs already knew about Eloy Jimenez, a young right-handed power hitter who drew comparisons to Kris Bryant, Miguel Cabrera and Edgar Martinez. No pressure. But Jimenez reported to big-league camp with the defending World Series champs and..." November 15

  • Twins like Darvish and Arrieta — but Darvish tops list

    Fanrag Sports "Everyone’s looking for pitching, they say. But perhaps no one is looking for pitching with as much interest or enthusiasm as the Twins, who are targeting the very top pitchers on the rotation market and on the bullpen market — and hoping to add depth, as well. The Twins are looking at the two..." November 14

  • Are the Cubs looking to trade Jason Heyward? 'Not at all'

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs aren’t actively shopping Jason Heyward, despite last week’s rumors that had him going to the Giants. “That whole rumor was out of nowhere with zero base for truth,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. “I can’t speculate on (rumors). I think Jason has done a great job for us on defense, in..." November 14

  • What not paying the luxury tax means for Cubs and Alex Cobb

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are not projected to pay the luxury tax this year after staying under Major League Baseball’s $195 million threshold, a source with knowledge of the team’s financials said Monday, a significant development as they chase high-profile free agents and reload for another World Series..." November 14

  • Dodgers and Cubs interested in Orioles closer Britton

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are two of the teams that have spoken to the Baltimore Orioles about star closer Zach Britton, sources tell FanRag Sports. It is believed that a couple other teams also have checked in on Britton, one of the game’s best closers. The Orioles are said to..." November 14

  • Cubs, Dodgers have spoken to Orioles about Britton

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers are two of the teams that have spoken to the Baltimore Orioles about star closer Zach Britton, sources tell FanRag Sports. It is believed that a couple other teams also have checked in on Britton, one of the game’s best closers. The Orioles are said to..." November 13

  • Why the Washington Nationals should target Jake Arrieta in free agency

    iSportsweb "The Washington Nationals are a team that is ready to win now. With that being said, they seem to have trouble advancing past the National League Division Series each and every year. It is not a good look for the club, as they are mounting pressure on themselves and the city of Washington, D.C. to..." November 12

  • Free agent Alex Cobb sounds like he wants to play for Cubs

    CBS Sports "The NL Central champion Cubs are very much in contending mode, but this winter they stand to lose Jake Arrieta and John Lackey from an already suspect rotation. As such, they need starting pitchers. They're already the subject of Yu Darvish rumors, and pretty much every team will be interested in..." November 11

  • Cubs name Brandon Hyde - not David Ross - new bench coach

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs coaching staff is nearly complete and no, David Ross does not currently have a role. Brandon Hyde — not Grandpa Rossy — will take over as Cubs bench coach in 2018, moving from the first base coaching box to Joe Maddon's right-hand man Cubs GM Jed Hoyer confirmed the news on 670 The..." November 09

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Cubs could deal Heyward to Giants for Samardzija, Melancon?

    CBS Sports "Welcome back to Rumor Buy or Sell, where we ... OK, so the title is kind of self-explanatory. Our rumor to break down here a few days before free agency officially begins and unofficially sort of kicks off the Hot Stove season Hoo boy, that's a juicy one. Phil is right, it's complicated...." November 08

  • How Scott Boras sees Jake Arrieta's free agency and legacy with Cubs

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs essentially had Jake Arrieta’s countdown to free agency in mind from the moment they made that franchise-altering trade with the Baltimore Orioles in the middle of the 2013 season, allowing him to hit the reset button in the minors while also guaranteeing an extra year of club..." November 08

  • John Lackey plans to pitch in 2018

    Hardball Talk "When John Lackey exited after a 1-2-3 fifth inning in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs last month, many assumed that marked his final appearance in the major leagues. The now 39-year-old was expected to retire. Lackey is not retiring and intends to pitch in 2018, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports..." November 07

  • Cubs Claim Cory Mazzoni, Outright Leonys Martin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have announced a series of roster moves as teams around the league continue to trim rosters. Chicago claimed righty Cory Mazzoni off waivers from the Padres, adding a new name to the 40-man. Leaving the MLB roster is outfielder Leonys Martin; he’ll be replaced by righty Matt Carasiti,..." November 06

  • Cubs make qualifying offers to Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs made qualifying offers Monday to free agents Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis by Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline. By making an offer of $17.4 million to Arrieta and Davis, the Cubs are assured of a compensation pick in the 2018 draft if Arrieta or Davis reject the offer and sign with another..." November 06

  • Cubs claim Randy Rosario off waivers from Twins

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago Cubs formally announced on Friday that the club has claimed left-handed pitcher Randy Rosario off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. The southpaw signed with the Twins as an amateur free agent as a teenager back in 2010. After working out the kinks in the Dominican Southern, Midwest,..." November 03

  • Cubs send 40 pizzas to Astros as part of new W.S. tradition

    Yardbarker "The Chicago Cubs have passed the torch — or rather, passed the pie — to the Houston Astros. The Cubs ordered 40 pizzas on Thursday to be delivered to Minute Maid Park on Friday before the championship parade in honor of the Astros winning the World Series, the Houston Chronicle reports. They..." November 03

  • Jake Arrieta, Wade Davis lead list of Cubs free agents

    Chicago Tribune "The World Series ended Wednesday night, but the Cubs already are in the midst of planning for the 2018 season. They’ve planned for the possibility of departures, as eight players were expected to file for free agency Thursday morning. Pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis lead the list of..." November 02

  • If not Wade Davis, Cubs will need to find another closer with 'huge balls'

    NBC Chicago "Imagine a Cubs bullpen without Wade Davis, working under the bright lights of the World Series, trying to contain an explosive Houston Astros offense with the roof closed at Minute Maid Park. That’s a scary Halloween thought for a manager who got second-guessed throughout October, a front..." November 01

  • Pitching The Priority For The Cubs This Offseason "Replacing 339 innings from the starting rotation will be the biggest challenge for the Cubs front office this season. That’s how many innings that right-hander Jake Arrieta and right-hander John Lackey combined to log in 2017. With Arrieta expected to be too costly for the Cubs in free agency..." November 01

  • Where do Cubs go from here with Addison Russell and Javier Baez?

    NBC Chicago "A scout from a potential playoff opponent asked the question while covering the Cubs in late September: Why is Addison Russell still playing shortstop over Javier Baez? An ego thing, to make sure they didn’t lose Russell near the end of a difficult year from a personal/professional standpoint,..." October 31

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • Will David Ross become next Cubs bench coach?

    CSN Chicago "David Ross didn’t exactly ride off into the sunset once Cubs teammates Anthony Rizzo and Jason Heyward picked him up onto their shoulders and carried him off the field after last year’s World Series Game 7 in Cleveland. Ross “retired” and spent the last year performing on “Dancing with the..." October 30

  • Cubs’ new pitching coach may give team better shot at signing Rays pitcher

    Larry Brown Sports "With Jake Arrieta’s free agency looming, the Chicago Cubs may be positioning themselves to land another right-handed starter just in case. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported on Thursday that the Cubs are hiring ex-Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey to the same position. Jon..." October 28

  • Anthony Rizzo wins Roberto Clemente award for his charitable work

    Chicago Tribune "Anthony Rizzo’s charitable contributions and involvement with pediatric cancer patients earned him baseball’s coveted Roberto Clemente Award for 2017. The award, named after the Pirates’ Hall of Fame outfielder, is presented annually to the Major League Baseball player who best represents the..." October 27

  • Jon Lester hates managers pulling starters so early in playoffs

    Larry Brown Sports "A trend has emerged in playoff baseball where managers utilize extremely quick hooks with their starting pitchers and opt to go heavy with their bullpens during games. Jon Lester is not a fan of this managing style. Lester joined “The Tiki and Tierney Show” on CBS Sports TV and Radio Networks..." October 27

  • Cubs Add Chili Davis, Brian Butterfield To Coaching Staff

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs announced today that they’ve hired former Red Sox coaches Chili Davis and Brian Butterfield to their staff. Davis will take over for hitting coach John Mallee, who will not return to the organization. Butterfield will be the team’s third base coach, replacing Gary Jones. Additionally, the..." October 26

  • Cubs need to get their pitching in order or else this entire foundation could crumble

    CSN Chicago "There were times where it felt like the entire pitching section to The Cubs Way manual could be summed up with four words, every time Theo Epstein’s front office acquired another faded prospect or change-of-scenery guy: “Get him with Boz.” Hands-off manager Joe Maddon would often deflect..." October 25

  • Why Cubs should make Jim Hickey an offer he can't refuse

    CSN Chicago "Monday’s interview with Jim Hickey in Chicago — roughly 72 hours after the Cubs fired pitching coach Chris Bosio and within a week of manager Joe Maddon saying “of course” he wanted his entire staff back — is a first step in the reboot at Wrigley Field. Maddon would probably like to have that..." October 24

  • Would trading Schwarber begin to solve pitching issues?

    NBC Chicago "The Cubs now apparently believe they are a stronger organization without Chris Bosio, firing a pitching coach known for his strong convictions, brutal honesty and bottom-line results in a move that doesn’t seem like an actual solution. Hiring Jim Hickey – who has a good reputation from his..." October 23

  • Cub bench coach Dave Martinez front-runner for Nationals managing job?

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez was asked by the Washington Nationals to interview for their managerial vacancy – a job Martinez came close to landing after the 2015 season until ownership required previous big-league managing experience. The Nats, who were eliminated by the Cubs in a dramatic..." October 23

  • Report: Eric Hinske Leaves Cubs To Become Angels’ Hitting Coach "The turnover on the Cubs’ coaching staff continued Monday. Assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske has left the Cubs to become the hitting coach for the Angeles, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported. Hinske had been with the Cubs since December 2013, serving as the first-base coach before taking..." October 23

  • Cubs to interview Jim Hickey for pitching coach position "Former Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey will interview for the same position with the Cubs on Monday, sources confirmed to 670 The Score. Hickey left the Rays at the end of this past season after spending 11 years in Tampa Bay, the first eight working under Joe Maddon before the latter took over..." October 22

  • Cubs reportedly fire pitching coach Chris Bosio

    Sporting News "Just two days after the Cubs were eliminated from the postseason, the team has reportedly fired pitching coach Chris Bosio, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The 54-year-old Bosio, who pitched 11 seasons in the majors, joined the Cubs coaching staff in 2012 and had been widely hailed..." October 21

  • Cubs go quietly into winter, their reign as defending champs finally over

    CSN Chicago "The armchair psychology went like this: Force the Los Angeles Dodgers onto the plane, let them think about it during the long flight to the West Coast, get in their heads during Friday’s day off and feel all the momentum and pressure shift in this National League Championship Series. At least..." October 20

  • Joe Maddon ejected in eighth inning of NLCS Game 4 after umpires overturn a Wade Davis strikeout

    Hardball Talk "Cubs manager Joe Maddon was once again ejected from an NLCS game, this time in Game 4. In the top of the eighth inning, closer Wade Davis found himself in a bit of a pickle. He gave up a leadoff home run to Justin Turner, cutting the Cubs’ lead to 3-2. Davis then walked Yasiel Puig. He was able..." October 19

  • Jim Wolf admits missed call on Curtis Granderson foul tip

    Fanrag Sports "On Wednesday evening, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson found himself in the midst of quite the strange play. After originally being called out on strikes, Granderson was then sent back to the plate as it was determined that he actually foul tipped the previously called third..." October 19

  • Los Angeles transit account trolls Cubs fans for leaving game early

    Larry Brown Sports "Some Chicago Cubs fans were seen leaving Tuesday night’s Game 4 of the NLCS early, and one Los Angeles Twitter account made sure to let them hear about it. Metro Los Angeles, which is responsible for public transit in the city, trolled Cubs fans who left Game 4 early with the following..." October 18

  • Kris Bryant admits Cubs are ‘tired.’ Sadly, the whole world can tell

    Chicago Sun-Times "Rarely is the glass half-full with Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Two-thirds full? Sure. Three-fourths? Even better. Overflowing? What the heck, let’s party. It’s hard to see emptiness when everything’s-gonna-be-all-right is staring back at you. But everything isn’t going to be all right. Not this..." October 18

  • The Cubs are in desperate need of relief

    Hardball Talk "Tonight in Chicago Yu Darvish of the Dodgers will face off against Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs. If this were Game 1, we’d have a lot to say about the Dodgers’ trade deadline pickup and the Cubs’ budding ace. If this series continues on the way it’s been going, however, each of them will be..." October 17

  • Cubs need Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo to produce or else their reign as defending World Series champs is over

    NBC Chicago "Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are the yin and yang of the Cubs lineup, the right- and left-handed forces that feed off each other, two huge building blocks for a World Series team, the smiling faces of the franchise, an ideal brand for social media and two friends close enough that Rizzo became a..." October 17

  • Joe Maddon: ‘Confidence issue’ causing Kris Bryant’s slump

    Sportsnaut "Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is not hitting well in the 2017 postseason. His manager, Joe Maddon, feels that his star’s slump is a matter of confidence. Whatever the cause, Bryant’s needs to snap out of it fast. In the NLDS victory over the Washington Nationals, Bryant slashed at..." October 17