Cubs Rumors & News

  • Cubs To Release Peter Bourjos

    Yardbarker "The Cubs will release outfielder Peter Bourjos, according to Patrick Mooney of The Athletic (via Twitter). Chicago decided not to add him to the active roster in order to keep an additional reliever. Soon to turn 31, the fleet-footed Bourjos could still hold appeal to other organizations as a..." March 23

  • Cubs expect big things from renovated rotation in 2018

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jose Quintana is one of three members of the Cubs’ rotation who has made an All-Star team, and he wonders if all five might not have a chance to make this year’s National League team the way the staff has looked this spring. “It’s an honor for me to be in a rotation like that, no matter what..." March 23

  • Congress' 'Save America's Pastime Act' would allow teams to pay minor-leaguers less than minimum wage

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball might soon score a big win in its ongoing efforts to avoid paying minor-leaguers at a reasonable rate. Later this week, Congress is expected to vote on a new $1.3 trillion spending package to keep the government up and running. Tucked away on page 1,967 of the 2,232-page..." March 22

  • Welcome to Kyle Schwarber's comeback season

    ESPN "It was an unusual sight, particularly for a million-dollar athlete. Kyle Schwarber came walking through the Chicago Cubs' spring clubhouse one morning with Tupperware in his hand. Since when do major league baseball players bring their leftovers to work? The answer: since said player is trying..." March 22

  • It’s time for MLB service time manipulation to go

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves are sending top prospect Ronald Acuña to Triple-A to start the 2018 baseball season. This is my shocked face. Like so many times in the past, leaving Acuña off the big league roster has less to do with talent or development than money. That needs to change. Acuña was signed..." March 22

  • Mariners claim Dario Alvarez off waivers from Cubs

    Hardball Talk "Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have claimed pitcher Dario Alvarez off waivers from the Cubs. The Mariners will option him to Triple-A Tacoma and have him report to minor league camp. Alvarez will serve as bullpen depth for the Mariners." March 21

  • This could be Willson Contreras' season to clean up as Cubs' No. 4 hitter

    Chicago Tribune "Ian Happ downplayed the significance of his contributions this spring as manager Joe Maddon assesses various lineup options. “It’s not important who is going to be the leadoff guy,” Happ said. “It’s just the guys we have in the lineup. How deep we are is impressive. There’s no bad spot to hit..." March 20

  • The favorites for the last two spots in the Cubs bullpen

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago Cubs have two open roster spots within two weeks of opening day. That’s a surprise, given that the majority of their roster was seemingly set as spring training got underway. But the Cubs released struggling reliever Justin Grimm, and right-handed reliever Pedro Strop has yet to..." March 20

  • Milton Bradley Charged with Battery, Allegedly Beat Up Wife

    TMZ "Milton Bradley's in trouble with the law -- charged with battery -- for allegedly beating up a woman he's married to once again ... TMZ Sports has learned. We broke the story ... cops were called to Bradley's L.A. home back in January. When they arrived, his wife told them Bradley roughed her..." March 20

  • Cubs’ Kris Bryant channels Hall of Fame third baseman to reach greater heights

    Chicago Sun-Times "The best reason to believe Kris Bryant will have a better year in 2018 than in 2017? George Brett. Not that he has ever met the Hall of Fame third baseman. “George Brett used to say back in the day that even when he was 4-for-4 he always felt like he was not satisfied, because there was..." March 19

  • Bryant reflects on hometown in Vegas return "Third baseman Kris Bryant returned home to Las Vegas on Saturday for the Cubs' weekend split-squad games, and a chance to play in front of family. "It's been a big evolution from the first time I've played here," Bryant told the media at Cashman Field before the Cubs' 11-4 win. "Now, I have a..." March 18

  • Cubs’ Kris Bryant wants to walk more, whiff less; says, ‘I want to be great’

    Chicago Sun-Times "It’s been a while since Kris Bryant cried about being called out on strikes. Let’s call it a little more than half a lifetime ago, in his native Las Vegas. It happened more than a time or two back then, though, and not without a pretty good recurring explanation. Bryant wasn’t just a..." March 15

  • Cubs To Release Justin Grimm

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have released right-handed reliever Justin Grimm, reports Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago (Twitter link). Grimm had previously lost an arbitration hearing against the Cubs, resulting in a $2.2MM salary for the upcoming season. However, since arb contracts aren’t fully guaranteed, the Cubs..." March 15

  • If you're bummed that Jake Arrieta didn't sign with the Cubs, then blame Jake Arrieta

    Chicago Tribune "If you’re angry, frustrated or just bummed that one of the greatest and most important pitchers in Cubs history left town, then blame the pitcher. Because ultimately, Jake Arrieta left the Cubs because he chose to leave the Cubs. Arrieta looked funny in Phillies red instead of Cubs blue..." March 15

  • Minor League Baseball Announces Pace Of Play Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve already covered the much-discussed rules changes at the MLB level relating to pace of play. That is certainly the most pertinent recent development in the rules arena, which has emerged as a point of no little controversy between the league and player’s union. Today, though, the..." March 15

  • Minor league baseball to begin extra innings with a runner on second

    Hardball Talk "Minor League Baseball announced several rules changes aimed at reducing the length of extra innings games and the number of mound visits. The changes: All extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. The runner at second base will be the player in the batting order position..." March 14

  • Mike Montgomery believes tweak in delivery will make him sharper — as reliever or starter

    Chicago Tribune "Mike Montgomery is at peace with the likelihood he will open the season in the Cubs bullpen. But in the event Montgomery is summoned to the rotation — his preference — the 6-foot-5 left-hander believes he’s more equipped to succeed in either role. Montgomery said a tweak in his delivery that..." March 13

  • MRI reveals no serious damage to Cubs second baseman Javy Baez’s hamstring

    Chicago Sun-Times "Second baseman Javy Baez had an MRI on the left hamstring he hurt in Thursday’s game, and results showed no serious damage. “It’s very minimal,” said manager Joe Maddon, who predicted a return to the lineup toward the middle or end of next week. “This is a precautionary tale right now.” Baez..." March 13

  • Nobody may want an offseason do-over more than Scott Boras

    ESPN "There is no notation on the calendar, no government declaration, but many agents treated Friday as a holiday, a time for celebration. The text messages might as well have contained ascending balloons and exploding fireworks, and the voices on the celebratory phone calls were filled with..." March 13

  • Jake Arrieta writes thank you letter to Chicago

    Fanrag Sports "Pitcher Jake Arrieta has finally found a new team, with the free agent officially signing with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. With the move comes the true end to a chapter in Arrieta’s career, as he spent four-plus seasons with the Chicago Cubs after the team acquired him via trade in..." March 13

  • Cubs' Jose Quintana to throw simulated game to stay on schedule

    Chicago Tribune "While most of his Cubs teammates are enjoying the first of their two days off, left-hander Jose Quintana is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game Monday at their spring training complex. The workout is scheduled merely to keep Quintana on schedule with the rest of his fellow starters. Quintana..." March 12

  • Arrieta agrees to 3-year, $75 million deal with Phillies

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Philadelphia Phillies have an “agreement in principle” on a multi-year deal with free agent pitcher Jake Arrieta, according to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The contract is for three years and $75 million, per USA Today. Arrieta has been one of the top players on a chaotic MLB free agent market..." March 11

  • MLB inks deal to air 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch

    Awful Announcing "On Friday morning, Major League Baseball announced that they would be airing 25 games exclusively on Facebook Watch this season. The package of games is made up of mid-week afternoon games, and will be produced by MLB Network. The games will be available to watch through Facebook’s MLB Live..." March 09

  • Why Cubs think Brandon Morrow can be their next Aroldis Chapman or Wade Davis

    Chicago Sun-Times "With the World Series in their sights in 2016, the Cubs traded for the hardest-throwing pitcher in the game in Aroldis Chapman and rode him hard to a championship. When he left as a free agent, they traded for proven, dominant closer Wade Davis for a run at a repeat and leaned on him for an upset..." March 09

  • Javier Baez likely to miss more time with hamstring soreness

    Chicago Tribune "The left hamstring of Javier Baez isn’t 100 percent, as the Cubs infielder initially thought an hour after suffering a cramp during Thursday’s spring game. Manager Joe Maddon indicated that Baez probably won’t play in either of the Cubs’ split-squad games Saturday due to lingering..." March 09

  • Astros hoping to avoid the inevitable World Series hangover: 'We're not the Cubs'

    Chicago Tribune "George Springer spent most of November being transported. Two days after the end of the World Series, he rode through downtown Houston on the back of a firetruck for the Astros' championship parade, and the next day he was carried, along with two teammates and Mickey Mouse, through Disney World..." March 08

  • Could Padres be in play for Jake Arrieta?

    Fanrag Sports "The San Diego Padres surprised folks by signing Eric Hosmer, who was arguably the top position player on the market. And now word is they have at least been talking internally about Jake Arrieta. It seems like a long shot. But could they make a play for Arrieta? There are probably several..." March 08

  • Jake Arrieta deal “only a phone call away,” agent Scott Boras says

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jake Arrieta turned 32 on Tuesday and did not celebrate as usual at a major-league spring training camp. Arrieta (we included a picture from his rookie year in 2010 with the Baltimore Orioles as a birthday present) remains unemployed 22 days away from Opening Day. Agent Scott Boras spoke..." March 07

  • Scott Boras Reports Progress On Remaining Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Scott Boras, who represents many of the top remaining free agents, suggested to’s Jon Morosi that at least some of his clients could be nearing new contracts. (Twitter link.) Boras represents four still-unsigned players who had spots on MLBTR’s Top 50 Free Agent list: Jake..." March 07

  • Yu Darvish not sure if World Series struggles were due to tipping pitches

    Larry Brown Sports "Yu Darvish is now with a new team and has a chance to make people start forgetting about what happened in the World Series. After excellent outings against the Diamondbacks and Cubs in his first two postseason appearances for the Dodgers, Darvish was blown up by the Houston Astros in the World..." March 06

  • Royals Sign Jon Jay

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have signed outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year deal, per a club announcement. It’s a $3MM guarantee with as much as $1.5MM in incentives, per Rustin Dodd of The Athletic (via Twitter). The bonuses are based upon plate appearances and can begin to be earned at Jay’s 250th trip to the..." March 06

  • Union: Baseball players grappling with ‘historically different’ market

    Detroit News "Three weeks from the start of the 2018 big-league season, Tony Clark has a problem. Too many unemployed stars are waiting for phone calls, or for contracts, or for offers that might lead to contracts the players and their agents believe are worthwhile. But it’s not happening. Jake Arrieta...." March 06

  • As Yu Darvish debuts for Cubs, unsigned Jake Arrieta faces likely delayed season

    Chicago Sun-Times "The clock is down to the final few ticks for Jake Arrieta and other unsigned free-agent starting pitchers hoping to find new teams in time to be ready for an opening rotation. Once they sign, these free agents still need spring starts, underscoring Cubs president Theo Epstein’s remarks last..." March 06

  • Jon Lester Trying to Learn Insane Bounce Pass to Solve Issues Throwing to First Base

    12 Up "Despite being one of the most accurate pitchers in the league, ​Jon Lester ​famously​ struggles to make routine throws to first base. Lester has tried creative solutions to fix his problem, often opting to toss the ball underhand to avoid making an error. Now, Lester is reportedly trying out an..." March 05

  • After two years of struggling at the plate, what does 2018 hold for Jason Heyward?

    NBC Sports Chicago "Jason Heyward's rain-delay speech that helped the Cubs to a Game 7 win and a curse-smashing World Series championship might have been worth the $184 million. But heading into Year 3 of his franchise-record eight-year pact, Heyward's statistical contributions at the plate have been anything but..." March 05

  • Rob Manfred is mad at West Virginia over sports gambling

    Hardball Talk "It’s been a minute since we’ve talked about legalized sports gambling here. We should remedy that, because legalized sports gambling is going to be the next gigantic cash cow for professional sports leagues, Major League Baseball included. First, to get everyone up to speed: Currently,..." March 05

  • Slow Market Likely Means Record March Spending

    MLB Trade Rumors "In an offseason that’s been unlike any in big league history, it should come as no surprise that the month of March is on track for an unprecedented level of spending. While the remaining free agents at the top of the market almost certainly won’t find contracts matching the expectations they..." March 02

  • Cubs take flier on former first-round pitcher Danny Hultzen

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs agreed to terms with left-hander Danny Hultzen, the second overall pick in the 2011 draft who hasn’t pitched since 2016 after undergoing his second major arm surgery. Hultzen, 28, spent last season rehabilitating his arm, completing his bachelor’s degree at Virginia, where he also..." March 02

  • How much does Jon Lester have left in the tank? 'I'm seeing probably the best version of Jon that I've witnessed'

    NBC Sports Chicago "Jon Lester will start on Opening Day for the Cubs. And that isn't necessarily because he's the best pitcher on the starting staff — though he very well could be — but because he's earned the right to get that symbolic nod. Lester himself said earlier in spring training that the "ace" label is..." March 01

  • The cores of the baseballs used since 2015 have changed

    Hardball Talk "Last year two different studies — one by Ben Lindbergh and Mitchel Lichtman for The Ringer, and another by FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur — found evidence that baseballs were altered at some point around the middle of the 2015 season. In 2015, 4,909 home runs were hit across the league. That wasn’t..." March 01

  • Who will bat leadoff for Cubs?

    NBC Sports Chicago "On a team with few holes and championship expectations, who hits leadoff for the Cubs has become a prominent conversation. You don't need to go back too far to discover that not having a prototypical leadoff hitter doesn't mean much of anything. After all, the Cubs lost Dexter Fowler, couldn't..." March 01

  • Cubs want Yu Darvish to ease into his role in the rotation

    Chicago Tribune "In the eyes of manager Joe Maddon, newcomer Yu Darvish has acclimated himself to the Cubs culture so quickly that his curiosity is “really low” as Darvish makes his spring training debut Thursday against the Rockies. So what else could Darvish bring to the Cubs? “Hopefully between 15 to 20..." March 01

  • Ben Zobrist targeting next week for his spring debut

    Chicago Tribune "A return date is in sight for Cubs super utility player Ben Zobrist. After feeling “great” after fielding several ground balls and hitting in the batting cage, Zobrist believes he could make his spring training debut early next week. “I feel like I can get in there, but we’re just going to..." February 28

  • MLB Rumors: Jake Arrieta to Nationals?

    Newark Star-Ledger "There aren't many impact pitchers left on the free agent market. The biggest one still available is former NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, Arrieta might join the current NL Cy Young Award winner, Max Scherzer, in Washington Arrieta would be..." February 28

  • Why Brewers should sign Jake Arrieta

    CBS Sports "The Brewers are to be praised for investing in the product this offseason. While other teams have slow-played to the point of absurdity, the Brewers -- denizens of one of MLB's smallest markets -- have signed Lorenzo Cain, traded for Christian Yelich, and fortified the pitching staff with a..." February 28

  • Cubs GM Jed Hoyer Explains Why Spring Training Success Is Often Misguided

    CBS Chicago "There’s little drama at Cubs camp when it comes to forming a 25-man roster in spring training. The starting rotation is entirely in place, and the lineup possibilities are all in mind for manager Joe Maddon. This is the byproduct of a team with plenty of homegrown talent and some key free-agent..." February 27

  • How Willson Contreras could become the Cubs’ next serious MVP candidate

    Chicago Sun-Times "As confident as Cubs catcher Willson Contreras feels about his chances for a big 2018, he’s not predicting an All-Star selection, an MVP award or that he’s going to lead the National League in throwing guys out on the bases. What he does feel sure about is this: He won’t lead the league in..." February 27

  • Cubs name pitcher Jon Lester as Opening Day starter

    ABC 7 Chicago "The Chicago Cubs have named pitcher Jon Lester as their Opening Day starter. Lester will take the mound against the Marlins at 11:40 a.m. on March 29 in Miami." February 27

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against Four Teams Over Revenue Sharing Funds

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Player’s Association has initiated a grievance proceeding against the Athletics, Marlins, Pirates, and Rays regarding those teams’ spending of revenue sharing dollars, according to a report from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. This general issue has been..." February 27

  • Felix Hernandez exits Mariners’ game vs. the Cubs after being struck by a line drive

    Seattle Times "Maybe the Mariners are cursed. It’s starting to seem that way to fans as yet another key player has been injured … again. Felix Hernandez exited Monday’s game against the Cubs at Sloan Park after being struck by a line drive. With one out and a runner on second, Cubs catcher Victor Caratini..." February 26