Cubs Rumors & News

  • There's a baby boom in Chicago, nine months after Cubs World Series win

    Chicago Tribune "Last fall, Jackie Young told her husband a joyous but unexpected bit of news: She was pregnant. The couple did the math to figure out when their baby was conceived and landed on the night of Nov. 2 — Game 7 of the World Series. The two longtime Cubs fans, swept up by the magic of the Cubs'..." July 27

  • The details of Rangers' Yu Darvish's 10-team no-trade list

    MLB Trade Rumors "At some point within the next five days the Rangers will make the franchise-altering decision whether to trade staff ace Yu Darvish. Texas is 49-51 this season and 3 1/2 games back of the second AL wild card spot. There are four teams ahead of them in the standings. FanGraphs put their postseason..." July 26

  • Cubs Reach Out to Mets About Trade for Starting Hurler

    12 Up "​The Chicago Cubs are still looking to upgrade their starting rotation despite ​acquiring Jose Quintana from their crosstown rivals. Young, controllable starters are what they are seeking, and they've contacted the New York Mets about a potential deal involving right-hander Seth Lugo. ​​The..." July 26

  • Brett Anderson activated, designated for assignment

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs activated left-hander Brett Anderson from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment on Wednesday. Anderson had been placed on the disabled list in May with a back strain and then transferred to the 60-day disabled list a month later." July 26

  • Kris Bryant on ejection: ‘I had to stick up for myself’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was ejected for the first time in his major league career during Tuesday’s 7-2 victory over the crosstown Chicago White Sox. Bryant’s ejection occurred during the fourth inning after arguing a questionable third-strike call by umpire Lance Barksdale. After..." July 26

  • Kris Bryant on ejection: 'I had to stick up for myself'

    CSN Chicago "There's always something wacky that occurs when the Cubs and White Sox get together for Crosstown. The lasting image from the 2017 iteration of the rivalry may be Kris Bryant getting ejected for the first time in the big leagues and only the second time in his life. Bryant - who was..." July 26

  • John Lackey makes history, hits four White Sox batters in one game

    Sportsnaut "Tuesday’s game between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox got chippy. Both benches were warned when White Sox pitcher Chris Beck hit Ian Happ with a pitch. That came after Cubs pitcher John Lackey hit some batters on his own, making team history in the process. " July 25

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Justin Verlander Trade Talks Reportedly Involve Cubs, Dodgers

    Bleacher Report "MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Monday that the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs have been engaged in trade talks involving starting pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila. Verlander would be the second big-name pitching acquisition for the Cubs after previously landing Jose Quintana..." July 24

  • Is Willson Contreras becoming the most valuable Cub?

    ESPN "Ask Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras if he likes hitting cleanup and watch his face light up. "Oh yeah," he said recently. "I'm in the middle of things right there. I like that." Contreras has been in a middle of a lot lately, as the Cubs have begun their climb toward first place in..." July 23

  • Cubs interested in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy

    Sportsnaut "There’s been talk around the water cooler that the Chicago Cubs are interested in Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish. While that might still very well be the case, at least one report suggests Chicago is more interested in Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. “According to a source, a key Rangers..." July 22

  • Jose Quintana admits trade rumors have affected him negatively this season

    CSN Chicago "Jose Quintana emerged from the third-base dugout, taking in Wrigley Field for the first time in a Cubs uniform. But he quickly snapped back to Earth as he realized he and the other Cubs starting pitchers were to take batting practice and he forgot to bring his bat out. Ah, the life of an..." July 21

  • Cubs reach out to Rangers about Yu Darvish

    Sporting News "The most valuable rental player on the MLB trade market will be Yu Darvish if he becomes available. Period. There may be no more valuable player at all, rental or controllable, than Darvish if the Rangers decide to sell. And, according to Yahoo Sports, the Rangers are gauging interest from..." July 21

  • Kris Bryant confused by Cubs' on-base dance ritual

    ESPN "Two years ago, as the Chicago Cubs were beginning to build their winning chemistry under new manager Joe Maddon, a backup infielder found a unique way to add to the emerging vibe. Jonathan Herrera made it a tradition for a hitter to rub his helmet demonstratively after he reached base -- in..." July 20

  • Kyle Hendricks plans to be Cubs’ next impact acquisition in DL return

    Chicago Sun-Times "Right-hander Kyle Hendricks hadn’t been in the Cubs’ clubhouse since before the All-Star break until he arrived Tuesday after a brief minor-league rehab assignment. ‘‘It’s awesome to come in here,’’ he said. ‘‘You can feel the energy with all the guys.’’ Hendricks, who has been on the..." July 19

  • Cubs' Kris Bryant leaves in 1st inning with left hand injury

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant left after the top of the first inning because of an injury to his left hand. Bryant, the 2016 National League Most Valuable Player, unsuccessfully tried to advance to third base on an errant pitch. The 6-foot-5 Bryant attempted a head-first slide after..." July 19

  • Kris Byrant X-rays negative, day-to-day with sprained left pinkie

    Sportsnaut "Chicago Cubs superstar third baseman Kris Bryant will not have to miss extended time after an X-ray of his left pinkie revealed no fracture or break. Instead, Bryant will be day-to-day with a sprained left pinkie, per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. Bryant injured his pinkie sliding..." July 19

  • The message the Cubs sent in not trading Kyle Schwarber

    CSN Chicago "After a World Series that almost turned him into a cartoon character — and a roller-coaster beginning to this Cubs season — Kyle Schwarber went to Disney World with his girlfriend to escape during the All-Star break. Schwarber still “briefly” heard about a rumor that linked him to the Detroit..." July 19

  • John Lackey on moving out of Cubs' rotation: 'That ain't going to happen'

    Chicago Tribune "John Lackey displayed his experience and wisdom before and after helping lead the Chicago Cubs past the Atlanta Braves 5-1 for their fifth consecutive victory. Lackey, 38, was careful not to start warming up Tuesday night before Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb began his pre-game tosses, as the..." July 19

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Cubs' rotation faces many questions — especially the status of John Lackey

    Chicago Tribune "Jose Quintana's masterful performance in his Cubs' debut could spark a late season renaissance for the rotation, which underachieved in the first half after the championship run. "A lot of guys would reiterate we didn't perform the way we'd like," Jake Arrieta said. "We expect better things..." July 17

  • Cubs could trade for Zach Britton?

    Larry Brown Sports "The defending champions may not be done wheeling and dealing after their trade for Jose Quintana earlier this month. Mark Feisand of MLB.com quotes an industry source who believes that the Chicago Cubs will trade for Baltimore Orioles reliever Zach Britton, citing the minor leaguers that Cubs..." July 17

  • Tigers-Cubs talks over Justin Verlander never got serious

    Detroit News "Before the Cubs made a dramatic trade Thursday with the White Sox that shipped pitcher Jose Quintana to Wrigley Field, the Cubs inquired about Tigers star Justin Verlander. However, a source familiar with the two clubs’ conversation say there was no formal Cubs offer. No Cubs prospects were..." July 16

  • Arrieta on future with Cubs: 'I don't want to leave without another ring'

    CSN Chicago "Jake Arrieta didn’t throw a baseball while relaxing at home in Austin, Texas, during an All-Star break the Cubs absolutely needed. Walking the streets of Baltimore this weekend triggered memories, seeing where he used to live (when he wasn’t getting shuttled back to Triple-A), eating at one of..." July 16

  • Have the Chicago Cubs lost their mind?

    The Sports Post "The Chicago Cubs disappointing first half along with a farm system barren of pitching talent brought about a shocking trade Thursday with the crosstown rival White Sox. for José Quintana is now a Cub. It just took their top two minor league prospects to get the job done. Just a few months ago,..." July 15

  • Girardi: Chapman's World Series use may be affecting him this year

    Newark Star-Ledger "Maybe the Cubs' use of Aroldis Chapman in the World Series last year is, in fact, what's causing trouble for him now, manager Joe Girardi said. "That's sometimes the cost of going a long way and deep into the playoffs, the extra wear and tear," Girardi said Saturday afternoon. "Sometimes it..." July 15

  • Cubs President Theo Epstein open to making more moves before trade deadline

    Chicago Tribune "If the Cubs display the form they did in the first three innings Friday, when they hit four home runs on the way to an 8-0 lead against the Orioles, President Theo Epstein could stay busy until the July 31 trade deadline. "If we can get hot and start to play the way we're capable of, it puts us..." July 15

  • Cubs are pursuing Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray

    247 Sports "Sonny Gray could be on the move soon if the Chicago Cubs get their way. According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are interested in acquiring Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray, even after trading for Jose Quintana on Thursday. Gray was a first-round pick of the Athletics in the..." July 14

  • Cubs' trade for Jose Quintana will only increase Sonny Gray to Astros speculation

    Houston Chronicle "Now that Jose Quintana is off the market, Sonny Gray is the name you will hear most commonly linked to the Astros in their pursuit of another front-line starter before the July 31 trade deadline. Gray already was viewed as a more viable option for the Astros than Quintana, the 28-year-old..." July 14

  • Brewers GM: Countering Cubs' trade for Quintana 'a little bit dangerous'

    MLB.com "Milwaukee holds a 5 1/2-game lead over the Cubs and Cardinals in the NL Central, seeking to get to the postseason for the first time since 2011. Will the Cubs' acquisition of Quintana prompt Stearns to make a big move of his own? "I think that can be a little bit dangerous," Stearns said..." July 14

  • The Cubs Gave Up Far Too Much For Jose Quintana

    The Big Lead "For the second year in a row, Theo Epstein and the Chicago Cubs gave up way too much for a pitcher. Last year the Cubs shipped top prospect Gleyber Torres as part of a package that brought back Aroldis Chapman. On Thursday they, again, shipped their top prospect Eloy Jimenez, to the Chicago White..." July 14

  • Rick Hahn Went to Hilarious Lengths to Keep Quintana Deal Secret

    NBC Chicago "The cloak-and-dagger element to trade negotiations in sports has always been overstated, but in the case of Chicago White Sox G.M. Rick Hahn, the stereotype may actually be true. While Hahn was negotiating with Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein, the trade for pitcher Jose Quintana came..." July 14

  • Jose Quintana to debut for Cubs on Sunday

    Hardball Talk "Recently-acquired Cubs starter Jose Quintana will debut for his new team on Sunday in Baltimore against the Orioles, per CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney. The Cubs traded with the White Sox for Quintana on Thursday, sending four prospects in the deal. Quintana, 28, has uncharacteristically..." July 14

  • White Sox wanted Kris Bryant in exchange for Chris Sale

    Sportsnaut "The Windy City’s two baseball teams struck a big deal on Thursday, when the Chicago White Sox sent Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs for a slew of prospects, which you can read about here. It was a big trade, but not as big as the one the two teams had previously talked about. One that involved..." July 13

  • CSN Chicago credits wetbutt23 for breaking Jose Quintana trade story

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Chicago White Sox on Thursday traded pitcher Jose Quintana to the crosstown Chicago Cubs in a deal that became the talk of Major League Baseball, not only for the significance of the deal but due to the secrecy with which it was done. Nary a report from reputable sources or outlets surfaced..." July 13

  • Cubs acquire José Quintana in White Sox trade

    Chicago Sun-Times "In a shocking blockbuster move that could have sudden impact on the National League Central race and that bolsters the Cubs’ rotation for the next three years, the Cubs landed trading-block prize Jose Quintana from the White Sox on Thursday for a four-player package that includes two of their top..." July 13

  • Sammy Sosa’s new ‘Pepto Bismol’ look gets meme treatment

    Larry Brown Sports "Sammy Sosa in 2017 looks much different than the Sammy Sosa you remember blasting home runs over the wall at Wrigley Field, and his new appearance is giving some people nightmares. Sosa’s skin color has changed rather drastically over the years, and speculation began building in 2009 that he is..." July 13

  • 2017 World Series Odds for Every MLB Team at the All-Star Break

    Bleacher Report "As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates. Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title..." July 12

  • Cubs dangle Kyle Schwarber in search of young arm

    Sporting News "The Cubs offered to trade struggling outfielder Kyle Schwarber to the Tigers in exchange for either right-handed pitcher Michael Fulmer or lefty Daniel Norris, MLB Network Radio’s Jim Bowden reported Tuesday (via CBS Sports). “They’re chasing starting pitching, like Cleveland and Houston, but..." July 12

  • All-Star or not, Cubs expect Kris Bryant to be their Derek Jeter in second-half push to October and beyond

    CSN Chicago "Derek Jeter is the headliner trying to corral enough heavy hitters to close a billion-dollar deal for the Miami Marlins, the sale of a dysfunctional franchise hanging over the All-Star Game this week in South Florida. Kris Bryant is the National League’s reigning MVP, not invited to Major..." July 12

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reveals the league may expand to these three cities

    New York Daily News "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is considering making the big leagues even bigger. While taking questions at Monday's FanFest, Manfred discussed the idea of possible expansion in the league's future. He mentioned three cities that could someday find themselves with an MLB..." July 11

  • Report: Chicago Cubs offered Kyle Schwarber in trade for Detroit Tigers Michael Fulmer

    UPI "The Chicago Cubs are interested in trading for Michael Fulmer and not Justin Verlander, according to a report. Sources told Jim Bowden, of SiriusXM Radio, that the Cubs called the Detroit Tigers about their interest in Fulmer and Daniel Norris. Sources told Bowden that the team "wanted" Fulmer..." July 11

  • Cubs could get ERA champ Kyle Hendricks back from DL this weekend

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs could get a significant boost to their starting rotation in the first series out of the All-Star break if Kyle Hendricks’ encouraging rehab start Monday for Class AA Tennessee is any indication. Hendricks, who has been on the DL since June 5 because of tendinitis in his pitching hand,..." July 11

  • Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant says Jon Lester didn't deserve boos

    Daily Herald "Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester took the brunt of the boos, but third baseman Kris Bryant said that was unfair. The Wrigley Field crowd of 41,604 booed when Lester came out of Sunday's 14-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates after just two-thirds of an inning and the Pirates ahead 10-0...." July 10

  • ​Cubs’ Jon Lester has worst outing ever Sunday vs. Pirates

    Sporting News "Jon Lester took the mound at Wrigley Field on Sunday for the Cubs’ game against the Pirates, and things didn’t go so well for the lefty. In fact, it was probably his worst outing ever. Lester gave up 10 runs, four earned, in two-thirds of an inning. It’s the first start of Lester’s career that..." July 09

  • Jake Arrieta reportedly will not get long-term deal from Cubs

    Yardbarker "The Chicago Cubs are going to have to make some tough financial decisions in the months and years to come, and starting pitcher Jake Arrieta sounds like he’ll be among the first casualties. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Arrieta wants a six- to seven-year deal in his upcoming free..." July 08

  • The Cubs Had A Team Meeting, Then Suffered Worst Loss Of Season

    The Big Lead "The Chicago Cubs are struggling this season. The defending World Series champs have fallen far below expectations, and entered Friday with a 42-43 record and sitting 4.5 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. It hasn’t been a good season on the North Side...." July 08

  • Cubs Agree With First-Rounder Alex Lange

    MLB Trade Rumors "Thirtieth overall draft pick Alex Lange has agreed to a $1.925MM bonus to join the Cubs, per Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (Twitter links). Whether the sides would find common ground came into question today due to as-yet-unreported medical concerns. Evidently, the health issues weren’t enough to..." July 07

  • Cubs' Epstein: First-place Brewers are 'legit'

    Chicago Tribune "Theo Epstein sounded a little perturbed Thursday morning when meeting with the media in the Cubs dugout at Wrigley Field. A TV cameraman inadvertently was sticking a microphone extension into his leg during the scrum and reporters were pestering him for information on how he was going to fix..." July 07

  • Issue comes up with Cubs first-rounder Alex Lange’s physical

    Fanrag Sports "Chicago Cubs first-round pick Alex Lange had an issue come up with his physical on Monday, but the sides continue to talk about a deal that would presumably be less than the slot bonus value of $2,184,300 for the No. 30 pick, league sources tell FanRag Sports. It’s unclear what the exact issue..." July 07