Cubs Rumors & News

  • Theo Epstein 'Steve Bartman Is Welcome at Wrigley But Leave That Guy Alone!!'

    TMZ "LEAVE STEVE BARTMAN ALONE ... so says Cubs GM Theo Epstein ... who says Cubs fans should back off Bartman for good -- unless he CHOOSES to come out of hiding. Of course, Bartman is the guy who was blamed for blowing the Cubs playoff run in 2003 when he interfered with a foul ball. Fans..." December 10

  • Tyson Ross could be one of the final pieces for Cubs’ offseason puzzle

    CSN Chicago "Tyson Ross could be one of the final pieces of the offseason puzzle as the Cubs try to defend their World Series title while still planning for the future. The Cubs left this week’s winter meetings in Maryland still involved in the Ross talks, sources said, monitoring an intriguing pitcher they..." December 10

  • Cardinals go 'over the top' to catch Fowler

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When outfielder Dexter Fowler stepped off his flight at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport on Thursday night, set to become the Cardinals’ next center fielder, a Southwest Airlines employee greeted with him a bag of the company's signature peanuts. He’ll go nuts for St. Louis, the official..." December 09

  • Fowler to wear McGwire's No. 25, but he's honoring Bonds

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Dexter Fowler has a smile as wide as a Phil Cuzzi strike zone. He's likable and loquacious and has a personality that when he says, “Nice to meet you,” he may, actually, honestly, find it nice to meet you. “And my mentor,” Fowler said, “is Barry Bonds.” Wait? Perhaps the most-likable player..." December 09

  • Fowler agrees to deal with Cardinals, source says

    ESPN "Dexter Fowler is set to switch teams in the National League Central. The center fielder will be in St. Louis on Friday for a physical with the Cardinals after the sides agreed to a deal Thursday, sources told ESPN's Mark Saxon, confirming a story first reported by KSDK-TV. The agreement..." December 08

  • Aroldis Chapman explains why he chose to return to Yankees

    Larry Brown Sports "Aroldis Chapman is heading back to the New York Yankees after helping the Chicago Cubs break a 108-year championship curse. In terms of a career path, you can’t ask for much more than that. After he signed with the Yankees on Wednesday, Chapman revealed that he had narrowed his decision down to..." December 08

  • Report: Cubs will discuss extension with Jake Arrieta

    Cubs HQ "The Chicago Cubs have already made a huge offseason move trading away Jorge Soler for elite closer Wade Davis. However, the big news might not be the only one this offseason as ESPN reporter Jesse Rogers reports that agent Scott Boras and the Cubs will discuss a possible new deal in..." December 08

  • Joe Maddon Says LeBron James Can Play Centerfield For The Cubs Anytime

    Uproxx "With curses related to a billy goat and Steve Bartman finally a thing of the past, the Chicago Cubs are undoubtedly still celebrating their World Series win and feasting on the meats of slaughtered animals. But the champs have also been slightly retooling their roster. For starters, rental closer..." December 08

  • Cubs reportedly close to signing pitcher Koji Uehara

    CBS Sports "The Cubs are still not done adding to their bullpen even after acquiring Wade Davis from the Royals. According to a report by Nikkan Sports, and corroborated by Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, the Cubbies are close to signing veteran right-hander Koji Uehara. The deal is not final and the..." December 08

  • The Aroldis Chapman fallout will be even more interesting than the deal itself

    Fox Sports "The fallout from the Yankees’ agreement with free agent Aroldis Chapman on a five-year, $86 million contract will be even more interesting than the deal itself. And the deal is pretty darned interesting, seeing as how it shattered the record for a closer by a mere $24 million. The details,..." December 08

  • Marlins offered Chapman $87M before Yankees deal

    Miami Herald "The Marlins have failed in their bid to sign Aroldis Chapman. But they’re still in the picture for Kenley Jansen. Chapman agreed to terms with the New York Yankees late Wednesday on a five-year deal worth $86 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. But they still have a five-year..." December 08

  • Cubs close to trading Jorge Soler for Wade Davis

    CBS Sports "Coming off their first World Series title in several generations, the Cubs had few glaring needs heading into the offseason. Much of their young core is still intact, but they did need some bullpen depth. It appears they're going to bolster it by adding an elite arm to the back end. Ken..." December 07

  • Cubs flex dynasty muscles with Wade Davis splash

    New York Post "Cubs officials were portraying this as their quiet offseason. They had the twin contentment of a relatively set roster plus — most importantly — their first championship since 1908. But under Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ version of quiet is like the concept of a small elephant. By comparison, one..." December 07

  • 2016 postseason playoff shares announced

    Hardball Talk "There used to be a time when postseason money was bigger than most players’ actual salaries. Winning a pennant in baseball’s Golden Age was great for its own sake, but if you were one of the guys who hung around with, say, the Yankees for a long time like Frank Crosetti, the money was basically..." December 07

  • Cubs near trade to acquire closer Wade Davis from Royals

    ESPN "The Cubs moved to the verge of a deal for Royals closer Wade Davis Tuesday evening, although sources made clear that the trade is not complete and both teams still have to OK the medical information. It was not immediately known exactly what the Cubs would give up in return for Davis, but a..." December 06

  • Offers For Aroldis Chapman In Excess Of $80MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "One of the top three relievers, Mark Melancon, is off the board after agreeing to a record-setting $62MM deal with the Giants yesterday. But both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen, the top two relievers of the winter, remain unsigned. Both are likely to make Melancon’s time as the relief contract..." December 06

  • Why the Cubs can lose 3 key free agents and still be World Series favorites

    Fox Sports "The Chicago Cubs will enter the 2017 season as the favorites to repeat, but they will do so with several significant roster changes. After all, not even the defending World Series champions can afford to bring everyone back. In addition to the retiring David Ross, Chicago is faced with the harsh..." December 06

  • Kenley Jansen? Wade Davis? Cubs Keeping an Open Mind For the Ninth Inning

    CSN Chicago "The San Francisco Giants had been three outs away from forcing an elimination game that Johnny Cueto would have started at Wrigley Field – and five different relievers couldn’t protect a three-run lead against a Cubs team that made a stunning comeback. That October crash reverberated throughout..." December 06

  • Aroldis Chapman seeks six-year deal; Cubs appear to be out

    CBS Sports "With Mark Melancon now off the board, two elite closers remain in free agency: Lefty Aroldis Chapman and righty Kenley Jansen. In the case of the former, he tells ESPN.com's Marly Rivera that he's looking forward to reviewing his offers this week. "The only thing I have expressed is that I..." December 05

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Cubs expected to shop selectively at winter meetings

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs went on a shopping spree last December worthy of two offseasons of acquisitions. And the World Series champions want to continue replenishing their stock at this year's winter meetings this week. "You never stop trying to build depth, but I think the bulk of our heavy lifting is..." December 04

  • Brian Duensing, Cubs agree to deal

    Fanrag Sports "Left-handed pitcher Brian Duensing and the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal worth $2 million, per our FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman. For the Orioles last season, the 33-year-old southpaw made only seven appearances before undergoing surgery on his elbow. The procedure wasn’t exactly major, nor..." December 02

  • Fowler searching for multi-year deal worth $18M annually

    ESPN "As possibly the top free-agent outfielder currently available, Dexter Fowler likely won't come cheap. Fowler's camp believes they can get a multiyear deal worth $18 million per year, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals..." December 02

  • Cubs expected to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible pitchers

    Chicago Tribune "General manager Jed Hoyer wouldn’t say Wednesday if the Chicago Cubs would tender contracts to all four arbitration-eligible players by Friday night’s deadline, but all signs point in that direction. Those four players – all pitchers – contributed to the Cubs’ World Series title and could play..." December 01

  • Nats reportedly think Aroldis Chapman is too pricey

    Larry Brown Sports "It looks like we can cross one team off the list of Aroldis Chapman suitors. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Thursday, the Washington Nationals think that Chapman is too rich for their taste and will instead aim to re-sign fellow closer Mark Melancon, who impressed on..." December 01

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • Jon Lester takes funny shot at himself for inability to throw to first base

    Larry Brown Sports "Jon Lester has a major problem with throwing to first base, but at least the Chicago Cubs ace has a sense of humor about it. Lester’s problems throwing to first gained a lot of attention after he signed a $155 million contract with the Cubs. He basically stopped trying to hold runners on..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • Wrigley Field renovations continue now behind home plate

    CBS Sports "Back in 2013, the Cubs (relatively new at the time) ownership group laid out comprehensive plans to renovate Wrigley Field to the point that the old ballpark could remain the Cubs' home while offering the amenities of modern ballparks. Among the things we've seen in recent years are the two video..." November 30

  • Cubs will be "ALL-IN" on Japanese star

    Cubs HQ "The Chicago Cubs might not be big spenders this offseason with the acquisitions of Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and John Lackey last season. This year's free agent market is not that filled with superstars but look for the Cubs to be players in 2018 for two-way standout Shohei Otani according to..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • Cubs prepare for Dexter Fowler's departure, sign center fielder Jon Jay

    Chicago Tribune "With the looming likelihood free agent Dexter Fowler will land a lucrative contract elsewhere, the Cubs bought some protection for potential successor Albert Almora Jr. Tuesday night when they signed free-agent outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year contract. Jay, 31, is a lifetime .287 hitter in..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • How the Cubs Can Become a Dynasty

    The Ringer "We don’t talk enough about how inevitable the Cubs’ World Series title felt. This Cubs season was like the movie Titanic — huge, expensive, and wildly anticipated, but in the end it actually won everything and left a song stuck in your head to boot. A second title, whether in 2017 or in the few..." November 29

  • Could Cubs turn to Hector Rondon as closer again in 2017

    ESPN "With the winter meetings around the corner (Dec. 5-8), the Chicago Cubs have less heavy lifting to do than in most offseasons. They return four members of their starting rotation and have more position players than available positions, but one area which is in flux is their bullpen. Working..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Nationals could be interested in Aroldis Chapman

    Hardball Talk "A report from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo suggests that the Nationals have expressed interest in free agent closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman profiles as one of the top bullpen arms on the market alongside right-handed closer Kenley Jansen, and his list of known suitors includes the Giants,..." November 27

  • Cubs Reportedly Interested in Charlie Blackmon

    Chicago Cubs Online "According to a report from Bruce Levine, one of the outfielders the Cubs are looking at to complement Albert Almora Jr. in center field is Charlie Blackmon. This is the third straight off-season the Cubs have been connected to the Rockies’ outfielder. The Cubs were interested in acquiring..." November 27

  • Trump likely to tap Cubs co-owner for deputy Commerce post

    CNN "President-elect Donald Trump is likely to pick Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts to be deputy secretary of the Commerce Department, according to two sources. Ricketts hails from a family of powerful conservative donors, led by parents Joe and Marlene Ricketts. He has been a prolific donor, too,..." November 25

  • Cubs to pay $388,000 for repairs following World Series celebration

    Larry Brown Sports "The celebration the Cubs held following their World Series victory will cost the team a hefty amount. Millions celebrated the Cubs’ victory over the Indians in the World Series with a parade through Chicago that ended at Grant Park. It was there Chairman Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon,..." November 24

  • Aroldis Chapman ‘would love to be a Yankee again’ as GM says team will pursue potential return

    New York Daily News "The Yankees want Aroldis Chapman back. Apparently, the feelings are mutual. Since the day the Yankees traded him to the Cubs in late-July, the flame-throwing closer hasn’t hidden his love for New York, but Tuesday he told NY Sports Day that he “would love to be a Yankee again.” “The..." November 23

  • How the Cardinals hope to take advantage of the Cubs' championship

    Fox Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals no longer have those century-old bragging rights over the Chicago Cubs, but that isn’t all bad. Tickets to games between the NL Central rivals are usually hot items, and the Cardinals apparently are willing to take advantage not only of the high demand but also the Cubs’..." November 23