Cubs Rumors & News

  • Cubs Release Jim Henderson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have released righty Jim Henderson, Jesse Rogers of tweets. The veteran was in camp on a minor-league deal. Henderson had an opt-out opportunity coming up next Wednesday, but the club had obviously already made up its mind. He struggled through 4 2/3 innings this..." March 23

  • Brett Anderson, Kyle Hendricks named Cubs' 4-5 starters

    Chicago Tribune "National League ERA leader Kyle Hendricks won't pitch until the fifth game of the Cubs season. The Cubs rotation to start the season will go like this: Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey, Brett Anderson and Hendricks. The Cubs have a reason for the alignment announced Thursday by manager..." March 23

  • Cubs president Theo Epstein named world’s greatest leader

    Sportsnet "Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein has been named world’s greatest leader by FORTUNE, which released a list on Thursday ranking global figures ranging from politicians and CEOs to musicians and sports figures. Epstein was followed on the list by Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba Group,..." March 23

  • Cubs still look like baseball’s most talented team

    Sportsnet "Well, shoot, that took a while. The Chicago Cubs are World Series Champs. After 108 years you’d think we’d just let them enjoy this. Nah, the parade’s over, Cubbies. Time for 2017. As we approach the new season, we’re previewing what’s ahead for each of the 30 MLB teams. The Chicago Cubs are..." March 23

  • David DeJesus retires

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder David DeJesus announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joining CSN Chicago for Cubs coverage. DeJesus, 37, spent 13 seasons in the big leagues from 2003-15 with the Royals, Athletics, Cubs, Nationals, Rays, and Angels. He hit a..." March 23

  • Chicago Cubs World Series Movie in Development

    Variety "Ted Field’s Radar Pictures is developing a movie about the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series — their first in 108 years — with the team and its recently-retired catcher David Ross. Radar has acquired movie rights to Ross’ upcoming memoir “Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World..." March 22

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • 5 MLB teams that can dethrone the Cubs as World Series champions

    Yardbarker "It’s easy to see why the Chicago Cubs would be favored to win the World Series for a second consecutive season. They have a great lineup, a strong pitching staff, and depth almost everywhere. However, the safer bet would be to take the field over the Cubs in 2017. That, however, doesn’t do much to..." March 21

  • Top Cubs prospect Eloy Jimenez shut down due to shoulder bruise

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs were relieved Monday when they announced that top prospect Eloy Jimenez was diagnosed with only a bruise to his right throwing shoulder. The ailment will cause Jimenez, 20, to rest for three weeks. But an MRI and CT scan revealed no damage to his rotator cuff or labrum. The..." March 20

  • Cubs' Maddon compares White Sox pitching prospect to Chapman "The five strikeouts recorded by Michael Kopech over two innings Friday against the World Series champion Cubs earned high praise from manager Joe Maddon. "That's a really good arm. It was kind of like watching Aroldis Chapman the way the ball reacts at home plate," Maddon told reporters..." March 20

  • How John Lackey could come back to Cubs and strengthen 2018 rotation: ‘Never say never’

    CSN Chicago "There's always been an obvious difference between how John Lackey is perceived by the outside world and inside the clubhouse. "Really?" Jon Lester said sarcastically. Yeah, that's breaking Cubs news, but Lackey has seemed a little goofy this spring, or at least more eager to fire off..." March 19

  • Cubs' Maddon: It would be kind of interesting to play WBC champs "After playing Team Japan on Saturday in an exhibition game, Cubs manager Joe Maddon had a proposition. He'd like to see the defending Major League World Series champs play the winner of the World Baseball Classic in a best-of-three series. Maddon suggested the showdown happen after the Classic..." March 19

  • Jake Arrieta primed to play his way out of Chicago in 2017

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago Cubs are dealing with a conundrum. Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta, probably the biggest success story of the Theo Epstein era in Chicago and one of the greatest reasons that the Cubs are the reigning World Series champions, is heading towards free agency this winter. For a guy that has..." March 17

  • MVP, Cy Young odds: Oddsmakers release favorites for 2017 MLB season

    CBS Sports "The 2017 season approacheth! Mostly, that means our attention will be locked on the various playoff races from the very start. However, we’ll also make time to eyeball the individual awards derbies from time to time. So to get us in that mindset, let’s have a look at these preseason MVP and Cy..." March 16

  • The latest on Jake Arrieta and the Cubs

    Fanrag Sports "It doesn’t look like anything will happen soon with the Chicago Cubs and star pitcher Jake Arrieta, if at all. There have been occasional talks, but the sense so far seems to be the Cubs wouldn’t go past three years, or maybe four, and Arrieta has his eye on a long contract befitting one of the..." March 16

  • Cubs hope WBC will be a boost for Hector Rondon

    CSN Chicago "After being frozen out of the biggest moments in the World Series, maybe Hector Rondon will rediscover something during the World Baseball Classic. The Cubs gave Rondon the green light to leave camp after Tuesday's workout and join Team Venezuela in San Diego for the second round of the..." March 14

  • Anthony Rizzo inspired the Cubs with naked speeches during the World Series

    CBS Sports "For the first time in 108 years, the Chicago Cubs are in spring training as defending World Series champions. They capped off a historic regular season with a dramatic comeback in the Fall Classic last year, rallying from a 3-1 deficit in the series to win Game 7. Clearly, the Cubs had talent...." March 14

  • Cubs spring training is getting weird once again

    Yardbarker "The one thing the Chicago Cubs are great at - besides winning World Series last year of course - is having a very “unique” spring training. From mimes leading stretches to manager Joe Maddon bringing his psychedelic bus on the field, they have never done things around the norm. Especially with..." March 13

  • Kyle Hendricks has no intention of taking things slow in Cubs camp

    CSN Chicago "Kyle Hendricks has picked up right where he left off last season. Following the best season of his career, the Cy Young candidate sees no reason to take things slow this spring training. Nope, he's jumping right in with both feet. Even with Joe Maddon and the Cubs taking special care to..." March 11

  • 5 MLB contract year players looking to cash in

    Yardbarker "The mythical contract year can be either a boon or a drag on an athlete. Some respond well, knowing that with a strong season, they can enter free agency as a hot commodity and really make a lot of money on the open market. Others feel the pressure and drag their value down as they struggle to..." March 10

  • Cubs’ Kris Bryant makes history with 2017 salary

    Fanrag Sports "A source close to the situation has informed FanRag Sports that Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has signed a $1.05 million contract for the upcoming 2017 season, a record for a second-year player. Bryant has now surpassed a previous mark set by Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike..." March 09

  • World Series raise makes Cubs’ Maddon highest-paid manager

    Fanrag Sports "Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s $25-million, five-year contract got a little bit better with the World Series win. Sources told FanRag Sports his salary escalated from $5 million to $6 million each of the last three years on the deal with the historic World Series win. That makes him the..." March 09

  • MLB commish Rob Manfred admits it's unlikely MLB players will play in Olympics

    CBS Sports "The 2017 World Baseball Classic is underway and we’ve already seen some dramatic games. The tournament continues over the next two weeks and will culminate with the Championship Game on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full WBC schedule . In three years, baseball and softball will return..." March 08

  • Soon to be 42, Cubs reliever Koji Uehara says he has 2 years left in him

    Chicago Tribune "In his first meeting with the American media this spring, Cubs reliever Koji Uehara bypassed his interpreter and answered in earnest — and in English — when asked how much longer he plans to pitch. "Two more years," the soon-to-be 42-year-old said with a smile Tuesday. "I pitched 10 years back..." March 08

  • MLB teams focusing on improved rest to help their players perform better

    CBS Sports "Long before Moneyball came along, the game of baseball embraced numbers and statistical analysis. Every single team in baseball has a stats department. The ways and means have certainly changed, but the goal remains the same: use numbers to find a competitive advantage. These days..." March 08

  • Who will be the Cubs’ 25th man?

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago Cubs come into spring training with few questions about their roster. While other teams around baseball may be wondering who their closer will be or allowing players to battle for a starting spot on the infield, the Cubs know what they have. The team is so settled, at this point,..." March 07

  • Joe Maddon, Cubs bemoan MLB’s new hazing policies

    Sportress of Blogitude "Joe Maddon and the Chicago Cubs were among the zaniest MLB teams when it came to the practice of rookie hazing. And now that the new collective bargaining agreement includes a "Anti-Hazing and Anti-Bullying Policy" that prohibits forcing rookies to wear anything resembling clothing for another..." March 07

  • Jake Arrieta says if a young player flips his bat after a home run, “He might wear the next one in the ribs.”

    Hardball Talk "Jake Arrieta joined David Kaplan and Jesse Rogers on Chicago’s ESPN 1000 on Tuesday. He was asked about players flipping their bats in celebration after a home run. It’s not surprising that Arrieta feels this way, but it’s also disappointing. Major League Baseball wonders why fans are..." March 07

  • Wrigley Field renovations still ongoing with start of season getting closer

    CBS Sports "The defending champion Chicago Cubs open with a week on the road this year. They won’t play in Wrigley Field until April 10, and it looks like the construction crew is gonna need every bit of that extra week in order to get the stadium playable. As part of their five-year project to..." March 06

  • MLB approves device to measure biometrics of players

    ESPN "Major League Baseball has approved the use of a continuous biometric monitor that can be worn by players during games. The device, made by a company called WHOOP, is the first of its kind approved by any of the major American sports leagues to be worn during competition. Teams cannot force..." March 06

  • Cubs renew Russell's contract for $644,000

    Chicago Cubs Online "The Cubs have reportedly agreed to terms with SS Addison Russell on a contract for the 2017 season. Russell is under team control through the 2021 season after completing his first full year in the majors. Russell is an automatic renewal player due to the 1.167 years of service time. Russell is a..." March 06

  • Ozzie Smith influenced Fowler's decision to sign with Cardinals

    USA Today "It is 8:02 in the morning, and the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse is quiet. The door swings open. It’s Dexter Fowler, the Cardinals’ new center fielder. He walks into the room, yells out to no one in particular, stops off at his locker, walks to the clubhouse stereo, turns it on, and cranks..." March 06

  • Jake Arrieta looking for Max Scherzer type contract

    Larry Brown Sports "Jake Arrieta is reportedly open to signing a contract extension with the Cubs, but it could take one of the larger deals in recent memory to make it happen. Back in January, Arrieta avoided arbitration by agreeing to a contract worth a little over $15 million for the upcoming season, which..." March 03

  • Jon Lester to make second Opening Day start for Cubs in 2017

    Fanrag Sports "According to an official statement released by the club on Thursday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs will be handing the ball to veteran left-hander Jon Lester for their Opening Day matchup against the rival St. Louis Cardinals. It is also worth noting that Lester will be making his second Opening Day..." March 02

  • MLB and MLBPA announce modifications of some rules for 2017 season "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association jointly announced modifications of some rules effective for the 2017 regular season. As was announced last month, managers will signal to the home plate umpire that he wants to intentionally walk the current..." March 02

  • Jason Heyward looks to 2012 to retrieve form at the plate

    Fanrag Sports "Temper the criticism and take a long look. Jason Heyward had a perfectly fine year in his first season with the Chicago Cubs. Heyward was the best defensive player in baseball in 2016, according to advanced metrics, “saving” 29 runs more than the average player at his position, according to..." March 01

  • Team Canada’s Adam Loewen replaced by Ryan Kellogg ahead of WBC

    Sportsnet "Canadian pitcher Adam Loewen has withdrawn from the World Baseball Classic and will be replaced by Ryan Kellogg, Baseball Canada announced Wednesday. Kellogg, a member of the Chicago Cubs since being drafted in the fifth round in 2015, played the 2016 season with Single-A South Bend. In 130.2..." March 01

  • David Ross, Simone Biles will be on 'Dancing with the Stars'

    USA Today "David Ross, Simone Biles, Nancy Kerrigan and Rashad Jennings are among the cast members for the next season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, the network announced Wednesday. Ross has become a dancing phenomenon since his retirement after he helped the Chicago Cubs break their World Series title..." March 01

  • Javier Baez is having more fun than anyone else right now

    ESPN "Blond hair, a fancy, three-wheeled car, a new World Series tattoo and his usual flamboyant play on defense. Maybe Javier Baez didn’t get the memo about one of Joe Maddon’s often-preached buzzwords of the spring: humility. The Chicago Cubs are just fine with that. It’s Javy being..." February 28

  • Cubs, city of Chicago starting dialogue about 2020 All-Star Game bid

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said Monday that the team plans to work with city officials to put together an attractive bid to host baseball's 2020 All-Star Game at Wrigley Field. "Hopefully we'll be able to sit down with the city here over the next few months and iron out what it takes to be the..." February 28

  • What if the World Baseball Classic featured a team of Cuban players in MLB?

    CBS Sports "Next week, the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic will begin with pool play. The tournament starts March 6 and the championship game will be played March 22, at Dodger Stadium. Here is the full schedule and here are the full rosters . Once upon a time Cuba dominated international..." February 27

  • Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo leads charge to support badly beaten student

    Fox Sports "The story horrified Rizzo, just was it would horrify any person with a conscience. On Feb. 3, officials from Kenyon Woods Middle School told parents that a student physically assaulted another student and left him severely beaten. That student was Henry, a seventh grader who turns 13 on..." February 26

  • Montgomery, Anderson vie for Cubs fifth starter position

    ESPN "The battle for the No. 5 spot in the Chicago Cubs' starting pitching rotation begins on Saturday when Mike Montgomery takes the mound in a Cactus League contest against the Oakland Athletics. But this isn't a traditional spring fight for a regular-season role, according to manager Joe..." February 25

  • Kyle Schwarber might be the Cubs’ next leadoff hitter "Who will be the Cubs' leadoff man now that Dexter Fowler is gone? Manager Joe Maddon likes the idea of Kyle Schwarber at the top of the lineup, although don't expect the outfielder to be setting any stolen base records, and that's not because of a lack of speed. Schwarber, who missed virtually..." February 25

  • Pedro Strop and Cubs agree to one-year extension

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs and reliever Pedro Strop reached an agreement Friday on a one-year extension for 2018 with a club option. Strop, who avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a $5.5 million deal two weeks ago, will earn $5.85 million in 2018 with a $6.25 million option for 2019. Strop..." February 24

  • Cubs Claim They're Done With Sammy Sosa Forever After Latest Weird Interview

    12 Up "​Sammy Sosa was one of the best power hitters of his time and nothing was more exciting than the home run battle between Mark McGwire and him in 1998. However, on the final day of the 2004 season, Sosa left the stadium before the game even started, and that is the exact moment his relationship..." February 23

  • Sammy Sosa compares himself to Jesus talking about PED accusations

    Sportsnaut "Once one of the most feared sluggers in MLB, former Chicago Cubs star Sammy Sosa is an outsider these days. He was on the outside looking in when the Cubbies finally won the World Series last year, and his relationship with the franchise remains toxic. No jersey retirement for the man who hit..." February 22

  • Sammy Sosa speaks, but the Cubs aren’t listening

    Chicago Tribune "Sammy Sosa speaks about as often as the Sphinx these days, but when he does have something to say it’s usually over the top and ready to go viral. On Tuesday, Sosa chose an unusual outlet, a personal blog former Cubs media relations employee Chuck Wasserstrom writes, to relay his thoughts on..." February 22

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22