Cubs Rumors & News

  • Cubs in final stages of talks to acquire marquee closer Aroldis Chapman

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs' pursuit of flame-throwing left-hander Aroldis Chapman has reached the critical stage. Gleyber Torres, 19, the Cubs' top infield prospect, was scratched from his game with Class A Myrtle Beach on Sunday. It's not certain whether the size of the deal is tied to the Cubs securing an..." July 25

  • Nathan to join Cubs on Sunday in return from Tommy John

    The Score "Former All-Star closer Joe Nathan will join the Chicago Cubs on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers, as the reliever was called up from Triple-A Iowa Saturday. Nathan hasn't pitched in MLB since April 6, 2015 with the Detroit Tigers, though after recently completing a rehab assignment in the..." July 24

  • Rizzo, La Stella help Cubs rally past Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- With the temperature nearing 100 degrees with humidity levels hovering near 80 percent, the last thing anybody in either dugout wanted Sunday afternoon was a four-hour baseball game. Of course, in retrospect, the Chicago Cubs probably aren't complaining too much. Anthony..." July 24

  • Yankees, Cubs Working On Trade Involving Aroldis Chapman, Gleyber Torres

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees and Cubs are working towards a trade that would send star closer Aroldis Chapman to Chicago in exchange for top shortstop prospect Gleyber Torres and more, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports. " July 24

  • Cubs 'strong' among teams chasing Chapman

    The Score "The end to Aroldis Chapman's time in the Bronx appears to be drawing ever closer. After reports Saturday suggested the New York Yankees were telling clubs a trade was close, the Chicago Cubs are reportedly "strong in the mix" to land the All-Star closer, sources told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports." July 24

  • Fowler leads Cubs past Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- After nearly a month of watching from the sidelines, recovering from a strained right hamstring, Dexter Fowler was ready to get back into the action. So when he finally returned to the Chicago Cubs starting lineup Friday night in Milwaukee, he wasted little time. Fowler..." July 23

  • Nieuwenhuis homers twice as Brewers defeat Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Two games into a season-long 10-game home stand, nobody on the Milwaukee Brewers roster is happier to be back home than outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Nieuwenhuis began the day batting .195 on the season, a number dragged down by an abysmal .116 average on the road. But back in..." July 23

  • MLB eyes limits on relief pitchers, which doesn't make much sense

    Sporting News "Rob Manfred has been vocal about several changes he's looking to negotiate during his tenure as commissioner of Major League Baseball. Add "relief pitcher restrictions" to that list. On Thursday's episode of ESPN's "Mike and Mike," Manfred said MLB has been "talking a lot internally" about..." July 21

  • Cubs reportedly interested in Josh Reddick

    Sportsnaut "Slated to become a free agent this upcoming winter, Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick will likely find himself on another team between now and the August 1st trade deadline. As the longest-tenured member of the A’s, it’s not going to be easy for the team’s brass to move him. But picking..." July 21

  • Mike Montgomery deal makes perfect sense for the Cubs and Mariners

    Fox Sports "Mike Montgomery's average fastball velocity has increased from 90.9 mph as a starter last season to 93.4 this season, when 30 of his 32 appearances have come in relief. That's a nice jump, but not atypical for a pitcher who moves to the bullpen — and certainly not enough to preclude the Cubs..." July 21

  • Rizzo, Hendricks propel Cubs past Mets

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks said that when things are going well even some bad pitches will often have no ill effects. At least that was the case on Wednesday as the rebounding Chicago Cubs breezed to a 6-2 victory over the New York Mets in the finale of a three-game Wrigley Field series. The..." July 20

  • Report: Cubs trade Dan Vogelbach to Mariners for Mike Montgomery

    SI "The Chicago Cubs have traded prospect Dan Vogelbach to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery, according to multiple reports. The deal was first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. The 23-year-old Vogelbach is hitting hitting .318 with 16 home runs, 64..." July 20

  • Here’s why the Cubs might trade Kyle Schwarber for Andrew Miller

    SB Nation "If you’ll remember before the 2015 season, the Cubs weren’t favorites to win the NL Central. They certainly weren’t expected to win more than 100 games. When the Sporting News picked them to win the World Series that January, it seemed like a novelty. Then Kris Bryant came up and thrived. Then..." July 20

  • The MLB home run explosion of 2016: Are juiced baseballs to blame?

    ESPN "The day before the All-Star Game, Max Scherzer was in a good mood. He talked about University of Missouri football, how the curveball he developed in 2013 took his game to the next level and the new cutter he's starting to throw. Then he was asked about the home run spike across the..." July 20

  • Cubs starting to position themselves for market at trade deadline

    Chicago Tribune "A thin pitching market could result in contenders making bold moves in an attempt to upgrade their clubs for the stretch run. That's the view of general manager Jed Hoyer as his Cubs and numerous playoff hopefuls survey the trade horizon before the Aug. 1 deadline. "I do expect there will be..." July 20

  • The potential big Cubs trade that never materialized

    Fox Sports "Every year before the non-waiver deadline, I write that we should expect the unexpected. Something will happen to make our heads spin. Something always does. Here is an example of a trade that recently was discussed but never got close, and would have amounted to a bombshell if it had come to..." July 20

  • How every team in the National League looks going into the MLB trade deadline

    CBS Sports "The August 1 non-waiver trade deadline is just two weeks away, meaning the clock is ticking for teams to complete trades that will either help position themselves for a playoff push this year or set themselves up for a brighter future. Last week, we looked at all 15 American League teams,..." July 20

  • Should Cubs trade Kyle Schwarber in quest for World Series title?

    USA Today "It’s late at night, and Kyle Schwarber limps across the Chicago Cubs clubhouse, one of the last players to leave Wrigley Field. He made a spectacular play earlier in the game, receiving high-fives from his teammates, and a nice ovation from the crowd, for bare-handing a foul ball that sailed..." July 20

  • Familia, Mets hold off Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Rene Rivera had full confidence that reliever Jeurys Familia could pitch the New York Mets out of a ninth-inning, bases-loaded jam. Just to be sure, the Mets catcher went out for a chat with his teammate as New York tried to maintain its 2-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs on..." July 19

  • Cubs finally find way to beat Mets

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- There may have been a handful of pitches that Jon Lester didn't care for but he's not about to complain about Monday's result. The Chicago Cubs left hander returned to late spring form with an efficient 7 2/3 inning outing while Anthony Rizzo clubbed his 22nd home run of the..." July 18

  • The case for Kyle Schwarber to the Yankees and other trade rumors

    Yahoo! Sports "Brian Cashman is a sinner. So long as geographically boundaries are stretched and New York is considered a neighbor to Chicago, he is spending his July breaking the 10th Commandment: “Thou shalt not covet your neighbor’s house. Thou shalt not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or..." July 18

  • Trades the Cubs and Mets need to make to get back to the NLCS

    ESPN "On the morning of May 11, the Chicago Cubs woke up with a 25-6 record and an .806 winning percentage courtesy of a remarkable run differential of plus-103 runs. The New York Mets woke up with a 20-12 record and a dominating starting rotation. A rematch in the National League Championship Series..." July 18

  • Rage against the machines: MLB stars don't want to see robot umps

    Sporting News "When you follow a game on Major League Baseball’s website, it’s there. When you watch a local broadcast, there’s a good chance you’ll see it. When you see an ESPN broadcast, it’s part of the live picture. Graphics showing the strike zone, telling viewers immediately whether a pitch is good, are..." July 18

  • Report: Shortened MLB schedule gaining momentum

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball has used a 162-game schedule for more than 50 years. When it comes time to negotiate the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the MLB schedule might be changing. “The idea of returning to a 154-game regular season has gained momentum recently,” per David Lennon of New York..." July 18

  • Hamels stifles Cubs as Rangers snap skid

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Cole Hamels established command early and the Chicago Cubs just couldn't work around him on Sunday. Making his first Wrigley Field appearance since no-hitting the Cubs in 2015 with the Phillies, the Texas Rangers' southpaw worked eight innings as the Rangers salvaged the series..." July 17

  • Cubs doctor recommends Hammel eat more potato chips

    Fox Sports "Chicago Cubs hurler Jason Hammel credits a bizarre dietary change -- ordered by a team doctor -- with helping him win on Saturday. Hammel left his last start on July 7 with cramping in his right hand, a recurring ailment, and afterward he says he got a call from a team doctor with a suggestion..." July 17

  • Hammel propels Cubs past reeling Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Will the humble potato chip be Jason Hammel's secret for second-half success? The Chicago Cubs right-hander said his doctor recommended consuming more chips during the All-Star break and the payoff seemed immediate. Whether crunchy treats were a factor or not, the results..." July 16

  • Hendricks, five-run sixth power Cubs past Rangers

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks dominated the Texas Rangers in a successful six-inning outing on Friday afternoon while helping the Chicago Cubs successfully jump start the season's second half. The Cubs right-hander allowed just three hits over six strong innings while a strong defense and big..." July 15

  • Cubs favored to win World Series at multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs remain consensus World Series favorites heading into the final 2½ months of the regular season. The Cubs are 7-2 to win the World Series at multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks. The Washington Nationals, San Francisco Giants and upstart Cleveland Indians are next at around 6-1,..." July 15

  • Kris Bryant's Earning the Kind of Attention He Could Do Without

    Complex "At 10 a.m. on the second Monday in July, a small group congregates outside of the Blends sneaker boutique. But this isn’t your typical mix of hypebeasts and resellers camping out for a release. Instead, it’s a group of reporters, publicists, and a cameraman all waiting to get a piece of one of..." July 14

  • 2016 MLB All-Star Game ratings and viewership are record lows

    Awful Announcing "There was a time when the MLB All-Star Game could boast that it was a mid-summer ratings and viewership draw. But in this day and age of internet, fragmented cable universe and so many other alternatives, the All-Star Game can no longer make that claim. While the American League can feel good..." July 13

  • Rob Manfred: PEDs not behind surge in homers

    Newsday "The day after Giancarlo Stanton’s personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball’s sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a..." July 13

  • MLBPA head: Pitchers' Derby will be considered for 2017

    The Score "Those slugging pitchers might get their wish next season. Major League Baseball and the Players' Association are going to discuss incorporating pitchers into the Home Run Derby for as soon as next season, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark told Jayson Stark of ESPN on Monday. The union leader..." July 12

  • Giancarlo Stanton wins MLB Home Run Derby

    USA Today "Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton won the 2016 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday night at Petco Park in San Diego, setting a record with 61 total home runs in a single Derby. Stanton defeated defending champion Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox in the final, hitting 20 homers to Frazier's 13. Of..." July 12

  • Arrieta leaning toward not pitching in All-Star Game

    The Score "Fans in San Diego will have the honor of being in the same building as Jake Arrieta, but that might be the extent of it. The Chicago Cubs hurler told reporters Monday that he's leaning toward not pitching in the All-Star Game. Instead, he thinks four days of rest would be ideal." July 11

  • The Home Run Derby is Trash

    Complex "There was a time when I used to get psyched for the Home Run Derby. But there was also a time when I used to get psyched for Adam Sandler movies. You get a little older, you revaluate a few things in your life, among them what you waste your time watching. And baseball’s gimmicky exhibition of..." July 11

  • Pirates, Bell slam Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell's introduction to Major League Baseball has been a dream. After singling against Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta in his first Major League at bat Friday, the 23-year-old rookie stepped to the plate for his second appearance, with the..." July 10

  • Anthony Rizzo says he will pace himself during All-Star Game festivities

    Chicago Tribune "Once Anthony Rizzo arrives in San Diego late Sunday night, the Cubs' first baseman will save his energy for the All-Star Game on Tuesday night after a stretch of 24 consecutive games. "I plan on doing the bare minimum," Rizzo said Saturday night. "I'm going to enjoy it as much as I can. As far..." July 10

  • Cubs beat Pirates to halt five-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Chicago Cubs were in search of a pick-me-up heading into the All-Star break. They found it Sunday afternoon at PNCPark. Riding a season-long five-game losing streak and a 1-9 skid in their past 10 games, the Cubs defeated the Pirates 6-5 to avoid a series sweep and reboot..." July 10

  • It turns out the Cubs aren't the best team in baseball history

    SB Nation "Boy, this quote sure reads differently in July than it did in May. "I am not going to answer any question that mentions the Chicago Cubs and the Golden State Warriors," said Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations. Back then, the Cubs and Warriors were linked because..." July 10

  • No All-Star return from DL for Fowler, after all

    Chicago Sun-Times "After batting four times as the DH in a minor-league rehab game Friday, center fielder Dexter Fowler pulled the plug on his effort to fast-track his return from the disabled list in time to play in Tuesday’s All-Star game. The Cubs say their leadoff hitter suffered no setback with his..." July 10

  • A Trump presidency raises concerns among Major League Baseball players

    USA Today "As part of its All-Star Week celebration in San Diego, Major League Baseball will dedicate a new sporting complex in neighboring Tijuana on Monday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred in attendance. It’s a continuation of MLB’s efforts to expand its foothold in Mexico, which began with Manfred’s trip to..." July 09

  • It turns out the Cubs aren't the best team in baseball history

    SB Nation "Boy, this quote sure reads differently in July than it did in May. "I am not going to answer any question that mentions the Chicago Cubs and the Golden State Warriors," said Theo Epstein, the Cubs’ president of baseball operations. Back then, the Cubs and Warriors were linked because they..." July 09

  • Flowers' single in 11th lifts Braves past Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- After going hitless in his first four at-bats Thursday, Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers knew he needed to change his approach at the plate. A brief talk with Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer steered Flowers out of trouble. "I was trying to figure out what the heck I..." July 08

  • Pirates rough up Arrieta in win vs. Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates allowed a three-run lead to slip away against Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta. That would have signaled a Cubs victory a few weeks ago. Quite a bit has changed in those weeks, though. The Pirates chased Arrieta in the seventh inning, scored four..." July 08

  • Fan injured after apparent fall from Wrigley bleachers

    NBC Chicago "A man was carted off Wrigley Field after apparently jumping from the bleachers onto the warning track during a rain delay before a game between the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs on Thursday night. "Prior to tonight’s game, a fan was injured after attempting to jump onto the field from the..." July 08

  • Home Run Derby contestants announced

    SB Nation "The 2016 Home Run Derby contestants were announced on Thursday evening, and the eight participants in Monday's power display include the host team's lone All-Star as well as the major league leader in home runs. ESPN will televise the Home Run Derby on Monday beginning at 8 p.m. ET live from..." July 07

  • John Heyman: Andrew Miller tops Cubs’ wish list; no interest in Vizcaino

    Today's Knuckleball "As the Chicago Cubs position themselves for the trade deadline, bullpen help is the focus. Andrew Miller is believed to top their wish list of relievers, but the New York Yankees have been unmotivated to move him thus far. Miller isn’t a free agent until 2019, and is an All-Star this year with..." July 07

  • 2016 MLB Trade Deadline: The best options at each position who could be traded

    CBS Sports "With the August 1 trade deadline less than four weeks away, this is as good of a time as any to start defining the market. There are numerous ways to do that, but we've settled on an old-timey, pure basebally approach: constructing a team -- or most of one -- using players who seem to have a great..." July 07

  • Why Heyward's swing is so flawed

    SI "Heyward’s problem is that over the years he has become a “dip-and-dive” hitter. He not only sinks deeply into his legs and drops his head, but he also leans out toward then plate as he does so. It takes longer for him to bring the bat around, and he locks himself up with a closed front side. He..." July 07