Cubs Rumors & News

  • Epstein: Cubs aiming for postseason in 2015

    ESPN Chicago "The Cubs aren't yet ready to go all-in for the World Series, but believe they finally have a team that can battle for a postseason berth next year. "Overall, for the organization, I think 2015 will be a little bit different than the previous three seasons in that we now think we have the talent..." October 01

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Theo didn't call Manny a candidate for Cubs assistant hitting coach job yet but also wouldn't rule him out. Manny wants to play winter ball.

  • Cubs close out season with 5-2 win over Brewers

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "And as the 2014 season comes to a close for the Cubs, who better to be standing at the top of the Hero podium than the man who had been there so many times before. So that's it. Another season in the books. The Cubs exceeded my pre-season expectations by a decent margin, as I had them pegged at..." September 29

  • Brewers nip Cubs, 2-1

    Fox Sports "Francisco Rodriguez wasn't supposed to be the closer for the Milwaukee Brewers this season. Pressed into duty after Jim Henderson got injured, Rodriguez had another banner year and claimed another milestone. Rodriguez moved into 10th place on baseball's career saves list in the Brewers' 2-1..." September 28

  • Cubs tab Jacob Turner over Kyle Hendricks to start Sunday’s regular season finale

    Hardball Talk "Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald is reporting that the Cubs have opted to start Jacob Turner instead of Kyle Hendricks for Sunday’s regular season finale in Milwaukee against the Brewers, saying that the rookie right-hander has worked enough this season. Hendricks impressed in his first 13 major..." September 27

  • Renteria, Baez don't tap brakes in Cubs' 6-4 win over Brewers

    Chicago Tribune "Despite the slim prospects of finishing no better than a tie for last place in the National League Central with the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago Cubs showed they haven’t given up. That was evident Friday night in a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that took three hours, 34 minutes to..." September 27

  • Jake Arrieta ends his season with strong outing in Cubs’ 3-1 victory over Cards

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jake Arrieta’s last start of the season was a memorable one, and not just because of his arm. Arrieta threw seven innings and gave up one unearned run while striking out 10 in the Cubs’ 3-1 win Wednesday night over the St. Louis Cardinals. Arrieta picked up his 10th win and ended his season..." September 25

  • Cubs stop attendance decline in Wrigley Field 100th

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs got a slight bump in attendance for Wrigley Field’s centennial, stopping a steady five-year decline with their promising group of young players, an August/September schedule loaded with contenders and the enduring appeal of a ballpark that will undergo a $375 million facelift. “The..." September 25

  • Wrigley reconstruction begins this weekend

    ESPN Chicago "The home portion of the Chicago Cubs schedule ends Wednesday evening. Then, the real work begins. The Cubs will begin their long-awaited, $375 million reconstruction of Wrigley Field this weekend, Cubs vice president of communications Julian Green said Tuesday. First up is the bleacher..." September 24

  • Welington Castillo delivers 10th-inning walk-off win for Cubs

    Chicago Sun-Times "Kyle Hendricks was cruising for five innings. Then, the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals got to him in the sixth. After being staked to a three-run lead against Shelby Miller on a two-run homer by Welington Castillo and a solo shot by Matt Szczur, Hendricks gave it back in the sixth of the..." September 24

  • Cubs demote Edwin Jackson to the bullpen

    Hardball Talk "Edwin Jackson returned from the disabled list with a disastrous start Friday, failing to make it out of the first inning against the Dodgers, and now the Cubs have demoted him to the bullpen rather than give him one final start." September 23

  • Chris Coghlan hits two HRs to help Cubs rally past Dodgers

    Chicago Sun-Times "Chris Coghlan proved Saturday there’s still some fun to be had this season at Wrigley Field. Coghlan hit two home runs, including a go-ahead blast in the eighth inning, and matched career highs with four hits and three RBI in the Cubs’ 8-7 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Cubs..." September 21

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    Bruce Miles @BruceMiles2112

    #Cubs to go Wood, Hendricks, Arrieta vs. Cards. Will be Wood's last start. Hendricks will start at Milwaukee, too

  • Los Angeles Dodgers score 14 runs vs. Chicago Cubs to clinch playoff spot, help Clayton Kershaw reach 20 wins

    L.A. Daily News "A marquee hanging from a Wrigleyville storefront touted an opposing pitcher as the main attraction Friday morning: “KERSHAW GOES FOR 20,” it read. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw indeed became the major leagues’ first 20-game winner in a 14-5 victory over the Cubs, but it wasn’t a marquee..." September 20

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Check that: Welington Castillo left the game with a left rib contusion.

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    Chicago Cubs @Cubs

    #Cubs today activated RHP Edwin Jackson from the 15-day DL. He'll start today against the @Dodgers.

  • Rizzo named Branch Rickey winner

    MLB.com "Anthony Rizzo has been named the winner of the 2014 Branch Rickey Award. He is the youngest to receive the award. The announcement was made in Denver Thursday. Rizzo, 25, will be inducted as the 23rd member of the Baseball Humanitarians Hall of Fame on Nov. 14 at the McNichols Civic Center in..." September 18

  • Rookie Kyle Hendricks improves to 7-2; Cubs sweep Reds

    Chicago Sun-Times "As rookie Kyle Hendricks headed to the Cubs’ bullpen to warm up for his 12th big-league start Wednesday night, he looked back toward the scene behind home plate, where Class A pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng was being honored as the Cubs’ minor league pitcher of the year. A year ago to the week, that was..." September 18

  • Jake Arrieta posts 1st shutout, a 7-0 one-hitter versus Reds

    Chicago Tribune "After Brandon Phillips' drive barely eluded the outstretched glove of diving center fielder Matt Szczur on the warning track Tuesday night, Jake Arrieta resumed his mastery. Losing a no-hit bid in the eighth inning for the second time this season wasn't about to ruin Arrieta's ascent to the ace..." September 17

  • Cubs: Bryant in 2015? 'Too early to speculate'

    ESPN Chicago "By now it shouldn’t come as any surprise the Chicago Cubs aren’t necessarily ready to hand the organization’s minor league player of the year, Kris Bryant, a starting job -- at least not on April 6 when the 2015 season begins. When general manager Jed Hoyer was asked Monday what the chances of..." September 16

  • Rare triple play sparks Pirates' comeback victory over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Shoddy defense cost the Pirates two runs Sunday and created the stunning possibility of a second straight loss against the woeful Chicago Cubs. So it was at once absurd and sublime that the game turned on a triple play. “You could feel the momentum change,” said third baseman Josh Harrison,..." September 15

  • ‘Patient’ Javy Baez hits two dingers in two days

    Chicago Sun-Times "No Anthony Rizzo behind him in the lineup. No Starlin Castro. No Jorge Soler. No problem for Javy Baez — at least not in the last two games. The Cubs’ big-swinging rookie with just 38 big-league games had struggled in particular since Rizzo left the lineup three weeks ago with a stiff..." September 14

  • Saturday's recap: Cubs 6, Pirates 4

    Chicago Tribune "Javier Baez and Matt Szczur homered and Felix Doubront pitched six shutout innings as the Cubs snapped a seven-game losing streak. Doubront allowed four hits over his six innings, reducing his earned-run average to 1.50 in three starts for Cubs. Baez homered for the second straight game,..." September 14

  • Cole-fueled Pirates win over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates opened their final homestand of regular season Friday night, beating the Chicago Cubs, 7-3, at PNC Park as a distinct September chill filled the air. They punched out runs in six different innings and held back the Cubs as Gerrit Cole earned his ninth win this season. Cole..." September 13

  • Why Jason Hammel could fit in Cubs plans again

    CSN Chicago "Jason Hammel watched the Fourth of July fireworks show from Capitol Hill, right around the time Cubs president Theo Epstein put the finishing touches on a blockbuster trade with the Oakland A’s. “It was awesome,” Hammel said. “And then on the way home, Theo called me and said I was done. (Jeff)..." September 12

  • Renteria’s decision-making, growing pains proving painful

    Chicago Sun-Times "A season of questionable in-game decisions by first-year Cubs manager Rick Renteria found another spotlight in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s 11-1 loss. That’s when a quick succession of pitching changes in a three-run game, early in the inning, turned into a five-run inning, with Kyuji..." September 12

  • Cubs learning what they have on mound

    Chicago Sun-Times "How much starting pitching do the Cubs actually need as they look to the offseason? How much do they have? How much of it’s any good? How much of it’s coming back? The Cubs aren’t sure. The series this weekend against the heating-up Pirates should help us learn more about what the Cubs have..." September 12

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Jorge Soler missing the weekend series for the birth of his child. Expected back on Monday. Per Cubs

  • Jays trounce Cubs, win 4th straight and 9 of last 11

    Toronto Sun "Another night, another powerful pitching performance, another fun-filled day at the plate. Whatever the Blue Jays starters are drinking these days, it’s working. Thanks to a gem of an outing from Drew Hutchison, the Jays made it three in a row over the Cubs from Chicago. On Monday, Marcus..." September 11

  • Cubs will be in position to make a splash with Jon Lester

    Hardball Talk "No matter what happens with the Wrigley Field renovations and the next TV contract, the Cubs will be in position to make a splash and sign Jon Lester to a megadeal. Multiple industry sources say the Cubs are targeting Lester and will make a run at him this winter, trying to set a foundation..." September 10

  • Bautista, Stroman lead Blue Jays to convincing win over Cubs

    Toronto Sun "If the Blue Jays are in a playoff hunt, it’s news to the good citizens of Hogtown. Perhaps enticed by the first Monday Night Football NFL extravaganza, most sports fans in these parts stayed glued to their couch. Instead of a rabid, full-house throng cheering on the troops, to say nothing of..." September 09

  • Jeff Samardzija doesn’t have second thoughts about Cubs

    CSN Chicago "What else is Jeff Samardzija supposed to say? The dude has no idea what’s going to happen after the 2015 season. He’s trying to win a World Series ring with the Oakland A’s now. But he rolled with the question when someone asked if there’s at least a thought he could someday come back to..." September 09

  • Bryant wins BA minor league player of year

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant is Baseball America’s minor league player of the year, the publication announced on Tuesday. Bryant is the first Cub to win the award since its inception in 1981. Bryant, 22, hit a combined 43 home runs between Double and Triple-A this season while..." September 09

  • Pirates pound 19 hits to complete sweep, take over 2nd in wild-card race

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Everyone figured Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole was going to hit a home run sooner or later. “I've been waiting on it,” manager Clint Hurdle said. “It was inevitable,” agreed second baseman Neil Walker. On a breezy Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field, the Pirates banged out 19 hits, including..." September 08

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    No Soler in today's #Cubs lineup

  • Pirates conclude rain-shortened game with 5-3 win over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates won the conclusion of Friday’s game, 5-3, in 11 innings against the Chicago Cubs when it resumed today after rain forced its suspension Friday afternoon. The game, which began in the seventh inning with the score tied at 3-3, went into the 11th inning. Neil Walker doubled with one..." September 07

  • Pirates and Liriano finish off Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Winning two games in one day required eight scoreless innings from the bullpen, another strong start from Francisco Liriano and an appearance from their fourth-string shortstop. On Saturday, the Pirates complied, ending their losing streak and winning a series in a span of six hours. After..." September 07

  • Storms wreak havoc on Pirates series against Cubs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The first storm zipped past Wrigley Field, its southern edge barely nicking the ballpark before moving out over Lake Michigan. The second one lingered longer, and, with a third on the way, the umpires had seen enough. The Pirates’ series opener against the Chicago Cubs Friday was suspended in..." September 06

  • Kyle Hendricks continues mastery as Cubs top Brewers 6-2

    Chicago Sun-Times "They look almost as different as two players can look, the linebacker-looking, power-hitting Jorge Soler and the accountant-looking, finesse-pitching Kyle Hendricks. But the two rookies who came up big again in the Cubs’ 6-2, series-sweeping victory Wednesday over the Brewers look a lot alike..." September 04

  • Cubs' call-ups don't include Bryant

    Daily Herald "There was enough cold water thrown all over the place concerning Cubs core players Tuesday to make any ice-bucket challenge seem like a nice warm bath. First came the news that all-star first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out indefinitely -- and maybe for the rest of the season -- with a lower-back..." September 03

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Cubs GM Jed Hoyer says Starlin Castro's high ankle sprain is expected to be a season-ending injury.

  • Cubs' Rizzo out indefinitely with back strain

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is out indefinitely after an MRI Tuesday revealed a mild back strain. The All-Star slugger, who is second in the National League with 30 home runs, has missed the past seven games with the injury and would have ended up on the disabled list if it weren't..." September 03

  • Cardinals beat Cubs

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "For a former batting champ who recognizes that his elite skill, by definition, is that he fails less often than all the others who try, outfielder Matt Holliday has adopted a pragmatic approach to his profession. The Cardinals’ No. 3 batter concerns himself with hitting the baseball hard — he’s..." September 01

  • Holliday homers help Cards split with Cubs

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The capsized Cardinals, losers of four straight, six of their last eight and buried by a barrage of Chicago Cubs home runs this weekend at Busch Stadium, were thrown a life raft by the 26th player on their 25-man roster Saturday night. After the Cardinals had lost behind Justin Masterson 5-1 in..." August 31

  • Cubs 5, Cardinals 1

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs took the opener of the doubleheader behind the pitching of Felix Doubront and some more long ball from the offense. Three of the Cubs seven hits were home runs from Logan Watkins, Chris Valaika and Starlin Castro. Watkins' homer was the first of his major league career, while Castro..." August 31

  • Manny Ramirez's Iowa Cubs tenure is over

    USA Today "Manny Ramirez left Des Moines as surprisingly as he came. The controversial slugger's tenure as a player-coach with the Iowa Cubs has come to an end, manager Marty Pevey said before Friday's game at Principal Park. Pevey said that Ramirez, who was placed on the disabled list Aug. 23 with a..." August 31

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    No Rizzo in #Cubs lineup

  • Cubs 7, Cardinals 2

    Chicago Tribune "Jorge Soler's two home runs led the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals, spoiling Yadier Molina's return from the disabled list. Soler hit a game-tying solo shot in the seventh and a mammoth two-run blast in the four-run eighth. Kyle Hendricks allowed two first-inning runs before throwing..." August 30

  • While Jorge Soler has a blast with Cubs, Kris Bryant waits his turn

    Chicago Sun-Times "Three Cubs who were in the minors eight weeks ago — and in A-ball less than two years ago — did their best Friday night to show the St. Louis Cardinals at least part of what’s coming to the Cubs-Cards rivalry. Jorge Soler: 3-for-3 and two home runs. Javy Baez: a go-ahead double in the eighth..." August 30

  • Reds down Cubs 7-2, to win series

    Cincinnati Enquirer "It may be too late for a large segment of their fans to notice -- football is starting, after all -- but the Reds have put together a nice little streak. The Reds beat the Chicago Cubs, 7-2, Thursday afternoon before a crowd of 21,316 at Great American Ball Park to close the homestand with four..." August 29