Cubs Rumors & News

  • Cubs walk away with 13-inning win over Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta didn't get a decision but he did have a ringside seat to a wild Chicago Cubs victory that wasn't finally decided until early Tuesday morning. "The resiliency of our team is incredible and that's what you need down the stretch," said Arrieta, the Cubs right-hander..." August 30

  • Cubs’ Theo Epstein says Kyle Schwarber won’t return in 2016

    Today's Knuckleball "Chicago Cubs’ outfielder and catcher Kyle Schwarber’s season was over before it ever really began. Just two games and four at bats into 2016, center fielder Dexter Fowler dove for a ball in the outfield at Chase Field and under cut Schwarber, who was playing left, and ended his season with both..." August 29

  • Cubs star Kris Bryant has a chance to be a very unique MVP

    Fox Sports "Shall we call him Kris "The Man" Bryant? Heaven forbid, it might offend the Best Fans in Baseball, who would consider it sacrilege to bestow upon Bryant the same nickname as the late Stan Musial, one of the Cardinals' all-time greats. But while Bryant is only in his second season and Musial..." August 29

  • Dodgers scratch for late run to upend Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Minor events can shift tides in a major way in an intense pennant race, as the Los Angeles Dodgers demonstrated Sunday. Adrian Gonzalez hit a fielder's choice that brought home Andrew Toles with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a 1-0..." August 28

  • Strained relations? Irate Hammel not happy with Maddon

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs manager Joe Maddon dropped a “seminal moment” on the impressive relief outing Saturday by rookie Rob Zastryzny. But the only reason the left-hander was pitching in the third inning against the Dodgers marked a more significant seminal moment in the relationship between the Cubs and veteran..." August 28

  • Bryant homers twice to lead Cubs' rally past Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Kris Bryant heard the MVP chants loud and clear. With the crack of the bat, Bryant provided a large and vocal contingent of Chicago Cubs' fans the scenario they wanted to see. "It's a testament to our fans and we travel really well," Bryant said. "It's nice to see a lot of..." August 27

  • Seager sets club mark as Dodgers upend Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Escaping the first inning with minimal damage made all the difference in the world for Julio Urias and the Los Angeles Dodgers in a win Saturday over the Chicago Cubs. "The Cubs are very good in the first inning," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "Their guys get on you early..." August 27

  • How much would Aroldis Chapman return cost Yankees in free agency?

    Newark Star-Ledger "From the moment the Yankees traded Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs, the door was kept open for a possible return this coming winter in free agency. While Dellin Betances has been more than adequate in the closer role, the idea of reuniting Chapman and Betances in a dominant bullpen duo has to be at..." August 26

  • Tim Tebow has ‘no shot’ of making it in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "At least 20 MLB teams are expected to take a look at Tim Tebow’s baseball prospects at the former NFL quarterback’s workout next week, but some scouts is confident nothing will come of it. Katie Strang of ESPN.com spoke with three pro baseball scouts on Wednesday, and all three “expressed..." August 25

  • Arrieta earns 16th win as Cubs defeat Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- After Jake Arrieta departed Tuesday night, the Padres made a game of it. Lost in the final line of the Cubs' 5-3 win at Petco Park was the brilliance of Arrieta over the first eight innings of the game. "The story line is Jake," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. "He hardly..." August 24

  • Hendricks, Zobrist propel Cubs past Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- It was more than a sweep, it was a demonstration. "They're good," Padres manager Andy Green offered after the Cubs defeated the Padres 6-3 Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park to complete a three-game blitz of San Diego. "They have good baseball instincts. They execute even..." August 24

  • Twenty MLB teams to attend Tim Tebow's workout on Aug. 30

    ESPN "Tim Tebow is scheduled to hold a workout for Major League Baseball teams on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, a source told ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. More than 20 MLB teams are confirmed to attend the workout, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. For almost the past year, Tebow has been training in..." August 24

  • Cubs' Lester beats Padres for 14th win

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Jon Lester picked up his 14th win of the season Monday night as the Chicago Cubs rebounded from a series loss in Colorado to defeat the Padres 5-1 at Petco Park -- or Wrigley Field West from the sound of the 31,707 fans on hand. But rather than discuss his efforts after the..." August 23

  • Jason Heyward resets after mental break and responds to playoff-lineup talk around Cubs

    CSN Chicago "With Jason Heyward looking lost at home plate, could the Cubs be forced to sit their $184 million outfielder in October? It’s a question Joe Maddon doesn’t have to answer directly now, one that the manager wishes will go away, because Heyward’s Gold Glove defense, baseball IQ and playoff..." August 23

  • MLB postseason schedule announced

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball announced its 2016 postseason schedule on Tuesday, opening with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and followed by the National League equivalent on ESPN one night later. The 112th World Series on FOX will begin on Tuesday,..." August 23

  • Tim Tebow to hold workout for MLB teams Aug. 30

    SI "Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will hold a workout for prospective Major League Baseball teams on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, reports ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. Tebow, who last played baseball in high school in 2005, announced earlier this month that he was planning on pursuing a professional..." August 23

  • Heyward: 'My head is fine' after sitting out weekend

    ESPN "He got a weekend off and now Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward is ready to return to work with one thing in mind: helping his team win to get to October, when the real reset to his season can begin. "At that point no one looks up at what the regular season looks like," Heyward said Sunday..." August 22

  • John Lackey doesn't believe he'll need much time to return to Cubs rotation

    Chicago Tribune "John Lackey's ailing right shoulder immediately told him he wouldn't be able to start Tuesday night in San Diego. But the 37-year-old pitcher insisted he won't need much time to return to the Cubs rotation once his shoulder heals. "It's not going to take a whole lot of time to get ramped..." August 21

  • Arenado bashes two homers as Rockies rout Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Nolan Arenado emphatically ended his slump and his slugging drought Sunday with a four-hit game that included a memorable power display. He hit two three-run homers as the Colorado Rockies piled on the Chicago Cubs for seven runs in the first inning and rolled to an 11-4 win in the..." August 21

  • Aroldis Chapman to get two days off after second blown save with Cubs

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman admitted he was a little fatigued Friday night, when he blew his second save as a Cub and third this season in the team’s 7-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies in 11 innings. Chapman was pitching in his fourth game in four nights -- two appearances came in a..." August 21

  • Rockies score two in 11th to edge Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies struck for two runs in the 11th inning against Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman and came away with an improbable 7-6 victory Friday night on an errant throw. Nick Hundley singled with two outs and scored on Ryan Raburn's double. Second baseman Javier Baez..." August 20

  • Kris Bryant’s big day is a reminder he could be NL MVP

    SB Nation "The Cubs’ Kris Bryant won the Rookie of the Year in 2015, as well as the hearts and minds of adoring fans everywhere. He’s young, he’s talented, he plays for a historic franchise — he has everything you need to become a recognizable star. And after his 2016, he might also have an MVP award to add..." August 20

  • The Cubs plan to sit the still slumping Jason Heyward for an entire weekend

    CBS Sports "Jason Heyward's first season with the Cubs is not going well. On a personal level, that is. The team has been fantastic. Heyward has been anything but. So far this season, Heyward, 27, is hitting .225/.304/.313 (67 OPS+) with only five home runs. It's the first season of his eight-year, $184..." August 20

  • John Lackey, Hector Rondon To DL

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "Turns out the injuries to John Lackey and Hector Rondon are a bit more serious than first thought: Lackey was tentatively scheduled to start Tuesday against the Padres; that start could be taken by Jake Arrieta on normal rest." August 19

  • Cubs' Maddon nominates 'Bryzzo' for MVP

    The Score "Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon thinks a pair of his players have done enough to warrant National League MVP consideration. Maddon had some fun with reporters after Thursday's 9-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers when asked which of his two stars, Anthony Rizzo or Kris Bryant, is more deserving..." August 19

  • Cubs' Lester rides early lead to 13th victory

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jon Lester said he appreciated receiving a five-run cushion after one inning Wednesday. The Chicago Cubs left-hander just wished he had a little better command after his teammates gift-wrapped the big lead en route to a 6-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. "It seemed like..." August 18

  • Bryant's big performance fuels Cubs' latest win

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs count on big games from Kris Bryant but Thursday's performance went far beyond typical expectations. The third baseman went 5-for-5 with two home runs, five RBIs and four runs scored to help secure a four-game sweep with a 9-6 victory over the Milwaukee..." August 18

  • Rob Manfred wants a pitch clock in MLB in 2017

    The Comeback "In an effort to find ways to speed up the game of baseball, Commissioner Rob Manfred has openly discussed the possibility of adding a pitch clock to Major League Baseball. Manfred is no stranger to discussing innovative ways to improve the game he now sees over. Manfred has brought on the idea..." August 18

  • Cubs' Maddon not considering benching Heyward

    The Score "Even as Jason Heyward limps toward the final month of a brutal first season on the North Side, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has no intention of benching his scuffling right fielder as his club chases down its first division title since 2008. Fresh off landing an eight-year, $184-million..." August 18

  • Schwarber ‘Most Likely Probably Not’ Returning This Year…Or Is He?

    Cubs Insider "When Kyle Schwarber went down with a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee during his second game of the season on April 7, he was presumed lost for the season. Even with the length of a 162-game schedule, a return at any point prior to spring training in 2017 would seem impossible for a normal human..." August 18

  • Would Theo Epstein walk away from the Cubs?

    Today's Knuckleball "The powers that be keep preaching the same thing: When it comes to Theo Epstein’s next contract with the Chicago Cubs, there is nothing to worry about, a deal is going to happen. Back in April, we were expecting the details to come “pretty soon,” but as of this week, there was “nothing new to..." August 18

  • Hammel helps Cubs complete doubleheader sweep of Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- It was a painful Tuesday for the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers not only dropped both ends of a doubleheader to the Chicago Cubs, but starting pitcher Chase Anderson and left fielder Ryan Braun were injured in the second game and were forced to depart. Cubs right-hander..." August 17

  • The honeymoon phase is over for the new-school general managers

    MLB Daily Dish "Every year at certain points of the season, Mike Bates runs a GM confidence poll in which fans of every major league team are asked—in very simple terms—how confident they are in their favorite team’s front office. The 2016 midseason results just went up, and finding trends has become the new..." August 17

  • Tommy La Stella has finally reported to the minors

    Hardball Talk "You’ll recall that Cubs utilityman Tommy La Stella failed to report to his minor league assignment in Iowa after being optioned on July 29. Bradford Doolittle of ESPN reports now, however, that La Stella has finally reported. Not to Iowa, though: he has joined Double-A Tennessee. He’s playing..." August 17

  • Rob Manfred: Baseball is changing quicker than ever

    ESPN "Baseball is the greatest game in the world. If you need proof, look no further than the fact that baseball, like no other sport, has an amazing capacity to spark genuine and even heated debate. Baseball fans and media like nothing more than to talk about what is good and bad about the game. The..." August 17

  • Piscotty homer helps Cards earn split with Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Cardinals trail the Chicago Cubs by 12 games in the National League Central. However, the Cardinals remain in position to grab an NL wild card -- and they have to feel encouraged after taking the final two games of a four-game series against the best team in..." August 15

  • Cubs end relationship with person responsible for terrible music choice during Aroldis Chapman’s appearance

    Sporting News "UPDATE: The Cubs have terminated their relationship with the person who played "Smack My Bitch Up" Sunday night. Someone in the Cubs game day operations department made an incredibly poor choice during the team's game against the Cardinals on Sunday night, and on Monday, the team is in..." August 15

  • Cubs’ John Lackey says tight shoulder is “nothing crazy”

    MLB Daily Dish "When a pitcher hits his late thirties, the grinds and creaks start to get a little more audible. That’s not to say hurlers can’t be effective as they approach forty, just that baseball is a ravenous beast that feasts on human body parts. It’s not surprising to see a guy like John Lackey, 37 years..." August 15

  • If Cubs are interested, Jon Lester endorses acquiring Jonathan Papelbon

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester is willing to admit that free-agent reliever Jonathan Papelbon is “crazy,” as a lot of fans assume, but Lester stopped short of calling Papelbon anything but a good teammate. “He is crazy,” Lester said with a smile on Sunday. “But he’s no crazier than the rest of..." August 15

  • The Cubs Played "Smack My Bitch Up" As Aroldis Chapman's Exit Music

    The Big Lead "When the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees in July, they did so under the veil of controversy. Though no charges were ultimately filed, Chapman was involved in a high-profile domestic dispute last offseason in which he had allegedly choked his girlfriend fired gunshots in his garage...." August 15

  • Cubs, Joe Thatcher Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs and veteran left-hander Joe Thatcher are in agreement on a minor league contract, reports SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo (on Twitter). Thatcher had been with Cleveland on a minor league deal after signing in late July but had been on the temporarily inactive list and requested his release..." August 15

  • Cardinals snap Cubs' 11-game winning streak

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Two of the St. Louis Cardinals' top prospects were on display, and even manager Mike Matheny had to admit he was excited. And the offense backed up the rookies to beat the best team in baseball. The Cardinals scored six runs in the eighth inning en route to beating the..." August 13

  • Rizzo's walk-off walk caps Cubs' 10th win in row

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- A less experienced batter might have swung away in a similar situation. Chicago Cubs veteran Anthony Rizzo, though, stood his ground with bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning to coax a walk off of St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Zach Duke that delivered the game-winning..." August 12

  • Cubs roll past Cardinals for 11th straight win

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Matt Szczur made the most of his first appearance as the Chicago Cubs leadoff batter on Friday. But Szczur, who was 3-for-4 with a double and two home runs, has typically been a reliable performer wherever Cubs manager Joe Maddon puts him. "I show up for work every day and..." August 12

  • Cubs complete sweep of Angels, win 9th straight

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Addison Russell saved his best for last on Wednesday night. The Chicago Cubs shortstop prevented a potential tying run from scoring in the eighth inning, then added an insurance run in the bottom of the frame with his 13th home run of the season in a 3-1 victory over the Los..." August 11

  • Cubs reliever Pedro Strop diagnosed with left meniscus tear, out 4-6 weeks

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs late-inning reliever Pedro Strop was diagnosed with a meniscus tear of his left knee and is expected to be sidelined from four to six weeks. An MRI revealed the tear. Strop will undergo arthroscopic surgery Friday. All of Strop's ligaments were intact. Strop, 31, posted a 2.89 ERA in 50..." August 11

  • If Cardinals are going to make a move on Cubs, it's time

    Fox Sports "It's pretty much now or never for the St. Louis Cardinals. This week's visit to Wrigley Field for a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs may represent their last chance to start closing an imposing gap with the National League Central leaders. Or it may signal a realization that the..." August 11

  • Lackey lasts 8 as Cubs down Angels

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Veteran John Lackey and rookie catcher Willson Contreras may be the Chicago Cubs odd couple but their partnership paid off once again on Tuesday. Lackey gave up one early run and three hits over eight innings while Contreras was confident behind the plate and at-bat with a solo..." August 09

  • La Stella yet to report to minors for Cubs

    The Outside Corner "Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella was demoted to AAA on July 29th. He still hasn’t reported to the Iowa Cubs because he’s apparently quite upset about the demotion, despite the fact that it was just a baseball move and that he’d be back in the majors with Chicago sooner rather than..." August 09

  • Cubs complete three-game sweep of Athletics

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right-hander Kyle Hendricks allowed one run over 7 1/3 innings, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler hit solo home runs, and the Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep of the Oakland Athletics with a 3-1 victory on Sunday. Hendricks (11-7), who improved to 7-1 over his past nine..." August 07