Cubs Rumors & News

  • Ngoepe steals show as Pirates hang on to beat Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Gift Ngoepe didn't knock in the winning run in a one-run game, and he didn't hit a homer -- teammate Josh Bell did those things. Ngoepe didn't even start. Yet the rookie infielder stole the show in his big-league debut Wednesday as the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided being swept by..." April 26

  • How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

    Yardbarker "There is a showdown taking place this week between two of the biggest dogs in the American League yard. In one corner stands the Cleveland Indians, the reigning AL champions, who look far from ready to relinquish their crown atop the league. In opposition to the Tribe stand the Houston Astros, who..." April 26

  • No bat flips for Bryant: Crushed HRs 'enough of a disgrace for the pitcher' "In this era of social media, the instant gratification desire of millenials and an abundance of exuberant young talent in MLB, much has been made over the theatrics of some hitters gazing at their no-doubt home runs and celebrating with an accompanying bat flip. Is that showing up the pitcher?..." April 26

  • Cubs win as Pirates waste Cole gem

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle would not commit to saying this was the best game Pittsburgh right-hander Gerrit Cole has pitched. Neither did Cole. But if not, it was close. The Cubs scored an unearned run in the second inning, and the Pirates wasted a brilliant performance by..." April 25

  • Cubs collect 17 hits in rout of Pirates

    The Sports Xchange "PITTSBURGH -- Chad Kuhl said it was "one of those nights" after he got pushed around by the Chicago Cubs. Chicago right fielder Jason Heyward had one of those nights, too, this one much different from the one experienced by the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting pitcher. Heyward hit a..." April 24

  • Kivlehan makes most of opportunity as Reds top Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Patrick Kivlehan made the most of a surprise start. The Cincinnati outfielder, who didn't know he was starting until less than two hours before the first pitch, drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double. Scott Schebler also homered and drove in two runs and Bronson Arroyo..." April 23

  • Cubs rally past Reds with Rizzo's HR, Bryant's sac fly

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- The Chicago Cubs still are seeking an identity for this year's team, aside from being defending World Series champions. If the last three games are any indication, perhaps this club's moniker could be "Comeback Kids". "We feel like we can score at any time," Cubs first baseman..." April 22

  • Contreras slam leads HR barrage, Cubs bury Reds

    The Sports Xchange "CINCINNATI -- Resulting from adjustments he made over the winter, Jason Heyward's swing is edging closer to the 2012 version when he produced career highs in home runs and RBIs with Atlanta. With Heyward producing in the lower half of the lineup, the Chicago Cubs' offense has boundless potential...." April 22

  • Maddon: Heyward's adjustments 'very effective' "Last April, Jason Heyward was the new kid on the block. This April, he is just one of the guys. Well, not exactly. He's one of the guys who has been one of the stars of the first month of the Cubs' season. Heyward blasted a three-run home run Saturday, his second in as many games, and made a..." April 22

  • Cubs dominate MLB jersey sales after World Series title

    Sportsnaut "The lovable loser nickname that came to define the Chicago Cubs for over a century can now be completely thrown out the window. Fresh off their first World Series title in 108 years, the Cubs remain top contenders once again in 2017. And it now looks like fans all around the world are taking..." April 21

  • Cubs 'got nowhere' in extension talks with Bryant

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs made an effort to lock up National League MVP Kris Bryant on a long-term extension this offseason but “got nowhere” in their efforts, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports. Verducci notes that the Cubs made efforts to lock up several of their young players, in fact, though they..." April 21

  • Seven most impressive young cornerstone players in MLB today

    Sportsnaut "The future of baseball is already in front of us. This isn’t in reference to a timeline. The players who represent the future of Major League Baseball are playing in front of us as you read this article. Some are nearing free agency, while others were so special their organizations paid top..." April 21

  • Cubs World Series title rings doing big business for Jostens

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs fans continue to prove they can't get enough championship gear -- even the most expensive type. Jostens started selling World Series champion jewelry, including rings, on April 12, and in the first full week of sales, it sold two times more title jewelry than it had for any other..." April 21

  • Jake Arrieta says he was drug tested 15-20 times per year, says system is working

    CBS Sports "All of MLB, it seems, is back on the topic of PED testing in baseball ever since Pirates outfielder Starling Marte got popped for 80 games . Among those sounding off is Cubs right-hander and 2015 NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta. That's significant because Arrieta, as someone who enjoyed success..." April 20

  • Major League Baseball in Las Vegas? Commissioner says it's an option

    Chicago Tribune "Major League Baseball would be open to having a team in Las Vegas, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. With two existing franchises — the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays — struggling to secure financing for new stadiums, the option of relocating a team to Las Vegas is very much on the..." April 20

  • Kris Bryant can become the next Derek Jeter — and more

    Yardbarker "Kris Bryant is too good to be true. In the past five years, the precocious Bryant has earned the National College Baseball Player of the Year, a top three pick in the MLB Draft, the Minor League Player of the Year, two All-Star appearances, National League Rookie of the Year and a Most Valuable..." April 20

  • Cubs seem to imply they think Eric Thames is using PEDs

    Larry Brown Sports "It seems like some with the Chicago Cubs are ascribing Eric Thames’ hot start to the season to the use of PEDs without actually saying so. Thames, who spent the past handful of seasons slugging home runs in Korea, has been scorching hot to start the 2017 MLB season. He has six doubles and seven..." April 20

  • Cubs storm past Brewers, snap four-game slide

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs played more like the reigning World Series champions on Tuesday. Chicago pounded out 14 hits -- including homers from Kyle Schwarber and Miguel Montero -- while rallying to a 9-7 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers and snap a four-game losing streak. Cubs..." April 19

  • Russell's blast caps rally as Cubs jolt Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Addison Russell had a destination in mind as he awaited Milwaukee Brewers reliever Neftali Feliz's third and final pitch on Wednesday. "Just going for a pole," said Russell, who slammed a walk-off three-run homer with one out in the ninth to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 7-4 victory..." April 19

  • Anthony Rizzo wants more drug testing in wake of Starling Marte PED suspension

    CBS Sports "Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was suspended 80 games Tuesday after failing a test for performance-enhancing drugs . Predictably, baseball players have since voiced their opinions on everything , from Marte to punishments and so on. One player who offered some criticism -- not of..." April 19

  • Cubs ask non-players to sign doc discouraging sale of World Series rings

    ESPN "In an effort to discourage those within the organization from selling their World Series rings, the Chicago Cubs are asking non-players to sign an agreement giving the team the right to buy back the ring for $1. "I signed that thing willingly," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday...." April 19

  • Brewers use long ball to defeat Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Craig Counsell is running out of superlatives to apply to first baseman Eric Thames. Thames went 3-for-4 and homered for the fifth consecutive game to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-3 victory over Chicago Cubs at frigid Wrigley Field on Monday. "What he's doing is really..." April 18

  • Base from Game 7 of Cubs-Indians World Series reportedly sells for over $100,000

    CBS Sports "The base where the final out of the 2016 World Series was recorded has sold for a record price at auction. According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the base used at first base for the final two innings of Game 7 last fall was sold for $101,237 in an online auction recently. That is the most ever paid..." April 18

  • Umpires may begin using microphones to explain replay decisions to the crowd

    CBS Sports "Instant replay decision explanations may soon be coming to a ballpark near you. According to the Associated Press, MLB and the umpires will soon begin discussing a plan that will allow crew chiefs to use a microphone to explain replay decisions to the crowd. The NFL and NHL currently have..." April 18

  • Pirates cap sweep of Cubs with late rallies

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The Pittsburgh Pirates erased the sour taste of going 1-8 last year at Wrigley Field. The Pirates scored three runs apiece in the eighth and ninth innings to sprint past the Chicago Cubs 6-1 and complete a three-game series sweep on Sunday. "I don't know if it's a statement..." April 16

  • Joe Maddon voices support for automated home plate umpires

    New York Post "For Joe Maddon, manager of the Chicago Cubs, there has never been a better time to be a baseball fan. Last November, he led his National League team to a historic World Series victory — ending a 108-year drought. And the Cubs’ roster, largely intact after last season, is among the youngest and..." April 16

  • McCutchen's three-run homer propels Pirates over Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Pittsburgh Pirates right fielder Andrew McCutchen apologized for staring at his phone as a group of reporters arrived at his locker. He said he was looking for emojis. Perhaps these would work: Smiley face. Thumbs up. Fist pump. McCutchen hit a go-ahead, three-run home run..." April 15

  • Freese drives in two as Pirates hold off Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- David Freese took his time looking for just the right pitch against Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks on Friday. And by the 12th pitch of his first at bat, the Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman found it and sent a run-scoring double to deep right field to launch a 3-for-4..." April 14

  • Toles hits, runs Dodgers past Cubs

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- A tricky easterly wind did batters no favors Wednesday, but Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Andrew Toles still found a way to deliver. A leadoff home run by Toles in the first inning and his hustle in the ninth helped provide a second run as the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0..." April 13

  • Rizzo, Russell power Cubs past Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- In future outings, Brett Anderson said he wants more consistency and to pitch deeper than he did on Thursday. If the Chicago Cubs left-hander lacked consistency, he compensated with the right stuff when it counted in a five-inning shutout effort in a 4-0 victory over the Los..." April 13

  • Cubs work Wrigley Field, W flag and billy goat into World Series rings

    New York Times "When you win the World Series for the first time in 108 years, you can laugh at yourself. Take it from the Chicago Cubs, who baked an old source of angst into the 2016 championship rings they unveiled at Wrigley Field Wednesday night. The rings incorporate many of the hallmarks of franchise..." April 13

  • MLB revenue crosses $9 billion, average team’s value up 19%

    The Comeback "It’s never been better to be an owner of a Major League Baseball team. According to the annual valuation rankings from Forbes, the average value of an MLB franchise jumped 19% in the past year thanks to local TV deals, rising profits and MLB’s expanded focus on branching out with new..." April 12

  • Cubs raise banner, top Dodgers on Rizzo's walk-off hit

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Champions typically win games like this. The reigning World Series winners capped an evening of celebration with a walk-off 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rain-delayed game that drifted into the early hours of Tuesday. Anthony Rizzo lined a game-winning,..." April 11

  • The World Baseball Classic Injury Effect

    The Ringer "This year’s World Baseball Classic was a massive spectator success. For the first time in the tournament’s short history, which has spanned four events over 11 years, the games were streamed on MLB.TV, which made them more accessible. In another, on-field first, the United States went all the way,..." April 11

  • Runners still trying to get in Jon Lester's head with big leads, but it doesn't work

    CBS Sports "Ace left-hander Jon Lester, the runner-up for the 2016 NL Cy Young award, started the game for the Cubbies. They rearranged their rotation slightly to ensure Lester would face the Dodgers this series because Los Angeles has problems hitting left-handers. The Cubs flipped Lester and Jake Arrieta --..." April 11

  • Cubs selling special gold jerseys for $198 in honor of World Series ring ceremony

    Sportsnaut "The Chicago Cubs know a thing or two about winning the gold. So what better way to show off the rare precious metal than wearing it? According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, the Cubs will be selling a gold uniform at the team store. The blinged-out uniforms will set you back $198, but if you take..." April 10

  • Jake Arrieta Fires Back at Questions About his Velocity

    CSN Chicago "Jake Arrieta is a nonconformist, trolling opposing fans on Twitter, developing his own Pilates/nutrition program, posing naked for ESPN the Magazine, openly talking about his contract and apparently reading what’s written about him. Or at least this article on FanGraphs – the website devoted..." April 10

  • Cubs encouraged by Jason Heyward's progress at the plate

    ESPN "Leadoff man Kyle Schwarber hit a ball 424 feet Sunday, while reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant had his second consecutive three-hit game and got on base four times. World Series MVP Ben Zobrist also homered, but it was the five at-bats by the Chicago Cubs' right fielder that made for the..." April 10

  • Cubs get 17 hits in win over Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- When Kris Bryant arrived in Milwaukee on Friday morning, he was mired in an 0-for-13 slump, the longest season-opening drought by a reigning Most Valuable Player in over 30 years. So after getting one hit on Friday, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon knew it was only a matter of..." April 09

  • Cubs: Javier Baez beginning takeover of second-base job

    CSN Chicago "Cubs manager Joe Maddon kept Javier Baez in the lineup the day after a full-speed, head-on collision with Jason Heyward in shallow center field left him looking like a boxer with a bloodshot left eye and dark bruising around that eyelid. Baez started all 17 playoff games at second base last..." April 09

  • Arrieta, Bryant send Cubs past Brewers

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- When he is on top of his game, Jake Arrieta doesn't need much in terms of run support. But stake him to a four-run lead in the first inning, as his Chicago Cubs did Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers, and he is nearly impossible to beat. Arrieta struck out 10, and Kris Bryant..." April 09

  • Braun scores on wild pitch as Brewers edge Cubs in 11

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- To beat the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers needed a little bit of everything Friday night, and they got it. Strong pitching. Good defense. Timely offense. The Brewers did all that and the result was a 2-1, 11-inning victory over the Cubs at..." April 08

  • Javier Baez leaves game after ugly collision, diagnosed with eye contusion

    CBS Sports "The Chicago Cubs very nearly lost one of their top young players to a serious injury Friday night. In the sixth inning, second baseman Javier Baez went back for a pop-up and collided with center fielder Jason Heyward, who was racing in to make the catch. It was a violent collision and Baez’s..." April 08

  • Kris Bryant does something no reigning MVP has ever done before, but it's not good

    CBS Sports "t’s hard to dream up a better possible start to a career than Kris Bryant’s. Here is how the last four years have played out for the Cubs star third baseman: 2013: Golden Spikes Award winner as the best player in college baseball. 2014: Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the..." April 08

  • Schilling denies using ‘Negotiating for Dummies’ in contract talks

    Yardbarker "Curt Schilling doesn’t appear too upset about it, but he nevertheless has tried to set the record straight by insisting he did not use a”Negotiating for Dummies” during contract negotiations years ago with the Boston Red Sox. “It was a gag. It was a joke,” Schilling said on Friday’s “Pardon My..." April 07

  • Starter Money is the pitching stat all baseball bettors should know "2016 was a pretty good year, all things considered, for Jake Arrieta. He got a healthy salary raise, was his team’s Opening Day starter, he earned an All-Star appearance and finished the year with a 18-8 win-loss record and a 3.21 earned run average. He became a World Series winner and helped..." April 07

  • Schwarber's home run carries Cubs to win over Cardinals

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- A play no one could ever remembering seeing before Thursday was the catalyst for the Chicago Cubs' winning rally. Matt Szczur's strikeout somehow got him to first base when the ball got stuck on the outside of catcher Yadier Molina's chest protector, and the Cubs walked right..." April 06

  • Epstein: Schilling brokered contract using 'Negotiating for Dummies'

    SI "Chicago Cubs general manager Theo Epstein took a moment during a his interview with the Pardon My Take podcast to recall a story where the Red Sox were negotiating a contract extension with starting pitcher Curt Schilling. Schilling negotiated the terms of his contract by himself—well, sort of...." April 06

  • Cubs even series against Cardinals with 2-1 win

    The Sports Xchange "ST. LOUIS -- On a chilly, windy night when hitting the ball out of Busch Stadium was impossible, pitching and defense ruled. The Cubs did both a bit better Tuesday than the St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago avenged a season-opening loss with a 2-1 victory. Jake Arrieta tossed six sharp..." April 05

  • Cubs-Cardinals postponed due to severe weather

    Chicago Tribune "Wednesday's Cubs-Cardinals game at Busch Stadium has been postponed due to the threat of severe weather. The game has been rescheduled for Thursday at 12:45 p.m. Jon Jay was set to start in center field for the Cubs. It's a homecoming for Jay after spending his first five seasons (2011-15)..." April 05