Cubs Rumors & News

  • 17h
    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    C.J. Edwards' right index finger is fine, just threw a bullpen session

  • Union will be watching Cubs in Kris Bryant situation

    CSN Chicago "The union will be watching the Cubs to see how they handle the Kris Bryant situation. Tony Clark, the Major League Baseball Players Association’s executive director, declined to directly answer questions about the service-time math that will almost certainly force Bryant to start this season..." February 28

  • Sammy Sosa in Exile: There's Silence Rather Than Apology from Former Cubs Star

    Bleacher Report "At 30,000 feet, the seat belt signs were not illuminated, and the drink carts rolled freely up and down the aisle. The salsa music played on, and nobody could see the turbulence ahead during the heyday of the Sammy Sosa era with the Chicago Cubs. Charter flight after charter flight in 2003,..." February 25

  • Cubs sell ownership shares to help finance Wrigley renovation

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs have sold minority ownership shares to six investors, closing a deal that helps finance the Wrigley Field renovations. The investors recently bought into the Ricketts family’s holding company, according to a source familiar with the deal, after receiving approval from Major League..." February 25

  • 4d
    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Manny Ramirez hired as Chicago Cubs major and minor league hitting consultant

  • Cubs’ Bryant Asked To Play Outfield This Spring "Although 23-year-old phenom Kris Bryant will compete for the Cubs’ third-base job this spring, learning another position will be a part of his experience in Mesa. Bryant had a meeting with management and new manager Joe Maddon on Monday. He was asked to keep an open mind about learning a second..." February 24

  • 5d
    Gordon Wittenmyer @GDubCub

    Wada (hamstring) did all on-field work with pitchers except throw and has bullpen scheduled for midweek.

  • 6d
    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs will be careful with Jorge Soler this spring to avoid any leg injuries. The plan is to not have him on his feet too long

  • 6d
    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs Tsuyoshi Wada has hamstring tightness and didn't throw today. That's only injury

  • 7d
    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Rondon remains the closer. Maddon did stress he's a believer of using the right reliever in high leverage situations, but Rondon is the man.

  • Castillo's future has passed with Cubs

    Chicago Sun-Times "What is Welington Castillo even doing here? For now, he’s going to meetings, catching bullpens and trying to keep from thinking too hard about where he might be when the season starts and the Cubs’ two new catchers – both on multiyear contracts – are sharing the job that used to belong to..." February 21

  • Baseball America names Kris Bryant as baseball’s top prospect

    Hardball Talk "Baseball America unveiled their annual top 100 prospects list this evening and the top spot went to Cubs prospect third baseman Kris Bryant. Bryant earned top honors after batting .325 with a 1.098 OPS while leading the minors with 43 homers in 138 games between Double-A and Triple-A last..." February 20

  • 9d
    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Kevin Youkilis is joining the Cubs as a special assistant

  • Former Giants, Red Sox and Cubs coach Wendell Kim dies at 64 "When he coached third base for the Chicago Cubs from 2003-04, Wendell Kim made a practice of making himself available to the media if he ever screwed up. One time, after the Cubs failed to score and later lost to the Cardinals after Kim unsuccessfully waved home a gimpy Aramis Ramirez, he told..." February 16

  • Legal battle erupts over remains of Ernie Banks "Last month, Hall of Famer Ernie Banks passed away at the age of 83. A legal battle has now broken out between between his estranged wife Elizabeth Banks and long-time friend Regina Rice over his remains, reports the Associated Press. Court records show Ms. Banks filed a petition to prevent Rice..." February 15

  • 14d
    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    RHP Gonzalez Germen cleared waivers, outrighted to Triple-A Iowa, will be in major league camp as non-roster invitee.

  • Wrigley rooftop owners file motion to halt scoreboard, sign installation "Owners of two rooftop businesses overlooking Wrigley Field in Chicago went to court on Thursday hoping to stop the Cubs from installing a scoreboard and advertising signs that will block views into the stadium, reports the Chicago Tribune. The owners of Lakeview Baseball Club and Skybox at..." February 13

  • Legal battle over the remains of Ernie Banks is underway

    Yahoo! Sports "In an unexpected and truly sad turn of events, a battle over the remains of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks is currently playing out between his estranged wife, Elizabeth Banks, and a longtime friend of Banks, Regina Rice, who says she intends to honor his wishes to be cremated and have his ashes..." February 13

  • Cubs offered James Shields a three-year, $60 million deal

    Fox Sports "So why did the Cubs pursue James Shields when such a move might have precluded them from signing an even better free-agent starting pitcher next offseason? The answer is simple: Length of contract. The Cubs offered Shields a three-year deal, a major-league source said — three years, $60..." February 10

  • Maddon tampering case to be completed before Cubs' opener

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "In Novemeber, Major League Baseball launched an investigation on the Cubs for possible tampering regarding manager Joe Maddon. New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said at ESPN headquarters this week that the investigation is "still ongoing," and a source told the network that the results should be..." February 08

  • Manfred talks Maddon tampering, Wrigley Field "New major league baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says the investigation into the hiring of Cubs manager Joe Maddon is still “ongoing” while a source also indicates it should be completed before the start of the 2015 season. Speaking at ESPN headquarters Thursday, Manfred was asked if the..." February 07

  • Cubs, Strop agree to 1-year, $2.525-million deal

    The Score "The Chicago Cubs and right-hander Pedro Strop have met halfway. The two sides reportedly settled on a one-year, $2.525-million deal on Thursday, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The reliever initially asked for $3 million, while the Cubs countered with $2 million. " February 06

  • Logan Watkins probably out for 2015 after Achilles injury

    CSN Chicago "Cubs utility player Logan Watkins may be out for the 2015 season after suffering an Achilles tear in Arizona Wednesday. Watkins posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday afternoon saying he was on his way to Arizona and less than 24 hours later, the 25-year-old's season was over. Watkins has..." February 05

  • 23d
    David Kaplan @thekapman

    I expect Cubs to have deal done for Welington Castillo and possibly Travis Wood before they head to AZ. Phillies + a few others interested.

  • Cubs 'kicking the tires' on SP James Shields

    CSN Chicago "The last major unsigned free agent has yet to find a home, and the Cubs may be a possible destination. CSN's David Kaplan is reporting that the Cubs are "kicking the tires" on free agent starting pitcher James Shields, who helped guide the Kansas City Royals to the World Series in 2014." February 05

  • Cubs still see big things for Albert Almora

    CSN Chicago "Baseball always came naturally to Albert Almora. Almora was the first draft pick of the Theo Epstein regime in Chicago, going sixth overall in 2012. After standout performances at Mater Academy, on Miami's elite travel-team circuit and with Team USA, he got off to a blazing start in..." February 04

  • 24d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Cubs close to signing reliever Pedro Feliciano to minor-league deal with big-league invite, source says. MLB base salary of $700k.

  • 24d
    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Cubs claim LHP Drake Britton from Boston. Gonzalez German DFA'd to make room

  • 24d
    Derrick Goold @dgoold

    #Cardinals have signed veteran pitcher they intended to pursue: RHP Carlos Villaneuva. Will receive a non-roster invite to spring training.

  • Cubs sign Mike Baxter

    Hardball Talk "According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Cubs have signed outfielder Mike Baxter to a minor league contract. You might remember Baxter from his time with the Mets from 2011-2013. Most notably, the Queens native made a highlight reel catch in the game in which Johan Santana threw the..." February 01

  • Fans, former teammates, friends pay respects at Ernie Banks visitation

    Chicago Tribune "Ernie Banks loved baseball and he loved the fans. On Friday, the fans loved him back, paying their respects during a public visitation at Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown Chicago. Banks' casket is draped with a No. 14 flag. Above the casket is a huge photo of a youthful Banks in a Cubs..." February 01

  • Parking, rats among problems Wrigley Field neighbors cite in renovation

    Chicago Tribune "The sounds form a cacophony of construction — jackhammers' percussive pelting, the persistent beeping of vehicles in reverse and the shrill whine of buzz saws. Meanwhile, the sights are not exactly picturesque — the gray concrete trucks, the forklifts transporting material safely across mounds..." January 30

  • Prospect rankings: ESPN's Keith Law thinks Kris Bryant is No. 1

    CSN Chicago "Kris Bryant has another "top prospect" label to toss on his resume. ESPN's Keith Law unveiled his Top 100 prospects Thursday morning and tabbed Bryant as No. 1, ahead of Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton, who was No. 1 last year on Law's rankings. Bryant came in at No. 15 on Law's list last..." January 29

  • Ernie Banks suffered heart attack

    ESPN Chicago "Ernie Banks' family has announced that the Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer died after suffering a heart attack. Banks, a two-time National League MVP who spent his entire major league career with the Cubs, died Friday at the age of 83. The cause of his death was not announced until Sunday, when..." January 26

  • 35d
    Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

    Gonzalez Germen has been claimed by the Cubs. This winter he's been a Met, Yankee and Ranger too. #mets

  • Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, Dies At 83

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "Just last weekend, it was announced at the Cubs Convention that Ernie Banks couldn't make it; the reason wasn't stated but many assumed he had to be seriously ill. I can't remember the last convention Ernie missed. Tonight, unfortunately, we have this sad news: BREAKING NEWS: So sorry to..." January 24

  • Cubs, Dexter Fowler Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs and outfielder Dexter Fowler have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $9.5MM, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link). As MLBTR’s Arbitration Tracker shows, Fowler had filed at $10.8MM, while the club countered with an $8.5MM figure. His $9.5MM salary falls..." January 24

  • Wrigley rooftop owners sue Cubs, say club breached contract

    Sporting News "The Cubs and chairman Tom Ricketts are being sued in federal court by businesses that own two of the rooftops that overlook Wrigley Field, according to the Chicago Tribune. Ricketts and the team have been accused of violating their revenue-sharing contract with the businesses, participating in..." January 21

  • Cubs' future plans with Kris Bryant still uncertain

    The Outside Corner "The Chicago Cubs made a rather expected move on Monday when they went out and acquired center fielder Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros. Fowler fills a need for on-base percentage at the top of the lineup, while also presenting Joe Maddon with an extremely versatile lineup to work with..." January 21

  • 40d
    Houston Astros @astros

    #Astros officially acquire IF Luis Valbuena and RHP Dan Straily from the Cubs in exchange for OF Dexter Fowler.

  • 40d
    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Breaking news -Cubs close to completing trade for Houston CF Dexter Fowler .

  • Too early to put Bryant in lineup

    MLB Blogs "With Luis Valbuena headed to Houston, that leaves an void at third base but Cubs GM Jed Hoyer says it’s too early to write Kris Bryant’s name in the lineup for Opening Day. Cubs fans are giddy at the prospect of Bryant, 23, the Minor League Player of the Year, playing at Wrigley Field. In his..." January 19

  • Cubs get Dexter Fowler from Astros

    ESPN Chicago "The Houston Astros have traded outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and right-handed pitcher Dan Straily. The Cubs announced the move on Monday. Fowler, 28, hit .276 with eight homers and 35 RBIs last year in his only season with the Astros, who acquired..." January 19

  • Hoyer says Baez 'has to earn his playing time' in 2015

    Chicago Sun-Times "Of all the changes in store for the Cubs, none will feel them more than their kid hitters, who won’t get free passes this season. That means keep your eye this spring on Javy Baez. He could be the poster boy for the “accountability” the Cubs plan to install. “He has to earn his playing time,..." January 18

  • 41d
    Mike Perchick @TheREALPerchick

    Just in case this was lost in flurry of tweets: #Cubs and P Daniel Bard agree on minor league deal with Major League Spring Training Invite

  • Starlin Castro: Problems follow me "After being near gunfire on two separate occasions this offseason, Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has decided to move his family from the Dominican Republic to Arizona. And the Cubs think it's the best thing for him. "He made a not insignificant step to move to Arizona and start his..." January 18

  • Wrigley to be minus famed bleachers "Visiting hitters won't have their home runs thrown back onto Wrigley Field until May 11, at least, as the Cubs announced the stadium's famous bleachers won't be open for the first month of the 2015 season. The target date is May 11 for the left field bleachers and late May for the right field..." January 18

  • Lester anti-clock: 'No time limit' in baseball "New Cubs pitcher Jon Lester is not in favor of a pitch clock in order to speed up games. Major League Baseball will experiment with a clock at Double-A and Triple-A this season after testing it at the Arizona Fall League last year. It won't be in the majors in 2015, but could make its way there..." January 18

  • 42d
    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Here we go: Joe Maddon says he's thinking of batting the pitcher 8th. Not definitive of course. It's early

  • 42d
    Kiley McDaniel @kileymcd

    Pedro Strop/CHC/3.0M/2.0M Tom WIlhelmsen/SEA/2.2M/1.4M Vance Worley/PIT/2.45M/2.0M I would include midpoints but you guys have calculators.