Cubs Rumors & News

  • MLB average salary to top $4 million "The average Major League Baseball salary will cross the $4 million threshold when the regular season begins next week. According to an analysis by The Associated Press, the average salary is projected to be about $4.25 million in 2015, depending on transaction before the start of the season on..." April 01

  • Union could file grievance over Cubs' demotion of Kris Bryant

    Fox Sports "What's next in the Kris Bryant saga, now that the Chicago Cubs have sent the spring sensation to Triple-A? The Major League Baseball Players Association could file a grievance, to be settled by a jointly appointed arbitrator, based on the union's reference to "litigation" in a statement the..." April 01

  • Cubs: Wrigley Field safe, ready for home opener "The Chicago Cubs say that Wrigley Field will be ready for the team’s home open April 5 against the St. Louis Cardinals despite offseason construction to the stadium. The team will debut a new 3,990-square-foot video board in left field, but the left and right field bleachers won’t be completed...." April 01

  • Las Vegas taking big cash on Cubs

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs are a longtime running joke among Las Vegas bookmakers: "You know how many casinos have been built on bets on the Cubs to win the World Series?" Vegas is once again poised for expansion. Heading into the opening week of baseball season, more money has been bet on the Cubs to..." April 01

  • Major League players’ meal per diem to be $100.50 in 2015

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday we learned what the annual salary was in Major League Baseball. Now we know what the meal money situation is. I’m curious why the 50 cents is on there. Or what leads to the decision to raise it $1.50 from last year. I’m sure there are some accountants at MLB who have this all down..." April 01

  • Cubs' Lester on Bryant demotion: 'It sucks'

    The Score "Jon Lester didn't sign a six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs to lose baseball games, so it's no surprise that the left-hander strongly disapproved of the team's decision to demote top prospect Kris Bryant despite an exceptional spring. "It sucks," Lester told reporters Tuesday. "The quicker..." March 31

  • Phil Coke wins spot on Cubs’ Opening Day roster

    Hardball Talk "This day has mostly been about who will not be on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster, but it was announced this evening that veteran reliever Phil Coke has earned a spot on the team. Coke, a non-roster invitee this spring, has been unscored upon in nine Cactus League appearances while posting a 6/2..." March 31

  • MLBPA says Bryant demotion to be 'addressed in litigation, bargaining' "On Monday, the Cubs officially reassigned top prospect Kris Bryant to the minors, a move that is not at all surprising despite his gaudy spring stats. Bryant hit nine home runs with a 1.652 OPS in 14 Cactus League games after leading the minors with 43 homers in 2014. Chicago sent Bryant to the..." March 31

  • Baseball Working to Help Spanish-Speaking Players Express Themselves

    New York Times "When Jose Pirela, a 25-year-old Venezuelan utility player for the Yankees, sat on a dugout bench last Tuesday to speak with more than a dozen reporters about the concussion he sustained two days earlier from crashing into an outfield wall, he did not feel comfortable speaking in English to a..." March 31

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Cubs have informed Phil Coke that he has made team. He had opted out Friday night because they had not put him on roster.

  • Russell told to keep it up in Minors "When Joe Maddon met with Addison Russell to tell the shortstop he was being assigned to Minor League camp, the Cubs manager was nearly speechless. "I couldn't tell him what to work on," Maddon said. "He's that accomplished at that age. I told him, 'Just keep doing what you're..." March 30

  • Cubs Option Javier Baez To Iowa, Reassign Kris Bryant, Addison Russell To Minor-League Camp

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "The Cubs have made three important roster moves today: For those of you who thought Javier Baez would be going north with the team, the Cubs have decided to go in a different direction and get him some more experience at Triple-A Iowa. This likely means second base will be shared by Tommy La..." March 30

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    #Cubs give Felix Doubront his unconditional release (and owe him about $473,000, or 45 days worth of $1.925 million salary).

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs Wada scheduled to throw sim game today. He's been sidelined with leg problems

  • Manfred suggests Boras stay out of Cubs business; Agent shoots back "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred didn't hesitate to weigh in on the very public debate between the Cubs and agent Scott Boras regarding the hot topic of the spring, which is whether young slugger Kris Bryant should make the team's Opening Day roster, and it's no surprise Manfred took the Cubs'..." March 28

  • Cubs' Bryant on making Opening Day roster: 'Why not me?'

    The Score "There's not much else Kris Bryant can do with his bat to make his case for cracking the Chicago Cubs' roster out of camp, so now he's trying to plead his case with his mouth. The top prospect in baseball has hammered nine home runs while slashing .406/.472/1.313 in 12 games this spring, but..." March 28

  • Theo Epstein and Curt Schilling had a pretty interesting exchange about Kris Bryant

    Hardball Talk "Cubs president Theo Epstein was in the ESPN booth for a Cubs spring training game yesterday when Curt Schilling — back on broadcast duties this year, it’s good to note — challenged him regarding Kris Bryant’s presumably imminent demotion to the minor leagues. You know and I know that, in all..." March 27

  • Starlin Castro trying to get back into a groove

    CSN Chicago "Starlin Castro hasn’t told Joe Maddon he wants to play in all 162 games this season. “Not yet, but I think they know,” Castro said. “I want to be there every day. It doesn’t matter if today’s a bad game, tomorrow’s a bad game, I don’t care. I’m here trying to grow up every day and be a better..." March 26

  • Boras on Kris Bryant: When a guy's this good ... don't bring me 2nd fiddles "Young Cubs slugger Kris Bryant is both the scourge and the talk of spring training. But with the extreme likelihood that he won't start the season with the big club becoming more apparent even as Bryant continues to tear up the Cactus League, Bryant's agent Scott Boras is taking on Bryant's cause..." March 26

  • Cubs' Ricketts reveals Wrigley renovation might take extra year

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts revealed Wednesday that the Wrigley Field restoration project will take an extra year to complete. The first of four scheduled offseason phases began in the fall of 2014 and the project was expected to be completed during the offseason between the 2017 and 2018..." March 26

  • Joe Maddon Denies Report Indicating Javier Baez Already Told He’d Made the Team

    Bleacher Nation "This is one of those things that has the potential to get a little sticky thanks to the inherent game of telephone, but Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon apparently wasn’t buying yesterday’s report that Javier Baez has already been told he’s made the team as the second baseman. The report was..." March 25

  • Google Maps led to Edwin Jackson arriving late to stadium

    Larry Brown Sports "Edwin Jackson was scheduled to start the Cubs’ game Tuesday afternoon against the A’s. Unfortunately, Jackson did not arrive to the stadium on time due to difficulty getting directions to Oakland’s spring training complex. The A’s now play their spring training games at Hohokam Park in Mesa,..." March 25

  • Cubs' Lester might be on pitch count for opener

    The Score "Jon Lester could be on a pitch limit in his first start of the season after missing a spring outing last week due to arm fatigue. Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Lester is expected to throw 60 pitches against minor-league competition Thursday, and no more than 80 in his final spring tuneup..." March 25

  • Javy Baez told he'll make Cubs' roster despite strikeout woes

    Chicago Sun-Times "Maybe it’s not a complete reversal of the tough talk by the Cubs’ front office and new manager Joe Maddon, who said there wouldn’t be any entitlement programs in camp. But struggling, strikeout-prone Javy Baez said Tuesday he has been told with two weeks left in camp that he will be on the..." March 25

  • Players union must fight again as familiar story unfolds in Chicago

    Fox Sports "In 1988, the Cubs chose the fading Leon Durham over red-hot rookie Mark Grace as their Opening Day first baseman. Grace went to the minors, only to return on May 2, forcing the trade of Durham 17 days later. The players union stewed over the turn of events, believing that the Cubs started Grace..." March 23

  • Cubs could play homer-happy Bryant in outfield "Kris Bryant passed all the tests at third base, and the next step will likely be having the Cubs' top prospect play some outfield. Bryant, who posted his third two-homer game this spring on Saturday to raise his spring total to eight home runs, did not start Sunday, but he will play on..." March 23

  • Starlin Castro fine, Kris Bryant to work in OF

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro should be back in the lineup on Tuesday after missing the last few days with a sore groin. “He feels strongly about one more day,” manager Joe Maddon said Sunday morning. “Today, then one more with the off day [Monday]. Tuesday should be fine.” Castro..." March 22

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    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Castro said he will return to lineup Tuesday, insists right groin tightness is minor, first felt discomfort Thursday

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs Lester says he's not concerned about tired arm. There's no pain, no worry. He'll throw side session on Monday

  • Mets feared elbow would scuttle offseason Wheeler trade

    New York Post "Teams such as the Giants would inquire about the availability of Zack Wheeler during the offseason, and the Mets would not even entertain discussions. The perception they gave to the industry was Wheeler was part of a group of protected players who were not going to be dealt. In reality, the..." March 22

  • Kris Bryant: 'I couldn't be happier'

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant kept the heat on the team's front office by hitting his seventh and eighth home runs of the spring Saturday, including a first-inning shot off former Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners. "I couldn't be happier with where I am..." March 22

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Starlin Castro scratched today. Right groin issue. Day to day. Addison Russell plays short

  • Cubs: No ‘entitlement program’ for Javier Baez

    CSN Chicago "Joe Maddon repeated part of a question the Cubs already answered this winter, when they said Javier Baez wouldn’t be handed a job. “Of course, there’s a chance he doesn’t make the team,” Maddon said. “There’s no lock in regard to that. I talked about the entitlement program. It doesn’t exist...." March 20

  • Boras, Epstein at war over Cubs super slugger prospect

    New York Post "Leave it to Scott Boras to try to quell the first excitement that made its way to the Cubs in quite some time. The super-agent bashed the Cubs’ commitment to winning based on the likely scenario of them starting future star Kris Bryant at Triple-A this season. If you are not familiar with the..." March 19

  • Scott Boras to Cubs: Kris Bryant belongs on opening day roster

    Sporting News "Agent Scott Boras, who represents Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant, had choice words Tuesday for the organization and its likely decision to not include Bryant on the club's opening day roster. “Cubs ownership has a choice,” Boras told FOX Sports on Tuesday. “Are they going to present to..." March 18

  • Maddon impressed by Lester's accountability

    ESPN Chicago "Calling it a "beautiful moment," Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon was thoroughly impressed by pitcher Jon Lester's attitude after giving up six runs in 3.1 innings against the San Diego Padres in Monday's 7-0 loss. "I was so proud of Jon Lester," Maddon said Tuesday morning. "Lester would not..." March 18

  • Say hey, baseball: Kris Bryant should make the Cubs, but won't

    SB Nation "Depending on who you ask, the Cubs' Kris Bryant is either the best or second-best prospect in baseball. The third baseman is just 23 and was selected second overall in the 2013 draft, and he terrorized minor league pitching in his first full season: Bryant started the year in Double-A even though..." March 16

  • Kris Bryant receptive to playing outfield

    Chicago Tribune "Kris Bryant looks forward to playing the outfield once his right shoulder has recovered from fatigue. Kris Bryant looks forward to playing the outfield once his right shoulder has recovered from fatigue. Bryant, who has seized attention in Cactus League play with six home runs and a .450..." March 16

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    Chicago Cubs @Cubs

    Kris Bryant will not start at third base due to right shoulder fatigue. He will enter the game at designated hitter during the game.

  • MLB approves external padding on pitchers' caps

    The Score "Major League Baseball has approved a revised product for pitcher's head protection that it hopes will be user-friendly enough to trigger widespread use. The league introduced a padded cap for the first time last season, but San Diego Padres lefty Alex Torres was the only pitcher to use it in a..." March 14

  • Cubs: Jacob Turner shut down for a month with elbow issue

    CSN Chicago "Jacob Turner got a second opinion on his elbow, which confirmed that the Cubs right-hander has no ligament damage but does have a bone bruise and mild flexor strain. Turner will take a month off from throwing to let his injury heal before resuming his work to get ready for the 2015 season...." March 13

  • Will Ferrell set to suit up for Cubs and White Sox on Thursday

    Chicago Tribune "White Sox and Cubs players expect comedian Will Ferrell to provide plenty of laughs when he suits up for their teams and eight other Cactus League clubs Thursday. Baseball acumen is not anticipated. Ferrell will attempt to play every position in five spring training games across the Phoenix..." March 12

  • Cubs prospects Soler, Baez, Bryant put on show with back-to-back-to-back HRs "Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant put on a home run derby in the fourth inning Tuesday that Cubs fans are hoping to see a lot in the regular season. Soler led off the power show against the Indians' Trevor Bauer with a mammoth shot to left that landed on the concourse behind the grassy..." March 11

  • Cubs shut down Jacob Turner with an elbow injury

    Hardball Talk "Right-hander Jacob Turner was in the mix for the Cubs’ final rotation spot, but a sore right elbow has eliminated him from the competition and will likely cause him to begin the season on the disabled list. J.J. Stankevitz of reports that an MRI exam revealed no structural damage..." March 11

  • Cubs to pay funeral home for Ernie Banks' services

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs will pay for services for Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks after the funeral home that handled the arrangements jumped into the legal battle over the estate of the Hall of Famer with a claim for more than $35,000 it says it has not been paid. The claim by Donnellan Family Funeral..." March 07

  • Cubs' Corey Black still emotional after hitting Hunter Pence

    USA Today "Chicago Cubs minor-league pitcher Corey Black, emotional a day later, still feels awful about the pitch heard 'round the Bay. It was Black's inside fastball that hit and broke San Francisco Giants All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence's left forearm Thursday during their game, sidelining him until..." March 07

  • Jon Lester pitches 2 sharp innings "In front of the largest spring training crowd ever, new Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester threw as advertised on Friday, facing the minimum in his two inning debut in a Cubs uniform. Lester got ahead of all but one Cincinnati Reds batter while striking out three in front of 15,331. He gave up one..." March 06

  • How James Shields almost wound up with the Cubs

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs almost slammed on the accelerator and got James Shields to ride shotgun with Jon Lester. It’s the what-if scenario for a win-now team, an offer Theo Epstein’s front office almost couldn’t refuse but ultimately couldn’t afford. You know the Las Vegas odds to win the World Series would..." March 05

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: Coke to #Cubs on minor-league deal.

  • Cubs considered playing entire 2015 home schedule in Milwaukee "The Chicago Cubs say they considered playing their entire home schedule in Milwaukee because of delays to the renovation of Wrigley Field. Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said the team did not go ahead with the plan to move the games to Miller Park because it was “too much..." March 04