Cubs Rumors & News

  • Henry Blanco leaves Diamondbacks for Cubs coaching staff

    Hardball Talk "Henry Blanco immediately joined the Diamondbacks’ coaching staff this season after retiring as a player during spring training, but now he’s leaving to join new Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s staff in Chicago." November 22

  • Cubs, Dodgers, White Sox in on Miguel Montero

    Hardball Talk "If you can catch, you’re valuable. Miguel Montero can catch, ergo: The Diamondbacks continue to have dialogue with other clubs on a variety of players, including catcher Miguel Montero . . . Among the teams the Diamondbacks have spoken to about Montero are the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles..." November 21

  • Anthony Rizzo excited for start of Maddon reign

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is only 25, but he’s already on his fourth big league manager in Joe Maddon, who replaced the fired Rick Renteria last month. Rizzo said Friday he’s excited to play for Maddon after the two spoke recently over the phone. “Obviously tough losing Rick, but it’s..." November 21

  • Offense remains priority for Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs’ pursuit of impact starting pitchers like Jon Lester is understandable, especially given the fact that ace Jake Arrieta never has pitched at least 200 innings and the rotation’s 927 innings were the second fewest in the National League. But the search for a starter overshadows a..." November 20

  • Source: Lester makes free-agent visit to chilly Wrigley "Hopefully Jon Lester brought a warm coat to Wrigley Field on Tuesday. Lester met with the Cubs in what was believed to be the second stop on his offseason tour of prospective teams, according to a source. The Wrigleyville area was in a deep chill because of an early blast of winter weather...." November 19

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    Jim Bowden @JimBowden_ESPN

    #Cardinals have joined the Red Sox, Cubs and Braves in pursuit of Jon Lester according to a club source which makes sense after Miller trade

  • Joe Maddon impressed with Rays' managerial candidates

    Tampa Bay Times "The former manager of the Rays is just as curious as the rest of us to see whom the next manager of the Rays will be. Joe Maddon has been impressed by the 10-man field of candidates the Rays came up with to replace him. "They've created a wonderful list, they really have," Maddon said...." November 16

  • Big-monied Dodgers eye Martin, loom as threat to Cubs, Pirates, Jays "The Dodgers are looking into bringing back top free agent catcher Russell Martin, league sources said, and they certainly have the spending power to become a formidable obstacle to the Cubs or incumbent Pirates. The Jays are a fourth team reportedly in the mix for Martin. Martin is in an..." November 14

  • Cubs opener moved up to April 5th at Wrigley

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs announced their 2015 opener against the Cardinals will be moved from April 6th to April 5th after ESPN2 picked the game up for a 7:05 p.m. national "Sunday Night Baseball" telecast. It'll mark the first-ever night home opener in Cubs' history, the first game of the video board era at..." November 14

  • Joe Torre: Skippers no longer can use stall tactics for MLB replays

    New York Post "Rest in peace, Awkward Manager Ambling From The Dugout to the Field So a Team Can Decide Whether To Challenge a Call. You won’t be missed. Phase Two of Major League Baseball’s extended instant-replay rollout hasn’t yet been finalized, MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe..." November 13

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Source-Free agent pitcher Jon Lester will visit Cubs for formal meetings and tour next week .

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    Paul Sullivan @PWSullivan

    Source says Cubs not getting Zimmermann from Nats and haven't exchanged names, as rumored.

  • Sources: Cubs in talks to acquire Nationals’ Jordan Zimmermann

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs aren’t waiting around for Jon Lester to make a splash this winter for frontline starting pitching. Multiple sources said Tuesday the Cubs are in talks with the Washington Nationals to acquire right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, a two-time All-Star who has averaged 200 innings over the past..." November 12

  • MLB probing Cubs for tampering with Maddon

    New York Post "After receiving a request from the Rays to do so last week, MLB has unleashed its Department of Investigation to look into whether the Cubs tampered with Joe Maddon while he was still under contract to Tampa Bay, The Post has learned. It is the Rays’ contention Maddon only opted out of his..." November 11

  • Russell Martin, eyed by Cubs, Dodgers, Bucs and others, to decline one-year bid "Russell Martin, extremely popular on the free-agent market after his big year, will officially reject the Pirates qualifying offer for 2015 by Monday's deadline -- no surprise considering word is, he has already got four-year possibilities and might even get five. The one-year qualifying offer,..." November 10

  • Source: Cubs Have Met With Russell Martin "The Cubs have wasted little time in their pursuit of becoming a contending team in 2015. After hiring veteran manager Joe Maddon on Monday, the team rolled out the red carpet in a meeting with free agent catcher Russell Martin on Thursday, according to an MLB source.‬ Martin is considered one..." November 08

  • Cubs looking again at Cole Hamels, plus top free-agent pitchers "The Cubs, already connected heavily in speculative reports about top free-agent pitchers Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, are also interested in Cole Hamels, according to sources, and are expecting to talk to the Phillies about him. It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Cubs will look into..." November 05

  • Theo Epstein extension will be on Cubs agenda after Joe Maddon deal

    CSN Chicago "Joe Maddon and Theo Epstein talked up all the good vibes they felt while sitting around having beers at the Navarre Beach RV campground outside Pensacola, Fla. Maddon insisted he wouldn’t have been standing there at The Cubby Bear on Monday afternoon as the 54th manager in franchise history..." November 05

  • MLB Gold Glove awards 2014

    Sporting News "Major League Baseball's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for 2014 were announced Tuesday night. Voting was done by MLB managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. Three American League squad was dominated by the Royals and Orioles, who met in the ALCS. Kansas City placed Alex..." November 05

  • Cubs, already a big free-agent player, are targeting Russell Martin "The Cubs, already the leader in free agency after landing marquee manager Joe Maddon for a $25-million, five-year deal, are going to target top free agent catcher Russell Martin, sources connected to the team said. The Cubs, expected to be a big player in the market with hopes of contending as..." November 04

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Maddon- This is a 1 in 107 year opportunity . The challenge is fabulous . This is an extraordinary moment . Different from any other

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    Tsuyoshi Wada signed for $4 million, and has chance to make $2 million in incentives. #Cubs

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs announce signed Joe Maddon to 5 year contract

  • Expectations for Cubs to rise upon Maddon's arrival

    Chicago Tribune "The podium never will look so attractive to Cubs fans as it will when Joe Maddon is introduced Monday as the Cubs' manager at the Cubby Bear, where many supporters have drowned their sorrows after numerous disappointments of past decades. But for all the hoopla surrounding the arrival of Maddon..." November 03

  • Cubs to introduce Maddon as manager today "Theo Epstein interviewed Joe Maddon, then a bench coach with the Angels, for the Red Sox's managerial opening back in 2003. Epstein instead picked Terry Francona, who the next season guided Boston to its first World Series championship since 1918. Maddon has added to his resume since then,..." November 03

  • Maddon agent: Tampering talk silly "The agent of new Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon denies any tampering allegations while insisting Maddon would have stayed in Tampa Bay if they had increased their offer. "Theo [Epstein] would not even have talked unless he got clearance from the commissioner's office," agent Alan Nero said on..." November 02

  • Rays considering filing tampering charges against Cubs

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs fired manager Rick Renteria yesterday, clearing the way for Joe Maddon to be introduced as his replacement on Monday. If you have followed this situation at all, you know that it’s been the worst kept secret in the game over the past couple of days. The Rays remain curious about how it..." November 02

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    Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA

    New round of Article XX(D), elected minor league FAs includes #Cubs OF Ryan Kalish, #WhiteSox OF Michael Taylor & #Phillies SS Andres Blanco

  • Cubs hire Maddon after firing Renteria

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs will announce the hiring of former Tampa Bay Rays skipper Joe Maddon as the 54th manager in franchise history on Monday, the team announced in a release. The team set the stage for Maddon's hiring by firing current skipper Rick Renteria earlier Friday. Team president Theo..." November 01

  • Cubs fire manager Rick Renteria, clear way for Joe Maddon

    Hardball Talk "There’s still no official announcement about Joe Maddon becoming the Cubs’ new manager, but in the meantime the Cubs just announced the firing of their current manager, Rick Renteria. Renteria was hired last offseason–less than 365 days ago, in fact–and went 73-89 in his first and only year on..." October 31

  • Joe Maddon’s pursuit of the Cubs job called “a classless act”

    Hardball Talk "News broke just before Game 7 that the Cubs had hired — or were about to hire — Joe Maddon as their manager. Then everything seemed to back off a bit. “Details were still being worked on,” and since then we’ve had more or less radio silence. The general consensus from reporters who tend to be..." October 31

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    All systems remain “go” for Maddon and #Cubs. Announcement could come as soon as tomorrow.

  • Sources: Maddon, Cubs on verge of contract

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs are on the verge of hiring Joe Maddon as manager, as first reported by Two sources familiar with the situation confirmed the agreement to ESPN's Jim Bowden. However, three team sources told ESPN's Buster Olney a deal is not yet in place, though they say one is..." October 30

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    Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS

    joe maddon to become cubs manager. story up soon at @CBSSports

  • Joe Maddon is to become Cubs manager "Joe Maddon is about to become the new manager of the Cubs, sources tell Maddon and the Cubs are on the verge of agreeing to a mega deal, according to people familiar with the situation. The Cubs and agent Alan Nero denied that a deal is done, but people familiar with the..." October 29

  • Cubs in talks with Joe Maddon, could have answer by Friday

    Chicago Sun-Times "With the ball in his hands and his team leading the World Series three games to two, Jake Peavy had the starting assignment every pitcher dreams of — a chance to win the series. But the night terrors that ensued during the Kansas City Royals’ seven-run second inning Tuesday might haunt Peavy..." October 29

  • Jake Peavy, Jon Lester have eye on Cubs as package deal

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jon Lester to the Cubs as a free agent this winter? Jake Peavy has a better idea: a package deal. “No, I’m not offering a package to the Cubs,” the San Francisco Giants pitcher said, clarifying the impression he made while talking about himself, the Cubs and his pal Lester. “There’s a..." October 28

  • Royals’ James Shields would be great fit in Cubs’ rotation

    Chicago Sun-Times "When Kansas City Royals ace James Shields walked off the mound at the end of a scoreless sixth inning Sunday night at AT&T Park, after his final start of the year, he looked more like “Big Game James” than he ever has. Not just because of a strong performance in his Game 5 start against the San..." October 27

  • Ozzie Guillen would love to coach for Joe Maddon — with Cubs

    Chicago Sun-Times "When Ozzie Guillen heard the news about Joe Maddon’s sudden free agency — and reports of the Cubs’ just-as-sudden interest — the response was immediate: Count him in. “This is one guy I’d love to coach for,” said the former White Sox manager who’s on the World Series broadcast team for ESPN..." October 27

  • Ten teams calls with job ideas for Maddon; Cubs seen as a favorite "The Cubs would seem to be the most logical landing spot for free agent manager Joe Maddon, but Maddon's agent Alan Nero said in a phone interview that about 10 teams have called with suggestions of jobs from manager to a "Tony La Russa style" top front-office position to various other..." October 26

  • MLB will try to implement a policy on domestic violence

    Los Angeles Times "On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year. Rob Manfred, who replaces the retiring Bud Selig..." October 23

  • Cubs: Ricketts may be close to deal for some Wrigley rooftops

    CSN Chicago "With the long delayed Wrigley Field renovation project finally underway and the demolition of the bleachers the first step in a $575 million overhaul of the stadium and surrounding area, the big question is what will happen with the rooftops that have long opposed the stadium renovation..." October 23

  • Cubs begin demolition of Wrigley Field bleachers "The bleachers will be rebuilt with seating for an additional 300 fans. The walls behind the left and right field bleachers will be moved back onto the neighboring streets to create wider concourses and room for bullpens beneath the bleachers. The bleachers in centerfield will be renovated after..." October 17

  • State of the Cubs: Don't take Starlin Castro for granted

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are in a Catch-22 situation with Starlin Castro. The trade rumors would have intensified if they hadn’t signed him to a long-term extension — seven years, $60 million, club option for 2020 — and he got closer and closer to big paydays in arbitration and free agency. But that deal also..." October 16

  • Cubs hope TV deal becomes ‘magic bullet’ for payroll

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs are going to be really good in the future. Just ask them. It might be next season. It could be the year after that. And just wait until the new TV deal finally kicks in. President of business operations Crane Kenney hinted that could happen before 2020, painting a rosy picture for..." October 11

  • Cubs hold official groundbreaking for Wrigley Field renovation project

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs held an official groundbreaking today for renovations at Wrigley Field. It’s being called the “1060 Project” in reference to the stadium’s address at 1060 West Addison Street. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and MLB commissioner Bud Selig were both on-hand for the festivities. The Cubs hope..." October 11

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Theo on Shortstops - Told Addison Russsell to get ready to play multiple positions

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    George Ofman @georgeofman

    Are the Dodgers shopping Puig? You bet and the Cubs are one of several teams interested.

  • Mallee takes job with the Cubs "Astros hitting coach John Mallee has accepted the position as the Cubs’ Major League hitting coach. Mallee just finished his second season with the Astros and helped Jose Altuve win the American League batting title while the club made offensive strides as a whole. Mallee could have returned..." October 09

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Breaking Cubs news. Source: Cubs hitting coach Bill Mueller has resigned. Story coming on