Cubs Rumors & News

  • 12h
    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Darwin barney to dodgers should be finalized soon

  • Adams four RBIs, Pierzynski's three hits pace Cards' win over Cubs

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals believed they had a need for a more experienced and established catcher. They had a want to add some prickle to the clubhouse, some "edge," as a few folks around the club said Saturday. What they got in Game 1 of the A.J. Pierzynski Era might be closer to what they've seeking for..." July 27

  • 3 home runs lift Cubs to 7-6 victory over Cards

    Chicago Tribune "Wrigley Field was packed with its largest crowd of the season — 41,534 — as the Cubs and Cardinals entertained in a traditional mid-summer rivalry contest Friday. That thousands of those fans were clad in red to support their National League Central contender did not seem to faze the home team..." July 26

  • Teams are lining up to scout Cuban OF prospect Castillo in Miami

    CBSSports.com "There's buzz around the game regarding a new Cuban prospect. Scouts from around MLB are flocking to Miami to watch free agent outfielder Rusnay Castillo, who has been said to be like "Brett Gardner with power." Castillo is said to be multi-talented, but his stock is likely up due to his..." July 25

  • Ruggiano increases work with trainers

    MLB.com "Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano was busy doing extra exercises with the athletic trainers early Thursday as he tries to deal with some tightness in his groin. Ruggiano has not played since Tuesday. He was batting .378 with seven doubles, two homers and 14 RBIs in his last 21 games since June 25." July 24

  • Cubs try to trade struggling starter Edwin Jackson, find few takers

    CBSSports.com "The Cubs are trying to trade struggling starter Edwin Jackson, who's slipped badly this year and needs a change of scenery, at least. Even the Yankees, an occasional pursuer of Jackson in the past, don't seem interested. So this might be a tough task." July 24

  • Jeff Samardzija has ‘no hard feelings’ for Cubs

    Chicago Sun-Times "Sitting in a clubhouse that has hosted more raw sewage than playoff celebrations during his career, Jeff Samardzija can finally breathe. “It’s fun, man. It’s great,” the former Cubs pitcher says of the new surroundings in Oakland. “It’s exciting.” If that says something about the pennant..." July 24

  • Francoeur, Solarte help Padres beat Cubs

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Jeff Francoeur arrived at Wrigley Field on Wednesday both smiling and wounded. “Last night, when I was packing my bags, a bat came down and smoked me right here,” Francoeur said, pointing to a small gash between his eyebrows. “I could’ve said I beat somebody up or did something like..." July 24

  • Cubs option Mike Olt to Triple-A

    ESPN.com "The Chicago Cubs optioned third baseman Mike Olt to Triple-A Iowa late Tuesday to make room on the roster for Wednesday night's starter, Tsuyoshi Wada. Olt had been with the Cubs since making the team out of spring training, but he struggled at the plate and struck out 84 times this season,..." July 23

  • Cubs weigh position changes for Javier Baez and Kris Bryant

    Hardball Talk "With a straight face, Jed Hoyer said it’s important to focus on what’s up here at Wrigley Field right now — a last-place team flirting with a 100-loss pace. But the Cubs general manager did make a larger point about the obsession with Triple-A/Double-A kids. “It’s fun to look at the box scores..." July 23

  • Cubs rookies come up big in 6-0 victory over Padres

    Chicago Tribune "General manager Jed Hoyer's feelings Tuesday night regarding Arismendy Alcantara's immediate future were clear. "It's time for Mendy to play," Hoyer said before Alcantara hit his second home run in nine games since being promoted from Triple-A Iowa. And after Kyle Hendricks threw seven..." July 23

  • The Race to Succeed Bud Selig Isn't Much of a Race

    The Wall Street Journal "As Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig approaches the end of his final season on the job, the task of choosing his successor remains far from finished. But there is a growing sense of inevitability among baseball officials that the job will end up going to Selig's right-hand man. Rob..." July 23

  • 8d
    Evan Grant @Evan_P_Grant

    Kensuke Tanaka has requested his release from Triple-A Round Rock.... But Joseph Ortiz has begun rehab. #losesomewinsome

  • 8d
    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Wada on Wednesday vs. SD

  • Junior Lake, Mike Olt on bubble if Arismendy Alcantara stays in majors

    Chicago Sun-Times "Arismendy Alcantara might not have looked the part Saturday, but the touted prospect is a player the Cubs want to find a way to keep on the roster when they make a series of moves in the next few days to add pitchers from Class AAA Iowa. Could that mean outfielder Junior Lake and third baseman..." July 20

  • Cubs file a lawsuit against a misbehaving fake mascot

    Hardball Talk "Cubs fans, if you thought the team mascot was up to no good after hours, you may have been taken. A group of five, three of which are unnamed, have been named in a lawsuit filed by the Cubs, accusing the group of trademark infringement, injuring the team’s reputation, and unfair..." July 20

  • Paul Goldschmidt leads Diamondbacks past the Cubs

    Arizona Republic "Paul Goldschmidt reached base in each of his five trips to the plate, the last of which resulted in a mammoth two-run home run, as the Diamondbacks cruised to a victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday evening at Chase Field. Miguel Montero's bases-clearing double off Cubs LHP Travis Wood gave..." July 20

  • 9d
    Jesse Sanchez @JesseSanchezMLB

    Source: #Cubs, #WhiteSox #Braves #Giants among the teams interested in Cuban OF prospect Rusney Castillo: http://t.co/tbEa0t4wZq

  • Diamondbacks battle back to top the Cubs

    Arizona Republic "Back-to-back four-hit innings in the fifth and sixth gave the Diamondbacks a victory over the Cubs on Friday night at Chase Field. Diamondbacks RHPTrevor Cahill lasted five innings in his return to the majors, giving up the three-run third, and Cubs starter Edwin Jackson lasted 51/3 innings,..." July 19

  • Cubs' prospect Baez excels in second base debut

    Chicago Tribune "In a move that could signal one of the final steps to a major league promotion, Chicago Cubs marquee prospect Javier Baez made his first start Thursday night at second base for Triple-A Iowa at Round Rock. Baez, 21, played flawlessly at second base after playing shortstop in 284 minor league..." July 18

  • 10d
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    Starlin Castro has drawn some trade interest, but the Cubs do not plan to move him this month, sources say. @FOXSports1

  • Jeter, Trout spark victory American League

    MLB.com "The 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field was always going to be about Derek Jeter. Jeter has been the face of baseball for nearly two decades, winning five World Series titles and being named an All-Star 14 times in a career that is set to end with his retirement after the season. So it was..." July 16

  • Selig, PA aim to end smokeless tobacco use

    ESPN.com "As the recent death of Tony Gwynn to salivary gland cancer continues to resonate in baseball circles, commissioner Bud Selig and Players Association executive director Tony Clark both want MLB to make strides toward reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of smokeless tobacco in the game. But..." July 15

  • 14d
    David Lennon @DPLennon

    Talked to source familiar with Cubs thinking. Said don’t expect Starlin Castro to be traded this season. Also could be moved to 3B for ’15.

  • 14d
    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    AL All-Star lineup Jeter SS Trout LF Cano 2B Cabrera 1B Bautista RF Cruz DH Jones CF Donaldson 3B Perez C Hernandez P

  • 14d
    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    NL All-Star lineup: McCutchen CF Puig RF Tulowitzki SS Goldschmidt 1B Stanton DH A. Ramirez 3B Utley 2B Lucroy C Gomez LF Wainwright P

  • Minor homers, snaps winless streak as Braves pound Cubs

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "With the wind blowing out Saturday at Wrigley Field, pitcher Mike Minor didn’t give up any home runs and hit one himself. It was a good day to be a Brave. Chris Johnson hit a pair of two-run homers in his first two at-bats, including one that drove in the first runs of a six-run fourth inning..." July 13

  • 16d
    Cliff Lippert @CliffyIndiana

    Villanueva and Ruggiano being looked at by the Royals per Levine

  • Cubs in celebratory mode after 5-4 victory over Braves

    Chicago Tribune "For a last-place ballclub, the Cubs were lively and upbeat before Friday's series-opener against the Braves at Wrigley Field. They were ecstatic fans had picked teammate Anthony Rizzo for the All-Star Game in the MLB.com Final Vote balloting. There was extended happiness later when Justin..." July 12

  • Cubs rookies carry day in comeback victory over Reds

    Chicago Tribune "Arismendy Alcantara earned three more days in the major leagues and fellow rookie Kyle Hendricks left a more than credible impression in his debut start. In the process, the Cubs sustained their pride Thursday in an emotionally charged come-from-behind 6-4 victory over the Reds in 12 innings..." July 11

  • Injuries cloud Reds' 4-1 victory over Cubs

    Cincinnati Enquirer "The Reds beat the Cubs 4-1 on Wednesday, but may have lost second baseman Brandon Phillips and center fielder Billy Hamilton to injury. Hamilton left before the eighth inning with a tight left hamstring and Phillips left during the eighth inning with a sprained left thumb. X-rays on Phillips'..." July 10

  • 18d
    MLB Public Relations @MLB_PR

    Chris Sale and Anthony Rizzo win #ASG Final Vote.

  • Hamilton's walk-off puts cap on Reds' doubleheader sweep

    Cincinnati Enquirer "It was Cubs legend Ernie Banks who famously said, "let's play two," but after the Reds swept a doubleheader from Banks' former team on Tuesday, Reds legend-in-the-making Billy Hamilton did him one better -- "Let's play three." Hamilton hit a broken-bat single into left in the ninth inning to..." July 09

  • Cueto, Bruce lift Reds past Cubs, 4-2

    Cincinnati Enquirer "To sweep a doubleheader, as they say, you've got to win the first game. With that in mind, the Reds sent Johnny Cueto out to pitch Game 1 of the day-nighter against the Chicago Cubs. Cueto wasn't his usual dominating self, but he was good enough to beat the Cubs 4-2 before a crowd of 17,371..." July 09

  • Cubs: James Russell knows he could be up next on trading block

    CSN Chicago "James Russell gave Jeff Samardzija the beer-and-a-cigarette sendoff on the Fourth of July in Washington. And then the Cubs reliever had to wonder if he would be the next one to get traded. It’s hard to see Theo Epstein’s front office topping that six-player blockbuster with the Oakland A’s. But..." July 09

  • Cubs' hitters fail in clutch in loss to Reds

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs have learned to brace themselves for Edwin Jackson's mercurial ways. Monday night's 9-3 loss to the Reds was no different as Jackson struggled early, settled into a comfortable pattern before failing to get a key out. But another disturbing trend has surfaced: a lack of clutch..." July 08

  • Despite some uneven play, Nationals find a way in series finale against the Cubs

    Washington Post "An afternoon of mistakes on the base paths and at the plate by the Washington Nationals didn’t deter Denard Span. He saw a chance for an extra base and took it. “I just trusted my instincts and just went for it,” Span said. “A little risky.” Span’s double in the eighth inning turned into the..." July 07

  • 21d
    Peter Gammons @pgammo

    Two trade names heard very often this weekend:Aaron Hill, James Russell

  • Mets could go after Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro

    New York Daily News "A golden opportunity in the name of Starlin Castro has sprung seemingly out of nowhere, and the Mets need to do everything they can to take advantage of it. If that means trading Zack Wheeler and perhaps even another pitcher to get the best-hitting shortstop this side of Troy Tulowitzki, so be..." July 07

  • Nats collect 19 hits and Gio Gonzalez throws eight shutout innings in 13-0 win over Cubs

    Washington Post "Through injury and inconsistencies, the Washington Nationals dreamed of a week like this, when their offense would be whole and churning all at once. Against the lowly Chicago Cubs, who traded away their best starting pitcher 24 hours before he would face the Nationals, Washington’s potent lineup..." July 06

  • After failed bid for David Price, A's strike with win-now deal for Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel

    Yahoo! Sports "The Oakland A's were going to make a trade this week. They play in a stadium that turns into a toilet when it rains and generate less revenue than a team in Cleveland and still will head into the All-Star break as the very best team in baseball, and that is not something they take for granted. No..." July 06

  • Cubs ship Samardzija, Hammel to A's

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs have traded starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for 2012 first-round pick Addison Russell, 2013 first-round pick Billy McKinney, pitcher Dan Straily and a player to be named later, sources close to the situation confirmed to ESPNChicago.com..." July 06

  • 23d
    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Cubs to add reliever Sunday, Wada to make a start Tuesday, wed. TBA

  • Jason Hammel’s unhappiness turns into parting shot as Cubs beat Nationals

    Chicago Sun-Times "In the end, it was nothing more than a parting shot. Pulled from the Cubs’ 7-2 victory over the Nationals on Friday after giving up a leadoff double in the seventh inning, Jason Hammel fumed about a pitch-count issue raised two months ago by Jeff Samardzija and discussed privately by Cubs..." July 05

  • 23d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Yankees exchanged proposals with #Cubs on both Samardzija, Hammel. #Athletics had piece that could trump all - Russell.

  • 24d
    Mark Gonzales @MDGonzales

    Cubs released LHP Jonathan Sanchez, who was at Triple-A Iowa.

  • Cubs' Manny Ramirez teaching prospects: 'Do the right thing, bro'

    TheScore.com "Manny Ramirez joined the Iowa Cubs last week as a player/coach and is expected to play one or two times a week for Chicago's Triple-A affiliate. According to the Associated Press, his biggest responsibility will be to work with the team's most promising prospects, and his advice thus far is..." July 04

  • Cubs rally in 9th, survive replay challenge against Red Sox

    Chicago Tribune "A tense pitchers' duel didn't provide nearly as much suspense for the Cubs as a game-ending replay that validated their 2-1 win over the Red Sox. "It was nerve-wracking, especially with Papi (David Ortiz) coming up," Anthony Rizzo said. A challenge by Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed..." July 02

  • David Ortiz: Day games plague Cubs

    ESPN.com "David Ortiz thinks he knows why the Chicago Cubs haven't been able to win consistently. Ortiz, who stands as Theo Epstein's biggest acquisition during the Cubs president's decade as an executive with the Boston Red Sox, blames the one thing many Cubs fans cherish -- the one thing that sets the..." July 02

  • Cubs' Alcantara getting closer to promotion

    ESPN.com "Chicago Cubs infield/outfield prospect Arismendy Alcantara has taken another step in his development at Triple-A Iowa in recent weeks, putting him squarely on the major league club's radar. "He's certainly making himself noticed," vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod..." July 01