Cubs Rumors & News

  • Cubs claim catcher Ryan Lavarnway

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs lost out on one former Red Sox catcher on Friday before claiming another one. After David Ross signed with the Padres, Ryan Lavarnway was claimed off waivers by the Cubs, one of two waiver claims on the day along with A's outfielder Shane Peterson. Lavarnway spent the last seven..." December 19

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    Steve Adams @Adams_Steve

    Source: RHP Anthony Carter has agreed to terms with #Cubs on minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training.

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    Paul Sullivan @PWSullivan

    Cubs deal @justinruggiano to M's for RH Matt Brazis.

  • MLB releases statement on Cuban relations

    Sporting News "President Barack Obama's desire to restore relations with Cuba could have a significant impact on Major League Baseball. Obama said Wednesday he wants the U.S. to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba because isolating the communist Caribbean country has not worked. "Neither the American..." December 17

  • Mariners acquire outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs

    Seattle Times "The trade that was debated, discussed and fretted about is done. The Mariners have acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano from the Cubs in exchange for right-handed reliever Matt Brazis. To make room for Ruggiano on the 40-man roster, reliever Logan Bawcom has been designated for assignment. “I..." December 17

  • Orioles in agreement on one-year deal with Wesley Wright

    CSN Baltimore "The Orioles are in agreement on a one-year contract with free agent left-handed reliever Wesley Wright according to an industry source. The deal is pending a physical. Wright was non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs on Dec. 2. In 58 games with the Cubs in 2014, Wright was 0-3 with a 3.17..." December 16

  • Jon Lester: Phone Call To Dustin Pedroia After Signing Was Hardest To Make

    NESN "Jon Lester’s been a busy man recently, but there was no way he was going to forget to call Dustin Pedroia. Lester and the Boston Red Sox second baseman spoke frequently in recent weeks. The free-agent Lester was being courted by multiple teams, and Pedroia obviously wanted a reunion in Boston with..." December 16

  • Cubs agree to one-year deal with reliever Jason Motte

    Hardball Talk "Bruce Levine of hears that that the Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Jason Motte, pending a physical. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, it’s worth $4.5 million. Motte scuffled in his return from Tommy John surgery this past season, posting a 4.68..." December 16

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    #Cubs trying to add an OF but it won't be Colby Rasmus. They might be done with rotation after Lester deal but could use a veteran reliever.

  • Inside the Chicago Cubs' Hiring of Joe Maddon, One of MLB's Best Managers

    Bleacher Report "From his 20th floor room here in the Grand Hyatt hotel, from his first winter meetings as the manager of the Chicago Cubs, Joe Maddon's view is breathtakingly spectacular. Out the window is a gorgeous and expansive panorama of the San Diego Bay, sun sparkling on the water. Down below and to the..." December 15

  • Lester $30M signing bonus a record "Jon Lester set Major League Baseball records for largest signing bonus and biggest upfront payment with his $155 million, seven-year deal with the Chicago Cubs. The pitcher's contract calls for a $30 million signing bonus, of which $15 million is due by April 1, a person familiar with the..." December 15

  • Major moves by the Cubs spur spike in expectations

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs left the winter meetings Thursday with their biggest haul in eight years, already assuring the kind of spring-training buzz they haven’t seen since the last time they had an ex-Rays manager running things and talking about a World Series. “They’re certainly going to be a lot better..." December 13

  • Theo Epstein says Cubs aren't selling out to win in 2015

    CSN Chicago "Theo Epstein isn’t buying the narrative that the Cubs are now all-in for next season. There was the Big Bat Theory floating around the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego and the Twitter rumors about another frontline pitcher. But the Cubs won’t have that much financial flexibility after they..." December 11

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    Jayson Stark @jaysonst

    Lester's signing bonus is $30 million, paid over the life of the contract, according to a source familiar with the terms.

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Source confirms Jon Lester is signing with #Cubs and getting a six-year, $155 million deal.

  • Jon Lester agrees to 6 year, $155M contract with Cubs

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs have agreed to terms with one of the biggest free agents on the market. Jon Lester has picked the Cubs over the other finalist - the Boston Red Sox - in a move that signals the Cubs are now taking the next step in the rebuilding of the franchise. When the Cubs open the 2015 season..." December 10

  • MLB sees record $9 billion in revenues for 2014 "With 2014 soon coming to a close, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball can look back and say, “It was a very good year.” The league will see approx. $9 billion in gross revenues for the 2014 calendar year, a new record. Adjustments are still be calculated that could push the league slightly over..." December 10

  • David Ross, Jonny Gomes likely to follow Lester to Cubs

    Larry Brown Sports "Jon Lester choosing to sign with the Chicago Cubs could have a domino effect. Some believe that Lester agreeing to a deal with the Cubs means free agents David Ross and Jonny Gomes could follow. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan said the chances the two sign with the Cubs “increases significantly.” ESPN’s..." December 10

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    it's down to #Cubs vs #RedSox for Lester

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    Eno Sarris @enosarris

    Bobby Evans: "we did not receive a rose" and Giants eliminated from race for Lester.

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Sources: Now that Miguel Montero is dealt, the next move for Chicago is to trade Welington Castillo. Had explored deals during Martin chase.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Cubs, #DBacks expected to talk about Montero again tonight. Teams have been engaged for weeks. Deal appears to be getting closer.

  • Diamondbacks trade Miguel Montero to Cubs

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks traded catcher and two-time All-Star Miguel Montero to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. In return, the Diamondbacks will get two players at the Single-A level, according to Arizona Sports' John Gambadoro. The other is Zack Godley, also a right-handed pitcher. The Cubs..." December 09

  • Once Lester picks team, rest of desired arms will fall into place

    Fox Sports "Jon Lester might not take the most money. Free agents frequently say such things, talking about comfort, happiness, etc. But Lester has similar offers from the Cubs, Giants, Dodgers and Red Sox, according to major-league sources. The question, in the end, will boil down to which team he..." December 09

  • Jason Hammel is said close to a deal to return to the Chicago Cubs "Free-agent right-hander Jason Hammel is a close to a deal to return to the Chicago Cubs, sources say. Hammel had a big start with Chicago last year, going 8-5 with a 2.98 ERA for them, before a trade to the A's. Overall, he was 10-11 with a 3.47 ERA." December 08

  • Source: Jason Hammel to Cubs

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs are bringing back right-handed starting pitcher Jason Hammel, a source confirmed Monday. Hammel, 32, will get a two-year deal for $18 million with a club option for a third season and a $2 million buyout, according to sources. The Cubs signed him to a one-year deal last..." December 08

  • Cubs telling teams that shortstop Starlin Castro isn't going anywhere "There was a lot of speculation the Mets and Cubs would do a lot of talking about Chicago shortstop Starlin Castro at these Winter Meetings. But, it seems Starlin Castro is not available. The Cubs informed the Mets, the Yankees (before they acquired Didi Gregorius) and other teams that Castro..." December 08

  • Ryan Dempster has tried to sell Jon Lester on signing with the Cubs

    CSN Chicago "Ryan Dempster made a recruiting pitch to Jon Lester, trying to sell the elite free agent on the idea of coming to Wrigley Field and winning big in Chicago. Lester already knows Cubs executives Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod, who saw the lefty rise through the Boston Red Sox..." December 07

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    Ryan Dempster is retiring and joining #Cubs front office as a special assistant.

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    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    #Rangers, #mariners, #cubs are among teams that have checked in on free agent OF Jonny Gomes.

  • Dave Martinez joins Cubs as Joe Maddon’s bench coach

    Hardball Talk "As soon as Dave Martinez failed to make the three finalists to replace Joe Maddon as the Rays’ manager it seemed all but certain he’d wind up on Maddon’s new coaching staff with the Cubs. Sure enough, Ken Rosenthal of reports that Martinez is headed to Chicago to serve as Maddon’s..." December 04

  • Red Sox may be favored, Cubs beloved and Dodgers rich, but don't forget Giants "With all the excitement and hubbub over the Dodgers' late entry into the Jon Lester sweepstakes, folks should not forget that the Giants also represent a formidable West Coast option for Lester. Lester has at least four excellent alternatives, in fact, with the Cubs and his longtime Red Sox..." December 04

  • Dodgers look like fourth team in for Lester, joining Cubs, Red Sox, Giants "The Dodgers have expressed interest in both top free-agent starters Jon Lester and Max Scherzer, and it appears they may make a late try for Lester, who's expected to make a decision among four or so teams within a week or so. WEEI radio station in Boston first suggested that, in fact, the..." December 04

  • Report: Cubs remain high bidder for Lester with 6-year, $138M offer

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants became the latest team Monday to join a string of confabs for highly coveted free agent Jon Lester, but it appears no club has matched the offer the Chicago Cubs made the 30-year-old left-hander. Sources told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports the Cubs offered Lester a six-year..." December 02

  • Source: Cubs plan to tender contract to Wood

    ESPN Chicago "Despite his down year in 2014, expect Chicago Cubs left-hander Travis Wood to be tendered a contract before a Tuesday night deadline, according to a source familiar with the situation. Wood, 27, is one of 10 Cubs players who are arbitration-eligible this offseason, and the team must tender..." December 01

  • Cubs' Pedro Strop in car accident "Chicago Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Thursday night, but initial reports indicate he's doing fine, according to a team spokesman. Strop, 29, was 2-4 with a 2.21 ERA and two saves last season after joining the Cubs in a midseason trade in..." November 29

  • Wrigley bleachers might not be ready for 2015 opener

    Chicago Tribune "An array of delays has forced the Chicago Cubs to make contingency plans in the event that construction on the Wrigley Field outfield bleachers isn't completed by the April 5 season opener against the National League Central champion St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs, already under a tight..." November 27

  • Cubs have made offer 'north of $135 million' to Jon Lester

    CSN Chicago "Jon Lester is still one of the biggest dominos to fall in Major League Baseball's offseason. It's not even December yet, but Lester has already drawn interest from the St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants in addition to the Boston Red Sox - his former team - and the..." November 25

  • 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.