Cubs Rumors & News

  • GM Jed Hoyer: Cubs not close but moves are coming

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer says the team isn’t close to making a big move but anticipates action over the next 14 days, which includes the winter meetings in Nashville. “Over the next two weeks, there will be a lot of activity,” Hoyer said on ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Monday. “I..." November 30

  • KBO’s Lotte Giants Post Third Baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang

    MLB Trade Rumors "NOV. 30: Hwang has now officially been posted. Clubs will have until 5:00pm ET on Friday to submit bids for the third baseman. NOV. 25: Hwang will actually be posted on the 30th, Han Lee of Global Sporting Integration tweets. Lotte is pushing back the date to accommodate the Thanksgiving..." November 30

  • Cubs issue 60 playoff shares at $122K per share

    ESPN "The Cubs issued a major league high 60 full playoff shares at $122,327.59 per share for their run to the NLCS in 2015, the league announced on Monday. Players with the team for the entire season automatically get a full share. Others, along with coaches, trainers and behind the scenes staff,..." November 30

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Pirates among teams being considered by Trevor Cahill. He's looking for a 1-year, bounce-back deal and PIT's free agent Ps tend to get paid.

  • Bringing back Jeff Samardzija a good risk for Cubs — at the right price

    Chicago Tribune "It was a little strange to hear that Cubs President Theo Epstein met last week with former Cubs and White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija at a North Side dive bar. The news wasn't surprising. We knew the Cubs were open to bringing Samardzija back, and the feeling appears to be mutual. Both sides..." November 27

  • Highlighting the major issues that could hang over the next labor deal

    ESPN "Here's something you can be thankful for as you chomp on your turkey and stuffing: Since the last baseball work stoppage -- and that's now 20 years ago, if you're scoring at home -- the three other major North American sports have had six of them. So how 'bout that. Baseball. The sports world's..." November 26

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    Gordon Wittenmyer @GDubCub

    Cubs acquire LH reliever Rex Brothers from Rockies for LHP prospect Wander Cabrera, 18. Brothers, 27, had 19 Sv (1.74) in '13; DFAd last wk.

  • Cubs minor leaguer Tanner Griggs suspended 50 games

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs minor league pitcher Tanner Griggs has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for amphetamine, major league baseball announced Wednesday. Griggs, 21, played for Class-A Eugene last season after being promoted from rookie ball in Arizona." November 25

  • Cubs acquire LHP Rex Brothers

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs acquired lefty reliever Rex Brothers from the Colorado Rockies for minor league pitcher Wander Cabrera, the team announced on Wednesday. Brothers, 27, a five-year veteran who saved 19 games for the Rockies in 2013, was designated for assignment last week. Last season he split..." November 25

  • Report: MLB in serious talks about hosting games in London

    The Outside Corner "Major League Baseball could soon vacation to London, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi reported Wednesday morning that MLB “is making progress” in discussion with London officials about bringing games to the UK as early as 2017. The talks were first reported last weekend by The..." November 25

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    David Price @DAVIDprice14

    I can always tell the big rumor days...tons of mentions when I haven't even said anything!! I love you all BUT I'm going to play in Japan

  • 10 breakout prospects from AFL season "The Arizona Fall League season is now in the books and, as usual, many top prospects performed well. But while it's exciting to see known players do what's expected, it's at least as much fun to see other Minor Leaguers put themselves on the map during the six-week AFL campaign. Every year,..." November 23

  • Could Price return to Jays?

    TSN "David Price's tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays might not be over just yet. The Cubs are believed to be a frontrunner for the 30-year-old's services based on the club's willingness to spend money on free agent talent and Price's relationship with Cubs manager Joe Maddon, under whom Price played..." November 23

  • Look for second-tier pitcher to sign before Price, Greinke

    Fox Sports "Monday, multiple team executives in search of pitching told me they expect at least one second- or third-tier free-agent starter — think Wei-Yin Chen, Yovani Gallardo, Mike Leake or Jeff Samardzija — to sign before David Price or Zack Greinke agree to their market-setting deals. The thinking..." November 23

  • John Lackey wants to stay in the National League, Cubs and Giants “may have the best shot”

    Hardball Talk "This comes from Nick Cafardo’s regular Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe … John Lackey, RHP, free agent — The Cardinals may feel they’ve gotten the best out of Lackey, but they have kept their toes in the water. The Red Sox also inquired, but their priority is finding an ace. Lackey wants..." November 22

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    Phil Rogers @philgrogers

    #WhiteSox CF Adam Engel is named the Arizona Fall League MVP. #Cubs 3B Jeimer Candelario was among the finalists.

  • How Cubs plan to rebuild their bullpen for next October

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs saw Andrew Miller’s upside, envisioned how the lefty reliever could dominate late-game situations and checked in with his representatives last year. It quickly became clear where the market would be heading – especially for a last-place team – and the New York Yankees gave Miller a..." November 20

  • MLB moving toward a “Chase Utley Rule” for slides into second

    Hardball Talk "Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports from the Owners’ Meetings in Dallas that “momentum continues to build toward” a rule change that he correctly notes will likely be referred to as “The Chase Utley Rule.” Specifically, a change in the rules which would be aimed at eliminating the sorts..." November 20

  • Yankees have discussed trading Gardner for Cubs’ Castro: source

    New York Daily News "Brett Gardner continues to be a hot name on this year's trade market. The Yankees have discussed the outfielder with "many teams" according to a major-league executive, and while it's no certainty that Gardner will be traded, the team appears willing to move him in the right..." November 20

  • Cubs acquire reliever Spencer Patton from Rangers

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs continued to load up on relievers Friday by acquiring Spencer Patton from the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league infielder Frandy De La Rosa. Patton, 27, a former pitcher at Southern Illinois, is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 36 games over parts of the past two seasons. Patton..." November 20

  • Cubs Sign Andury Acevedo to Major League Contract

    Baseball Essential "The Chicago Cubs bolstered their bullpen on Thursday, signing former New York Yankees prospect Andury Acevedo to a major-league contract for the 2016 season. A converted position player, Avevedo spent the first four seasons of his professional career with the Pittsburgh Pirates playing..." November 19

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    Phil Rogers @philgrogers

    Theo Epstein and Jeff Samardzija hanging together tonight in Chicago. Cubs have an interest in him. #HotStove #Cubs

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Cubs announce signing of righty Andury Acevedo. Converted infielder has been with the Yankees, making it to Triple A last year.

  • Jake Arrieta admits to arm fatigue in playoffs

    ESPN "Admitting he was fatigued in the playoffs Cy Young award winner Jake Arrieta believes now that he has thrown nearly 250 innings in a season he’ll be better for it the next time around. “I think that throwing that many innings this year after not being over, I’m not sure the total, about 170-180..." November 19

  • Report: Cubs interested in reunion with Samardzija

    The Score "Jeff Samardzija could be planning a return to the National League. The right-hander was in Chicago on Wednesday for a meeting with Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, reports's Phil Rogers. Samardzija and Epstein were spotted having a drink together at a bar, leading..." November 19

  • Cy Young winner Arrieta says free agent Greinke welcome in Chicago

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday it was announced that Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta had edged free agent Zack Greinke of the Dodgers in the NL Cy Young balloting. During the course of Arrieta's post-award interviews, he remarked up Greinke's free agent status ... Yes, this is a simple stating of the obvious. The..." November 19

  • Cubs’ Jake Arrieta Wins NL Cy Young In Close Vote "The award for the best pitcher in the National League was truly a three-man race between Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta, Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke and Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw. The final result favored the man who won the most games in baseball and had the most dominant..." November 18

  • MLB minimum salary set to remain $507,500 in 2016

    True Blue L.A. "The major league minimum salary will remain at $507,500 in 2016, the same as in 2015, because of the Consumer Price Index released on Tuesday morning. Major League Baseball has not yet made the announcement. Next year is the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, which covers the..." November 18

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    Bruce Miles @BruceMiles2112

    Joe Maddon of #Cubs wins NL Manager of the Year

  • Joe Maddon wins NL Manager of the Year

    Chicago Sun-Times "After the most surprisingly successful Cubs season in decades, first-year manager Joe Maddon on Tuesday won the National League Manager of the Year Award. Maddon, who outpolled finalists Terry Collins of the New York Mets and Mike Matheny of the St. Louis Cardinals, became the fourth Cubs..." November 17

  • David Ross Likely To Retire After Season

    MLB Trade Rumors "Cubs catcher David Ross said yesterday that he’s likely to retire after this season in an appearance on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM (Twitter link). The veteran is entering the second and final season of the two-year, $5MM free agent deal he signed to join the Chicago organization. “I think..." November 17

  • Kris Bryant: UNANIMOUS NL Rookie of the Year

    Bleacher Nation "The vote was unanimous in favor of Bryant, as it should have been. Matt Duffy was a clear second, and Jung-Ho Kang was a clear third. Bryant wound up leading the positional Cubs in WAR by a full win (6.5 to Anthony Rizzo’s 5.5), and should get some down-the-ball MVP votes, too, after his..." November 16

  • Chicago Cubs announce plans to create their own cable network in 2020

    Awful Announcing "The Chicago Cubs want to branch out on their own. Having been part of the old Fox Sports Net Chicago and now, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the Cubs have shared cable channel space with the Blackhawks and White Sox. In cases of conflicts with the Blackhawks playoff run or during the summer with the..." November 16

  • Rizzo event raises $200K for pediatric cancer "Rain held off Sunday morning for the fourth annual Anthony Rizzo "Walk Off for Cancer" at Pine Trails Park, with the event raising more than $200,000 for pediatric cancer research and providing support to children and their families battling the disease. With Sunday's event, the Anthony Rizzo..." November 15

  • Cubs raise ticket prices by an average of 10 percent

    Hardball Talk "It’s a good time to be a Cubs fan. Fresh off a 97-win season and the team’s first trip to the NLCS since 2003, the roster is beaming with young and exciting talent. The front office is committed to improving this winter, with high-profile free agents like David Price on the radar. However, with..." November 14

  • 600 Chris Denorfia bobbleheads mysteriously left on doorstep

    NBC San Diego "Several roommates were miffed when 600 bobbleheads bearing the face of a former Padres player mysteriously turned up near their doorstep in University City, San Diego. Now they're resorting to handing them out as party favors. The woman who answered the phone at the San Diego Police..." November 14

  • The Cubs And Wei-Yin Chen, Free Agent

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "Wei-Yin Chen is a lefthander from Taiwan who has pitched the last four years for the Baltimore Orioles. In 2015, he made 31 starts (same as in 2014), went 11-8 (after a 16-win 2014) and had career bests in ERA (3.34) and WHIP (1.218). All of that produced 3.8 bWAR, which was ninth in the..." November 13

  • Will Theo Epstein build 2016 ‘super-team’ or try to keep window open longer for Cubs?

    CSN Chicago "Theo Epstein knows the Cubs are walking a tightrope to get back to October, trying to balance their lofty ideals about the future with the reality these next two seasons might be their best chance to win a World Series. Putting David Price or Zack Greinke on a team that won 97 games last..." November 13

  • GM Meetings Wrap Up, Feeling Out Continues, Pitching Depth and Other Bullets

    Bleacher Nation "A reminder to those who missed the Bullets yesterday: the Taylor Family heads to Disney World tomorrow (through Thursday), so you should brace yourself now for reduced posting at BN during that period. I’ll still be writing in the mornings and at night, and you’ll see some great stuff from..." November 13

  • Korean left fielder Hyun-soo Kim plans on signing with MLB team

    Yahoo! Sports "Hyun-soo Kim, one of the most consistent hitters in Korea for the past decade, plans on signing with a major league team this offseason and continuing the influx of top Korean players into the big leagues, sources told Yahoo Sports. Kim, a 27-year-old left fielder, is an international free..." November 13

  • MLB assessing legality of daily fantasy sites

    Houston Chronicle "New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in that state is being monitored by Major League Baseball, the league’s top lawyer said Wednesday at the general managers’ meetings. DraftKings and FanDuel — the former is..." November 12

  • Cubs will go big-game hunting in free agency

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs will go big-game hunting, planning to sit down with the agents for David Price, Zack Greinke and Jordan Zimmermann during this week’s general manager meetings in South Florida. The Cubs are in information-gathering mode for essentially all the top pitchers in a deep class of free..." November 11

  • Defensive standouts nab Gold Glove Awards "The 18 winners of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday night, and the Platinum Glove winners for the best overall defensive player in each league will be unveiled on Friday following a fan vote. Only MLB managers and coaches can vote, and they can't vote for their own..." November 11

  • Superstars among finalists for BBWAA honors "Finalists for each of the four Baseball Writers' Association of America awards were unveiled during an hour-long MLB Network special on Tuesday night. Each league's winner of the Most Valuable Player Award, the Cy Young Award, the Rookie of the Year Award and the Manager of the Year Award will..." November 11

  • 2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network "The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they..." November 10

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    Patrick Mooney @CSNMooney

    #Cubs planning to sit down with the agents for David Price, Zack Greinke and Jordan Zimmermann during this week's GM meetings in Boca Raton.

  • Report: Cubs, Orioles, Astros showing early interest in Alex Gordon

    The Score "Alex Gordon is the best defensive outfielder on the free-agent market, and three teams are indicating early interest in the four-time Gold Glover. The Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, and Houston Astros are all vying for Gordon's services, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Gordon has been..." November 10

  • MLB considering rule change to prevent takeout slides

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is considering a rule change that would force runners to slide directly into second base, ostensibly eliminating takeout slides. While there are still hurdles, namely union approval, the proposal has apparently been discussed, according to FOX Sports’s Jon Morosi. The..." November 10

  • Theo Epstein doubts Cubs can sign two free agents in $100-million range

    CSN Chicago "As the free-agent rumors and predictions began surfacing at last year’s general manager meetings, Theo Epstein ruled out the idea of the Cubs signing two pitchers to nine-figure contracts that offseason. “You can pretty much apply that one going forward, at least until we get a TV deal, and..." November 10

  • Donaldson takes top prize from peers at Players Choice Awards

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson continues to collect the accolades coming off the best season of his five-year career. After being named the American League Hank Aaron Award winner last month, Donaldson was named the 2015 Player of the Year at the Players Choice Awards on Monday..." November 10