Cubs Rumors & News

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Cubs the latest team to no longer allow you to print tickets at home

    The Comeback "Those looking to attend a game in Wrigley Field to watch the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs will have one less option to get hands on tickets in 2017. The option to purchase a ticket online and have the ability to immediately print the tickets at home or at the office is no longer..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Lester missed White House trip due to family death, not politics

    USA Today "Jon Lester was one of four current Chicago Cubs players who were on the roster for the franchise’s first World Series title in more than a century to miss Monday’s White House visit. The Cubs ace said on Twitter on Tuesday that his decision had nothing to do with President Obama, who is set to..." January 17

  • Obama leaves out name of alleged abuser Aroldis Chapman in Cubs' White House ceremony

    New York Daily News "President Barack Obama honored the Cubs' World Series championship team on Monday, mentioning 14 players on the team by name during a 34-minute ceremony. Aroldis Chapman, who was suspended 30 games for violating MLB's domestic violence policy, wasn't among them. Chapman attended the ceremony at..." January 17

  • The Cubs visited President Obama at the White House and gave him some cool gifts

    CBS Sports "Monday afternoon, the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs -- I'm still getting used to saying that! -- were at the White House to visit with outgoing President Barack Obama. The team wanted to make the trip before President-Elect Donald Trump is sworn Friday. "David Ross and I have..." January 16

  • Cubs benched Jorge Soler several times in 2016 for lack of hustle

    CSN Chicago "When the Cubs traded Jorge Soler to the Kansas City Royals for elite closer Wade Davis, it was easy for the Chicago fanbase to understand why. After all, everybody saw the importance of relief pitching throughout the course of the 2016 postseason and there simply wouldn't be enough playing time..." January 16

  • Cubs pushing to host All-Star Game at Wrigley in 2020

    Chicago Sun-Times "President of business operations Crane Kenney said Saturday he’s optimistic the Cubs can land the All-Star Game in 2020, the year construction at Wrigley Field is expected to be finished. But that doesn’t mean it’s close to a done deal. ‘‘The city wants it; we want it,’’ Kenney said, addressing..." January 15

  • Jake Arrieta, Cubs May Be Moving On After 2017 "Right-hander Jake Arrieta and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $15.6-million deal Friday, setting his salary for 2017. The agreement on the contract will be his last with the team unless he and the Cubs agree on a long-term extension. This coming November, Arrieta is set to become..." January 14

  • Anthony Rizzo’s hilarious greeting to Dexter Fowler: ‘I can’t talk to you anymore’

    Chicago Tribune "Anthony Rizzo had a few words for Dexter Fowler at Kris Bryant’s wedding last weekend. “I said it’s 2017, so I can’t talk to you anymore,” Rizzo said jokingly to his former teammate, who signed last month with the rival St. Louis Cardinals. “But it’s just a friendly rivalry. I want to see him..." January 14

  • Cubs, Arrieta reach one-year deal worth $15.64M

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs and 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $15.64 million deal, an MLB source confirmed to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick on Friday. FanRag Sports first reported the agreement. "It's nice to get that done so we don't..." January 14

  • Arrieta won't attend Cubs' ceremonial White House visit

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Cubs are going to be heading to the White House to visit with President Barack Obama, but one of their biggest stars will not be accompanying them on the trip to the nation’s capital. That player is pitcher Jake Arrieta, who picked up a key win in Game 6 of the World Series en route..." January 14

  • Cubs find a way to keep team and fan-favorite David Ross around after retirement

    Chicago Tribune "Fitting that David Ross' first job after retirement is, basically, an internship. "You could put it like that," the former backup catcher said Friday at the Cubs Convention after the team announced he would serve as a special assistant to baseball operations. That's a fancy title for, well,..." January 14

  • Padres nearing deal with Trevor Cahill

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres are closing in on a deal with right-hander Trevor Cahill, sources said Thursday night. The Vista High graduate, primarily a reliever the last two seasons, is expected to compete for a rotation job with his hometown team. Cahill, 28, was effective in the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen last..." January 13

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Joe Maddon laughs at those criticizing his bullpen management

    Larry Brown Sports "Joe Maddon sure received a lot of criticism for a guy who led the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908. Maddon’s use of his bullpen and pitching staff in general was unconventional, but it produced undeniable results. His usage of Aroldis Chapman in particular received a..." January 12

  • Kyle Schwarber wants to catch, but will Cubs let him?

    Chicago Tribune "Confined to a 15-foot circle in the photo studio, Kyle Schwarber repeatedly simulated catching and throwing Monday during a 6 1/2-hour promotional session. Schwarber laughed after an observer suggested he showed the range of motion and agility he wasn't allowed to display during the World..." January 12

  • Source: Cubs to visit White House on Monday

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs will take up President Barack Obama on his invitation to visit him at the White House before his departure later this month. The Cubs will visit Monday, a team source confirmed to ESPN's Jim Bowden. Obama extended the invitation to manager Joe Maddon during a congratulatory..." January 11

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Cubs should go with Zobrist at 2nd "Can Javier Baez remain patient? That's one of the questions hanging over the Cubs as they prepare to defend the championship they won in spectacular fashion last November. As Joe Maddon puts together the pieces of a roster that is the deepest in the Major Leagues and once again will include..." January 09

  • Kris Bryant Marries High School Sweetheart ... In Vegas, Baby!

    TMZ "Chicago Cubs superstar Kris Bryant is already killing in 2017 ... dude just married his high school sweetheart in a massive Vegas wedding -- packed with teammates and other MLB superstars. The 25-year-old 3rd baseman swapped "I Dos" with Jessica Delp -- his girlfriend since high school -- at..." January 09

  • Cubs fans wait 7 hours in line for spring training tickets

    Arizona Republic "When it comes to the Chicago Cubs, fan passion runs deep. Especially on the heels of the team’s first World Series victory in 108 years. Lines started forming at Mesa’s Sloan Park to buy spring training tickets at about 3 a.m. Saturday, a team representative said. Tickets went on sale seven..." January 08

  • Rizzo's parents OK after being in Fort Lauderdale Airport during shooting

    New York Daily News "Anthony Rizzo says that his parents — who were in the Fort Lauderdale airport during the shooting — are all right, and he's praying for the families affected by the tragedy. The Cubs first baseman tweeted on Friday afternoon: "Parents were traveling through FLL today during the shooting. So..." January 07

  • Jason Hammel a possible contingency rotation plan if Rangers do not sign Tyson Ross

    Sports Day "While Tyson Ross appears to be the Rangers' top remaining free agent target, the club is also considering contingency plans in case a deal doesn't happen. A major league source on Friday confirmed a report from's Jon Morosi that the Rangers have checked in on right-hander Jason Hammel...." January 07

  • Cubs shopping with audacious 6-man rotation in mind

    New York Post "Whether they sign Tyson Ross or not – and the Cubs are perceived as one of four finalists for the righty – the defending champs intend at some point next season to use a six-man rotation as a way to lessen the burden on starters who pitched through October last year. The Cubs and Rangers are..." January 05

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Cubs want to host college football bowl game at Wrigley Field

    Chicago Tribune "When New York Yankees officials announced the creation of the Pinstripe Bowl in 2010, some college football fans thought it sounded more like a gag. Wait, a bowl game in a baseball stadium in a cold-weather city in a pro sports town? Was Mars booked? The Pinstripe Bowl has become a..." January 05

  • Rangers, Cubs, Nationals Pursuing Tyson Ross

    MLB Trade Rumors "FOX’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Nationals, too, covet Ross but are considered a “long shot” to land his services. Joe Ross, Tyson’s younger brother, is currently penciled into the Nationals’ rotation, so there’s some appeal beyond financial incentive for Tyson to ponder a match with the Nats...." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces? "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • First baby born in Chicago in 2017 was named “Wrigley”

    Hardball Talk "Fun fact: I know someone who says that when her mother was in labor, a couple of hours before midnight on December 31 one year, the doctors approached her and asked if she wanted them to slow the process down in an effort to have the baby born after midnight. “You’d make the news!” someone..." January 03

  • How do Cubs handle their catching situation next season?

    Fanrag Sports "Because we often trivialize sports down to just numbers, let’s do a pop quiz: Which catcher on the 2016 Cubs spent the most innings behind the plate? If you answered Willson Contreras, you’d be wrong! David Ross? Still wrong. The answer? Miguel Montero. Even with a back injury limiting him,..." January 03

  • The Cubs are close to re-signing Munenori Kawasaki

    Hardball Talk "As far as signings go this is about as minor as it gets, but the player in question is fun, so that’s worth noting. Sports Hochi reports that the Cubs are close to re-signing Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract. Kawasaki is a utlilityman who played some second and third in 14 big..." January 03

  • Teams won’t give Jason Hammel more than a one-year contract

    Hardball Talk "Free agent right-hander Jason Hammel is having difficulty finding a landing spot this winter, according to a report by FanRag Sports’ John Perrotto. “Many teams” appear reluctant to take a flyer on the 34-year-old, despite his productive run with the Cubs last season, and Perrotto notes that the..." December 31

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Could Another Deal Between the Royals And Cubs Be Brewing?

    Fox Sports "Royals general manager Dayton Moore already pulled the trigger on one major deal with the Cubs by sending Wade Davis to Chicago in return for Jorge Soler. Could another swap be in the works? Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore said something rather interesting in a radio show with..." December 27

  • Cubs' World Series title voted AP Sports Story of the Year

    Chicago Tribune "Everything changed for the Chicago Cubs on a rainy November night. A century-plus worth of heartache washed away by a wave of pure joy. There were hugs, cheers and tears — and bottles and bottles of booze, sprayed everywhere from Cleveland to the shadow of Wrigley Field. Lovable losers, no..." December 26

  • Cubs agree to minor-league deals with Weeks, Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have signed righty reliever Fernando Rodriguez, presumably to a minor league deal, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Rodriguez’s agency, J.M.G. Baseball, tweeted last week that their client had agreed to terms with an NL club. The Cubs have also added second baseman Jemile Weeks,..." December 25

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • Jason Hammel To Change Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free agent right-hander Jason Hammel is leaving Octagon and will likely join ACES, major league sources told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. Hammel’s agency switch comes at a time when he’s clearly among the best starters remaining on the open market. The 34-year-old became available Nov. 6, when..." December 20

  • Blue Jays showing interest in lefty reliever Travis Wood

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are showing interest in free agent left-handed reliever Travis Wood, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. Toronto is also looking at Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, Morosi says. Wood, a member of the Chicago Cubs for the last five seasons, made 77 appearances with the..." December 19

  • Cubs reportedly 'most interested' team in starter Tyson Ross

    CBS Sports "Earlier this winter, the Chicago Cubs declined their $12 million option on Jason Hammel. The move surprised many for a few reasons, not the least of which was the Cubs created the need for another starting pitcher. While most thought the Cubs would turn to the trade market to find their new..." December 18

  • Record 6 MLB teams to pay luxury tax

    Chicago Tribune "A record six teams are paying baseball's luxury tax this season, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $31.8 million and the New York Yankees at $27.4 million. Boston ($4.5 million), Detroit ($4 million), San Francisco ($3.4 million) and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs ($2.96 million) also..." December 17

  • Jake Arrieta honors bet with CCU championship tattoo

    Sportsnaut "Chicago Cubs ace pitcher Jake Arrieta is now the not so proud owner of a brand new tattoo that he got after losing a bet to a teammate. Arrieta and teammate Tommy La Stella made a bet revolving around the College World Series. TCU was eliminated by CCU, reaching the Finals, meaning Arrieta, a..." December 17

  • Joe Maddon’s Aroldis Chapman defense: I had to win, he always said yes

    New York Post "Even if Aroldis Chapman says he was misused by Joe Maddon in the World Series, the Cubs manager has no regrets about how he maneuvered his bullpen to win a ring. Chapman said Friday he did not agree with the way Maddon used him in the World Series as the Cubs ended their 108-year drought,..." December 17

  • Chapman says Marlins were close to signing him, felt Yanks were more stable "Aroldis Chapman said Friday that the Marlins were close to signing him, but that he felt the Yankees were the more stable organization. "The Marlins were close on signing me, but at the end, my wish was to come back to the Yankees," Chapman said during a conference call. Chapman added that..." December 17

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Aroldis Chapman disagreed with Joe Maddon’s use of him in the playoffs

    Hardball Talk "In an earlier post today I talked about how two things can be true at the same time. Here are two things that are both true: 1. Joe Maddon and the Cubs won the World Series; and 2. Joe Maddon didn’t optimally deploy Aroldis Chapman in the World Series. I hope people can get their head around..." December 16