Cubs Rumors & News

  • Yankees-Cubs rained out; doubleheader Wednesday

    New York Post "The Yankees-Cubs game scheduled for Tuesday night has been postponed and will be made up Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader in The Bronx. Masahiro Tanaka had been scheduled to make his second Yankee Stadium start Tuesday. He will start Game 1 of thw twinbill and Michael..." April 16

  • Darnell McDonald joins Cubs front office two weeks after retiring

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this month journeyman outfielder Darnell McDonald announced his retirement via Instagram and he’s already landed a good post-playing gig in the Cubs’ front office as a baseball operations assistant. McDonald was the Orioles’ first-round pick in 1997 and went bust as a prospect, but then..." April 15

  • Redbirds' rain man shines again

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Neither rain, nor delay, nor pressure, nor glare of October lights keeps Michael Wacha from the usual swift completion of his assigned starts. The young righty has shown whatever the conditions, he can deliver. For the third time in as many starts this season, Wacha had an outing complicated..." April 14

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    Top #Cubs prospect Javier Baez has been moved to the DL with a left ankle sprain, the @IowaCubs announce. His stats:

  • Subs Jay, Descalso power Redbirds by Cubs

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "How the Cardinals have positioned Jon Jay and Daniel Descalso — two stalwarts for three consecutive postseason runs – as understudies leaves them with a role complicated by irregular playing time and undesirable matchups. At least it’s familiar. A duo of Cardinals who gained a toehold in the..." April 13

  • Chicago Cubs option Chris Rusin to Triple-A Iowa

    Fansided "The Chicago Cubs called up left handed starting pitcher Chris Rusin from Triple-A Iowa, which resulted in the Cubs sending down reliever Brian Schlitter. Rusin and Carlos Villanueva were battling for the fifth and final spot in the starting rotation for the Cubs during the final stretch of..." April 12

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    Gordon Wittenmyer @GDubCub

    Veras out of closer role for now says Renteria

  • Renteria says Cubs are sticking with Veras as closer

    CSN Chicago "This is where Carlos Zambrano once went off on his “We stinks!” rant after watching another Carlos Marmol meltdown. Strange things happen to the Cubs at Busch Stadium, and right now Jose Veras looks lost out there in the ninth inning. Still, manager Rick Renteria gave his closer a vote of..." April 12

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs Jake Arrieta will make at least one more start for AA Tennessee. Renteria says reports from Thursday's outing were good

  • Cubs almost waste another Jeff Samardzija gem but beat Cardinals

    Chicago Tribune "For the first six innings Friday night, it looked like Jeff Samardzija would receive long-awaited and ample run support only with another team. The Cubs' offense finally broke through with three runs in the seventh and eighth innings while Samardzija held his own with seven innings of one-run..." April 12

  • Alvarez, Pirates overcome a 4-run deficit to earn win over Cubs

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The way Pirates manager Clint Hurdle sees it, Pedro Alvarez never has been better. Look past the .229 batting average, because it doesn't really tell the story. Focus instead on Alvarez's gaudy 1.027 on-base plus slugging percentage. Take note of his patience and pitch selection. Marvel at his..." April 11

  • Cubs' Rizzo getting laugh at lefties' expense

    Chicago Tribune "Jason Hammel got a laugh at Anthony Rizzo's expense Wednesday night after the Chicago Cubs' first baseman mistakenly congratulated Hammel on earning his first National League win. Hammel, who beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in his Cubs' debut on April 3 and won 27 games with the Colorado Rockies..." April 10

  • Mike Olt and Junior Lake homer in Cubs victory

    Chicago Tribune "Opportunity is expanding for Mike Olt and Junior Lake — along with their confidence. After they hit consecutive home runs Wednesday night to vault the Cubs to a 7-5 victory over the Pirates, manager Rick Renteria is ready to increase their roles. Renteria said he plans to steer away slightly..." April 10

  • Renteria backs Veras as Cubs closer and gets first ejection

    CSN Chicago "Jose Veras is already raising the stress levels for Cubs fans and forcing his manager to answers questions about the closer’s job. “I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it,” Renteria said. “But right now, I think it would be really premature for me to make a decision or say that I would change..." April 09

  • Pirates give up early lead but outlast Cubs, 7-6

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Russell Martin’s eighth inning sacrifice fly scored Starling Marte to lift the Pirates to a 7-6 win Tuesday night against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Cubs relievers Pedro Strop and James Russell loaded the bases with three walks in the eighth, setting the scene for Martin. It was almost the..." April 09

  • Cubs bust out of slump, explode for eight runs in win

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs have insisted over and over again they're feeling good at the plate, even if the results haven't been there. Relief -- and justification -- came Sunday, as the Cubs put on an offensive show in a 8-3 win over the Phillies in front of 26,712 at Wrigley Field. Rick Renteria played..." April 07

  • Phillies 2, Cubs 0

    CSN Philly "Cliff Lee had a strong start and Chase Utley continued to swing a hot bat as the Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs for a second straight game, 2-0, at chilly Wrigley Field Saturday afternoon. The Phillies are 3-2 after five games. They go for a series sweep on Sunday. Starting pitching..." April 06

  • Cubs prospect Jorge Soler placed on seven-day minor league disabled list

    Hardball Talk "Cubs outfield prospect Jorge Soler left last night’s game with a hamstring injury. Soler, playing with the Tennessee Smokies in Double-A, doubled in his only at-bat against Pensacola last night before leaving. He underwent an MRI on Friday and the Cubs placed him on the seven-day minor league..." April 05

  • Phillies beat Cubs 7-2

    CSN Philly "Chase Utley and John Mayberry Jr. both hit two-run home runs and the bullpen pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings as the Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs, 7-2, in the 100th season opener at Wrigley Field Friday afternoon. The Phillies are 2-2. The game-time temperature was 38 degrees with a..." April 05

  • Cubs hold on for 3-2 win

    Chicago Tribune "Manager Rick Renteria had a blend of rock, pop, jazz and salsa music playing in his office less than eight hours after the Chicago Cubs dropped a 16-inning game to the Pittsburgh Pirates. "Whatever it takes," Renteria said Thursday before the Cubs tried to salvage the final game of a three-game..." April 04

  • Pirates win in 16th inning, 4-3, on Tony Sanchez single

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Tony Sanchez’s pinch-hit single in the 16th inning gave the Pirates a 4-3 win against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park Wednesday night. The game lasted 5 hours, 55 minutes, making the longest baseball game ever played in Pittsburgh. Jose Tabata reached on a fielder’s choice in the 16th and went..." April 03

  • Cubs sign Joel Pineiro

    Hardball Talk "Joel Pineiro hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011, but he’s still giving it a go at age 35 and the right-hander has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs. Pineiro had a 5.13 ERA and a miniscule strikeout rate in 146 innings for the Angels in 2011, but for the most part he was..." April 01

  • Betting 101: How to safely bet early-season MLB action "Baseball is here, firing the starting gun on what is a marathon for bettors that stretches the spring, summer and fall. The MLB season is filled with peaks and valleys, however, if those valleys come too soon into the schedule, you won’t even have a shot at hitting those peaks. Navigating the..." April 01

  • Pirates open the season with a blast and a 1-0 victory

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Mark Melancon couldn't sleep on Sunday night, struggling to the point that he gave up his futile pursuit of rest about 40 minutes before the alarm was set to go off on Monday morning. Neil Walker picked up his teammate, drove him to PNC Park, and on the way, they talked about the day that was..." April 01

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    Carrie Muskat @CarrieMuskat

    #Cubs lineup Bonifacio cf Lake lf Castro as Rizzo 1b Olt 3b Castillo c Schierholtz rf Barney 2b Samardzija p

  • Cubs hand fifth spot in rotation to Carlos Villanueva

    Hardball Talk "Carlos Villanueva didn’t exactly impress in his 17 2/3 innings in the Cactus League, but the Cubs’ other options didn’t fare any better. That’s why, as Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports, the Cubs have given the fifth spot in the rotation to Villanueva. Villanueva posted a..." March 29

  • Report: Drug policy changes will bar players from postseason, even if they’ve served their suspensions

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, when looking at reports of the changes to the Joint Drug Agreement, I said that the increased penalties and testing protocols didn’t seem draconian. The latest report on the changes could change my mind about that. Christine Brennan reports that the policy — not yet finalized – will..." March 29

  • Olt, Kalish win berths on Cubs' roster

    Chicago Tribune "The Cubs saw enough of Mike Olt over the last six days to feel comfortable enough to announce Thursday he will be on the opening day roster and get most of the playing time at third base. But as far as the rest of the positions, the opposing pitcher will have a lot to do with the daily..." March 28

  • Cubs' Samardzija terse on future after final spring tuneup

    Chicago Tribune "From his performance to his teammates to his personal goals for 2014, Jeff Samardzija expanded on several topics Wednesday. But the status of his future wasn't one of them. Samardzija gave a terse reply when asked whether he believed there could be time for a contract extension before the..." March 27

  • Tony Clark officially voted in as Executive Director of the MLBPA

    Hardball Talk "Back in December the Executive Board of the Major League Baseball Player’s Association appointed Tony Clark as the head of the MLBPA. It was announced via press release today that the players have ”overwhelmingly confirmed” the appointment. This comes as no surprise, of course, even if it is now..." March 27

  • Baker wins job; Olt should be next "The Chicago Cubs named John Baker as the backup catcher and cleared two players from their 40-man roster by giving catcher George Kottaras his unconditional release and losing Donnie Murphy to the Texas Rangers in a waiver claim. Kottaras signed a one-year deal with the Cubs over the winter..." March 26

  • Cubs setting roster with Jose Veras as closer

    CSN Chicago "The Cubs have been saying it: Jose Veras is our closer. It’s too early for a ninth-inning controversy, though a National League scout covering the Cubs mentioned how Veras hasn’t looked like closer material this spring, giving up seven runs and 11 hits in eight innings, walking two batters and..." March 26

  • MLB working toward new PED deal, would increase suspensions "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are working toward increasing penalties for players caught using performance-enhancing drugs while also decreasing penalties for players testing positive unintentionally, the Associated Press reports. The AP report notes that now a first..." March 26

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Castro says he 'll take up to 6 AB today in minor game. Won't play the field and won't run full speed out of box but will run bases after

  • Javier Baez Suffers Heel Contusion

    Fansided "The Chicago Cubs and top prospect Javier Baez avoided an injury concern on Friday. In the Cubs game against the Chicago White Sox on Friday, Baez was pulled from the game in the sixth inning after an awkward landing on first base after a successful infield hit. After the game, the Cubs..." March 22

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Renteria is not worried about Castro being ready for opening day (at least not yet). Ran the bases yest. Should play soon. Sun? Mon?

  • Angels trade Scioscia's kid for Wayne Gretzky's kid "How about that? Matt Scioscia is a 25-year-old first baseman who has hit .222/.264/.280 with three home runs in 127 career games, all at the Single-A level. The Angels drafted him twice (2007 and 2011), presumably as a favor to his father. Trevor Gretzky, 21, was the Cubs seventh round pick..." March 21

  • Tigers reportedly scouting Cubs infielder Darwin Barney, outfielder Nate Schierholtz

    Michigan Live "Two years ago, the Detroit Tigers reportedly made a strong push around the non-waiver trade deadline to acquire middle infielder Darwin Barney from the Chicago Cubs. A trade never came to fruition, but it appears the Tigers' interest in Barney hasn't dissipated. Barney, along with Cubs..." March 20

  • Tigers scouting Cubs' Nate Schierholtz, Darwin Barney "According to a report by Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, the Tigers are presently scouting outfielder Nate Schierholtz and infielder Darwin Barney of the Cubs. Levine writes that longtime Detroit exec Scott Reid is following both players this week. The Tigers are in the trade market thanks to..." March 19

  • Starlin Castro up to ‘90 percent’ as Cubs face injury issues

    CSN Chicago "Starlin Castro estimated he’s running at 90 percent now, but the Cubs shortstop wouldn’t put a timetable on when he’ll be able to play in a game again. “I don’t know,” Castro said Tuesday, “but we’re getting closer.” Castro went through another series of tests at Cubs Park, taking batting..." March 19

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Arizona will look for a top starter. Samardzija talks may be revisited. Story @670TheScore

  • The Cubs have fired their team psychologist "The Cubs will of course have a new manager for the upcoming season (Rick Renteria), and they'll also avail themselves of the services of a new psychologist. That's because the team shrink, Marc Strickland, has been fired. As Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes, the Cubs' previous GM, Jim..." March 16

  • Cubs will have Javier Baez start at second base soon

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs will start Javier Baez at second base on either Monday or Tuesday, according to Cubs manager Rick Renteria. The report comes from Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Baez, rated the fourth overall best prospect by Baseball Prospectus, has played exclusively at shortstop..." March 16

  • Matt Garza has Cubs games circled "Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Matt Garza relished his experience with the Cubs and enjoyed his time in Chicago. He won 21 games pitching for the Cubs most of the past three seasons before Chicago dealt him to the Texas Rangers at last July's trade deadline. Garza will push his warm wishes..." March 15

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    Jesse Rogers @ESPNChiCubs

    Jeff Samardzija is opening day pitcher . Followed by Wood, per Rick Renteria

  • Cubs Make 10 Roster Cuts

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "Not wanting to wait even one more day (until the Cubs have their only off day of the spring) before making a few roster moves, the Cubs announced the following roster adjustments late Wednesday afternoon. None of them should surprise you. Arismendy Alcantara, Logan Watkins, Jorge Soler and Matt..." March 12

  • Braves interested in trading for Jeff Samardzija?

    Fansided "The Atlanta Braves starting pitching rotations looks like something from a MASH unit. From Kris Medlen possibly having ligament damage to Brandon Beachy having elbow issues, the Braves are simply in damage control right now doing what they can to keep the wheels from falling off. They’ve..." March 11

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    Bruce Levine @MLBBruceLevine

    Ryan Sweeney departed game with right knee soreness . Day to day .

  • Castro feeling better, intent on playing every day "Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, sidelined since Sunday with a mild right hamstring strain, hopes to begin baseball activities early next week, and has the same goal as years past of playing all 162 games. Castro, injured when he tried to steal second base in a game, is taking advantage of the..." March 08

  • Legend of Kris Bryant grows: One NL executive sees 50-homer power "The first name that comes to mind when you see Kris Bryant might be Dave Kingman, another tall, lanky, righthanded-hitting Cub with immense power. Two big differences though: Bryant will be a much better hitter, and he's a friendly guy. Bryant, already the hot new slugger in baseball, hit..." March 08