CUBS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Cubs acquire lefty prospect Smith from Brewers

The Cubs added another left-handed pitcher to the bullpen on Thursday, acquiring Caleb Smith, who was the Brewers' selection in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. The Brewers traded Smith to the Cubs for cash considerations.
Via Cubs.com
3 hours ago

Chicago Cubs News: Soler for Davis as Cubs strengthen bullpen

The Chicago Cubs traded from their outfield surplus, trading Jorge Soler to the Kansas City Royals for closing pitcher Wade Davis. The winter meetings have been pretty quiet for the Chicago Cubs, but Wednesday they finally reminded everyone they plan to be part of the conversation for the 2017 World Series. With Kyle Schwarber returning to […] Chicago Cubs News: Soler for Davis...
Via Cubbies Crib
4 hours ago

With Cubs Still Looking to Add to Bullpen, Here Are Some Options

Well, the Cubs have got their new closer. In fact, the whole back end of 2016’s bullpen looks to be pretty well set at this point. And when you add in this offseason’s first splash, the signing of Brian Duensing, you’ve got a pretty good start. But because bullpens are fickle, the Cubs are going to need to keep stockpiling arms like a doomsday prepper in order to set themselves...
Via Cubs Insider
4 hours ago

Chicago Cubs: Former closer Aroldis Chapman returns to the Yankees

With the Chicago Cubs making a strong push to clinch the division, they were looking for an extra boost. Theo Epstein and company went out and made a controversial trade. In exchange for top prospects. We all knew this was going to happen. Just a few months ago, the Chicago Cubs acquired southpaw Aroldis Chapman […] Chicago Cubs: Former closer Aroldis Chapman returns to the Yankees...
Via Cubbies Crib
4 hours ago

Player Profile: Jon Jay

Position: Center field 2016 Stats: .291/.339/.389, .271 TAV, 1.6 WARP in 373 plate appearances Year in Review: Jon Jay was the first main acquisition of the Cubs’ 2016 offseason. Jay, as most remember, was drafted in the second round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. His best season in the minors was in 2008 […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

In The Loop: Cubs fans surprised with commissioner's trophy

Watch two Cubs fans get surprised by getting to see the commissioner's trophy at CSN.
Via CSN Chicago
12 hours ago

Report: Aroldis Chapman signs with Yankees

Aroldis Chapman reportedly will be signing with the New York Yankees. FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Chapman is going to the Yanks on a five-year, $86 million deal. BREAKING: Chapman to #Yankees, five years, $86M. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 8, 2016 The Yankees are getting Chapman back five months after they traded him to the Cubs for Adam Warren and three...
Via Larry Brown Sports
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why Cubs felt like they had to trade Jorge Soler now

Despite his high upside, the Cubs felt it was time to trade Jorge Soler now in an effort to strengthen their bullpen and having a surplus of outfielders.
Via CSN Chicago
13 hours ago

Latest On The Cubs’ Bullpen

The Cubs have already added Wade Davis and Brian Duensing to their bullpen, but they’re still trying to add depth, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times writes. Ideally, they’d like to add another lefty, and they’ve been in touch with Travis Wood about returning. But Wood’s agent, Darek Braunecker, says his client has attracted interest from seven NL teams, as ESPN’s...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
15 hours ago

Cubs to consider pitching for Rule 5 Draft

The Cubs may select a player in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, especially if they can find a pitcher who can give them more depth.
Via Cubs.com
15 hours ago

Epstein still basking in post-Series euphoria

Theo Epstein is enjoying the euphoric feeling in Chicago following the Cubs' dramatic seven-game Series, which ended the longest championship drought in professional sports.
Via Cubs.com
18 hours ago

Chicago Cubs agree to deal for Wade Davis

On Tuesday night, news broke that the Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals were in talks involving closer Wade Davis and outfielder Jorge Soler. That deal officially happened on Wednesday. Royals reporter Jeffery Flanagan of MLB.com confirmed the report on Wednesday afternoon as now the Cubs have added a closer to their bullpen: https://twitter.com/FlannyMLB/status/806569796619866112...
Via ChiCitySports.com
23 hours ago

Player Profile: Kyle Schwarber

Position: Greatest DH in Cubs history 2016 Stats: .000/.200/.000, -0.1 WARP Year in Review: A number four overall draft pick with a -39 OPS+?! #FireTheo Kyle Schwarber might have just played the most unique season in baseball history. As you no doubt recall, his regular season ended on April 7 when he left Chase Field […]
Via BP Wrigleyville
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Full postseason shares on Chicago Cubs worth $368,872

NEW YORK (AP) The value of a full postseason share on the World Series champions declined for the second straight year. A full share on the Chicago Cubs following the team's first title since 1908 was worth $368,872, the commissioner's office said Tuesday. That is down from $370,069 for last year's Kansas City Royals and a record $388,606 for the 2014 San Francisco Giants. Chicago...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs raising ticket prices 20 percent

The Chicago Cubs just snapped a 108-year championship drought to win the World Series, after winning an MLB-best 103 games in the regular season. They will also enter the 2017 MLB season as World Series favorites, featuring several young stars that are a joy to watch. They play their home games at Wrigley Field, a baseball shrine that has gone under renovations for the last few...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Moises Alou thought we’d stop talking about Steve Bartman by now

If you thought Steve Bartman’s name would disappear from the baseball world once the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, you were (sadly) straight-up wrong. And former Cubs outfielder Moises Alou is one of those people. Alou, the left fielder that Bartman made contact with on the foul ball at Wrigley Field in Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS, told the media on Monday how he was “very...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cubs raising season ticket prices an average of 19.5 percent

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs gave their long-suffering fans a World Series championship last season and now fans are going to have to give the Cubs something: More money. The team says the average season ticket price at Wrigley Field will climb 19.5 percent next season. The best seats will go up the most: 31 percent for club box infield seats and 22 percent for seats in the bleachers...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Aroldis Chapman seeking six-year contract in free agency

Aroldis Chapman wants a very lengthy contract from his next employer. The free agent closer told ESPN’s Marly Rivera that he’s hoping to receive a six-year deal in the free agent market, though he denied requesting a $100 million contract. “The only thing I have expressed that I would like is a six-year contract,” Chapman said. “I know that doesn’t mean that I will...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cubs Have Too Many Outfielders!

On paper, it’s hard to see Jon Jay as any sort of upgrade for the defending World Champion Chicago Cubs. Prior to the one-year, $8-million agreement between Jay and the club, our Depth Chart projections featured Jason Heyward as the recipient of the majority of the team’s center-field plate appearances, with Kyle Schwarber receiving most of the time in left, Ben Zobrist in right...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Lester amusingly rips himself for inability to throw to first

Jon Lester has a major problem with throwing to first base, but at least the Chicago Cubs ace has a sense of humor about it. Lester’s problems throwing to first gained a lot of attention after he signed a $155 million contract with the Cubs. He basically stopped trying to hold runners on beginning in 2012, and he has made some embarrassing errors throwing to first on balls in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Gingerbread replica of Wrigley Field weighs in at 400 pounds

An Illinois chef figured out a delightfully delicious way to pay tribute to the Chicago Cubs breaking their 108-year-old World Series drought while keeping in the spirit of the upcoming holiday season: Creating a “gingerbread house” celebrating the Cubs’ beloved ballpark. And let’s just say said chef pulled out all the stops — and spared no effort — while creating...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Box Score 11/30: Walton, Luongo and Bo

Happy birthday to Bill Walsh, Bo Jackson, Ivan Rodriguez and Shane Victorino. On this date in 1991, the U.S. Women's National Team won the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup 2-1 over Norway.Around the League:  How did an old Nintendo game like Stadium Events become one of the rarest game collectables in the world? No one quite knows, but it changes people's lives. [ESPN Magazine...
Via Yardbarker
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Cubs sign OF Jon Jay to one-year contract

The defending World Series champs worked quick to replace an imminent departure from their title winning squad. The Chicago Cubs reportedly signed veteran outfielder Jon Jay to a one-year, $8 million contract on Tuesday. Cubs agree to terms with OF Jon Jay on 1-year, $8 million contract. — Mark Gonzales (@MDGonzales) November 29, 2016 Jay, 31, will likely be called on to replace...
Via Sportsnaut
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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