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Cubs Have Considered Trading Ben Zobrist

Jan 20, 2019 9:14 PM

The Chicago Cubs are facing a budget-crunch and have considered the idea of trading Ben Zobrist, according to a report.

Zobrist carries a $12.5 million salary for 2019 and the Cubs are looking for bullpen help.

Sahadev Sharma/The Athletic

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Yadier Molina Takes Exception To Kris Bryant's Comments

Jan 20, 2019 1:34 AM

The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals won't see each other until early May, but the heat already has been turned up on one of baseball's best rivalries.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant called St. Louis "boring" during a comedic moment at the team's annual fan convention this weekend. When Cardinals star catcher Yadier Molina heard about the comment, he responded by saying "only stupid players and losers" make fun of other cities.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

Bryant, Longoria Frustrated That Harper, Machado Remain Unsigned

Jan 19, 2019 1:22 AM

Cubs star Kris Bryant and Giants third baseman Evan Longoria both expressed frustration for free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, who remain unsigned with less than a month to go before spring training begins.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Joe Maddon: Bryce Harper To Cubs Is 'Not Going To Happen'

Jan 17, 2019 8:05 AM

The Chicago Cubs have a limited budget this offseason, but had been expected to be players for Bryce Harper for several years.

Harper is best friends with Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and has a dog named Wrigley.

Joe Maddon has further refuted the possibility of Harper signing with the Cubs,

"Not going to happen," Maddon said at the club's annual fan convention.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Cubs Sign Addison Russell To One-Year, $3.4M Deal

Jan 12, 2019 2:36 AM

The Cubs have signed suspended shortstop Addison Russell to a one-year deal worth $3.4 million, avoiding an arbitration hearing.

Russell can make up to a total of $4 million with roster time incentives, pro-rated, after serving his suspension for violation of domestic abuse policies.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Signing

Cubs Hire Mark Loretta As Bench Coach

Jan 3, 2019 7:49 AM

The Chicago Cubs have hired Mark Loretta as bench coach.

Loretta replaces Brandon Hyde, who was hired as manager of the Baltimore Orioles last month.

The 47-year-old spent the past nine years working in the front office of the San Diego Padres.

Loretta spent time under Theo Epstein with the Boston Red Sox during his playing days.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

Cubs Agree To Deal With Kendall Graveman

Dec 22, 2018 6:26 PM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a deal with free-agent right-hander Kendall Graveman, a source told ESPN's Jesse Rogers on Saturday.

The 28-year-old Graveman, who is still rehabbing after having Tommy John surgery in late July, will receive at least $575,000 for 2019 and has a $3 million club option for 2020, according to multiple reports.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Injury, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Cubs, Daniel Descalso Agree On Two-Year, $5M Deal

Dec 19, 2018 9:12 AM

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to a two-year, $5 million deal with Daniel Descalso that includes a club option for 2021.

Descalso gets $1.5 million next year and $2.5 million in 2020. The club option is for $3.5 million with a $1 million buyout.

He can also earn $250,000 annually in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: $50,000 each for 425, 450 and 475, and $100,000 for 500.


Tags: Chicago Cubs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Cubs Focused On Filling Veteran Leadership Void

Dec 11, 2018 8:09 AM

The Chicago Cubs are searching for another David Ross after suffering from a lack of leadership in the clubhouse this past season.

Ross brought leadership to a Cubs' team that won the World Series and he hasn't been replaced.

"We didn't have anyone like that on the roster last year," Jed Hoyer said. "I did think there was a bit of a void, to be honest with you. That's not to say we don't have a bunch of guys that have leadership qualities. We absolutely do, but we have such a young group. Having someone that's been through the game a little bit longer, with more perspective, that can help out with some of the difficult times, is important. We had that in '15, '16, '17. We were lacking that last year."

Hoyer praised Jon Jay for his role in 2017, but Jay didn't return in '18, opening the leadership void.

"I think it was a miscalculation on our part," Hoyer said. "We felt we were at a place where those things would take care of themselves because we had this group together for so long. We realized that wasn't accurate."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

Mets Hire Chili Davis As Hitting Coach

Dec 9, 2018 9:08 PM

Chili Davis has been hired as hitting coach of the New York Mets after spending last season in that role with the Chicago Cubs.

Davis was hitting coach for Oakland manager Bob Melvin (2012-14) and Boston manager John Farrell (2015-17) before moving to the Cubs under manager Joe Maddon.

Tags: New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Signing

Cubs Tender Contract To Addison Russell
Addison Russell will miss the first month of next season after accepting a 40-game suspension late in 2018.

Cubs Trade Tommy La Stella To Angels
The Cubs have traded Tommy La Stella to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Pitching Coach Jim Hickey Resigns
Jim Hickey cited personal reasons for the decision.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs May Be In On Bryce Harper After All
The Cubs aren't expected to be big spenders this offseason, but that may not rule them out of the Bryce Harper sweepstakes entirely.

Bernstein & McKnight/670 The Score

Cubs Appear Open To Trading Kris Bryant
Kris Byrant struggled during the 2018 season, batting .272 with 13 homers in 102 games.

Cubs, Joe Maddon Won't Talk Extension This Offseason
The Cubs have won more regular season games than anyone in baseball over the last four years.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Won't Make Plays For Bryce Harper, Manny Machado
The Cubs have long been linked to Bryce Harper and Manny Machado in free agency, but they reportedly "will not be a factor" for either.

David Kaplan/NBC Chicago

Cubs Pick Up Option On Cole Hamels
The Cubs also trade Drew Smyly to the Rangers for a player to be named.

Cubs Pick Up Options On Brandon Kintzler, Pedro Strop
The Cubs have exercised their club option on the contract of Pedro Strop, while fellow reliever Brandon Kintzler picked up his player option.

Associated Press

Scott Boras Jokingly Claims Bryce Harper Has Deal In Place
Bryce Harper becomes a free agent ten days from now since the World Series is complete.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Rangers Name Shiraz Rehman Assistant GM
Shiraz Rehman has spent the last seven years in baseball operations with the Chicago Cubs.

Cubs Name Anthony Iapoce New Hitting Coach
The Cubs have their third hitting coach in as many seasons, hiring former Rangers hitting coach Anthony Iapoce.

Cubs Fire Hitting Coach Chili Davis
The Cubs saw a notable drop in offensive production, especially in the second half of the season.

Kris Bryant Rejected $200M Extension Offer From Cubs
Kris Bryant recently rejected a $200 million multi-year contract extension offer from the Cubs, according to a report.

Dave Kaplan/ESPN

Addison Russell Suspended 40 Games By MLB
Addison Russell has been suspended 40 games for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.


Rockies Beat Cubs In 13 Innings To Reach NLDS
Tony Wolters hit a two-out RBI single in the top of the 13th inning to give the Rockies a 2-1 win over the Cubs in the National League Wild Card Game.

Thomas Harding/MLB

Two NL Tiebreaker Games Needed
The Cubs will host the Brewers, while the Rockies will take on the Dodgers in Los Angeles on Monday.

Addison Russell's Administrative Leave Extended
Addison Russell, 24, was placed on paid leave last Friday after his ex-wife posted a blog detailing abuse during their short marriage.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Lock Up Playoff Berth, Eye NL Central
The Cubs are headed to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season for the first time in franchise history.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Kris Bryant Misses Game Due To Shoulder Fatigue
Kris Bryant was on the DL from July 26 to September 1 with left shoulder inflammation.