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Sources: Cubs Considering Sportsbook At Wrigley Field

Jun 15, 2019 9:18 PM

The Chicago Cubs have considered opening a sportsbook at Wrigley Field and at locations just outside of the Friendly Confines, multiple sources familiar with the team's thinking told ESPN.

Betting windows, automated kiosks and even a full-blown sportsbook venue inside the stadium are among the options that have been considered by the Cubs and other Chicago professional franchises, as Illinois' new sports betting law prepares to take effect.

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Yu Darvish: Return To Dodger Stadium 'A Big Deal'

Jun 15, 2019 1:37 PM

Dodger Stadium doesn't provide the best of memories for Cubs starter Yu Darvish, who'll try to exorcise more than one demon when he takes the mound there on Saturday night against his old team.

In 2017, Darvish helped the Dodgers get to the World Series before famously melting down over the course of two starts in the best-of-seven affair against the Astros.

"It's a big deal," Darvish said Friday of his return for the first time since Game 7. "I still have a lot of friends over there, but at the same time they are the best team in the National League. I have to beat those guys."

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Ben Zobrist Could Return To Cubs This Season

Jun 14, 2019 8:57 AM

Theo Epstein says there's a path for Ben Zobrist to return to the Chicago Cubs this season.

Zobrist, 38, has been on the restricted list since May 7 for what was described as personal reasons. He is going through a divorce from his wife.

"There's been a little definition added to how he hopes this thing might go," Epstein said. "I've been in constant touch with Zobrist. He knows the door is open. I think he's got an idea in mind on how he would like this to go, but his priorities are clear -- that's family first."

Zobrist has been in touch with the team throughout the process.

"Certainly the door is open and the possibility of a return is there for him later in the season," Epstein said. "We'll see how things evolve. We'd all love to see him back here and he would love to be back. We'll see if that can come to fruition."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

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Cubs Won't Rush Craig Kimbrel

Jun 10, 2019 8:40 AM

The Chicago Cubs made the signing of Craig Kimbrel official on Friday and Theo Epstein says the club won't rush the reliever onto the mound.

"First step is going to throw a bullpen [Saturday], and then head out to [the Cubs' complex] in Mesa, Ariz. and have a condensed spring training. We'll throw a couple bullpens, face live hitters and we'll get a gauge on where he's at from there. We'll listen to Craig and how he's feeling. At some point, he'll make a rehab assignment [at Triple-A Iowa]. We're not going to rush it. It's going to tempting to get him here as soon as possible, but we're trying to plan this thing the right way so he can be in a position to succeed not just immediately but all the way through October. That's going to be our guiding principal as we go," Epstein said.

Joe Maddon told reporters on Thursday that he thought Kimbrel might be ready to pitch in about three weeks.


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Craig Kimbrel: 'Glad I'm With Cubs'

Jun 8, 2019 1:07 PM

After months of waiting to join a team -- he says the wait was harder on his friends and family -- elite closer Craig Kimbrel arrived at Wrigley Field on Friday declaring himself ready for action.

Kimbrel, 31, signed a three-year deal with the Chicago Cubs after becoming a free agent way back in October.

"Am I surprised?" Kimbrel asked rhetorically about the process taking so long. "No. Am I disappointed where I am right now? No, not at all. I'm glad I've made it through this process, which was tough, and hopefully we can get this worked out between players and owners moving forward. That's a different conversation."

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Craig Kimbrel Could Be Ready For Cubs In Three Weeks

Jun 7, 2019 7:40 AM

Joe Maddon said Thursday that he expects Craig Kimbrel to be ready to pitch in about three weeks.

"I would imagine in the position that's he's been in, he had some kind of a strategy of program mapped out," Maddon said. "The first thing you do is find out and then set up program. You think about a three-week window, normally it sounds right. Think about relief pitchers in spring training. Conventionally it would be like that kind of a window. But you've got to talk to the guy first and see what he's been doing."

Kimbrel turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Boston Red Sox last November and remained a free agent for seven months.

The Cubs have blown 11 saves this season.

Associated Press

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Cubs, Craig Kimbrel Reach Three-Year Deal

Jun 5, 2019 10:13 PM

The Chicago Cubs have bolstered their bullpen by signing Craig Kimbrel to a three-year deal.

The deal is worth $45 million, according to The Athletic.

Kimbrel was a free agent for seven months as the Major League free agent market continues an odd shift.

The Cubs have blown 11 saves this season, the third most in baseball.


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

Cubs Making Push To Sign Craig Kimbrel

Jun 5, 2019 2:26 PM

The market for Craig Kimbrel is heating up and the Chicago Cubs are making a strong push to sign the reliever.

This past offseason, Cubs ownership claimed there was no money to spend on free agents. However, the club's bullpen has struggled and Ben Zobrist remains on the restricted list.

Zobrist's 2019 salary is $12.5 million and the Cubs could recoup some of that figure.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

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2019 MLB Draft Day 1 Results

Jun 4, 2019 8:29 AM

The first two rounds of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft were held on Monday night.

Rounds 3 to 10 will be held on Tuesday, with Rounds 11 to 40 on Wednesday.


Round 1

1. Baltimore Orioles - Adley Rutschman, C, Oregon State

2. Kansas City Royals: Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Colleyville (Texas) Heritage HS

3. Chicago White Sox: Andrew Vaughn, 1B, Cal

4. Miami Marlins: J.J. Bleday, OF, Vanderbilt

5. Detroit Tigers: Riley Greene, OF, Hagerty HS (Oviedo, Florida)

6. San Diego Padres: C.J. Abrams, SS, Blessed Trinity HS (Roswell, Georgia)

7. Cincinnati Reds: Nick Lodolo, LHP, TCU

8. Texas Rangers: Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Tech

9. Atlanta Braves: Shea Langeliers, C, Baylor

10. San Francisco Giants: Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State

11. Toronto Blue Jays: Alek Manoah, RHP, West Virginia

12. New York Mets: Brett Baty, 3B, Lake Travis HS (Austin, Texas)

13. Minnesota Twins: Keoni Cavaco, 3B, Eastlake HS (Chula Vista, California)

14. Philadelphia Phillies: Bryson Stott, SS, UNLV

15. Los Angeles Angels: Will Wilson, SS, NC State

16. Arizona Diamondbacks: Corbin Carroll, OF, Lakeside HS (Seattle)

17. Washington Nationals: Jackson Rutledge, RHP, San Jacinto College

18. Pittsburgh Pirates: Quinn Priester, RHP, Cary-Grove (Illinois) HS

19. St. Louis Cardinals: Zack Thompson, LHP, Kentucky

20. Seattle Mariners: George Kirby, RHP, Elon

21. Atlanta Braves: Braden Shewmake, SS/3B, Texas A&M

22. Tampa Bay Rays: Greg Jones, SS, UNC Wilmington

23. Colorado Rockies: Michael Toglia, 1B/OF, UCLA

24. Cleveland Indians: Daniel Espino, RHP, Georgia Premier Academy

25. Los Angeles Dodgers: Kody Hoese, 3B, Tulane

26. Arizona Diamondbacks: Blake Walston, LHP, New Hanover (North Carolina) HS

27. Chicago Cubs: Ryan Jensen, RHP, Fresno State

28. Milwaukee Brewers: Ethan Small, LHP, Mississippi State

29. Oakland Athletics: Logan Davidson, SS, Clemson

30. New York Yankees: Anthony Volpe, SS, Delbarton HS (Morristown, New Jersey)

31. Los Angeles Dodgers: Michael Busch, 1B, North Carolina

32. Houston Astros: Korey Lee, C, Cal


Compensation Picks

33. Arizona Diamondbacks: Brennan Malone, RHP, IMG Academy

34. Arizona Diamondbacks: Drey Jameson, RHP, Ball State


Competitive Balance Round A

35. Miami Marlins: Kameron Misner, OF, Missouri

36. Tampa Bay Rays: J.J. Goss, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

37. Pittsburgh Pirates: Sammy Siani, OF, Penn Charter School (Philadelphia)

38. New York Yankees: T.J. Sikkema, LHP, Missouri

39. Minnesota Twins: Matt Wallner, OF, Southern Miss

40. Tampa Bay Rays: Seth Johnson, RHP, Campbell

41. Texas Rangers: Davis Wendzel, 3B, Baylor


Round 2

42. Baltimore Orioles: Gunnar Henderson, SS, Morgan Academy (Selma, Alabama)

43. Boston Red Sox: Cameron Cannon, SS, Arizona

44. Kansas City Royals: Brady McConnell, SS, Florida

45. Chicago White Sox: Matthew Thompson, RHP, Cypress Ranch HS (Houston)

46. Miami Marlins: Nasim Nunez, SS, Collins Hill HS (Suwanee, Georgia)

47. Detroit Tigers: Nick Quintana, 3B, Arizona

48. San Diego Padres: Joshua Mears, OF, Federal Way (Washington) HS

49. Cincinnati Reds: Rece Hinds, SS, IMG Academy

50. Texas Rangers: Ryan Garcia, RHP, UCLA

51. San Francisco Giants: Logan Wyatt, 1B, Louisville

52. Toronto Blue Jays: Kendall Williams, RHP, IMG Academy

53. New York Mets: Josh Wolf, RHP, St. Thomas HS (Bellaire, Texas)

54. Minnesota Twins: Matt Canterino, RHP, Rice

55. Los Angeles Angels: Kyren Paris, SS, Freedom HS (Oakley, California)

56. Arizona Diamondbacks: Ryne Nelson, RHP, Oregon

57. Pittsburgh Pirates: Matt Gorski, OF, Indiana

58. St. Louis Cardinals: Trejyn Fletcher, OF, Deering HS (Portland, Maine)

59. Seattle Mariners: Brandon Williamson, LHP, TCU

60. Atlanta Braves: Beau Philip, SS, Oregon State

61. Tampa Bay Rays: John Doxakis, LHP, Texas A&M

62. Colorado Rockies: Aaron Schunk, 3B, Georgia

63. Cleveland Indians: Yordys Valdes, SS, McArthur HS (Hollywood, Florida)

64. Chicago Cubs: Chase Strumpf, 2B, UCLA

65. Milwaukee Brewers: Antoine Kelly, LHP, Wabash Valley College

66. Oakland Athletics: Tyler Baum, RHP, North Carolina

67. New York Yankees: Josh Smith, 2B, LSU

68. Houston Astros: Grae Kessinger, SS, Ole Miss

69. Boston Red Sox: Matthew Lugo, SS, Carlos Beltran Academy


Competitive Balance Round B

70. Kansas City Royals: Alec Marsh, RHP, Arizona State

71. Baltimore Orioles: Kyle Stowers, OF, Stanford

72. Pittsburgh Pirates: Jared Triolo, 3B, Houston

73. San Diego Padres: Logan Driscoll, C, George Mason

74. Arizona Diamondbacks: Tommy Henry, LHP, Michigan

75. Arizona Diamondbacks: Dominic Fletcher, OF, Arkansas

76. Seattle Mariners: Isaiah Campbell, RHP, Arkansas

77. Colorado Rockies: Karl Kauffmann, RHP, Michigan


Compensation Picks

78. Los Angeles Dodgers: Jimmy Lewis, RHP, Lake Travis (Texas) HS




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Cubs' Joe Maddon Critical Of Plate Umpire After Loss

Jun 1, 2019 11:40 AM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon didn't hold back in his criticism of plate umpire Laz Diaz after what he thought was a missed strike-three call in the 10th inning of Friday night's 2-1 loss to the Cardinals.

Cubs reliever Dillon Maples threw a 3-2 slider against the Cardinals' Harrison Bader that appeared to land in the strike zone. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the pitch is called a strike 92 percent of the time.

"Here's a guy ascending to the major leagues as a relief pitcher, doing a wonderful job, does his job, and doesn't get rewarded for it," Maddon said of Maples. "That's what kind of pisses me off, quite frankly."

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Cubs Sign Carlos Gonzalez To Minor League Deal
Carlos Gonzalez will report to Triple-A and soon get called up to the Major League club.

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Cardinals, Cubs To Play London Series In 2020
The Cardinals and Cubs will play at London next season in a two-game series at West Ham's Olympic Stadium on June 13-14.

Associated Press

Child Struck By Line Drive In Houston
A young fan at Wednesday's Cubs-Astros game was struck by an Albert Almora Jr. foul ball and taken to the hospital.


Bill Buckner Dies At 69 After Battling Dementia
Bill Buckner played 22 seasons in the majors, was an All-Star once and won a batting title in 1980.

Cubs Won't Protest Loss To Nationals
Joe Maddon had argued that Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle used an illegal delivery in the ninth inning of the game and said that he was playing under protest.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Investigating Apparent Racist Gesture By Fan
The Cubs are investigating a fan using what appeared to be a racist hand gesture that was caught by cameras on Tuesday night.


Cubs Recall Carl Edwards, Jr. From Triple-A
The right-hander spent the last month with Iowa after a demotion that Carl Edwards called "very humbling."


Cubs' David Bote Has Been Playing With Broken Toe
Cubs infielder David Bote has been playing with a broken left pinky toe ever since he was hit by a pitch in the first game of the season.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Jeopardy! Champion Dreams Of Working In MLB Front Office
James Holzhauer, who has won 20 days in a row on Jeopardy!, grew up a fan of the Cubs and always dreamed of working in a Major League front office.

Alyson Footer/MLB

Cubs Will Option Addison Russell To Triple-A On Thursday
Theo Epstein says the Cubs will option Addison Russell to Triple-A Iowa when his 40-game suspension for violating the league's domestic violence policy is up Thursday.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Have 'No Finish Line' On Addison Russell's Return
Theo Epstein says the Cubs will go "day-to-day" and wait to make a determination on suspended shortstop Addison Russell until after he plays his seven rehab games.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Addison Russell Set To Play 7 Games In Minor Leagues
Addison Russell will play seven games at Triple-A Iowa beginning Wednesday before being eligible to rejoin the Cubs on May 3.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Cubs Lose Victor Caratini To Broken Hand
Cubs catcher Victor Caratini is expected to be out four to six weeks with a fractured left hamate.

Jon Lester Headed To IL With Hamstring Issue
Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicated that pitcher Jon Lester will miss one or two starts.

Lester Leaves Game With Hamstring Injury; Tallon Hit In Head By Liner
Cubs ace Jon Lester appeared to hurt himself running the bases in the second inning.

Theo Epstein: Blame On Cubs Bad Start 'On Him'
The Cubs have lost six straight, and team's president of baseball operations Theo Epstein issued an apology to fans.

Cubs Decide To Shuffle Struggling Bullpen
The Cubs have optioned Carl Edwards Jr. to Triple-A Iowa, and placed Mike Montgomery on the IL.

Cubs, David Bote Agree To Five-Year Deal
Cubs infielder David Bote will make $15M guaranteed over the course of the contract.

Joe Maddon Has Faith In Cubs Bullpen
The Cubs relievers gave up six runs in the final 3.1 innings against the Rangers on Saturday.

MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney
MLB believes buying RSNs could move the league to a more national model and address revenue disparity.

Ronald Blum/AP