Skip to content

Chicago Cubs

  1. Carlos Pena expected to decline Cubs’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    carlos pena ap

    Tonight is the deadline for free agents to accept or decline arbitration and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Carlos Pena will turn down the Cubs’ offer. That doesn’t preclude Pena from eventually re-signing with the Cubs, but it means he expects to do better than a one-year deal for around $10 million on…

  2. UPDATE: Phillies out of hunt for Aramis Ramirez

    Dec 7, 2011, 1:15 AM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    1:15 a.m. EST update: Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports that the Phillies have dropped out of the bidding for Aramis Ramirez, leaving the Brewers and Angels as the top contenders to sign the third baseman. According to Knobler, the Phillies have decided to keep Placido Polanco as their third baseman and make another run at…

  3. Mike Scioscia prefers a pitcher to a hitter

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Mike Scioscia

    The Angels led the AL in ERA last year, while finishing 10th in runs scored, yet manager Mike Scioscia would prefer a pitcher to a hitter as the team’s big addition this winter. “We need to get stronger pitching,” Scioscia said. “I know you look at Weav and Haren and Santana and it sounds like…

  4. Theo Epstein bought a $3.25 million house blocks from Wrigley Field

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Theo Epstein is putting his five-year, $20 million contract to work already, as Bob Goldsborough of the Chicago Tribune reports that the new Cubs president paid $3.25 million for a 7,800-square foot house “just blocks from Wrigley Field.” Goldsborough writes that Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Sharp had “signed a contract to buy the house” back…

  5. Carlos Zambrano met with Theo Epstein, expects to stay with Cubs

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Under the previous Cubs regime Carlos Zambrano was considered a goner, but after meeting recently with new team president Theo Epstein the mercurial right-hander now expects to remain in Chicago. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune spoke to an unnamed friend of Zambrano who said “he likes Theo and is looking forward to proving himself…

  6. Phillies met late into night with agent for Jimmy Rollins

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Following a report yesterday that a recent meeting between the Phillies and Jimmy Rollins‘ agent Dan Lozano “did not go all that well,” Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that the two sides met “late into the night” on Monday. No word on if any progress was made, but the 33-year-old Rollins is reportedly insisting on…

  7. Cubs trying to dump Alfonso Soriano on the Orioles

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Theo Epstein doesn’t want it. Maybe Dan Duquette will. According to the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers, the Cubs are willing to pay the “bulk” of the $54 milion that Alfonso Soriano is owed over the next three years in order to send him to Baltimore. It’d be the same journey once taken by another well-compensated…

  8. Report: Brewers giving up on re-signing Prince Fielder

    Dec 5, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    ESPN’s Buster Olney chimes in with the news a lot of Milwaukee fans have been dreading hearing: Brewers indicating to others they are pretty much out on Prince Fielder, and are moving on. Moving on to whom is an open question. While the Brewers are believed to be willing to spend $20 million per year to keep Fielder, they’re…

  9. Phillies’ meeting with Jimmy Rollins’ agent “did not go all that well”

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Jimmy Rollins‘ agent met recently with the Phillies and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the meeting “did not go all that well.” Salisbury writes that Rollins continues to insist on a five-year contract, with the Phillies understandably balking at making that sort of commitment to a 33-year-old shortstop who’s already started to decline. In…

  10. Phillies “actively trying to move” Placido Polanco

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Reports that the Phillies are strongly pursuing free agent third base Aramis Ramirez apparently have some legs, because according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com they’re “actively trying to move” incumbent third baseman Placido Polanco. Polanco still has $7.25 million remaining on a three-year, $18 million contract that was widely panned at the time and is…

  11. The Phillies are “strong players” for Aramis Ramirez

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    aramis ramirez getty

    Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Phillies are “strong players” for free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Meanwhile, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com confirms that the Phils do indeed have interest. The most likely scenario is that the Phillies envision Ramirez as a fallback option for their lineup if they are unable…

  12. Previewing this week’s winter meetings

    Dec 4, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Expect the rumors to come fast and furious as the league’s top executives converge on Dallas. The winter meetings officially start Monday, but the general managers will arrive and start talking among themselves this afternoon. With so much of the free-agent talent congregated at a few select positions, there could well be more trades than usual,…

  13. Cubs may be willing to eat half of Alfonso Soriano’s contract

    Dec 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times: Look for the Cubs to pick up more than half of Soriano’s remaining $54 million commitment (three years) if they can find a taker for the likable, glove-challenged outfielder who still has some pop to offer. That’s more speculation than fact, but it’s a good indication nonetheless of how badly…

  14. Marlins release statement on SEC investigation into stadium deal

    Dec 3, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Via Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins have released a statement regarding the federal investigation into the financing of their new ballpark in Little Havana: “Yes, we are aware of the investigation that the SEC is conducting on the issuance of the county’s and city’s stadium and parking bonds. Of course we will fully cooperate with…

  15. I think Aramis Ramirez and the Brewers are going to kiss

    Dec 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    There were reports yesterday that the Brewers are interested in Aramis Ramirez.  Tom Haudricourt reports that the interest is mutual. He quotes Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin: “He has expressed interest in us, too. That’s something I always like to hear.” Melvin later added that he more than likes Ramirez, but he “like-likes” him. Then later…

  16. Rockies want Blake DeWitt from Cubs for Ian Stewart

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    DeWitt_Blake

    Earlier this week Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported that the Cubs are interested in Ian Stewart and now he says the Rockies asked for Blake DeWitt in exchange for him. DeWitt doesn’t hit much, but he’s much more versatile and valuable than Stewart defensively and also under team control through 2014. Not so…

  17. Angels visited with Aramis Ramirez, likely to make offer

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    aramis ramirez getty

    From FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes word that members of the Angels’ front office paid a visit recently to free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez and an offer is likely coming soon. Ramirez struggled with injuries and inconsistency during the latter part of his tenure in Chicago, but he posted a bounceback .871 OPS with 26…

  18. Theo Epstein says the Cubs want to keep Matt Garza

    Dec 1, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    We heard recently that the Cubs are looking to shop Matt Garza. Even today we heard that they were going to try to do so “aggressively.”  But Theo Epstein isn’t having it: “He is exactly the type of guy we’d like to build around,” Epstein told reporters at Wrigley Field. “We need starting pitching.” Two…

  19. Bargain DeJesus signing a good start for Epstein in Chicago

    Nov 30, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    David DeJesus

    This isn’t the first time Theo Epstein tried to land David DeJesus. As Boston’s general manager, Epstein attempted to pick up DeJesus from the Royals both before the 2010 trade deadline and again after the season. Epstein missed out both times, though, and DeJesus was instead dealt to Oakland, where he turned in his most…

  20. Teams are inquiring about Alfonso Soriano for some reason

    Nov 29, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    alfonso-soriano-cubs

    Ken Rosenthal says that teams are “kicking the tires” on Alfonso Soriano. I can only assume this means that they are kicking in anger, like you might kick the tires of your car when it breaks down on the side of the road. Not like you would when you were considering an investment in a…

  21. Twins hire Rays scout Gene Glynn as Triple-A manager

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    gene glynn

    Gene Glynn, a 55-year-old Minnesota native who spent the past five years as a scout for the Rays, is the Twins’ new Triple-A manager. He hasn’t managed anywhere since 1992 and never managed above rookie-ball, but Glynn spent 13 years on major-league coaching staffs under managers Don Baylor and Felipe Alou. Glynn also grew up…

  22. The Cubs, White Sox are getting inquires about relievers Marmol, Santos

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    The White Sox are in a bit of a transitional period.  And a lot of people assumed that the Cubs would try to make a play for Prince Fielder or Albert Pujols or something like that. Maybe it’s more likely that both teams will simply be sellers. Here’s Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune: According…

  23. Tigers “have been in contact” with free agent Aramis Ramirez

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    In addition to their reported interest in Mark Buehrle the Tigers “have been in contact with the agent for” Aramis Ramirez, according to Jason Beck of MLB.com. Beck writes that “there are no negotiations going on” and the two sides haven’t talked since early this month, but adds that Thanksgiving may have played a part…

  24. Carlos Zambrano ordered to rest after being hit in face with comebacker

    Nov 26, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Carlos Zambrano will not make his next start in the Venezuelan Winter League until December 6 as he recovers from being hit in the face with a comebacker during a start last Friday. Big Z required 16 stitches after being hit below the right bottom lip. While…

Featured video

Patience finally paying off for Royals fans
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. R. Castillo (2843)
  2. D. Ortiz (1993)
  3. M. Trout (1973)
  4. A. Pagan (1965)
  5. A. Pujols (1918)
  1. J. Hamilton (1871)
  2. N. Arenado (1804)
  3. G. Stanton (1782)
  4. H. Ramirez (1772)
  5. C. Kershaw (1716)