CHICAGO (AP) — After four consecutive playoff appearances and the 2016 World Series title, the Chicago Cubs are way past playing for Joe Maddon's future.
BOSTON (AP) — In the early years of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, a couple hundred math whizzes gathered on the school's campus hoping for a breakthrough that would make them the next...
Theo Epstein: Joe Ricketts emails don’t reflect Cubs’ values
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein criticized emails from the patriarch of the family that owns the team and said Addison Russell won't play for Chicago again unless he meets the team's high expectations while completing his domestic violence suspension.
Epstein thinks Maddon will stay with Cubs past this season
CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Maddon's future is a big question hovering over the Chicago Cubs heading into the season.
President of baseball operations Theo Epstein thinks everything is going to work out just fine.
"My bet is that it goes extraordinarily well with Joe and the whole group and that he's here for a long time to come," Epstein said.
Russell getting “conditional second chance” with Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell's future with the Chicago Cubs is a tentative proposition.
President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says Russell is getting a "conditional second chance" with the Cubs after he was suspended for 40 games last October for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. Even the slightest misstep likely would mean the end of his time with the team.
Kluber, Bauer, Greinke could be dangled at winter meetings
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner appear to be available for teams looking to bolster starting rotations.
Hometown star Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the two top free agents, remain unsigned heading into the traditional high-point of the offseason.
Cubs’ Morrow has elbow surgery, likely to start season late
CHICAGO (AP) — Closer Brandon Morrow likely will miss the start of the season for the Chicago Cubs following arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow last month.
Chicago president of baseball operations Theo Epstein revealed Thursday that Morrow's operation took place on Nov. 6. The Cubs waited to make an announcement because Morrow's recovery will impact how they fill out the bullpen.
Hamilton, Garcia, Schoop cut loose; Cubs keep Russell
NEW YORK (AP) — Speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton and 2017 All-Stars Avisail Garcia and Jonathan Schoop became free agents Friday when they were among 43 players cut loose by teams that failed to offer 2019 contracts, but the Chicago Cubs hung onto shortstop Addison Russell despite his 40-game domestic violence suspension that extends until May.
Suspended shortstop Russell offered 2019 contract by Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs offered suspended shortstop Addison Russell a 2019 contract while maintaining Friday his future with the team is not certain.
Russell is serving a 40-game domestic violence suspension following allegations by his ex-wife.
President of president of baseball operations Theo Epstein called the decision a "procedural step" and said it "does not represent the finish line nor rubber-stamp his future" with them.
Hickey leaving Cubs after 1 season as pitching coach
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs will have different hitting and pitching coaches for the second straight season after they announced Jim Hickey's departure Tuesday.
Hickey is leaving the organization after one season as pitching coach because of personal reasons, according to the team. Hitting coach Chili Davis was fired last month after one season and replaced by Anthony Iapoce.
Cubs exercise option on Hamels, trade Smyly to Texas
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs exercised their $20 million option on Cole Hamels on Friday, solidifying their rotation for next year, and traded fellow left-hander Drew Smyly to the Texas Rangers.
Rangers hire Shiraz Rehman as assistant GM from Cubs
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have hired Shiraz Rehman as assistant general manager after he spent the past seven years in baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.
Rehman will assist Rangers general manager Jon Daniels in the day-to-day management of major league operations, including player acquisitions, roster management, player contracts, and salary arbitration.
Epstein: Maddon to return for fifth season as Cubs manager
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs expect to make changes after an early playoff exit. Just not in the manager's office.
Joe Maddon will return as skipper for a fifth season, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday.
"He's the manager of this team and I'm very happy about that," Epstein said.
Maddon has one year left on his contract. Though there are no ongoing discussions about an extension, Epstein insisted they have a "terrific" working relationship.
Cubs’ Darvish looks ready to go on rehab assignment
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs expect Yu Darvish to go on a minor league rehab assignment, assuming he experiences no setbacks after pitching a simulated game on Tuesday.
President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says the Japanese right-hander is "just about ready for the next step" after throwing about 55 pitches. The Cubs will see how he feels on Wednesday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Theo Epstein says Yu Darvish is feeling better and he is optimistic the Japanese right-hander will make a "solid contribution" this season.
But the Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations stopped short of providing a schedule for the injured starter's return.
CHICAGO (AP) — The idea of Manny Machado joining Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in a powerhouse lineup sure is a tantalizing one.
Whether that happens or not, the Chicago Cubs are banking on the players they have to perform up to expectations. So far, that hasn't happened. And if fans are frustrated, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein understands.
Kevin Towers remembered for his love of baseball and people
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Theo Epstein remembered when he first met Kevin Towers, as a 21-year-old intern working in the San Diego Padres public relations department. Towers was the new general manager.
"I was just out of college," said Epstein, the Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations. "I was just a nobody, a faceless kid trying to be invisible and not get in the way. But there was never such a thing as a nobody to Kevin Towers — he just wasn't wired that way."
Yu Darvish, Cubs finalize $126 million, 6-year contract
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — When Yu Darvish met with Theo Epstein and other Chicago Cubs' officials last December in the Dallas area, the Japanese pitcher liked what he heard.
"The Cubs really stood out, and everyone was sincere at the meeting," Darvish said Tuesday through a translator after finalizing a $126 million, six-year contract.
All’s quiet for Cubs at fan convention
CHICAGO (AP) — There was no surprise return for Jake Arrieta. No dramatic entrance for Yu Darvish, Alex Cobb or Greg Holland, either.
Free agent Darvish meets with Cubs minus translator
DALLAS (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are making a pitch for Yu Darvish.
The free agent right-hander says he had a "very good meeting" on Monday with Cubs officials. Darvish tweeted a statement in Japanese confirming the get-together amid reports that Chicago executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer were in Dallas to speak with him.
MLB: With Giancarlo Stanton deal, Yankees are back to being the team everyone loves to hate
The Evil Empire is back and somewhere a baseball executive might be smashing a chair against a wall in honor of Theo Epstein’s fabled fit of anger after the Yankees managed to outfox the Red Sox for Cuban defector Jose Contreras all those years ago.
Cubs agree to $38 million, 3-year deal with righty Chatwood
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs added to their rotation on Thursday, agreeing to a $38 million, three-year contract with right-hander Tyler Chatwood.
Cubs’ Will Venable leaves front office to be 1st base coach
CHICAGO (AP) — Will Venable is leaving the Chicago Cubs front office to be their first base coach.
The former major league outfielder was hired last summer as a special assistant to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer.
The 35-year-old Venable replaces Brandon Hyde, who has been promoted to bench coach for manager Joe Maddon.
Cubs extend qualifying offers to Arrieta, Davis
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs extended qualifying offers to pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis on Monday, ensuring they will receive draft pick compensation if they sign with another team.
Chicago also claimed right-hander Cory Mazzoni off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Outfielder Leonys Martín was assigned to Triple-A Iowa, and the Cubs selected pitcher Matt Carasiti's contract from their top farm club.
With young stars, Cubs likely not fading after NLCS loss
CHICAGO (AP) — As the players said their "goodbyes" there was something else that stood out to Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.
He couldn't help but notice that "tinge of disappointment" in the clubhouse. To Epstein, it showed just how far the organization has come.
Cubs shortstop Russell nears return from foot injury
CHICAGO (AP) — Shortstop Addison Russell is just about ready to return to the Chicago Cubs' lineup.
The 2016 All-Star says he's pain-free and hopes to play this weekend against the St. Louis Cardinals after being sidelined since Aug. 2 because of plantar fasciitis in his right foot. If not, he could be back early next week.
Russell is scheduled to work out Saturday. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says the Cubs "will see" how the workout goes before deciding whether to activate him.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs found the pitching help they were looking for just a few miles from Wrigley Field. They hope it will give the scuffling team the kick it needs.
The defending World Series champions acquired left-handed ace Jose Quintana from the White Sox on Thursday in a major trade between crosstown rivals that could shake up the NL Central race.
Cubs cut Montero after critical comments
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chicago Cubs cut ties with Miguel Montero on Wednesday after the veteran catcher blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in Tuesday's loss to the Washington Nationals.
Montero, who turns 34 on July 9, was designated for assignment, and the World Series champions recalled catcher Victor Caratini from Triple-A Iowa. Montero is batting .286 with four homers and eight RBIs in 44 games.
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RUSSELL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ALLEGATIONS
It's unclear when All-Star shortstop Addison Russell will return to the Chicago Cubs amid domestic violence allegations. His wife, Melisa, posted a photo Wednesday on Instagram with a caption suggesting he was unfaithful to her. In another post, a user named @carlierreed — described by Melisa as a close friend — accused Russell of "mentally and physically abusing her." The posts have been deleted.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs have placed right-hander Kyle Hendricks on the 10-day disabled list because of tendinitis in his pitching hand.
President of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Thursday that Chicago expects Hendricks to return during a series at Pittsburgh from June 16-18. Hendricks threw a side session Wednesday.
CHICAGO (AP) — Major League Baseball is looking into a domestic violence accusation against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell.
His wife, Melisa, posted a photo Wednesday on Instagram with a caption suggesting he was unfaithful to her. In another post, a user named @carlierreed — described by Melisa as a close friend — accused Russell of "mentally and physically abusing her." The posts have been deleted.
CHICAGO (AP) — Dexter Fowler played his first game at Wrigley Field on Friday since he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals over the winter.
The Chicago Cubs welcomed him with open arms — and one shiny, gleaming present.
Alomar, Smoltz on new MLB competition committee
NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar and John Smoltz are among 16 men appointed to a new competition committee by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred.
Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro is the only holdover from the 14-man special committee for on-field matters appointed by then-Commissioner Bud Selig in 2009.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, will be Class Day speaker at Yale University.
Epstein, a Yale graduate and former sports editor at Yale Daily News, helped lead the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series championship in 86 years as the team's general manager in 2004.
CHICAGO (AP) — Aroldis Chapman now has a championship ring.
The New York Yankees' hard-throwing closer received his jewelry before Friday's game against the Chicago Cubs, the team he helped win the World Series for the first time since 1908 last season.
The Cubs showed a video tribute and manager Joe Maddon handed Chapman the ring as chairman Tom Ricketts and executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer looked on. Chapman hugged Maddon and exchanged warm embraces with Cubs players in front of the dugout.
BOSTON (AP) — Theo Epstein hadn't returned to his old office since he left in 2012, and he'd been itching to come back.
Boston, after all, will always be his home.
Or at least one of them.
"I'm definitely still a Bostonian. I'm just lucky to have a great second home in Chicago. I consider them both home," Epstein said in the visiting dugout at Fenway Park before a game Friday. "How lucky is that?"
As if you needed yet another example of the complexities of Theo Epstein’s life, consider this: As recently as last week he was rooting for the Red Sox while simultaneously rooting against the Cubs.
Eddie Vedder loves the Red Sox. This isn’t a line he just tosses out when Pearl Jam comes through town.
Joe Maddon had the temperament and managerial style to bring redemption to the long-suffering, accursed baseball fans on Chicago’s north side.
Teachers, administrators, alumni honored at event
Teachers, administrators and alumni were honored Friday night during the Education After Hours event at Harbor Lights Gatherings.
The North Platte Public Schools Foundation hosted the event.
MILWAUKEE — Once they were the blueprint. Now the Chicago Cubs are the target.
A target currently out of reach for the Milwaukee Brewers, but a target nevertheless.
BAY STATE OF LOVE AND TRUST: Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder is set to take the stage at Paradise Rock Club, as part of the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert on April 29. Vedder, making an encore Hot Stove appearance, will be joined by a whole lineup of Boston and Chicago musicians, as well as Baseball Hall of Fame writer Peter Gammons and Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations and former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein. Vedder, a Cubs fan, has been pals with Epstein, a Pearl Jam fan, since Theo’s Red Sox days.
Combined projected WAR: 27.5Top five everyday players:-3B Kris Bryant (5.6 WAR)-1B Anthony Rizzo (4.6)-SS Addison Russell (3.5)-RF Jason Heyward (2.9)-UT Ben Zobrist (2.6)Who else but the champs? Including Willson Contreras (2.5 WAR) and Kyle Schwarber (2.5), the Cubs have seven players pegged for 2.5 WAR 2017 seasons or better. Chicago has top-tier talent and depth everywhere, a testament to team president Theo Epstein's roster-building prowess. Headlined by reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant, the Cubs have everything in place for another run at the World Series in 2017.
Offseason closer carousel could decide baseball season
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Melancon got a big free-agent contract from the San Francisco Giants. Aroldis Chapman returned to the New York Yankees for a record-breaking deal. Kenley Jansen stayed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wade Davis was traded to the Chicago Cubs, and the Washington Nationals looked outside before looking internally for an answer.
Five of baseball's marquee teams. A series of high-stakes decisions. A closer look at the value of closers.
Are Dave Dombrowski’s Red Sox a sequel to his Detroit Tigers team?
Are Dave Dombrowski’s Red Sox a sequel to his Detroit Tigers team?
Are Dave Dombrowski’s Red Sox a sequel to his Detroit Tigers team?
Babe Ruth started the rush nearly 100 years ago.
Others followed, great and small.
Wade Boggs. Roger Clemens. Adam Vinatieri. Johnny Damon. Ray Bourque. Mike Haynes. Jim Plunkett. Theo Epstein. Bill Ranford. Sam Gash.
With championship drought over, ‘That’s Cub’ has new meaning
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A lot has changed for the Chicago Cubs in the past year.
Right down to team mantras.
For the better part of 108 years, blowing a shot at a championship was met by shrugs and a feeling of, "That's just the Cubs."
The Cubs arrive this week at Sloan Park as World Series champions and manager Joe Maddon and Co. are grabbing onto a relatively fresh term: "That's Cub." Maddon, of course, loves to find creative ways to keep the players fresh and focused during a long season.