Brett Anderson worked in a jab at President Trump’s transgender military ban after being DFAed by Cubs. Brett Anderson had quite the interesting afternoon on Wednesday. The veteran left-hander saw his short and mostly ineffective stint with the Chicago Cubs come to a likely end after being designated for assignment.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 11:40 pm
The Cubs made the choice to trade concerts for night games at Wrigley Field because they don’t have to share the take with other teams — and now, they must “live with the consequences,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday. Emanuel flatly rejected a request by his longtime nemesis — Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney — to lift the cap on night games at Wrigley to allow for the 54 games under the lights that most other Major League teams play. The team was offered more “evening opportunities” and “they chose to use those evening opportunities for concerts. … They could have used it for night games. But then, they would have to share it with Major League Baseball. The concerts they
Posted: July 26, 2017, 10:39 pm
The Cubs announced on Wednesday that pitcher Brett Anderson was activated from the 60-day disabled list and subsequently designated for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster. Anderson, 29, had been out since May 7 with a lower back strain. Across six starts prior to the injury, the lefty yielded 20 earned runs on 34 hits and 12 walks with 16 strikeouts in 22 innings. He has logged just 33 1/3 innings over the last two seasons and has crossed the 50-inning threshold just since dating back to 2011. Despite his lengthy injury history, Anderson will likely still draw some interest once he becomes a free agent as he throws with his left hand and can be had for the major league minimum
Posted: July 26, 2017, 8:05 pm
Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish is one of the few pieces available at the trade deadline who can truly alter a division race. If you’re a fan of the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs or Cleveland Indians, you can stop reading now.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 6:01 pm
According to self-made millionaires, your level of success may boil down to how willing you are to step outside of your comfort zone . Perhaps that’s why Barstool Sports CEO Erika Nardini advises young people to apply for the jobs they want, even if they don’t necessarily have the credentials. “Any young person should, at some point, take a job that makes them uncomfortable and that they feel unqualified for,” she tells Adam Bryant in an interview with The New York Times.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 1:02 pm
The second half of the MLB season is underway and rumors are already starting to fly about deals that could be made with one week before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. As teams scramble to get a foothold of their positions in their respective
Posted: July 26, 2017, 10:19 am
Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright went on the disabled list with back tightness, and St. Louis put outfielder Dexter Fowler on the DL because of a strained left wrist. Harrison Bader, the Cardinals third-round draft pick two years ago, was brought up from Triple-A and made his major league debut against Colorado on Tuesday night. With his mother and sister arriving during the game following a flight from New York to join his father in the stands, Bader doubled down the left-field line against lefty Jake McGee (0-1) leading off the ninth for his first hit.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 5:19 am
Theo Epstein’s embrace-debate management style means the Cubs are constantly running through different scenarios, trying to balance their win-now urges against what should be a very bright future in Wrigleyville. The financials, the human intelligence and the analytics are all factored into the equation, which leads to this question for Epstein’s cabinet: Is there a point where the Detroit Tigers kick in enough money and the prospect cost becomes so low that Justin Verlander makes sense for the Cubs? The Cubs haven’t definitively answered that question yet or completely ruled out the idea, a team source said Tuesday, cautioning that the defending World Series champs are still more likely to add a reliever before the July 31 trade deadline than acquire a frontline starting pitcher. “Always looking to make the team better,” manager Joe Maddon said before a 7-2 win over the White Sox kept the Cubs in a virtual first-place tie with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Posted: July 26, 2017, 12:48 am
Theo Epstein’s embrace-debate management style means the Cubs are constantly running through different scenarios, trying to balance their win-now urges against what should be a very bright future in Wrigleyville. The financials, the human intelligence and the analytics are all factored into the equation, which leads to this question for Epstein’s cabinet: Is there a point where the Detroit Tigers kick in enough money and the prospect cost becomes so low that Justin Verlander makes sense for the Cubs? The Cubs haven’t definitively answered that question yet or completely ruled out the idea, a team source said Tuesday, cautioning that the defending World Series champs are still more likely to add
Posted: July 25, 2017, 11:46 pm
CHICAGO (CBS) — “Watch out!” could’ve been the White Sox’s battle cry during their 7-2 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday afternoon. In the setback, White Sox batters were hit four times by Cubs right-hander John Lackey. After hitting White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu earlier in the game, Lackey again hit Abreu and then Matt Davidson and Yoan Moncada in the fifth inning to load the bases. His command issues caused White Sox manager Rick Renteria to ask home plate umpire Lance Barksdale how he perceived the situation after Moncada was hit on the wrist. “He did not believe that was done on purpose,” Renteria said of Barksdale’s explanation to him. “He just thought it was a pitch that
Posted: July 25, 2017, 11:46 pm
John Lackey hit four batters, including three in one inning. Carlos Rodon matched a career high with 11 strikeouts, and was gone after four innings. Javier Baez struck out five times, and Kris Bryant was handed his first career ejection.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 11:38 pm
Excuse us as we do the cliché thing and quote the “Saturday Night Live” character Stefon, but Tuesday’s matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox had everything. You could say it all started in the first inning after John Lackey hit Jose Abreu with a pitch, but that’s not entirely true. Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant stepped to the plate looking to get things going.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 10:40 pm
CHICAGO — Reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant was kicked out of a game for the first time in his career, and both benches were warned after a series of hit-by-pitches between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.?The Cubs defeated the White Sox 7-2 despite striking out 17 times. Bryant argued a strike three call from umpire Lance Barksdale in the bottom of the fourth inning as the 2-2 pitch from Carlos Rodon?looked inside. It was Bryant’s third strikeout of the day, all coming with runners in scoring position. He argued for a moment, then began to walk away before saying something that got him kicked out. Meanwhile, Cubs starter John Lackey hit three White Sox batters in
Posted: July 25, 2017, 10:15 pm
Mets RHP Zack Wheeler has been placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a stress reaction in his right arm, the team announced Monday. “I sort of expected bumps in the road coming back this year,” Wheeler, who missed the previous two seasons due to Tommy John surgery, told reporters on Monday. “It’s just unfortunate because everything else feels awesome — elbow, shoulder, everything feels great. And that’s why it’s so frustrating for me. The surgery repair feels great. This is something stupid and small that I can’t help. I just want to go out there and pitch, but this is holding me back for a bit.” Wheeler said only the bone was irritated as opposed to a fracture. The team has not yet given
Posted: July 25, 2017, 6:58 pm
Jose Quintana sounds relieved he won’t have to face his former White Sox teammates this week. The pitcher said Tuesday morning that he’s ecstatic for his new opportunity with the Cubs, who have made him feel very comfortable these first two weeks. After he earned his second win for the Cubs on Sunday night, Quintana spent part of pregame Monday with his former White Sox teammates in visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field. They caught up on small talk and Quintana said they spent as much time together as they could. That’s a luxury he wouldn’t have been afforded had he been preparing to face them on Monday instead. The Cubs decided last Friday that Quintana would pitch Sunday night against the St.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 6:17 pm
Jon Morosi of MLB Network said yesterday that the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs have been engaged in trade talks involving starting pitcher Justin Verlander and catcher Alex Avila. Morosi also noted that the Los Angeles Dodgers have shown interest in Verlander as well. Whether this is idyl chitchatting of serious dispute is unclear, of course. Everything is unclear in the leadup to the deadline. The veteran right-hander is carrying a 4.50 with a 120/57 K/BB ratio over 124 innings. Verlander impressed last year, finishing second in AL Cy Young Award balloting, but he has fallen back to Earth in 2017. His velocity remains high, however, and it’s not hard to imagine him going on a solid run in
Posted: July 25, 2017, 4:45 pm
Wrigley Field / Getty Images / Photo: Stacy Revere The Cubs won the World Series, but can they win the Battle of the Night Games? In an AM-radio interview, the Sun-Times reports that a Cubs official complained about the team’s below-average quota of night games: 43, compared to a league average of 54. “It’s a real jigsaw puzzle every year for us to try and figure out where we use our very precious night games,” said the Cubs’ President of Business Operations, Crane Kenney. Wrigleyville’s alderman, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th), argues that the Cubs made their jigsaw puzzle, and now they must lie in it. In an emailed statement, he told reporters: The ordinance governing evening activities inside Wrigley
Posted: July 25, 2017, 2:21 pm
There’s less than a week left until the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31st, and while there have been a few major trades and some smaller, high-player-count transactions, there are still a lot of top targets left on the market. Which means there are still a lot of interesting trade rumors floating around too. Here, all of those potentially fun trade leaks (and yes, some less fun ones too) are all in one place to make it as easy as possible to catch up on what might go down in baseball over the next few days. Because apparently everyone is in on Yu Darvish at this point, the Yankees are also inquiring about the Rangers’ pitcher in addition to their apparent interest in Giancarlo Stanton.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 3:45 am
John Lackey is quick to dispel any notion that he is bound for the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen. The veteran right-hander proved he could still pitch effectively last week against the Atlanta Braves, and he gets another chance to start Tuesday when the Cubs host the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field. “That ship has sailed, that ain’t going to happen,” Lackey said of being moved to a relief role.
Posted: July 25, 2017, 2:22 am