Cubs Rumors

Cubs Offseason-2020

Happy New Year, Cubs fans.  There has been a lot of activity this offseason. 

  • The man that helped bring the Cubs their first World Series title in 2016, Theo Epstein stepped down as President of Baseball Operations.  Jed Hoyer is the new President. 
  • Another important player for the 2016 Cubs, Kyle Schwarber was not offered a contract.  He has joined the Washington Nationals and ex-Cubs bench coach, Dave Martinez.  Martinez managed the 2019 World Series champion, Washington Nationals.  
  • Cubs traded Yu Darvish to the Padres for starting pitcher, Zach Davies and 4 very young prospects.  
  • Another very important player in the Cubs 2016 World Series championship, leaves the team.  Pitcher, Jon Lester signs a contract to play the 2021 season with the Washington Nationals and join former Cubs,  Dave Martinez  (manager) and Kyle Schwarber.   
  • Jose Quintana signed a one year contract with the Angels.  He'll be reunited with ex-Cubs manager, Joe Maddon.  
  • Cubs sign Austin Romine, catcher
  • Cubs sign Kohl Stewart, starting pitcher
  • Cubs sign Joc Pederson, outfielder
  • Cubs sign Trevor Williams, starting pitcher 
  • Cubs sign Andrew Chafin-left-handed relief pitcher
  • Cubs sign Sergio Alcantara, shortstop/infielder
  • Cubs sign Jake Marisnick, outfielder
  • Albert Almora, another 2016 Cub, signs to play with the New York Mets
  • Cubs sign Jake Arrieta, starting pitcher
  • Cubs sign Brandon Workman, relief pitcher
  • Cubs sign Pedro Strop, relief pitcher
  • Cubs sign infielder, Eric Sogard

Addition to the Cubs this offseason

  • Joc Pederson
  • Zach Davies
  • Trevor Williams
  • Kohl Stewart
  • Andrew Chafin
  • Michael Hermosillo (OF)
  • Matt Duffy (3B)
  • Austin Romine (C)
  • Phillip Ervin (OF)
  • Robert Stock (RHP)
  • Jonathan Holder (RHP)
  • James Bourque (RHP)
  • Shelby Miller (RHP)
  • Rex Brothers (LHP)
  • Joe Biangini (RHP)
  • Nick Martini (OF)
  • Patrick Wisdom (IF)

Rule 5 Draft Selections:

  • Gray Fentor (RHP)
  • Nicholas Padilla (RHP)
  • Jeffrey Passantino (RHP)

The Rule 5 draft can be tricky because the Cubs would need to add any of these players to the 25-man roster.

The full rules of these selections are listed below.  

MLB Rule 5 Draft

Possible trade candidates:

With the Cubs in cost cutting mode this year and 3 possible high profile free agents after the 2021 season (Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez), there is a lot of speculation that the Cubs could trade one of these 3 or Willson Contreras who is a free agent after the 2022 season.  

From most reports, Bryant & Contreras appear to be the most likely guys to be traded.  Although, catcher, Victor Caratini being traded to the Padres with Yu Darvish appears to make the Contreras trade less likely.  Plus, a free agent catcher the Cubs were targeting, Jason Castro, has now signed with the Astros.  The Cubs picked up catcher, Austin Romine, who is a veteran MLB catcher who has been a back-up for most of his career.  Cubs President, Jed Hoyer is also on record as saying that Cubs top catching prospect, Miguel Amaya is not yet ready to play in the major leagues. 

Some of the latest rumors have Bryant possibly going to the Mets and Contreras possibly going to the Angels or the Marlins.  

MLB Trade Rumors-Kris Bryant, Mets

MLB Trade Rumors-Willson Contreras, Angels

MLB Trade Rumors-Willson Contreras, Marlins

Who may the Cubs pick up in Free Agency?:

2/5/2021 update

There were some rumors that Cubs may bring back Jake Arrieta, but other reports that indicated it was unlikely

Cubs watched Mike Foltynewicz pitch in a showcase, but it now appears he will sign with the Rangers.  

It's been a little while since I've heard any updates on Jeff Samardzija, but there were reports that the Cubs had interest in bringing back the pitcher they drafted back in 2006.  

1/23/2021 update

Jackie Bradley Jr.-this rumor appears to be less likely. I have read some reports that indicate that Ian Happ is now likely to be the teams CF in 2021.  Bradley is an excellent defender in center so if they pick him up, Happ would likely be moved to left field.  Plus, after George Springer signed a big contract with the Blue Jays, Bradley now projects to be the top center fielder on the free agent market.  This may make Bradley too expensive for the Cubs and their current payroll consideration. 

MLBTR Jackie Bradley Jr.  

"The Cubs are projecting Ian Happ as their primary center fielder, which eliminates Jackie Bradley Jr., a Gold Glove defender who had been briefly connected to the Cubs last month."

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