2017 ScheduleAll times ET

2017 Schedule
92-70, 1st in NL Cent

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Yu Darvish has at least one five-year offer on the table, according to a source, but he has yet to receive an offer enticing enough to take the plunge. The Cubs, Twins, Rangers, Dodgers and Brewers all continue to monitor Darvish's market. Most baseball observers think he'll be the first upper-level free agent starter to sign, with Jake Arrieta, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb next in line. With pitchers and catchers set to report to spring camps in three weeks, time is growing short for everyone.

RVR Photos/USA TODAY Sports
10dJesse Rogers

Ricketts: Sosa unwelcome until he comes clean

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts believes players from the steroid era "owe us a little bit of honesty," and until Sammy Sosa gives that, he's not welcome.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts says Sammy Sosa needs to "put everything on the table" in reference to steroid use during his playing days before he can be welcomed back to the team. Also said he's sympathetic to players of that era but the truth is needed before the page can be turned.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein admits the Cubs are still looking to add to their team. They've been linked to Arrieta, Darvish and Cobb this offseason: "We're not done, " Epstein said. "We certainly would like to add another pitcher. I like our talent but we can add to the depth. You can do that through depth moves or you can do it through adding another real quality pitcher and bolster the depth more that way."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Theo Epstein, on the slow moving free agent market which he ties to the slow moving trade market as well: "Teams are trying to position themselves the best way they can, probably with one eye on next year's free agent market and trying to get their payroll where they want it to be. It's probably a combination of factors but I don't know we've seen anything quite like this."

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Hendricks called his $4 million+ contract for 2018 as "life changing." He said he plays the game for fun but it's good to see the hard work pay off.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo catch up at the Cubs convention.

Bryant grateful after setting arbitration case (0:30)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Kris Bryant respond to setting a first year arbitration record after agreeing to terms with the Cubs on a $10.85 mil deal for 2018.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

A sea of Cubs fans await the doors opening for the start of the team's annual fan convention. The Cubs say there will be no surprise announcements this weekend as they continue to talk with free agent pitchers.

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
11dJesse Rogers

Source: Cubs' Bryant gets record $10.85M deal

Kris Bryant avoided arbitration with the Cubs by agreeing to a one-year, $10.85 million deal, a source tells ESPN. It's the biggest settlement for first-time arbitration eligibility.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

After initialing filing for arbitration both Kris Bryant and Addison Russell settled with the Cubs on one year deals for 2018 with Bryant receiving a record for a first time arb eligible player. The Cubs will pay him $10.85 million next season while Russell will receive $3.2 million. Justin Grimm remains the only unsigned arb eligible player.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs came to an agreement on contracts for 2018 with three arbitration eligible players while three more will file and exchange salary figures with the team. Scott Boras' clients Kris Bryant and Addison Russell filed today as did reliever Justin Grimm. The sides can still work out deals before hearings take place in Feb. Meanwhile, Kyle Hendricks (4.175 mil), Justin Wilson (4.25), and Tommy La Stella (950k) all agreed to terms for '18. The Cubs have never needed an arbitration hearing for a player under the current front office.

Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire

Machado, Donaldson top 3Bs set for arbitration

Friday will be the busiest day of the offseason, with Baltimore's Manny Machado, Toronto's Josh Donaldson and the Cubs' Kris Bryant among the more than 170 players headed to arbitration.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch new Cub and former Ray, Steve Cishek, discuss former teammates, Alex Cobb and Chris Archer.


Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Only Joe Maddon can include Leonardo da Vinci in a conversation about his team. Watch him dub da Vinci the first "Super U."

Find Tickets

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25516th
On Base Percentage.3384th
Slugging Percentage.4377th
Earned Run Average3.957th
Quality Starts77Tied-8th