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Month: January 2009

Ben Sheets is Obviously Broken

For the Cubs’ primary rival in the NL Central (probably?), pitcher Ben Sheets’ rejection of the Brewers’ offer of arbitration may have been the best thing to happen to them this offseason. Had he accepted, he probably would have received something close to the $12 million he got last year from the Brewers (a player’s […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: The Padres Want Everyone

Goat Riders say they recently heard a report on XM radio regarding a Cubs trade for Jake Peavy. The rumored bounty it would take to land the Padres ace are Marshall, Ols[o]n, Vitters, Hart, and … uh … somebody else. I can’t remember the name, but I don’t think it was anybody grossly important. Probably […]

Lukewarm Stove: Juan Uribe’s Next Shooting… As a Cub?

Former Chicago White Sock/Dominican Republic shooter Juan Uribe has been linked to the Cubs as a possible 25th man by Bruce Levine this morning. Uribe is as versatile as Rich Aurilia – the other rumored Cubs 25th man – but hasn’t managed to top .700 in the OPS department in three years.

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Discussing Randy Wolf and Braden Looper

In case the Cubs aren’t able to land Jake Peavy, they are apparently laying back-up plan groundwork. These are names we’ve heard before, but this is the first time we’ve heard that the Cubs have actually approached other starting pitchers. The Cubs may instead turn their attentions to more modest veteran pitchers such as lefty […]

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Obsessive Peavywatch: What Would Ricketts Do?

Now that the next owner of the Chicago Cubs has been named – subject, of course, to a few perfunctory approvals and the actual negotiation of a purchase price – we can start to speculate about a Jake Peavy trade with a little more certitude (that’s a funny word – sounds like certainty with attitude). […]

Chicago Cubs Batting Stances

This video of a guy impersonating various Chicago Cubs players’ batting stances has been making its rounds in the Cublogoverse, and it so thoroughly made me chuckle that I had to share. The Andre Dawson impression is particularly good.

Non-Roster Invitations to Spring Training Are Plentiful

The Cubs have invited 21 non-roster types to Spring Training this year, including some familiar names. None are actually expected to make the team, of course. Besides Stanton and Fox, the pitchers invited include left-handers Ed Campusano, J.R. Mathes, Matt Smith, Jason Waddell and Bill White and right-handers Esmailin Caridad, Andrew Cashner, Ken Kadokura and […]

Dusty Baker Still Hates to Clog Up the Bases

If there is anything at all that pleases me with regards to former Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker, it’s the fact that he remained in the National League Central, and thus relevant for our purposes. It allows me to post things like this. As for newcomer Willy Taveras, his role is defined. “His role is […]

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New Ownerwatch: It’s Ricketts!… Kind of

Is the ridiculous drama of selecting the guy that gets the privilege of TRYING to become the next Chicago Cubs owner finally over? Tribune Co’s creditors favor the bid of Tom Ricketts, the head of a Chicago investment bank, to buy the Chicago Cubs baseball team, a source familiar with a key creditors meeting said […]

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About a Guy Who Won’t Make the Cubs

NPB Tracker – which is actually a pretty solid blog about Japanese baseball – put together a thorough profile on Ken Kadokura, the Cubs’ turning-Japanese-turning-Japanese minor league signee. Given the borderline ridiculous depth in the Cubs’ bullpen at this point, barring a trade, Kadokura is highly unlikely to make the 25-man roster. But here’s a […]

Garrett Olson and Henry Williamson are Cubs

A couple of new faces showed up on the Cubs’ doorstep yesterday in exchange for outfield Felix Pie – you know, the guy that the whole world knew the Cubs had to trade because he was out of options and out of a spot on the Cubs’ bench. Considering that, the Cubs made out all […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: “Cubs gets pitcher sought by Padres”

Grammatically flunktastic headline aside, here’s an interesting take on the Pie/Olson trade from the Padres’ perspective. Does that mean a Peavy trade is more likely now? That’s overstating things, but Olson does give the Cubs a bit more flexibility, whether they decide to go after Peavy or not. There are several things to remember here, […]

New Ownerwatch: A Winner Has Been Selected

The Chicago Cubs are one step closer to having a new owner. Tribune Co. executives have chosen a favorite among three bids for the Chicago Cubs and have given that recommendation to the unsecured creditors committee in the company’s bankruptcy case, a source close to the situation said Wednesday. Tribune Co. and its investment banker, […]

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The Chicago Cubs Aren’t Worth $1 Billion

An interesting read from Forbes suggests, based almost entirely on Mark Cuban’s previously-discussed blog post about dropping out of the Cubs bidding process (due in large part to an inability to finance the deal with sufficient debt), that the Chicago Cubs aren’t worth anything near the $1 Billion pricetag that’s been bandied about. So, fair […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Padres CEO Expects Jake Peavy to Remain with Padres

Padres CEO Sandy Alderson has some thoughts on the Jake Peavy trade situation, and they ain’t great. Alderson and General Manager Kevin Towers had said the club might announce in mid-January that Jake Peavy, the subject of lengthy trade talks this offseason, will open the season with the club. Reminded of those comments Friday, Alderson […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Including Jeff Samardzija Would Do the Trick?

Many names have been thrown around throughout the course of our Obsessive Peavywatch coverage: Garrett Olson, Ronny Cedeno, Josh Vitters, Dr. Spock. One that we haven’t heard in several months is Jeff Samardzija. The young pitcher/wide receiver was one of the brightest spots in the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen late last year. At times, Samardzija looked […]

The Cublogoverse is Disappointed

Necessary background: Hire Jim Essian is an excellent blog. Of all the Cubs blogs of which I’m secretly jealous, HJE is probably at the top. Except for The Cubs Brickyard – whoever the guy is that writes for the Brickyard is a genius. And humble. I first learned of HJE when its lead writer, Bad […]

Michael Wuertz Gets Paid

Arbitration cases are all wrapped up now that Wuertz gets a $1.1 million deal for 2009. He’s not guaranteed a spot in the pen this year, so in that regard, he ain’t cheap. In the sense that other teams might consider asking the Cubs about him, given their overflow of righty relievers, he is cheap. […]

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The Cubs Are World Baseball Classic’ing

As many as 18 Chicago Cubs could participate in the World Baseball Classic coming up in early March. The rosters were released yesterday. Marmol and Ramirez are both on the Dominican Republic roster for the first time, Fukudome will likely play for the defending champion Japanese team for the second time, and Lilly and first […]

Prince Fielder is a Brewer, Fat

Though rumors about Prince Fielder being dealt by the Milwaukee Brewers have been buzzing for weeks, they can largely be put to bed. So says general manager Doug Melvin, who flatly dismissed the trade rumors that have been flying this offseason regarding the slugging first baseman and then was asked whether he would commit to […]

Alfonso Soriano is Still the Cubs’ Leadoff Hitter

This is only the beginning. The top of the lineup will continue to be a discussion throughout the offseason, and yes, the regular season. Naturally, Lou Piniella and Jim Hendry got questions on the subject at the Convention this weekend. So what are there thoughts? But this is where the Cubs seem to get stuck: […]

OMG Brian Roberts and Peavywatch Rumors in the SAME Article!

This weekend’s trade with the Baltimore Orioles for two pitchers, one of whom the San Diego Padres had previously inquired about, was bound to stir up some Peavywatch. But… OMG Brian Roberts! The Orioles still might find a market for Roberts if they finally are willing to move him, which remains an open question. Roberts […]

Moor (get it?) About the Padres Sale

I have no doubt that soon-to-be-new-part Padres owner Jeff Moorad looks at the team as an investment. He’s been quoted as saying as much, if in a round-about way. With regards to our Obsessive Peavywatch, that could cut both ways: shipping off Peavy is an easy way to save your investment $50+ million dollars. But […]

Kevin Gregg Gets Paid

As the Cubs have always done, they wrapped a one-year deal for Kevin Gregg before his case went to arbitration. Cubs agreed to terms with RHP Kevin Gregg on a one-year, $4.2 million contract. Florida traded Gregg in large part because he was due for a big raise via arbitration and sure enough he settles […]