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Month: January 2009

Are the Brewers Adding to Their Rotation?

There’s a rumor floating around the ‘nets that the Milwaukee Brewers are looking to add a free agent starting pitcher to their rotation to replace Ben Sheets (whom we’ve said before is obviously broken). The latest name mentioned is Mets sort-of-reclamation-project-except-he’s-only-27 Oliver Perez. Perez is looking for a 4 year, $40 mill deal. But the […]

Mark McGwire Used Steroids… Probably

The news broke late last week that Mark McGwire’s brother is trying to publish a book that discloses Mark used steroids, which would be a shock on the order the Earth being round. Mark became interested in steroids once he saw the positive effects it had on his little brother’s physique and to help him […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: MLB.com Catches Up With the Rest of the Class

Holy crubblebucket!!! Did you know that once the Chicago Cubs’ sale is finalized, the Cubs might re-engage the Padres in trade talks about pitcher Jake Peavy? That is totally brand new information, and MLB.com has the scoop that no one else has been saying for several weeks. A previously discussed trade of All-Star right-handed pitcher […]

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The Chicago Cubs Were Really, Really Good Last Year

We all know that the Cubs were pretty solid in the regular season last year. Oh, who are we to be modest – the Cubs ended up best in the National League by several games. But even that doesn’t tell the story about just how good the 2008 Chicago Cubs were. Here’s a really simplistic […]

New Ownerwatch: The Tribune’s Bankruptcy Court Will Review the Cubs’ Sale

There’s been a lot of erroneous information flying around in the last few days about the Cubs sale taking place outside the purview of the bankruptcy court that isĀ  handling the Tribune Company’s bankruptcy. The claim is that because the Chicago Cubs franchise was not an express component of of the Trib’s Chapter 11 filing, […]

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 […]

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.

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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 […]

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 […]

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