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Month: January 2009

Milton Bradley Gets Injured From Time to Time

We’ve all heard it about Milton Bradley: He’s an injury waiting to happen. Maybe that’s true. Thanks to our good friend, Andy, at Sons of Ivy, here’s a complete year-by-year breakdown of his injuries and time missed (note this is more accurate than the previous list that had been floating around the Cublogoverse, which doubled […]

Lukewarm Stove: Alfonso Soriano to the Rangers for Michael Young?

When it came out that Rangers shortstop Michael Young wanted out of Arlington, it was only natural that the fanbase of every team in MLB with a questionable or shaky shortstop situation would start the “ooh, we could get Young” clamoring. Never mind the fact that Young has five years and $80 million left on […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Are Looking at Derek Lowe?

I’ve yet to read any credible and/or detailed report regarding the Chicago Cubs and free agent pitcher Derek Lowe. Additionally, for a variety of reasons, the Cubs don’t make a ton of sense as a destination for Lowe. So take this blurb with a huge grain of salt – but we’re duty-bound to report every […]

Cubs Ownerwatch: Bidding Still Ongoing

As expected/predicted, bidding on the Cubs among the three finalists will continue this week. Tribune Co., owner of the Chicago Cubs as well as the Chicago Tribune, was pushing prospective buyers to submit their final bids for the team, Wrigley Field and related assets by the end of last week. But the media company was […]


Astros Sign Jose Valverde for $8 Million

It avoids arbitration with the studly closer, but dang. Isn’t that like 15-20% of the Houston Astros’ projected 2009 payroll? Relievers don’t have the best track record in arbitration, so Valverde opted to take a raise to $8 million after losing his case last year and settling for $4.7 million. Considering that he’s led the […]

Just Kidding About Turning Japanese

So that mystery report from a blog I’ve never heard of, citing a source I’ve never heard of, turned out to be bunk. I, for one, am absolutely shocked. Cubs officials denied a report that the team was close to signing Japanese left-hander Ken Takahashi. Japan-based Sports Hochi reported the possible signing on Sunday night. […]

Andre Dawson is not a Hall of Famer

According to the voters, at least. Rickey Henderson (duh) and Jim Rice (…but not Dawson?) get the nod this year. Dawson, who was on the Hall of Fame ballot for the eighth year, was denied entry into Cooperstown on Monday, receiving 361 votes, or 67 percent. He needed 75 percent…Dawson received a minor bump in […]

The Cublogoverse is Turning Japanese, Turning Japanese, I Really Think So

A lot of buzz late last night and this morning throughout the Cublogoverse about a single post on a “Japanese Baseball Blog” that I’ve never heard of. That post, citing a source I’ve similarly never heard of (but maybe I’m just really ethnocentric), is claiming the Cubs are close to signing a 40-year old Japanese […]


Ronny Cedeno to the Mariners for Aaron Heilman?

Bruce Levine mentioned on his ESPN radio show that the Cubs are showing some interesting in the Mariners’ Aaron Heilman – a swing starter type whom the Cubs have pursued before, when he was with the Mets. Acquiring Heilman would be an interesting move for a team with seemingly dozens of swing starter types, and […]

A Word on Garfield minus Garfield and My Attempts at Humor

You are predictably and understandably thinking, “wtf.” Even if you’ve had the good fortune to stumble upon the brilliance that is Garfield minus Garfield, you’re equally likely to be thinking, “ok, yeah, I get it… but what is it doing here?” Let me explain.

The Tribune’s Bankruptcy Causing Cubs Sale Problems?

It has long been the position of this humble writer that the bankruptcy of the Tribune Company would not have any impact on the sale of the Chicago Cubs – after all, in the bankruptcy, the interests of the debtor and creditors will align: sell the Cubs as soon as possible and for the most […]

The Cublogoverse is Playing Monopoly

This week was an exciting one in the Cublogoverse for one reason, and one reason only: the Cubs signed blog material gold, Milton Bradley. So let’s take a tour around the Cublogoverse for some of the better reactions to the signing – and a glimpse into some of the interblogoverse politics. The Cub Reporter Pithy […]


Details of Bradley’s Contract Coming Out

The Sun Times gets the scoop on the particulars of the Milton Bradley signing. The most encouraging part is the protection at the back end of the deal if Bradley has some (predictable) health problems. If [Bradley does not stay healthy], the Cubs are protected in the final year of the deal. The contract pays […]

Cubs Pursuing Andy Pettitte?

Forget the fact that this hasn’t been reported *anywhere.* Forget the fact that Andy Pettitte just rejected a $10 million offer from the Yankees, and the Cubs were feverishly having to clear salary to add $10 million this year for Milton Bradley. And forget the fact that although I’m sure the Rocky Mountain News is […]

Chris Archer is Loved at Home

Of the three pitchers the Cubs received for Mark DeRosa, A-baller Chris Archer is perhaps the most interesting. He’s still just a kid – drafted out of high school in 2006. And his hometown newspaper still loves him. Archer originally signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Miami (Fla.) on a scholarship. […]

Where Peavywatch and Ownerwatch Meet

The scuttlebutt for weeks has been that a real run at Jake Peavy would have to wait until the Tribune Company selects the “winning” bidder in the sweepstakes to buy the Cubs (and by “winning” we mean winning the right to negotiate the purchase). The Daily Herald speculates that for Cubs fans who want Peavy, […]

Milton Bradley is More Expensive than Albert Pujols

We’ve all heard the greatest concern when it comes to Milton Bradley (well, except for that whole “potentially crazy” thing, but the Cubs have dealt with it admirably for the past several years…) – he’s never healthy. He can’t stay on the field. He’ll only play 100 games. And so it goes. In fact, that […]


Obsessive Peavywatch: Kevin Towers is Talkative

It’s been about a week since San Diego Padres General Manager Kevin Towers declared that even if they started discussing a Jake Peavy trade with another team again, they would not be doing it publicly. Um, well… Even now, with Hoffman seemingly out the door, the Padres remain open to trading Peavy, whose salary would […]

The Winter is for Baseball

Lots of Cubs prospects playing in various winter leagues, which have recently wrapped up. For those of you into those kind of things, the good guys at Northside Baseball put together a summary of the winter league prospect results. Dominican Winter League Welington Castillo (Licey): 2/8, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 PB – .250/.333/.250/.583 Doug […]

The Cubs Lose Because They Aren’t Nasty

I believe it is a natural tendency for fans of teams that lose – particularly teams that are very good in the long, long regular season, and then can’t seem to win in the short, crapshoot playoffs – to search for meaning where it doesn’t exist. To search for complex reasons why, where the reason […]

Where Peavywatch and Hendry Hearts Pitchers Meet

As we have previously suggested, now that Marquis has officially been moved, Jim Hendry is likely to resume serious talks with the San Diego Padres about Jake Peavy (EEE!). The Chicago Sun Times agrees, citing “those close to Hendry.” The article goes on to suggest that Derek Lowe is probably too expensive (fine), and that […]

Jim Hendry is Honored By Blagojevich

Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry met with embroiled Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on November 21, 2008, just weeks before the Governor’s arrest on a myriad of charges related to alleged corruption. Although it remains unclear the connection between Blagojevich’s corrupt activities, and the Tribune’s effort to sell the team and Wrigley Field, such a meeting […]

Jim Hendry Hearts Pitchers

Obviously Chicago Cubs fans everywhere want Jim Hendry to be considering only one fifth starter to replace the deposed Jason Marquis: Jake Peavy. But the realistic-osity of acquiring Jake Peavy remains to be seen. In the meantime, Hendry recently offered up his thoughts on rounding out the rotation. Lefty Sean Marshall got some high praise, […]

Ok, Jason Marquis Has Officially OFFICIALLY Been Traded

Not big news at this point, because we’ve all known about it for a week. But now it’s, like, totally official: The Cubs continued their offseason restructuring on Tuesday, sending pitcher Jason Marquis to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for reliever Luis Vizcaino. Cubs.com. Some tidbits on the contract swap: Marquis is in the final […]