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Month: February 2009

Behind the Scenes Details of the Heilman Trade Revealed

The offseason has been an active – sometimes painfully so – one for the Chicago Cubs. The most recent, and for some the most perplexing, major move was the trade of Ronny Cedeno and Garrett Olson to the Seattle Mariners for pitcher Aaron Heilman. Because of its perceived relationship to the possible Jake Peavy trade, […]

Braden Looper is Almost a Brewer

Looks like Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin was full of it when he proclaimed just last week that the team was all set, and wouldn’t be making any more moves. Perhaps continued massive deflation in the free agent market changed his mind. I just talked to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. He would not say […]

Adam Kennedy is Not a Cardinal Anymore

A lot of NL Central transaction news today. It all affects the Cubs, so we’ll keep bringing it. The Cardinals dumped second baseman Adam Kennedy yesterday, and will look for a new boyfriend. The Cardinals assume Kennedy’s $4 million salary for the upcoming season; Kennedy becomes a free agent. Monday’s move creates an open competition […]

Rich Aurilia is a Giant – Not the Size, the Team

One more 25th man option goes out the window. Free-agent infielder Rich Aurilia will return to the Giants on a minor-league contract, according to a major-league source. Aurilia, 37, chose the Giants over the Cubs and Phillies. His deal is expected to be finalized on Monday. At present, the Cubs would be set to go […]


Adam Dunn Ain’t Gonna Be An Astro

There was a minor rumor – a rumorette, if you will – making the rounds this weekend that the Astros were going to make a run at hulking beast Adam Dunn. Well, it ain’t gonna happen. “It was never an item of discussion for us,” Wade said. “And even if we had greater resources available, […]

Orlando Hudson to the Cubs?

There was a thinly-veiled rumor out of Boston (?) yesterday about surprisingly-yet-unsigned second baseman, Orlando Hudson. And that rumor is that the Cubs are one of only three teams looking at him. Guh? I mean, freaking awesome! Orlando Hudson, 2B, free agent: It’s amazing that a player of this caliber remains unsigned, but lining up […]

Rich Aurilia is Gonna Come Cheap

It can’t be a surprise in an offseason where guys like Adam Dunn and Bobby Abreu can’t find work, but in case you were wondering about the price tag on potential Cubs reserve infielder Rich Aurilia, it’s really low. Sabean said the Giants made Rich Aurilia an offer for a non-guaranteed contract similar to what […]


Rejoice! The Muskat Mailbag Has Returned!

Some time ago, the Chicago Cubs beat reporter for, Carrie Muskat, announced that she would be discontinuing her wildly popular “Mailbag” – wherein readers could send in questions for her to answer. Of course, the Mailbag was as popular for its ridiculous questions and thinly-developed answers as anything, so naturally the Cublogoverse cried out […]

Oh SNAP! Alex Rodriguez Tested Positive for Steroids!

Totally unrelated to the Cubs, but this is HUGE news. Sports Illustrated is reporting that Alex Rodriguez tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2003, his last season with the Rangers. This was before there were mandatory penalties for positive tests. When asked for comment before SI ran with the story, Rodriguez didn’t have much to […]

The Cubs Will Be Fine Without Mark DeRosa

You can’t go to too many corners of the Cublogoverse these days without reading some angry diatribe about the Mark DeRosa trade. In late December, DeRosa was traded to the Cleveland Indians for three somewhat unimpressive pitching prospects. At the time, Cubs fans were sated with the knowledge that surely the deal was merely a […]

In Case You Were Worried the Cubs Would Sign Randy Wolf

Fear not, good ye citizens of, um, yore. The Dodgers done tooked him off the market. Randy Wolf, whose first go-round with the Dodgers ended after 18 starts and shoulder surgery in 2007, on Friday agreed in principle on a one-year contract to return to the club. Raised about a half-hour from Dodger Stadium, Wolf, […]

Nomar Back to the Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs are still looking for a 25th man to round out their roster. Right now, four of the five bench spots look relatively locked up in the form of outfielders Reed Johnson and Joey Gathright, backup catcher Paul “The” Bako, and infielder Aaron Miles. Currently, the team does not have a true backup […]


My Powers of Analysis Are Spectacular: Ben Sheets IS Broken

About 10 days ago, I took note of the extreme lack of interest in pitcher Ben Sheets this offseason. Considering that fact and the Texas Rangers backing off their pursuit suddenly, I speculated that Ben Sheets must be damaged goods. is reporting that I was right. Well, I mean, I guess they don’t use […]

Lou Piniella Retiring After This Season?

Chi-Ball blog is reporting that, “according to MLB sources,” Lou Piniella is strongly considering retiring after this season. The source claims Piniella has grown weary of the day-to-day operations of running a major league clubhouse. Instant reaction: 1.) Piniella’s contract runs out this year [edit: the Cubs picked up his option for 2010, so his […]

Cubs Pick Up a Minor League Catcher

The Chicago Cubs have purchased the contract of catcher Shawn McGill from the independent Lincoln Saltdogs (heck of  name). McGill batted .299 with nine home runs, 43 RBI and 82 hits for the Saltdogs in 2008. The resident of Wakefield, RI finished tied for fourth in the American Association in triples (6) and fifth in […]

The Brewers Are All Done This Offseason

The Brewers have been connected to a few Braden Looper/Randy Wolf rumors here and there, but it’s looking increasingly unlikely that they’ll add anyone else before the season starts. During his recent trip to Milwaukee, principal owner Mark Attanasio said the team already has already committed about $82-83 million, depending on the outcomes of talks […]

Jeff Samardzija Hates Iowa

I can’t think of a Chicago Cubs pitcher who has been more vocal about his desires for the upcoming season than young wide receiver Jeff Samardzija. He’s already said unequivocally that he doesn’t want to be in the pen – a role he thrived in last year. And now he says he doesn’t want to […]

Aramis Ramirez is Out of the WBC

Just caught an ESPNdeportes report that Aramis Ramirez has decided to skip the World Baseball Classic after all. The stated reason? Not wanting to risk injury? Respect for his employer? No, no. He doesn’t want to be a back-up. Alex Rodriguez is expected to be the starter for the Dominican Republic team, after switching from […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Padres Sale Done by Opening Day?

The anticipated purchase of the San Diego Padres by Jeff Moorad is about to be completed. As in… soon. Under the terms of the agreement, the club said the sale is expected to close by Opening Day, with Moorad to assume the role of CEO of the Padres, a job currently held by Sandy Alderson. […]