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Month: February 2009

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. CBSSports.com 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 […]

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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. […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Spring Training is When it Happens?

Whether the Cubs will get Jake Peavy is becoming the Ross and Rachel of the 2009 offseason. Will they? Won’t they? And what happened to the monkey? According to league sources, the Cubs and Padres will try to revisit a Peavy deal sometime during Spring Training when Cubs officials have a new owner (most likely […]

Michael Wuertz is an Oakland Athletic

Dumping Rich Hill wasn’t enough today, as the Cubs also have sent reliever Michael Wuertz to the Oakland Athletics for a couple of old non-prospects – outfielder Richie Robnett and infielder Justin Sellers. Quite a disappointing return for a guy who can put up a mid-3.00 ERA for $1 million. Here’s a quick take on […]

Rich Hill is Officially an Oriole

So much interest, activity and excitement over a guy who may have been the worst pitcher outside of Rosemont Elementary’s Third Grade Girls Fun Pitch Softball Squad. But anyway, Rich Hill is gone. The Orioles have made a move to potentially fill the third slot in their starting rotation, acquiring left-hander Rich Hill from the […]

Hill to the Orioles this Week or Bust

Baltimore Sun writer Peter Schmuck – yup, real name – says he expects Rich Hill to be dealt to the Orioles in the next couple days, otherwise, it won’t happen. I’ve got to believe the Orioles nail down the deal for pitching reclamation project Rich Hill in the next day or two if they’re going […]

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Steve Stone Spills the Beans at Sons of Ivy

One of the good guys at Sons of Ivy had the fortune to run into Steve Stone this weekend, and even got a chance to pump him full of some questions. A cool, quick read here. Among the interesting tidbits: [Stone] does not believe the Peavy deal will get done. He also said if it […]

Another(!) Team Wants Rich Hill, and Thoughts on “PTBNL”

This time it’s the Kansas City Royals (sensing a theme in the teams potentially looking at Hill?), though it’s mostly the local media stumping for Hill. Especially with the Cubs apparently willing to accept just about anything, including the legendary player-to-be-named-later based on Hill’s performance in 2009. He is left-handed, with a huge curveball, and […]

The Cublogoverse is Awarding Things

So Cubscast – an excellent Chicago Cubs podcast – annually shoots out some e-awards for the best Cubs blogs and sites on the ‘net. They take nominations from the world at large, and then select the winners. We need to know what you consider to be the best Cubs websites — and we’re taking nominations […]

Phil Rogers Thinks the NL Central Sucks

A little bit ago, Phil Rogers gave a bit of a run-down of the moves made (or not made) by the other NL Central teams so far this off-season. And upon doing so, Rogers is ready to declare the obvious: outside of the Cubs, the NL Central is pretty pathetibad (he didn’t declare that last […]

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