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Month: April 2009

Kosuke Fukudome is Going to Hit 1.000 This Year

Kosuke Fukudome is finally back in Cubs camp after a relatively yawn-worthy WBC stint. But the good news is, he’s figured out why he struggled so much in the final three months of the season last year. He simply wasn’t being the player Lou Piniella wants him to be. “If I can be the player […]

Cubs Release Chad Gaudin, Jeff Samardzija to AAA

The Chicago Cubs bullpen is set: David Patton and Angel Guzman are in, Chad Gaudin and Jeff Samardzija are out. Ultimately, this is the precise series of moves we had predicted a week ago, with the exception of Gaudin being released instead of traded or DL’d. Previously, the Cubs had indicated no one would be […]

Carlos Zambrano Hates Wrigley Field

After seeing the new Yankee Stadium, Chicago Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano said he is disgusted with Wrigley Field and wishes it would just burn down. Well, he practically said that. “You come into a ballpark like this and you see great things,” the Cubs ace told The Associated Press on Saturday before his team’s 10-1 […]

Reed Johnson Thinks David Patton Is Making the Team

I actually missed this bit a couple days ago, but as we’re on the verge of Lou Piniella’s announcement regarding the bullpen, it was too good not to post. Reed Johnson, who has his own excellent blog, had a great many thoughts to share about bullpen competitor and Rule V pick David Patton. I love […]

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Angel Guzman Drawing More Interest Than Chad Gaudin

The Chicago Cubs are going to have to move at least one of the four pitchers competing for two bullpen spots, and the two likely candidates for moving are Chad Gaudin and Angel Guzman. Each has stunk it up in Spring Training. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry continues to work the phones to try to […]

Welcome Back Under Armour!

Click. Clack. The Under Armour logos will be back on the outfield doors at Wrigley Field. The Cubs announced Tuesday they have agreed to continue their partnership with Under Armour, and now have a multi-million dollar multi-year deal. The Cubs have dismissed their lawsuit against the company, which was filed in January after Under Armour […]

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenarios

Readers repeatedly asked me if I was going to write a “Why the 2009 Chicago Cubs Will Suck” article, as I had for the rest of the N.L. Central. My answer, in turn, was a repeated “no.” How could I? There is no objective, reasonable basis to conclude the Cubs will suck this year. But […]

Yeah, So the Cubs Aren’t Getting Donald Veal Back

Former top Chicago Cubs prospect Donald Veal fell a bit off the top prospect wagon in 2008 – so much so that, when it was time to decide whom to protect in the Rule V draft, the Cubs decided to leave him exposed. Veal was quickly snatched up by the Pittsburgh Pirates – precisely the […]

If You Want a “Serious” Season Preview

As I mentioned, while creating our excellent series of “Why X Team Will Suck” articles, we aren’t that big on creating full-blown, series team previews. Usually, they’re not well done, or aren’t interesting enough to hold our attention (I just realized I was using the royal “we” there… sorry). Well, I also mentioned an exception. […]

Bullpen Battlewatch: No One Stepping Up

The four men competing for the last two bullpen spots are running out of time to dazzle – and none are stepping up to the… er, rubber. Two pitched yesterday, two the day before, and all four disappointed. Chad Gaudin continued to show that whatever he hurt at the end of last year is not […]

The Rockies Have Eye on Chad Gaudin, Are Apparently Blind

Kidding, naturally. Chad Gaudin has been a successful major league pitcher for several years, so there is going to be interest. The first nibbles appear to be from the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies have their eye on five pitchers this week, including Tampa’s Jason Hammel and Chicago’s Chad Gaudin, as they try to fill out […]

Cubs Looking at Mike Lamb?

Though the Chicago Cubs are currently set to begin the regular season with just one backup infielder on the roster (Aaron Miles), I have repeatedly contended that the team will keeps its eyes open for another backup – particularly one who can backup on the left side of the infield. Well it looks like they […]

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Cubs Trade Away Another Great Name

The Chicago Cubs have traded pitching prospect Rocky Roquet to the Oakland A’s for a PTBNL. Breathe. Breathe. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! Roquet joined the Cubs in 2006 as a non-drafted free agent following a five-year college career that began as an outfielder at Florida State and ended at Cal Poly as a hard-throwing right-hander. “He’s a great […]

Yeah, So Not So Much on the Jeff Keppinger Thing

I was just kidding about Jeff Keppinger as a back-up infielder for the Chicago Cubs – he just got dealt to the Houston Astros for a PTBNL. Which is actually doubly frustrating: he was dealt within the division, so obviously that would not have scared the Reds off; and he was dealt for but a […]

Sean Marshall’s Grasp on the Fifth Starter Spot Already Shaky

It wasn’t but a week ago that Sean Marshall officially claimed the fifth starter spot in the Cubs rotation, but after back-to-back poor outings, his claim seems a little less certain. Manager Lou Piniella seemed a little concerned about Marshall’s poor finish to an otherwise successful spring. “The last two starts for Marshall have been… […]

Lou Piniella Has Advice for Carlos Marmol: Get Over It, Kid

After making the simultaneously difficult and easy decision to name Kevin Gregg the team’s closer over Carlos Marmol, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella is going to have to deal with some subversive criticism. The first time Gregg blows a save or the first time Marmol strikes out the side in the seventh inning, he’s going […]