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Month: June 2009

Jeff Samardzija to Chicago, Jose Ascanio to Iowa

The Cubs have recalled Jeff Samardzija from AAA Iowa, which sort of seems strange. In a corresponding move, the team sent successful reliever Jose Ascanio back to AAA Iowa, which sort of seems stranger. I know Samardzija wasn’t being sent down for good, but is he really ready to contribute? And why does Ascanio get […]

Very Rumorish Rumor: Heath Bell to the Cubs?

For now, treat with skepticism: According to a tweet from the Monty Show on Sirius 127 (apparently it’s a West Coast thing), the Chicago Cubs are close to acquiring reliever Heath Bell from the Padres. Bell, 32, has been all-universe as the closer for the Padres this year (273 ERA+). In his career, he’s been […]

Top Prospects Josh Vitters and Andrew Cashner Are Moving Up

Top Chicago Cubs prospect Josh Vitters is being promoted to High A Daytona, which should be a challenge for the 19 year old. But since he handled the pitching in Peoria with ease this year – OPS approaching .900 – it will be welcomed. Nobody doubts Vitters will have the stick to make his way […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Rehab Stint Starting Tomorrow

Finally some good news: assuming batting practice continues to go well, Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez could begin a minor league rehab stint as soon as tomorrow. Piniella did not know where Ramirez would be playing, but he expects to get him 20-25 at-bats. That suggests Ramirez could be back for next week’s series […]


Details on the Mark DeRosa to Cardinals Trade

If you’re feeling weepy about the fact that not only is Mark DeRosa not coming back to the Cubs, but also is going to the worst possible place – St. Louis – avert your eyes now. They’ll just get weepier. The Cardinals filled two needs in one move when they acquired infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa from […]

Mark DeRosa, sigh, Has Been Traded to the Cardinals

No details at this time, but the Cleveland Indians have traded Mark DeRosa to the worst possible place of all: St. Louis. Mark DeRosa is going to be a Cardinal. Hey, at least the Cubs took Aaron Miles from the Cardinals, right?

The Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll: June, 2009

It’s time for the third month of the Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll. With the help of some of your favorite other Cubs blogs, we’ve put together a poll – not unlike a college football or college basketball poll – ranking the top Chicago Cubs prospects. With several blogs in tow for the poll, it […]


Lou Piniella and Alfonso Soriano Hate Milton Bradley

As you may have heard by now, Milton Bradley had a temper tantrum during yesterday’s game against the White Sox, and was removed from the game by manager Lou Piniella. Apparently Bradley, frustrated with a poor at bat, came into the dugout and took a few swings at the Gatorade cooler and threw his helmet. […]

‘Moneyball’ Flick Gets Dumped

Remember how excited you were when Steven Soderbergh announced he was making a film version of the decidedly un-film-like book ‘Moneyball,’ about Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane’s success competing in a small market? Well simmer down, nerd-o. Columbia Pictures has dropped the ball on “Moneyball,” the Steven Soderbergh-directed Brad Pitt starrer that was supposed […]

Geovany Soto Smoked Some Pot

At the World Baseball Class, Geovany Soto tested positive … wait for it … for marijuana. Duuuude. The good news is that he won’t be suspended by MLB, though he’s been booted from international competition for two years. Additional bad news includes an increasingly diminished supply of Ho-Hos and Funyuns on the North Side. “I […]