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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. MLBTradeRumors.com. 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 […]


Cubs Aren’t Looking for a Bat Until After Aramis Ramirez Comes Back

The Chicago Cubs offense has been scuffling terribly for months. Some would say it coincides with the removal of Aramis Ramirez’s bat from the lineup, but it is not as though the team is simply missing one hitter – nobody, other than Derrek Lee, is hitting at all with consistency. But apparently the Cubs still […]

Sammy Sosa Had Guns, and Wanted You to Know About It

Hey, if I were pumping my body full of ultimately harmful steroids just so that I could be a beast physically in the short term, I’d want to show it off, too. It turns out Sosa had his jerseys tapered around his arms for a period of years. A study of photo archives suggests Sosa’s […]

Reed Johnson to the DL, Ryan Freel to Chicago

Getting tough for the Cubs to catch a break, unless it’s the break of a femur or something. The Chicago Cubs placed Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with continued back problems, retroactive to June 21. In a corresponding move, the team activated Ryan Freel from the disabled list. Unfortunately, it’s a downgrade. Neither […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Batting Practice on Friday

Chicago Cubs third baseman, and Obi Won Kenobi-style only hope, Aramis Ramirez is expected to begin taking live batting practice this Friday. “Once we get to that stage, it’s just a matter of when he goes out for a rehab assignment,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said of Ramirez. “He’s going to have to go out […]

Cubs Sign Top Draft Pick Brett Jackson

The Chicago Cubs have agreed to terms (undisclosed, probably slot money) with their 2009 first round draft pick, Brett Jackson. Jackson, an outfielder from the University of California, Berkeley, was the 31st player taken overall. He was ranked as the second-best overall athlete among all available college players in the 2009 Draft class by Baseball […]

Obsessive New Ownerwatch: Tribune Hanging on to a Big Chunk?

If the Tribune Company seeks out someone else to buy the Cubs besides presumptive new owner Tom Ricketts, it could end up retaining a larger chunk of the team than expected. This would be the case if the Tribune sought to re-engage Marc Utay, previous Cubs-bid-loser, in discussions to buy the team. The group’s original […]