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Month: June 2009

Bad News: Cubs Can’t Add Payroll This Year

If you were paying attention to the Jake Peavy sweepstakes this year, you probably already figured this: due to the ownership change, the terrible economy, and the already hefty payroll, the Chicago Cubs won’t be able to add payroll in-season this year. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry conceded this truth yesterday. ”It’s challenging,” he said. […]

Derrek Lee to the Giants?

Obviously it’s not time for the Cubs to go into sell mode, but as a .500 team buried in the N.L. Central, it isn’t shocking that the sell-type rumors are starting to swirl. Could Derrek Lee be the hitter the Giants need? Sabean at least ought to see whether Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry would […]

Cubs Scapegoat, Fire Gerald Perry

The Chicago Cubs’ offensive woes were apparently all the fault of hitting coach Gerald Perry. That’s why they dumped him. As Cub players were taking batting practice Sunday morning, hitting coach Gerald Perry was called off the field and fired. He will be replaced by Von Joshua, the Triple A hitting coach at Iowa. “Obviously, […]


The Cubs World Series Chances Are Diminishing, But Still Surprisingly High

When the 2009 season started, the Chicago Cubs were the prohibitive favorite to win the National League Central, and were a strong favorite to represent the Senior Circuit in the World Series. Only Cubs fans knew better. Wherever you looked, pre-season, to find World Series odds, you would note the Cubs occupying the third spot […]

On Bradley, Ibanez, and Old/New Media War

Six months ago, after the flop of Fukudome, the Chicago Cubs were in the market for just one thing: a slugging lefty right fielder. Though I won’t pour over the options here, I will note that the Cubs chose the riskiest of them all, Milton Bradley. And for all the ballyhoo that accompanied the signing, […]

The Cubs Now Have 13 Pitchers On the Roster

What the hell? Cubs infielder Bobby Scales has been optioned to Triple-A Iowa in anticipation of activating starting pitcher Rich Harden off the disabled list for his start on Saturday, ESPNChicago.com’s Bruce Levine reported on Friday. ESPN Chicago. This leaves the Chicago Cubs with 13 pitchers on the roster, and 12 positional players (11 and […]


The Cubs Are Done Being Drafty

Yesterday wrapped up the first year player draft for Major League Baseball, and the Cubs closed it out by selecting another 20 youngsters. Despite the flowery stories you hear about all the baseball stars who were drafted in the later rounds, the truth is that most of these guys will do one of two things: […]

The Chicago Cubs Are Scouting Pedro Martinez

You read that right, folks. Somehow, some way, for some reason, the Chicago Cubs recently scouted formerly awesome pitcher, and currently broken guy, Pedro Martinez. A source close to Pedro Martinez indicated tonight that both the Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays have watched Martinez throw in the Dominican and both teams have begun to at […]

Cubs Into High Schoolers on Second Day of Draft – Um, That Sounds Bad

Last year, the Chicago Cubs drafted heavily from the college ranks – a philosophical shift, seemingly brought on by Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken. Most Cubs fans, feeling burned by so many high school flame outs from drafts past, were encouraged by the shift. This year, the team has gone back to taking a great […]

Aramis Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Taking Grounders

Little update on Aramis Ramirez’s rehab from a dislocated shoulder. Aramis Ramirez did take some grounders at third early Wednesday at Minute Maid Park. The workout was done under the watch of athletic trainer Mark O’Neal and conditioning coach Tim Buss. Lou Piniella is trying to be patient until Ramirez returns. On Wednesday, Derrek Lee […]


Rumor: Mark DeRosa Back to the Cubs?

The Sons of Ivy Cubs message board is reporting that MLB network claimed the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs are the primary suitors for former Cub Mark DeRosa. Now this is a third-hand kind of thing, so we’ll update as soon as we have a little more confirmation (not just on the MLB network […]

Cubs Draft Three on the First Day

The Major League Draft will continue today, but the Chicago Cubs have already drafted a few players in the first three rounds, which took place last night. Super quick recap: the Cubs drafted outfielder Brett Jackson out of the University of California in the first round (reading his scouting report sounds like a carbon copy […]

Jake Fox Out, Aaron Miles Back In

The Chicago Cubs optioned Jake Fox back to AAA Iowa last night to make room for utility infielder Aaron Miles, who is coming off of the disabled list. Now, there are a few gripes that one could lob about this, but I think ultimately it will be ok. Miles, for all his light-hitting this year, […]


The 2009 Amateur Player Draft Starts Today

The Rule IV Draft, better known to you as simply, well, the Draft, starts today at 5pm CT, with the first three rounds live on MLB Network. Thereafter, the Draft shifts to Wednesday. The Chicago Cubs pick 31st in the first round, and their next two picks are 79th and 109th overall. Last year’s top […]

Rich Harden is a Good Rehabber

To briefly update you on Rich Harden’s rehab from a sore back: he done good. Rich Harden allowed one earned run in 4 2/3 innings during his minor-league rehab start Monday night for Class AAA Iowa, putting the right-hander on track to return from the disabled list Saturday against the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field. […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Juicy Nuggets of Info

An off day is the perfect time to return to obsessing about a trade that will almost certainly never happen, and given the Chicago Cubs’ offensive struggles, is almost certain not to matter. But still, it’s interesting to hear more about Jake Peavy, and possible trades. So here’s some more info from Jayson Stark as […]

Obsessive New Ownerwatch: Zell Out?

It’s no secret that the Tribune Company’s Sam Zell has been a difficult man to deal with throughout the sale of the Chicago Cubs. Heck, I probably would be, too: he bought a company – and improvident purchase, to be sure – that almost immediately went belly up, and he’s now trying to sell one […]

Obsessive Harden Shoulder, er Backwatch: Rehab Start Today

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Rich Harden, on the shelf for a couple of weeks with an ailing back, will make a rehab start for AAA Iowa today. If all goes well, the Cubs could see him back as soon as later this week. Throughout his rehab, Harden has said he feels good, and it could […]

Ryan Dempster is Dealing With Some Serious Stuff This Year

If Chicago Cubs fans noticed one thing about Ryan Dempster’s 2009 season, it would probably be that he hasn’t been nearly as good as he was last year. He has had three solid starts in a row, though. Well, there’s been something else to notice – and we’ve sort of heard about it, but not […]