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Month: July 2009

The Pirates Trade; or Why Tom Gorzelanny Better Be Awesome

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs traded pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, as well as minor league infielder Josh Harrison to the Pirates for pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny. And though the rumors about Grabow had swirled for weeks, thus leaving the indelible impression on this trade that it was all about him (i.e., another […]

Formerly Obsessive Peavywatch: Jake Peavy Traded to Chicago White Sox

OMG Jake Peavy! OMG Chicago! OMG… meh. It’s the White Sox, and the Cubs haven’t really even been remotely interested in half a year. The White Sox have acquired 2007 Cy Young winner Jake Peavy from San Diego in exchange for pitchers Aaron Poreda, Clayton Richard, Adam Russell and Dexter Carter. Peavy, 28, is 6-6 […]

Cubs Will Keep Exploring Deals Up to Today’s Deadline

Though the Chicago Cubs have likely already made the big deal they’ll make before this year’s non-waiver trade deadline – acquiring pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny from the Pittsburgh Pirates – that doesn’t mean they’re going to stop trying to improve the club. GM Jim Hendry said today there’s no reason not to work […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Geovany Soto Starting Rehab Assignment

Geovany Soto has been out for a long time with an oblique strain, but he’s finally ready to starting a minor league rehab stint, and then return to the Cubs next week. Geovany Soto, who has been on the disabled list since July 7 because of a left oblique strain, will begin a minor-league rehabilitation […]

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Sam Fuld to Chicago, Mitch Atkins to Iowa, Other Roster Moves

The Chicago Cubs sent pitcher Mitch Atkins back to AAA Iowa yesterday, and are expected to recall outfielder Sam Fuld later today before the game against the Florida Marlins. The Cubs also recalled reliever Jeff Stevens yesterday, when Reed Johnson was placed on the disabled list. John Grabow was added to the 25-man roster to […]

Cubs Acquire Grabow, Gorzelanny From Pirates

Today, the Chicago Cubs sent pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, as well as minor league infielder Josh Harrison to the Pirates for lefty reliever John Grabow and lefty sometimes starter, sometimes reliever, sometimes minor leaguer Tom Gorzelanny. Grabow joins Sean Marshall as the lefties in the pen (though Grabow has been better at getting […]

The Cubs Are Looking at Mark Teahen and Jeremy Hermida

You have to wonder whether Reed Johnson going down will change the Cubs’ outfield priorities, but for now, it appears they’re still looking for a corner outfield bat from the left side of the plate. Specifically, the Cubs have looked into the Royals’ Mark Teahen and the Marlins’ Jeremy Hermida, who were weak blips on […]

Justin Berg Probably Hates Mitch Atkins

Before yesterday’s game against the Houston Astros, the Chicago Cubs made a minor move by sending reliever Jeff Stevens back to AAA Iowa, and calling up pitcher Mitch Atkins. The move was much less a statement about Stevens – he’s actually pitched will in 6+ innings of ML work this year – as it was […]

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I Told You Freddy Sanchez Wasn’t Coming to the Cubs

The San Francisco Giants just acquired Sanchez from the Pirates. Leaving no ambiguity about their intention to chase a playoff spot this season, the Giants dealt heralded minor league pitcher Tim Alderson — seen by many as a cornerstone of the team’s future rotation — to the Pittsburgh Pirates for All-Star second baseman Freddy Sanchez. […]

Reed Johnson’s Foot Exploded

Center fielder Reed Johnson broke his foot today when he took a foul ball off the top of it. He’s expected to be out a month, and the Cubs are expected to place him on the DL tomorrow with a corresponding roster move.

Freddy Sanchez Unlikely for the Cubs

Mini update on the Chicago Cubs’ pursuit of a bat. The one spot in the lineup that could even potentially, realistically be upgraded is second base, and fans have been pushing for the Cubs to make a move on Pittsburgh Pirates’ second baseman Freddy Sanchez. It is becoming increasingly likely that Sanchez will be dealt, […]

The Cubs Don’t Have the Prospects to get … John Grabow?

The Chicago Cubs are focusing their trade deadline efforts on acquiring a lefty reliever, and most are not expected to come at a terribly steep price. But apparently the Pittsburgh Pirates believe they’re holding onto a golden goose. Meanwhile, the Chicago Cubs have stepped up their pursuit of left-handed reliever John Grabow. However, the Cubs […]

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For Now, All Remains Quiet on the Cubs Trade Front

Although rumors continue to swirl, as they will for the next few days (and really, for the month after that), actual news is hard to come by these days. Mostly, that’s because Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is apparently the fattest girl in school a few days before the prom. That is to say, […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Geovany Soto Could be Back Next Week

Chicago Cubs catcher Geovany Soto has been out for a couple weeks now with a strained oblique muscle, but he is recovering normally. [Soto] is swinging a bat while rehabbing in Mesa, Ariz., and remains on track to return in a week. ”He started swinging a broom stick, and now he’s using a real bat,” […]

Justin Berg, We Hardly Knew Ye

Justin Berg was the odd man out when the Cubs activated Ryan Dempster from the DL today. Berg will get another shot with someone at some point, but for now, his career line stands at: – – -, -.–.

The Cubs are a-Rumoring

The Chicago Cubs are finally in first place and poised for a post-season run – but that doesn’t mean a trade or two isn’t in the works to improve the club. The primary focus of trade rumors is a left-handed reliever to shore up the bullpen. The non-waiver trade deadline is looming Friday afternoon as […]

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God’s Wrathwatch: Lilly’s Knee Surgery

Well, one injured limb down, one to go: Ted Lilly’s knee surgery went just fine, so now it’s just a matter of rehab and recovery for his injured shoulder. Lilly underwent a debridement, which is the removal of dead, damaged or infected tissue, in this case in the meniscus, which is cartilage in the knee […]

Obsessive Lee Neckwatch: Back Today

With all of our obsessive watches here at Bleacher Nation (Rich Harden’s shoulder, Aramis Ramirez’s dislocation, and of course, all things Jake Peavy), it is surprising that we haven’t yet begun a Derrek Lee neckwatch. After all, the Chicago Cubs first baseman has missed many games – albeit usually one or one half at a […]

The Brewers Might Make a Trade for Pitching, Might Do Nothing

As recently as last week, Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin was telling Brewers fans not to get their hopes up for a deadline acquisition designed to help keep the Brewers in the NL Central race. And then manager Ken Macha went and got Brewers fans’ hopes up. Of principal owner Mark Attanasio, who was […]

The Cubs Might Pursue a Starting Pitcher

The Chicago Cubs were already rumored to add a lefty reliever before Ted Lilly went down with a shoulder injury, but now that he’s out for perhaps a month, the need to add another arm seems even more pressing. The Cubs have been talking to a number of teams, including Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, about […]