It is rare that Chicago Cubs trade rumors pop up and dissolve all within the span of a couple hours, but that’s what happened late yesterday regarding right fielder Milton Bradley. For a few minutes Saturday, a rumor had sprouted and grown that the Cubs were going to trade outfielder Milton Bradley to the Detroit […]
Month: July 2009
July 31 is the non-waiver trade deadline. Translation: you can make whatever deal you want if you make it before that date. After July 31, but before September 1, you can make a trade, but the Major League players involved have to clear waivers. That is to say, every “worse” team than you has to […]
Great to see Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley put together good nights on the same night. If they can do that with remote regularity, the talk of needing a bat will go away quickly. And kudos to Kevin Hart, who had his first very good start of the year. But…
After placing starting pitcher Ted Lilly on the disabled list, the Chicago Cubs called up pitcher Justin Berg to take his spot on the roster. Berg, 25, has been absolutely dominant out of the pen at AAA Iowa this year – as have many of the Iowa relievers – to the tune of a 2.06 […]
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. But for the Cubs, when the going gets tough, the tough get injured. Look for the Cubs to place left-hander Ted Lilly on the disabled list today. Lilly, the Cubs’ lone all-star, had an MRI arthrogram performed on his left shoulder Friday after experiencing soreness in […]
The home run by Aaron Harang – his first in a long, long career – was a lowlight. But I’ve been too negative, so let’s enhance something good this time.
The Cardinals are getting better, and the Cubs are getting worse. Starting pitcher and lone All Star Ted Lilly has been battling knee problems, so the fact that he’s been scratched from tomorrow’s start is not a huge shock. Except that he’s been scratched because of a sore shoulder. Ruh Roh. He’s having tests done […]
The cupboard is now bare prospect-wise for the Cardinals, but there can be no doubt that this is a terrible move… for the Cubs. The Cardinals will now have a vastly improved lineup, and they instantly become the favorites in the Central if they weren’t already. Will the Cubs respond? Probably not. It’s still likely […]
The National League Central leading St. Louis Cardinals are becoming quite active in the pre-trade-deadline market. Yesterday, they dealt outfielder Chris Duncan to the Boston Red Sox for recently DFA’d infielder Julio Lugo, who could provide extra support if Khalil Greene never turns things around. And now, the Cardinals are looking to add an outfielder […]
The moves the Chicago Cubs might make at this year’s trade deadline fall squarely into the “tinkering” category rather than the “OMG NOMAH!!!!” category. Specifically, the Cubs look to try and add a lefty reliever to the pen, assuming BJ Ryan doesn’t bust out some dominance quickly. First up is a guy the Cubs considered […]
All things considered, it was an acceptable series for the Cubs. Sure, you never like to lose two of three, but the Cubs ran into an absolute buzz saw of a Phillies team.
Following the Chicago Cubs’ crushing and embarrassing sweep in the playoffs last year at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Lou Piniella was ardent in his support for the addition of a left-handed bat or two to the lineup. Some reports had him forcing Mark DeRosa out of town for just that reason. […]
Chicago Cubs starting pitcher/excessive celebrator Ryan Dempster is recovering adequately from a broken bone in his right big toe. If x-rays show that his bone is healing nicely, he could be back as soon as next week – starting July 30 against the Houston Astros. “Larry [Rothschild, pitching coach] seems to think that if Dempster’s […]
Contrary to popular belief, maligned outfield Milton Bradley was not signed by the Chicago Cubs to a 3 year, $30 million deal this offseason. He was signed to a 2 year, $18 million deal. The third year was an option dependent on games played, and was designed to protect the team against Bradley imploding. Well […]
Another day, another one run. If you’re looking for consolation here, look no further than Rich Harden’s now back-to-back excellent performances. Maybe he’s turning things around. If you’re like me, however, looking for no consolation and just looking to vent: F*&KABUCK.
When Manny Ramirez returned from a 50-game steroid suspension, Los Angeles Dodgers fans cheered as though he’d returned from a terrible injury after months of rehabilitation. The hero returns. When Aramis Ramirez returned from a terrible injury after months of rehabilitation, Chicago Cubs fans cheered just as loudly. And they did so without that tiniest […]
I bring this rumor to you with a huge grain of salt: it comes from Bleacher Report, aka the land where any yahoo who wishes to write something up, can. For whatever reason, it has most-favored nation status with Google, despite a lack of control, grammar, or useful content in general. Not that I’m bitter. […]
Yeah, so. The Nationals the Phillies are not.
Chicago Cubs center fielder and substitute lead-off man Kosuke Fukudome is in the midst of his second year in a row of a protracted and steep decline following a hot start. But just as Lou Piniella is going to “coach” Milton Bradley out of his funk, Kosuke Fukudome is going to get the same treatment […]
In spite of his proclamation that he was “back,” Milton Bradley has continued to struggle. And now, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella is taking the task of fixing Bradley all on his back. “We’re going to work on a couple things to get him into better position to swing the bat,” Piniella said. “I think […]
Thank the baseball gods for the Washington Nationals. The Cubs needed a 3-1 series win like crazy, and they got a four-game sweep. Like mana from heaven those Nats are. Stinky, fundamentally terrible mana.
Yeah, so this was probably obvious to you given the fact that Kevin Hart was recalled in advance of today’s game to start against the Nationals, but the Cubs had to make a corresponding roster move – and that move was to send .368-hitting outfield Sam Fuld back to AAA Iowa. Not a total shock, […]
Following his excellent performance in the College World Series, DJ LeMahieu was looking a little bit more like a solid second round pick for the Cubs, and a little less like a Jim Hendry LSU special. And now he’s a Cub. The Cubs added another LSU Tiger to the team. On Saturday, the Cubs announced […]
The Chicago Cubs have so many players recovering from injuries, it is, at times, difficult to keep them all straight. For example, what the hell happened to Aaron Miles? Don’t get me wrong – I’m not exactly pushing for his return. But, like, did he break his femur or something? For now, we’ve got updates […]
Hey, Alfonso Soriano did something on the offensive side that wasn’t, you know, offensive. I guess the injured little pinky was a good thing. At least Milton Bradley still stank up the place (and broke his bat over his knee), or I just wouldn’t know which was up.
The Red Sox designated Julio Lugo for assignment yesterday, pulling the plug halfway through a poorly-timed and probably ill-conceived contract given out at the high of the free agent boom. Of course, for all the flak, Lugo has still managed to hit .284 this year, with a solid .352 OBP. His range at shortstop has […]