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Month: July 2009

Cubs Will Look at BJ Ryan

The Toronto Blue Jays recently cut expensive and currently-crappy-but-formerly-awesome left-handed reliever BJ Ryan. And apparently the Cubs are planning to give him a look. The 33-year-old Ryan will have to clear waivers, and once that happens, the Cubs likely will explore the possibility of signing him. Insiders say any team that ends up with the […]

Two Possible Trade Options for the Cubs

Two recent rumor-ettes are percolating involving the Chicago Cubs and a couple ok-but-not-great players that are on the block. First up, the Pittsburgh Pirates are planning to trade Freddy Sanchez if possible. The Pirates are “pushing hard” to trade All-Star second baseman Freddy Sanchez, according to a National League executive this morning. The San Francisco […]

Kevin Hart to Iowa, Jeff Stevens to Chicago

In an incredibly savvy move (shock), the Chicago Cubs are sending temporary starter Kevin Hart down to AAA Iowa so that they can bring up an extra bullpen arm for the Cardinals series. The extra arm belongs to reliever prospect Jeff Stevens, acquired by the Cubs over the winter in the Mark DeRosa deal. Stevens […]

Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley Need You to Stop Booing Them

The Chicago Cubs are back to their slumping offensive ways, and with the division-leading Cardinals coming into town tomorrow, there will be little patience for struggling superstars. But you’re going to have to resist the urge to boo Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley. It hurts them, and apparently, it makes them suck. “I can’t go […]


Hold on to Your Butts: Cardinals Want Halladay

The National League Central leading St. Louis Cardinals are trying to get better. A lot better. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals’ interest in Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay is very real. Here’s what Strauss tweeted just a moment ago: Asked about the price tag for Halladay, a club source […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Soto Might Be Going to the DL

The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. Or in the case of the Chicago Cubs, He just taketh away. Cubs catcher Geovany Soto might be headed to the disabled list after straining an oblique muscle the other day during batting practice. The team had long awaited the return of third baseman Aramis Ramirez (and […]

Enhanced Box Score: Braves 4, Cubs 1 – July 8, 2009

I am not trying to be a jerk, but everyone is writing this game up as “Kevin Hart has great first outing, Cubs fail to provide offense for him,” and that’s bogus. Yes, he gave up but one earned run. But also allowed nine baserunners in five innings is not “great.” It’s not even acceptable. […]

Will the Cubs Look at Roy Halladay?

Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said earlier this week that the team will be listening to offers for superstar pitching Roy Halladay. The ace is signed through next season, making $14.25 million this year, and $15.75 million next year. Even if it makes no sense at all, given the costs involved and the […]

Obsessive New Ownerwatch: Not So Fast on That Whole Done Deal Thing

Don’t say we didn’t tell you to be circumspect about the prospects of the deal being done soon. The Tribune Co. is apparently “working on a deal” to sell the team, Wrigley Field and other assets to a group led by New York investor and former Chicagoan Marc Utay. “They are not as far along […]


Winning Hurts: Dempster Out With Broken Toe After Celebrating Win

Sigh. It’s always something. Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster is going to miss at least three weeks after breaking his big toe. Dempster said he caught his foot on the dugout railing while jumping out of the dugout running onto the field after Sunday’s win over the Brewers. “Sweet, huh?” Dempster said. What happened? […]

Erik Estrada Sings His Last 7th Inning Stretch

Former CHIPS and Surreal Life star – can we say “star” for those? – Erik Estrada sang the 7th inning stretch for the Chicago Cubs game last night, after which he offers up the most uncomfortable interview ever (below). Not only does he lavish praise on Ron Jeremy’s manhood near the end of the interview, […]

Cash, Ryan Freel to the Royals

When the Chicago Cubs designated Ryan Freel for assignment last week, no one actually expected it would result in a trade. Well, unless it was a trade in name only, and it was actually just the Cubs giving Freel to another team along with enough cash to cover his salary for the year above the […]


Obsessive New Ownerwatch: Sale Agreement Reached

All over, folks are reporting that the sale is now a done deal. But that’s not quite precise. The sale agreement has been finalized, which means they’re ready to sign on the dotted line as drawn up. No money has been exchanged and no approvals have been received. But we’re close. Very close. The Chicago […]

Sam Fuld and Kevin Hart to AAA Iowa, David Patton to DL

Outfielder Sam Fuld did everything that was asked of him and did it well, but sometimes the numbers just don’t work. Micah Hoffpauir would have been an equally good choice, but Fuld makes sense. Hart makes sense to be sent down from the pen, as well. With Patton heading to the DL, that means the […]

Oh Snap – I Think Reed Johnson Just Called Out a Couple Teammates

Now, I don’t want to read too much into Reed Johnson’s recent comments while on his rehab stint in Peoria about the Cubs’ offensive struggles. And I also don’t want to cast Reed Johnson in a bad light, because I think Reed Johnson is awesome. And if I’m to understand what he’s saying correctly, it […]


Ted Lilly is an All Star, the Rest of the Cubs Are Just Cubs

Pitcher Ted Lilly (7-6, 3.35) was selected as the Cubs’ lone All Star representative this year. Last year, the team had eight. I’d say that’s about right. The rest of the NL and AL rosters: National League Starters C Yadier Molina, STL R/R 1B Albert Pujols, STL R/R 2B Chase Utley, PHI L/R SS Hanley […]

Another Update from the Rehab Trail

Quick update on Aramis Ramirez and Reed Johnson at Peoria yesterday: Ramirez started and drove in Peoria’s lone run of the game. He played the whole game, but as a DH – no real reason for concern in that regard, though, as he played 3rd on Friday, and now is just trying to get his […]

Obsessive New Ownerwatch: Deal Done in Two Weeks

It’ll be too late to do anything this season trade-wise, but it’ll be nice to just be done. Plus, if the Cubs can’t win with this $140 million monstrosity, adding one player isn’t going to change things. Unless that player is Jeff Baker! Tom Ricketts and the Tribune Company are working towards the deal that […]

Guzman Also Has Successful Rehab Outing

Quick note on reliever Angel Guzman’s rehab: In Des Moines, Angel Guzman started for Triple-A Iowa and threw 1 1/3 innings in a 7-1 win over Oklahoma City. Guzman gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out one, throwing 25 pitches, 15 for strikes. Muskat Ramblings. Guzman had been the Cubs’ best reliever in […]

Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Ready to Roll

Aramis Ramirez had his first rehab outing yesterday, and he looked great. But far more importantly, he felt great. Ramirez looked fairly similar Friday to the way he did May 8 — the day he dislocated his left shoulder diving for a ball at third base. He went 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs and […]

Soriano Will Not Be Leading Off Today

Though Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella wouldn’t say it outright, you can mark it down that: (a) Alfonso Soriano will play today, but (b) he will not be batting lead-off. “We’ll probably make a few adjustments with our lineup tomorrow,” Piniella said after Friday’s game. “I can tell you I have confidence in the young […]