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Month: August 2009

Rich Harden is a Chicago Cub … Still

The waiver trade deadline, 1 p.m. EST, has come and gone. Remaining Chicago Cubs are pitchers Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman – the subjects of increased trade chatter after their public waiver claims – as well as all other Cubs. It seems the Chicago Cubs like their chances to pull off an improbable comeback in […]

September Call-Ups

As the calendar flips to September tomorrow, the Chicago Cubs’ roster will expand from 25 to 40, and the team can therefore call up a whole bunch of youngsters to join the big club. That, they will do, but the faces are expected to look familiar. Eventually, manager Lou Piniella expects to bring up seven […]

Harden to Twins is Possible, but Not Likely

Today is the waiver trade deadline, so it is the last day – like, seriously, this is THE deadline – to trade players for the 2009 season. Players placed on waivers are the only ones eligible to be traded, and Chicago Cubs starter Rich Harden is one such guy. He was claimed by the Minnesota […]

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Reports: Cubs May Work Out Trade with Twins for Rich Harden

In a throwaway line from his column yesterday on the Jeff Baker and Alfonso Soriano injuries, Bruce Miles dropped a mini bombshell: Harden update: There are reports that the Cubs may be able to work out a trade with the Minnesota Twins for pitcher Rich Harden, whom the Cubs put on waivers last week. Reports […]

God’s Wrathwatch: MRI Reveals that Soriano is Pretty Much Fine

So much for using the knee as an excuse for a terrible season. I kid. Mostly. The Cubs and Alfonso Soriano got good news Saturday when an MRI exam on his left knee showed only inflammation, a condition that could require only medication. Dr. Stephen Gryzlo, the team’s orthopedic specialist, will examine Soriano again today […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Jeff Baker’s Finger OK

Utility man Jeff Baker is going to be ok, it seems. Jeff Baker was supposed to start at third base, but he took a groundball off his right pinkie finger during batting practice and had to be scratched from the lineup. Baker went for X-rays, and the Cubs said those turned up negative. Daily Herald. […]

You Know, Maybe the Cubs Could Trade Rich Harden

When it was revealed earlier this week that, among others, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Rich Harden had been claimed off waivers, folks immediately started buzzing about the possibility of a trade before Monday’s waiver trade deadline. And what playoff-contending and/or playoff-bound team wouldn’t want Harden? Sure, he started slow, but he’s got a 1.80 ERA […]

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Other Cubs Claimed on Waivers

As we speculated when the report of pitchers Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman being claimed on waivers came out, several other Chicago Cubs were placed on waivers, and claimed. Harden and reliever Aaron Heilman are among several Cubs who have been claimed by unnamed contending teams, though the two pitchers could be the most likely […]

Enhanced Box Score: Mets 2, Cubs 5 – August 28, 2009

Look, Alf. The homer was nice. But it’s obvious your knee is messed up, and there’s really not much that you’re going to help the Cubs with this year. If the Cubs aren’t encouraging you to get the MRI, tell them you’re getting it, and that’s that. If you require surgery, it’s better done now […]

No Trades Are Currently in the Works for the Cubs, but That Could Change

Despite the recent waiver claims of pitchers Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman, the Chicago Cubs say they aren’t currently pursuing trades with the claiming teams. In fact, they haven’t even yet been contacted by those claiming teams about a trade. It’s possible that the claims were merely “blocks” – the waiver system allows teams with […]

Rumor: Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman Have Been Claimed on Waivers

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Rich Harden, and reliever Aaron Heilman have been claimed on waivers, which opens the door to their possible trade before the waiver deadline expires on Monday, August 31. A National League team was awarded the claim on Heilman, one source said. The claiming team on Harden is not known, but presumably […]

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Milton Bradley: Redefining Insanity

They say that insanity is trying the same thing again and again, and expecting different results. If that is the case, then Milton Bradley is doubly insane: because he keeps, well, being crazy again and again. Surprise – the results are always the same. The latest bundle of crazy relates to Bradley’s recent comments that […]

Want Matt Murton Back?

Well, here’s the Cubs’ chance. To make room for (juicing) reliever, Juan Rincon, the Colorado Rockies designated Murton for assignment. Murton’s quick trip to Coors Field left him eager for more. He’d been with the club from April 29 to June 4 and hit .267 during the stretch, but the veteran of four big league […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Soriano to Have MRI … In Like Two Weeks

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has been battling a sore knee since late April, following an outfield wall collision. Recently, both he and the Cubs were thinking that an MRI and a disabled list stint might be due. Well, Soriano, at least, has changed his mind. Soriano plans to have an MRI exam on the […]

Steven Stone for Cubs President?

Steve Rosenbloom really likes other guys named Steve, apparently. That is the only logical explanation for his recent diatribe, forcefully arguing for new owner Tom Ricketts to hire Steve Stone as the Cubs’ new president. Stone is guy who grew in the Baltimore system, where the philosophy was, if we need more hitting, we’ll get […]

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Milton Bradley is Tired of Getting Teased by the Popular Girls

From my perspective, Milton Bradley has not been the target of Cub fan ire for months. He turned his season around, but more importantly, so many other Cubs have turned to shit that Bradley’s horrible start to the year is almost an afterthought. He says he still gets booed, though. Regularly. And hated. And he […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Soriano’s Knee Problems May Lead to Surgery

Alfonso Soriano has been dealing with a troublesome knee for most of this season. But before you blame his absurd struggles on the knee, know that (1) he’s said he feels great and that his swing feels good, and (2) he’s the one who has insisted on playing despite the knee issues. The left fielder […]

Carlos Zambrano to Chicago, Esmailin Caridad to Iowa

The Chicago Cubs activated Carlos Zambrano from the disabled list for his start tonight against the Washington Nationals, and in a corresponding move sent down pitcher Esmailin Caridad to AAA Iowa. Caridad, though he successfully posted a 3.71 ERA with the Cubs, will not be missed. That 3.71 ERA came in just three appearances in […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Remember Reed Johnson?

Yeah, Reed Johnson is still on the Chicago Cubs. He’s just not healthy. Still. X-rays of Reed Johnson’s foot show it is not healing as quickly as hoped, and he most likely will not be available until early September. Muskat Ramblings. Presumably, the emergence of Sam Fuld as a viable backup outfielder has allowed the […]

Obsessive New Ownerwatch: Bankruptcy Approval May Come Quicker than Expected

The AP is reporting that the Tribune Company’s bankruptcy judge has agreed to expedited procedures, specifically with regards to the sale of the Chicago Cubs. The hearing on the sale is schedule for next Monday, August 31, and the judge also shortened the notification procedures for motions related to the sale. Taking care of this […]

Carlos Zambrano Has the Body of a Greek God

Not more than a week after Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano proclaimed himself “lazy,” with particular reference to his abdominal workouts, he’s now completely flipped on himself. Now, he wants you to know he’s not lazy. Oh, and apparently when he lifts up his shirt, he looks like an Abercrombie and Fitch model. He was […]