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Month: September 2009

Tyler Colvin to Chicago

The youngster call-ups continue, and this one may be of a little more moment than the others. The Chicago Cubs will today call up outfielder Tyler Colvin from AA Tennessee. “We’ll get another outfielder and we’ll get a look at our future,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. “We’ll put him in the outfield and let […]

Trade Rumor: Carlos Zambrano for Jake Peavy?

There isn’t a whole lot of meat on this rumor – well, ok, there’s no real meat on it – but MLBTradeRumors is reporting that Baseball Prospectus says some folks in Chicago believe a Jake Peavy for Carlos Zambrano trade could be in the works. It has already been widely reported that the Cubs are […]

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Breaking: Cubs Suspend Milton Bradley for Rest of Year

We guessed that Milton Bradley’s most recent – and unbelievable – comments about the Chicago Cubs would lead to his walking papers, and in a way, they have. Within the hour, the Cubs have suspended Milton Bradley for the rest of the year. General manager Jim Hendry cited comments Bradley made this weekend to the […]

Adventures in Insanity: Milton Bradley is Signing His Own Walking Papers

There comes a point in long stories where the story almost becomes a parody of itself. You’ll remember it from the Brett Favre will-he-won’t-he saga. At some point, it’s true, but it’s also a joke. That’s where we are with Milton Bradley. I would be utterly floored by his most recent comments if not for […]

Obsessive Harden Shoulder Watch: Skipping Starts

Ah, I bet you thought this obsessive watch was over. After a string of poor, short outings, the Chicago Cubs have decided to skip Rich Harden’s turn in the rotation at least once to give the pitcher a breather. Harden, who has made 26 starts, hasn’t pitched more than five innings in his last four […]

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Milton Bradley is Injured, Angry – What Else is New?

Chicago Cubs right fielder Milton Bradley left yesterday’s game against the Brewers in the sixth inning after perceiving some knee swelling. This is, of course, no big deal in two senses – it doesn’t sound serious, and guys are removed late for precautionary reasons all the time. But Milton Bradley can’t simply let it not […]

The Cubs May Spring in Naples

Goodbye Cactus League, hello Grapefruit League? It’s been discussed for several months now, and it looks like it really could happen. Mesa officials met this week with incoming Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and team officials to discuss possibly building a new stadium and training complex. If the Cubs don’t get their demands, they may move […]

The Cubs 2010 Schedule Has Been Released

Not that I’m recommending anyone start thinking about next year, but MLB has released its schedules for next year. Among the highlights for the Chicago Cubs: The Cubs will open their 135th season on April 5 in Atlanta and play their Wrigley Field opener on April 12 against the Milwaukee Brewers. The new schedule marks […]

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So Taguchi to Chicago

Citing a lack of experienced outfield depth, the Chicago Cubs added former Iowa Cub (the season is over) So Taguchi to the active roster. He will help out while Sam Fuld recovers from a finger injury, as Alfonso Soriano and Reed Johnson are already done for the year.

God’s Wrath Watch: Soriano’s Surgery Successful

The good news is that Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano’s knee surgery yesterday was a success. The bad news (well, is it bad?) is that he’s now definitely done for the year. Soriano underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, and the team reported that orthopedic specialist Stephen Gryzlo found acute inflammation and expected cartilage […]

Screeching Tire Sound: Cubs WILL Shop Carlos Zambrano This Winter

When Bruce Levine suggested yesterday that the Chicago Cubs might look to trade ace Carlos Zambrano this winter, most pundits gave it short shrift (including yours truly). After all, without Zambrano (and likely-to-depart Rich Harden), the Cubs rotation could look scary. But now sources say that the Cubs are going to consider trading Zambrano. Despite […]

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Meet the Cubs 2010 Closer: Carlos Marmol

It is not a huge surprise that Carlos Marmol would end up as the 2010 closer for the Chicago Cubs. It is mildly surprising, however, that Lou Piniella would make the announcement already. “I see that, yes,” Piniella said Monday. “I really do. I think he’s done enough and shown enough. We have confidence in […]

Cubs Looking to Re-Sign John Grabow

If there’s one thing Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry knows how to do excellently, it’s re-sign his players. But if there’s a related thing he also knows how to do excellently, it’s re-sign players that he probably shouldn’t to deals that he definitely shouldn’t. Think Neifi Perez. We call these signings Jim Hendry specials. […]

Carlos Zambrano and Milton Bradley to be Traded? Bruce Levine Thinks So

The Chicago Cubs 2009 season has certainly been a disappointment. Of course, it’s not quite over yet, but that’s not stopping the Cubs from discussing 2010. “We haven’t talked about next year as of yet,” Piniella said. “We want to continue to focus on our games now and this season. However, we are going to […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Soriano Finally Having His Knee Surgery

It was several weeks in the making, but Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is finally having knee surgery this week. The Cubs’ outfielder said Sunday that he hopes to have arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. The surgery will clean up some fragments that have come loose […]

Lou Piniella Plans to Become Dusty Baker Next Year

Although there was little need for confirmation, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella confirmed this weekend that Alfonso Soriano will not be the Cubs’ leadoff man next year – better two years late than never. ”That’s over with,” manager Lou Piniella said Friday of Soriano’s leadoff role. Snizzap. Of course, that merely opens the vault of […]