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Month: October 2009

Matt Holliday Loves New York

Outfielder Matt Holiday, who provided the spark that shot the St. Louis Cardinals to the top of the NL Central and the postseason, is going to be a very expensive free agent this year. Some sources suggest he’ll seek as much as six or seven years, and more than $120 million. Good luck with that, […]

Rich Harden Has a Suitor

The question for the Chicago Cubs when it comes to Rich Harden is whether or not to offer him arbitration. If they knew he was going to be heavily pursued in free agency, they could more comfortably make the offer without fear that he would accept it. Enter the early Harden speculation from Boston. A […]

Neal Cotts is Rehabbing

Neal Cotts has been something of an enigma as a Major League reliever. At times, dominant against everyone; at times, he couldn’t even get lefties out. And then midseason this year, he went down for good – Tommy John surgery. So now he’s in the long rehab process, hoping to come back with the Cubs […]

Cubs to Spring in Mesa, But Say Goodbye to HoHoKam

There’s no place like hohohome. Unless it’s Hohokam. Oh snap! See what I did there? I’m so freaking witty. The Chicago Cubs, rumored to be leaving Mesa, Arizona to begin springing in Florida in the next few years, will be staying in Mesa for the forseeable future. But we can all say goodbye to the […]

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So Taguchi is So Released

Sorry for the lame, but obligatory, “so” joke. Today the Chicago Cubs released outfielder So Taguchi. Taguchi, 40, spent most of the year in the minors, held in abeyance awaiting a couple Cubs injuries that never came. He will probably try to get another minor league deal next year.

Albert Pujols Hates the St. Louis Cardinals

Overstatement for effect. The St. Louis Cardinals, fresh off a playoff sweep, are going to have to make some tough personnel decisions this winter. And all of those moves could hinge on one move, that technically doesn’t have to be made until 2011. That would be extending the greatest hitter in baseball, Albert Pujols, beyond […]

Cubs Expected to Sign Rudy Jaramillo to Multi-year Deal

It did not take long for the Chicago Cubs to move on their new hitting coach. The rumors of the Cubs’ interest in Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo are not yet cold – they just started percolating three days ago – and it looks like it’s nearly a done deal. GM Jim Hendry has been […]

Houston Astros Interviewing Prospective Managers, But Not Bob Brenly

Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly recently revealed that he still has a desire to manage in MLB, and that he listens when teams call. He would even be happy to take in some interviews. But the Houston Astros, who are searching for a manager, won’t be one of those interviews. At least not yet. And […]

Cubs Expected to Pursue Rudy Jaramillo, But Should They?

Yesterday we reported that the Chicago Cubs were rumored to be interested in Texas Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo to take over the void left by Von Joshua and Gerald Perry this year. One day later, every single news outlet is obsessing about the possibility of Jaramillo, following word that he’d rejected a contract extension […]

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Chicago Cubs Considering Next Hitting Coach

The first rumor about a possible hitting coach replacement involves Texas Rangers’ coach Rudy Jaramillo. The Chicago Cubs let their hitting coach, Von Joshua, return to AAA Iowa. Joshua, himself, was a midseason replacement for previous hitting coach Gerald Perry. Hitting coaches generally receive too much of the blame when a team isn’t hitting, and […]

Cubs Sale Gets Second Bankruptcy Approval

I love how all of the news late yesterday was some variation of “Chicago Cubs sale gets bankruptcy approval.” Hoo-ray! Er, wait. Didn’t that already happen, like, a month ago? Yes. It did. The judge, Kevin J. Carey, in Delaware had already cleared the Tribune Company to sell the team and Wrigley Field. But he […]

Chicago Cubs Top Prospects Start Fall League Today

The Arizona Fall League – a post-regular-season league for minor leaguers, noteworthy for typically hosting several top prospects – kicks off today in, um, well, Arizona. This year, the Cubs will send several of their brightest, including the clear cut top three prospects in the system. Those three: Shortstop Starlin Castro rocketed up the prospect […]

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OMG! The Chicago Cubs Are Bankrupt! No, Not Really

As long-expected, today the Chicago Cubs filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a part of the sale of the team to Tom Ricketts. Though the move was reported months ago, and is merely a procedural maneuver designed to help speed the transaction along, neither fact is prevent ESPN’s bottom line from having you believe […]

How About Jason Bay for Chicago Cubs Right Fielder

If the Chicago Cubs are successful in their efforts to move Milton Bradley, it will leave a hole in right field that could be filled internally – by sliding Kosuke Fukudome back over to right field, and allowing Sam Fuld and Reed Johnson (if re-signed) to split time in center field. But the hole does […]

LaRussa to Leave St. Louis?

For more than a decade, the St. Louis Cardinals have gone as their manager has gone. Say what you will about Tony LaRussa, but the man can manage a baseball team. He makes the Cardinals better, and the day that he decides to hang them up – or at least to move on from St. […]

The Cardinals’ Playoff Disaster, and a Cubs Fan’s Self-Conscious Joy

Schadenfreude – (n.) satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune. Last year at this time, Chicago Cubs fans were trying to divine meaning from disappointment. From disaster. From a season’s end so deeply hurtful, made only that much more hurtful by the fact that it had happened the same way just one year earlier. […]

Jeff Samardzija to Mexico

Jeff Samardzija, a candidate to join the Chicago Cubs’ rotation next year, is headed off to Mexico to play winter ball. The Cubs are hoping he can continue to develop, and will put himself in a much better position to compete for a rotation spot than he was this year. Jeff Samardzija didn’t get much […]

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The Cubs Should Trade Zambrano Says Wittenmyer

The Trade Zambrano meme is going to keep popping up this offseason, not matter how unrealistic or how crappy an idea it is. And now, a leading Chicago sports writer is banging the drum for Zambrano’s exit. Why is this newsworthy? Because it isn’t Paul Sullivan. It’s Gordon Wittenmyer. Yeah, [Zambrano] has a no-trade clause. […]

Bob Brenly Wants to Manage – Maybe the Cubs, Maybe Elsewhere

Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly has grown on Cubs fans – well, me anyway – and just as he has, he’s talking about leaving the broadcast booth for the dugout. Brenly, who previously managed the Arizona Diamondbacks to a World Series win, says he’s always open to interviewing for managerial jobs. There are managerial openings […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Enter the Tampa Bay Rays – And Pat Burrell

Priority one this offseason for Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is dumping Milton Bradley, and trying to eat as little salary as possible in the process. Always easier when the player in question is a total chode and he finished the season suspended for said chode-ness. To make matters worse, the possible locations for […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Royals Not an Option Either?

We somehow missed this quote last week regarding the Kansas City Royals’ interest in grousy Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley. And it ain’t good. Royals officials dismiss — in strong terms — reports of possible interest in acquiring outfielder Milton Bradley from the Cubs. “Idiots” was one of the nicer comments directed at those offering […]

Grabow Back, Fox and Fontenot Gone?

Reliever John Grabow, whom the Chicago Cubs acquired midseason, has said openly that he’d like to return to the Cubs next year. The Cubs, in turn, would like to have him back, but at what price and for how long? Well, here’s a clue on the how long part: The left-hander is looking for a […]