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Month: October 2009

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 […]

Derrek Lee Was the Player of September – Officially

We all knew that Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee had a killer September. But now we have proof: he was named the National League Player of the Month. Sweet. It was a stellar final month of the season for Lee, who led the Majors with a .386 average (32-for-83) with nine home runs, 23 […]

Obsessive New Owner Watch: It is Done

The full press release stating that Major League Baseball has officially approved the sale of the Chicago Cubs to Tom Ricketts is below. He will assume day-to-day control by the end of this month, fully in time for the offseason transactions to begin. This is good news, folks. Major League Baseball today unanimously approved the […]

Cubs Payroll May Drop Next Year

The Chicago Cubs sported a healthy $140 million payroll this year, and although it didn’t really help the Cubs win anything, it did give fans continued high hopes – including the hope that the Cubs would continue to have a payroll commensurate with their market. That hope may be in jeopardy. Whether [Ricketts will] bring […]

Why the Final Week Rainout and the Last Game Loss Were Blessings

The 2010 Major League Baseball draft order is out, pending changes due to free agency signings, and the Chicago Cubs come in at 16th. That the Cubs are 16th and not 17th is actually quite huge: now, if and when the Cubs sign a Type A free agent who has been offered arbitration by his […]

Ted Lilly Wants Mark DeRosa Back

It is officially the offseason, at least as far as the Chicago Cubs are concerned. And with the offseason comes all kinds of unsolicited advice on what moves the Cubs should make to improve the club for next year. When that unsolicited advice comes from, say, a message board, it doesn’t carry much weight. But […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Exit the Rangers?

Just a day after we learned that the San Diego Padres may be exiting the Milton Bradley (*sarcastic laugh*) sweepstakes, another possible landing spot looks to be not so possible. According to T.R. Sullivan, who covers the Rangers for MLB.com, the Rangers are not interested in bringing Milton Bradley back. In fact, that’s pretty much […]

Cubs Give Hitting Coach the Boot

The Chicago Cubs made a midseason switch from Gerald Perry to Von Joshua as hitting coach, in the hopes it would spark the beleaguered offseason. It did not. And now Von Joshua is out. “Basically I told him it wasn’t anything that I was upset with him,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “He didn’t do […]