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Month: November 2009

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: The Rays Are the Favorite

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Tampa Bay Rays are now the heavy favorite to swing a deal for Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley. You’ll recall, the en vogue rumor involving the Rays is a Bradley-Pat Burrell swap. The plan, thereafter, is for the Cubs to pawn Burrell off on someone else. Otherwise, […]

Carlos Marmol Loves Pedro Martinez, But the Cubs Don’t

Even though the Chicago Cubs probably should be in the market for some starting pitching depth, they are not. The relative virtue of such a decision, I will leave to you, good reader. I will say only: Zambrano, Dempster, Wells, ?, ? That said, even if the Cubs were looking for a pitcher, that guy […]

Cubs Sign John Grabow to Another Two Years

The deal hasn’t officially been announced yet, but it’s expected to be two years and $7.5 million. Hopefully Grabow turned a corner last year (as so many players do in their 30s…), and can be a successful staple at the back end of the Cubs’ pen this year.

Aaron Heilman, We Hardly Liked Ye: Heilman Traded to Diamondbacks for Prospects

The Chicago Cubs bullpen was set to become crowded with the imminent elevation of the Esmailin Caridads, Blake Parkers, Jon Gaubs, and Jeff Stevens of the Cubs’ system. Thus, that they’ve started the dumping party is unsurprising. And in this case, welcomed. Today, the Cubs sent reliever Aaron Heilman – arbitration eligible – to the […]

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Don’t Cry, But Mark DeRosa Isn’t Coming Back

For those Chicago Cubs fans holding out hope that the team would take interest in signing free agent Mark DeRosa – you’re going to have to get used to disappointment. Of the Dodgers’ interest in DeRosa, Grunewald said, “The interest is mutual.” But the agent said that the Dodgers are one of a dozen teams that have […]

John Grabow is About to Get Paid

The Chicago Cubs are on the verge of doing what they do so well in the Jim Hendry era: resigning the players they want to keep. Unfortunately, they’re also on the verge of doing what they do so crappily: signing middle relievers with short track records of success to contracts for too much money and […]

The Chicago Cubs 2010 Spring Training Schedule

The Chicago Cubs just released their 2010 Spring Training schedule. And, well, here it is: March 4 vs. Oakland Athletics March 5 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks March 6 vs. Chicago White Sox March 7 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (ss) and at Chicago White Sox, Glendale, Ariz. March 8 at Oakland Athletics, Phoenix March 9 vs. Milwaukee […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Milton to the Braves for Derek Lowe?

Here at Bleacher Nation, we consider it our duty to report any and all rumors involving the Chicago Cubs, no matter how unlikely. Frankly, that’s how we get involved in these obsessive watches. That said, many of the “rumors” are not, strictly speaking, actually rumors. They are ideas, offered by journalists and other experts in […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Eric Byrnes is Popping Up Again

Increasingly, Milton Bradley trade rumors center on bad contracts coming back to the Chicago Cubs as opposed to the Cubs eating a bunch of Bradley’s contract. That is both good and bad: it could be better financially for the Cubs, and it could knock out two birds with one stone, depending on the player the […]

The Chicago Cubs’ Top Ten Prospects

As the Arizona Fall League winds down and the minor league season officially closes up show, it’s time to talk about Chicago Cubs prospects. Baseball America is out with its list of the Chicago Cubs’ top prospects, and if you’ve been following the system at all over the past few weeks, the top should not […]

John Grabow is a Free Agent

Chicago Cubs reliever John Grabow has officially filed for free agency. The Cubs are trying to sign him to a two year, $7 million (sigh) extension, with an option for a third year. They have until December first to offer him arbitration – you know, the move the makes sense – so that if he […]

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Center Field Pickens Are Slim

If the Chicago Cubs are successful in their plan to move right fielder Milton Bradley, they will slide Kosuke Fukudome back to his natural position, right field. That will leave a hole in center field, that is currently the subject of certain OMGranderson rumors. But Granderson, for all our pleading, must necessarily be considered a […]

Obsessive Curtis Granderson Watch: Cubs Are “Absolutely” Interested

Well, it’s that time, friends. You were there when it was Jake Peavy. You were there when it was (OMG) Brian Roberts. You were there for the only successful one of these – the new owner. And you’re still here for Milton Bradley. Yes. It’s another obsessive watch. This time, it’s Detroit Tigers center fielder […]

Rich Harden Hates the Cubs?

An interesting, and very surprising, nugget in an article about Chicago Cubs free agent pitcher Rich Harden possibly heading out to Seattle: It is rumored that Harden doesn’t have much interest in returning to Chicago since he supposedly felt overused and suffered from some poor defensive play by Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley. Yahoo! Sports. […]

Friday Notes: Zambrano, Brenly, Riggleman

Editor’s Note: Apologies for the light, late, and (kind of) lame posting today. Massive server issues have had the site down all morning. A few items to keep you afloat this Friday, in the absence of any real rumor movement: Carlos Zambrano won the NL Silver Slugger at pitcher for the third time. And apparently […]

Jim Hendry Plans to Continue Unhealthy Infatuation with Marlon Byrd

Here’s a real double kick in the stones. See if you can figure out why: The Rangers’ Marlon Byrd appears to be the Cubs’ primary center field target, and sources said Hendry will be able to sign another outfielder even if he hasn’t traded Milton Bradley yet. chicagotribune.com. The first kick should be obvious: tunnel-vision […]

Curtis Granderson is Available, the Chicago Cubs are Drooling

At least I hope so. An anonymous NL executive has said that he was informed Detroit Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson is being shopped this Winter. Could there be a more perfect fit for the Cubs in center field (assuming Bradley is dumped, and Fukudome slides over to right)? As a left-handed hitter, he is […]