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Month: November 2009

Mike Fontenot is a Super Two, and Might Be Gone

Chicago Cubs second baseman and semi-utility player Mike Fontenot was awarded Super Two status yesterday, which means he is now arbitration eligible. Fontenot had 2 years, 139 days of service time to tie Orioles center fielder Adam Jones and Reds pitcher Micah Owings but won the tiebreaker for “Super Two” status because he had more […]

The Cubs May Be Done With Rich Harden, But He Isn’t Done With Them

For weeks, it has been a foregone conclusion that the Chicago Cubs would not re-sign starting pitcher Rich Harden. Harden has a torn shoulder, which he pitched through adequately this year, and is not a particularly durable starter. For the kind of money he will command, the Cubs have simply decided to look for an […]

Cubs Looking at Marlon Byrd and Mike Cameron

Assuming the Chicago Cubs are able to move Milton Bradley, the plan is to slide Kosuke Fukudome back to right field, and fill the void in center field via free agency or a trade. Enter a couple meh rumors: Free agent Marlon Byrd is certain to draw their interest. Rudy Jaramillo, the Cubs’ new hitting […]

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Jim Hendry Carefully Leaving Door Open to Keeping Milton Bradley

That the Chicago Cubs are looking to dump Milton Bradley as their first move of the offseason should be no surprise to anyone. After the troubled, and troubling, outfielder ripped into the team and the fans in September, he was suspended for the remainder of the season. His fate appeared sealed. He was gone. But […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: How About Luis Castillo?

A new day and a new Milton Bradley trade rumor. Today’s version has the Chicago Cubs dealing Milton Bradley to the Blue Jays, who would send Lyle Overbay to the New York Mets, who would send second baseman Luis Castillo to the Cubs. The teams would have to work out the money part of the […]

Kevin Gregg is a Free Agent

Kevin Gregg has officially filed for free agency. The Chicago Cubs are not expected to re-sign him, or even offer him arbitration despite his Type A designation. Carlos Marmol is expected to take over as the closer next year.

Offseason Issues Not Named Milton

Obviously moving outfielder Milton Bradley is the Chicago Cubs’ top offseason priority. You might even say, it’s an obsessive priority (ha – self referential!). But we all know there are other holes in this club – not to mention the hole that moving Bradley will create. The Chicago Tribune recently explored what it considers the […]

Cubs to Make an Offer to Mark DeRosa?

The Chicago Cubs will be looking for a few pieces this offseason, but a utility player is not expected to be one of them. So what is this quote all about? DeRosa, coming off wrist surgery, figures to field an offer from the Chicago Cubs, at the least. STLtoday.com. With Jeff Baker, Jake Fox, and […]

Starlin Castro and Blake Parker are Rising Stars

The Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars game was played yesterday – think of it as an All Star game, with the players selected out of a crop of very good prospects. So if you’re playing in this game, you’re probably a stud. Or, you’re an older guy who is maybe or maybe not still a […]

Has Jim Hendry’s Passion for Austin Kearns Abated? We’ll Find Out

One of the worst kept secrets of Jim Hendry’s tenure as the general manager of the Chicago Cubs is his lust for outfielder Austin Kearns. Hendry repeatedly – and publicly – tried to acquire the then young stud from the Cincinnati Reds, only to be rebuffed by outrageous return demands. Then, Kearns production fell off […]

Rich Harden and Reed Johnson are Free Agents

It certainly didn’t take long for Chicago Cubs pitcher Rich Harden and reserve outfielder Reed Johnson to file for free agency. Thursday, the day after the World Series concluded, was the first day that players could file for free agency – they have 15 days to do so. Harden and Johnson clearly hate the Cubs, […]

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Cubs Free Agent Classifications Are Now Official

The free agency classifications are out, and there are no surprises. Relievers John Grabow and Kevin Gregg are Type A free agents (first round compensation) and Rich Harden is a Type B free agent (sandwich pick compensation). These classifications are interesting in that they demonstrate the one major flaw with the free agent compensation system. […]

One Fewer Outfield Option: Jeremy Hermida to Red Sox

Apparently having your name attached to the Chicago Cubs as a possible offseason target is the kiss of death. First, Mark Teahen was dealt from the Kansas City Royals to the Chicago White Sox, and now Jeremy Hermida – also rumored as a Chicago Cubs target, should they successfully move Milton Bradley – has been […]

Mark Teahen to Chicago White Sox

Don’t you hate when people do those misleading headlines? I can’t freaking stand it. So I refuse, even though this was a prime opportunity, given the Chicago Cubs previous involvement in Mark Teahen rumors. I could have said: “Mark Teahen is Coming to Chicago!” And then pulled a switcharoo in the body. Nope. Not going […]

Actually, Ted Lilly Might Not Start Throwing Until March

Updating a previous item, where it was thought that Chicago Cubs pitcher, coming off minor shoulder surgery, would begin throwing again in January – uh, he might not. Now, he’s not expected to start really throwing until March. How that makes a full-time return in April – at least not the first half of April […]

Some Team Wins Some Series

Apparently there is still baseball going on, and some team won some kind of contest last night. It seems to be a big deal to some people. Frankly, I have no clue what they’re talking about. Go Cubs.

Want to Go to the 2010 Cubs Convention? Act Fast! – Too Late!

I hope you weren’t planning on taking your time in purchasing passes for the 2010 Cubs Convention. The remaining passes for the 2010 Cubs Convention sold out in 15 minutes on Wednesday morning, the Cubs announced. The Cubs distributed more than 10,000 passes, many of which were already purchased by fans who purchased a weekend […]

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