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Month: December 2009

Merry Christmas, You Filthy Animals

‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the blog, not a rumor was stirring, not even one about freaking Jake Peavy or Brian Roberts. The stockings were hung by the center field ivy with care, in the hopes that Curtis Granderson Mike Cameron Coco Crisp any-freaking-body soon would be there. Ok, that’s all I […]

Always a Bridesmaid – Capps Chooses Nats

In the wee hours of the morning, reliever Matt Capps made his decision: he signed a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals. Looks like he’s getting a $3.5 million base salary, with incentives that could take it closer to $4 million, which sounds about right. Most folks are guessing that he chose one-year and less […]

Capps Decision Looming – He’s Leaning Toward the Nats

Matt Capps’ agent has stated that the pitcher’s decision is forthcoming this evening, and there are various reports that he’s leaning toward the Nationals because they are offering an opportunity to close. I’d been holding off on posting anything because the decision is at hand, but while we wait the final word, I thought it […]

Marlon Byrd is Asking for Too Much

It’s no secret that – for better or WORSE – the Chicago Cubs’ top target to fill the void in center field is Marlon Byrd. But there hasn’t been a whole lot of information available about how much money Byrd is seeking. Conventional wisdom (i.e. – what’s slapping around in my brain) has him wanting […]

Matt Capps is Expected to Decide Between Cubs and Nationals Today

Multiple reports suggest that free agent reliever, and current Chicago Cubs top target, Matt Capps will be deciding between contract offers from the Cubs and the Washington Nationals later today. The values of the contracts are unknown at this point, but if I had to guess, Capps is likely deciding between a one-year deal and […]

In Case You Were Hoping for Melky Cabrera

You can forget it. Reports indicate that today, Melky Cabrera and some other youngsters will be traded to the Atlanta Braves for pitchers Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan. The Braves had been looking for an outfield bat, and needed to move a starting pitcher, but this is an imperfect deal for them. Cabrera is far […]

A Far Better Bradley Trade That Never Was

It may shock you, but trading Milton Bradley for “pitcher” Carlos Silva was not the Chicago Cubs’ idea of the perfect trade. The Cubs actually almost participated in a four-team blockbuster (well, inasmuch as a whole bunch of salary dumps can constitute a “blockbuster”), which would have seen them land Pat Burrell and Luis Castillo. […]

Matt Capps is Gonna Get Paid

Reliever Matt Capps, who had an ERA approaching 6 last year, has drawn a tremendous amount of attention this offseason following his non-tender by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Among the interested teams, the Chicago Cubs want to insert him into the bullpen in a set-up role. With extremely limited funds available to make moves, the Cubs […]

OMG Carlos Zambrano to the Yankees?? Chillax

For the briefest of moments today, the Cublogoverse was gripped by the following rumor: With his everyday lineup for 2010 set, Cashman has turned attention to the rotation, and will almost certainly add a starter by New Year’s, according to a major league source. Cashman is believed to have inquired about Carlos Zambrano, but with […]

The End of the Milton Bradley Era: A Portrait of the Player as a Young Man

There’s a story about Milton Bradley as a young man that pops up from time to time. When Bradley was hitting his stride, and dominating his high school league, scouts began arriving to take a look at the athletic, switch-hitting outfielder. And Bradley was ready to impress. One scout recalls that, while observing Bradley, he […]

All Kinds of Chicago Cubs Outfield Rumors

The Chicago Cubs now officially and actually have a hole in their outfield following the trade of right fielder Milton Bradley. But who’s worried, what with so many quality free agent options? Marlon Byrd and Scott Podsednik are the strongest options among free agents, sources say. Rick Ankiel, who had a difficult 2009 season with […]

Jim Hendry Hearts Relievers: Cubs Are Finalist for Capps

After finally trading Milton Bradley, Jim Hendry can turn his focus to the clear, singular problem with this team: the lack of middle relief. Um. Guh? Matt Capps is the primary target this point. Capps, the closer for the Pittsburgh Pirates last year, was absolutely terrible, posting a 5.80 ERA. He was therefore non-tendered by […]

Carlos Silva is a Chicago Cub

Like it or lump it, Carlos Silva is now a member of the Chicago Cubs. And because of his profoundly awful performance the last two years, and egregious contract over the next two years, he’s not likely to go anywhere else. So he’s ours to behold. But… but… is there any hope? You know… maybe. […]

In Case You Were Hoping for Coco Crisp

Which would be kind of weird (sure, great defense, but won’t hit worth a lick), you can stop hoping. Confirmed: Oakland is closing in on a deal with outfielder Coco Crisp. The A’s should have solid pitching and defense…┬áBuster Olney. It looks like he’s going to get about $5 million on a one-year deal, with […]

Rangers Reporter Says Cubs Are Close to Signing Marlon Byrd

I can’t vouch for the veracity of this, but Evan Grant, who runs the Texas Rangers blog for the Dallas News, says that the Chicago Cubs are close to signing Marlon Byrd. Marlon Byrd is close to getting a deal done with the Cubs. The Cubs were interested in both Byrd and┬áMike Cameron, but had […]