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Month: December 2009

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… Buster 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 Mike Cameron, but had […]

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Garfield Minus Garfield Plus Milton

In honor of Milton Bradley’s unceremonious departure from Chicago, we offer a very special Garfield Minus Garfield Plus. It’s as though it was made for Milton Bradley. And if you’re wondering what the heck this is all about, read up here.

Jim Hendry’s Public Mea Culpa for All Things Bradley

Following today’s abysmal trade of Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners for Carlos Silva and cash, Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry offered a statement about the trade, about Bradley, and about the state of the team. For your consideration: “Obviously, it was a trade we’ve been working on for quite some time. There wasn’t […]

Obsess No More: Bradley Traded to Mariners

Quick update: the unfortunate trade is now official. Today, the Chicago Cubs traded Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners for “pitcher” Carlos Silva and $9 million. Silva makes about $3 million more than Bradley over the next two years, so the Cubs save $6 million total. But they’re stuck with a guy who has been, […]

Oh Crap: Source Indicates Milton Bradley for Carlos Silva is

Hold on to your butts. According to the Seattle Times’ Larry Stone, the Chicago Cubs are planning to send Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners today for pitcher Carlos Silva. The money aspect – which will be very telling – has not yet been discussed publicly. We’ll keep you posted as things develop, and should […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Rumors of Bradley to Seattle Mariners

File this under “Oh Please Dear Baby Jesus No.” We heard rumors of Milton Bradley heading off to Seattle for “pitcher” Carlos Silva a few weeks ago. Mercifully, those rumors were quickly doused. But now they’re back. With a vengeance. While the Cubs have talked to as many as four teams regarding Bradley, perhaps the […]

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Minor League Staffs Announced

We already knew that Ryne Sandberg was being promoted to manage the AAA Iowa Cubs, but now the rest of the minor league system teams’ staffs have been announced. Among the notable items: The Cubs named their Minor League coaching staffs on Thursday. Ryne Sandberg was promoted to Triple-A Iowa, Bill Dancy takes over at Double-A […]

Chicago Cubs Looking at Kelvim Escobar

When it comes to pitchers, Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has shown a penchant for loving two things: middle relievers and reclamation projects. So when an opportunity to combine his two passions came along, he simply couldn’t pass it up. The Cubs sent a scout to watch Kelvim Escobar throw in Venezuela. The right-hander […]

Cubs Sign Undrafted Free Agent Derek Helenihi

The Cubs made a move! Details? Bah. Don’t worry about that. Ok, if you must: the Chicago Cubs have signed former LSU third baseman Derek Helenihi to a minor league deal, and invited him to Spring Training. Helenihi, 22, was a stud defensively at third base for the National Champion Tigers, and has very good […]

Marlon Byrd? Get Excited!

Now that Mike Cameron is off the board, the Chicago Cubs will turn their attention to filling the hole in center field (a hole that doesn’t exist yet) by way of some other very exciting options: Marlon Byrd, Coco Crisp, Rick Ankiel, and Scott Podsednik. Contrary to rumors, general manager Jim Hendry still will be able […]

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Cubs on Hand to Scout Aroldis Chapman

The Chicago Cubs were among approximately one thousand teams on hand to scout Cuban hurler Aroldis Chapman yesterday. Chapman, 21, recently defected from the socialist paradise down south, and is seeking big-time bucks for his trouble. In the morning at the Baseball USA complex, the left-hander tossed two separate five-minute side sessions, throwing mostly in […]

Go Skating at Wrigley

On Saturday, an ice skating rink will open up just across from Wrigley Field. You can go skating there. It will be neat. The Rink at Wrigley will open to the public for the first time following the opening ceremony on Saturday. The rink was to be open on Wednesday, but it was delayed because […]

Are the Chicago Cubs the Front-Runner for Joel Pineiro?

Despite public statements from the Chicago Cubs’ front office that they are not pursuing a starting pitcher this off-season (though they clearly should be), there has been an undercurrent of rumors circulating that the team was making a push for Joel Pineiro. It has yet to be reported by the Chicago mainstream media, but ESPN’s […]

Ron Santo Will Stay in the Booth

Ron Santo will stay on with the Chicago Cubs for another three years, which is just swell. It’s hard to find another more excitable color man in baseball. Santo has signed a new three-year contract continuing his 20-year career in the booth and that gives leeway to accommodate him taking time off is his health […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Once Again, Trade is Imminent

Writers have become wise, and have ditched the use of the term “imminent” when discussing a potential Milton Bradley trade – but the most recent report from Bruce Levine might as well say imminent. Sooner or later, and most likely as soon as this week, beleaguered Milton Bradley will be traded to the Tampa Bay Rays […]

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Laughing Because it isn’t the Cubs: Another Cardinals DUI

There seems to be an extracurricular theme in St. Louis. St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the fourth time in less than three years that a member of the team has faced drunken-driving allegations. Police in Maryland Heights, Mo., said Monday that Freese […]

Mike Cameron is Set to Sign Two-Year Deal with Red Sox

Mike Cameron will not be the Chicago Cubs’ next center fielder. The Boston Red Sox have reached a tentative agreement on a two-year deal with free agent outfielder Mike Cameron, a baseball source told ESPN.com on Monday. The deal would be for $7 million to $8 million annually, according to The Associated Press. Cameron will […]

Mike Cameron is in “Serious” Talks with Boston Red Sox

So much for the inability to move Milton Bradley not being a hurdle to the Chicago Cubs having a successful off-season. The most realistic and acceptable free agent center field option could be going out the window very soon according to Ken Rosenthal. The Boston Red Sox are in “serious talks” with Mike Cameron to play […]

Roy Halladay on His Way to the Phillies

According to SI.com, the Blue Jays, Phillies, and Mariners have pulled off a gigantic trade that would see Roy Halladay head to the Phillies, Cliff Lee head to the Mariners, and presumably, you know, something head to the Blue Jays. It’s all a bit amorphous at this point, but being that it could have a […]

Jim Hendry Hearts Relievers: Cubs Looking at Matt Capps and Kiko Calero

Despite the insanity of it all, Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry continues his hot pursuit of another reliever to squeeze into the team’s very crowded bullpen. He seems intent on spending money where it need not be spent. But I just report the decisions; I don’t make them. The Cubs are looking at Matt […]

Cubs Will Tender Contracts to All the Arbitration Eligible Guys

Today is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their arbitration eligible players, and the Chicago Cubs intend to do so with all of their guys – the lone exception being injured/crappy reliever Neal Cotts, who may yet return on a minor league deal. This means that Mike Fontenot will get a contract, though […]