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Month: December 2009

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Arismendy Mota is a Chicago Cub

Today the Chicago Cubs executed a pre-planned trade for minor league pitcher Arismendy Mota, selected yesterday by the Washington Nationals in the AAA phase of the Rule 5 draft. The Cubs sent “cash considerations,” which is a euphemism for “we agreed that the Nats will draft this kid for us, and then we will send […]

Jim Hendry is a Glass Half Full Kind of Guy – But Half Full of What?

Despite a wildly disappointing Winter Meetings, which saw the Chicago Cubs accomplish nothing – most notably, Milton Bradley is still a Cub, and pool of interested teams dwindles by the day – General Manager Jim Hendry is still optimistic that things will turn out all right when all is said and done. Although he expressed […]

Cubs Snake Michael Parisi from Cardinals in Rule 5 Draft

Yesterday the Chicago Cubs selected right-handed pitcher Michael Parisi from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Rule 5 draft. Minor League pitching coordinator Mark Riggins and Cubs scout Mark Servais both recommended Parisi, 26, who is 40-39 with a 4.27 ERA in 115 career Minor League starts. He was originally the Cardinals’ ninth-round pick in […]

Obsessive Milton Bradley Trade Watch: Cubs “Close” to Deal with Rays

Do you have your gigantic grain of salt handy? Good. Bob Nightengale of USA Today has tweeted that the Chicago Cubs are “close” to dealing Milton Bradley to the Tampa Bay Rays. If true, it is almost certainly for Pat Burrell, with the Cubs greasing the wheels with some cash. If this is the trade, […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Imminence and Invention

Major League Baseball’s winter meetings come to a close today, and yes, Milton Bradley is still a member of the Chicago Cubs. How can this be? This weekend, we were told Bradley might be moved before the meetings start, but certainly at the meetings. Come Monday, we were told to expect an announcement on Tuesday. […]

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