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Month: December 2009

Cubs Probably Aren’t Getting Heath Bell

Jim Hendry has said that the Chicago Cubs are looking for another reliever, preferably a veteran righty. As horrible an idea as we’ve repeatedly said this is, we don’t really call the shots. And if the Cubs absolutely had to pick up a reliever, they could do worse than the Padres’ Heath Bell. But he […]

The Cublogoverse is Tweeting Dawson to the Hall

The good guys at Cubscast have put together a Twitter campaign to show public support for Andre Dawson’s Hall of Fame candidacy. And hey, sports writers uses Twitter like whoa, so this is not one of those futile online petition things. So if you’re a Twitter user, tweet #Dawson4TheHall at 1:20CT repeatedly. Your country needs you.

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Up to Four Teams Interested

Although sending Milton Bradley to Tampa for Pat Burrell remains the far most likely scenario, the Chicago Cubs are working to increase the possible destinations for Bradley. Meanwhile, the Cubs met with about a half-dozen teams during the first day of the winter meetings at the Indianapolis Marriott and had plans for at least two […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Bradley to the Royals for Gil Meche?

These things are flying fast and loose. Last night, per Bruce Levine, Cubs officials met with the Kansas City Royals about a potential Milton Bradley/Gil Meche swap. You’ll recall: (1) the Royals had expressed interest in signing Bradley some moons ago, and (2) the exact same sentence, but swap “Cubs” for “Royals,” and “Meche” for […]

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Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Mini Update

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has tweeted that, if the Cubs are able to swing a Milton Bradley / Pat Burrell swap, the Mets are interested in a Burrell / Luis Castillo swap. This is, of course, an iteration of the three-way deal that has been discussed at length for weeks, but this […]

Ryne Sandberg Gets Promoted

If minor league managing is anything like being a minor league prospect, Ryne Sandberg is pretty close to getting a call-up to the Majors. The Cubs Hall of Famer will manage the AAA Iowa Cubs this year, after the team’s former manager Bobby Dickerson headed off for (greener?) pastures in the Orioles’ system.

Good Games to be More Expensive at Wrigley Next Year

So, new owner Tom Ricketts hasn’t wasted time in cashing in on the golden calf that is Chicago Cubs fan attendance. The team has instituted some serious hikes on ticket prices for “premium” games. Those premium games are called all kinds of crazy metal names – platinum, bronze, molybdenum – but it basically just means you’ll […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Things Could Be Going Down Soon

As we’ve said, Milton Bradley is expected to be traded this week at the Winter Meetings, which begin on Monday. But it could be happening sooner, along with a signing: Cubs signing of Mike Cameron is waiting on deal of Milton Bradley, which has been “imminent” for about 72 hours. Will Carroll on Twitter. The Bradley […]

Chone Figgins About to Sign Huge Contract with Mariners

The Chicago Cubs may have dodged a bullet. Yes, I’m comparing the failure to sign a quality player like Chone Figgins to avoiding being shot. Figgins is about to get 4 years and $36 million (with another $9 option year) from the Seattle Mariners, which sounds about right given all the hype. The Cubs were […]

Cubs After Vicente Padilla?

Here’s about as bare bones as a rumor gets: the Cubs are looking to sign Vicente Padilla. That’s it. That’s all I got on the details. La Prensa in Nicaragua reports that the Cubs and Cardinals are in the lead to sign free-agent pitcher Vicente Padilla, according to Cesar Batista, who is linked with the […]

Oh Thank Jeebus – Braves Sign Saito

Last week, rumors swirled that the Chicago Cubs were considering signing near-40-year-old reliever Takashi Saito. The Cubs bullpen, already crowded, simply didn’t need another expensive option – the ghosts of Bobby Howry, LaTroy Hawkins, Mike Remlinger, Mark Guthrie, Scott Eyre, and the rest still haunt these grounds. Thank you, thank you Atlanta Braves. Just one […]

Jeff Gray, Ronny Morla, and Matt Spencer Are Chicago Cubs

Welcome to the three news members of the Chicago Cubs organization, acquired yesterday for Jake Fox, Aaron Miles, and $1 million of wheel-greasing: reliever Jeff Gray, and prospects Ronny Morla and Matt Spencer. Gray is the guy you’ll immediately notice from this trade, because he’s very likely to be a part of the Cubs’ pen […]

BREAKING: Cubs Trade Jake Fox and Aaron Miles to Oakland A’s

The Chicago Cubs just traded utility players Jake Fox and Aaron Miles (that’s pretty much the only way you would ever hear them listed with the same descriptor) to the Oakland A’s for a few youngsters: right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray (edit, Gray is a 28 year old reliever, so yeah, not so much on the […]

Chicago Cubs are Shopping Aaron Miles, May Shop Jake Fox

We’ve heard plenty this offseason about the Chicago Cubs’ targets, but very little about current Cubs headed out the door. Two of the players that make sense as trade bait are utility players Jake Fox and Aaron Miles. They make sense in that capacity for very different reasons, of course: Fox, because he’s cheap and […]

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