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The Rule 5 Draft is Today

The Rule 5 Draft takes place today, and the Chicago Cubs are expected to consider drafting a player or two. You would have to believe if a solid-looking outfielder were available, for example, the Cubs would take a chance. “My gut feeling is we have a few people we would consider,” GM Jim Hendry said. […]

Cubs Interested in Joel Pineiro

Maybe the Chicago Cubs will look for a starting pitcher after all. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports has tweeted (what is the present perfect tense of “to tweet” – has tweeted? has twut?) that, among other teams, the Cubs are showing interest in Cardinals free agent pitcher Joel Pineiro. The Cubs have not denied this […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: No Mystery Team?

There are now conflicting reports on whether there is, in fact, a mystery American League team close to landing Milton Bradley from the Chicago Cubs. Gordon Wittenmyer and Paul Sullivan suggest there is such a team, while Carrie Muskat says there isn’t. For my part, I side with Wittenmyer and Sullivan on this one, if […]

Rich Harden is a Texas Ranger

Fresh on the heels of trading Kevin Millwood, the Texas Rangers have signed Cubs castoff Rich Harden. The deal is reportedly a one-year, $7.5 million deal with a $11.5 million option (presumably a team option) for 2011, per NBC Sports. This signing – and the speed of it – definitely lends credence to the theory that […]

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Jim Hendry Loves Relievers: Cubs Looking at J.J. Putz

Apparently, when Jim Hendry traded Aaron Heilman earlier this offseason to the Diamondbacks, it wasn’t purely a salary dump or a dealing from a position of surplus. Silly us, we all saw a team with more than 10 legitimate bullpen options (and that was before Jeff Gray was acquired), and figured, “the Cubs are dealing […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Overnight Updating

Yes, Milton Bradley is still a Chicago Cub. For now. In case you missed any of the very swift-moving rumor action from last night, here’s a rundown of how things have developed, and where things stand: One source said the two-team deal was ”three-quarters” done by late in the day Tuesday and involved the Cubs […]

Source: Cubs Not Interested in Melky Cabrera

When the Chicago Cubs lost out on OMG Curtis Granderson, eyes and minds turned to what now appears to be a relatively crowded New York Yankee outfield. But the Cubs eyes did not turn, apparently. A Cubs source shot down rumored interest in New York Yankees switch hitter Melky Cabrera for their center-field needs and […]

OMGranderson Watch: Time of Death, 2:30pm EST

Various reports indicate that the mega-blockbuster (but hoping it wouldn’t happen) three-way trade between the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Detroit Tigers, which will see the Yankees wind up with Granderson and the D-backs land Jackson, is about to go down. If it is any consolation (it’s not), the Cubs may now pursue a […]

OMGranderson: Cubs Out of It for Curtis Granderson?

File this one under please-be-untrue: Today’s reports indicate that the Detroit Tigers have demanded that they receive a studly, ready-to-go center field prospect in any deal they would make for Curtis Granderson. If that is true, and the Tigers hold firm to that demand, you can probably count the Chicago Cubs out. The closest thing […]

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.

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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 […]

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 […]

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