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Month: January 2010

Reed Johnson is Headed to the Dodgers

Once the Chicago Cubs signed Xavier Nady, the writing was on the wall with respect to free agent outfielder Reed Johnson. And now, according to Ken Rosenthal, Johnson is being targeted hard by the Los Angeles Dodgers, and is likely on the way there soon. Johnson is a quality reserve outfielder, who will be missed in that […]

Mark Prior is Still Coming Back

Eventually, for it to be called a comeback, you have to, you know, come back. Just because you haven’t heard Mark Prior’s name in a while — like possibly since 2006 — doesn’t mean the one-time Cubs prodigy is retired. Heck, no. Prior won’t even turn 30 until this September. And he’s carefully working his […]

Xavier Nady Passes Physical, But Might Not Be Ready for Start of Season

Xavier Nady, whom the Chicago Cubs signed earlier this week, passed his physical yesterday, and officially inked his one year, $3.3 million deal with the Cubs. The physical, typical for all signings, was a slight concern this time, as Nady is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery, and essentially did not play last year. […]

You Are Cleared to Resume Hating Jim Edmonds

Remember when Jim Edmonds was a star for the St. Louis Cardinals? Grr. We hated that guy. He was so … douchey. And so … cocky. When Carlos Zambrano threw at him – twice – Edmonds totally deserved it. Grr. We hated that guy. But then, after being cast off by the San Diego Padres, […]

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Baseball Prospectus Projects the 2010 Cubs to Suck

We’re coming up on Spring Training, which means it’s time to start prognosticating. For us here at Bleacher Nation, it means our series of posts about why each team in the National League Central is going to suck (are you getting excited?). But Baseball Prospectus has jumped the gun on projecting the entire NL Central to […]

Is the Cubs’ Farm System Finally Good?

Since the days that Mark Prior emerged as the top prospect in all of baseball (those days didn’t last long, since Prior made his Major League debut so soon after he was drafted), the Chicago Cubs have languished in the bottom half of baseball when it came time to rank farm systems. But we all […]

Eric Byrnes Hearts the Chicago Cubs

The Arizona Diamondbacks designated highly-compensated but under-producing outfielder Eric Byrnes for assignment two weeks ago. Soon, he’ll be a free agent who can be signed for the Major League minimum, and according to newly-signed Cub Chad Tracy on XM Radio, Byrnes is hoping that signing team will be the Chicago Cubs. Byrnes has long been […]

Reliever Joe Nelson Wants to Be a Chicago Cub

The Chicago Cubs continue to look for a reliever, but maybe they should just let the reliever come to them. Free-agent pitcher Joe Nelson, who has made 101 appearances over the past two seasons, has expressed an interest in the Cubs. Nelson, 35, is seeking an opportunity to be a late-inning reliever and help a […]

Cubs Officially Decide to Remain in Mesa

It was reported last week that the Chicago Cubs had elected to remain in Mesa, Arizona for Spring Training, pending approval by the city of a vast new outlay of cash for facilities. On Monday, the city approved just such an outlay. And on Wednesday, the Cubs announced that they were staying. “It’s always been […]

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Cubs and Sean Marshall Avoid Arbitration

Unsurprisingly, given they were only a few hundred thousand bucks apart ($1.175 mill versus $800k), today the Chicago Cubs signed Sean Marshall to a one-year deal, thus avoiding arbitration. UPDATE: Looks like they settled for $950k, which is just about the mid-point.

The Chicago Cubs Will Scout Noah Lowry

The Cubs continue to search for low risk pitching options, and now will scout former San Francisco Giant starter Noah Lowry. The soft-tossing lefty always gave the Cubs fits, but hasn’t pitched in the Major Leagues since 2007. Lowry, 29, suffered from thoracic outlet syndrome (nerve problems in the neck, shoulder, and arm), and now is […]

After a Physical, Xavier Nady Will Be a Chicago Cub

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with outfielder Xavier Nady on a one-year, $3.3 million deal, which also offers some $2 million in incentives for games played. Nady, 31, essentially did not play last year after elbow problems led to his second Tommy John surgery. Now fully-recovered, the Cubs hope Nady can be a […]

Bummer, Dude: Andre Dawson Will Enter Hall as Expo

I don’t think any of us should be totally surprised, but it’s still fairly disappointing to learn that Andre Dawson will not be a Chicago Cub in the Hall of Fame. Dawson sent a text message to the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday night saying: “Hall will issue a press release [Wednesday] announcing that I will […]

Details on the Chad Tracy Signing

The Chicago Cubs will announce today that they’ve signed Chad Tracy to a minor league contract, which we already knew yesterday. But now we’ve got some of the particulars on the deal. If Tracy makes the Cubs’ big-league roster, he would earn $900,000, plus up to an additional $525,000 if he gets 450 plate appearances, […]

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We’re All Screwed: The Cardinals Sign Rich Hill

Remember when Rich Hill was the next big thing with the Chicago Cubs? Remember when he lost his confidence and the Cubs abruptly demoted him just months after he had a great season? Shrug. As much as I have come to disapprove of the current front office, I don’t lay much of the blame for […]

Chicago Cubs Are About to Sign Chad Tracy

The Chicago Cubs will be adding to their infield depth – at least theoretically – as soon as tomorrow, when they will announce they’ve signed Chad Tracy to a minor league deal. Tracy will have a chance to earn a spot on the big club in Spring Training, and could end up as the primary backup […]

Report: Chicago Cubs Sign Xavier Nady

Word this morning was that Xavier Nady was the Chicago Cubs’ top choice to serve as fourth outfielder, and according to Tim Brown on Twitter, the Cubs have landed him. No details have yet emerged, but we’ll update as more becomes available. UPDATE: The deal is reportedly (we’re using that word a lot today, no?) worth $3.3 million […]

Report: Ben Sheets Signs with Oakland

According to various reports – including CBS Sports and a multitude of Tweets – the Oakland A’s have ponied up to land free agent starting pitcher Ben Sheets, and will announce the signing later this afternoon. The deal is thought to be for one year and between $8 to 10 million.

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Cubs Reportedly Prefer Chan Ho Park to Kiko Calero

Late last week, the Chicago Cubs reportedly entered negotiations with reliever Kiko Calero to fill the “need” for another right-handed, late-inning reliever. For whatever reason, those talks have cooled – with some speculating that Calero is holding out for a two-year deal, and the Cubs wisely sticking to a one-year offer, given Calero’s shoulder issues. […]

Fourth Outfielder Watch: Jermaine Dye and Xavier Nady are the Top Choices

We’re getting very close to anointing this an obsessive watch, people. The only thing holding it back is that the acquisition of a fourth outfielder doesn’t have quite the same cachet as a Jake Peavy or Brian Roberts or a New Owner. That said, a new report suggests the Chicago Cubs view Jermaine Dye and Xavier Nady […]

Mesa City Council Says OK to Keeping Cubs

Last week it was reported that the Chicago Cubs had decided to remain in Mesa, Arizona for Spring Training, with the last remaining hurdle being the approval of the Mesa City Council. Hurdle cleared. The East Valley Tribune in Mesa reported Monday night that the Mesa city council “approved it’s end of a deal to […]

The Cubs Will Scout Oscar Villarreal

A small note here, as it’s unlikely to result in a major league contract. At some point soon, the Chicago Cubs, along with several other teams, will watch rehabbing reliever Oscar Villarreal throw. The White Sox and Cubs are among the teams invited to watch reliever Oscar Villarreal pitch. Villarreal, 28, who has nearly six […]

Are the Cubs Already Negotiating with Jonny Gomes?

The list of possible fourth outfielders for the Chicago Cubs is long: Xavier Nady, Jermaine Dye, Reed Johnson, Rocco Baldelli, Fernando Tatis (?) and Jonny Gomes are among the possibilities. The Cubs figure to take their time, and get the best deal available. Or have they already made their choice and started negotiations? According to […]

The Chicago Cubs Top 11, er, 15 Prospects

Baseball Prospectus is out with its Top 11 prospect lists – presumably they do Top 11 to differentiate from everyone else – but for the Chicago Cubs, they’ve actually offered a Top 15 list. Five-Star Prospects 1. Josh Vitters, 3B 2. Starlin Castro, SS Four-Star Prospects 3. Hak-Ju Lee, SS 4. Brett Jackson, CF Three-Star […]