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Archive for January, 2010

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[Read More…]

by January 26, 2010 Chicago Cubs News

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[Read More…]

by January 26, 2010 Chicago Cubs News
Huzzah! Ben Sheets is Negotiating with the Cubs! Er, and a Bunch of Other Teams

Huzzah! Ben Sheets is Negotiating with the Cubs! Er, and a Bunch of Other Teams

Even though the Chicago Cubs have placed Ben Sheets on the back burner while they search for a fourth outfielder and reliever, the back burner is apparently not too far[Read More…]

by January 26, 2010 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Cubs Reportedly Prefer Chan Ho Park to Kiko Calero

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 –[Read More…]

by January 26, 2010 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Fourth Outfielder Watch: Jermaine Dye and Xavier Nady are the Top Choices

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[Read More…]

by January 26, 2010 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Mesa City Council Says OK to Keeping Cubs

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[Read More…]

by January 26, 2010 Chicago Cubs News
The Cubs Will Scout Oscar Villarreal

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[Read More…]

by January 25, 2010 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Are the Cubs Already Negotiating with Jonny Gomes?

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.[Read More…]

by January 25, 2010 Chicago Cubs Rumors
The Chicago Cubs Top 11, er, 15 Prospects

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[Read More…]

by January 25, 2010 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Ben Sheets, Unlike Outfielders and Relievers, is not a Priority for the Chicago Cubs

Ben Sheets, Unlike Outfielders and Relievers, is not a Priority for the Chicago Cubs

It shouldn’t be a big surprise, but – right or wrong – the Chicago Cubs are not focused on the fifth starter (or fourth starter, while Ted Lilly recovers from[Read More…]

by January 25, 2010 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Whew: Jose Contreras Ain’t a Cub

Whew: Jose Contreras Ain’t a Cub

Some folks around the Cublogoverse are pretty excited that Jose Contreras has not landed on the Chicago Cubs. I was fairly ambivalent about the prospect of landing Contreras, thinking that[Read More…]

by January 24, 2010 MLB News and Rumors
A Couple of Minor League Deals for the Cubs

A Couple of Minor League Deals for the Cubs

Apologies to recently re-signed minor league veterans Mark Johnson and Scott “John” McClain. They were signed to minor-league deals earlier this week, and we were remiss in reporting it. Each[Read More…]

by January 24, 2010 Chicago Cubs Transactions
Ferguson Jenkins: Badass

Ferguson Jenkins: Badass

Everyone’s got an opinion on former slugger Mark McGwire’s recent admission that he used steroids during his playing career. For a variety of reasons, the “admission” was deficient, and a[Read More…]

by January 23, 2010 Chicago Cubs News

So, Florida’s Still Got a Shot for Cubs Spring Training

Despite reports earlier this week that the Chicago Cubs had decided to remain in Mesa, Arizona for Spring Training, pending a city vote on Monday, things may not actually be[Read More…]

by January 23, 2010 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Jeff Baker Wants to Punch Mike Fontenot’s Heart

Jeff Baker Wants to Punch Mike Fontenot’s Heart

Last year, Mike Fontenot was anointed the Chicago Cubs’ starting second baseman out of Spring Training following a 2008 season where he was dominant at the plate in a part-time role. He[Read More…]

by January 22, 2010 Chicago Cubs News
Fourth Outfielder Watch: Jonny Gomes is in Love with the Chicago Cubs

Fourth Outfielder Watch: Jonny Gomes is in Love with the Chicago Cubs

Add another name to the list of possible fourth outfielder options for the Chicago Cubs: Jonny Gomes. After raking for the Cincinnati Reds last year, Gomes was non-tendered for fear[Read More…]

by January 22, 2010 Chicago Cubs Rumors

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