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Month: January 2010

Cubs Are Negotiating with Kiko Calero

The Chicago Cubs may be close to landing their veteran right-handed reliever. According to s a source of Jon Morosi’s the Cubs are in negotiations with free agent Kiko Calero. Calero, 35, was all kinds of awesome for the Florida Marlins last year – 1.95 ERA over 60 innings – but he largely did not […]

The Unsigned Arbitration Eligible Cubs Exchange Numbers

While the Chicago Cubs were able to sign just five of their eight arbitration-eligible players yesterday, the team is hopeful it can finalize contracts with the other three before going to arbitration – something the team has successfully avoided for more than fifteen years. The three remaining are shortstop Ryan Theriot, closer Carlos Marmol, and […]

Cubs Looking at Mark Mulder

Hooray! The Chicago Cubs are looking at a starting pitcher! Oh … it’s Mark Mulder? The Cubs, Dodgers and Cardinals are among the teams still monitoring the progress of left-hander Mark Mulder, one major league source said. Mulder hasn’t remained healthy over a full season since 2005. He is 6-10 with a 7.73 ERA in […]

Xavier Nady Remains an Option for the Cubs

Fortunately, in their search for a fourth outfielder, the Chicago Cubs appear to have many options. Of course, each option is flawed in some respect – otherwise they’d be in line for a starting gig. One option continues to be Xavier Nady. Scott Boras, the agent for Xavier Nady, said in an e-mail that the […]

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Ted Lilly: Baseball Thrower

Ted Lilly’s offseason has been one of surprise and fear. For Cubs fans. When the Chicago Cubs announced that Lilly had undergone a minor shoulder surgery in November, it seemed to come out of nowhere. Some knee issues had been reported, but nothing more than a mention of knee stiffness here and there had been […]

A New Rumored Reliever Target for the Cubs: Luke Gregerson

As we noted earlier, the Chicago Cubs have two primary directives remaining in the offseason: get a fourth outfielder, and get a veteran reliever. To the latter directive, a new name has surfaced. According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs are taking a look at San Diego Padres reliever Luke Gregerson. Gregerson, 25, was very good in […]

Cubs Now Actually Talking to Jermaine Dye

Depending on how you interpret the prior reports of the Chicago Cubs’ interest in Jermaine Dye to serve as their fourth outfielder/platoon-mate for Kosuke Fukudome, this may or may not be old news. To the extent the prior reports only intimated interest on the Cubs’ part, then things have progressed to the next stage: talks. […]

The 2010 Chicago Cubs Batting Order is Largely Set

Without too many moving parts from last year to this, the batting order for the Chicago Cubs is not as prone to questioning as it has been in years past. In fact, the main question – why in the sweet hell is Alfonso Soriano still leading off – mercifully faded away, for good, last year. […]

Tom Ricketts Hearts Jim Hendry

General Manager Jim Hendry has presided over an unprecedented – in modern times – era of success for the Chicago Cubs. So you’d think that fans would be satisfied, and would be looking forward to many years of Hendry in charge. Not so. Hendry’s success has coincided with an unprecedented shift in Cubs’ spending habits, […]

The Cubs Lost in 2009 Because They Were Fat – Now They’re Not

Conditioning in baseball is a funny thing. For every athletic freak, there are plenty of David Wells and Cecil Fielders out there who don’t really need to do the whole “being in shape” thing in order to be successful. For the Chicago Cubs, conditioning issues popped up repeatedly in 2009: Alfonso Soriano’s legs turned on […]

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Jim Hendry Hearts Relievers: Cubs Remain Interested in Kiko Calero

Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry continues his search for a right-handed veteran reliever, and one name that has popped up from time to time is Kiko Calero. It’s popping up again because the Cubs are interested if the money is right. Calero, 35, is a free agent after putting together a very good 2009 […]

Eric Byrnes for Cubs’ Fourth Outfielder?

Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has long had an affection for Eric Byrnes, despite his having fallen off a cliff in recent years. So with the Arizona Diamondbacks in a roster crunch, and interested in dumping Byrnes, the Cubs were rumored to be looking at picking up Byrnes in a salary dump from the […]

Cubs Are Interested in Jermaine Dye

A new name has entered the Chicago Cubs fourth outfielder dialog: Jermaine Dye. Long believed to be seeking a starting gig, it’s possible that Dye would accept a reserve role with the Cubs. The Cubs are looking into former White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye, sources confirmed Wednesday, but they can’t promise Dye as much playing […]

Is Naples the Future Cubs Spring Training Site for Realsies?

Rumors are swirling that the Chicago Cubs have decided on their Spring Training future, and the future is Florida. The Cubs likely will leave Mesa, Az. for Naples, Fla., for spring training barring the state of AZ coming up with unforseen money. Bob Nightengale. You may recall that several months ago, folks were suggesting that the […]

The Cubs Will Win This Year Because Marlon Byrd is a Nice Guy

Get ready to be overloaded with “addition by subtraction” type optimism pieces as we gear up for the 2010 Chicago Cubs season. The Cubs, apparently, are going to win eight to ten more games in 2010 simply by virtue of not having Milton Bradley on the team anymore. I question the statistical legitimacy of such […]

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