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Month: January 2010

Chicago Cubs’ Non-Roster Invitations to Spring Training Have Gone Out

The Chicago Cubs have finalized their non-roster (i.e., not on the 40-man roster) invitee list for this year’s Spring Training. The list is an even mix of career minor leaguers who are getting a shot, and Cubs prospects who are, well, getting the same. Pitchers: [Andrew] Cashner, J.R. Mathes, James Russell, Casey Coleman, Thomas Diamond, […]

So Maybe Sheets is only a Pipe Dream

Yesterday, the Tribune reported that the Chicago Cubs were very interested in free agent pitcher Ben Sheets and suggested that his asking price had dropped from $10 to 12 million per year to $10 to 12 million guaranteed over two years. The former point is clearly true, the latter is in doubt. Carrie Muskat has […]

Cubs Still Looking for a Backup Outfielder and Another Reliever

As expected, the Chicago Cubs continue to pursue a true fourth outfielder (poor Sam Fuld) as well as a veteran reliever (Jim Hendry loves ’em). The Cubs hope to land the two players by way of trade, rather than free agency – also not a surprise. But the unexpected part continues to be the guys […]

Jeff Kennard is a Chicago Cub

According to Baseball America‘s minor league transactions, the Chicago Cubs have signed reliever Jeff Kennard to a minor league deal. It’s unclear whether the agreement includes an invitation to Spring Training. Kennard, 28, is a career minor leaguer with decent numbers. He first made it to AAA in 2008, after 6+ years at the lower […]

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Boing: Cubs Actively Pursuing Ben Sheets

For weeks I’ve contended that the Chicago Cubs, rather than focusing on the bullpen, should be looking to pick up another starting pitcher. With Ted Lilly laid up following shoulder surgery (notice how his return ETA keeps getting pushed back? It’s now been reported that early May is “optimistic”), and Rich Harden off to Texas, […]

Joel Pineiro Might End Up Coming Cheap

The market for starting pitcher Joel Pineiro has been both slow to develop and seemingly thin. It’s hard to figure, given that his tremendous 2009 season was not necessarily an outlier – though you do have to go back a few years to find his previous great success. Now, according to Ed Price the New York […]

Angel Guzman’s Brother Shot to Death

Very sad news for the extended Chicago Cubs family: Angel Guzman’s brother died yesterday after he was shot in Venezuela. Daniel Guzman, a drummer for a Venezuelan rock band, was traveling in a Grand Cherokee in Las Mercedes, located within Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, on Monday morning with at least two other people. Three […]

Greg Maddux is Back with the Chicago Cubs Organization

Today the Chicago Cubs announced that legendary Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux (that’s right, Cubs pitcher) has been hired as a special assistant to general manager Jim Hendry. Let’s hope Maddux doesn’t have a Hendrian hard-on for mediocre, aging vets. “We are thrilled to have Greg back with the Chicago Cubs,” Hendry said in a statement. […]

Mark McGwire Used Steroids – In Other News, Kennedy Shot

By now you’ve no doubt heard that, today, former St. Louis Cardinals slugger – and current hitting coach – admitted that he used steroids during his professional career. What follows is McGwire’s complete statement, and a couple comments of my own. “Now that I have become the hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, I […]

Ben Sheets is Picky – or Crazy

Starting pitcher Ben Sheets, theoretically recovered from elbow surgery last year, is still looking for a 2010 home. There haven’t been many clues as to where Sheets will ultimately end up, nor how much he’ll ultimately make, but we do know that the Chicago Cubs are interested. Whatever happens, Sheets isn’t making it easy on […]

Jim Hendry Hearts Relievers: Chicago Cubs are Still Considering Heath Bell

Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry continues his relentless pursuit of a right-handed reliever. But at least this rumor involves a slightly more dominant type. According to sources, the Cubs are kicking the tires again on Padres closer Heath Bell, as they did at the winter meetings. He would strengthen the bullpen, but Lou Piniella […]

2010 Cubs Convention Attendees Finally Announced

The 2010 Cubs Convention attendees list has finally been released, and it features new Cub Marlon Byrd and new Hall of Famer Andre Dawson (I don’t see him going to any ‘Expos Convention’ – just sayin’). The Ricketts family will be there, as will Lou Piniella and his staff, Jim Hendry and his staff, and […]

Aroldis Chapman Signs with Mystery NL Team?

Cuban youngster Aroldis Chapman has been attached to a number of teams this winter, including the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs long ago appeared to bow out of the bidding – but word is breaking that Chapman has signed with a mystery National League team, despite being most recently rumored to be headed to the Angels. […]

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Cubs Always Beat White Sox – Um, But Then Go to Jail for It

The Cubs will always be on top in Chicago. Whether it’s in fandom, ticket sales, market share, or general awesomeness, the Cubs are simply better than the White Sox. Oh, and apparently Cubs fans kick White Sox fans’ asses. A Cubs fan has been sentenced to 6 months in jail for helping to beat his […]

Bryan LaHair is a Chicago Cub

Today the Chicago Cubs signed first-baseman Bryan LaHair to a minor league deal, and invited him to spring training. LaHair, 27, had spent his entire professional career with Seattle. He didn’t appear in the majors last year, and the Mariners removed him from their 40-man roster in October. But he has experience in the majors: […]

In Case You Were Worried the Wrigley Field Name Was in Danger

Any time a professional sports team changes hands, a little bit of trepidation is understandable. Beyond the ownership, what else might change? With the Chicago Cubs – a team reborn of tradition, rich history, and supported by a fan base that is nearly as well known for its fondness of that tradition and history as […]

The Marlon Byrd Signing: Local Media Woo, National Media Boo

Now that the Marlon Byrd signing is firmly in the rear view mirror, and we’ve all had plenty of time to process the move, we can reflect and consider just what it means for the Chicago Cubs. Was it really the right move? Was it a bad decision? Interestingly, there seems to be a noticeable […]

Party with Len Kasper and Bob Brenly – You Know You Want To

If you’re itching to party with obvious party animals Len Kasper and Bob Brenly, here’s your chance: the “Len & Bob Bash” will take place on January 14 at the House of Blues in Chicago, and tickets are still available. Snap them up. Here’s a little more on the event: This year’s concert will feature […]

Lou Piniella is a “Legend”

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella will be presented with the Thurman Munson award, along with four other honorees, on February 2 in New York. The AHRC New York City Foundation benefits from the gala, which remembers Munson, the late, great Yankees catcher and captain who tragically perished in a 1979 plane crash. Diana Munson, Thurman’s […]