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Month: February 2010

Cubs and Theriot Hug It Out

For the first time in nearly two decades, the Chicago Cubs engaged in arbitration with a player this weekend. The reason they’ve assiduously avoided arbitration hearings is because they can get nasty, so it’s usually worth paying the player just a little bit more to settle things amicably. For whatever reason, that wasn’t possible this […]

Might the Cubs Not Use a Platoon at Second Base?

We’ve long been assuming that the Chicago Cubs would go with some kind of platoon at second base this year, using Mike Fontenot primarily against righties and Jeff Baker primarily against lefties. But when asked about his second basemen, manager Lou Piniella did not mention the possibility of using both. Piniella was asked how he’ll […]

No Chan Ho Park for the Cubs, Signs with Yankees

Well, if the Chicago Cubs were looking to use their Ryan Theriot winnings on a reliever, it won’t be Chan Ho Park. The Yankees have signed former Phillies reliever Chan Ho Park to a 1-year $1.2million deal, with incentives to make another $300K. Park had considered an offer from the Cubs, where he would have […]

Today is the Positional Reporting Date for Spring Training

By the end of the day, all of the Chicago Cubs invited to Spring Training will be in camp, preparing for the first full-squad practice tomorrow. Of course, the date is largely a formality, as almost every Cub is already in Mesa. The only four remaining include three that make sense, and one that doesn’t. […]

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Here’s Something Scary: Carlos Silva Was Really Trying in Seattle

Whenever the Chicago Cubs bring a reclamation project on board, there are certain things that can inspire optimism. The guy was playing through pain or with a lingering injury the last couple of years. The guy was having family issues that distracted him. The guy had signed a huge contract and became complacent. Any of […]

BREAKING: Cubs Win Theriot Arbitration

It may be a pyrrhic victory, but the Chicago Cubs have prevailed in arbitration with shortstop Ryan Theriot. The first-time arbitration eligible Theriot had requested $3.4 million, but will instead make $2.6 million this year. Now, let the healing begin. It will be interesting to learn how this affects the Cubs’ budget. Were they counting […]

Exhale: MRI Reveals No Serious Problems for Ted Lilly

We learned on Thursday that Ted Lilly had experienced pain in his right knee when trying to start throwing in Spring camp. He went for an MRI yesterday, and we all felt unsettled. Whew. You can unclench. An MRI of Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly’s right knee showed nothing but “normal wear and tear,” so the […]

Ryan Theriot and the Cubs Have Arbitrated

This morning, the Chicago Cubs and their starting shortstop Ryan Theriot had their fight, according to a tweet from Carrie Muskat. The two sides engaged in an arbitration hearing that will determine whether he makes $3.4 million this year, or $2.6 million. We should get a decision by tomorrow.

Carlos Silva is Out of Shape, You Say? Outstanding!

When you sign a big time contract – let’s say, 4 years and $40 million – I can understand complacency kicking in. After all, you’re set for life, and in baseball, those contracts are guaranteed. You get that money whether you dominate, or whether you, say, go 5-18 with an ERA near seven in the […]

Want to Meet the Ricketts Family?

If you’re one of the few people who didn’t participate in the Chicago Cubs scalping pre-sale opportunity on Monday, single game tickets go on sale today. And while you’re waiting in line, you might just get a surprise. Tom, Todd, Laura and Pete Ricketts will be on hand Friday morning for the opening of ticket […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Ted Lilly’s Knee Feeling Owwy

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly had knee surgery last summer to clear up some minor issues. So the fact that, when he threw for the first time in several months this week, he had some pain in his knee is no surprise. Except, his prior surgery was on his left knee. This pain is […]

Chan Ho Park is Still a Possibility for the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs are, for the most part, done making moves this offseason, but General Manager Jim Hendry has acknowledged that the team wouldn’t mind doing some tweaking, particularly in the bullpen. Specifically, the Cubs have been looking at veteran, righty relievers, and one named they’ve been tied to is Chan Ho Park. Well, he […]

Surprise! Angel Guzman Had Surgery

Angel Guzman has never been a model of health in his time with the Chicago Cubs. But at least we knew about it. Now, the guy is having surgeries that we don’t even hear about. Cubs reliever Angel Guzman had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee two weeks ago in Mesa after tearing his meniscus […]

Ted Lilly Wants to Be Back By Opening Day

Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella expects pitcher Ted Lilly to be back from shoulder surgery by May 1. Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry expects pitcher Ted Lilly to be back from shoulder surgery by April 15. Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly expects to be back from shoulder surgery by Opening Day. “I don’t know […]

Cubs Make Huge International Splash – Sign Korean Youngster

The Chicago Cubs continue to dominate the Far East international free agent market. Going back to the days of Hee Seop Choi, the Cubs have clearly made inroads in South Korea, and aren’t giving up any time soon. Yesterday, the┬áCubs signed 18-year-old pitcher Kim Jin-Yeong tor a whopping $1.2 million bonus, making him – by […]

Bud Selig Hates the Chicago Cubs

Add Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig to the growing list of constituents who oppose the “Cubs Tax,” which would apply a small surcharge to all Cactus League tickets in order to help fund the construction of new facilities in Mesa, Arizona to keep the Cubs springing there. An Arizona attorney hired by Selig’s office […]

Theriot Arbitration: Friday or Saturday

Baseball’s arbitration hearings are scheduled through Saturday, and the Cubs have confirmed that the plan, at present, is for the team and Ryan Theriot to arbitrate on Friday or Saturday of this week. Let the good times roll. [General Manager Jim] Hendry will travel to Tampa, Fla., on Thursday for the hearing, which will be […]

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