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Month: June 2010

Zambranogate: Ozzie Guillen Says Zambrano Has Talked to the Cubs

Despite reports every which way indicating that Carlos Zambrano has not been in contact with the Chicago Cubs, or any of his teammates, since being dismissed by the team last Friday, Ozzie Guillen – Zambrano’s dinner-mate that same Friday evening – says that Zambrano’s spoken with the Cubs and that everything is fine. He also […]

The Mets Are Interested In Ted Lilly

Though the Chicago Cubs managed to pull out a shocking victory last night – against the mighty Pirates, no less – there is still reason to believe this team is not built for a playoff push. If true, it’s time to start considering which players can be unloaded, and which teams are interested. According to […]

The Cubs Talked to the Red Sox About Mike Fontenot

The Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox discussed a Mike Fontenot trade before the Red Sox acquired Eric Patterson, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Fontenot is a versatile infielder with a decent lefty bat. He’s cheap, under control for several more years, and doesn’t necessarily have a set future with the Cubs. That sounds […]

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Mark Prior: Coming Back Since 2006

I do not have any animosity for Mark Prior. In fact, by now, I feel little more than sadness for the 29-year-old sure-fire Hall of Famer that wasn’t – well, I feel as much sadness as one can feel for a guy who banked a $10.5 million signing bonus. Prior, for his part, still hasn’t […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Breaks His Silence – to Kevin Millar?

File this under “wha?” Several Chicago Cubs have tried to get in touch with Carlos Zambrano since he blew up at them on Friday and was dismissed from the team. None have yet been able. But when Kevin Millar is on the horn, a guy listens. Apparently. Millar, who was in Spring Training with the Cubs […]

God’s Wrath Watch: John Grabow’s Knee is Jacked Up Again

It turns out that the mystery (convenient) knee problems that reliever John Grabow developed earlier this year when he was stinking were real problems. And they’re back. Grabow is expected to go on the disabled list today. Grabow entered Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the seventh inning and retired the first batter, then […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Won’t Be Back Until After All Star Break

Although we aren’t yet sure when Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano will return to the team, we know that it won’t be for a while. Zambrano, 29, moves today from the suspended list without pay to the restricted list with pay, with a mandatory order to undergo treatment to control the emotional outbursts that have […]

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Zambranogate: Carlos Zambrano to Start “Treatment” on Wednesday

The Chicago Cubs will be permitted to place Carlos Zambrano on the restricted list beginning tomorrow, and Zambrano will be starting “treatment” on Wednesday according to Carrie Muskat. Jeff Stevens is expected to be called back up from AAA Iowa to take Zambrano’s roster spot. No word yet on how long Zambrano’s suspension will be or […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Zambrano Says It was Derrek Lee’s Fault

As the World Turns… Video of Zambranogate shows the pitcher storming into the dugout after giving up four runs in the first inning on Friday, shouting – at no one in particular – and gesticulating wildly. Derrek Lee can be seen shouting “shut the f*ck up” to Zambrano, who turns, and directs his anger more […]

Lou Piniella is Officially Out of Ideas

In his desire to retain some semblance of control over the Chicago Cubs’ clubhouse, increasingly apathetic manager Lou Piniella is taking it straight to the players. For ideas. On how to manage. He had a team meeting this weekend, and sought the players’ input on what he should be doing, other than throwing up his hands […]

Chicago Cubs Prospects Are Getting Promoted

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs announced the promotion of four of the organization’s best prospects: Brett Jackson, Rafael Dolis, Trey McNutt, and Ty Wright. The Cubs promoted outfielder Brett Jackson, the team’s 2009 No. 1 Draft pick, from Class A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee on Sunday. Jackson, who will play for the U.S. Team in next […]

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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 8, Sox 6 – June 27, 2010

The 2010 Chicago Cubs have been fans of using up all of their offense in one game. Today was no different – coming after the first two games in the series, which were also typical of the 2010 season – though they ended up needing almost all of those runs thanks to a 9th inning […]

Cubs Assistant GM Randy Bush Clearly Reads Bleacher Nation

Coincidence? Not a coincidence? You be the judge. But, for me, I choose to believe that Chicago Cubs Assistant General Manager Randy Bush is a Bleacher Nation reader. Yesterday, at 10:22 a.m., I wrote about Carlos Zambrano going to dinner with Ozzie Guillen on Friday night after being dismissed by the team. Here’s how I […]

Brian Schlitter to Chicago, Jeff Stevens to Iowa

The Chicago Cubs were in need of a fresh arm after two straight days of heavy bullpen usage, so they’ve sent Jeff Stevens – holder of a 2.81 ERA this year – down to Iowa in favor of AAA closer Brian Schlitter. Schlitter has a 4.09 ERA this year, and has struck out 31 in […]

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Wow: Carlos Zambrano Really Did Have Dinner With Ozzie Guillen Last Night

After yesterday’s Carlos Zambaster (that’s Zambrano and disaster together – I’m cool), Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen seemingly joked in the post-game press conference that he and Zambrano would be having dinner that evening, and Carlos “would have plenty of time to get a reservation.” So, yeah. He wasn’t kidding. 11:15 p.m. Having dinner […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 0, Sox 6 – June 25, 2010

Lost in the explosion of verbal diarrhea that became Carlos Zambrano’s game, the Chicago Cubs offense still sucks. Hard. The 2010 version of Jake Peavy has been brutal – and yet, when he’s faced the Cubs, he’s looked like the Jake Peavy of old. As for the pitching, the bullpen really didn’t need to be […]

Carlos Zambrano Has Lost It

He’s lost it, and he’s been suspended indefinitely by the Cubs. If you missed today’s Cubs/White Sox game, you missed some serious Carlos Zambrano related drama. Here’s a recap, and the money quotes: Zambrano had to be separated from teammate Derrek Lee in the visitors’ dugout after surrendering four runs to the Chicago White Sox […]

Cubs DFA Chad Tracy

As I predicted, today the Chicago Cubs elected to designate Chad Tracy for assignment to clear roster space for Aramis Ramirez. Tracy will float in limbo for 10 days, during which another team could claim him or the Cubs could trade him. After those 10 days, he can accept the assignment and head back to […]

Aramis Ramirez Returns Today, But Who Goes Out?

With third baseman Aramis Ramirez set to return from the disabled list today, the Chicago Cubs will have to decide whom to send out to make space for him. And it’s going to be a more difficult decision than usual. The Cubs plan to activate third baseman Aramis Ramirez (hand) from the disabled list for […]

Cubs Still Unlikely to Start Dumping Players for Weeks

In Dave Kaplan’s piece about the Chicago Cubs working feverishly to trade Kosuke Fukudome, he offered some additional information about the team’s ardor to make other trades at this time. I have also been told that upper management is being extremely patient despite the poor performance of the Cubs so far in 2010. They will […]