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Month: June 2010

Chicago Cubs Draft Pitcher Hayden Simpson in First Round

Chicago Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken took an unheralded kid out of Clemson in his first draft with the Cubs in 2006. The young outfielder had played pretty well for the Tigers, but no one saw him being drafted earlier than the late second or third round. The pick was roundly criticized. Today, he’s playing […]

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The 2010 MLB Draft Starts This Evening

Were this a blog about the NFL or the NBA, you would have been reading about the draft for weeks, if not months. But because of the unique setup of the MLB draft (during the season, college and high school baseball not hugely popular, players generally don’t make the bigs, and if they do, they’re […]

Neither Derrek Lee Nor Lou Piniella Expect Lee to be Traded

Late last week, there were several rumors surrounding Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee (as well as bench bat Xavier Nady) as a possible trade target for the suddenly-in-the-market-for-a-first-baseman Los Angeles Angels. But Lee says he doesn’t think there’s much to the rumors, nor is he particularly eager to waive his no-trade clause and leave […]

Andrew Cashner to Take Over as Right-Handed Setup Pitcher for Now

The Chicago Cubs may have finally found their long-elusive right-handed setup man – former first round pick, and former dominant minor league starting pitcher, Andrew Cashner. Cashner had a five-up, five-down performance in just his third big-league appearance, on just his seventh day in the majors — a prelude to his new role as an […]

Teams Are Calling the Cubs About Tom Gorzelanny

While the Chicago Cubs have not yet designated themselves sellers, that’s not stopping other MLB teams from comin’ a-calling. We’ve already heard rumors about Derrek Lee and Xavier Nady, but with a glut of starting pitching, more rumors were bound to surface. It seems that Tom Gorzelanny – recently moved to the bullpen in favor […]

Lou Piniella, Like the Rest of Us, is Frustrated

Of course, some of our frustration is directed at Lou Piniella, himself – so at least in one regard, our respective frustrations diverge. Lou Piniella is fed up, and this time he appears to mean it. “I don’t think I want to talk about our offense anymore,” the Cubs manager said Friday after a 3-1 […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Astros 3 – June 4, 2010

The layoff wasn’t any cure to the Cubs’ offensive woes. If you take out an anomalous 5-0 win against the Cardinals last week, the Cubs have scored a whopping seven runs in their last six games. And yet, here the Cubs were again, with a lineup that featured Ryan Theriot, Derrek Lee, and Aramis Ramirez […]

So Maybe the Cubs Aren’t Talking Trades with the Angels

Yesterday we heard that the Chicago Cubs have been talking to the Los Angeles Angels about Derrek Lee and Xavier Nady, in whom the Angels would have interest to replace recently broken first baseman Kendry Morales. Cubs reporter Carrie Muskat says not so: There’s no truth to the rumors that the Angels have contacted the […]

Spring Training Likelihood Swings Back to Mesa

When the possibility of imposing a surtax on all Cactus League games to finance new facilities in Mesa, Arizona for the Chicago Cubs went off the table – thanks to folks like Bud Selig and Jerry Reinsdorf – the city and state were left scrambling to figure out how they could keep Cubs Springing in […]

Jim Hendry Noncommittal on Subject of Being a Buyer or Seller

With the team five games under .500 at this advanced stage of the season, with no sign that the offense will be turning it on any time soon, and with objectively better teams ahead of them in the standings in the Central, the time has come for serious questions about the Chicago Cubs’ plans for […]

Chicago Cubs Talking to Los Angeles Angels About Derrek Lee Trade

Indeed the Cubs trade rumors are bouncing all over the place. The latest has the Cubs talking to the Los Angeles Angels about first baseman Derrek Lee. Excellent baseball sources are telling us the Angels and the Cubs may be involved in trade talks that could send Derrek Lee to L.A. The Angels lost their […]

Angels Looking at Xavier Nady

With the Chicago Cubs continuing to struggle and loaded with expensive players, the rumors were bound to start swirling. Of late, we’re used to being fans on the other side of the equation – whom are the Cubs going to acquire? At present, we’re wondering – whom are the Cubs going to trade? Up first, […]

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