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Month: July 2010

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Astros 8 – July 28, 2010

I’d seen enough of Bob Howry the day he slipped back on a Cubs jersey, and I’d hazard a guess that, to the extent anyone else disagreed in the past, they’re on board now. Also, Carlos Lee has stunk all year – but he crushes the Cubs. Speaking of dude’s who suck but crush on […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: Bundle of Rumors

A trio of rumors has popped up on Twitter regarding the Cubs’ efforts to deal Ted Lilly: The market for Lilly has picked up, according to Stark. The Tigers are involved, and so are the Dodgers, Twins and Phillies. The Phillies have inquired on Lilly, according to Rosenthal. Ed Price of AOL FanHouse hears rumblings […]

Jim Hendry: We’ve Tried to Trade Derrek Lee, But He Declines

According to Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry, the Cubs have entertained offers from both the Angels and the Rangers over the past 10 days, but Derrek Lee has declined to accept a trade. Lee has informed the team that he prefers to finish out his contract year with the Cubs, and, as a guy […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: Twins Want Ted, But Ted May Not Want Twins

The Minnesota Twins are reaching out to the Chicago Cubs about Ted Lilly and are willing to take on the remaining $4 million of Lilly’s deal, according to Ken Rosenthal. Awesome, right? Well, the hitch is that the Twins are one of the teams on Lilly’s partial no-trade list. Rosenthal suggests that Lilly would consider going […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Are Ready to Move Carlos Zambrano

File this one under “Rumors That Are Obviously True, But Almost Certainly Don’t Matter.” ESPN’s Buster Olney is saying he’s heard that the Chicago Cubs are informing teams they’re ready to trade pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Which, like, duh. It’s highly, highly unlikely that Zambrano is moved during the 2010 season. Instead, the Cubs will hope he […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: Scouts A-Plenty Last Night

If Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly is not traded before Saturday’s trade deadline, it won’t be for a lack of visibility. Eight top scouts were on hand to watch Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly and Astros right-hander Brett Myers pitch on Tuesday night in Houston. Both pitchers are coveted by numerous teams as the trade deadline […]

Lukewarm Stove: Rockies Considering Ryan Theriot

A recent swoon has taken the Colorado Rockies from definite contenders to possible sellers. If they decide to stay the course and compete, they might look to add a versatile player like Ryan Theriot. Theriot, 30, is an interesting name since he wouldn’t figure to be just a stopgap at second base. He’s a .287 […]

In News That Isn’t News, Aramis Ramirez Likely to Stay With Cubs

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs online sphere blew up reporting that third baseman Aramis Ramirez was likely to exercise his $14.6 million player option at the end of this year, to remain with the Cubs in 2011. I did not immediately report this factoid. Why? Because I’ve been assuming he’d exercise the option since he was […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Astros 6 – July 27, 2010

I can’t emphasize enough how difficult it is to face a Major League lineup – yes, even one as terrible as the Astros – in consecutive starts. That makes what Ted Lilly did all the more impressive. Of course, by definition, it makes what Brett Myers did even more impressive (or what the Cubs’ offense […]

God Shows His Wrath in the Minors, Too: Josh Vitters Breaks His Finger

Former first round pick, and one of the top Chicago Cubs’ positional prospects, Josh Vitters is likely out for the rest of the 2010 season after breaking the middle finger on his left hand. Playing for the Tennessee Smokies in the Double-A Southern League on Sunday, Vitters was hit by a pitch from Mississippi Braves […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Not Geovany Soto!

Of all the personnel the Chicago Cubs could lose to injury, catcher Geovany Soto might be the hardest to stomach. He leads all catchers in several offensive categories, and he’s been the most consistently good batter the Cubs have had all year. But we’re going to get a steady diet of Koyie Hill for at […]

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