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Month: July 2010

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 […]

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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 […]

Lukewarm Stove: Derrek Lee and Ted Lilly Are Tweety

The Twitterverse (*shudder* I’ll never use that term again, I promise) is atwitter (but I’ll use that one as much as I please) with tidbits about Derrek Lee and Ted Lilly, so we’ll just pound ’em out, bullet style: Jayson Stark says a source close to Derrek Lee says he won’t be waiving his no-trade […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Breaks His Silence For Realsies

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano has finally spoken publicly regarding Zambranogate, and while it’s good to finally hear from the horse’s mouth, his statements leave a little to be desired. “It was a moment of frustration,” Zambrano said Monday in an interview with ESPN. “I was trying to fire up the team. Lee told me […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Angels Still Looking at Derrek Lee

Following their trade for starter Dan Haren, the Los Angeles Angels are setting their sites on another need: a middle of the order bat, and preferably one that can play first base. Sources said Sunday night — after the Haren trade — that the Angels haven’t halted their pursuit of a power bat. Among the […]

Chicago Cubs Sign Second Round Pick Reggie Golden

Some good news on the draft front – yesterday the Cubs announced that they had signed their second round pick, high school outfielder Reggie Golden. Reggie Golden got his first peek at life in the big leagues on Saturday. Golden, the Cubs’ second-round Draft pick, signed his contract on Friday and was able to do […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cardinals 5, Cubs 6 – July 24, 2010

Oh, Cubs. Cubs, Cubs, Cubs. Look, I’m never going to root against the Cubs – especially against the Cardinals. But how do you go from losing 2 of 3 to the HORRIBLE Astros to taking two in a row against the legitimately good Cardinals? And in the week before the trade deadline! Argh.

Obsessive Lilly Trade Watch: Cubs Would Like to Deal Lilly Before Tuesday

The Chicago Cubs are now actively shopping pitcher Ted Lilly, and would like to have a deal in place before Lilly’s next start, which is scheduled for Tuesday. With contenders struggling to find the right match for available starters Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren on the trade market, interest in Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly has […]

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