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Month: July 2010

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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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Brian Schlitter to Chicago, Jeff Stevens to Iowa

The Chicago Cubs middle reliever shuffle continues as today the team activated Brian Schlitter from the 15-day DL, and sent Jeff Stevens back to AAA Iowa. Stevens couldn’t get his ERA under six, making him a relatively obvious choice to head out – although, Schlitter hasn’t yet been terribly impressive. Semi-relatedly: still waiting on word […]

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Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: Ted Lilly “Will Get Traded”

We’re just a week away from the non-waive trade deadline, and the Chicago Cubs have yet to make a move. But having just lost two of three to the woeful Astros, the Cubs have no doubt cemented their status as sellers – and the first piece to go will probably be pitcher Ted Lilly. Unlike […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Pitches Scoreless, but Shaky, Inning for Iowa

Carlos Zambrano is working his way back to the Chicago Cubs after a long, self-induced layoff. He threw an inning last night for AAA Iowa, and although he didn’t give up a run, the performance was altogether “meh.” Zambrano, who pitched one inning for the Mesa Rookie League team on Monday, threw 15 pitches, 10 […]

On Free Agent Draft Compensation and Making Trades

This time of year, trade ideas are thrown around like so many flying fish in Seattle. Most will never happen – indeed, most could never happen – but it’s still fun. Let’s send this overpriced, skill-declining guy to this team for these seven top 100 prospects. I could totally do this GM thing! Increasingly, however, […]

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Zambranogate: Carlos Expected to Return Next Weekend

Chicago Cubs pitcher/formerly angry guy Carlos Zambrano is expected to return to the team next weekend, around July 30, when the Cubs head to Colorado to take on the Rockies. The plan for Zambrano is for him to pitch out of the bullpen for Iowa until he joins the big league team in Denver the […]

Tom Ricketts: Jim Hendry is the Cubs GM “Going Into Next Year”

With the announcement that Lou Piniella will retire at the end of this season, Jim Hendry’s status as Chicago Cubs General Manager was bound to receive some new scrutiny for two reasons: (1) he and Piniella are tied together, and as one departs, many believe so should the other in order to start fresh; and […]

Lou Piniella Will Retire at Season’s End

We all suspected it for more than a few weeks, but now it’s official: Lou Piniella will retire from managing baseball at the end of the 2010 season. From Piniella’s statement: “I couldn’t be more appreciative of the Cubs organization for providing me the opportunity to manage this ballclub. I’ve had four wonderful years here […]

Jeff Stevens to Chicago, Mitch Atkins to Iowa

After getting knocked around for a few innings yesterday, Mitch Atkins is headed back to AAA Iowa. To replace him, the Cubs have recalled Jeff Stevens. Stevens, 26, begins his third stint with the Cubs this season, having recorded a 5.71 ERA in 17 relief appearances from May 19 to June 26 and June 29 […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: The Dodgers Are A-Callin’

Though he didn’t even appear in the game, last night’s shellacking of Carlos Silva made it incrementally more likely that Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly would be traded. With just over a week to go before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31, the Cubs are no doubt continuously evaluating their position vis a vis […]