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 […]
Month: July 2010
After watching him sit on the bench for a few weeks – and flail helplessly at breaking balls outside when he does get in the game – the Chicago Cubs are finally ready to eat some of the $4 million owed to Kosuke Fukudome for the rest of 2010, and “quite a bit” of the […]
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 […]
If you didn’t know the Cubs were going to tease us in the final week before the trade deadline, you don’t know the Cubs.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
There have been vague assertions and thin rumors that the Chicago Cubs had yet to move pitcher Ted Lilly because they were asking for the moon. Given that Lilly is on target to be a Type A free agent this year, who would net the Cubs two first round picks if they offer him arbitration […]
I’m not going to rip the rookie for giving up the game-winning bomb to Felipe Lopez, but you do have to wonder if Brian Schlitter – like Jeff Stevens before him – is going to run out of chances to prove himself.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Randy Wells is officially back, y’all (as I said he was in the Series Preview). And better still? The Cubs actually knocked around a guy whom they should knock around.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella isn’t but two days into his official lame duck period, having announced earlier this week that he would retire at the end of this season. But that’s not stopping the cavalcade of folks interested in becoming the next Cubs manager from perking right up – well, or at least it’s […]
That was certainly not a fun game to watch, but don’t miss the story.
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 […]
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 is now expected to announce his retirement every single day. Separately, and I don’t want to jinx it, but have you noticed that Derrek Lee is quietly heating up? Of course, Lee’s cohort is loudly heating up…
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 […]
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 […]
Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has never been a completely conventional guy (Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen?), but neither has he been a statistical renegade – eschewing stats in favor of his “gut,” as former Cubs manager Dusty Baker was wont to do. So when Lou put rookies Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro together at […]
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 […]