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Month: July 2010

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: The Yankees and Tigers Enter the Fray

You can officially add the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers to the list of teams attached to Ted Lilly trade rumors. Leading off with the Tigers, Jayson Stark says they’ve contacted the Cubs to discuss the left-hander. The Tigers have “inquired” about Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly, according to a source familiar with those […]

Lukewarm Stove: Rangers Still Considering Xavier Nady

This rumor is about as lukewarm as it gets, given that there are no details beyond that headline. But, hey, you’re here. Might as well keep reading, right? The Rangers remain interested in a right-handed-hitting first baseman it can pair with Chris Davis. The Cubs’ Xavier Nady is among those on the Rangers’ radar. chicagotribune.com. The […]


Cubs Are “Close” to Signing Second Round Pick Reggie Golden

While the Chicago Cubs have signed most of their top draft picks from last month’s first year player draft, a decent chunk remain unsigned. Most, however, are latter third picks, which are typically fall-back types or guys that are not expected to be easy to sign. Reggie Golden, on the other hand, remains unsigned despite […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Expected to Pitch for Iowa This Week

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who hasn’t pitched for the Cubs since June 25 when he exploded on his teammates after an inning of terrible work. He’s been working out in Mesa, Arizona – in conjunction with his recently-completed anger management counselling – and is expected to start throwing in games this week. Cubs […]

Enhanced Box Score: Phillies 6, Cubs 11 – July 18, 2010

Oh Cubs. Where were these offensive outbursts just a few weeks ago? Ignoring the fact that the Cubs would have to continue winning three of four for the rest of the season to get back into the race – something that is unrealistic to expect – I can’t say that my hope bone isn’t tingling […]


Lukewarm Stove: White Sox Join Mets in Interest in Ted Lilly

Add the Chicago White Sox to the list of teams potentially interested in Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly, should the Cubs decide to sell. Sources say the Sox have kicked around the idea of pursuing Lilly. That would give them three lefties in their rotation with Buehrle and Danks, but there are some in […]

Enhanced Box Score: Phillies 6, Cubs 12 – July 15, 2010

So begins a stretch with just enough offense and just enough pitching for the Chicago Cubs to put together just enough wins to keep them from selling at the trade deadline, only to fall flat in early to mid-August (but then winning just enough in late August to let the waiver trade deadline also pass […]


Zambranogate: Carlos Has No More Anger, is Throwing in Arizona

Chicago Cubs pitcher/teen heart-throb Carlos Zambrano has (successfully?) completed anger management therapy. I guess he’s not angry anymore – the anger sharks are no longer swimming. Far more importantly, he’s back on the mound. He’s getting his arm back in pitching shape at the team’s spring training complex in Mesa, Arizona. Zambrano threw 25 pitches […]

So, Joey Votto’s Kind of a Douche

Marlon Byrd was the unsung (well, he was a little sung) hero of Tuesday’s National League All-Star Game win. He battled in a long 7th inning at bat, which led to a walk, extended the inning, and eventually yielded the winning runs. Then, in the 9th inning, protecting a two run lead, Byrd made a […]

Would Joe Girardi Leave the Yankees to Manage the Cubs?

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella’s contract is up at the end of this year, and while he gets all the support in the world from Jim Hendry and Tom Ricketts, there is no denying the undercurrent of opposition to having him back as manager next year. So if Piniella is out for 2011, who’s in? […]

Zambranogate: When Will Carlos Return?

Carlos Zambrano remains on the restricted list, suspended by the Chicago Cubs, and theoretically out until he completes anger management counseling. But when will that be? And even if he completes it very soon, how quickly can he actually come back to the team? Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Sunday that Zambrano, the temper-tangled right-hander […]


Marisa Miller, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Us?

Marisa Miller is not only a super hot model, but she’s also a baseball fan. And according to our Series She-Views, she’s a fan of the Chicago Cubs (basis for this conclusion? wore a jersey once, threw a first pitch once … rock solid). But when she played in the Legends and Celebrity Softball Game […]

Tom Ricketts Gives Jim Hendry a Vote of Confidence – Sort of

The Chicago Cubs stand a miserable 39-50 at the pseudo midpoint of the season with almost no mathematical chance of making the playoffs. Their payroll – more than $146 million – is the highest in the National League, and the third highest in baseball, but it hasn’t bought success. And the man most responsible for putting the […]

Just How Bad Has the Cubs’ Offense Been?

Thanks to Carrie Muskat for collecting the following numbers: Atlanta: 40-12 San Diego: 42-5 NY Yankees: 44-2 Cubs: 26-19 Tampa Bay: 35-10 St. Louis: 33-11 San Francisco: 31-12 Seattle: 30-13 White Sox: 34-9 Those are the records in one-run games for the teams with the most one-run games this year. Notice anything? That’s right. Not […]

Lukewarm Stove: Rockies Looking at Ryan Theriot?

The Chicago Cubs, even if they weren’t sellers, would probably be looking to move an infielder. They’ve got three guys rotating at second base – Ryan Theriot, Mike Fontenot, and Jeff Baker – and that’s at least one too many. The Rockies, who’ve lost shortstop Troy Tulowitzki until at least August with a broken wrist, […]

Lukewarm Stove: Mets May Want Lilly, but Can’t Add Payroll

While the New York Mets remain a possible destination for Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly, they might not be able to take on much, if any, of his remaining $5 million owed this year, according to Buster Olney. That means that, in order to trade Lilly to the Mets, the Cubs would have to eat the […]