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Month: July 2010

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Continue to Shop Kosuke Fukudome

A reminder for newer readers: the Lukewarm Stove, as the name suggests, features Chicago Cubs rumors that are either very thin in terms of detail, or very thin in terms of likelihood. Get it? Not quite Hot Stove – but lukewarm (I’m clever). But damnit, you deserve to have all the Cubs rumors you can […]

Jim Hendry All But Confirms that the Cubs Will Be Sellers

As if there were any doubt that the Chicago Cubs – if they make trades at all – will be sellers this year, General Manager Jim Hendry has effectively removed all such doubt. “Anything we will do, we’ll try to set us up better for the future,” Hendry said this weekend. While he is bitter […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 7, Dodgers 3 – July 10, 2010

Geovany Soto continues to rake (from the 8-hole), and he’s starting to make me wonder why he wasn’t included in the All-Star snub discussion, let alone the actual All-Star discussion. Yadier Molina, proving that the fans voting for All-Stars are morons, currently sports a .593 OPS (no, that is not a typo). The only other […]

Ted Lilly to the New York Mets?

Now that Cliff Lee is off the trade market, Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly becomes the best available lefty starting pitcher on the market, and remains one of the best two or three available overall. It seems highly likely that, if the Cubs decide to move Lilly and he’s amenable to waiving his limited no-trade […]

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Texas Rangers Have “Strong Interest” in Xavier Nady

Despite going balls to the wall in their acquisition of Cliff Lee late yesterday, the Texas Rangers apparently aren’t done making moves. They might like to add a first baseman after moving Justin Smoak, and that first baseman might be Xavier Nady. The Cubs are in a listening mode for other veterans, including outfielder/first baseman […]

Is the Trade Market for Carlos Zambrano Going to Shape Up?

One of the many pieces the Chicago Cubs would no doubt like to move is currently-restricted pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Still away from the team while he receives anger management treatment and evaluation, Zambrano would likely welcome a trade – despite his no-trade clause – as he’s going to be stuck in the bullpen upon his […]

More Vague Assertions About the Chicago Cubs Making Trades

Don’t get me wrong, I love any rumor tidbits I can get. But so far, while we’ve learned that the Chicago Cubs are very likely to be sellers, we’ve not had too many specific “player x could be heading to team y” type rumors. They’re coming, I have no doubt. But for now, we’ll have […]

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Chicago Cubs are “Getting More Serious” About Making Trades

Assuming that the recent three-game sweep of the woeful Diamondbacks does not convince the Chicago Cubs’ brass that the team is magically delicious again, the Cubs will be looking to make some seller-type deals over the next few weeks. At least one source – Ken Davidoff of Newsday – is reporting that the Cubs are “getting […]

Mitch Atkins to Chicago, Brian Schlitter to DL

Brian Schlitter is the latest Chicago Cub to come down with bad-performance-itis. I kid (sort of), but following his disastrous outing on Friday against the Reds, the Cubs discovered that Schlitter had a “shoulder impingement.” He’ll head to the DL, and Mitch Atkins comes back up from Iowa to take his spot in the bullpen. […]

Lou Piniella: “We probably will be sellers”

Even though the Chicago Cubs just managed to secure an AMAZING series victory – their first in 12 tries – the team is still so far behind in the NL Central and the NL Wild Card races that they are expected to be sellers come the trade deadline at the end of the month. And […]

Scott Rolen Knows Why the Cubs Always Lose

Scott Rolen has played the Chicago Cubs many, many times in his long career. He’s played a whole lot of games at Wrigley Field, and so when he speaks of playing there, he does speak with at least a small air of authority. Even if he is a hated rival. Rolen says, after spending so much […]

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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 4 – July 6, 2010

Holy smokes, the Chicago Cubs have won a series. If they can take two of three the rest of the year, they can totally get to 84 wins! But seriously, Aramis Ramirez finally broke out, doing more in one game than he’s done in over a month of play. But, well, the enhancement is dedicated […]

Chicago Cubs Are Shopping Ted Lilly and Derrek Lee

The Chicago Cubs are looking to trade pitcher Ted Lilly and first baseman Derrek Lee, each of whom is a free agent at the end of this season. The rumor comes courtesy of none other than Peter Gammons. Although there’s no mention of a possible destination, the Cubs are apparently telling Lilly – and the […]

Zambranogate: Carlos to Start Working Out

Not the pumping-iron-with-angrily-tattooed-“love”-and-“hate”-knuckles type of working out, that is, just the throwing-the-baseball kind of working out. Though I could totally see him doing the former in an ill-lit apartment building basement. Cubs manager Lou Piniella said before Monday’s game at Chase Field that he expects pitcher Carlos Zambrano to begin working out and throwing this […]

Justin Berg to Chicago, Jeff Stevens to Iowa

Yesterday the Cubs made a minor move, swapping relievers in their bullpen, trying to keep arms in shape. To freshen an overworked bullpen, the Cubs on Monday swapped one right-handed relief pitcher for another. Chicago recalled Justin Berg from Triple-A Iowa, and to clear a spot for him on the 25-man roster, optioned fellow reliever […]

By the Numbers

Since May 28, and until yesterday… The Chicago Cubs have won just 12 times (34 games). The Cubs have won just one series (11 series). The Cubs have scored just 103 runs (3.03 runs per game). If you take out 12-run outburst against the Angels, the Cubs have scored just 2.75 runs per game.

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Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 9, D-Backs 4 – July 5, 2010

I’d almost forgotten how Diamondback pitching is to the Chicago Cubs’ offense as the Chicago Cubs’ offense is to every other team’s pitching. Kosuke Fukudome blew up (finally), and Geovany Soto tore it up. And the very back-end of the bullpen was once again great.

On The Road

Like the Cubs are now, I am on the road today, unable to offer an Enhanced Box Score for yesterday’s laugher (it would doubtlessly have lifted your spirits). It also means no series preview for the Dbacks series. Just know this – at present, the Dbacks are three games worse than the Cubs. Let’s revisit […]

Dusty Baker Could Have Fixed The Cubs

Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker was in town for this weekend series against the Cubs, and that means the Chicago media was hungrily grabbing tons of quotes from the former Cubs manager. The most interesting one is probably Baker’s declaration that he has ideas of how to fix the current iteration of the Cubs. They […]

Marlon Byrd is an All-Star – In Fact, He’s the Only All-Star

Marlon Byrd is (deservedly) an All-Star for the first time in his career, but he’ll be the sole representative from the Chicago Cubs this year. It is, of course, hard to find All-Stars on this flawed club, but it’s hard to see how Carlos Marmol didn’t get the nod. He’s got a 2.13 ERA, and […]

Go America

Happy Fourth of July. Eat some dogs. Drink some beer. Light some fireworks. Avoid the Cubs. (I kid, I kid)

Chicago Cubs Sign International Prospect Daniel Sanchez

The international signing period kicked off recently, and although the majority of the Chicago Cubs’ focus has been on the Pacific Rim – where they have a veritable stranglehold on the prospect market – they have not forgotten the importance of Latin America. To that end, Baseball America reports that the Cubs have made a […]