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Month: July 2010

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]