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Month: August 2010

Now Carlos Zambrano Says He Wouldn’t Waive His No-Trade Clause

Not but a couple weeks ago, Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano – freshly off the restricted list, where he’d been serving a team-imposed suspension, and going to anger management, following a dugout tirade – said he would allow the Cubs to trade him this Winter if they really wanted to (protip: they do). Zambrano, you’ll […]

Unsurprisey Surprise: Tyler Colvin Working Out at First Base

As we fans looked ahead to 2011, on the assumption that Derrek Lee would not return to the Chicago Cubs, we had a collective head-scratching session on who would be his replacement. One name that kept popping up is outfielder Tyler Colvin. Sure, he hasn’t played first base since his sophomore year in college, but […]

Enhanced Box Score: Padres 5, Cubs 3 – August 19, 2010

I am honestly less interested in the fact that the Padres just swept the Cubs in a four-game set for the first time ever, and am more interested in Carlos Zambrano’s continued David Blaine impression in his return to the rotation. Once again, if you looked only at his innings and earned runs, you’d think […]

Good Luck, Derrek Lee

In mid-November 2003, I was bitter. The Chicago Cubs had just blown their best chance to head to the World Series in decades – a better chance even than their 4-1 NLCS loss to the San Diego Padres in 1984. They had a rotation built for the playoffs, and Sammy Sosa still crushing. Yes, I […]


It’s Official: Cubs Trade Derrek Lee to Braves

We’ll have some further analysis and commentary about the deal soon, but for now, I wanted to make sure to get you the basics. Lee, who invoked his 10-and-5 rights and rejected a trade to the Angels in late July, agreed to a deal Wednesday with the Atlanta Braves, who were looking to upgrade their […]

Reports: Derrek Lee to Be Traded to Atlanta Braves

The Chicago Cubs on the verge of trading first baseman Derrek Lee to the Atlanta Braves, according to multiple reports. Lee is in the last year of his contract with the Cubs, and earlier this year vetoed a trade to the Los Angeles Angels. Why he would now decide not to exercise his no-trade rights and permit a trade […]

Jeff Samardzija Expected to Join Chicago Cubs Soon

On September 1, MLB teams can expand their active roster – usually limited to 25 players – to as many as 40 players; namely, the 40 guys on the 40-man roster. That makes September an interesting time, even for teams completely out of the playoff picture, as fans get to observe youngsters they’ll hopefully see […]


Chicago Cubs Prospect Primer: Casey Coleman

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post, written by a friend of the program, Scarey from Sons of Ivy. When it comes to Cubs prospects, few know the organization better than Scarey, and he’s offered to throw us some of his insights, teed up here for you with minimal editing from yours truly. Up today, […]

Aramis Ramirez Unlikely to Be Traded

It was an exciting 24 hours, but the odds of Aramis Ramirez being traded to the Atlanta Braves is approximately 0 to 1. Or 0 to 1,000,000. Whichever seems more unlikely to you. You can forget about any of those rumors that have third baseman Aramis Ramirez going to Atlanta to replace the injured Chipper […]

Chicago Cubs Sign Four More Draft Picks at the Deadline

Yesterday evening was the deadline for signing draft picks from this year’s Rule 4 (first year player) Draft. The Chicago Cubs closed out strong, signing four their remaining picks. The Cubs agreed to terms with four more First-Year Player Draft picks by Monday’s 11 p.m. CT deadline, including seventh-round pick Benjamin Wells and ninth-round selection […]

Carlos Silva Throws Successfully Off the Mound

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva, recovering from a heart procedure last week, threw 25 pitches off the mound yesterday, and says he felt good. “It felt weird but it felt good,” Silva said of his session Monday. Silva, who came out of his last start Aug. 1 after four batters, had a procedure known as […]


God’s Wrath Watch: Derrek Lee’s Back is Jacked

Oh, you fickle deity. Just when Derrek Lee starts really grooving at the plate, he starts suffering from a bulging disc in his lower back. The discomfort was severe enough that Lee received an epidural yesterday (and delivered twins!), and he’ll get a couple days off at least. “It doesn’t bother me swinging, just moving […]

Rumor: Atlanta Braves are Trying to Land Aramis Ramirez

When third baseman Chipper Jones went down last week with a torn ACL, the Atlanta Braves began scrambling to replace his production as they fought to hold onto their lead in the NL East. And that scrambling has taken them to the Chicago Cubs and third baseman Aramis Ramirez, according to sources at Braves blog […]

Alfonso Soriano is Struggling, and is Kind of Blaming the Team

Alfonso Soriano is a wealthy man. The Chicago Cubs gave him an eight-year contract four years ago, which pays him $18 million per season. Without commenting on the wisdom of the deal, it’s fair to say that it came with certain expectations that Soriano has not lived up to. After a miserable 2009 season, Soriano […]

Casey Coleman to the Rotation, Thomas Diamond to the Pen

After two poor starts (three, if you count his deceptively bad debut against the Brewers), Thomas Diamond has been bumped from the rotation in favor of (surprise) another rookie. Casey Coleman will take Diamond’s spot in the rotation this week, according to ESPN Chicago. Although the youngster has an ERA over 8, he’s thrown consecutive, long […]


Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 9, Cardinals 7 – August 15, 2010

Well, the Cubs, themselves, may not be able to climb into first place, but they can certain have a hand in keeping the Cardinals out of first. An offensive explosion rocketed the Cubs to a big lead early, but… wait… what is happening… what is happening in this bottom of the 9th inning…

Is Koyie Hill About to Get the Boot?

Allow me to preface this post with a caveat: I have no “sources” in the Chicago Cubs organization (though you can feel free to shoot me an email if you’d like to become a “source” – there’s no recompense of any kind, but you’ll get to see your name in lights … as “source”). That […]

Aramis Ramirez Might Return Today

The Chicago Cubs have been without third baseman Aramis Ramirez – who was actually starting to sort of hit like Aramis Ramirez – for the last few days. Ramirez hurt his rib cage on a dive earlier in the week. He was expected back yesterday, but that didn’t happen. Ramirez said on Thursday that he […]

Derrek Lee is Back, Micah Hoffpauir is Out

Derrek Lee has returned from his stint on the bereavement list while he attended to his ill grandfather, and in the requisite corresponding move, the Cubs booted Micah Hoffpauir back to AAA Iowa. In his time with the Cubs, Hoffpauir went 0-7 with four strikeouts. He’ll be back when rosters expand in a few weeks, […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 7, Giants 8 – August 12, 2010

Imagine a dog. A loyal, friendly dog. As soon as you come home from work, there he is to greet you, day after day. He’s reliable and predictable like that. But each time, you look down and can’t help but notice that he’s only got three legs. I mean, he’s still a nice guy, and […]