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Month: August 2010

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 […]

Chicago Cubs May Make More Trades Before August is Up

Trades made after the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 are rare – at least, far more rare than trades made before the deadline – but they do happen, as evinced by the Chicago Cubs trade last night with the Giants, sending Mike Fontenot out for prospect Evan Crawford. With the Cubs thoroughly out of […]

Chicago Cubs Prospect Primer: Darwin Barney

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, […]

John Grabow’s Season is (Mercifully) Over

When the Chicago Cubs re-signed reliever John Grabow to a two-year deal last winter, some (me) feared that his low ERA had been a bit of a mirage given his extremely high WHIP for a reliever. He had been keeping his ERA in the mid-3s, but his WHIP in the mid-1.4s – something didn’t add […]

Breaking: Cubs Trade Mike Fontenot to Giants for A Ball Outfielder

Breaking news: the Chicago Cubs have sent infielder Mike Fontenot across the diamond to the San Francisco Giants for Single A outfielder Evan Crawford, according to various sources. The Giants unsuccessfully tried to acquire Fontenot before the non-waiver trade deadline. More details as they become available. UPDATE: Crawford was the Giants 9th round pick last […]