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Month: September 2010

Will the Chicago Cubs Look to Bring Back Kerry Wood?

It is not a secret that the 2010 Chicago Cubs’ bullpen blew. Injuries, underperformance and inexperience conspired to torpedo the pen for long stretches during the season. So the fact that the team will look at some veteran reliever options this Winter should also not be a secret. But one of those reliever options might […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Chicago Cubs Do Plan to Interview Joe Girardi

Looks like my tea leaf reading was correct. Despite announcing a desire to have their managerial decision made sooner rather than later, the Chicago Cubs are expected to wait out the Yankees’ season so that they can “at least try” to bring in skipper Joe Girardi for an interview, according to Buster Olney. The Cubs are […]

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Sources Say Nationals Unlikely to Re-Sign Adam Dunn

Despite reports just last week that the two sides were hopeful that something could get done, rumors are surfacing that the Washington Nationals do not expect – indeed do not want – to re-sign first baseman Adam Dunn, who is a free agent at the end of this season. Money is, of course, always a […]

Brace Yourself: Adrian Gonzalez Loves Chicago

It may be the greatest love story of all time – if you’re a Chicago Cubs fan. San Diego Padres first baseman, and all-around stud, Adrian Gonzalez loves Chicago, loves Wrigley Field, and likes the idea of becoming a Chicago Cub. *Gush* But. There’s always a but. Gonzalez is not a free agent until after […]

Ted Lilly is Probably Not Coming Back to Chicago

Current Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly was a bit of a long shot to return to the Cubs as a free agent this Winter. But it became a much longer shot recently – Lilly is selling his Chicago home. Former Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly has just listed his six-bedroom, nearly 5,500-square-foot mansion just west […]

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Tyler Colvin is Going to Be Fine

Raise a collective thanks, as Chicago Cubs outfielder Tyler Colvin, impaled by the flying bat of a teammate, is going to be fine. “I talked to him, he will be fine,” Hendry said Saturday. “Obviously that was a potential disastrous situation. I think if you were playing three weeks from now, he could possibly play. […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Ozzie Guillen on the List?

Brace yourself: Ozzie Guillen says he’d be interested in the Chicago Cubs’ managerial job if he leaves the White Sox. Now unbrace yourself: he’s never been mentioned as even a remote possibility from the Cubs’ perspective, and he almost certainly isn’t. Still, it’s interesting. Guillen said he might be interested if the rival Cubs approached […]

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Confirmed: Chicago Cubs’ Payroll Expected to Decrease Next Year

Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts yesterday confirmed what we’ve long suspected: the team’s payroll will decrease next year from the current $145 million level. Speaking to reporters, Ricketts said, “[w]e haven’t made any decisions where payroll goes next year. But I think it will be slightly lower than this year.” The Cubs have some $115 […]

WOW: Bob Brenly Withdraws from Cubs Managerial Consideratino

Citing “personal and professional reasons,” Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly has decided to withdraw himself from consideration for the Chicago Cubs managerial job. I’m pretty shocked. “With all due respect to the organization, to the Ricketts family and to Jim, I just didn’t feel at this particular time that this was a good fit for […]

Marlon Byrd Hit Himself in the Face; Probably OK

Chicago Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd is a physical beast. Just look at those guns. And that begs the question of questions – can Marlon Byrd hit a ball so hard that it could hurt Marlon Byrd? Yesterday, Byrd attempted to answer. Marlon Byrd was taken to a local hospital for X-rays as a precautionary […]

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God’s Wrath Watch: Carlos Silva Likely Done for the Year

Carlos Silva was cruising on his way to his best season in years when an irregular heartbeat brought him down in August. He came back just in time to suffer an elbow strain in early September, and now it looks like his season is over. The right-hander has not pitched since Sept. 7 and missed […]

Greg Maddux Staying with Cubs for at Least Another Year

Yesterday, new Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers was forthright in asserting that he’d like to bring Greg Maddux on board as the pitching coach for his new team, but the current special assistant to Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry says he’s staying with the Cubs. Greg Maddux will be back with the Cubs in 2011 […]

Greg Maddux Leaving the Cubs to Be Diamondbacks Pitching Coach?

Hall of Fame pitcher, and Chicago Cub favorite, Greg Maddux rejoined the Cubs organization earlier this year as a special assistant to general manager Jim Hendry. He toured the minors, and met with young pitchers in Chicago from time to time. In general, his presence was regarded as helpful, and not just a show. But […]

Aramis Ramirez Says He Wasn’t Healthy This Year

This can’t come as much of a surprise, given that he’s missed a number of games this year with various strains and aches, including a bone bruise in his thumb, but Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is now making clear that he hasn’t been healthy this year. He hopes – as we do – […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Ryne Sandberg Drawing Other Attention

It should not be surprising, but AAA Iowa manager Ryne Sandberg will have other suitors at the Major League level this year. While it is not typical that minor league managers get big-league gigs without having any Major League coaching experience, it is also not typical that the minor league manager in question is a […]