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Month: October 2010

If You Are a Cub, and a Catcher, You Like Marijuana

According to multiple reports, Chicago Cubs bullpen catcher Corey Miller was picked up for possession of pot (8.4 pounds of it, to be exact) earlier in the week. He’s, yes, in trouble. You’ll recall that last year, Geovany Soto got in some trouble for indulging in the ganja. My guess? Koyie Hill is stoned right […]

More Roster Management: Cubs Drop Adduci from 40-man, Add Chirinos

Today the Chicago Cubs outrighted outfielder James Adduci to AAA Iowa, removing him from the team’s 40-man roster. In his place, the team added catcher Robinson Chirinos. Adduci, 25, didn’t do much this year in Iowa, and no longer merited the 40-man spot he held. Chirinos, on the other hand, tore up the minors this […]

Adrian Gonzalez Likely to be Traded, Could be to Chicago Cubs

After the San Diego Padres played surprisingly well half-way into 2010, the team’s plans to sell off every viable piece was scrapped. That meant the Padres were hanging onto bargain-priced superstar, Adrian Gonzalez. The first baseman, one of the most consistent hitters over the past few years, the team felt, was too valuable to their […]

Good News, Adam Dunn is a Type A Free Agent

That good news comes with an asterisk, I suppose – it’s good news if you actually want the Cubs to sign Adam Dunn. Adam Dunn has been designated a Type A free agent by the Elias Sports Bureau (just barely), which means that, should a team other than the Nationals sign him in free agency, that […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Kerry Wood is a Possibility

Just a day after the New York Yankees declined their 2011 option on pitcher Kerry Wood, a “source” now indicates that the Chicago Cubs would welcome Wood back if the price is right. Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood may be the missing link to a young and improving bullpen on the north side of […]

Chicago Cubs Prospect Josh Vitters Still Wants to Play Third

It’s a Chicago Cubs prospect-y kind of day, I guess. Third baseman Josh Vitters, the Cubs’ number 1 pick (third overall) in 2007, has been playing some first base this Fall in the AFL. With an immediate opening on the big team at first base, and a reputation for stone hands and bad footwork at […]

Chicago Cubs Prospect Brett Jackson Feeling Better

Depending on how closely you follow Chicago Cubs prospects, you may have noticed that outfielder Brett Jackson stopped playing baseball a couple weeks ago when he and fellow prospect Chris Archer were playing in the Pan Am games for the U.S. team in Puerto Rico. Turns out that Jackson was dealing with a right ankle […]

Lukewarm Stove: Kosuke Fukudome Likely to be Traded

Chicago Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome is set to make $13.5 million this season in the last year of the improvident deal he signed three years ago upon coming to the States. With the emergence of Tyler Colvin relegating Fukudome to the Department of Redundancy Department, the Cubs will look to dump Fukudome – who has […]

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Get Ready to Puke: Ryne Sandberg Could Join the White Sox

As I’ve said repeatedly, when Ryne Sandberg was passed over for the managerial job, his fate with the Chicago Cubs organization was sealed – that is to say, he wasn’t going to join Mike Quade’s staff. Now, Bruce Levine is reporting that, indeed, Sandberg will not be asked to join Quade’s staff. No real surprise there, […]

Chicago Cubs Clear Another Spot on the 40-Man Roster

As the offseason approaches, the Chicago Cubs will have to clear some space on the 40-man roster if they intend to add to the team (or at least, intend to add other youngsters to the 40-man). To that end, the Cubs have outrighted pitcher Jeff Gray to AAA Iowa, according to the Daily Herald, putting the 40-man […]

Lukewarm Stove: A Couple Bullpen Bits

Chicago Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat took to her mailbox recently, and offered up, among other things, a couple interesting pieces of information regarding the 2011 Cubs’ bullpen. Specifically, she addressed the possible return of Kerry Wood, and the role of Andrew Cashner. Of seeing Wood as a Cub in 2011, Muskat was dismissive. Wood’s […]

Set Your DVRs – Chicago Cubs on ‘Undercover Boss’ on November 7

If you like tedious, melodramatic reality programs about richies interacting with the common folk, get ready to combine two of your passions: the Chicago Cubs are going to be on CBS’s ‘Undercover Boss.’ Hoo-ray. CBS, which announced Monday that it plans to air the Ricketts episode on Nov. 7, said he fights for the chance […]

Alan Trammell is Gone

It was a near certainty a couple weeks ago, so it’s no surprise: Alan Trammell is heading West to serve as a bench coach on Kirk Gibson’s Diamondbacks club. The D-backs are expected to complete their coaching staff by hiring Alan Trammell, Don Baylor and Charles Nagy, according to an industry source. Trammell, who will […]

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The Cublogoverse is Ranking Cubs Prospects

It’s that time of year: prospect rankings are starting to trickle out. And The Cub Reporter is offering up its own version, one of the first of the Chicago Cubs’ prospect rankings for 2011. 1. Chris Archer, RHP (2006 5th Round by Cleveland Indians – Clayton HS – Clayton, NC) – age 22 – 6‘3 185 […]

Ryne Sandberg Getting Nibbles from Other Organizations

As I mentioned earlier this week, despite lip-service entreaties from the Chicago Cubs, Ryne Sandberg is a mortal lock to leave the organization. Where he will end up is still a matter of considerable debate, and, of course, in what role. The Toronto Blue Jays were the only team (other than the Cubs) to express […]

Josh Vitters Hoping to Get Back on Track in AFL

When the Chicago Cubs made high schooler Josh Vitters the third overall pick in the 2007 draft, there was no doubt that they’d made the right choice. Vitters had the best pure swing the draft had seen in years, and had already raked with a wooden bat in all-star circuits with players several years his […]

Lukewarm Stove: Agent Predicts Adam Dunn’s Contract

Small Adam Dunn update here, but it’s an important one. We’ve got our first data point on what Dunn’s contract could look like: 3 years, $40 million. That’s the guess according to MLB agent Matt Sosnick, who, it should be noted, does not represent Dunn. It’s certainly as fair a guess as any other – […]

The Chicago Cubs 2010 Draft Was Probably OK

Baseball America’s Jim Callis recently held a chat to wrap up the regular season and head into the Fall and Winter Ball seasons. He didn’t speak a whole lot about the Cubs’ system, but he did field one interesting question. Suman Manhattan: I know you just released the Draft Report Cards, but I would grade […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Random Chicago Cubs Rumors

The Yankees trail the Rangers 3-2 in the ALCS, and the Phillies trail the Giants 3-1 in the NLCS. And there was much rejoicing. That means the World Series is just around the corner, and after that, free agency and trades. Otherwise known as the most wonderful time of the year. Increasingly, we’ll see an […]

In the End, the Chicago Cubs Did Right by Ryne Sandberg

It wasn’t an easy call yesterday for Jim Hendry. The Chicago Cubs’ General Manager had made his decision, and his gut told him that the next manager for the team was Mike Quade. That meant Hendry had to call up a Cubs legend, and tell him he wasn’t getting the job. “Ryne Sandberg, as great […]

As Expected, Cubs Players Happy to See Mike Quade Named Manager

Chicago Cubs players spoke out yesterday, expressing excitement over the selection of interim manager Mike Quade to be the team’s manager in 2011. Quade was given a two-year deal, with an option for a third year. Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster was one of the first players to endorse Mike Quade, and on Tuesday he applauded […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: It’s Mike Quade

According to multiple reports, today the Chicago Cubs removed the “interim” tag from Mike Quade’s title, and will name him their new manager. We’ll have more details later, but suffice it to say that Ryne Sandberg is not pleased with the decision, and has indicated that he intends to explore opportunities outside of the Cubs’ […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cliff Lee Likely Out of Cubs’ Price Range

Cliff Lee looked – as he often does – mighty awesome last night, mowing down the New York Yankees in the ALCS. If his impending free agent price tag could possibly have gone higher, it would have. But as it stands, it’s already sufficiently high that Chicago Cubs fans should probably allow visions of a […]