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Month: October 2010

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 […]

Lukewarm Stove: Adrian Gonzalez’s Price Tag Expected to Be Steep

File this one under duh, but it’s still worth learning what kind of package the San Diego Padres might consider for Adrian Gonzalez this winter. In short: a lot. The Padres are expected to listen, but with Gonzalez making just $5.5 million next season and the Padres’ successful 2010 season leading them to believe they […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: It Ain’t Eric Wedge

According to multiple reports, former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge – one of three candidates, together with Ryne Sandberg and Mike Quade, to go through a full battery of interviews with both Jim Hendry and Tom Ricketts – will soon be announced as the next manager of the Seattle Mariners. It isn’t terribly surprising that […]

Lukewarm Stove: Adam Dunn is “High” on Cubs’ Priority List

Ah, it’s the wonderful time of year again – the Lukewarm Stove is back. In case you’ve forgotten, the Lukewarm Stove at Bleacher Nation is your home for Chicago Cubs rumors. Unlike the traditional “hot stove,” we’re more than happy to include every rumor even remotely related to the Cubs (or remotely plausible, for that […]

The Cubs Are Trying Josh Vitters at First Base

Chicago Cubs’ 2007 first round pick Josh Vitters hasn’t exactly set the minors on fire in his time in the Cubs’ organization, but he’s still quite young, and on the balance, his future still looks bright. That said, after an early-season promotion to AA Tennessee this year, Vitters struggled mightily before his season ended in […]


Blake Parker and Bobby Scales Removed from 40-Man Roster

Some minor transactional news, as the Chicago Cubs have removed utility player Bobby Scales and reliever Blake Parker from their 40-man roster (which now stands at 38). There are likely to be additional moves like this as the offseason proceeds and the Cubs need to clear spots for acquisitions (well, hopefully). They’ll also need to […]

Angel Guzman is Still Around, Throwing a Baseball

Remember the guy who was supposed to be the Chicago Cubs’ primary right-handed setup man this year? Before Carlos Zambrano. Before Andrew Cashner. Before Esmailin Caridad. Angel Guzman put together an incredible 2009 season out of the pen after a long history of injuries that had held back the talent we all knew he had. […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Tom Ricketts Has Interviewed Four

The Chicago Cubs’ search for a new manager is clearly entering the home stretch, as the team’s owner and chairman Tom Ricketts has interviewed each of the four most likely candidates. Ricketts would not comment on the managerial search but a source confirmed he has interviewed each of the candidates. Mike Quade, who has spent […]

Chris Archer Loves America, Destroys Cuba

A crew of minor leaguers are representing the United States in a Pan-Am qualifier right now, and two Chicago Cubs prospects have been playing very well – outfielder Brett Jackson and pitcher Chris Archer. The duo may be the Cubs’ top two prospects, and Archer had a hugely impressive game on Monday night. Archer, 22, […]