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Month: November 2010

Sweet Jesus No: The Cardinals Have Acquired Ryan Theriot

Ready your voodoo magic repellent. Today the St. Louis Cardinals traded reliever Blake Hawksworth to the Dodgers for Ryan Theriot, whom they view as a possible starter at shortstop or second base. And on the Cardinals, he just might become that. The move is a big win for the Dodgers, who were widely expected to […]

On the Starting Pitching Front, the Market Look Grim For the Chicago Cubs

With the De La Rosa’s, Vazquez’s, and Garland’s of the free agent starting pitcher market gone, and the Padilla’s of the market not on the Cubs’ radar, the remaining options generally fall into two categories: solid and expensive (think Cliff Lee or Carl Pavano), and cheap and risky. The Chicago Cubs are falling, decidedly, into […]

Lukewarm Stove: Vicente Padilla Probably Not an Option for the Cubs

Another starting pitcher option bites the dust. According to Bruce Miles, anyway. As far as pitching goes, I’ve also seen the name Vicente Padilla out there. You can pretty much forget that one. The Cubs weren’t keen on him in the past, and it that seems to be the case today. DailyHerald.com. Given Padilla’s spotty performance […]


Cross Jorge De La Rosa Off Your List

He probably hasn’t been on your list since the first week of the offseason, but there was a time when the Chicago Cubs were rumored to have interested in free agent lefty Jorge De La Rosa. Then his contract demands were revealed – at least three years, at least $10 million per. So long, interest. […]

Lukewarm Stove: Clearly the Chicago Cubs Are Discussing Derek Jeter

The longer Derek Jeter went unsigned by the Yankees, you knew there would be some bizarre rumors/speculation about him leaving New York – even though everyone in the world recognizes there is zero chance he’s not in Yankee blue next year. With the two sides tens of millions of dollars apart (seriously, Derek?), that speculation […]

OMG Adrian Gonzalez: The Red Sox Might Make a Push

While many teams would no doubt be interested in acquiring Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez should he come on the market, very few teams have actually been rumored as interested. The Chicago Cubs are one. Another? The Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox could have extended themselves to match or outbid the Tigers on Victor […]

Cross Javier Vazquez Off the List

If you hadn’t crossed him off already, today, Javier Vazquez signed a one-year deal with the Florida Marlins, according to Jon Morosi. This move had been expected for a little over a week now, so it’s no surprise. We can wait on the financial details to pass judgment, but I suspect that Vazquez got a […]


Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Looking at Erik Bedard, Brad Hawpe

Add another potential reclamation project to the list of Cubs targets this Winter: Erik Bedard. As noted in the comments, and by Bruce Levine on Talkin’ Baseball on ESPN 1000 (h/t CCO), because of the budgetary restrictions, and generally full rotation, the Cubs could look at a high-upside, coming-off-injury-type pitcher this Winter like Bedard. Like Webb, […]

Lukewarm Stove: Chicago Cubs Are Talking to Brandon Webb Says Source

AOL Fanhouse’s Ed Price has a source who is indicating that the Cubs have been in contact with former Cy Young pitcher Brandon Webb. While most rumors have the Cubs looking at the middle tier of free agent starters, it would be no surprise to see the team go after a reclamation project/high upside type, given […]

Scratch Jon Garland Off the List

For those of you terrified that the Chicago Cubs might overpay for Jon Garland, fear no more: he’s signed with the Dodgers on a one-year deal with a vesting option. No word on money yet, but it’s likely to be a raise on the $5ish million he pulled in last year with the Padres. Now […]

Lukewarm Stove: Nationals “Enthusiastic” About Chances of Signing Carlos Pena

A small update to be interspersed with your Black Friday shopping and turkey sandwich eating: according to Buster Olney, the Washington Nationals are looking at Carlos Pena to replace departing first baseman Adam Dunn. The Chicago Cubs are heavily considering Pena, and if the price is right, he’s probably their favorite target this Winter (like it or lump […]

Sean Marshall to the Rotation?

Last Spring, Sean Marshall was in a competition to make the Chicago Cubs’ rotation. Between he, Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Silva, and Tom Gorzelanny, Marshall easily pitched the best. No one questioned it. Unfortunately for Marshall, he also looked like the best option for a beleaguered bullpen. Sure enough, Marshall dominated in the pen, and never […]


Chicago Cubs Talking to Lance Berkman

As intimated by the earlier post on arbitration offers, Lance Berkman is being considered for the Chicago Cubs’ open first base gig. It’s progressed to the level of talking to his agent, so there could be something here. The Cubs are in pursuit of a first baseman this offseason and one option could be Lance […]

Lukewarm Stove: The Arbitration Offer Rundown

Yesterday was the deadline for teams to offer outgoing free agents arbitration. The decisions (not including obvious ones like Lance Berkman not being offered) that could affect the Chicago Cubs are as follows: Carlos Pena, Kevin Millwood, Matt Guerrier, and Kerry Wood were not offered arbitration. Each made much more money in 2010 than they’re […]

You Can Also Cross Aubrey Huff Off the List

Even less likely than Victor Martinez, the Chicago Cubs were once connected with San Francisco Giant Aubrey Huff for their first base opening. The connection shriveled quickly with Huff’s apparent ardor to return to San Francisco, and today, it died when Huff re-signed with the Giants. He gets two years and $22 million, which is […]

Cross Off Victor Martinez

Once euphimistically referred to as a middle-tier or bargain option for the Chicago Cubs at first base in 2011, catcher/1B/DH Victor Martinez has reportedly signed a 4 year, $50 million (!) deal with the Detroit Tigers. While Martinez was never a realistic option for the Cubs, his signing could very will impact the Cubs. First, […]


Today is the Arbitration Offer Deadline

Today, teams must decide whether to offer their departing free agents salary arbitration. The arbitration process, itself, which would yield a one-year contract for the player, wouldn’t play out until much later in the off-season. The offer, however, sets the offering up for compensation should the player leave via free agency. The Cubs have but […]

New Pitching Coach Will Come from In-House

Perhaps unsurprising given the tight budgetary concerns, but the Chicago Cubs will not conduct an extensive search for a new pitching coach. Instead, the team will opt to promote from within. According to a major league source, the Cubs will stay within their organization to replace Rothschild for the Cubs’ pitching coach position. Top candidates […]

Chicago Cubs Add Four Prospects to the 40-Man Roster

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs added pitchers Chris Archer, Kyle Smit and Alberto Cabrera, and outfielder Brandon Guyer to the team’s 40-man roster, which will protect them from the upcoming Rule Five Draft. It also means that the players will have a chance to make the big club out of Spring Training. Archer, the organization’s top […]

Whither Larry Rothschild

He says it’s not a product of the new manager, but either way, Larry Rothschild is gone. Today, the (former) Chicago Cubs’ pitching coach, who had previously exercised an option for 2011, took advantage of a clause in his contract allowing him to depart the organization. He did so in favor of a three-year contract […]