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Month: November 2010

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 […]

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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 […]

Lukewarm Stove: Javier Vazquez Wants to Pitch in Miami

Like LeBron James and Chris Bosh before him, free agent starter Javier Vazquez wants to take his talents to Miami. The 34-year-old starter, coming off a down year, has been connected to the Chicago Cubs’ search for a middle-of-the-rotation type, but there are now two significant hurdles to him becoming a Cub. In addition to […]

Lukewarm Stove: Chris Davis Trade Rumor Has Legs

From the source who tipped me off to the Chris Davis trade rumor three days before Bruce Levine reported it: The rumor has legs, and the Cubs are strongly considering Davis for at least four reasons: (1) a cheap option at first base frees up money for the Cubs to pursue pitching, (2) it’s a […]

Buy Chicago Cubs Tickets on Monday, If You Want

The Chicago Cubs will be selling ticket packages for the 2011 season on Monday, November 22. So if you can’t wait until the early Spring to be gouged by the most expensive tickets in baseball to see one of the worst teams in baseball, by all means, jump on it. Just kidding about the gouging […]

*Screeching Tire Sound* – The Chicago Cubs May Pursue Cliff Lee?

Well this certainly came out of left field, but Steve Rosenbloom is suggesting that the Chicago Cubs may actually pursue top free agent starter – and sure-to-be-centimillionaire – Cliff Lee. Um, what? Before allowing your BS meter to explode, let’s see what he has to say. The Cubs have been linked to the pursuit of […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Adam Dunn Nearing Deal with Tigers?

Adam Dunn is only vaguely on the Chicago Cubs’ radar this offseason, given their self-imposed cash flow problem, but to the extent you were wondering, he might be on the verge of signing with the Detroit Tigers. Joel Sherman tweeted earlier today that a deal might be close, but both Jon Heyman and Jerry Crasnick […]

Whither Micah Hoffpauir

Not that he was a legitimate option at first base for the Chicago Cubs next year, but Micah Hoffpauir is off to play ball in Japan in 2011. Often the landing point for aging AAAA types, Hoffpauir will be able to make some money while he’s still able. Hoffpauir played in 162 games with the […]

Hendry: Cubs Willing to Take Time at First Base

The General Manager meetings are underway in Orlando, and Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry is already hard at work. His primary focus is first base, where he’ll consider a bevy of free agent options, as well as a (hopefully) active trade market. There are options. Among the free agents on the market are Adam […]

…and Some Cubs Prospects Come Back to Chicago

A day after noting the ever-growing list of former Chicago Cubs prospects (of a decidedly middle tier) who’ve left the team in favor of joining the Baltimore Orioles, one of those former prospects is on his way back. Utility player Scott Moore, who was unceremoniously traded a couple years ago in a package for (guh) […]

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