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Month: November 2010

Lukewarm Stove: Daisuke Matsuzaka/Kosuke Fukudome Swap Unlikely

A couple weeks ago, there were whispers of a potential Daisuke Matsuzaka/Kosuke Fukudome swap between the Cubs and Red Sox this winter. The whispers picked over the last few days before being squashed. Daisuke Matsuzaka’s name did not come up during the Chicago Cubs’ recent organizational meetings, according to a baseball source. That doesn’t preclude the […]

Chicago Cubs Part With Eight Minor Leaguers

Based on their time in the minors, several Chicago Cubs’ players – some career minor leaguers, some who have been up and down – were eligible for free agency this week, and eight of them have elected to file for free agency: Mitch Atkins (who saw action with the Cubs this year), Russ Canzler, Jason […]

Brad Snyder is Gone

Today the Chicago Cubs outrighted outfielder Brad Snyder to remove him from the 40-man roster, and Snyder elected to become a free agent. It’s possible he’ll re-sign with the Cubs as Angel Guzman did, but after not getting a real shot to make the big club last year, Snyder might well decide to take his […]


Obsessive Adrian Gonzalez Trade Watch: His Shoulder is Jacked Up

Here’s a bit of a surprise on the Adrian Gonzalez front: he was dealing with a serious labrum issue last season. It makes his numbers all the more impressive, of course, but it puts the beginning of his 2011 season in doubt. Adrian had his labrum repaired two weeks ago.  He will start shoulder surgery […]

Ryne Sandberg Could be the Phillies’ Next Manager – At AAA

Ryne Sandberg has decided to depart from the Chicago Cubs organization after failing to land the team’s big league managerial job, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to find a better gig elsewhere. Sandberg, who assuredly hoped to land, at a minimum, a Major League bench coach job, is reportedly a candidate for the Phillies’ […]

Mike Quade Ready to Handle Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano is going to be a part of the 2011 Chicago Cubs, for better or worse, and the most fans can do is hope that he pitches like he did in the final month and a half of the 2010 season. At least a portion of that time, Zambrano was pitching for interim manager […]

Chicago Cubs Will Consider Trading for Adrian Gonzalez

Are you ready for an Obsessive Adrian Gonzalez Trade Watch? It could be on the horizon. The San Diego Padres have confirmed that they will listen to offers for their 29-year-old first baseman, and the Chicago Cubs are expected to make a run at him. Like many teams, the North Siders have had their eye […]

Albert Pujols Not Long for the Cardinals?

Albert Pujols enters 2011 as the most-anticipated soon-to-be free agent since… LeBron James? Hard to come up with a comparison, to be honest. And yet, while everyone buzzes about future free agent first baseman like Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez, you rarely hear a peep about Pujols, whose career dwarfs either of the others. The […]


Lukewarm Stove: Chicago Cubs Might Look at Jon Garland

The Chicago Cubs’ rotation at present figures to feature Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster for sure, but the other three spots are somewhat up in the air. Randy Wells is a near lock, and if Tom Gorzelanny remains with the Cubs, he’ll hold a spot, too. Carlos Silva, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, Andrew Cashner, Jay […]

Lukewarm Stove: Aubrey Huff or Victor Martinez at First?

Fresh on the heels of a number of rumors suggesting Adam Dunn will be out of the Chicago Cubs’ price range this winter, together with the bargain suggestions of Adam LaRoche and Nick Johnson, we get a new batch of names from the second tier of free agency – recent World Series hero/panty-wearer Aubrey Huff, […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Looking at Nick Johnson, Kerry Wood

Two the of Chicago Cubs’ big priorities this winter are at first base and in the bullpen, and the team is expected to look at a familiar face for the latter, and a new face for the former. With a payroll budget that figures to leave little room for big-shot free agents, indications are that […]

Chris Archer to be Added to 40-man Roster Soon

No real surprise here, as the deadline for Rule Five Draft purposes is November 19, but the Cubs are expected to add top pitching prospect Chris Archer to the 40-man roster soon. Pitcher Chris Archer, the Cubs’ minor-league pitcher of the year, soon will be added to the 40-man roster. “He’ll come to camp as […]


Lukewarm Stove: Aramis Ramirez to Return in 2011

According to multiple reports, Aramis Ramirez made the exceedingly difficult decision to pick up his player option for 2011, which guarantees him $14.6 million next year. Yeah, just playin’ about the difficult part. Ramirez, coming off his worst season since joining the Cubs, was never a real threat to leave. Even if he was sick […]

Ryne Sandberg is Gone

As I’ve said from the moment the Chicago Cubs managerial decision came down to Mike Quade and Ryne Sandberg: if Sandberg wasn’t chosen, he was done with the Cubs organization for a while. And so it is. The Cubs offered Sandberg a chance to return as manager at Triple-A Iowa. But Hendry said he spoke […]

Lukewarm Stove: Diamondbacks Decline Option on Adam LaRoche

Another possibility at first base for the Chicago Cubs just came on the market as the Arizona Diamondbacks declined their $7.5 million ($1.5 million buyout) option on first baseman Adam LaRoche. LaRoche, 31, played good defense and had 25 homers and 100 RBI, but had an OPS under .800 (.788) for the first time since […]

Lukewarm Stove: Xavier Nady is Officially a Free Agent

As noted yesterday, the close of the World Series is also the open of the free agent season – which includes Xavier Nady, who filed for free agency late Monday night. Cubs first baseman Xavier Nady was one of 142 players who became a free agent after the final out of the World Series Monday […]

Brett Jackson Done for the Year

Chicago Cubs prospect Brett Jackson was late to join the Mesa Solar Sox for the Arizona Fall League, and now he’ll be early to depart them. After being hospitalized for a bacterial infection in his right shin (ew/ouch), Jackson is going to rest up. Jackson, 22, had joined the Mesa Solar Sox in late October […]


The Chicago Cubs Will Continue Spring Training in Mesa, Arizona

The funding vote was yesterday, and the citizens of Mesa, Arizona have come through, voting in favor of the proposal that will ensure that the Chicago Cubs continue to call the city their Spring home. With nearly all the ballots counted Tuesday night, the proposal was leading by 21,000 votes out of 86,000 cast. The […]

From the Duh File: Padres Pick Up Adrian Gonzalez’s Option

There was a 0.0000001% chance that Adrian Gonzalez would become a free agent after the 2010 season (you know, it actually may have been 0.0000002%). That chance officially just went to zero as the San Diego Padres have picked up Gonzalez’s option for 2011 – for the pittance of $6.2 million (up from $5.5 million […]

From Your Lips to God’s Ears: Ozzie Guillen Has a Blog

There are moments in the development of the Internet so profound that they will be remembered in the annals of history as just that – history. Broadband access. YouTube. Facebook. These things are of an importance separate and apart from being a mere piece of the web. And now, we have another: Ozzie Guillen’s blog. […]

Why Didn’t You Bid on Sammy Sosa’s Corked Bat?

Apparently few were interested in acquiring a piece of Chicago Cubs infamy. The barrel of Sammy Sosa’s broken corked bat failed to sell at auction this weekend when it didn’t meet its suspected modest reserve price of $15,000. Former Cubs pitcher Mike Remlinger, who owns the controversial bat, had a secret reserve auction price in […]

Pat Listach – Not Ryne Sandberg – Will Be Mike Quade’s Bench Coach

No surprise on the Sandberg part. Sources suggest former Nationals coach – and former (briefly) Chicago Cubs managerial candidate – Pat Listach will soon be announced as the team’s bench coach. The Cubs did not confirm nor deny that they will be hiring Listach, and Nationals officials were unavailable for comment. An announcement will be […]

Chicago Cubs’ Draftee Matt Szczur Prefers Football

The Chicago Cubs drafted Villanova baseball star Matt Szczur in the fifth round of this year’s draft, and expectations were high. Szczur, 21, is an athletic outfielder – whom the Cubs liked enough to hand a $100,000 signing bonus – and the team’s expectations were met this summer when Szczur hit in 21 straight games between […]