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Month: November 2010

Lukewarm Stove: No Jake Westbrook for the Cubs, Re-signs with Cardinals

Among the middle-tier starting pitcher options for the Chicago Cubs this Winter, one of the least likely signees was Jake Westbrook. Traded mid-season from the Indians to the Cardinals, Westbook pitched very well under the tutilage of Dave Duncan (who doesn’t? I could throw 18 consecutive damn no-hitters if Duncan touched my shoulder), and all […]

Governor and Mayor Say No Dice on Ricketts’ Plan for Wrigley Cash

The political machinery is in gear, and it isn’t turning favorably for Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, whose plan to skim money from amusement tax revenues (gathered at Cubs games) to make improvements to Wrigley Field has met with opposition from Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. Daley said he’s not about […]

All Cubs Minor Leaguers Go to Heaven, er, Baltimore

If there was a decent prospect (but not great) you heard about in the Chicago Cubs’ system over the past half decade, and now you’re wondering where he is – odds are, he’s in Baltimore. Scott Moore, Rocky Cherry, Luis Montanez, Felix Pie… the list goes on. And you can add one more. The Orioles […]

Starlin Castro Finishes Tied for Fifth in Rookie of the Year Voting

That Starlin Castro did not win Rookie of the Year is neither surprising or erroneous. That he finished tied for fifth is downright criminal. Buster Posey predictably won the award, with Jason Heyward and Jaime Garcia coming (correctly) in at second and third, respectively. Though one could take issue with Posey’s limited regular season, after […]


Ryne Sandberg Off to Manage Phillies AAA Team

You can’t say you’re surprised, can you? Today, Sandberg was announced as the new manager of the Phillies’ AAA club in Lehigh Valley (the Iron Pigs… yup). As a lover scorned, there was no chance Sandberg would return to the Cubs’ organization in 2011, even if it meant taking the very same job with another […]

Lukewarm Stove: Starting Pitchers, Relievers, and First Base

More wood on the Cubs-won’t-get-any-big-names fire from Gordon Wittenmyer. No real surprises, as Wittenmyer sees the Cubs going after guys like Kevin Millwood, Javier Vazquez, and Jake Westbrook for the rotation, rather than a guy like Cliff Lee. Though Wittenmyer doesn’t say so, you can throw Jon Garland into that mix. From my perspective, the Cubs […]

General Manager and Owner Meetings, and Other Happenings This Week

Starting on Tuesday, MLB’s owners and general managers will meet in Orlando to discuss their respective teams and the 2011 season. The meetings last through Thursday and, although little happens at the meetings in terms of transactions, they set the stage for the more active Winter Meetings, which will take place this year December 6th […]

Keeps Tabs on the Latest Chicago Cubs Rumors This Offseason

Warning: you’re about to be solicited. But it’s the good kind of solicitation – like the ones you get cruising the Las Vegas strip. Ok, so those aren’t very good either. Are you following Bleacher Nation on Twitter yet? If not, do it. Nine out of ten dentists agree that following Bleacher Nation on Twitter […]

Harry Caray Statue is Cracked

From the lighter (and yet somehow predictable) side of things… “[A] worker ran an equipment vehicle into the monument outside Wrigley Field during the recent conversion of the field for next Saturday’s Northwestern-Illinois football game, putting a sizable crack in the granite base. The Cubs, who moved the statue of the announcer from the bustling […]

Lukewarm Stove: Could Aramis Ramirez Move to First Base?

To date, guys like Nick Johnson and Carlos Pena and Adam LaRoche have been mentioned as economical alternatives to Adam Dunn at first base for the Chicago Cubs next year. But if the Cubs want to get *really* economical, they’ll try to find a first baseman internally. Of course, the Cubs don’t really have a […]

Starlin Castro Heads Back to Work

Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro made it to the big leagues last year, but that doesn’t mean he’s done putting in his time. This winter, he’s being shipped off to the Dominican Winter League to continue working on his game. Don’t let anyone tell you that kids these days don’t understand hard work. The 20-year-old […]

Chicago Cubs Seeking $200 Million From Illinois

With state and local budgets tightening to near unprecedented levels, it ain’t exactly a good time to be asking for a handout. But ask the Chicago Cubs will, as new owner Tom Ricketts wrote in a letter to season ticket holders yesterday. In sum, he plans to ask the state to return a portion of […]

Kosuke Fukudome Better Hope He Doesn’t Get Traded

Or hope he’s ready to be a landlord. According to Chicago Magazine, Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome has purchased a three-bedroom condo in a Lake Shore Drive building for $1.32 million. Fukudome has been renting a home on the Gold Coast since 2007, his first year with the team. Muskat Ramblings. Of course, with the way the […]


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 […]