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Month: December 2010

Happy New Year’s, Chumpions of the Heart

Another year down, another winless Chicago Cubs team. Obviously that’s not the whole of your 2010 – you probably did some cool stuff, met some cool people. Maybe you graduated. Maybe you got a job. Maybe you got a house. Maybe you fell in love. Maybe you had a kid. Maybe 2010 was an excellent […]

Looking Ahead to the Cubs’ 2011 Arbitration Cases

One of the primary tasks for GM Jim Hendry in the early part of 2011 will be to sign the Cubs’ five (though it should be four… Koyie Hill…) remaining arbitration-eligible players. Heading into 2011, the Cubs’ only major piece of unfinished business is to sign arbitration eligible players Carlos Marmol, Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall, […]

Another Chicago Cubs Prospect List: Hardball Times Ranks the Top Ten

The tops of these Cubs prospect lists are beginning to look very much the same, but it nevertheless remains interesting to see what outsiders think of the Cubs’ farm system. Up now, the Hardball Times: 1. Brett Jackson / OF / Jackson had a terrific first full season, but I stand firm with my cautiousness toward […]

Looking for a Broadcasting Job with the Chicago Cubs?

Why, just send in your application: 67.) Cubs Game Analyst, Tribune Company, Chicago, IL WGN Radio seeks on-air talent to serve as analyst for broadcasts of Chicago Cubs games Preferred candidate will have played with the Chicago Cubs — or played major league baseball with previous broadcast experience as a game analyst. Materials to: Cubs […]


Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Pitching Rumors

The Chicago Cubs have been looking to add a starting pitcher all winter, but so far, it’s been much ado about nothing. They whiffed on Zack Greinke and Brandon Webb, never had a chance on Jorge De Le Rosa, never tried on Cliff Lee, and have yet to be able to put something together for […]

Chicago Cubs Still Trying to Get Public Money to Renovate Wrigley Field

A couple months ago, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts laid out a plan that would help fund planned renovations to Wrigley Field using a portion of the amusement tax collected on tickets to Chicago Cubs games. That plan was roundly castigated (except here), and crumbled under the weight of political grandstanding. Grr! You want the […]

Brandon Webb Got Paid

As anticipated, the guaranteed amount Brandon Webb received from the Rangers – $3 million – was simply too much for the Chicago Cubs to spend on a lottery ticket. By early accounts, he can earn another couple million through incentives. When the offseason began, most thought Webb would be fortunate to land a guaranteed deal […]

Ryan Dempster Continues Fight Against DiGeorge Syndrome

Since her birth a year and a half ago, Ryan Dempster’s daughter Riley has had a tougher road than most. Diagnosed with 22q11.2 deletion – or DiGeorge Syndrome – she has trouble eating and swallowing normally, and has already had tracheostomy and gastric tubes inserted to help her eat and drink. And Riley isn’t alone […]


Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Out of it for Brandon Webb

Hopefully you weren’t pining away for Brandon Webb in your stocking, because according to Jayson Stark, the Chicago Cubs are out of it for him. Interest in Webb had picked up over the last two weeks, and indications were that he was going to get a decent amount of guaranteed money, which is likely what took […]

Meta: Happy Holidays and Happy Birthday

I hope you’re enjoying happy holidays, and all that. You’ll note that BN doesn’t go into limited posting over the holidays like some sites, but only because the purveyors of BN (ok, well, it’s just me) is a loser whose sole goal in life is to provide you with breaking Chicago Cubs rumors and news. […]

Cubs Sign Lefty Reliever Polin Trinidad

Earlier this week, the Chicago Cubs signed 26-year-old lefty Polin Trinidad to a minor league deal. Formerly of the Astros organization, Trinidad doesn’t blow hitters away, but he uses multiple arm angles for a bit of added deception. He’s got solid minor league numbers overall – 3.81 ERA and 1.240 WHIP in 779 innings, with […]

2011 Cubs Caravan Coming to a School Near You

The Cubs Caravan – a touring group of executives, coaches and players who stop at schools in the Chicago area – has set its schedule for the 2011 iteration. The winter junket features two tours of players, coaches and front-office personnel visiting six cities, five elementary schools and two high schools. The Caravan also will […]


Another Prospect List: John Sickels Ranks the Cubs’ Top Prospects

Another day, another Chicago Cubs prospect list – together with the Hot (or Lukewarm) Stove, prospect lists are what makes this time of year excellent for baseball fans. Enough fluff. On with the list – this one comes from Minor League Ball‘s John Sickels. 1) Brett Jackson, OF, Grade B+: Love the broad base of skills. […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Still Going After Matt Garza

The will-they-won’t-they saga between the Chicago Cubs and Brandon Webb is second only to the will-they-won’t-they saga between the Chicago Cubs and Matt Garza. According to Bruce Levine, the “will they” part is back on. In his weekly chat yesterday, he was dropping suggestions all over the place that the Cubs are still going hard […]

The 2011 Cubs Convention Will Have a Pretty Solid Lineup

Some years are leaner than others when it comes to attendance at the annual Cubs Convention – but 2011 is going to feature some big names. Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano and new first baseman Carlos Pena will be among the players attending the 2011 Cubs Convention, from Jan. 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago. Wood, who […]

Lukewarm Stove: Rangers Close to Landing Brandon Webb

Confirming earlier rumors, the Chicago Cubs no longer look like a solid bet to sign Brandon Webb. Instead, it’s looking increasingly likely that Webb will end up with the Texas Rangers. The Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals continued to show strong interest in Brandon Webb on Tuesday, while a third reported suitor, the Chicago Cubs, […]

Brandon Webb to Decide Today?

According to a tweet from Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, Brandon Webb will decide on his team for next year at some point today. The Rangers have been rumored to have been particularly aggressive in the last couple of days, so that could portend bad things if you’re hoping Webb comes to Chicago. Of […]


WGN Radio Extends Hughes Through 2015

Ron Santo may be gone, but Chicago Cubs fans will continue to hear one half of the duo they’ve come to love on WGN Radio for the past 15 years. Pat Hughes has been extended through the 2015 season. The 2011 season will be Hughes’ 16th with WGN Radio and the Cubs, and his 29th […]

Lukewarm Stove: Rays Not Eager to Trade Matt Garza

Despite there being an ample trade market for his services, the Tampa Bay Rays are not as eager as once thought to move young starter Matt Garza. The Rays have no fewer than six ML-ready starting pitchers, but according to VP of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, the Rays are just fine with that. Rays VP […]

The Chicago Cubs 2011 Top Prospects – Baseball Prospectus

With all of the Chicago Cubs trade rumors flying around this time of year, it’s a good time to take a look at the prospects whose names fly right around with those rumors. An excellent prospect site, Baseball Prospectus has put together its 2011 list of the top Cubs prospects. The top 11 shake out […]

Uh Oh: Zack Greinke Traded to Brewers

The Chicago Cubs weren’t going to acquire Zack Greinke, but we were hoping no other NL Central team would get him. Unfortunately, the Brewers just did. Former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney on Sunday morning. In the deal, the Brewers […]

Return of Kerry Wood Could Mean Big Things for Andrew Cashner

We’ve already speculated that, with Kerry Wood setting up Carlos Marmol from the right side, Andrew Cashner would get a chance to move from the pen to the rotation (where he could be vastly more valuable to the Cubs). And it sounds like that may very well be the case. But that might not even […]