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Month: December 2010

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Still After Brandon Webb

Even as other deals flounder, change, and ultimately die, there’s no doubt about one Chicago Cubs move: they want Brandon Webb. Brandon Webb remains their No. 1 target, and the Cubs reportedly are one of the top two or three teams on the former Diamondbacks ace’s list. But the Cubs still have to check out his […]

Rule 5 Draft is Much Ado About Nothing for Cubs

Rarely is a non-event good news in the world of the Chicago Cubs (“why didn’t Hendry sign that guy? why didn’t he make that trade? why haven’t the Cubs won in a million years?”), but today’s Rule 5 Draft was a relative non-event for the Cubs, and it’s a good thing. The Cubs selected a […]

Carlos Pena’s Deal is One Year, but It’s Still Backloaded

The Chicago Cubs, ever the fan of the backloaded contract, managed to backload Carlos Pena’s one-year deal – it will pay him $5 million this year, and $5 million next year. It had appeared that the Cubs had about $10 million to work with this offseason, so when the Pena signing was announced, it was a […]

Lukewarm Stove: Jason Frasor Back on Cubs’ Radar

Among the bullpen options the Cubs are considering is a former target, Jason Frasor, who last week accepted the Blue Jays’ offer of salary arbitration. He made $2.65 million last year, and will probably push past $4 million in 2011 after his second consecutive solid season, where he put up a 3.68 ERA and a 1.382 […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Carl Crawford Fallout

This is about a lukewarmy as the Lukewarm Stove gets, but I thought it worth mentioning that, with the Red Sox signing Carl Crawford, the Chicago Cubs’ task of moving Kosuke Fukudome just got a lot harder. You say, “wha? Crawford and Fukudome are not in the same league, how can one affect the other?” […]

The Rule 5 Draft is Today

The 2010 Winter Meetings will conclude today with the Rule 5 Draft, wherein (generally) players who’ve been in the minor leagues for five or six years, but haven’t yet made it onto their team’s 40-man roster, are eligible to be selected by the other Major League teams for an amount of money that you or […]

Source: Cubs and Rays Nearing Matt Garza Deal

Though the Chicago Cubs are looking at a handful of reclamation project type pitchers, and a trade for Zack Greinke, it looks like it could be Matt Garza that they end up landing. According to a ML source, the two teams are exchanging names on a possible deal, and it’s now better than 50/50 that […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs At Least Kicking the Tires on Zack Greinke

The Royals are actively shopping Zack Greinke, as noted on the first day of the Winter Meetings, and Greinke has agreed to waive his no-trade clause in a prospective deal. But, of course, all of this was academic as far as the Cubs were concerned, because surely they weren’t looking at Greinke. I mean, he’s […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs One of Three After Matt Garza

Now THIS is a rumor. On ESPN1000 this morning, Bruce Levine said the Chicago Cubs are one of three teams going hard after Tampa Bay pitcher, Matt Garza. Garza, 27, is under control through 2013, but is about to start making good money via arbitration, and the Rays are looking to save some cash, and […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Poised to Start Shopping Kosuke Fukudome

To date, we’ve heard very little about Kosuke Fukudome, who most have assumed would be moved this winter. The right fielder is set to earn $13.5 million in 2011, the last year of his deal, and the Cubs would like to allow Tyler Colvin to become a full-time starter in the outfield. So why have […]

Lukewarm Stove: The Detroit Tigers Have Contacted the Cubs About Tom Gorzelanny

The Chicago Cubs are considering moving starter Tom Gorzelanny, according to sources, and at least one team has contacted the Cubs about the lefty. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Chicago Cubs are actively shopping left-handed starter Tom Gorzelanny, and a source with knowledge of the situation said the Tigers have contacted the Cubs in […]

Reports: Cubs Set to Sign Carlos Pena

According to multiple reports, the Chicago Cubs are set to sign first baseman Carlos Pena to a one year, $10 million contract. No deal has been announced yet, however. The Cubs are clearly paying a premium in salary to limit the deal to one year, as $10 million for Pena just seems like a crazy […]

That Chris Davis Trade is Still Percolating – With Additional Players

As we reported last week, the Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers are working on a trade involving first baseman Chris Davis, and at least one of Cubs’ catchers Welington Castillo and Robinson Chirinos. The two teams are still working on the deal, but the Cubs are looking to have reliever Darren O’Day added, according to […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs to Meet with Carlos Pena for Second Time

One thing I love best about the Hot (Lukewarm) Stove season are the conflicting rumors. On the one hand, we hear that the Cubs are hot on Adam LaRoche, and want to sign him “soon.” On the other, we here things like this: The Chicago Cubs will meet with the agents for free agent first […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Now Targeting Adam LaRoche, Would Like to Close Deal “Soon”

As I noted earlier, Adam LaRoche’s name has been suspiciously absent from rumors attached to the Chicago Cubs’ first base vacancy – until today. CBS Sports is reporting that, not only are the Cubs interested in LaRoche, but the team is “targeting” him, and would like to close a deal “soon.” Obviously we’ll have more on this later, and will […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Are “Aggressively” Shopping Tom Gorzelanny

A bit of a surprise rumor from the Winter Meetings: Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting on Twitter that the Chicago Cubs are “aggressively” shopping lefty starter Tom Gorzelanny this week. Given that (a) the team is looking for another starting pitcher, (b) Gorzelanny was effective as a starter last year, and (c) Gorzelanny is going to cost […]

Lukewarm Stove: Derrek Lee, Carlos Pena, Brad Hawpe, Adam LaRoche

Some of us have wondered openly why Derrek Lee’s name is never brought up in first base rumors for the Chicago Cubs. He’s obviously familiar with the organization, he’s solid defensively, and he should be inexpensive. Sounds like a perfect fit, no? The Cubs are not interested in re-signing Derrek Lee, who is being pursued […]

Best Guess On Amount Cubs Have to Spend is $10 Million

While we’ve known for some time that the Chicago Cubs 2011 payroll would drop from 2010 (sigh), it has remained unclear just how much General Manager Jim Hendry would have to play with this Winter. Back of the envelope calculations have the guys under contract, including arbitration raises, taking home about $125 million this year. […]

Remember Hayden Simpson? Yeah, He Still Exists

The Chicago Cubs shocked the rest of the baseball world when they selected Southern Arkansas pitcher Hayden Simpson – a player pegged as a third or fourth rounder – in the first round of the 2010 draft. And then Simpson went down with a bad case of mono, and we didn’t hear much about him […]

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Winter Meetings: Day One

Here’s your 60-second rundown of all things Chicago Cubs with respect to the 2010 MLB Winter Meetings, which got underway in Orlando today: The Cubs were briefly connected to a James Loney trade from the Dodgers, but that rumor was skuttled in favor of a possible Loney/Jonathan Broxton/Prince Fielder swap. At present, even that rumor looks […]

Meta: The Ethos of Rumor Mongering

As you may have noticed over the past few weeks, we’ve started sourcing our own rumors here at Bleacher Nation. It’s a relatively infrequent thing, but from time to time, we’ll have rumors to report that come from our own sources, rather than from other members of the blogging world or the mainstream media. I […]

Lukewarm Stove: Carlos Pena Would Prefer to Remain in Tampa Bay

What can I say? With the Winter Meetings on tap, it’s a Lukewarm Stove kind of day. First baseman Carlos Pena – he of the swell glove, mighty power, and terrible average – remains firmly on the Chicago Cubs’ radar (they’ve spoken with his agent, Scott Boras), but Pena’s level of interest is unclear. It […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Offered Lance Berkman $8 Million

The Chicago Cubs are still looking for a first baseman after whiffing on a few options late last week an this weekend. One of the whiffs – Adrian Gonzalez – was not for a lack of trying: the Cubs pursued him aggressively, both before and after he was initially dealt to the Red Sox. Another […]

Lukewarm Stove: Kerry Wood Still on Cubs’ Radar

You didn’t forget about Kerry Wood already, did you? The Chicago Cubs certainly didn’t. Cubs icon Kerry Wood will be looked at as a possible addition. Wood will have to accept a setup role — he was Cleveland’s closer for the better part of two seasons before getting traded to the Yankees in July. Wood […]

Well, That Was Short: Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox

The Red Sox decided to pull the trigger on the Adrian Gonzalez trade, according to multiple sources (for example, here). The Red Sox will announced Gonzalez with a press conference tomorrow, but I’m hearing that they agreed to do the trade without an extension for Gonzalez (no extension is in place as of right now) […]