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Brace Yourself: Mark Prior Is Not Coming Back to the Cubs

It was easy to get excited about the prospect of former Chicago Cubs employee Mark Prior returning to the club who paid him so much for such a questionable attitude and such questionable decision-making with respect to his injuries. Indeed, it was almost too titillating to bear. But alas, Prior has elected to sign with the Yankees. […]

2011 Chicago Cubs Spring Training Game Schedule is Here

The Chicago Cubs have officially released their 35-game 2011 Spring Training schedule, though many of the games were already known. Among the highlights: the opener is February 27 against the A’s at HoHoKam, and the conclusion is an intrasquad game on March 30 to benefit Chicago Cubs Charities. The Cubs will also play a couple […]

Lukewarm Stove: Kerry Wood Thinking of His Family

Kerry Wood opened the door ever so slightly this weekend to a return to the Chicago Cubs. At Ryan Dempster’s charity even on Friday, Wood told the Chicago Tribune that there was a chance he could return to Chicago. “There has been a lot of interest, but at this stage of my career it has […]

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Aw, Hamburgers: Cliff Lee to Sign With Phillies

According to multiple reports, Cliff Lee is set to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies for something in the neighborhood of 5 years and $120 million. Setting aside for the moment the fact that the Phillies may now have one of the best rotations in history (Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels, and the fifth guy seriously doesn’t […]

Carlos Pena: Likeable Dude

New Chicago Cubs’ first baseman Carlos Pena has some big shoes to fill. Derrek Lee was the man at first for more than half of the 2000s before he was traded to the Braves this August, and you would struggle to find a single Cubs fan who could utter a cross word about Lee if […]

Lukewarm Stove: Brandon Webb is Keeping His Options Open

Like a hot girl who keeps a couple back-up guys at the ready, Brandon Webb is going to take his time and consider all comers before landing on a team. To that end, he’s been speaking with the Washington Nationals, and, like that aforementioned hot girl told me oh-so-many times, Webb is telling the Nats […]

Some Cubs Clearly Care More than Others

I’m at least partially kidding. But several Chicago Cubs are already working out in anticipation of the 2011 season at “Camp Colvin,” an offseason workout camp in Mesa, Arizona, named after outfielder Tyler Colvin, who used offseason training last year to pack on 25 pounds of muscle. Among the players in camp are Colvin, Ryan […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cliff Lee Matters to the Chicago Cubs

Cliff Lee’s impending decision will affect the Chicago Cubs, even though they are not in on the free agent ace. Multiple reports have Lee down to the New York Yankees and returning to the Texas Rangers. The impact on the Cubs? The Rangers are interested in Matt Garza *if* they cannot re-sign Lee. They’ve already […]

Lukewarm Stove: Process of Evaluating Brandon Webb Continues

Though Matt Garza is the most exciting Cubs’ target this offseason, he isn’t the one with a Cy Young on his mantle. And that guy, Brandon Webb, is still on the Cubs’ radar. Baseball sources confirmed to me tonight that the Cubs continue to evaluate the medical reports on starting pitcher Brandon Webb who has […]

Just to Add a Little Wood to the Matt Garza Fire

Another source says (1) the Tampa Bay rays are “certain” to trade Matt Garza this winter, and (2) probably to the Chicago Cubs, according to Ed Price. Unfortunately for Cubs fans, the Rays really like Andrew Cashner, Brett Jackson, Chris Archer, and Hak-Ju Lee – in other words, literally the Cubs’ four best young pieces. Would […]

What Do You Know – Some Teams Have Asked About Carlos Zambrano

There was a time – oh, say, July – when the collective thought of Chicago Cubs fans and management, alike, went something like this: “How are we ever going to dump Carlos Zambrano? How bad is it going to look when we come hat in hand to every team in MLB? How much money will […]

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Lukewarm Stove: So What’s the Deal with the Matt Garza Trade?

The Chicago Cubs were close to a deal for Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza yesterday, and then… nothing happened. Obviously 95% of trades that are discussed never actually happen. But is this one truly dead, or just held up? Hard to say. Paul Sullivan reported yesterday that a deal for Matt Garza is “unlikely,” citing […]

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 […]

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?” […]