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Month: January 2011

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Make Sense for Michael Young or Ian Kinsler

When the Texas Rangers added Adrian Beltre (with a hilariously awful contract, you’ll note) earlier this offseason, rumors began to swirl about incumbent third baseman Michael Young. Would he stay, would he go? Management says he’ll see time all over the field, and, in that way, a full complement of at bats – especially if […]

A Couple Tidbits on the Braden Looper Contract

Late last week, the Chicago Cubs signed pitcher Braden Looper – who took off the 2010 season, presumably to tour the beaches of Europe and find himself – to a minor league deal, and invited him to Spring Training. Today, Jerry Crasnick reports that the contract is a $1 million deal, if Looper makes the […]

John Grabow Hopes to Be Useful This Year

It’s no secret or unfair criticism to say that John Grabow was brutal last year. He was able to pitch only intermittently, and when he did, he was as useful as a tee-ball tee. But now he’s much more healthy, and determined to be a valuable component of the Cubs’ bullpen in 2011. Grabow’s case […]

Cubs Color Man Spot Down to Dave Otto and Keith Moreland

The race to join Pat Hughes in the radio booth is down to just two, and the final decision is expected before the beginning of Spring Training. WGN general manager Tom Langmyer said he hopes to announce a replacement before spring training starts. Our industry sources tell us Keith Moreland and Dave Otto appear to […]


Looks Like Some Players Are Getting New Cubs License Plates

With the announcement that the State of Illinois would be offering Chicago Cubs license plates, a number of diehard Cubs fans will finally be able to show off their fandom just north of their bumper. And Cubs fans aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the program. Bleacher Nation has learned that a number of […]

More Scouting Info on the Cubs’ Two Recent Cuban Signees

Baseball America has a bit more information on the two newest members of the Chicago Cubs’ farm system (pending visa issues), Ruby Silva and Yaniel Cabeza. Silva, a 21-year-old lefthanded hitter, signed for a $1 million bonus. At around 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, Silva is a good athlete who has played both center and right field […]

With Augie Ojeda in Tow, the Chicago Cubs Spring Invitee List is the Tops

I defy you to find a more hilariously nostalgic Spring Training non-roster invitation list than that of the Chicago Cubs. Yesterday, the Cubs added light-hitting, heavy-gloving former Cub Augie Ojeda to the list – and anything Augie touches turns to gold. That’s precisely what the list is: gold. Augie Ojeda – former Cub, never particularly […]

Cubs Sign Two Cuban Prospects

New Chicago Cubs’ owner Tom Ricketts appears to be making good on his promise to spend, in other areas, what he doesn’t spend on the Major League roster. To wit, today the Cubs signed two relatively big-time Cuban players – outfielder Ruby Silva and catcher Yaniel Cabeza – to add to their system depth. Cabeza […]

Cubs Sign Braden Looper

Another day, another minor league deal and Spring Training invite. This to former Chicago Cub rumor target, pitcher Braden Looper. You may recall that the Cubs expressed some interest in Looper last year, before he ultimately sat out the 2010 season. He was pretty rough in 2009 – 5.22 ERA as a starter for the […]


Ryne Sandberg is Happy to Be in the Phillies’ Organization

When Ryne Sandberg was passed over for the Chicago Cubs’ open managerial job in favor of the more tenured – but less famous and less adored by Cubs fans – Mike Quade, the writing was on the wall: he wasn’t going back to manage AAA Iowa. So when he left to do the same job […]

Brett Jackson is – Still – a Top Prospect

Another day, another rankings accolade for the Chicago Cubs’ top prospect, outfielder Brett Jackson. He’s been ranked among the top 50 prospects in baseball. Jackson’s ability was recognized on MLB.com’s 2011 Top 50 Prospects list, announced on Tuesday night, at No. 46. Jackson checked in one spot ahead of pitcher Chris Archer, who was sent […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Looking at Veteran Middle Infielders

As things stand, Darwin Barney is slated to be the Cubs’ primary middle infield backup, other than Jeff Baker (who’s more of a 2B/3B guy). But the Cubs may not be content to stand pat, and instead may seek to add a veteran who can play shortstop to back up Starlin Castro. In his weekly […]

Another Familiar Face Returns: Cubs Sign Todd Wellemeyer

If you are a former top Chicago Cubs prospect that never quite lived up to expectations, now is your time to come home. Mark Pawalek, I’ve got your ticket when you’re ready. Fresh on the heels of signing Luis Montanez to a minor league contract with a Spring Training invite, today the Cubs signed former […]


Another Top Chicago Cubs Prospects List: Fangraphs

In case you haven’t already received your fill of Chicago Cubs prospects lists, Fangraphs is at the ready with another – this one post-Garza, but pre-Gorzelanny trade. 1. Brett Jackson, OF 2. Trey McNutt, RHP 3. Chris Carpenter, RHP 4. Josh Vitters, 3B 5. Jay Jackson, RHP 6. Rafael Dolis, RHP 7. Hayden Simpson, RHP […]

2011 Major League Baseball Draft Order Finalized for First Round

Now that Carl Pavano, the last Type A free agent has signed, the order for the first round of this year’s first-year player draft is officially set. The Chicago Cubs will see the only benefit of their frustratingly bad 2010 campaign – they’ll pick 9th. The complete draft order is as follows: 1. Pittsburgh Pirates […]

Jeff Samardzija Sounds Dangerously Close to How He Sounded Last Year

At the time of the 2010 Chicago Cubs Spring Training, there were no fewer than four guys competing for two back-end rotation spots: Tom Gorzelanny, Carlos Silva, Sean Marshall and Jeff Samardzija. Marshall pitched the best out of the group, but ended up in the bullpen. Silva and Gorzelanny won the rotation spots. Samardzija pitched […]

Competition Brewing Between Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena?

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is coming off his worst season with the team. New Cubs first baseman Carlos Pena is coming off his worst season in recent memory. Both are hoping for a bounce back in 2011, but one doesn’t really have anything to do with the other, right? Each hopes for success […]

Chicago Cubs and Carlos Marmol Continue to Discuss Long-Term Deal

Closer Carlos Marmol is the last remaining arbitration-eligible player on the roster, and the Cubs aren’t looking to take chances – they want to lock the pitcher up for not only 2011, but beyond. In the case of Carlos Marmol, you have a closer who has been as close to being an everyday player as […]


Brett Jackson is a Top Prospect

It’s no surprise that, now that Chris Archer’s mailing address reads “some Tampa Bay minor league team,” Brett Jackson is roundly considered the Chicago Cubs’ top prospect. And, given his excellent swing, speed and defense, perhaps it’s equally unsurprising that he’s getting consideration as one of the best prospects in baseball. Jackson was recently ranked […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs May Look at a Guy Like Orlando Cabrera

With the rotation packed and the starting lineup set, the Chicago Cubs have little to do in the way of tinkering with their roster before Opening Day – but tinker they still might. The Cubs will probably go with 12 pitchers, as has been their norm now for a few years, which leaves five spots […]

Happy and Sad Personal News for Chicago Cubs

You take the good with the bad, I suppose, and yesterday, the Chicago Cubs family got a bit of each. On the sad end, Alfonso Soriano’s mother passed away suddenly of an apparent heart attack. ESPNdeportes.com reported the news of Andrea Soriano’s death after hearing from the player. According to that report, a funeral service […]

Cubs Sign Lost Friend, Luis Montanez

In 2000, the Chicago cubs drafted high upside youngster Luis Montanez third overall. That was the pinnacle of Montanez’s career. He bounced around the minors for a number of years with marginal success, before being sent packing to where all Cubs prospects go to fade away – Baltimore. There, he actually saw some time in […]

The Cubs Just Secured a Top Prospect: Matt Szczur

The Chicago Cubs’ thinning prospect corps just received a shot in the arm when Villanova wide receiver Matt Szczur, drafted by the Cubs in the 5th round last year, but thought to prefer a future in the NFL, agreed to stick with baseball for good. The $1.5 million to which the Cubs upped their signing […]

Carlos Marmol Wants $5.65 Million, Cubs Offer $4.1 Million

It’s amazing how it seems that, every year, when speculating on what a guy will receive in arbitration, fans are collectively able to nail the approximate mid-point of what a guy will request and what a team will offer. Case in point? Carlos Marmol – most had projected him to get about $5 million in […]

A Word on the Sean Marshall Deal

As reported yesterday, the Chicago Cubs have bought out Sean Marshall’s remaining two years of arbitration for $4.7 million – $1.6 million in 2011, and $3.1 million in 2012. After making less than a million in 2010, it’s a nice raise for Marshall. But it’s an absolute steal for the Cubs. Last year, Sean Marshall […]