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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 […]