Archive for January, 2011


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[Read More…]

by January 25, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
Jeff Samardzija Sounds Dangerously Close to How He Sounded Last Year

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[Read More…]

by January 24, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Competition Brewing Between Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena?

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.[Read More…]

by January 23, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Chicago Cubs and Carlos Marmol Continue to Discuss Long-Term Deal

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[Read More…]

by January 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Brett Jackson is a Top Prospect

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[Read More…]

by January 21, 2011 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Lukewarm Stove: Cubs May Look at a Guy Like Orlando Cabrera

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[Read More…]

by January 20, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors

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[Read More…]

by January 20, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Cubs Sign Lost Friend, Luis Montanez

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[Read More…]

The Cubs Just Secured a Top Prospect: Matt Szczur

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[Read More…]

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

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[Read More…]

by January 19, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

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[Read More…]

by January 19, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Milton Bradley Arrested For Felony

I’m of the mind that it’s healthy to leave Milton Bradley in the past, and any perverse pleasure we may find in seeing him fail is better left in private[Read More…]

by January 18, 2011 MLB News and Rumors

Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Garza and Marshall

The Chicago Cubs have announced that they’ve successfully avoided¬†arbitration with Matt Garza and Sean Marshall, in addition to Geovany¬†Soto (reported a few days ago) and Tom Gorzelanny (not long for[Read More…]

by January 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Mike Quade Sounds Prepared to Put Up with Some Crap From Carlos Zambrano

Mike Quade Sounds Prepared to Put Up with Some Crap From Carlos Zambrano

One of the most attractive things about Lou Piniella when he was signed was his reputation as being a guy who wasn’t going to put up with any of the[Read More…]

Graham Hicks Rounds Out Tom Gorzelanny Trade

In addition to outfielder Michael Burgess and righty A.J. Morris, the Cubs will receive 20-year old lefty Graham Hicks from the Washington Nationals in exchange for Tom Gorzelanny. Hicks was[Read More…]