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Month: January 2011

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 […]

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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 […]

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 quarters. However, you’re going to read this somewhere, so it might as well be here. Today, Bradley was arrested on felony charge. Not a lot of […]

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 the Cubs). Garza, recently acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays, was in his second year of arbitration (though, as a Super Two player, he still has another two […]

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 drafted out of high school in the fourth round in 2008, and hasn’t yet had much minor league success. He threw 71.2 innings last year, […]

Report: Cubs Trade Gorzelanny to Nationals

The Chicago Cubs have done what was expected for weeks, trading lefty Tom Gorzelanny to the Nationals for three prospects, two pitchers and an outfielder, according to Bruce Levine. It was a pure roster/salary dump for the Cubs, even though Gorzelanny is scheduled to make barely $2 million in his second year of arbitration. The […]

Carlos Silva Guarantees Himself a Rotation Spot

Is Carlos Silva impressively confident, or embarrassingly delusional? I’m not quite sure. But I am sure that the Chicago Cubs’ rotation prospects are looking both bright and crowded these days. With Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, and Matt Garza assured of the front three spots, the Cubs will have to figure out how to accommodate Randy […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Plenty of Interest in Tom Gorzelanny

The starting pitching glut continues to threaten Tom Gorzelanny’s existence as a Chicago Cub, and, indeed, the Cubs are hearing from a number of teams about the lefty. The Washington Nationals are the latest to showing interest, according to a major-league source. The New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles have been said to be interested […]

2011 Cubs Convention Notes So Far

A quick rundown of a few newsworthy tidbits from this weekend’s Cubs Convention (larger news items will get a stand-alone article – like Carlos Silva suggesting he will definitely win a rotation spot): The Cubs are not happy with former teammate Ryan Theriot – who tore his teammates apart after he was dealt last year, […]

Cardinals Prepare to Test the Limits of Their Voodoo Magic

We all know that the St. Louis Cardinals endeavored deep into the darkness of the Caribbean only to emerge after learning the secrets of the undead, the unholy, and the accursed. In other words, they acquired the mystical power of voodoo magic. Instead of harming those around them, Cardinal voodoo magic heals and strengthens even […]

Cubs Sign Geovany Soto to $3 Million Deal

The Chicago Cubs have avoided arbitration with one of their tougher signs, taking care of catcher Geovany Soto for $3 million – basically in the ballpark of what he was expected to get. After a dominating rookie campaign, a terrible second season, and a solid third season, the reasonable range was probably as low as […]

Lukewarm Stove: Tom Gorzelanny is Available

As mentioned yesterday, the Chicago Cubs face a starting pitcher crunch. With no fewer than five guys for two back-end rotation spots, something’s got to give. And at a Cubs Caravan stop yesterday, new manager Mike Quade suggested – if unconsciously – that the something might be Tom Gorzelanny’s tenure with the Cubs. When responding […]