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Month: January 2011

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 […]


New Cub Fernando Perez is Not Happy With Me, And He’s Probably Right

Sometimes the anonymity of the Internet creates a false sense of importance. Unfortunately for me, it also creates a false sense of unimportance. As some of you know, I occasionally also write parody news pieces for The Cubs Brickyard. It isn’t the passion project that Bleacher Nation is, and it therefore gets a whole lot […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Rotation, Ins and Outs

As expected, the addition of Matt Garza has thrown the expected Chicago Cubs’ rotation into a bit of a tizzy. We know that the front three will be some combination of Garza, Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster, but after that, all bets are off. Tom Gorzelanny, Randy Wells, Carlos Silva, Andrew Cashner, Jeff Samardzija, and […]

2011 Cubs Convention Lineup: Includes Matt Garza and Carlos Pena

New Cubs Matt Garza and Carlos Pena, and recently-returned Cub Kerry Wood, will be at this weekend’s Cubs Convention, together with a number of other Cubs stars. And, of course, there are a number of former Cubs players – Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Todd Walker (wait, what?) – who will be there as […]

Chicago Cubs Get Creative With Ticket Packages

If you wanted to buy a bundle of tickets to Chicago Cubs games this year, but don’t have season tickets, and don’t want to go a la carte, you can now buy a package of 13 game tickets, with some choice built in. The ticket packages are divided into bleacher seats or seats in the […]

Max Ramirez is a Chicago Cub

This weekend the Chicago Cubs lost a catching prospect (Robinson Chirinos), and today they claimed one off waivers from the Red Sox. Max Ramirez, 26, actually isn’t much of a prospect anymore, but he was rated as a top 100 prospect as recently as 2008 with the Rangers. Since then, his career has nosedived, to […]

What the Matt Garza Trade Means for the Chicago Cubs

As you no doubt know by now, this weekend the Chicago Cubs finalized a trade that sent prospects Chris Archer, Hak-Ju Lee, Brandon Guyer, Robinson Chirinos and (non-prospect) Sam Fuld to the Tampa Bay Rays for Matt Garza, Fernando Perez, and Zach Rossman. The latter two pieces from the Rays are largely irrelevant in the […]

Jim Hendry and Matt Garza in Quotes

Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry and new Cub Matt Garza spoke to the media this weekend about the pitcher’s acquisition, and about his future with the Cubs – both immediate and long-term. First, the Garza quotes: “I’m excited to be a part of this long tradition, and try to get this thing turned around in […]

Zach Rosscup is the Pitching Prospect in the Matt Garza Deal

The Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays finalized the Matt Garza deal today, and the mystery pitcher in the deal is young Zach Rosscup, the Rays’ 28th round pick in the 2009 Draft (shrug), and he pitched very well (hooray) in low A ball last year (shrug) as a 22 year old (double shrug). He […]

Fernando Perez is the Outfielder in the Garza Deal, and at Least He’s Funny

Fernando Perez has, himself, confirmed that he’s being sent to the Chicago Cubs in the Matt Garza deal. The 27-year-old outfielder has not been particularly productive over the last two years, but neither has he been particularly healthy. He’s a fast, high-OBP type, who can play solid defense in all three outfield spots (like I […]

Report: Cubs Trade Archer, Lee, Guyer, Chirinos for Garza and Prospects

Bruce Levine is reporting that the Chicago Cubs have officially traded for Matt Garza, sending top pitching prospect Chris Archer, top infield prospect Hak-Ju Lee, last year’s positional player of the year Brandon Guyer, and top catching prospect Robinson Chirinos in the deal. If that sounds like a lot – it is. A lot. The Cubs threw in Sam Fuld, […]

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