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Month: January 2011

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 […]

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, […]


2011 Cubs Convention Schedule

In case you’re headed to the 2011 Cubs Convention, beginning January 14, or in case you’re thinking of going, here’s a top-heavy sampling of what you can expect (aside from meeting your favorite players, like, um, that guy there to the right): Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins plus Glenn Beckert, […]

Baseball America Offers a Comprehensive Cubs Prospect Treatment

In addition to offering a top ten list of Chicago Cubs prospects, Baseball America also offers a comprehensive evaluation of the system, which I would encourage you to read. Among the highlights, of course, is the top ten list, itself: 1. Chris Archer, rhp 2. Brett Jackson, of 3. Trey McNutt, rhp 4. Hak-Ju Lee, […]

OMGarza: Ok, So Cubs Aren’t Close to a Garza Trade

So much for yesterday’s Sun Times report that the Chicago Cubs and Rays were close to consummating a trade involving 27-year-old righty Matt Garza (who, yes, has officially reached OMGarza status – I’ve been very lucky that the Cubs have had so much interest in guys whose names start with a “G”). The rumor was […]

Brian Schlitter to New York, Kerry Wood to 40-Man

The Chicago Cubs finally, officially cleared a 40-man roster space for newly-signed reliever Kerry Wood by waiving reliever Brian Schlitter, who was picked up by the Yankees. Schlitter, 25, had a 3.15 ERA in 37 appearances at AAA Iowa last year, but couldn’t translate that into success in the bigs – he had a 12.38 […]

Report: Chicago Cubs Close to Trading for Matt Garza

Well, this is a turn of events. Gordon Wittenmyer is reporting that the Chicago Cubs are “close” to trading for Matt Garza, as of late last night. He offers no word on what the Cubs would be sending in return. Landing Garza would not only improve the Cubs’ rotation, but would also improve their ability to […]