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Month: January 2011

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 […]

Lukewarm Stove: Minor Matt Garza Tidbit

I recognize that this is now bordering on an Obsessive Matt Garza Watch (or is it OMGarza?), but there’s precious little going on right now, and trade rumors are always interesting – no matter how tenuous or uninformative. As for Garza, the latest news out of Tampa Bay is that the Rays are expected to […]

Was Randy Wells Actually Better in 2010 Than in 2009?

I’m the first to admit I’m not a full-on sabermetrician. That’s not to say I don’t use my fair share of “modern” statistics when actually evaluating players – sure, I like hearing about homer totals and batting average as much as any fan, but telling me that CC Sabathia is good because he won 21 […]

Lukewarm Stove: Yup, Cubs Still Trying to Get Matt Garza

The year has changed, but the Chicago Cubs’ MO has not: they still want Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza. Whether the Rays’ MO – they intend to try and keep Garza (their sixth quality starter) until mid-season – has changed enough to matter, however, remains unclear. Bruce Levine took to the airwaves yesterday to discuss, […]