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Month: February 2011

Randy Wells Is Not the Partier You Might Think Him to Be

Randy Wells, who should be guaranteed a rotation spot but is not, says he was treated unfairly by the media last year, who painted him as a bit of a partier. Wells, you may recall, was far less effective during day games (4.95 ERA) than night games last year, and folks hinted that the reason could […]

The Albert Pujols Deadline is Today at Noon – And Related Notes

Your daily Albert Pujols digest: Pujols’ self-imposed deadline first was yesterday before being extended by agreement with the Cardinals (which remains profoundly bizarre – what, if Pujols wants to discuss a new deal on Friday, the Cardinals are going to say “sorry, we agreed to a Wednesday deadline”?), and now runs until noon EST today. […]

Cubs Trade Prospect Tony Thomas to Red Sox for Reliever Robert Coello

Today the Chicago Cubs made a minor move, dealing second base prospect Tony Thomas to the Boston Red Sox for relief prospect Robert Coello, who was recently designated for assignment. Coello will be added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster, and will compete for a spot in the bullpen this year. The move is a bit […]

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Leading Off: Kosuke Fukudome?

In recent years, Chicago Cubs fans have come to dwell on “the lineup” much more than most. Geovany Soto is hitting WHERE? Aramis Ramirez is still batting WHERE?! It is entirely possible that this kind of hate-hate relationship begins at the top. The subject of the Cubs’ leadoff hitter has been a particularly sore one for […]

Spring Training Tidbits Aplenty – And an Albert Pujols Note

Spring Training is but a day old – pitchers and catchers reported yesterday; the positional reporting date is February 18, though many are already in camp – but there are already a number of tidbits worth sharing (in bullet form – which is code for: these are interesting/important enough to share, but not interesting/important enough […]

Never Count Him Out, But Angel Guzman Will Not Break Camp With the Big Club

Chicago Cubs reliever Angel Guzman has had a cruel, if moderately successful professional career. For years, he was the top pitching prospect in the Cubs’ system – by way of comparison, Guzman was more hyped than either Chris Archer or Trey McNutt, and was so hyped for more than three straight years of development. But […]

Cubs and Carlos Marmol Agree to Three Year Extension

As expected, the Chicago Cubs and Carlos Marmol today agreed to a three-year extension, which buys out his final two years of arbitration and first year of free agency. We’re still waiting on the official announcement, but the deal is expected to be in the $20 to 23 million range, and Bruce Levine hears the […]

Mike Quade is Ready for Scrutiny, Speaking in Third Person

When Jim Hendry announced that interim manager Mike Quade, a career minor league manager and big league bench coach, would be taking over as the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, the reaction was best described as measured optimism. The players seemed to be pleased with the selection, but fans, who’d just seen Quade lead […]

Report: Albert Pujols to Announce Tuesday that Contract Discussions Are Over

Albert Pujols’ pre-free agency version of The Decision is set to conclude on Tuesday, according to Bob Nightengale. Pujols has rejected a contract extension from the Cardinals, a source close to Pujols says, and will announce Tuesday (a day before his February 16th deadline) that contract discussions are over until after the season. Pujols is roundly […]

Pitchers and Catchers: REPORT

For whatever reason, hearing that pitchers and catchers are reporting to Spring Training, in addition to getting me irrationally excited, also makes me think of “Wonder Twin powers: activate!” Pitchers and catchers: report! See? Yeah, I’m cool. Nevertheless, today is indeed the day that pitchers and catchers are due to report to Chicago Cubs Spring […]

Did the Rangers and Cubs Discuss a Michael Young Trade?

This week, the Texas Rangers went from we-aren’t-trading-Michael-Young to we-have-to-trade-Michael-Young back to we-aren’t-trading-Michael-Young, all in the span of a few days. It is safe to assume that the book-ends of that back-and-forth are mere posturing, and, as an expensive, disgruntled, superfluous player, Young’s days in Arlington are numbered. The Chicago Cubs have never been a […]

Carlos Marmol Has Taken His Pre-Extension Physical

Very little content to offer right now, but because he’s an important player – and the last remaining arbitration-eligible Cub – it’s still worth sharing: today, Carlos Marmol took his pre-extension physical in Mesa, according to Carrie Muskat. Recall, the Cubs are intent on signing Marmol, who’s eligible for arbitration for the second time (hearing […]

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The White Sox Are the Only Relevant Baseball Team in Chicago

Few articles require no introduction, and indeed – where ridiculous enough – no fisking. To wit: Beginning next week and playing out all summer long, the only relevant baseball team in New Gotham is at 35th and Shields. Yes, for the first time in decades, this town belongs to the White Sox. Stop right here […]

Jeff Samardzija Has a Slightly Better Attitude About the Bullpen Thing

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija hasn’t always had the best attitude toward the organization that drafted him four years ago, and paid him $10 million to forgo a career as a wide receiver in the NFL. Because he’d never been a full-time baseball player, Samardzija was understandably slow to develop consistency as a pitcher, and […]

Bleacher Nation Fantasy Baseball League – Times Three

For those of you who were shut out of the first two Bleacher Nation fantasy baseball leagues (hey, what do you know, we’re popular!), reader Marc has agreed to set up a third league (settings the same as the first two). To get in, shoot Marc an email at marc DOT hampson AT yahoo.com, and […]

Chicago Cubs 2011 Television Schedule

At last, the long-awaited Chicago Cubs TV schedule for the 2011 season is here. Among the highlights, you’ll be able to see the entire May series against the Red Sox (WGN, Fox, and ESPN) and a couple national games against the Yankees. In total, at least 8 games will be on Fox, at least 60 […]