Archive for February, 2011


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[Read More…]

Mike Quade is Ready for Scrutiny, Speaking in Third Person

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[Read More…]

by February 14, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

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

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┬áBob Nightengale. Pujols has rejected a contract extension from the Cardinals, a source close to[Read More…]

by February 14, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
Pitchers and Catchers: REPORT

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[Read More…]

by February 13, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

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[Read More…]

by February 12, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors

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[Read More…]

by February 12, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
The White Sox Are the Only Relevant Baseball Team in Chicago

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[Read More…]

by February 12, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Matt Garza, Geovany Soto, Randy Wells and Marlon Byrd Have Already Reported to Camp

Matt Garza, Geovany Soto, Randy Wells and Marlon Byrd Have Already Reported to Camp

One of my favorite things about Spring Training is the insight it gives into the individual players’ desires for the upcoming season. While you can paint with too broad of[Read More…]

by February 11, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Blackout Cubbetry: Sure, Albert Pujols May Become a Free Agent

Blackout Cubbetry: Sure, Albert Pujols May Become a Free Agent

by February 11, 2011 Cubs Humor
Jeff Samardzija Has a Slightly Better Attitude About the Bullpen Thing

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[Read More…]

by February 11, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

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[Read More…]

by February 10, 2011 Fantasy Baseball

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[Read More…]

by February 10, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

Augie Ojeda May Well End Up the 25th Man, And Other Tidbits

Bruce Levine hosted another weekly chat, and offered up his thoughts on the Chicago Cubs’ roster and future plans, with a special emphasis on how things might shake out in[Read More…]

by February 10, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Albert Pujols and Cardinal Extension Has “Virtually No Chance”

Albert Pujols and Cardinal Extension Has “Virtually No Chance”

Cardinals’ first baseman and all-around ridiculous player Albert Pujols is a free agent after the 2011 season. Perhaps you hadn’t heard. Perhaps you also hadn’t heard that LeBron James decided[Read More…]

Bleacher Nation Fantasy Baseball League – Times Two

Due to overwhelming demand, we’re going to open up a second Bleacher Nation Fantasy Baseball League, which will almost certainly be twice as awesome as the first league. The settings[Read More…]

by February 9, 2011 Fantasy Baseball