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Month: 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 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┬áBob 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 […]

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, 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 […]

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 Spring Training. The highlights: Augie Ojeda will get a very real shot to be the primary backup at shortstop, which would send Darwin Barney back […]

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 to take his talents to South Beach. Pujols is, of course, the face of the Cardinals, and has indicated his desire to remain in St. […]

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 (league and draft settings) and password info for Bleacher Nation 2 are the same as the first league (described in the immediately preceding post), and […]