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Month: March 2011

And Carlos Silva Made the Roster (Updated: Er, Maybe?)

Sorry for the short, punchy updates, but the roster decisions are flying fast. Looper’s sudden retirement probably should have tipped everyone off, but Carlos Silva has made the Chicago Cubs’ 25-man roster. No word yet on whether he’ll be in the bullpen or in the rotation. Before you fly off the handle, remember: the guys […]

Braden Looper Retires (Again)

Braden Looper has decided to retire after being informed by the Cubs that he wouldn’t be making the team, according to Bruce Miles. Looper was in camp on a minor league deal after not pitching for all of 2010 (hence the witty “again” in the title), but didn’t show enough to make the rotation or […]

Whoa: Andrew Cashner the Fifth Starter?

As of yesterday, it appeared all but settled that Carlos Silva would be given the first crack at the fifth starter’s gig. While he, himself, had done very little earn the job, none of the other options for the fifth starter’s spot had done much to acquit themselves either. Andrew Cashner, the guy the Cubs wanted to see grab […]


Blake DeWitt: Utility Player

When both Darwin Barney and Blake DeWitt survived this week’s roster cuts, it was clear that the possibility that Barney – and not DeWitt – would see starts at second base with Jeff Baker was thoroughly on the table. And, indeed, it appears that’s how the Cubs will start out the season. DeWitt has been […]

The Fourth Cut: Perez, Moore, Scales, Ojeda, Camp Out

According to multiple reports (still waiting on the official release from the Cubs – but, hey, nowadays, you wait, you get burned), the Cubs today sent outfielder Fernando Perez to AAA Iowa, and reassigned utility men Scott Moore, Bobby Scales, Augie Ojeda and Matt Camp to minor league camp. The obvious implications, none of which were not expected: (1) […]

Lukewarm Stove: Sigh, Another Michael Young Rumor

I never get tired of rumors. I really don’t. That’s why they’re such a big part of this site – I love reading about them as much as I love discussing them. So I’ll never stiff you on a rumor that I’ve heard or read about. That said, I’m growing a bit weary of the […]

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 3, A’s 1 – March 23, 2011

When is a win not a win? I think you know where this is going… So Carlos Silva decided to have his best Spring outing at the worst possible time. Six innings, just three hits, one earned, and three Ks. Does that win him the fifth starter spot? Eh. When combined with Andrew Cashner’s inability […]

The Third Cut: Maine, Wellemeyer, Berg, and Guzman

Today the Chicago Cubs started making meaningful cuts from the Spring roster, and the cut included at least one surprise. Lefty reliever Scott Maine, once considered the favorite to be the third (if not fourth) lefty out of the pen, was sent to AAA Iowa where he’ll try to work his way into a mid-season […]

Why the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare: St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati […]


God’s Wrath Watch: Aramis Ramirez Has Got a Fever

And the prescription is more cowbell. But seriously, Chicago Cubs’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez hasn’t played since Friday and has been dealing with a 102-degree fever. He relaxed this weekend, and looks like he’s ready to play again, perhaps as early as today. After taking a few days off, Ramirez showed up at the park […]

Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 1, Dodgers 2 – March 22, 2011

The Cubs are now 10-16 on the Spring, which, in isolation, means very little. A number of the core players – Zambrano, Dempster, Wells, Castro, Byrd, among others – have been lights out, and a number of the fringe roster types have struggled. How much does a 10-16 record, therefore, truly reflect the competency of […]

Angel Guzman is a Really Positive, Inspiring Guy

I won’t go back over the sad story that is Angel Guzman’s professional baseball career. In short: limitless talent that was, in fact, limited by injuries. But Guzman is still trying to come back, and he’s got an incredible attitude about the whole thing. The latest setback was a shredded shoulder, requiring a delicate surgery […]

A Number of Roster Decisions Are Expected Today

According to multiple reports, and according to Mike Quade, himself, today Chicago Cubs management – presumably Quade, GM Jim Hendry, Assistant GM Randy Bush, and probably Assistant (to the) GM Greg Maddux – will meet to discuss and pare down the team’s Spring roster, which stands at 39 (40 if you count Angel Guzman, who […]

Only Two Days Left: Enter the BN Opening Day Contest to Win $50

This is a reminder that you’re running out of time to enter the Bleacher Nation Opening Day Contest, which could land you a $50 gift certificate to All you’ve got to do is “Like” Bleacher Nation on Facebook, and guess the Cubs’ Opening Day lineup and starting rotation as of Opening Day on this […]