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Jim Hendry is Already Talking About How Good the Chicago Cubs Can Be in 2012

Jim Hendry is Already Talking About How Good the Chicago Cubs Can Be in 2012

With just a “little pitching,” a “player or two,” and a “tinker” in the pen, the Cubs can be right back in it next year. Didn’t we hear something similar in the Winter before this season?

by July 26, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Mitch Williams Says the Players Don’t Respect Mike Quade

Mitch Williams Says the Players Don’t Respect Mike Quade

Former Cubs pitcher would rather the Cubs had hired his teammate, Ryne Sandberg. Zeke DeVoss is already making a name for himself in the Cubs’ system, and other prospects might be on their way to Wrigley.

Jon Heyman: Carlos Pena Will Almost Surely Be Traded by Cubs

Jon Heyman: Carlos Pena Will Almost Surely Be Traded by Cubs

Rumor has it that the Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in Pena. But even if it isn’t the D-Backs, Heyman says Pena is likely to be on the move.

Is Sammy Sosa a Hall of Famer?

Is Sammy Sosa a Hall of Famer?

Even assuming, for the sake of argument, that Sammy Sosa was clean, can you make a case that he should be kept out of the Hall of Fame based on his numbers alone?

by July 25, 2011 Analysis and Commentary
The Pittsburgh Pirates Tried to Acquire Carlos Pena and the Price was too High?

The Pittsburgh Pirates Tried to Acquire Carlos Pena and the Price was too High?

If true, are the Cubs’ expectations too high for their first baseman, or should they hold out?

Rumor: Even if Alfonso Soriano Isn’t Traded This Week, He’s Gone After the Year

Rumor: Even if Alfonso Soriano Isn’t Traded This Week, He’s Gone After the Year

The Cubs may finally have someone new jogging gingerly, er, I mean patrolling, left field come 2012.

by July 25, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Rumor: Chicago Cubs Are on the Verge of Signing a Number of Draft Picks

Rumor: Chicago Cubs Are on the Verge of Signing a Number of Draft Picks

And the kids the Cubs are close to signing are ones that will get you excited.

Relievers Still Alive Despite Another Blown Matt Garza Game and Other Bullets

Relievers Still Alive Despite Another Blown Matt Garza Game and Other Bullets

Jeff Samardzija blew yesterday’s game (temporarily), but neither I nor Matt Garza are too mad about it. Kerry Wood’s arm is cranky, Jeff Baker is unintentionally apropos, Cubs’ players should be in demand at the trade deadline, and Carlos Pena remains swell.

by July 25, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Kosuke Fukudome Sounds Open to a Trade

Kosuke Fukudome Sounds Open to a Trade

And, better yet, at least four teams are considering making a trade for Fukudome.

by July 24, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Enhanced Box Score: Astros 4, Cubs 5 – July 24, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Astros 4, Cubs 5 – July 24, 2011

Oh. My. Baseball. Playoffs, here we come.

by July 24, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Reed Johnson Should Bring Strong Trade Interest and Other Bullets

Reed Johnson Should Bring Strong Trade Interest and Other Bullets

But will a team actually give the Cubs something worth taking? The Cubs still won’t trade Sean Marshall, attendance still sucks, Carlos Zambrano hugs Mike Quade with words, the Cubs should claim Jo-Jo Reyes, and the Beer Man cometh.

by July 24, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Could the Chicago Cubs Decide to Keep Carlos Pena?

Could the Chicago Cubs Decide to Keep Carlos Pena?

Carlos Pena has been about what the Cubs expected. Does that mean they should hold onto him with the hopes that he’ll come back in 2012?

by July 24, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Enhanced Box Score: Astros 1, Cubs 5 – July 23, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Astros 1, Cubs 5 – July 23, 2011

The Cubs are on the verge of a win streak, people! …against the Astros.

by July 23, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
There’s a Chance Alfonso Soriano May Be Traded After All and Other Bullets

There’s a Chance Alfonso Soriano May Be Traded After All and Other Bullets

Teams are asking, and Soriano’s hitting. It could happen. Carlos Marmol is the closer again, Mike Quade is talking about Castro and Barney again, Kerry Wood won’t approve a trade again, Pat Gillick is connected to the Cubs again, and Ryan Dempster raises money again.

Enhanced Box Score: Astros 2, Cubs 4 – July 22, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Astros 2, Cubs 4 – July 22, 2011

“Damn, it feels good to be a gangsta.”

by July 22, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Boom: Pat Gillick Would Consider a President-Type Job With the Chicago Cubs

Boom: Pat Gillick Would Consider a President-Type Job With the Chicago Cubs

Gillick speaks about the possibility of taking a top baseball job with another club, including the Chicago Cubs.

Aramis Ramirez Tells the Cubs Not to Trade Him and Other Rumor-y Bullets

Aramis Ramirez Tells the Cubs Not to Trade Him and Other Rumor-y Bullets

Ramirez sticking to his no-trade guns, teams want Marlon Byrd but the Cubs aren’t sure about moving him, Carlos Pena could fit with the Pirates, Phil Rogers is hypothesizing, and Paul Sullivan and Carrie Muskat break out the mailbags.

Rumor: Cleveland Indians, Among Other Teams, Looking at Kosuke Fukudome

Rumor: Cleveland Indians, Among Other Teams, Looking at Kosuke Fukudome

The Chicago Cubs’ right fielder could serve as a decent starting outfielder against right-handers, as well as a good bench bat and defensive replacement.

Source: Chicago Cubs Would Eat a “High Percentage” of Money Remaining on Alfonso Soriano’s Deal to Move Him

Source: Chicago Cubs Would Eat a “High Percentage” of Money Remaining on Alfonso Soriano’s Deal to Move Him

Another hurdle to trading Soriano falls. Now he just needs to hit a little bit.

by July 22, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Report: Chicago Cubs Sign Seventh Round Pick Trevor Gretzky

Report: Chicago Cubs Sign Seventh Round Pick Trevor Gretzky

Yes, he’s the son of that Gretzky. More importantly, he was thought to be very hard to sign.

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