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Should the Chicago Cubs Sign Jim Hendry to an Extension?

Should the Chicago Cubs Sign Jim Hendry to an Extension?

It sure seems like the answer is an obvious “NOOOOO! GOD NO!!!!!” But Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times writes otherwise. I’m not sure that he actually believes it. But he’s written it, and it must be destroyed.

Brace Yourself for 24 Hours of Blogging at the Trade Deadline

Brace Yourself for 24 Hours of Blogging at the Trade Deadline

Because now, officially, I’m bracing myself. This could be fun, terrifying, draining, informative, and absurd, all at once.

by July 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors, Meta
Mike Quade Says “You Gotta Perform” While Talking About Someone Else and Other Bullets

Mike Quade Says “You Gotta Perform” While Talking About Someone Else and Other Bullets

Seriously. He said that, without the least bit of a sense of irony. Randy Wells’ rotation spot might be jeopardy, Tom Ricketts might not yet be allowed to speak with Pat Gillick, Phil Rogers and Bruce Levine are rumor mongering, and the Boys of Spring has a movie.

by July 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Spokesman Says “Reports of a Conversation” Between Cubs’ Owner Tom Ricketts and Pat Gillick Are “Unfounded”

Spokesman Says “Reports of a Conversation” Between Cubs’ Owner Tom Ricketts and Pat Gillick Are “Unfounded”

But, to be frank, I’m not sure I believe something isn’t going on between Ricketts and Gillick.

Mike Quade Calls Out Starlin Castro – For the Third Time

Mike Quade Calls Out Starlin Castro – For the Third Time

He also criticized Darwin Barney for failing to properly communicate with Castro on a first-inning popup. You can see the video here.

by July 21, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Phillies 9, Cubs 1 – July 20, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Phillies 9, Cubs 1 – July 20, 2011

So much for a series win against a good team, eh?

by July 20, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Should the Cubs Consider Trading Sean Marshall?

Should the Cubs Consider Trading Sean Marshall?

How steep might the return be for the big lefty? Does it even matter?

by July 20, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Sources: Chicago Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts Has Been Meeting with Pat Gillick

Sources: Chicago Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts Has Been Meeting with Pat Gillick

This is very, very good news, if true.

Aramis Ramirez Wouldn’t Mind Signing An Extension With the Chicago Cubs

Aramis Ramirez Wouldn’t Mind Signing An Extension With the Chicago Cubs

If Ramirez isn’t traded, he would “of course” consider signing an extension with the Cubs.

by July 20, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Jim Hendry Says Fielding Offers on Darwin Barney “Makes No Sense” and Other Rumor-y Bullets

Jim Hendry Says Fielding Offers on Darwin Barney “Makes No Sense” and Other Rumor-y Bullets

Hendry won’t trade Barney or Sean Marshall, the Cubs probably won’t look at Ubaldo Jiminez, the return on Jeff Baker in trade doesn’t look so great, the Tigers have an eye on Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano, and more.

Alfonso Soriano Would Almost Certainly Not Block a Trade

Alfonso Soriano Would Almost Certainly Not Block a Trade

Nice to know, but of course, that was probably the least of the hurdles to dealing Soriano.

Enhanced Box Score: Phillies 4, Cubs 2 – July 19, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Phillies 4, Cubs 2 – July 19, 2011

Matt Garza is probably going to kill someone in the bullpen sooner or later.

by July 19, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
The Future of the Chicago Cubs’ Front Office – Pat Gillick, Rick Hahn, Ari Kaplan

The Future of the Chicago Cubs’ Front Office – Pat Gillick, Rick Hahn, Ari Kaplan

It’s early, but if Jim Hendry will not be returning next year, it’s time to start laying out the candidates to replace him – and the candidates to join other positions in the Cubs’ future front office.

Aramis Ramirez Says He Won’t Approve a Trade Until August – But Why?

Aramis Ramirez Says He Won’t Approve a Trade Until August – But Why?

An uncomfortable analysis of Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s purported justification for refusing to approve a trade until August.

Mike Quade is Still Respected and Other Bullets

Mike Quade is Still Respected and Other Bullets

Ryan Dempster and his teammates still respect Mike Quade, Carlos Marmol is studying up, Aramis Ramirez can help himself, Kerry Wood is healthy, Mike Quade might not be fined, and, coming soon, the Seventh Inning Stretch presented by Home Depot.

by July 19, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Phillies 1, Cubs 6 – July 18, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Phillies 1, Cubs 6 – July 18, 2011

What’s up, Roy Halladay?

by July 18, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Aramis Ramirez’s Agent Strongly Suggests that Ramirez Will Accept a Trade

Aramis Ramirez’s Agent Strongly Suggests that Ramirez Will Accept a Trade

Ramirez may not be willing to accept a trade before August, but after that, it’s very likely. Moreover, Ramirez wants his 2012 option dropped in order to approve a trade.

by July 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
No Surprise: Attendance at Wrigley Field is Down Considerably This Year

No Surprise: Attendance at Wrigley Field is Down Considerably This Year

The Wall Street Journal puts some color on the Chicago Cubs’ attendance problems in 2011, and it ain’t pretty.

by July 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Rumor: Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees Working on “Major Trade” Involving Alfonso Soriano

Rumor: Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees Working on “Major Trade” Involving Alfonso Soriano

‘Tis the season for wild rumors, but Phil Rogers seems to think this one has some legs. Soriano wouldn’t be the only player in the trade coming from the Cubs.

Peter Gammons: Cubs Have “No Interest” in Trading Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster

Peter Gammons: Cubs Have “No Interest” in Trading Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster

It might seem straightforward enough, but a simple statement like that can mean innumerable things.

by July 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors

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