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MLB Labor Negotiations – Realignment, Playoffs, Salary Cap, Contraction, and Instant Replay

MLB Labor Negotiations – Realignment, Playoffs, Salary Cap, Contraction, and Instant Replay

Commissioner Bud Selig and MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner discuss the state of MLB labor negotiations, and address some pretty big changes on the way.

by July 13, 2011 MLB News and Rumors
Who Would Make Up the Chicago Cubs’ Prospect All-Star Team?

Who Would Make Up the Chicago Cubs’ Prospect All-Star Team?

If the Cubs put together an All-Star team of their best prospects, what would the team look like? The answer within, and a bit on each of the prospects.

A Few Quick Chicago Cubs Trade Rumors – Garza, Soto, Johnson, Marshall, Wood

A Few Quick Chicago Cubs Trade Rumors – Garza, Soto, Johnson, Marshall, Wood

The Red Sox might not be able to land Matt Garza, the Giants and Brewers want Geovany Soto, Reed Johnson has some trade value, the Cubs will talk to Kerry Wood about a trade, and the Cubs will not talk to other teams about a Sean Marshall trade.

by July 12, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
A Couple Positional Promotions and Other Bullets

A Couple Positional Promotions and Other Bullets

Brett Jackson and Ryan Flaherty are on the move, Paul Sullivan takes wacky trades, Ryne Sandberg loves the All-Star Game, and Starlin Castro is ambitious.

by July 12, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Red Sox Interested in Matt Garza – But Would the Cubs Trade Him?

Red Sox Interested in Matt Garza – But Would the Cubs Trade Him?

The Yankees are almost certainly also interested. If the Cubs are smart, they’ll at least have some discussions about trading Garza.

by July 11, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Get All the Latest Chicago Cubs Rumors on Facebook

Get All the Latest Chicago Cubs Rumors on Facebook

By “liking” BN on Facebook, you’ll get Cubs rumors pumped right into your Facebook feed as soon as they break. You should do it.

by July 11, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors, Meta
Aramis Ramirez Trade Rumors Sprouting Up Like Weeds – Yankees, Angels Among Suitors

Aramis Ramirez Trade Rumors Sprouting Up Like Weeds – Yankees, Angels Among Suitors

The Yankees and Angels are rumored to be heavily interested in the Chicago Cubs’ third baseman, and the Mariners, Giants, Braves and Diamondbacks might also be calling.

by July 11, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Mike Quade Thinks the Cubs Will Keep the Foot on the Gas and Other Backwards Bullets

Mike Quade Thinks the Cubs Will Keep the Foot on the Gas and Other Backwards Bullets

The Cubs won’t let up in the second half, Mike Quade and Ryan Dempster are bros again, Marlon Byrd thinks Zambrano wouldn’t have received such kind treatment, Andrew Cashner will start throwing, and Ryne Sandberg is probably lucky.

by July 11, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Chicago Cubs’ Prospect Matt Szczur Gets a Taste of the Bigs at the Futures Game

Chicago Cubs’ Prospect Matt Szczur Gets a Taste of the Bigs at the Futures Game

The future is bright for the former Villanova football star, and current top 50 baseball prospect.

Aramis Ramirez Says “No Thanks” to All-Star Invite

Aramis Ramirez Says “No Thanks” to All-Star Invite

Family obligations preclude Cubs’ third baseman’s attendance at the Midsummer Classic.

by July 11, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Pirates 9 – July 10, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Pirates 9 – July 10, 2011

The first half ends as it began: with the Cubs embarrassing themselves against the Pirates.

by July 10, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Crazy Pitcher Explodes at Mike Quade and Other Curiously-Phrased Bullets

Crazy Pitcher Explodes at Mike Quade and Other Curiously-Phrased Bullets

Or it’s just Ryan Dempster being fiery, Mike Quade being obfuscatory, Jeff Samardzija being a starter, Aramis Ramirez not wanting to be an All-Star, Darwin Barney being clutch, and Matt Szczur being promoted.

by July 10, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 6, Pirates 3 – July 9, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 6, Pirates 3 – July 9, 2011

Shiny, happy people holding hands.

by July 9, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Jim Hendry Says the Cubs Will Make Trades or Not and Other Bullets

Jim Hendry Says the Cubs Will Make Trades or Not and Other Bullets

Jim Hendry says some things about trades but doesn’t really say anything, Marcos Mateo has a strained forearm, Carlos Zambrano is rehabbing, Matt Garza is having a blast, and Cubs prospects are hot and not.

by July 9, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 4, Pirates 7 – July 8, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 4, Pirates 7 – July 8, 2011

Win streak thwarted at one.

by July 8, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Fernando Perez, We Hardly Knew Ye

Fernando Perez, We Hardly Knew Ye

Today the Cubs released AAA outfielder Fernando Perez, opening up a spot on the 40-man roster. Thoughts on the move, and Perez’s and my love affair earlier this year.

Matt Garza is a Lovable Lunatic and Other Bullets

Matt Garza is a Lovable Lunatic and Other Bullets

Tons of bullets today: Aramis Ramirez’s value, Crane Kenney’s job security, Steve Rosenbloom’s hatred, Cubs prospects’ rankings and steroid use, the Home Run Derby, and cheating in the 1990s.

by July 8, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Rumor: New York Yankees Are Scouting Guys Like Aramis Ramirez, John Grabow, and… no way… Alfonso Soriano?

Rumor: New York Yankees Are Scouting Guys Like Aramis Ramirez, John Grabow, and… no way… Alfonso Soriano?

Ramirez and even Grabow are moderately understandable. But Soriano? Really?

by July 8, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 10, Nationals 9 – July 7, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 10, Nationals 9 – July 7, 2011

If you shut the game off at 8-0 Nats, you may have saved yourself some heartburn, but you missed a hell of a comeback.

by July 7, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Carlos Zambrano to Make a Rehab Start in Peoria Tomorrow

Carlos Zambrano to Make a Rehab Start in Peoria Tomorrow

Z’s back must be feeling pretty good.

by July 7, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

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