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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.

by July 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors, MLB News and Rumors
Series Preview: Phillies v. Cubs, July 18 – July 20, 2011

Series Preview: Phillies v. Cubs, July 18 – July 20, 2011

The Phillies come to town, covered in first place glory. The Cubs are covered in something, too.

by July 18, 2011 Series Previews
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
Mike Quade is Angry at the Umps and Other Bullets

Mike Quade is Angry at the Umps and Other Bullets

Blown calls and irritating comments are getting Mike Quade down. Kerry Wood, too. Randy Wells is trying to figure out his problem, and James Russell is finding success. And, we’re Cubs fans because it’s safe.

by July 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Marlins 7, Cubs 5 – July 17, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Marlins 7, Cubs 5 – July 17, 2011

And the Marlins come to Wrigley Field and take three of four from the Cubs. So much for turning things around in the second half.

by July 17, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Carlos Marmol is “Paid as a Closer” and Other Bullets with Crazy Justification

Carlos Marmol is “Paid as a Closer” and Other Bullets with Crazy Justification

Marmol hasn’t lost his job for the long-term, Carlos Zambrano feels good, Darwin Barney is batting 8th because he’s “productive,” Chris Carpenter heads back to the minors, Dan Vogelbach is close, and Pat Gillick could be the in Cubs’ future.

by July 17, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Report: Aramis Ramirez’s 2012 Option Does NOT Vest if He’s Traded

Report: Aramis Ramirez’s 2012 Option Does NOT Vest if He’s Traded

That’s one hurdle to a Ramirez trade out of the way. His no-trade rights remain an issue, however.

by July 17, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Enhanced Box Score: Marlins 13, Cubs 3 – July 16, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Marlins 13, Cubs 3 – July 16, 2011

After two straight exceedingly frustrating games, a blowout is oddly soothing.

by July 16, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Carlos Marmol Has Kind of Lost the Closer Job and Other Bullets

Carlos Marmol Has Kind of Lost the Closer Job and Other Bullets

Marmol will be given a few days to work on his mechanics and confidence. Jeff Baker is “not available” in trade, 8th round pick Taylor Dugas won’t sign with the Cubs, and another DSL Cub has tested positive for steroids.

by July 16, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Marlins 1, Cubs 2 – July 15, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Marlins 1, Cubs 2 – July 15, 2011

Today’s game looked hauntingly familiar. Whew.

by July 15, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Chicago Cubs Sign Dave Bush to a Minor League Deal

Chicago Cubs Sign Dave Bush to a Minor League Deal

Bush was booted by the Rangers earlier this year.

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