Are we being braced for the Cubs’ refusal to go after Pujols/Fielder? A Jim Hendry gaffe, more on Dillon Maples and the Cubs’ draft, Tom Ricketts is in Boise, a pitching prospect gets a big promotion, and Alfonso Soriano has cleared waivers.
Month: August 2011
Each gets first round money, with Baez and Maples getting well over $2 million apiece. A scout offers his thoughts on Maples and Vogelbach.
The Cubs can suddenly beat good teams, bad teams, and now, almost teams.
Z says he’s sorry for what happened and for how he’s been pitching. He also says he wants to stay with the Cubs.
Report says Maples has signed for “huge” money with the Chicago Cubs.
No matter where you look in the Cubs’ organization, one thing is constant: the teams don’t much care for walks.
The Cubs will shore up the bullpen for the next few days by adding lefty Maine.
Lopez and Zambrano have both cleared waivers, and are free to be traded at any time.
Cubs deny Zambrano tried to return his things, a grievance hearing is on the way, Zambrano called and texted Cubs personnel to say “goodbye,” Alfonso Soriano did give Z the business, and Mike Quade says he has a fine relationship with the pitcher.
This definitely requires a reiteration that it is just a *rumor.* But it’s a happy rumor.
That’s four straight series, for those counting at home.
Bob Nightengale sent the Cubs world – already reeling from the Carlos Zambrano circus – into a second circus by suggesting that Hendry would be back next year.
Hollandsworth essentially called Ramirez lazy and a bad example for young players, and Ramirez struck back at Hollandsworth. Mark Grace supports Ryno, the farm system is weak at the top, and Casey Coleman should be here soon.
Almost too many bullets to recount, and none particularly flattering for Zambrano. His teammates aren’t leaping to his defense, and neither is Jim Hendry. The media is even more harsh.
Carlos Zambrano-less era starts much like the Kosuke Fukudome-less era.
Cubs have locked up first, second, and 41st rounders, according to various reports.
Effectively suspended for 30 days without pay. The union is expected to file a grievance. UPDATE: Cubs might try to argue that Z in fact retired.
As of this afternoon, Zambrano has not officially “retired,” and Cubs’ GM Jim Hendry is in talks with Zambrano’s agent.
Bruce Miles and Phil Rogers believe Zambrano’s days as a Cub are over, Rick Sutcliffe says both sides need to move on, and an anonymous player is calling this a great opportunity.