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Draft Update: Cubs Sign Gretzky (Again), Dunston and Jacquez Continue to Dance

Draft Update: Cubs Sign Gretzky (Again), Dunston and Jacquez Continue to Dance

Gretzky is now officially signed, but uncertainty continues to surround the Cubs’ other overslot picks.

Should the Cubs Trade Darwin Barney in the Offseason and Other Bullets

Should the Cubs Trade Darwin Barney in the Offseason and Other Bullets

The Barney supporters won’t like this one. Andrew Cashner says he’ll be back in September, Mike Quade puzzles over Jeff Samardzija, the Cubs are spending big on the draft, Dave Bush is gone, Abner Abreu is raking, and a Cubs prospect is suspended.

Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 3, Cubs 4 – August 11, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 3, Cubs 4 – August 11, 2011

The Cubs are now 9-2 since July 31.

by August 11, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
If Japanese Ace Yu Darvish is Available this Winter, Should the Cubs Go After Him?

If Japanese Ace Yu Darvish is Available this Winter, Should the Cubs Go After Him?

Darvish may become available this Winter, but will come with a heavy posting fee a la Daisuke Matsuzaka.

by August 11, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Brett Jackson Not Coming Up This Year?

Brett Jackson Not Coming Up This Year?

It sounds like top prospect Brett Jackson may not be called up in September, but, upon reflection, that’s probably the right decision.

Draft Update: Zych, Scott and Andreoli In, Dunston and Jacquez Out?

Draft Update: Zych, Scott and Andreoli In, Dunston and Jacquez Out?

Tony Zych, Tayler Scott and John Andreoli are on board, but Shawon Dunston, Jr. and Ricky Jacquez may not be. I corresponded a bit with the latter two.

Ron Santo Forever and Other Bullets

Ron Santo Forever and Other Bullets

Ron Santo’s beautiful statue has been unveiled, Jeff Samardzija still wants to start, the Cubs are homer fiends, Aramis Ramirez is coming down to earth, and Chris Rusin is a prospect name to know.

Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 2, Cubs 4 – August 10, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 2, Cubs 4 – August 10, 2011

The Cubs win one for Ronnie.

by August 10, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
How Could Heath Bell End Up on the Chicago Cubs This Month?

How Could Heath Bell End Up on the Chicago Cubs This Month?

If the Padres put Heath Bell on waivers this month, the Cubs should claim him. Here’s why.

Draft Update: First Round Pick Javier Baez Looks Likely to Sign, Jim Callis Guesses on Others

Draft Update: First Round Pick Javier Baez Looks Likely to Sign, Jim Callis Guesses on Others

Baez is all but signed. Dunston and Scott are likely to sign, but Maples and Jacquez are less certain, says Callis.

Mike Quade Sticking to Veteran Starting Pitchers Because the Cubs are Playing Contenders

Mike Quade Sticking to Veteran Starting Pitchers Because the Cubs are Playing Contenders

Meanwhile, Casey Coleman is actually pitching quite well at AAA.

Jeff Samardzija isn’t Joining the Rotation “Right Now” and Other Bullets

Jeff Samardzija isn’t Joining the Rotation “Right Now” and Other Bullets

A future return to the rotation for Samardzija hasn’t been ruled out, “major Cubs moves” are coming, Gioskar Amaya is another prospect to know, Ron Santo belongs in the Hall, and baseball viewership is up.

Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 3, Cubs 1 – August 9, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Nationals 3, Cubs 1 – August 9, 2011

Not going to make the cheap “Cubs can’t even beat Wang this year” joke. Too classy.

by August 9, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Is Brett Jackson Going to Force the Cubs’ Hand in Center Field?

Is Brett Jackson Going to Force the Cubs’ Hand in Center Field?

The Chicago Cubs’ top positional prospect is tearing up AAA, and could push Marlon Byrd right out the door.

Draft Update: Cubs Sign Rock Shoulders, Trevor Gretzky Goes to “Unsigned,” and What About Dan Vogelbach?

Draft Update: Cubs Sign Rock Shoulders, Trevor Gretzky Goes to “Unsigned,” and What About Dan Vogelbach?

25th round high school first baseman Shoulders gets 3rd round money, Trevor Gretzky is now technically unsigned, and does the status of either affect the possible signing of second round first baseman Dan Vogelbach?

More National Dumping on the Chicago Cubs’ Trade Deadline Approach

More National Dumping on the Chicago Cubs’ Trade Deadline Approach

Jonah Keri says the Chicago Cubs’ July 31 trade deadline approach was pretty bad. The worst in baseball, actually.

Chicago Cubs Sign Cuban Pitcher Yoannis Negrin

Chicago Cubs Sign Cuban Pitcher Yoannis Negrin

Negrin appears to be a 27-year-old right-handed reliever. But, as strange as it sounds, it’s hard to be sure.

Shall We Cross Dave Dombrowski Off the Future GM List and Other Bullets

Shall We Cross Dave Dombrowski Off the Future GM List and Other Bullets

Dombrowski has signed an extension with the Tigers, Starlin Castro is awesome, Ron Santo has a statue, Mike Quade is clueless, Carlos Zambrano is powerful, and Marco Hernandez is a kid to know.

Should You Ever Again Feel the Urge to Want More “Chemistry”

Should You Ever Again Feel the Urge to Want More “Chemistry”

Carlos Pena says the Chicago Cubs just need to improve their “chemistry.” And now, for your consideration, a silly picture featuring a cat.

by August 8, 2011 Cubs Humor
Pirates’ Struggles Make the Cubs’ Winning Streak Look a Lot Less Impressive

Pirates’ Struggles Make the Cubs’ Winning Streak Look a Lot Less Impressive

The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost 10 in a row, four of which came in the middle of the Cubs’ recent seven-game winning streak. How impressed, therefore, should we really be with the Cubs?

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