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Obsessive Zambrano Watch: Dempster Might Not Welcome Carlos, Other Teams Might

Obsessive Zambrano Watch: Dempster Might Not Welcome Carlos, Other Teams Might

Ryan Dempster says he doesn’t know if he’d welcome Z back, but there may be other teams out there interested in picking him up. Sammy Sosa says Z should be careful about retiring, and a reader shares his thoughts.

by August 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Mike Quade Finally Acknowledges Concern About Carlos Marmol (Kind of) and Other Bullets

Mike Quade Finally Acknowledges Concern About Carlos Marmol (Kind of) and Other Bullets

Marmol’s velocity remains a big problem, but Mike Quade seems to be avoiding the issue. Data on Marmol’s velocity issues, Tyler Colvin’s batting order preference, and prospect Josh Vitters is heating up.

by August 18, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 3, Astros 4 – August 17, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 3, Astros 4 – August 17, 2011

First series loss in the last five, but at least it was to the best team in the league.

by August 17, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
*Screeching Tire Sound*: Carlos Zambrano Might Be “At Least a Couple Years Older” Than We Think?

*Screeching Tire Sound*: Carlos Zambrano Might Be “At Least a Couple Years Older” Than We Think?

His career trajectory would support such a theory, but this is the first I’ve heard of it.

by August 17, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Rumor: Reed Johnson and Kerry Wood Claimed on Waivers, Carlos Pena Not Placed on Waivers Yet

Rumor: Reed Johnson and Kerry Wood Claimed on Waivers, Carlos Pena Not Placed on Waivers Yet

That Johnson and Wood were placed on waivers and claimed is not a huge surprise, but why in the world hasn’t Pena been placed on waivers?

by August 17, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Obsessive Zambrano Watch: How the Cubs Could Dump Carlos

Obsessive Zambrano Watch: How the Cubs Could Dump Carlos

Theories are flying about how the Cubs might rid themselves of Carlos Zambrano short of outright releasing him.

by August 17, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Tim Wilken is Euphoric and Other Draft Bullets

Tim Wilken is Euphoric and Other Draft Bullets

Cubs Scouting Director says the Cubs tore up the draft, Dan Vogelbach is a hard worker, Dillon Maples is excited to be a Cub, and Shawon Dunston, Jr. may have gotten some subtle nudges from his dad.

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Astros 6 – August 16, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 5, Astros 6 – August 16, 2011

The Astros win it on a walk-off grand slam. What is this, April?

by August 16, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Report: Tom Ricketts Will Break His Silence in an “Announcement on the Chicago Cubs’ Future”

Report: Tom Ricketts Will Break His Silence in an “Announcement on the Chicago Cubs’ Future”

No one knows for sure what the announcement will be, but I’m betting it’s not about retaining Jim Hendry. Or maybe it is. Nobody really knows.

by August 16, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Obsessive Zambrano Watch: Legal Implications, “Chemistry” Improvement, and Blaming Hendry

Obsessive Zambrano Watch: Legal Implications, “Chemistry” Improvement, and Blaming Hendry

With a grievance hearing on the way, how will things play out for Zambrano and the Cubs? Was Zambrano the subject of Carlos Pena’s “chemistry” comments? And how much blame does Jim Hendry deserve?

by August 16, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
The Cubs Are Interested in Re-signing Carlos Pena and Other Bullets

The Cubs Are Interested in Re-signing Carlos Pena and Other Bullets

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.

Draft Update: Cubs Sign Baez, Vogelbach, Dunston and Maples

Draft Update: Cubs Sign Baez, Vogelbach, Dunston and Maples

Each gets first round money, with Baez and Maples getting well over $2 million apiece. A scout offers his thoughts on Maples and Vogelbach.

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 4, Astros 3 – August 15, 2011

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 4, Astros 3 – August 15, 2011

The Cubs can suddenly beat good teams, bad teams, and now, almost teams.

by August 15, 2011 Enhanced Box Scores
Obsessive Zambrano Watch: Carlos Speaks, Apologizes, and Says He Wants to Stay with Cubs

Obsessive Zambrano Watch: Carlos Speaks, Apologizes, and Says He Wants to Stay with Cubs

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.

by August 15, 2011 Chicago Cubs News

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