Archive for November, 2011

Cubs’ Brass Keeping Things Close to the Vest and Other Bullets

Cubs’ Brass Keeping Things Close to the Vest and Other Bullets

The front office could be planning any number of things for 2012. Randy Wells is available, Carlos Marmol should be traded, Ron Santo should be a Hall of Famer, and Matt Murton is staying in Japan.

by November 29, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Report: Chicago Cubs Actively Pursuing Prince Fielder … AND Albert Pujols

Report: Chicago Cubs Actively Pursuing Prince Fielder … AND Albert Pujols

Oh my. Pursuing Fielder was almost an expectation at this point, but Pujols? That’s pretty surprising.

by November 29, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
The Case for Signing Prince Fielder

The Case for Signing Prince Fielder

An examination of the reasons the Chicago Cubs should sign free agent first baseman, Prince Fielder.

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs’ Aggressiveness, Fielder, Pujols, Buehrle, Soler, Blue Jays

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs’ Aggressiveness, Fielder, Pujols, Buehrle, Soler, Blue Jays

One report says the Cubs have been “very aggressive” behind the scenes, both in trade talks and in pursuing a variety of free agents.

Report: Carlos Pena Unlikely to Accept Arbitration from Cubs

Report: Carlos Pena Unlikely to Accept Arbitration from Cubs

If Pena departs via free agency, the Cubs will pick up an extra draft pick between the first and second round in 2012.

by November 28, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Starting to Think About Non-Tenders and Other Bullets

Starting to Think About Non-Tenders and Other Bullets

The Cubs have about two weeks to figure out what to do with their arbitration-eligible players. Lou Montanez is gone, and so is Ed Wade.

Carlos Zambrano’s Face Still Hurting and Other Bullets

Carlos Zambrano’s Face Still Hurting and Other Bullets

Z needs a little more rest. Joe Girardi digs Dale Sveum and Theo Epstein, the Cubs are still irked about the CBA, Marwin Gonzalez’s Winter plans change, and Junior Lake will have a long year.

Yu Darvish Still Hasn’t Been Posted and Other Bullets

Yu Darvish Still Hasn’t Been Posted and Other Bullets

There are fears that Darvish will not be posted, but SI says he is still more likely than not to come to the States this year. Matt Garza is good, Josh Vitters is coming along, and the Cubs have re-signed some minor leaguers.

Baseball Prospectus Names its Top 20 Cubs Prospects for 2012

Baseball Prospectus Names its Top 20 Cubs Prospects for 2012

Kevin Goldstein takes on the Cubs’ system, describing it as thin in star power, but heavy in depth. Short scouting reports on the top players, too.

by November 25, 2011 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Happy Thanksgiving and Other Actual Substantive Bullets

Happy Thanksgiving and Other Actual Substantive Bullets

Dale Sveum wants an old friend as pitching coach, and wants Craig Counsell on his bench. Theo Epstein is unhappy about the CBA changes, and Jim Hendry anticipated it.

by November 24, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Cubs Offer Arbitration to Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena

Cubs Offer Arbitration to Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena

Ramirez was expected. Pena was a bit of a surprise.

by November 23, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Lukewarm Stove: Fielder, Garza, Cespedes, Darvish, Crawford, Soto, Marmol

Lukewarm Stove: Fielder, Garza, Cespedes, Darvish, Crawford, Soto, Marmol

Pre-Thanksgiving bits on Prince Fielder, Matt Garza, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish, Carl Crawford, Geovany Soto, Carlos Marmol and more.

by November 23, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: The Cubs and Angels Have Discussed Geovany Soto, Carlos Marmol, and Hank Conger

Lukewarm Stove: The Cubs and Angels Have Discussed Geovany Soto, Carlos Marmol, and Hank Conger

Carlos Marmol is clearly a tradable piece, but what about Geovany Soto? And is Hank Conger an intriguing trade target?