Archive for December, 2011


Sources Say the Cubs Are Talking to the Padres About First Baseman Anthony Rizzo (UPDATE x3)

Sources Say the Cubs Are Talking to the Padres About First Baseman Anthony Rizzo (UPDATE x3)

What does yesterday’s big Reds/Padres trade mean for the Cubs, and, more specifically, what’s all this talk about first base prospect, Anthony Rizzo?

Yoenis Cespedes Might Not Be a Free Agent Until January, But at Least There’s Another Video

Yoenis Cespedes Might Not Be a Free Agent Until January, But at Least There’s Another Video

A delay in Cespedes’ DR residency has held up the free agency process.


Dale Sveum Speaks About Prince Fielder and Everyone Jumps and Other Bullets

Dale Sveum Speaks About Prince Fielder and Everyone Jumps and Other Bullets

But what did he really say, and what does it really mean? The Cubs’ coaching staff has been finalized, unlike the Theo Epstein compensation.

by December 17, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Negotiating with Pitcher Paul Maholm

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Negotiating with Pitcher Paul Maholm

The 29-year-old lefty is coming off a good season ended early by a shoulder strain.

by December 16, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Friday Night Captioning: Prince Fielder Goes Boom

Friday Night Captioning: Prince Fielder Goes Boom

I’ve been using a certain photo of Prince Fielder for the Obsessive Prince Fielder Watch, and it occurs to me that this thing is ripe for captioning. I mean, just look at it. The possibilities are endless.

by December 16, 2011 Cubs Humor
Obsessive Prince Fielder Watch: Another National Writer Says the Cubs Are in the Lead

Obsessive Prince Fielder Watch: Another National Writer Says the Cubs Are in the Lead

We’ve reached the point where, were I a fan of, say, the Mariners, I’d be thinking, “aw, crud, Fielder’s going to the Cubs.” But, as a Cubs fan, I still can’t see it as better than 50/50.

by December 16, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Lukewarm Stove: Cespedes, Soler, Garza, Gonzalez, Kuroda, Marmol

Lukewarm Stove: Cespedes, Soler, Garza, Gonzalez, Kuroda, Marmol

The latest news and rumors from around baseball touching on the Chicago Cubs.


Multiple Sources Say the Blue Jays Won the Darvish Post and Other Bullets

Multiple Sources Say the Blue Jays Won the Darvish Post and Other Bullets

Grumble. They could be wrong, I suppose. More on Darvish, the Wrigley renovation, an international draft, a prospect list, and Tony LaRussa defending Albert Pujols.

Obsessive Prince Fielder Watch: Source Says the Cubs Are “Stepping Up Their Pursuit”

Obsessive Prince Fielder Watch: Source Says the Cubs Are “Stepping Up Their Pursuit”

But what exactly does that mean? And does it have anything to do with Yu Darvish?

by December 15, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Guest Post: “Aw Crap, Could I Actually Hate Theo Epstein?”

Guest Post: “Aw Crap, Could I Actually Hate Theo Epstein?”

A reader offers a different take on where things stand with respect to the new man in charge, Theo Epstein.

by December 15, 2011 Analysis and Commentary
Report: Chicago Cubs Interested in Japanese Player Hiroyuki Nakajima

Report: Chicago Cubs Interested in Japanese Player Hiroyuki Nakajima

The Yankees recently won the rights to the middle infielder, but might be looking to trade him.

Waiting for Darvish and Other Bullets

Waiting for Darvish and Other Bullets

The bids are in on Yu Darvish, and the Cubs are among the bidders. Now, we wait. Carlos Zambrano is back on the mound, Kerry Wood reminisces, and the Aramis Ramirez sky isn’t falling.

by December 15, 2011 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Interested in Coco Crisp, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Interested in Coco Crisp, Jason Varitek and Tim Wakefield

Rumors that don’t exactly get the heart pumping, but could yield useful pieces.

by December 15, 2011 Chicago Cubs Rumors
Chicago Cubs Buy the McDonald’s Property Across From Wrigley Field

Chicago Cubs Buy the McDonald’s Property Across From Wrigley Field

The Cubs have made at least one $20 million investment this offseason.

by December 14, 2011 Chicago Cubs News
Obsessive Prince Fielder Watch: Another National Pundit “Knows” the Cubs are in on Fielder

Obsessive Prince Fielder Watch: Another National Pundit “Knows” the Cubs are in on Fielder

The national media keeps saying the Cubs are a leading contender for Fielder, while the local media shies away. It’s probably worth considering the source.