Archive for January, 2012

Lukewarm Stove: Cespedes, Cespedes, Cespedes, Concepcion, Fukudome, Cardenas

Lukewarm Stove: Cespedes, Cespedes, Cespedes, Concepcion, Fukudome, Cardenas

The Lukewarm Stove is pretty obsessed with Yoenis Cespedes at this point, as you’d expect.

Fantasizing About Fantasy Camp and Other Bullets

Fantasizing About Fantasy Camp and Other Bullets

I want to party with them. Cespedes and Soler would be top five prospects, Keith Law discusses two current prospects, and Tony Campana knows where his bread is buttered.

by January 27, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors

Cubs Open Up 40-Man Spot for Kerry Wood by Outrighting Manny Corpas

Cubs Open Up 40-Man Spot for Kerry Wood by Outrighting Manny Corpas

Corpas gets a non-roster invite to Spring Training instead. Swell.

The Chicago Cubs Have Three of the 2012 Pre-Season Top 100 Prospects

The Chicago Cubs Have Three of the 2012 Pre-Season Top 100 Prospects

As you’d expect, they are Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez.

by January 26, 2012 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Non-Judgmental “Hmm” Sound: Cubs’ Pitching Coach Chris Bosio is “Old School”

Non-Judgmental “Hmm” Sound: Cubs’ Pitching Coach Chris Bosio is “Old School”

Hopefully Bosio will have more success this year than Mark Riggins had last year – or at least, more success than it originally looked like Riggins was having.

by January 26, 2012 Chicago Cubs News
Could Bryan LaHair Actually “Make It” This Year? And Other Bullets

Could Bryan LaHair Actually “Make It” This Year? And Other Bullets

It may still be unlikely, but what’s wrong with cheering for a huge LaHair season in 2012? Rudy Jaramillo lends a hand, Chicago ad men are upset, and a meta discussion on the nature of reporting rumors nowadays.

by January 26, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors

Yoenis Cespedes is Officially a Free Agent, and May Not Love the Marlins

Yoenis Cespedes is Officially a Free Agent, and May Not Love the Marlins

Things are looking up for the Cubs, but, hey, anything can happen.

Analyzing the Matt Garza Arbitration Case: Does Matt Even Have a Chance?

Analyzing the Matt Garza Arbitration Case: Does Matt Even Have a Chance?

A thorough rundown of the criteria used in deciding an arbitration case, the Cubs’ best arguments, and Matt Garza’s best arguments.

by January 25, 2012 Analysis and Commentary
Lukewarm Stove: Garza, Fielder, Cespedes, Prado, Byrd, Floyd, Oswalt

Lukewarm Stove: Garza, Fielder, Cespedes, Prado, Byrd, Floyd, Oswalt

The Tigers signed Prince Fielder – what does it mean for Matt Garza and Yoenis Cespedes? Plus bits on others, and all that.

More on Jeff Samardzija Stretching Out as a Starter This Year

More on Jeff Samardzija Stretching Out as a Starter This Year

If he can keep pitching like he did in the second half of 2011, it’s easy to see why the Cubs think he has a chance to succeed as a starter in 2012.

by January 25, 2012 Chicago Cubs News

Tony LaRussa Isn’t Done Voodooing Quite Yet and Other Bullets

Tony LaRussa Isn’t Done Voodooing Quite Yet and Other Bullets

LaRussa will be back for the 2012 All-Star Game. The Cubs may have saved some money on Carlos Zambrano, the Cubs don’t have a cleanup hitter, and the Cubs are still a “favorite” to win it all.

by January 25, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
Yoenis Cespedes: Resident of the Dominican Republic (UPDATE: And One Report Says Cespedes is Officially a Free Agent Now)

Yoenis Cespedes: Resident of the Dominican Republic (UPDATE: And One Report Says Cespedes is Officially a Free Agent Now)

The major hurdle to Cespdes’ impending free agency has now been cleared.

Prince Gets PAID: Reports Say Fielder’s Signed with the Tigers for Nine Years and $214 Million

Prince Gets PAID: Reports Say Fielder’s Signed with the Tigers for Nine Years and $214 Million

Scott Boras pulls the strings masterfully, once again.

Lukewarm Stove: Burnett, Soriano, Cespedes, Concepcion, Fielder

Lukewarm Stove: Burnett, Soriano, Cespedes, Concepcion, Fielder

The Yankees are looking to pick up a bat in exchange for some surplus pitching, Yoenis Cespedes may (finally) be nearing free agency, and Prince Fielder is still somehow relevant.

Flashy Changes to Wrigley Field Could Be Just Beginning

Flashy Changes to Wrigley Field Could Be Just Beginning

The new LED board in right field is probably just the beginning of additional revenue-generating opportunities coming to Wrigley Field.

by January 24, 2012 Chicago Cubs News