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Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Cubs Waive Jeff Bianchi

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Cubs Waive Jeff Bianchi

The move opens up a 40-man roster spot for Paul Maholm.

Zach Cates is Yet Another New Chicago Cubs Prospect

Zach Cates is Yet Another New Chicago Cubs Prospect

The recently-turned 22-year-old catcher-turned-pitcher is taking well to his new craft.

by January 11, 2012 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Lukewarm Stove: Soriano, Wood, Garza, Marmol, Madson, Maholm, Martinez

Lukewarm Stove: Soriano, Wood, Garza, Marmol, Madson, Maholm, Martinez

The latest from around the rumor mill as we run up to the Cubs Convention. Can the Cubs move Alfonso Soriano? How openly are the Cubs discussing a Matt Garza trade? Is Carlos Marmol a lock to return to the Cubs?

Chicago Cubs Prospects Update: John Sickels Ranks ‘Em for 2012, Jim Callis Offers Compliments

Chicago Cubs Prospects Update: John Sickels Ranks ‘Em for 2012, Jim Callis Offers Compliments

The Cubs’ newest prospects all slide into the organizational top 30 according to both men, and the Cubs’ system as a whole is on the rise.

by January 11, 2012 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Radio Killed the Internet Star and Other Bullets

Radio Killed the Internet Star and Other Bullets

I hop on a podcast to discuss Matt Garza, Paul Maholm and Prince Fielder. Maholm says his shoulder is all good, Bud Selig is coming back, and Koyie Hill will eat our souls.

by January 11, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Starlin Castro Still Expected at Cubs Convention, Will Likely Be Interviewed by Police

Starlin Castro Still Expected at Cubs Convention, Will Likely Be Interviewed by Police

Neither fact should be used to conclude anything about the truth or falsity of the sexual assault allegations.

by January 10, 2012 Chicago Cubs News
Jed Hoyer Speaks on Paul Maholm, Kerry Wood, and the Cubs’ Pitching Corps

Jed Hoyer Speaks on Paul Maholm, Kerry Wood, and the Cubs’ Pitching Corps

The Maholm signing isn’t a “precursor” to another move, the Cubs have offered Kerry Wood a “substantial” raise, and Jeff Samardzija is expected to prepare to be a starter in Spring Training.

by January 10, 2012 Chicago Cubs News
The Prospects of a Kerry Wood Return Are Dimming

The Prospects of a Kerry Wood Return Are Dimming

A source believes the Cubs and Wood aren’t going to be able to come to an agreement.

by January 10, 2012 Chicago Cubs Rumors
The Complete 2012 Cubs Convention Schedule

The Complete 2012 Cubs Convention Schedule

As always, there are a huge number of interesting sessions, and fun events.

by January 10, 2012 Chicago Cubs News
Paul Maholm Reportedly Gets One-Year, $4.25 Million Deal with Club Option for 2013

Paul Maholm Reportedly Gets One-Year, $4.25 Million Deal with Club Option for 2013

At first glance, this looks like a steal for the Cubs.

The “Business” of Re-Signing Kerry Wood and Other Bullets

The “Business” of Re-Signing Kerry Wood and Other Bullets

Is signing Kerry Wood really just business? Randy Wells could be the odd man out, Jed Hoyer will be on TV, and Greg Maddux is a hipster.

by January 10, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Reports: Cubs “Close” to Signing Paul Maholm (UPDATE: Yup, He’s Signing With Cubs)

Reports: Cubs “Close” to Signing Paul Maholm (UPDATE: Yup, He’s Signing With Cubs)

The Cubs have been negotiating with Maholm for some time. His addition would bring the presumed members of the 2012 rotation to … six.

by January 9, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Guest Post: “Trade Value,” Prospects, and an Adequate Return in a Matt Garza

Guest Post: “Trade Value,” Prospects, and an Adequate Return in a Matt Garza

David Mick schools us in the sabermetrics associated with assigning “one number” to the players and prospects involved in a trade, leading us to the ultimate question: what is Matt Garza “worth”?

by January 9, 2012 Analysis and Commentary
Report: Cubs “Down the Road” in Trade Discussions with Tigers about Matt Garza

Report: Cubs “Down the Road” in Trade Discussions with Tigers about Matt Garza

How far down the road is probably debatable, but it sounds like the talks are at least serious.

A Variety of Takes on New Chicago Cubs Pitcher Chris Volstad

A Variety of Takes on New Chicago Cubs Pitcher Chris Volstad

Most sources agree: the Cubs netted a pitcher of approximately equivalent value when they swapped Carlos Zambrano for Chris Volstad. But a lower maintenance pitcher, with more team control.

by January 9, 2012 Chicago Cubs News
Cuban Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes’ Price May Be Coming Down

Cuban Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes’ Price May Be Coming Down

Teams may not be interested in such an expensive risk. We should find out for sure soon enough.

Is There Really a Chance Kerry Wood Signs Elsewhere?

Is There Really a Chance Kerry Wood Signs Elsewhere?

The Cubs want Wood back, and Wood wants to come back. But could the offered contract really be so bad that Wood has no choice but to go elsewhere?

by January 9, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
2012 Hall of Fame Votes Revealed Today and Other Bullets

2012 Hall of Fame Votes Revealed Today and Other Bullets

Who will join the late Ron Santo? The Red Sox still expect a “quality player” for Theo Epstein, the Cubs Convention is coming up, and the Cubs have released a few minor leaguers.

The Cubs Are Still Looking to Add Pitching and Other Bullets

The Cubs Are Still Looking to Add Pitching and Other Bullets

The Cubs still want to go eight or nine deep, but they’re closer to that than you might think. The Cubs wisely hold off on commenting on Castro, and fans have low expectations for 2012.

by January 8, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, Chicago Cubs Rumors
Jed Hoyer and Anthony Rizzo Speak About Yesterday’s Big Trade

Jed Hoyer and Anthony Rizzo Speak About Yesterday’s Big Trade

Jed Hoyer is excited to have Anthony Rizzo in the fold, and Anthony Rizzo is excited to be in the fold. What do you know? I’m excited, too.

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