It doesn’t sound like the front office is offering Marmol much leeway. Ryan Dempster wants to stay in Chicago, Carlos Zambrano wants to sell his house, and President Obama still hates the Cubs.
Month: February 2012
The Cubs spent big on a 19-year-old pitching prospect last week. Was it worth it? What do we know about Gerardo Concepcion?
The rumor mill doesn’t shut down for medical procedures. The latest on the prolonged Lukewarm Stove.
Not abysmal, but not even close to good. The Cubs’ farm system is ranked 20th, Adrian Cardenas is a writer, and Dale Sveum expects hard work.
Looks like there will be at least a dozen games on national TV, and more than 60 on WGN.
Anthony Rizzo, not Brett Jackson, takes the top spot, with familiar faces filling in the rest of the list.
That doesn’t mean the Cuban outfielder will ultimately sign with the Marlins, but, well, let’s just say Marlins’ fans have reasons to be optimistic.
The 2012 Cubs would be a lot better with Matt Garza. But what about the 2013 and 2014 Cubs? What to do, what to do.
That’s still good, right? A few more players have showed up early at Spring Training, the Cubs are highly analytical, and Geovany Soto has abs.
He’s a light-fielding, decent-hitting utility player who’ll fight for a 25-man roster spot in Spring Training.
He still doesn’t have his work visa yet, though.
While we’re still obsessing about Yoenis Cespedes (obsespedes?), one of the Cubs’ draft picks might drop a bit. The Reds might make one of their young starters available.
Fantasy rankings don’t tell you the whole story about a team’s expected performance, but the part of the story they do tell is pretty grim for the Cubs.
Oneri Fleita, AA Tennessee, Theo Epstein, Tony Campana, and the smell of the Cubs highlight a hefty 12 bullets today.
Cardenas was an attractive waiver claim, but dumping DeWitt is a minor surprise.
One of the Cubs’ top prospects, 21-year-old Junior Lake, is an incredible athlete with tremendous potential. But, as with all prospects, the risks are substantial.
With Garza’s contract settled, trade rumors resume, and Cespedes is nearing an expensive decision.
The facility, which will be the biggest and best in Latin America, is expected to be in place within two years.
Prior hasn’t pitched in the big leagues in over five years. Geovany Soto could be one of the better offensive catchers once again in 2012, and the Reds are probably going to be good.
The addition of Gerardo Concepcion will necessitate another move. The Cubs had one of the best signings of the offseason, the Dodgers’ price keeps climbing, and Theo Epstein is smart.
The Marlins’ new ballpark is simply full of awesome. The Cubs add another to their Spring Training non-roster invites, the Cubs lose a scout to the Red Sox, and Mike Quade has advice for Robin Ventura.
The 29-year-old lefty toiled away at AAA for the Astros last year.
The new manager is talking up the expected effort of his players, while implicitly talking down their effort last year under Quade.
The 28-year-old righty gets $9.5 million for 2012, plus potential performance bonuses.
There’s almost $5 million on the line today if the two sides don’t settle, but the implications go beyond that.
The changes to right field at Wrigley are going to make the Cubs some money. Curt Schilling says the Cubs are in good hands, Gerardo Concepcion is coming to Spring Training, and Alfonso Soriano’s contract isn’t the worst.