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Lukewarm Stove: Cespedes, Castro, Andrus, Wells, Oswalt, Theo Epstein Compensation

Lukewarm Stove: Cespedes, Castro, Andrus, Wells, Oswalt, Theo Epstein Compensation

The rumor mill doesn’t shut down for medical procedures. The latest on the prolonged Lukewarm Stove.

The 2012 Cubs Project Where You Probably Expect and Other Bullets

The 2012 Cubs Project Where You Probably Expect and Other Bullets

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.

2012 Chicago Cubs Television Schedule

2012 Chicago Cubs Television Schedule

Looks like there will be at least a dozen games on national TV, and more than 60 on WGN.

by February 8, 2012 Chicago Cubs News
MLB.com Offers Its Top 20 Chicago Cubs Prospects for 2012

MLB.com Offers Its Top 20 Chicago Cubs Prospects for 2012

Anthony Rizzo, not Brett Jackson, takes the top spot, with familiar faces filling in the rest of the list.

by February 8, 2012 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Well, Grumble: Yoenis Cespedes Says “Hopefully I Can Play for the Marlins”

Well, Grumble: Yoenis Cespedes Says “Hopefully I Can Play for the Marlins”

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.

Simultaneously Wanting to Keep and Trade Matt Garza

Simultaneously Wanting to Keep and Trade Matt Garza

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.

Chris Volstad is at the Bottom of a Top List and Other Bullets

Chris Volstad is at the Bottom of a Top List and Other Bullets

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.

A Little More on New Cub Adrian Cardenas

A Little More on New Cub Adrian Cardenas

He’s a light-fielding, decent-hitting utility player who’ll fight for a 25-man roster spot in Spring Training.

Yoenis Cespedes Cleared to Come to the States, Will Soon Meet with Marlins

Yoenis Cespedes Cleared to Come to the States, Will Soon Meet with Marlins

He still doesn’t have his work visa yet, though.

Lukewarm Stove: Cespedes (Yes, Still), Ibanez, Oswalt, Bailey, Jackson

Lukewarm Stove: Cespedes (Yes, Still), Ibanez, Oswalt, Bailey, Jackson

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.

You Should Probably Avoid Chicago Cubs Players in Your Fantasy League This Year

You Should Probably Avoid Chicago Cubs Players in Your Fantasy League This Year

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.

by February 7, 2012 Chicago Cubs News
Oneri Fleita Drops Some Minor League Knowledge and Other Bullets

Oneri Fleita Drops Some Minor League Knowledge and Other Bullets

Oneri Fleita, AA Tennessee, Theo Epstein, Tony Campana, and the smell of the Cubs highlight a hefty 12 bullets today.

by February 7, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
Cubs Claim Adrian Cardenas From A’s, Designate Blake DeWitt for Assignment

Cubs Claim Adrian Cardenas From A’s, Designate Blake DeWitt for Assignment

Cardenas was an attractive waiver claim, but dumping DeWitt is a minor surprise.

Excited About Chicago Cubs Prospect Junior Lake – To a Degree

Excited About Chicago Cubs Prospect Junior Lake – To a Degree

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.

by February 6, 2012 Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects
Lukewarm Stove: (Lots of) Garza, (Lots of) Cespedes, (a little) Byrd

Lukewarm Stove: (Lots of) Garza, (Lots of) Cespedes, (a little) Byrd

With Garza’s contract settled, trade rumors resume, and Cespedes is nearing an expensive decision.

Chicago Cubs Reveal More Plans for New Facility in the Dominican Republic

Chicago Cubs Reveal More Plans for New Facility in the Dominican Republic

The facility, which will be the biggest and best in Latin America, is expected to be in place within two years.

Mark Prior is Coming Back from his Comeback and Other Bullets

Mark Prior is Coming Back from his Comeback and Other Bullets

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.

by February 6, 2012 Chicago Cubs News, MLB News and Rumors
Bouncing Another Player from the 40-Man Roster and Other Bullets

Bouncing Another Player from the 40-Man Roster and Other Bullets

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.

Suddenly Into the Marlins’ Ridiculousness and Other Bullets

Suddenly Into the Marlins’ Ridiculousness and Other Bullets

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.

Chicago Cubs Sign Ryan Rowland-Smith to a Minor League Contract

Chicago Cubs Sign Ryan Rowland-Smith to a Minor League Contract

The 29-year-old lefty toiled away at AAA for the Astros last year.

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