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Good News on Both Zambrano and Baker

Quick hit update: Carlos Zambrano, who was sent to the hospital with lower abdominal pain, is feeling fine, according to Carrie Muskat and her trust Twitter. The pain, it seems, was food-related. Fewer 3 a.m. deep fried pickle runs with Jim Hendry, I say. Jeff Baker is also expected to be fine after being pulled […]

Carlos Zambrano Sent to Hospital

According to Gordon Wittenmyer’s twitter, Carlos Zambrano has been sent to the hospital with an appendicitis (or at least appendicitis-like symptoms). If he ends up having it out, he could be out for several weeks. We’ll update as we get more information. UPDATE: From cubs.com, the Cubs have determined it probably isn’t an appendicitis. Zambrano was complaining of […]

Jeff Stevens to Chicago, Esmailin Caridad to DL

The Chicago Cubs just placed reliever Esmailin Caridad on the 15-day disabled list with elbow problems (ruh roh), and recalled AAA reliever Jeff Stevens. Interesting that Stevens, 26, got the call over other AAA bullpen options including John Gaub, Jeff Gray, Blake Parker, Jay Jackson, and some guy named Samardzija. Stevens has a 2.60 ERA […]

Boom: Cubs Call Up Starlin Castro

Well, here we go. Today, according to Enrique Rojas, the Chicago Cubs will call up uber-prospect Starlin Castro. He’ll likely take over the starting shortstop duties in short order, with Ryan Theriot moving over to second base. If the Cubs start winning, you can be assured that this will be the move credited with moving […]

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Jeff Gray to Cubs, Esmailin Caridad to DL

It should be no surprise that Jeff Gray – acquired in the offseason, together with a couple meh prospects, for Jake Fox and Aaron Miles – is now on his way to join the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen, following Esmailin Caridad’s placement on the disabled list with a totally-not-made-up forearm strain. Gray was expected to be […]

It’s Chad Tracy

As we predicted (I’m almost as good at predicting as I am at tooting my own horn), today the Chicago Cubs selected Chad Tracy as their 25th man, which led to the release of Kevin Millar. We’ll go into more detail on the move later.

It’s Silva and Gorzelanny

As we predicted earlier today, Lou Piniella has announced that the Chicago Cubs will round out their starting rotation with Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny to start the season. He did not say what would happen when Ted Lilly, who is expected to miss the first couple of weeks of the season, returns. Piniella also […]

No Kiko Calero for the Cubs, Signs with Mets

The Chicago Cubs dabbled in the Kiko Calero trade for many a week this offseason, eventually off-put by his past shoulder problems and demands for a multi-year deal. So it’s no surprise that he ended up going elsewhere – he’s reportedly signed with the Mets. What is a surprise, however, is that he signed on […]

Ryan Theriot and the Cubs Have Arbitrated

This morning, the Chicago Cubs and their starting shortstop Ryan Theriot had their fight, according to a tweet from Carrie Muskat. The two sides engaged in an arbitration hearing that will determine whether he makes $3.4 million this year, or $2.6 million. We should get a decision by tomorrow.

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Chicago Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Carlos Marmol

As expected, the Cubs have managed to sign closer Carlos Marmol to a one-year deal, avoiding the ugliness of arbitration that lies ahead with respect to the last remaining unsigned Cub, Ryan Theriot. According to Carrie Muskat, the two sides agreed to a $2.125 million salary, which is approximately the midpoint of what the Cubs […]

Cubs Set to Sign Kevin Millar

According to Jerry Crasnick, the Chicago Cubs will soon sign 38-year-old reserve Kevin Millar to a minor league deal and invite him to Spring Training. Millar has played a tiny bit of third base and outfield over the past few years, but has almost exclusively played first base. He will presumably battle Micah Hoffpauir, Chad […]

Cubs and Sean Marshall Avoid Arbitration

Unsurprisingly, given they were only a few hundred thousand bucks apart ($1.175 mill versus $800k), today the Chicago Cubs signed Sean Marshall to a one-year deal, thus avoiding arbitration. UPDATE: Looks like they settled for $950k, which is just about the mid-point.

Report: Chicago Cubs Sign Xavier Nady

Word this morning was that Xavier Nady was the Chicago Cubs’ top choice to serve as fourth outfielder, and according to Tim Brown on Twitter, the Cubs have landed him. No details have yet emerged, but we’ll update as more becomes available. UPDATE: The deal is reportedly (we’re using that word a lot today, no?) worth $3.3 million […]

Report: Ben Sheets Signs with Oakland

According to various reports – including CBS Sports and a multitude of Tweets – the Oakland A’s have ponied up to land free agent starting pitcher Ben Sheets, and will announce the signing later this afternoon. The deal is thought to be for one year and between $8 to 10 million.

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In Case You Were Hoping for Melky Cabrera

You can forget it. Reports indicate that today, Melky Cabrera and some other youngsters will be traded to the Atlanta Braves for pitchers Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan. The Braves had been looking for an outfield bat, and needed to move a starting pitcher, but this is an imperfect deal for them. Cabrera is far […]

Obsess No More: Bradley Traded to Mariners

Quick update: the unfortunate trade is now official. Today, the Chicago Cubs traded Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners for “pitcher” Carlos Silva and $9 million. Silva makes about $3 million more than Bradley over the next two years, so the Cubs save $6 million total. But they’re stuck with a guy who has been, […]

Oh Crap: Source Indicates Milton Bradley for Carlos Silva is

Hold on to your butts. According to the Seattle Times’ Larry Stone, the Chicago Cubs are planning to send Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners today for pitcher Carlos Silva. The money aspect – which will be very telling – has not yet been discussed publicly. We’ll keep you posted as things develop, and should […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Rumors of Bradley to Seattle Mariners

File this under “Oh Please Dear Baby Jesus No.” We heard rumors of Milton Bradley heading off to Seattle for “pitcher” Carlos Silva a few weeks ago. Mercifully, those rumors were quickly doused. But now they’re back. With a vengeance. While the Cubs have talked to as many as four teams regarding Bradley, perhaps the […]

Roy Halladay on His Way to the Phillies

According to SI.com, the Blue Jays, Phillies, and Mariners have pulled off a gigantic trade that would see Roy Halladay head to the Phillies, Cliff Lee head to the Mariners, and presumably, you know, something head to the Blue Jays. It’s all a bit amorphous at this point, but being that it could have a […]

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Cubs Will Tender Contracts to All the Arbitration Eligible Guys

Today is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their arbitration eligible players, and the Chicago Cubs intend to do so with all of their guys – the lone exception being injured/crappy reliever Neal Cotts, who may yet return on a minor league deal. This means that Mike Fontenot will get a contract, though […]

Arismendy Mota is a Chicago Cub

Today the Chicago Cubs executed a pre-planned trade for minor league pitcher Arismendy Mota, selected yesterday by the Washington Nationals in the AAA phase of the Rule 5 draft. The Cubs sent “cash considerations,” which is a euphemism for “we agreed that the Nats will draft this kid for us, and then we will send […]

Obsessive Milton Bradley Trade Watch: Cubs “Close” to Deal with Rays

Do you have your gigantic grain of salt handy? Good. Bob Nightengale of USA Today has tweeted that the Chicago Cubs are “close” to dealing Milton Bradley to the Tampa Bay Rays. If true, it is almost certainly for Pat Burrell, with the Cubs greasing the wheels with some cash. If this is the trade, […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: No Mystery Team?

There are now conflicting reports on whether there is, in fact, a mystery American League team close to landing Milton Bradley from the Chicago Cubs. Gordon Wittenmyer and Paul Sullivan suggest there is such a team, while Carrie Muskat says there isn’t. For my part, I side with Wittenmyer and Sullivan on this one, if […]

OMGranderson Watch: Time of Death, 2:30pm EST

Various reports indicate that the mega-blockbuster (but hoping it wouldn’t happen) three-way trade between the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Detroit Tigers, which will see the Yankees wind up with Granderson and the D-backs land Jackson, is about to go down. If it is any consolation (it’s not), the Cubs may now pursue a […]

OMGranderson: Cubs Out of It for Curtis Granderson?

File this one under please-be-untrue: Today’s reports indicate that the Detroit Tigers have demanded that they receive a studly, ready-to-go center field prospect in any deal they would make for Curtis Granderson. If that is true, and the Tigers hold firm to that demand, you can probably count the Chicago Cubs out. The closest thing […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Bradley to the Royals for Gil Meche?

These things are flying fast and loose. Last night, per Bruce Levine, Cubs officials met with the Kansas City Royals about a potential Milton Bradley/Gil Meche swap. You’ll recall: (1) the Royals had expressed interest in signing Bradley some moons ago, and (2) the exact same sentence, but swap “Cubs” for “Royals,” and “Meche” for […]