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Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Now Targeting Adam LaRoche, Would Like to Close Deal “Soon”

As I noted earlier, Adam LaRoche’s name has been suspiciously absent from rumors attached to the Chicago Cubs’ first base vacancy – until today. CBS Sports is reporting that, not only are the Cubs interested in LaRoche, but the team is “targeting” him, and would like to close a deal “soon.” Obviously we’ll have more on this later, and will […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Are “Aggressively” Shopping Tom Gorzelanny

A bit of a surprise rumor from the Winter Meetings: Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting on Twitter that the Chicago Cubs are “aggressively” shopping lefty starter Tom Gorzelanny this week. Given that (a) the team is looking for another starting pitcher, (b) Gorzelanny was effective as a starter last year, and (c) Gorzelanny is going to cost […]

Lukewarm Stove: Red Sox May Be Close To Landing Gonzalez

Apologies for the short form, but I’m on the road. ESPN Boston is reporting that the Red Sox are “making headway” on an Adrian Gonzalez trade. Which would, you know, suck. If the Cubs feel like they don’t have a shot at Gonzalez anymore, it could explain the urgency to make a move for Chris […]

You Can Cross Adam Dunn Off the List

Granted, the Cubs crossed him off weeks ago, but his name kept popping up in connection with the team. Nevertheless, they never made an offer, and today, Dunn signed a 4 year, $56 million deal with the White Sox. Times must be good in Chicago for the city to have that kind of cash to […]

Cross Off Victor Martinez

Once euphimistically referred to as a middle-tier or bargain option for the Chicago Cubs at first base in 2011, catcher/1B/DH Victor Martinez has reportedly signed a 4 year, $50 million (!) deal with the Detroit Tigers. While Martinez was never a realistic option for the Cubs, his signing could very will impact the Cubs. First, […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: It’s Mike Quade

According to multiple reports, today the Chicago Cubs removed the “interim” tag from Mike Quade’s title, and will name him their new manager. We’ll have more details later, but suffice it to say that Ryne Sandberg is not pleased with the decision, and has indicated that he intends to explore opportunities outside of the Cubs’ […]

Breaking News: Lou Piniella Retiring Today

ESPN is reporting that Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella is calling it a career after today’s series finale against the Braves. Piniella had said he would retire after this season, but he’s decided to hang them up now. The decision is driven, according to Piniella, by a family situation – you’ll recall that he left […]

Jim Hendry: We’ve Tried to Trade Derrek Lee, But He Declines

According to Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry, the Cubs have entertained offers from both the Angels and the Rangers over the past 10 days, but Derrek Lee has declined to accept a trade. Lee has informed the team that he prefers to finish out his contract year with the Cubs, and, as a guy […]

Cubs DFA Chad Tracy

As I predicted, today the Chicago Cubs elected to designate Chad Tracy for assignment to clear roster space for Aramis Ramirez. Tracy will float in limbo for 10 days, during which another team could claim him or the Cubs could trade him. After those 10 days, he can accept the assignment and head back to […]

Enhanced Box Score: Sox 10, Cubs 5

You’re wondering where the actual EBS is, aren’t you? Well, apologies, friends. The technological limitations of travel have left me without the ability to create the EBS today. But do you really want one? It would just highlight Jake Peavy and say something like “you’re welcome,” or highlight James Russell and say something like “I […]

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 […]