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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.

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.

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 […]