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The Pirates Trade; or Why Tom Gorzelanny Better Be Awesome

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs traded pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, as well as minor league infielder Josh Harrison to the Pirates for pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny. And though the rumors about Grabow had swirled for weeks, thus leaving the indelible impression on this trade that it was all about him (i.e., another […]

Cubs Acquire Grabow, Gorzelanny From Pirates

Today, the Chicago Cubs sent pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, as well as minor league infielder Josh Harrison to the Pirates for lefty reliever John Grabow and lefty sometimes starter, sometimes reliever, sometimes minor leaguer Tom Gorzelanny. Grabow joins Sean Marshall as the lefties in the pen (though Grabow has been better at getting […]

Whither Al Alburquerque?

The Chicago Cubs will part with High A Daytona reliever Al Alburquerque in the deal for Colorado Rockies utility man Jeff Baker says Cubs.com. This is a devastating, devastating blow to the Cubs organization. No, not because Alburquerque sports an excellent 2.08 ERA this year (come on, he’s 23 in High A – it’s not […]

Holy Dreadlocks! Manny Ramirez Tests Positive for Steroids!

Wow. I’m not shocked by the fact of it – I’m shocked that MLB is actually taking down one of its biggest, albeit troublesome, stars. Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended 50 games starting today, The Times has learned. The test result and suspension is expected to be announced […]

Cubs DFA Luis Vizcaino

We hardly knew ye. As expected, the Cubs designated right-hander Luis Vizcaino for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 25-man roster for Jeff Samardzija. According to ESPN.com, Chicago was trying to trade Vizcaino before bringing up Samardzija from Triple-A Iowa. But while general manager Jim Hendry attempted to work out a deal with […]

Closerwatch: It’s Kevin Gregg

I can’t say I’m surprised: Lou Piniella today announced that Kevin Gregg – and not Carlos Marmol – will begin the season as the Chicago Cubs closer. Rue if you must, but this is the correct decision, and not simply because of the Cubs’ strong financial incentive to make Gregg the closer. Gregg is an […]

Angel Guzman to the Pirates?

Chicago Cubs reliever and former wunderkind prospect Angel Guzman is out of options and doesn’t look likely to make the Cubs bullpen. Thus, he gone. At some point. To someone. MLB Trade Rumors is speculating that the someone (well, some team, I suppose is more accurate) is the Pittsburgh Pirates. [The Pirates] would like to […]

Cubs Sign Esteban German, Who is Not German

The Sun Times is twittering that the Chicago Cubs have signed Esteban German – who was recently waived by the Royals (always a good sign) – to compete for a back-up infielder role. As we recently said, the Cubs are going to look for a back-up infielder throughout Spring Training. Maybe German is the guy, […]

Aramis Ramirez to Play in WBC with A-Rod Out?

With the breaking news that Alex Rodriguez is undergoing hip surgery – the cyst kind, not the old person kind – I am openly pondering and speculating as to whether it means Aramis Ramirez will leave the Chicago Cubs and go to play in the World Baseball Classic. As we’ve noted here before, Ramirez opted […]

Lou Piniella Wants Curt Schilling

No, not that way, but he’s interested in having Schilling pitch for the Chicago Cubs. “This guy, he’s a pro,” Piniella said. “I don’t know how accurate [the reports] are, but if you get a pitcher with his credentials and his winning habits, it would be something to explore.” I stick to my assessment that […]

Sweet Jesus, Is Milton Bradley Hurt Already?

Granted, regulars get yanked early in Spring Training for a whole host of reasons completely unrelated to health. But when the yanking takes place after one at bat, and the yankee (not the team, the guy being yanked) is Milton Bradley (or Rich Harden), we’re going to take note. Apparently Bradley had to run hard […]

Crisis Averted: Zambrano Will NOT Pitch in WBC

Finally we get word from Zambrano, himself, that he will not be pitching for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, despite Venezuela’s stated belief that he is. I’d love to find out the details from behind the scenes as to how it was so unclear whether or not Zambrano would actually be participating, how the […]

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