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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor of Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.

A Number of Cubs First Base Rumors

While there are a number of holes on the Chicago Cubs, the most obvious is at first base. With Derrek Lee off to Atlanta, no prospects on the way at the position, and Xavier Nady not looking like a permanent replacement, the Cubs are going to have to turn outside the organization to find their […]

Carlos Marmol Was Ridiculous in September

Carlos Marmol closed out the season – as he did so many games – with dominance and flair, emerging as MLB’s reliever of the month for September. He set a record or two on the way, too. Marmol’s flat out dominance in the month of September earned him Major League Baseball’s Delivery Man of the […]

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Alan Trammell is Probably Going to Head Out West

Caught in the periphery of the Chicago Cubs’ impending managerial decision is what will happen to the current coaching staff. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, who signed a big money three-year deal last year, isn’t going anywhere. But pitching coach Larry Rothschild ($400k+ option) and bench coach Alan Trammell could be headed elsewhere. Trammell in particular […]

Carlos Zambrano Finishes the Season Better Than His Car

The Chicago Cubs’ on-again off-again ace Carlos Zambrano may have been the best pitcher in baseball over the last month and a half of the season. He took a 54.00 ERA after Opening Day, and turned it into lemons: an ERA over seven by mid May. His epic meltdown followed in late June, after returning […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 0, Astros 4 – October 3, 2010

And so ends the Chicago Cubs’ 2010 season. Fitting that the Cubs finish as they played for most of the season: feckless and shutout. I hope you enjoyed the 2010 iteration of the Enhanced Box Scores – here’s hoping that next year’s set includes a whole lot more “lulz” and “woot woot,” and a whole […]

Carlos Zambrano: Adam Dunn Wants to Play for Chicago Cubs

Now that Carlos Zambrano has confirmed his desire to remain with the Chicago Cubs for the foreseeable future, he’s making plans for the team. Specifically, he thinks the Cubs need a big bat in the middle of the order (the Amazing Kreskin that guy is), and he says that guy should be soon-to-be free agent […]

Carlos Zambrano Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere

Earlier this year, deep in the throes of his most miserable season, Carlos Zambrano said that if the Cubs managed to secure a trade, he would not use his no-trade clause to block the move. With no reasonable hope of a turnaround from Zambrano on the field, his tenure in Chicago appeared to be assuredly […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 8, Astros 3 – October 2, 2010

The Chicago Cubs continue to close the season on a torrid pace, with tremendous pitching, and – for the first time in a while – huge offense. Carlos Zambrano finishes the 2010 season with a 3.33 ERA, which, as a friend at SOI points out, is his best since 2005. Raise your hand if you […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Bob Melvin is in Houston to Interview

Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is traveling with the team in Houston, and he won’t be alone this weekend – managerial candidate Bob Melvin is there, and expected to get his interview. Melvin is highly regarded by Hendry, who interviewed him in the fall of 2002, when he hired Dusty Baker to manage the […]

New Dates With Respect to Free Agency

The Players Association and Major League baseball have agreed to move up several dates related to free agency, allowing more time for free agents to negotiate and sign with new teams. Among the highlights: * Players no longer have to file for free agency; it will be automatic. * Free agents now will be able […]

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Will the Chicago Cubs Look to Bring Back Kerry Wood?

It is not a secret that the 2010 Chicago Cubs’ bullpen blew. Injuries, underperformance and inexperience conspired to torpedo the pen for long stretches during the season. So the fact that the team will look at some veteran reliever options this Winter should also not be a secret. But one of those reliever options might […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Chicago Cubs Do Plan to Interview Joe Girardi

Looks like my tea leaf reading was correct. Despite announcing a desire to have their managerial decision made sooner rather than later, the Chicago Cubs are expected to wait out the Yankees’ season so that they can “at least try” to bring in skipper Joe Girardi for an interview, according to┬áBuster Olney. The Cubs are […]

Sources Say Nationals Unlikely to Re-Sign Adam Dunn

Despite reports just last week that the two sides were hopeful that something could get done, rumors are surfacing that the Washington Nationals do not expect – indeed do not want – to re-sign first baseman Adam Dunn, who is a free agent at the end of this season. Money is, of course, always a […]