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Thomas Diamond, Not Jeff Samardzija, Will Be the New Ted Lilly

Now that Ted Lilly is off to greener pastures in Los Angeles, the Chicago Cubs will need a new starter in their rotation. The obvious long-term choice is Carlos Zambrano, but he’s neither stretched out nor pitching effectively, so, despite his protests, he’ll remain in the bullpen for at least a little while longer. In […]

Aramis Ramirez’s Thumb is Still Bothering Him

Aramis Ramirez sat out yesterday’s series finale against the Rockies because his thumb – which kept him out for a significant stretch earlier this year, and crapped up his performance before that – was bothering him. Ramirez, who missed 15 games in June because of the injury, said he should be back in the lineup […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Carlos Silva’s Heart is Racing

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Silva left today’s game against the Rockies after facing just four batters. It seems he was just so excited to meet new Cub Blake DeWitt that he could stop his heart from pounding. Just kidding. About the DeWitt part. Carlos Silva was pulled from Sunday’s game in the first inning […]

Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot Have Been Traded to the Dodgers

Per multiple reports, the Chicago Cubs have traded pitcher Ted Lilly and second baseman Ryan Theriot to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Part of the return is expected to be second baseman Blake DeWitt, but no word yet on dollars and the rest of the return. We’ll keep you posted. UPDATE: Looks like the Cubs are […]

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Theriot May Be Key to Lilly Trade

It sounds like the Dodgers are reluctant to trade for Ted Lilly (or at least are reluctant to pay any of his salary) unless Ryan Theriot is in the deal. Why they have such a hard on for Theriot is unclear to anyone who has, you know, watched him play. The ball appears to be […]

We Hardly Liked Ye: Cubs Release Bob Howry

Carlos Zambrano has officially come back to the Cubs, and because the team hasn’t traded Ted Lilly yet (the clock is ticking, Jim), they had to make a corresponding roster move. That move was the release of one Robert Howry. And there was much rejoicing. Howry, who turns 37 on Aug. 4, was 1-3 with […]

You Aren’t As Interested in the Chicago Cubs This Year

It should come as no surprise that, as the Chicago Cubs become less competitive, interest in them wanes. I see that¬†experientially here, and we all notice it in conversations with more casual fans. But the drop-off this year has been dramatic, and it has been markedly awful in the TV space. Ratings on Comcast SportsNet […]

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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 […]

In News That Isn’t News, Aramis Ramirez Likely to Stay With Cubs

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs online sphere blew up reporting that third baseman Aramis Ramirez was likely to exercise his $14.6 million player option at the end of this year, to remain with the Cubs in 2011. I did not immediately report this factoid. Why? Because I’ve been assuming he’d exercise the option since he was […]

God Shows His Wrath in the Minors, Too: Josh Vitters Breaks His Finger

Former first round pick, and one of the top Chicago Cubs’ positional prospects, Josh Vitters is likely out for the rest of the 2010 season after breaking the middle finger on his left hand. Playing for the Tennessee Smokies in the Double-A Southern League on Sunday, Vitters was hit by a pitch from Mississippi Braves […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Not Geovany Soto!

Of all the personnel the Chicago Cubs could lose to injury, catcher Geovany Soto might be the hardest to stomach. He leads all catchers in several offensive categories, and he’s been the most consistently good batter the Cubs have had all year. But we’re going to get a steady diet of Koyie Hill for at […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Breaks His Silence For Realsies

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano has finally spoken publicly regarding Zambranogate, and while it’s good to finally hear from the horse’s mouth, his statements leave a little to be desired. “It was a moment of frustration,” Zambrano said Monday in an interview with ESPN. “I was trying to fire up the team. Lee told me […]

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Chicago Cubs Sign Second Round Pick Reggie Golden

Some good news on the draft front – yesterday the Cubs announced that they had signed their second round pick, high school outfielder Reggie Golden. Reggie Golden got his first peek at life in the big leagues on Saturday. Golden, the Cubs’ second-round Draft pick, signed his contract on Friday and was able to do […]

Brian Schlitter to Chicago, Jeff Stevens to Iowa

The Chicago Cubs middle reliever shuffle continues as today the team activated Brian Schlitter from the 15-day DL, and sent Jeff Stevens back to AAA Iowa. Stevens couldn’t get his ERA under six, making him a relatively obvious choice to head out – although, Schlitter hasn’t yet been terribly impressive. Semi-relatedly: still waiting on word […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Pitches Scoreless, but Shaky, Inning for Iowa

Carlos Zambrano is working his way back to the Chicago Cubs after a long, self-induced layoff. He threw an inning last night for AAA Iowa, and although he didn’t give up a run, the performance was altogether “meh.” Zambrano, who pitched one inning for the Mesa Rookie League team on Monday, threw 15 pitches, 10 […]

On Free Agent Draft Compensation and Making Trades

This time of year, trade ideas are thrown around like so many flying fish in Seattle. Most will never happen – indeed, most could never happen – but it’s still fun. Let’s send this overpriced, skill-declining guy to this team for these seven top 100 prospects. I could totally do this GM thing! Increasingly, however, […]

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Zambranogate: Carlos Expected to Return Next Weekend

Chicago Cubs pitcher/formerly angry guy Carlos Zambrano is expected to return to the team next weekend, around July 30, when the Cubs head to Colorado to take on the Rockies. The plan for Zambrano is for him to pitch out of the bullpen for Iowa until he joins the big league team in Denver the […]

Tom Ricketts: Jim Hendry is the Cubs GM “Going Into Next Year”

With the announcement that Lou Piniella will retire at the end of this season, Jim Hendry’s status as Chicago Cubs General Manager was bound to receive some new scrutiny for two reasons: (1) he and Piniella are tied together, and as one departs, many believe so should the other in order to start fresh; and […]

Lou Piniella Will Retire at Season’s End

We all suspected it for more than a few weeks, but now it’s official: Lou Piniella will retire from managing baseball at the end of the 2010 season. From Piniella’s statement: “I couldn’t be more appreciative of the Cubs organization for providing me the opportunity to manage this ballclub. I’ve had four wonderful years here […]

Cubs Are “Close” to Signing Second Round Pick Reggie Golden

While the Chicago Cubs have signed most of their top draft picks from last month’s first year player draft, a decent chunk remain unsigned. Most, however, are latter third picks, which are typically fall-back types or guys that are not expected to be easy to sign. Reggie Golden, on the other hand, remains unsigned despite […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Expected to Pitch for Iowa This Week

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who hasn’t pitched for the Cubs since June 25 when he exploded on his teammates after an inning of terrible work. He’s been working out in Mesa, Arizona – in conjunction with his recently-completed anger management counselling – and is expected to start throwing in games this week. Cubs […]

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