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Category: Chicago Cubs Transactions

Justin Berg to Iowa, David Patton to the Netherworld

A little tardy on this one, but as reported in the comments, the corresponding move for the Bobby Howry signing was the option of Justin Berg back to AAA Iowa. Berg earned the demotion after he failed to keep his ERA under 6.00 and his WHIP under 1.60, each of which – even in this […]

Bullpen Desperation Roulette: Cubs Sign Bobby Howry

You may remember him from such screams as “COME ON!” and “THROW F*&CKING STRIKES!” It appears that recently-released reliever Bobby Howry will be a Chicago Cub again very soon. Comcast SportsNet has learned that the Cubs have signed veteran relief pitcher Bob Howry. He will report to the team in Texas this weekend. Howry was […]

Whither Chad Tracy – Jeff Baker or Mike Fontenot Next?

Forgotten in the hoopla of Starlin Castro’s promotion to Chicago was the necessary and corresponding roster move: the Cubs optioned Chad Tracy to AAA Iowa. Tracy was the 25th man out of Spring Training, beating Kevin Millar for the last spot primarily thanks to versatility. That versatility doesn’t help, however, if you can’t hit – […]

Jeff Samardzija To Iowa

Today the Chicago Cubs activated Ted Lilly, so they had to make a corresponding move. We always knew one of the relievers would head out, but until Carlos Zambrano was moved to the pen, it was assumed that it would be a lefty heading out. The one good thing about Zambrano going to the pen? […]

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The Cubs Cut Mike Parisi – But Magically Get to Keep Him

Mike Parisi was selected this year by the Chicago Cubs in the Rule 5 Draft. The gist: that means he was a guy who’d been in the minors a long time without being placed on a team’s 40-man roster, and the Cubs wanted to give him a shot to make their 25-man roster. Usually, if […]

The Fifth Cut is the Bullpeniest: Cubs Cut Another Seven

Yesterday the Chicago Cubs trimmed their Spring Roster for the fifth time, crushing the hopes and dreams of seven players: outfielder James Adduci, infielders Darwin Barney and Bobby Scales, catcher Robinson Chinoros, and relievers John Gaub, Jeff Gray, and Marcos Mateo. With yesterday’s announcement that Jeff Samardzija would indeed be in the bullpen, these cuts […]

The Fourth Cut is the Prospectiest: Starlin Castro Gets Axed

The Chicago Cubs clipped two more guys from the Spring roster, and although Starlin Castro will get all the headlines, it was the other guy who actually had a shot to make the big club. The Cubs trimmed two more players Saturday and sent highly touted shortstop Starlin Castro and outfielder Brad Snyder to the Minor […]

The Third Cut is the Unsurprisingest: Cubs Cut Eight

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs made their third set of Spring Training roster cuts, and although it included a few guys who had legitimate shots to make the team, none was a huge surprise. The Cubs trimmed eight players from the spring camp roster, including 2008 No. 1 Draft pick Andrew Cashner. Cashner, who was on […]

The Second Cut is the Shallowest: Dolis Out

Quick Spring Training roster update: pitcher Rafael Dolis, who had an outside shot at landing in the bullpen, didn’t make it this year. He’ll start the year out at AA. The Chicago Cubs today optioned right-handed pitcher Rafael Dolis to Double-A Tennessee, reducing their spring roster to 50 players. Chicago’s spring roster of 50 players […]

Chicago Cubs Sign Cuban Pitcher Juan Yasser Serrano

The Chicago Cubs lately have preferred to focus on Pacific Rim scouting when it comes to stocking the minor leagues outside of the draft, obviously while keeping their toes dipped in the Dominican Republic and elsewhere in Latin America. But now, the Cubs have finally reached into Cuba to make a minor league free agent […]

Cubs Make Huge International Splash – Sign Korean Youngster

The Chicago Cubs continue to dominate the Far East international free agent market. Going back to the days of Hee Seop Choi, the Cubs have clearly made inroads in South Korea, and aren’t giving up any time soon. Yesterday, the Cubs signed 18-year-old pitcher Kim Jin-Yeong tor a whopping $1.2 million bonus, making him – by […]

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.

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After a Physical, Xavier Nady Will Be a Chicago Cub

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with outfielder Xavier Nady on a one-year, $3.3 million deal, which also offers some $2 million in incentives for games played. Nady, 31, essentially did not play last year after elbow problems led to his second Tommy John surgery. Now fully-recovered, the Cubs hope Nady can be a […]

Details on the Chad Tracy Signing

The Chicago Cubs will announce today that they’ve signed Chad Tracy to a minor league contract, which we already knew yesterday. But now we’ve got some of the particulars on the deal. If Tracy makes the Cubs’ big-league roster, he would earn $900,000, plus up to an additional $525,000 if he gets 450 plate appearances, […]

Chicago Cubs Are About to Sign Chad Tracy

The Chicago Cubs will be adding to their infield depth – at least theoretically – as soon as tomorrow, when they will announce they’ve signed Chad Tracy to a minor league deal. Tracy will have a chance to earn a spot on the big club in Spring Training, and could end up as the primary backup […]

A Couple of Minor League Deals for the Cubs

Apologies to recently re-signed minor league veterans Mark Johnson and Scott “John” McClain. They were signed to minor-league deals earlier this week, and we were remiss in reporting it. Each got a Spring Training invitation, but to the minor league portion. The Cubs have signed a couple of familiar faces to minor-league deals and invited […]

Chicago Cubs’ Non-Roster Invitations to Spring Training Have Gone Out

The Chicago Cubs have finalized their non-roster (i.e., not on the 40-man roster) invitee list for this year’s Spring Training. The list is an even mix of career minor leaguers who are getting a shot, and Cubs prospects who are, well, getting the same. Pitchers: [Andrew] Cashner, J.R. Mathes, James Russell, Casey Coleman, Thomas Diamond, […]