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Category: Chicago Cubs Transactions

Cubs Trade Prospect Tony Thomas to Red Sox for Reliever Robert Coello

Today the Chicago Cubs made a minor move, dealing second base prospect Tony Thomas to the Boston Red Sox for relief prospect Robert Coello, who was recently designated for assignment. Coello will be added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster, and will compete for a spot in the bullpen this year. The move is a bit […]

Cubs and Carlos Marmol Agree to Three Year Extension

As expected, the Chicago Cubs and Carlos Marmol today agreed to a three-year extension, which buys out his final two years of arbitration and first year of free agency. We’re still waiting on the official announcement, but the deal is expected to be in the $20 to 23 million range, and Bruce Levine hears the […]

A Couple Tidbits on the Braden Looper Contract

Late last week, the Chicago Cubs signed pitcher Braden Looper – who took off the 2010 season, presumably to tour the beaches of Europe and find himself – to a minor league deal, and invited him to Spring Training. Today, Jerry Crasnick reports that the contract is a $1 million deal, if Looper makes the […]

Cubs Sign Two Cuban Prospects

New Chicago Cubs’ owner Tom Ricketts appears to be making good on his promise to spend, in other areas, what he doesn’t spend on the Major League roster. To wit, today the Cubs signed two relatively big-time Cuban players – outfielder Ruby Silva and catcher Yaniel Cabeza – to add to their system depth. Cabeza […]

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Another Familiar Face Returns: Cubs Sign Todd Wellemeyer

If you are a former top Chicago Cubs prospect that never quite lived up to expectations, now is your time to come home. Mark Pawalek, I’ve got your ticket when you’re ready. Fresh on the heels of signing Luis Montanez to a minor league contract with a Spring Training invite, today the Cubs signed former […]

Cubs Sign Lost Friend, Luis Montanez

In 2000, the Chicago cubs drafted high upside youngster Luis Montanez third overall. That was the pinnacle of Montanez’s career. He bounced around the minors for a number of years with marginal success, before being sent packing to where all Cubs prospects go to fade away – Baltimore. There, he actually saw some time in […]

The Cubs Just Secured a Top Prospect: Matt Szczur

The Chicago Cubs’ thinning prospect corps just received a shot in the arm when Villanova wide receiver Matt Szczur, drafted by the Cubs in the 5th round last year, but thought to prefer a future in the NFL, agreed to stick with baseball for good. The $1.5 million to which the Cubs upped their signing […]

Graham Hicks Rounds Out Tom Gorzelanny Trade

In addition to outfielder Michael Burgess and righty A.J. Morris, the Cubs will receive 20-year old lefty Graham Hicks from the Washington Nationals in exchange for Tom Gorzelanny. Hicks was drafted out of high school in the fourth round in 2008, and hasn’t yet had much minor league success. He threw 71.2 innings last year, […]

Report: Cubs Trade Gorzelanny to Nationals

The Chicago Cubs have done what was expected for weeks, trading lefty Tom Gorzelanny to the Nationals for three prospects, two pitchers and an outfielder, according to Bruce Levine. It was a pure roster/salary dump for the Cubs, even though Gorzelanny is scheduled to make barely $2 million in his second year of arbitration. The […]

Cubs Sign Geovany Soto to $3 Million Deal

The Chicago Cubs have avoided arbitration with one of their tougher signs, taking care of catcher Geovany Soto for $3 million – basically in the ballpark of what he was expected to get. After a dominating rookie campaign, a terrible second season, and a solid third season, the reasonable range was probably as low as […]

Max Ramirez is a Chicago Cub

This weekend the Chicago Cubs lost a catching prospect (Robinson Chirinos), and today they claimed one off waivers from the Red Sox. Max Ramirez, 26, actually isn’t much of a prospect anymore, but he was rated as a top 100 prospect as recently as 2008 with the Rangers. Since then, his career has nosedived, to […]

Zach Rosscup is the Pitching Prospect in the Matt Garza Deal

The Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Rays finalized the Matt Garza deal today, and the mystery pitcher in the deal is young Zach Rosscup, the Rays’ 28th round pick in the 2009 Draft (shrug), and he pitched very well (hooray) in low A ball last year (shrug) as a 22 year old (double shrug). He […]

Brian Schlitter to New York, Kerry Wood to 40-Man

The Chicago Cubs finally, officially cleared a 40-man roster space for newly-signed reliever Kerry Wood by waiving reliever Brian Schlitter, who was picked up by the Yankees. Schlitter, 25, had a 3.15 ERA in 37 appearances at AAA Iowa last year, but couldn’t translate that into success in the bigs – he had a 12.38 […]

Cubs Sign Lefty Reliever Polin Trinidad

Earlier this week, the Chicago Cubs signed 26-year-old lefty Polin Trinidad to a minor league deal. Formerly of the Astros organization, Trinidad doesn’t blow hitters away, but he uses multiple arm angles for a bit of added deception. He’s got solid minor league numbers overall – 3.81 ERA and 1.240 WHIP in 779 innings, with […]

Cubs Tender Everyone, Sign Jeff Baker

As noted in the comments, yesterday the Chicago Cubs agreed to a one-year deal with Jeff Baker. The utility infielder will make $1.175 million next year. He mashes lefties, but you have to wonder whether Darwin Barney or (soon-to-be-lost) Marquez Smith couldn’t have handled the same duties for far less. Still, Baker is a decent […]

Chicago Cubs Add Four Prospects to the 40-Man Roster

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs added pitchers Chris Archer, Kyle Smit and Alberto Cabrera, and outfielder Brandon Guyer to the team’s 40-man roster, which will protect them from the upcoming Rule Five Draft. It also means that the players will have a chance to make the big club out of Spring Training. Archer, the organization’s top […]

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