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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 […]

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 […]

Jeff Stevens to Chicago, Mitch Atkins to Iowa

After getting knocked around for a few innings yesterday, Mitch Atkins is headed back to AAA Iowa. To replace him, the Cubs have recalled Jeff Stevens. Stevens, 26, begins his third stint with the Cubs this season, having recorded a 5.71 ERA in 17 relief appearances from May 19 to June 26 and June 29 […]


Mitch Atkins to Chicago, Brian Schlitter to DL

Brian Schlitter is the latest Chicago Cub to come down with bad-performance-itis. I kid (sort of), but following his disastrous outing on Friday against the Reds, the Cubs discovered that Schlitter had a “shoulder impingement.” He’ll head to the DL, and Mitch Atkins comes back up from Iowa to take his spot in the bullpen. […]

Justin Berg to Chicago, Jeff Stevens to Iowa

Yesterday the Cubs made a minor move, swapping relievers in their bullpen, trying to keep arms in shape. To freshen an overworked bullpen, the Cubs on Monday swapped one right-handed relief pitcher for another. Chicago recalled Justin Berg from Triple-A Iowa, and to clear a spot for him on the 25-man roster, optioned fellow reliever […]

Chicago Cubs Sign International Prospect Daniel Sanchez

The international signing period kicked off recently, and although the majority of the Chicago Cubs’ focus has been on the Pacific Rim – where they have a veritable stranglehold on the prospect market – they have not forgotten the importance of Latin America. To that end, Baseball America reports that the Cubs have made a […]

Chad Tracy, We Hardly Knew Ye

Or is it, we hardly liked ye? In any event, Chad Tracy is no longer a member of the Chicago Cubs. Infielder Chad Tracy, who was designated for assignment last week to make room for Aramis Ramirez’s return from the DL, cleared waivers and declined an assignment to Class AAA, making him a free agent. CHICAGO […]

The Chicago Cubs Have Signed Matt Szczur

The Chicago Cubs keep chipping away at their draft picks this year, now having signed the bulk of the first 20 picks. The Cubs announced Thursday they have signed fifth-round Draft pick Matt Szczur of Villanova. A two-sport star in baseball and football, he was the first .400 hitter for Villanova this season since 1997, […]

Brian Schlitter to Chicago, Jeff Stevens to Iowa

The Chicago Cubs were in need of a fresh arm after two straight days of heavy bullpen usage, so they’ve sent Jeff Stevens – holder of a 2.81 ERA this year – down to Iowa in favor of AAA closer Brian Schlitter. Schlitter has a 4.09 ERA this year, and has struck out 31 in […]

Chicago Cubs Sign Five More Draft Picks

The Chicago Cubs have signed five more of their 2010 draft picks, including third rounder Micah Gibbs, a catcher out of LSU. The club has now agreed to terms with 20 of its 50 selections from the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including three of its first four, 11 of its first 16 […]

Chicago Cubs Sign Top Draft Pick Hayden Simpson – Probably

When the Chicago Cubs shocked the world with their first round pick in the 2010 Draft, taking 191st ranked prospect Hayden Simpson, most expected that it meant at least one thing: they’ll be able to sign him. And they were right. Probably. The Cubs can’t put out an official announcement because of a pending physical […]


Cubs Have Signed Some Draftees

The Chicago Cubs have signed a handful of players from this year’s draft: Round 4: LHP Hunter Ackerman Round 8: LHP Cameron Greathouse Round 10: RHP Aaron Kurcz Round 11: LHP Eric Jokisch Round 19: RHP Dustin Fitzgerald Round 20: IF Ryan Cuneo Round 22: C Jeffery Vigurs Round 23: RHP Matt Loosen Round 28: RHP Joseph […]

Hooray! John Grabow is Back! And Healed!

Mitch Atkins, we hardly knew ye. No, seriously. John Grabow was activated from the disabled list Tuesday and Mitch Atkins optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Grabow had been sidelined since May 31 because of a sprained left knee. Atkins never had a chance to get in a game during his brief call-up and he’s expected to […]

Mitch Atkins to Chicago, James Russell to Iowa

With the Chicago starting pitchers failing to go deep into games lately, the bullpen has been a bit taxed. To that end, the Cubs reached into AAA Iowa to pull up an arm to provide some relief (get it!?), and called up righty Mitch Atkins. To make room on the roster, left-hander James Russell was […]

Chicago Cubs Draft Pitcher Hayden Simpson in First Round

Chicago Cubs scouting director Tim Wilken took an unheralded kid out of Clemson in his first draft with the Cubs in 2006. The young outfielder had played pretty well for the Tigers, but no one saw him being drafted earlier than the late second or third round. The pick was roundly criticized. Today, he’s playing […]

Praise Jeebus: John Grabow to the DL, Andrew Cashner Called Up

Word broke late last week (and then picked up steam over the weekend) that Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Andrew Cashner, recently placed in the AAA Iowa bullpen, would be called up this week. As Tom Gorzelanny was moved to the bullpen – making it a four-lefty pen – we all knew that one of the […]

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 […]