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Category: Chicago Cubs Transactions

Chicago Cubs Make Five September Call-Ups

Yesterday, with the AAA Iowa Cubs bowing out of the Pacific Coast League playoff race (on the last day of the regular season – ouch), the Chicago Cubs called up five players from the Iowa club to join them for the rest of the season. The most notable call-up is pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who returns […]

Welington Castillo Back to Chicago

Yesterday the Chicago Cubs recalled catching prospect Welington Castillo (whose name still has one too few “Ls” for my taste, but whateves), who will serve as the third catcher and bat off the bench for the rest of the year. Castillo is no doubt auditioning to be Geovany Soto’s back-up next year, which would allow […]

Scott Maine to Chicago, Justin Berg to Iowa

Another rookie reliever is on his way to Chicago, as the Cubs today called up lefty pitcher Scott Maine from AAA – and promptly deposited Justin Berg in Iowa to take his place. Maine, 25, was acquired from the Diamondbacks over the Winter in the Aaron Heilman trade, and has worked his way through the […]

It’s Official: Cubs Trade Derrek Lee to Braves

We’ll have some further analysis and commentary about the deal soon, but for now, I wanted to make sure to get you the basics. Lee, who invoked his 10-and-5 rights and rejected a trade to the Angels in late July, agreed to a deal Wednesday with the Atlanta Braves, who were looking to upgrade their […]


Chicago Cubs Sign Four More Draft Picks at the Deadline

Yesterday evening was the deadline for signing draft picks from this year’s Rule 4 (first year player) Draft. The Chicago Cubs closed out strong, signing four their remaining picks. The Cubs agreed to terms with four more First-Year Player Draft picks by Monday’s 11 p.m. CT deadline, including seventh-round pick Benjamin Wells and ninth-round selection […]

Breaking: Cubs Trade Mike Fontenot to Giants for A Ball Outfielder

Breaking news: the Chicago Cubs have sent infielder Mike Fontenot across the diamond to the San Francisco Giants for Single A outfielder Evan Crawford, according to various sources. The Giants unsuccessfully tried to acquire Fontenot before the non-waiver trade deadline. More details as they become available. UPDATE: Crawford was the Giants 9th round pick last […]

Marcos Mateo to Chicago, Mitch Atkins to Iowa

The Chicago Cubs have called up righty Marcos Mateo from AAA Iowa to join the rotating cavalcade of bullpen arms. Mateo, 26, had an outside shot of making the Cubs’ pen out of Spring Training, but instead settled for AA. He pitched well, and made his way up to AAA, where’s he’s been just so-so. […]

Mitch Atkins to Chicago, Brian Schlitter to Iowa

The Brian Schlitter disaster tour is over (well, at least on hiatus), as the Chicago Cubs sent the young reliever – together with his 12.38 ERA – back to AAA Iowa. In a corresponding move, the Cubs recalled righty Mitch Atkins to shore up the bullpen (*chuckles at the thought that any internal move the […]

Casey Coleman to Chicago, Carlos Silva to the DL

After experiencing a racing heart and chest discomfort, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva spent what was probably a pretty scary night in the hospital. The good news is that everything checked out, but the bad news is that no one is yet quite sure what’s wrong with him – so the Cubs have put him […]

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.┬áCHICAGO […]

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 […]