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Lilly, Dempster, Soto Injury Updates

The Chicago Cubs have so many players recovering from injuries, it is, at times, difficult to keep them all straight. For example, what the hell happened to Aaron Miles? Don’t get me wrong – I’m not exactly pushing for his return. But, like, did he break his femur or something? For now, we’ve got updates […]

The Cubs Are Interested in Julio Lugo

The Red Sox designated Julio Lugo for assignment yesterday, pulling the plug halfway through a poorly-timed and probably ill-conceived contract given out at the high of the free agent boom. Of course, for all the flak, Lugo has still managed to hit .284 this year, with a solid .352 OBP. His range at shortstop has […]

Reed Johnson’s Rehab Assignment: Follow Aramis Ramirez

Outfielder Reed Johnson is coming back from a back injury, and he’ll be starting a rehab assignment today in Peoria – along with Aramis Ramirez. He’s expected to play three games there, and be ready to come back on Monday – along with Aramis Ramirez. Which means the Cubs will have some serious decisions to […]

Report: Cubs Have Acquired Jeff Baker from the Rockies

Well this certainly came out of nowhere. The Chicago Cubs have acquired Jeff Baker(notes) from the Colorado Rockies, according to a source close to the club. It is unclear who the Rockies will receive in return for Baker or the Cubs’ plans for him. Baker, an infielder, went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to […]

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Mark DeRosa, sigh, Has Been Traded to the Cardinals

No details at this time, but the Cleveland Indians have traded Mark DeRosa to the worst possible place of all: St. Louis. Mark DeRosa is going to be a Cardinal. MLBTradeRumors.com. Hey, at least the Cubs took Aaron Miles from the Cardinals, right?

Cubs Aren’t Looking for a Bat Until After Aramis Ramirez Comes Back

The Chicago Cubs offense has been scuffling terribly for months. Some would say it coincides with the removal of Aramis Ramirez’s bat from the lineup, but it is not as though the team is simply missing one hitter – nobody, other than Derrek Lee, is hitting at all with consistency. But apparently the Cubs still […]

Cubs Stick With Absurd Number of Pitchers For Now

When Rich Harden returned from the disabled list this weekend, the Chicago Cubs sent down an infielder, despite the fact that the team already had 12 pitchers (more than the typical 11). Well, it wasn’t a completely temporary thing. Lou Piniella says it’s going to stay that way for a little while. ”The big reason […]

Ryan Freel Should Be Back Soon

Well, it’s not quite Aramis Ramirez, but it will have to do for now. Ryan Freel is supposed to begin his minor-league rehab tonight for Class AAA Iowa. Freel has been on the DL since May 28 with a left-hamstring strain. It’ll be interesting to see what the Cubs do when Freel is ready. They’ve […]

Jake Fox Out, Aaron Miles Back In

The Chicago Cubs optioned Jake Fox back to AAA Iowa last night to make room for utility infielder Aaron Miles, who is coming off of the disabled list. Now, there are a few gripes that one could lob about this, but I think ultimately it will be ok. Miles, for all his light-hitting this year, […]

Could and Should Cubs Look at Wilson Betemit?

The Cubs have gone through makeshift utility players this year like tissue paper (notice I didn’t say “Kleenex,” no suing me!). So why not another? According to a tweet by MLB.com’s Noah Coslov, the White Sox will designate infielder Wilson Betemit for assignment before Thursday’s game and call up top prospect Gordon Beckham…. Betemit hit […]

Mike Fontenot is a Third Baseman

For the balance of Aramis Ramirez’s absence, it appears Mike Fontenot will be the Chicago Cubs’ primary third baseman. “I think what you’re seeing is the way we’ll go,” manager Lou Piniella said of Saturday’s lineup, with Fontenot at third and Bobby Scales at second. Scales had been given a chance to try third as […]

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Alfonso Soriano to Second Base?

Something that would have seemed a ridiculous joke just a week ago now seems like a real possibility: Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella is intimating that he may move Alfonso Soriano to second base in order to get Micah Hoffpaiur in the lineup regularly. Manager Lou Piniella said before Thursday’s game that he has one […]

Carlos Zambrano is Totally Zorro, and Injury Stuff

Carlos Zambrano is now officially Zorro, the masked avenger, riding in on horseback to save the day. No, not just because his name starts with a Z, or because of his Spring Training (badass) mustache. Carlos Zambrano was taking grounders at third base and shortstop on Saturday. The Cubs hope it doesn’t come to that. […]

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenarios

Readers repeatedly asked me if I was going to write a “Why the 2009 Chicago Cubs Will Suck” article, as I had for the rest of the N.L. Central. My answer, in turn, was a repeated “no.” How could I? There is no objective, reasonable basis to conclude the Cubs will suck this year. But […]

Cubs Looking at Mike Lamb?

Though the Chicago Cubs are currently set to begin the regular season with just one backup infielder on the roster (Aaron Miles), I have repeatedly contended that the team will keeps its eyes open for another backup – particularly one who can backup on the left side of the infield. Well it looks like they […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: the Bench is Complete

Well, it appears that the Chicago Cubs bench is set: Koyie Hill, Joey Gathright, Reed Johnson, Aaron Miles, and Micah Hoffpauir. No one has shook Micah Hoffpauir’s hand yet to tell him he’s made the Opening Day roster, but Piniella did say the position players are set. That means Hoffpauir is in. “I thought I […]