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Skip Schumaker is a Second Baseman, Maybe

One of the more interesting stories coming out of the St. Louis Cardinals’ camp this year is the prospective move of outfielder Skip Schumaker to second base, despite his not having played *any* infield at the major league level. In fact, Schumaker hasn’t seen the infield in over four years, when he dabbled there in […]

The Cublogoverse is Unretired

Several months ago, the Cublogverse suffered a kick squarely to the crotch when Joe Aiello announced that he was shuttering the venerable Cubs blog, View from the Bleachers. All wasn’t completely lost, of course, because Joe was taking his services across town to The Cub Reporter. But the lure of VFTB must have been too […]

OMG Brian Roberts and OMG Orlando Hudson… Are Not Going to be Cubs

So, not that either second baseman looked likely to become a Chicago Cub, it’s worth noting that Orlando Hudson and Brian Roberts don’t look likely to be Cubs any time soon. Roberts signed a four-year extension with the Orioles (though he has only very, very limited no-trade protection), and Hudson signed with the Dodgers. This […]

Lou’s Latest Lineup Lacking Likeability and Other L’s Like Lugubrious

So, late last week Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella threw out his thoughts on the lineup for this season in response to the rampant interest in Alfonso Soriano’s spot. His response was, um, not awesome. On Thursday, Piniella said the lineup he’s leaning toward is Soriano, Aaron Miles, Derrek Lee, Milton Bradley, Aramis Ramirez, Kosuke […]

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Cubs May Still Add an Infielder – and Micah Hoffpauir is SOL

Chicago Cubs’ bench spots are limited. Not like those offers for Snuggies on TV are limited. The Cubs’ bench spots are actually limited. There are going to be five guys on the bench on this year, and as things stand, all the spots are taken: Reed Johnson, Joey Gathright, Aaron Miles, Paul Bako/Koyie Hill, and […]

Aaron Miles is Going to Start and Bat at the Top of the Order

Every mainstream article out there that discusses the Chicago Cubs’ offseason moves thus far focuses on the Milton Bradley signing, the Mark DeRosa trade, and letting Kerry Wood walk. But they almost always have a throwaway line about the Aaron Miles signing. That’s, of course, fine. But what troubles me is that in all of […]

Ok, So Maybe Soriano Won’t Hit Leadoff

Yes, I know this is a subject that many are sick of hearing about… but this is actual news on the subject. Cubs manager Lou Piniella has stuck by Alfonso Soriano as his leadoff man the last two seasons but on Monday said he may drop the left fielder down in the order. Muskat Ramblings. […]

Rich Aurilia is a Giant – Not the Size, the Team

One more 25th man option goes out the window. Free-agent infielder Rich Aurilia will return to the Giants on a minor-league contract, according to a major-league source. Aurilia, 37, chose the Giants over the Cubs and Phillies. His deal is expected to be finalized on Monday. At present, the Cubs would be set to go […]

Orlando Hudson to the Cubs?

There was a thinly-veiled rumor out of Boston (?) yesterday about surprisingly-yet-unsigned second baseman, Orlando Hudson. And that rumor is that the Cubs are one of only three teams looking at him. Guh? I mean, freaking awesome! Orlando Hudson, 2B, free agent: It’s amazing that a player of this caliber remains unsigned, but lining up […]

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The Cubs Will Be Fine Without Mark DeRosa

You can’t go to too many corners of the Cublogoverse these days without reading some angry diatribe about the Mark DeRosa trade. In late December, DeRosa was traded to the Cleveland Indians for three somewhat unimpressive pitching prospects. At the time, Cubs fans were sated with the knowledge that surely the deal was merely a […]

Nomar Back to the Cubs?

The Chicago Cubs are still looking for a 25th man to round out their roster. Right now, four of the five bench spots look relatively locked up in the form of outfielders Reed Johnson and Joey Gathright, backup catcher Paul “The” Bako, and infielder Aaron Miles. Currently, the team does not have a true backup […]

The Cublogoverse is Movin’ on Up

Recently, our friends at Wrigleyville23 got the call up the big leagues. Well, the call up to somewhere anyway. They were tapped to become the Chicago Cubs blog for MVN, a post previously occupied by such Cublogoverse heavyweights as The Cub Reporter and View from the Bleachers. We caught up with the proprietor of Wv23 […]

OMG Brian Roberts and Peavywatch Rumors in the SAME Article!

This weekend’s trade with the Baltimore Orioles for two pitchers, one of whom the San Diego Padres had previously inquired about, was bound to stir up some Peavywatch. But… OMG Brian Roberts! The Orioles still might find a market for Roberts if they finally are willing to move him, which remains an open question. Roberts […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Adam Wainwright to the Yankees for Robinson Cano?

Gotta keep tabs on division rivals, and in an offseason where none of the Central teams have made particularly compelling moves, any whiff of a rumor is interesting. The St. Louis Cardinals have been especially quiet – both on the transaction front, and the rumor front. Lately, they’ve seemed focused on wrapping up their arbitration-eligible […]

The Cublogoverse is Conventioning

The Cubs Convention is underway, and the Cublogoverse is all a-twitter with tidbits from the event. The most terrifying goes first. Kaplan then brought up the inevitable question….Who’s going to hit leadoff for the Chicago Cubs in 2009? Piniella asked Rothschild to answer that one and he responded with “Carlos Zambrano”. After the laughs died […]

The Cubs Convention is Super

It’s almost here! Squeals of excitement! The Cubs Convention is this weekend, and although I’ve never been, I imagine it to be like the scene in Charlie in the Chocolate Factory where they enter that first room and everything is edible, and everyone starts eating everything in sight. You know, except that “everyone” is just […]

Cubs Caravan Juicy Nuggets (eww)

Bruce Miles drops some knowledge on us from this year’s Cubs Caravan, and Carrie Muskat does the same, and here’s the ultramega shorthand: Carlos Marmol and Kevin Gregg are the last two inning guys, but a closer hasn’t yet been chosen. Jeff Samardzija could be in the rotation next year for the Cubs (that’s what […]

Lukewarm Stove: Another Suggestion of Michael Young to the Cubs

Yesterday, we noted one writer’s proposed Michael Young for Alfonso Soriano swap (and the associated ridiculososity of such a proposal), and sure enough, the idea of Michael Young to the Cubs – no matter how absurd – is picking up traction. The Tribune Co. isn’t exactly in buy mode, though the Cubs signed Milton Bradley […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Alfonso Soriano to the Rangers for Michael Young?

When it came out that Rangers shortstop Michael Young wanted out of Arlington, it was only natural that the fanbase of every team in MLB with a questionable or shaky shortstop situation would start the “ooh, we could get Young” clamoring. Never mind the fact that Young has five years and $80 million left on […]

Aaron Miles and the Man He Replaces

Many years ago – well, two, I guess – when I was but a humble poster on Chicago Cubs message boards, I was absolutely incensed at one of Jim Hendry’s signings. The Cubs were looking for a second baseman to replace Todd Walker/Tony Womack/Neifi Perez/Horror. Walker had played relatively well in his time with the […]

Why Complaining about the DeRosa/Wood Moves Sucks

Something we plan on doing regularly here at Bleacher Nation is explaining why the latest Chicago Cubs news and rumors suck. Does that mean that the person writing about it sucks? No. Does it even mean they’re wrong? Not necessarily. It’s just a thing we like to say. So if it ever happens to you […]

Ronny Cedeno the Next Out the Door?

When the Chicago Cubs signed the versatile (if crappy) Aaron Miles to a 2-year deal, it was a cinch that one of Mike Fontenot, Ronny Cedeno, Ryan Theriot, or Mark DeRosa were going to be leaving. And sure enough, later that same day, Mark DeRosa was shipped off to the Cleveland Indians. But could Miles’ […]

Paul Sullivan Hearts Aaron Miles and Joey Gaithright

In yesterday’s Tribune, Paul Sullivan offered the following guess at the Chicago Cubs’ opening day lineup: 1. Miles 2B 2. Gathight CF 3. Lee 1B 4. Ramirez 3B 5. Bradley RF 6. Soriano LF 7. Soto C 8. Theriot SS 9. Zambrano SP Sullivan is obviously making two large assumptions about opening day in the […]

OMG Brian Roberts!

Have you ever heard of Baltimore Oriole Brian Roberts!!?!?lolz!?!? It was only natural that once the Cubs moved Mark DeRosa, the Brian Roberts speculation would once again ignite. Though I would have expected it from the Cublogoverse, the Baltimore Sun kicks it off this time: [S]ome of you are asking if this means that the […]

Mark DeRosa is an Indian, Aaron Miles is a Cub

By now you’ve heard the twin pieces of news buzzing around the ‘net today (aside from the imminent Marquis-to-Rockies deal and the probably-going-to-sign-Milton-Bradley news). Mark DeRosa has been dealt to the Indians for a trio of ho-hum minor league pitching prospects, and the Chicago Cubs have signed former Cardinal/mediocre utilityman Aaron Miles to a two […]