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Alfonso Soriano is Still Recovering

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano has been quietly recovering from September knee surgery. He battled with problematic legs all season – or so we were told – culminating in the late season procedure. We haven’t heard much from him since, until he showed up at Cubs camp yesterday, telling everyone that, despite having more than […]

Someone’s Gonna Bat Leadoff, But Lou Piniella Doesn’t Know Who

Most of the Chicago Cubs’ lineup this year is set. We know that Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez will hit three and four. We know that Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano will hit five and six. We know that Geovany Soto and the second baseman will hit seven and eight. But one spot yet undecided […]

Today is the Positional Reporting Date for Spring Training

By the end of the day, all of the Chicago Cubs invited to Spring Training will be in camp, preparing for the first full-squad practice tomorrow. Of course, the date is largely a formality, as almost every Cub is already in Mesa. The only four remaining include three that make sense, and one that doesn’t. […]

Geovany Soto is in Better Shape, Not on Drugs

It seems like eons ago that Geovany Soto broke out, and then took home the National League Rookie of the Year award. So terrible was his 2009 campaign that it obscures how tremendous he was just the year before. In 2008, he hit .285, had a .364 OBP, and a sparkling .504 slugging percentage. In […]

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Spring Training Participants

Here’s a helpful recap of the players participating in Spring Training with the Chicago Cubs this year – pitchers and catchers report this week. Thanks to Bruce Miles for putting this together. Pitchers: Mitch Atkins, Justin Berg, Esmailin Caridad, Ryan Dempster, Rafael Dolis, John Gaub, Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Jeff Gray, Angel Guzman, Ted Lilly, Carlos […]

Jim Hendry is All Kinds of Reactionary

I suspect that if Jim Hendry were an avid investor in the stock market, he probably wouldn’t have too much success. You see, in the market, you have to anticipate moves. You need to see where the market is going to be in 6, 12 months, not where it is right now. You can’t simply […]

Welcome to the Lead-Off Debate, Redux

For three years, the Chicago Cubs batting order has been a particularly contentious source of debate, with the placement of outfielder Alfonso Soriano dominating the discussion. He came to the team as a leadoff hitter – in name, anyway – but his performance has dictated that it simply isn’t for him anymore (if it ever […]

The Cubs’ Offseason Sucked

Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman threw together a list of the eight most disappointing offseasons in Major League Baseball this year, and – no surprise – the Chicago Cubs made the cut. In fact they came in at number two behind only the New York Mets, who at least added a big bat in Jason Bay. […]

Live Together, Die Alone: LOST and the Chicago Cubs

“Every man for himself is not going to work. It’s time to start organizing. We need to figure out how we’re going to survive here. Now, I found water. Fresh water, up in the valley. I’ll take a group in at first light. If you don’t want to go, then find another way to contribute. […]

After a Physical, Xavier Nady Will Be a Chicago Cub

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with outfielder Xavier Nady on a one-year, $3.3 million deal, which also offers some $2 million in incentives for games played. Nady, 31, essentially did not play last year after elbow problems led to his second Tommy John surgery. Now fully-recovered, the Cubs hope Nady can be a […]

Fourth Outfielder Watch: Jermaine Dye and Xavier Nady are the Top Choices

We’re getting very close to anointing this an obsessive watch, people. The only thing holding it back is that the acquisition of a fourth outfielder doesn’t have quite the same cachet as a Jake Peavy or Brian Roberts or a New Owner. That said, a new report suggests the Chicago Cubs view Jermaine Dye and Xavier Nady […]

Xavier Nady Remains an Option for the Cubs

Fortunately, in their search for a fourth outfielder, the Chicago Cubs appear to have many options. Of course, each option is flawed in some respect – otherwise they’d be in line for a starting gig. One option continues to be Xavier Nady. Scott Boras, the agent for Xavier Nady, said in an e-mail that the […]

The 2010 Chicago Cubs Batting Order is Largely Set

Without too many moving parts from last year to this, the batting order for the Chicago Cubs is not as prone to questioning as it has been in years past. In fact, the main question – why in the sweet hell is Alfonso Soriano still leading off – mercifully faded away, for good, last year. […]

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The Cubs Lost in 2009 Because They Were Fat – Now They’re Not

Conditioning in baseball is a funny thing. For every athletic freak, there are plenty of David Wells and Cecil Fielders out there who don’t really need to do the whole “being in shape” thing in order to be successful. For the Chicago Cubs, conditioning issues popped up repeatedly in 2009: Alfonso Soriano’s legs turned on […]

Cubs Are Interested in Jermaine Dye

A new name has entered the Chicago Cubs fourth outfielder dialog: Jermaine Dye. Long believed to be seeking a starting gig, it’s possible that Dye would accept a reserve role with the Cubs. The Cubs are looking into former White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye, sources confirmed Wednesday, but they can’t promise Dye as much playing […]

Matt Holliday Got Paid – So is it a Good Deal for the Cards? The Cubs?

Two weeks ago, it looked like the St. Louis Cardinals were going to lose Mark DeRosa, Joel Pineiro, John Smoltz, and Matt Holliday this offseason. Things were looking up for the rest of the National League Central. And then yesterday, the Cardinals re-signed Matt Holliday to a seven year, $120 million deal. Humbug. Setting aside […]

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Recalling Those “Worst Case Scenarios”

Oh those Chicago Cubs. They are, as always, predictably unpredictable – with the exception that they are predictably disappointing. Now, with the advent of 2010, we can finally reflect dispassionately on the 2009 Chicago Cubs. The 2009 iteration of the Cubs was no exception in the disappointment department. We didn’t quite know how things would […]

Fiddle Sticks: Cardinals Close to Re-Signing Matt Holliday

With Mark DeRosa leaving and Joel Pineiro set to leave, the St. Louis Cardinals were poised to be significantly worse (on paper) in 2010 than they were at the close of the 2009 season. Oh, yeah, but there was that Matt Holliday guy. The Cardinals have had a growing sense of optimism in recent weeks […]