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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 […]

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OMGranderson Watch: Granderson is a Perfect Fit for the Cubs

Or so says the Chicago Tribune’s Rick Morrissey: The Tigers center fielder is a wonderful baseball player, and the Cubs should pursue a trade for him with the relentlessness of a Justice Department probe. His career numbers will tell you he’s a good performer — .272 average, .344 on-base percentage and 299 RBIs in a […]

Milton Bradley Wins Dubious Distinction

It’s award season in MLB, and the disappointing Chicago Cubs didn’t figure to get much recognition. Except the bad kind. Milton Bradley was named the Least Valuable Player in the NL by Sports Illustrated. Anyway, put it all together, and including those all-important intangibles, the 2009 LVP is Bradley. He was lousy on defense (minus-12 […]

Rich Harden Hates the Cubs?

An interesting, and very surprising, nugget in an article about Chicago Cubs free agent pitcher Rich Harden possibly heading out to Seattle: It is rumored that Harden doesn’t have much interest in returning to Chicago since he supposedly felt overused and suffered from some poor defensive play by Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley. Yahoo! Sports. […]

Offseason Issues Not Named Milton

Obviously moving outfielder Milton Bradley is the Chicago Cubs’ top offseason priority. You might even say, it’s an obsessive priority (ha – self referential!). But we all know there are other holes in this club – not to mention the hole that moving Bradley will create. The Chicago Tribune recently explored what it considers the […]

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Chicago Cubs Working the Phones in Tampa and Toronto

The big move on the horizon for the Chicago Cubs is obviously dumping Milton Bradley. But that isn’t necessarily the sole focus of the Cubs’ offseason, and General Manager Jim Hendry is already reaching out to several teams about possible moves. Though, to be frank, most are likely tied to Milton Bradley. For now. General […]

Jake Fox is Not a Starter – A Statistical Examination

On Friday, May 8, the Chicago Cubs were playing the Milwaukee Brewers. It was a nondescript, early season game. In the third inning, Ryan Braun drove a hard grounder down the third baseline, and the ball was destined for left field. It was a certain double until third baseman Aramis Ramirez, displaying excellent defensive prowess […]

Chicago Cubs Considering Next Hitting Coach

The first rumor about a possible hitting coach replacement involves Texas Rangers’ coach Rudy Jaramillo. The Chicago Cubs let their hitting coach, Von Joshua, return to AAA Iowa. Joshua, himself, was a midseason replacement for previous hitting coach Gerald Perry. Hitting coaches generally receive too much of the blame when a team isn’t hitting, and […]

Grabow Back, Fox and Fontenot Gone?

Reliever John Grabow, whom the Chicago Cubs acquired midseason, has said openly that he’d like to return to the Cubs next year. The Cubs, in turn, would like to have him back, but at what price and for how long? Well, here’s a clue on the how long part: The left-hander is looking for a […]

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Could the Mets be Interested in Milton Bradley? Carlos Zambrano?

Sure, the offseason isn’t here yet, but it’s never too early for crazy Chicago Cubs rumors. And that is part of our credo here at Bleacher Nation: we will bring you every Cubs rumor we hear, no matter how … out there. This one is probably best filed in the “out there” category. But still, […]

So Taguchi to Chicago

Citing a lack of experienced outfield depth, the Chicago Cubs added former Iowa Cub (the season is over) So Taguchi to the active roster. He will help out while Sam Fuld recovers from a finger injury, as Alfonso Soriano and Reed Johnson are already done for the year.

God’s Wrath Watch: Soriano’s Surgery Successful

The good news is that Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano’s knee surgery yesterday was a success. The bad news (well, is it bad?) is that he’s now definitely done for the year. Soriano underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, and the team reported that orthopedic specialist Stephen Gryzlo found acute inflammation and expected cartilage […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Soriano Finally Having His Knee Surgery

It was several weeks in the making, but Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano is finally having knee surgery this week. The Cubs’ outfielder said Sunday that he hopes to have arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. The surgery will clean up some fragments that have come loose […]

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Lou Piniella Plans to Become Dusty Baker Next Year

Although there was little need for confirmation, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella confirmed this weekend that Alfonso Soriano will not be the Cubs’ leadoff man next year – better two years late than never. ”That’s over with,” manager Lou Piniella said Friday of Soriano’s leadoff role. Snizzap. Of course, that merely opens the vault of […]

Alfonso Soriano Might Be Blind

Chicago Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano is probably going to be out for the rest of the year following upcoming knee surgery. While he’s out, he’s apparently decided to get a full physical. Up first: his eyes. Soriano thinks he may have a problem with his eyesight, and wants to have an extensive exam. ”Not […]

Cubs Expected to Pursue Chone Figgins

You know that the 2009 season is officially over for a team when the rumors about their off-season moves begin to swirl. For the Chicago Cubs, it’s going to center on the bats. And the first name to pop up is Los Angeles (of Anaheim, of California, in the West, near Disneyland, not Disney World) […]

Alfonso Soriano is Shut Down

The Chicago Cubs have decided to put down sit Alfonso Soriano indefinitely until/if his bum knee gets better. “The crux of it is his knee is not strong,” Piniella said. “He’s having trouble playing on it. In fairness to him, we’re going to have him continue to do his exercises with the trainer and re-visit […]

Reports: Cubs May Work Out Trade with Twins for Rich Harden

In a throwaway line from his column yesterday on the Jeff Baker and Alfonso Soriano injuries, Bruce Miles dropped a mini bombshell: Harden update: There are reports that the Cubs may be able to work out a trade with the Minnesota Twins for pitcher Rich Harden, whom the Cubs put on waivers last week. Reports […]

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