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Andrew Cashner Ain’t the Bullpen Answer

To the extent you were hoping that former number one draft pick Andrew Cashner, currently serving as a starter at AA Tennessee, would be the solution to the bullpen’s late-inning woes, keep hoping. “It surprised me,” manager Lou Piniella said of the Sun-Times report. “I think I learn more from reading newspapers than I do […]

Cubs Planning to Call Up Andrew Cashner?

It’s no secret that the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen is a disaster right now. It’s full of inexperienced youngsters who don’t appear to have the confidence necessary to hammer down late inning leads. While everyone bandies about a possible solution – when starter Ted Lilly returns, at least one veteran is going to get bumped from […]

Starlin Castro to Open Season in AA

Contrary to previous statements, including those by Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella, star shortstop prospect Starlin Castro will not start the season in AAA Iowa. Expect shortstop Starlin Castro to open the season at Double-A Tennessee along with pitcher Andrew Cashner. Darwin Barney, who impressed the big league staff this spring, will be assigned to […]

The Third Cut is the Unsurprisingest: Cubs Cut Eight

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs made their third set of Spring Training roster cuts, and although it included a few guys who had legitimate shots to make the team, none was a huge surprise. The Cubs trimmed eight players from the spring camp roster, including 2008 No. 1 Draft pick Andrew Cashner. Cashner, who was on […]

Spring Training Battle Watch: March 6, 2010

See, I told you that Spring Training games are totally meaningless. The Cubs got stomped by some other team yesterday. But that doesn’t matter. Here’s what matters: Carlos Silva proved that he’s come to camp hungry for redemption. But hungrier for pancakes. After a disastrous two innings where he gave up six earned runs, Silva’s […]

Esmailin Caridad Has Already Won a Bullpen Spot?

The race to take a spot in the Chicago Cubs bullpen is a wildly crowded one. Carlos Marmol, Angel Guzman (if healthy), and two of the would-be starting pitchers (Sean Marshall, Tom Gorzelanny, Jeff Samardzija, and Carlos Silva (sigh)) seem like mortal locks to make the pen. But is a fifth pitcher already locked in […]

The Chicago Cubs Have 5 of the Top 100 Prospects

The Chicago Cubs’ farm system has really done a 180 in the past two years. Maligned since the days of Prior and Patterson, the Cubs now boast one of the better, deeper systems in baseball. In fact,┬áBaseball America just released its Top 100 prospect list for all of baseball, and the Cubs are well-represented. Shortstop […]

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┬áBruce 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 […]

Andrew Cashner Could Wind Up the Cubs Fifth Starter

At the outset of the 2010 season, the Chicago Cubs will have two holes to fill in their rotation – those left by Ted Lilly, who will be recovering from shoulder surgery, and Rich Harden, who will probably also be recovering from shoulder problems, but will be doing so in Texas. The Cubs are expected […]

Is the Cubs’ Farm System Finally Good?

Since the days that Mark Prior emerged as the top prospect in all of baseball (those days didn’t last long, since Prior made his Major League debut so soon after he was drafted), the Chicago Cubs have languished in the bottom half of baseball when it came time to rank farm systems. But we all […]

The Chicago Cubs Top 11, er, 15 Prospects

Baseball Prospectus is out with its Top 11 prospect lists – presumably they do Top 11 to differentiate from everyone else – but for the Chicago Cubs, they’ve actually offered a Top 15 list. Five-Star Prospects 1. Josh Vitters, 3B 2. Starlin Castro, SS Four-Star Prospects 3. Hak-Ju Lee, SS 4. Brett Jackson, CF Three-Star […]

Ted Lilly: Baseball Thrower

Ted Lilly’s offseason has been one of surprise and fear. For Cubs fans. When the Chicago Cubs announced that Lilly had undergone a minor shoulder surgery in November, it seemed to come out of nowhere. Some knee issues had been reported, but nothing more than a mention of knee stiffness here and there had been […]

Jim Hendry Hearts Relievers: Chicago Cubs are Still Considering Heath Bell

Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry continues his relentless pursuit of a right-handed reliever. But at least this rumor involves a slightly more dominant type. According to sources, the Cubs are kicking the tires again on Padres closer Heath Bell, as they did at the winter meetings. He would strengthen the bullpen, but Lou Piniella […]

2010 Cubs Convention Attendees Finally Announced

The 2010 Cubs Convention attendees list has finally been released, and it features new Cub Marlon Byrd and new Hall of Famer Andre Dawson (I don’t see him going to any ‘Expos Convention’ – just sayin’). The Ricketts family will be there, as will Lou Piniella and his staff, Jim Hendry and his staff, and […]

The 2010 Chicago Cubs Top 20 Prospects

Ah, it’s that time of year: prospect list mania! Minor league guru John Sickels has offered his top 20 list of Chicago Cubs prospects, which we’ll reproduce here. But we encourage you to visit the link if you want to see the write-up on each of the players. Enjoy. 1) Starlin Castro, SS, Grade B+. […]