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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+. […]

No Threeway Trade Between Cubs, Red Sox, and Padres – For Now

Rumors swirled Monday and yesterday that the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, and San Diego Padres were discussing a trade that would see the Cubs net, among other possibilities, Jacoby Ellsbury to man center field next year. Those rumors may have been overstated. Speculation that the Cubs, Red Sox and Padres have talked about a […]

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The Chicago Cubs’ Top Ten Prospects

As the Arizona Fall League winds down and the minor league season officially closes up show, it’s time to talk about Chicago Cubs prospects. Baseball America is out with its list of the Chicago Cubs’ top prospects, and if you’ve been following the system at all over the past few weeks, the top should not […]

Obsessive Curtis Granderson Watch: Cubs Are “Absolutely” Interested

Well, it’s that time, friends. You were there when it was Jake Peavy. You were there when it was (OMG) Brian Roberts. You were there for the only successful one of these – the new owner. And you’re still here for Milton Bradley. Yes. It’s another obsessive watch. This time, it’s Detroit Tigers center fielder […]

Starlin Castro and Blake Parker are Rising Stars

The Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars game was played yesterday – think of it as an All Star game, with the players selected out of a crop of very good prospects. So if you’re playing in this game, you’re probably a stud. Or, you’re an older guy who is maybe or maybe not still a […]

Payroll May Increase Slightly, But Might Not Include Any New Big Names

The Chicago Cubs sported a very healthy $140 million(ish) payroll in 2009 – good enough to top the Senior Circuit (with the New York Mets having about the same payroll). And it was worth every penny, right? Fans no doubt expect that payroll will increase next year, and it is expected to do so, incrementally […]

Chicago Cubs Top Prospects Start Fall League Today

The Arizona Fall League – a post-regular-season league for minor leaguers, noteworthy for typically hosting several top prospects – kicks off today in, um, well, Arizona. This year, the Cubs will send several of their brightest, including the clear cut top three prospects in the system. Those three: Shortstop Starlin Castro rocketed up the prospect […]

Top Prospects Josh Vitters and Andrew Cashner Are Moving Up

Top Chicago Cubs prospect Josh Vitters is being promoted to High A Daytona, which should be a challenge for the 19 year old. But since he handled the pitching in Peoria with ease this year – OPS approaching .900 – it will be welcomed. Nobody doubts Vitters will have the stick to make his way […]

The Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll: June, 2009

It’s time for the third month of the Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll. With the help of some of your favorite other Cubs blogs, we’ve put together a poll – not unlike a college football or college basketball poll – ranking the top Chicago Cubs prospects. With several blogs in tow for the poll, it […]

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Cubs Draft Three on the First Day

The Major League Draft will continue today, but the Chicago Cubs have already drafted a few players in the first three rounds, which took place last night. Super quick recap: the Cubs drafted outfielder Brett Jackson out of the University of California in the first round (reading his scouting report sounds like a carbon copy […]

The 2009 Amateur Player Draft Starts Today

The Rule IV Draft, better known to you as simply, well, the Draft, starts today at 5pm CT, with the first three rounds live on MLB Network. Thereafter, the Draft shifts to Wednesday. The Chicago Cubs pick 31st in the first round, and their next two picks are 79th and 109th overall. Last year’s top […]

The Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll: May

It’s time for the second month of the Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll. With the help of some of your favorite other Cubs blogs, we’ve put together a poll – not unlike a college football or college basketball poll – ranking the top Chicago Cubs prospects. With several blogs in tow for the poll, it […]

2009 Chicago Cubs Minor League Rosters

The minor league rosters are now official, and without further ado… … … Ok. No more ado. Here they are: Iowa (AAA) Starting Pitchers: Jose Ascanio, Mitch Atkins, Esmalian Caridad, Jeff Samardzija, Randy Wells Relief Pitchers: Kevin Hart, J.R. Mathes, Greg Reinhard, Jeff Stevens, Jason Waddell, Justin Berg, Jessie Estrada, Chad Fox Catchers: Mark Johnson, […]

The Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll: March

Announcing a new feature here at Bleacher Nation: the Cublogoverse Chicago Cubs Prospect Poll. With the help of some of your favorite other Cubs blogs, we’ve put together a poll – not unlike a college football or college basketball poll – ranking the top Chicago Cubs prospects. With twelve blogs in tow for this first […]

Rocky Roquet Does Not Make the Cubs, Cashner Hurt

At least not this year. The Chicago Cubs made the first red tags of the year, sending pitchers Andrew Cashner, Edward Campusano, and Roquet to minor league camp. Given that the camp doesn’t open for another week, it seems an extra kick in the crotch. Cashner, the Cubs first round pick in 2008, impressed manager […]