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Chicago Cubs Lead Pursuit of, um, BJ Ryan

Well, it’s not quite the Blue Jays pitcher you’d hope the Chicago Cubs were leading the pursuit for, but it’s nice to be first in something. Team sources confirmed Monday the Cubs are the leading contenders for left-handed reliever B.J. Ryan, the former closer who was released Wednesday by the Blue Jays. CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. A […]

Sean Marshall Could Go Back to Rotation if Cubs Sign BJ Ryan

The Cublogoverse is abuzz over this Tribune article, which suggests that the Cubs are interested in recently released Blue Jay reliever, BJ Ryan … even though we already noted that here at Bleacher Nation several days ago. But whatever. We’re not bitter. As interesting as a move on Ryan would be, is the impact on […]

Cubs Will Look at BJ Ryan

The Toronto Blue Jays recently cut expensive and currently-crappy-but-formerly-awesome left-handed reliever BJ Ryan. And apparently the Cubs are planning to give him a look. The 33-year-old Ryan will have to clear waivers, and once that happens, the Cubs likely will explore the possibility of signing him. Insiders say any team that ends up with the […]

Hold on to Your Butts: Cardinals Want Halladay

The National League Central leading St. Louis Cardinals are trying to get better. A lot better. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals’ interest in Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay is very real. Here’s what Strauss tweeted just a moment ago: Asked about the price tag for Halladay, a club source […]

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Will the Cubs Look at Roy Halladay?

Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said earlier this week that the team will be listening to offers for superstar pitching Roy Halladay. The ace is signed through next season, making $14.25 million this year, and $15.75 million next year. Even if it makes no sense at all, given the costs involved and the […]

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 […]

Why the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals Will Suck

This is the fifth and final installment in Bleacher Nation’s 2009 preview of the National League Central – specifically, how every team not named the Cubs is going to suck. Previously: Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros. Welcome back to Bleacher Nation’s foray into the other teams of the National League Central, and […]

The Chicago Cubs Financial Incentive to Let Kevin Gregg Close

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has said he’s likely to announce the team’s closer for the upcoming season by the end of this week. Despite popular opinion to the contrary, Piniella has indicated that Kevin Gregg is at least as likely to claim the role as Carlos Marmol. How could this be? Marmol is obviously […]

Why the 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates Will Suck

This is the third installment in Bleacher Nation’s 2009 preview of the National League Central – specifically, how every team not named the Cubs is going to suck. Previously: Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers. Welcome back to Bleacher Nation’s foray into the other teams of the National League Central, and their prospects for 2009 success. But, […]

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Cubs Sign Corey Koskie to Minor League Deal

The Chicago Cubs are going to bring in at least one more infielder to compete for that last bench spot. That the guy, for now, is former Twin and Brewer, Corey Koskie. Koskie last played in the bigs in 2006, and put up a very nice .833 OPS in limited play due to post-concussion syndrome. […]

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 […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Padres Sign David Eckstein

If the Padres also add Omar Vizquel, as has been speculated, the ability of the Cubs to shuffle off “serviceable” major league pieces like Ronny Cedeno in a deal for Jake Peavy becomes hampered. Ronny Cedeno’s shittiness also hampers that ability. The Padres have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with David Eckstein to […]

2009 Draft Order and Free Agent Compensation

Go here for the 2009 Chicago Cubs Draft resource. This will include order, results, minor league designations, and articles. As more free agents sign, the 2009 draft order becomes closer to getting set. Right now, the Chicago Cubs still have their first round pick – Milton Bradley was a “Type B” free agent, so the […]