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Lukewarm Stove: Minor Matt Garza Tidbit

I recognize that this is now bordering on an Obsessive Matt Garza Watch (or is it OMGarza?), but there’s precious little going on right now, and trade rumors are always interesting – no matter how tenuous or uninformative. As for Garza, the latest news out of Tampa Bay is that the Rays are expected to […]

Another Chicago Cubs Prospect List: Hardball Times Ranks the Top Ten

The tops of these Cubs prospect lists are beginning to look very much the same, but it nevertheless remains interesting to see what outsiders think of the Cubs’ farm system. Up now, the¬†Hardball Times: 1. Brett Jackson / OF / Jackson had a terrific first full season, but I stand firm with my cautiousness toward […]

The 2011 Cubs Convention Will Have a Pretty Solid Lineup

Some years are leaner than others when it comes to attendance at the annual Cubs Convention – but 2011 is going to feature some big names. Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano and new first baseman Carlos Pena will be among the players attending the 2011 Cubs Convention, from Jan. 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago. Wood, who […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Offered Lance Berkman $8 Million

The Chicago Cubs are still looking for a first baseman after whiffing on a few options late last week an this weekend. One of the whiffs – Adrian Gonzalez – was not for a lack of trying: the Cubs pursued him aggressively, both before and after he was initially dealt to the Red Sox. Another […]

New Pitching Coach Will Come from In-House

Perhaps unsurprising given the tight budgetary concerns, but the Chicago Cubs will not conduct an extensive search for a new pitching coach. Instead, the team will opt to promote from within. According to a major league source, the Cubs will stay within their organization to replace Rothschild for the Cubs’ pitching coach position. Top candidates […]

Albert Pujols Not Long for the Cardinals?

Albert Pujols enters 2011 as the most-anticipated soon-to-be free agent since… LeBron James? Hard to come up with a comparison, to be honest. And yet, while everyone buzzes about future free agent first baseman like Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez, you rarely hear a peep about Pujols, whose career dwarfs either of the others. The […]

Carlos Marmol Was Ridiculous in September

Carlos Marmol closed out the season – as he did so many games – with dominance and flair, emerging as MLB’s reliever of the month for September. He set a record or two on the way, too. Marmol’s flat out dominance in the month of September earned him Major League Baseball’s Delivery Man of the […]

Marlon Byrd Hit Himself in the Face; Probably OK

Chicago Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd is a physical beast. Just look at those guns. And that begs the question of questions – can Marlon Byrd hit a ball so hard that it could hurt Marlon Byrd? Yesterday, Byrd attempted to answer. Marlon Byrd was taken to a local hospital for X-rays as a precautionary […]

Carlos Zambrano Reiterates Retirement Plan

Despite getting back to his formerly dominant self, Carlos Zambrano is taking the opportunity in the (positive) spotlight to remind folks that he plans to retire when his current contract is up. “Like I said, I don’t think I will be playing any more after these three years,” Zambrano told reporters after last night’s win […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: It Ain’t La Russa

A collective sigh of relief rises up from the Cubs universe (though it’s an ironic sigh given how successful Tony La Russa has been), as Cardinals manager Tony La Russa affirmatively exited the Cubs managerial race. Of course, La Russa was in the race only insofar as his contract is up after this season. La […]

Schadenfreude: Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus Aren’t in Love

Let’s be clear about something from the get-go: the Chicago Cubs have suffered through a brutal 2010. They’ve had on-field and off-field headaches, and they’ve been profoundly uncompetitive. So when I say I’m taking pleasure in the recent dust-up in St. Louis, you’ll not think me a hypocrite – at least not the worst kind. […]

Ryan Dempster Misses Ted Lilly

When the Chicago Cubs traded Ted Lilly to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, Ryan Dempster became the unquestioned number one in the Chicago Cubs’ rotation. But despite that nominal accolade, Ryan Dempster wishes Lilly was still around. He misses the bulldog. ”With Teddy, I always appreciated him every day for what a teammate he […]

Obsessive Lilly Trade Watch: Cubs Would Like to Deal Lilly Before Tuesday

The Chicago Cubs are now actively shopping pitcher Ted Lilly, and would like to have a deal in place before Lilly’s next start, which is scheduled for Tuesday. With contenders struggling to find the right match for available starters Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren on the trade market, interest in Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly has […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Expected to Pitch for Iowa This Week

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano, who hasn’t pitched for the Cubs since June 25 when he exploded on his teammates after an inning of terrible work. He’s been working out in Mesa, Arizona – in conjunction with his recently-completed anger management counselling – and is expected to start throwing in games this week. Cubs […]

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