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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 […]

Jason Bay to the Mets

Mini-update, as it relates to the Chicago Cubs: With Bay going to the New York Mets, that’s one fewer outfielder who could take a spot in the Boston Red Sox outfield, thus forcing the Sox to trade Jacoby Ellsbury to the Cubs. It also means that Matt Holliday is incrementally more likely to accept the […]

Laughing Because it isn’t the Cubs: Another Cardinals DUI

There seems to be an extracurricular theme in St. Louis. St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the fourth time in less than three years that a member of the team has faced drunken-driving allegations. Police in Maryland Heights, Mo., said Monday that Freese […]

Cubs Snake Michael Parisi from Cardinals in Rule 5 Draft

Yesterday the Chicago Cubs selected right-handed pitcher Michael Parisi from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Rule 5 draft. Minor League pitching coordinator Mark Riggins and Cubs scout Mark Servais both recommended Parisi, 26, who is 40-39 with a 4.27 ERA in 115 career Minor League starts. He was originally the Cardinals’ ninth-round pick in […]

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Cubs Interested in Joel Pineiro

Maybe the Chicago Cubs will look for a starting pitcher after all. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports has tweeted (what is the present perfect tense of “to tweet” – has tweeted? has twut?) that, among other teams, the Cubs are showing interest in Cardinals free agent pitcher Joel Pineiro. The Cubs have not denied this […]

Cubs After Vicente Padilla?

Here’s about as bare bones as a rumor gets: the Cubs are looking to sign Vicente Padilla. That’s it. That’s all I got on the details. La Prensa in Nicaragua reports that the Cubs and Cardinals are in the lead to sign free-agent pitcher Vicente Padilla, according to Cesar Batista, who is linked with the […]

Don’t Cry, But Mark DeRosa Isn’t Coming Back

For those Chicago Cubs fans holding out hope that the team would take interest in signing free agent Mark DeRosa – you’re going to have to get used to disappointment. Of the Dodgers’ interest in DeRosa, Grunewald said, “The interest is mutual.” But the agent said that the Dodgers are one of a dozen teams that have […]

Cubs to Make an Offer to Mark DeRosa?

The Chicago Cubs will be looking for a few pieces this offseason, but a utility player is not expected to be one of them. So what is this quote all about? DeRosa, coming off wrist surgery, figures to field an offer from the Chicago Cubs, at the least. STLtoday.com. With Jeff Baker, Jake Fox, and […]

Tony LaRussa Back to Cards, Mark McGwire to Juice Up the Bats

After reading the tea leaves, we predicted yesterday that Tony LaRussa would return to the St. Louis Cardinals on a one-year deal, and despite rumors swirling at the time that he was set to sign a multi-year extension, LaRussa instead re-upped for just one year, according to ESPN. We’ll have to see what happens after […]

Tony LaRussa Will Probably Manage the Cardinals Next Year

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa’s contract is up in a week, and he still hasn’t decided whether or not he wants to come back to the team next year. But he probably will, and he will probably be awesome. Insofar as managers are awesome, anyway. Said La Russa, scheduled to arrive in St. Louis […]

Cubs Interested in Top Cuban Aroldis Chapman

Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman is primed to be this year’s big time international signing for some team. The 21 year old lefty has a lot of teams excited and interested in ponying up serious cash. Given the Chicago Cubs’ uncertain financial situation, frankly, I had not followed the youngster too closely, expecting that the Cubs […]

Should Cubs Go After Dave Duncan?

Some folks believe Rudy Jaramillo is the best hitting coach in baseball, and he’s now a member of the Chicago Cubs’ coaching staff. Should they now go after the best pitching coach in baseball? Now that the Cubs have signed the supposed best hitting coach in baseball in Rudy Jarmillo (sic.), maybe they can start […]

OMG! Albert Pujols is Having Elbow Surgery

For those of you Cubs’ fans who relish in opponent injuries, stop. Not only because it’s tacky, but also because this isn’t one of those times to relish. The surgery isn’t expected to be a huge deal, and Pujols is expected to be back in plenty of time for Spring Training. St. Louis Cardinals first […]

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Matt Holliday Loves New York

Outfielder Matt Holiday, who provided the spark that shot the St. Louis Cardinals to the top of the NL Central and the postseason, is going to be a very expensive free agent this year. Some sources suggest he’ll seek as much as six or seven years, and more than $120 million. Good luck with that, […]

Albert Pujols Hates the St. Louis Cardinals

Overstatement for effect. The St. Louis Cardinals, fresh off a playoff sweep, are going to have to make some tough personnel decisions this winter. And all of those moves could hinge on one move, that technically doesn’t have to be made until 2011. That would be extending the greatest hitter in baseball, Albert Pujols, beyond […]

LaRussa to Leave St. Louis?

For more than a decade, the St. Louis Cardinals have gone as their manager has gone. Say what you will about Tony LaRussa, but the man can manage a baseball team. He makes the Cardinals better, and the day that he decides to hang them up – or at least to move on from St. […]

The Cardinals’ Playoff Disaster, and a Cubs Fan’s Self-Conscious Joy

Schadenfreude – (n.) satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune. Last year at this time, Chicago Cubs fans were trying to divine meaning from disappointment. From disaster. From a season’s end so deeply hurtful, made only that much more hurtful by the fact that it had happened the same way just one year earlier. […]

Why the Final Week Rainout and the Last Game Loss Were Blessings

The 2010 Major League Baseball draft order is out, pending changes due to free agency signings, and the Chicago Cubs come in at 16th. That the Cubs are 16th and not 17th is actually quite huge: now, if and when the Cubs sign a Type A free agent who has been offered arbitration by his […]

Ted Lilly Wants Mark DeRosa Back

It is officially the offseason, at least as far as the Chicago Cubs are concerned. And with the offseason comes all kinds of unsolicited advice on what moves the Cubs should make to improve the club for next year. When that unsolicited advice comes from, say, a message board, it doesn’t carry much weight. But […]