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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 […]

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 Bruce 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 […]

Chicago Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Carlos Marmol

As expected, the Cubs have managed to sign closer Carlos Marmol to a one-year deal, avoiding the ugliness of arbitration that lies ahead with respect to the last remaining unsigned Cub, Ryan Theriot. According to Carrie Muskat, the two sides agreed to a $2.125 million salary, which is approximately the midpoint of what the Cubs […]

February is Arbitration Month, and the Cubs Still Have Two Unsigned

Major League Baseball clubs and their arbitration-eligible players have until February 21 to come to terms on a 2010 contract – either by way of agreement, or arbitration, which can be scheduled at any time in those first three weeks of February. It would be no surprise if you didn’t know this, because the Chicago […]

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The Unsigned Arbitration Eligible Cubs Exchange Numbers

While the Chicago Cubs were able to sign just five of their eight arbitration-eligible players yesterday, the team is hopeful it can finalize contracts with the other three before going to arbitration – something the team has successfully avoided for more than fifteen years. The three remaining are shortstop Ryan Theriot, closer Carlos Marmol, and […]

Jim Hendry Hearts Relievers: Cubs Remain Interested in Kiko Calero

Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry continues his search for a right-handed veteran reliever, and one name that has popped up from time to time is Kiko Calero. It’s popping up again because the Cubs are interested if the money is right. Calero, 35, is a free agent after putting together a very good 2009 […]

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 […]

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The Cubs Are Caravaning in 2010

If your kids are looking for a chance to see some of their favorite Chicago Cubs players and coaches in person … you might have to tell them to be a little more realistic. Their favorites are unlikely to participate in this year’s Cubs Caravan – but it should still be cool: The Caravan will […]

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Recalling Those “Worst Case Scenarios”

Oh those Chicago Cubs. They are, as always, predictably unpredictable – with the exception that they are predictably disappointing. Now, with the advent of 2010, we can finally reflect dispassionately on the 2009 Chicago Cubs. The 2009 iteration of the Cubs was no exception in the disappointment department. We didn’t quite know how things would […]

Matt Capps is Expected to Decide Between Cubs and Nationals Today

Multiple reports suggest that free agent reliever, and current Chicago Cubs top target, Matt Capps will be deciding between contract offers from the Cubs and the Washington Nationals later today. The values of the contracts are unknown at this point, but if I had to guess, Capps is likely deciding between a one-year deal and […]

Jim Hendry Loves Relievers: Cubs Looking at J.J. Putz

Apparently, when Jim Hendry traded Aaron Heilman earlier this offseason to the Diamondbacks, it wasn’t purely a salary dump or a dealing from a position of surplus. Silly us, we all saw a team with more than 10 legitimate bullpen options (and that was before Jeff Gray was acquired), and figured, “the Cubs are dealing […]

Edwin Jackson Could Be a Nice Addition to the Curtis Granderson Trade

The Chicago Cubs’ primary target this offseason is, and should be, Detroit Tigers’ center fielder Curtis Granderson (you know, assuming the team can dump Milton Bradley, blah, blah, details). But the names suggested as the Tigers’ return – reliever Carlos Marmol, and shortstop prospect Starlin Castro – have been largely shot down by Cubs sources. […]

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OMGranderson Watch: Granderson is a Perfect Fit for the Cubs

Or so says the Chicago Tribune’s Rick Morrissey: The Tigers center fielder is a wonderful baseball player, and the Cubs should pursue a trade for him with the relentlessness of a Justice Department probe. His career numbers will tell you he’s a good performer — .272 average, .344 on-base percentage and 299 RBIs in a […]

Carlos Marmol Loves Pedro Martinez, But the Cubs Don’t

Even though the Chicago Cubs probably should be in the market for some starting pitching depth, they are not. The relative virtue of such a decision, I will leave to you, good reader. I will say only: Zambrano, Dempster, Wells, ?, ? That said, even if the Cubs were looking for a pitcher, that guy […]

John Grabow is About to Get Paid

The Chicago Cubs are on the verge of doing what they do so well in the Jim Hendry era: resigning the players they want to keep. Unfortunately, they’re also on the verge of doing what they do so crappily: signing middle relievers with short track records of success to contracts for too much money and […]

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Curtis Granderson is Available, the Chicago Cubs are Drooling

At least I hope so. An anonymous NL executive has said that he was informed Detroit Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson is being shopped this Winter. Could there be a more perfect fit for the Cubs in center field (assuming Bradley is dumped, and Fukudome slides over to right)? As a left-handed hitter, he is […]

Kevin Gregg is a Free Agent

Kevin Gregg has officially filed for free agency. The Chicago Cubs are not expected to re-sign him, or even offer him arbitration despite his Type A designation. Carlos Marmol is expected to take over as the closer next year.

Kevin Gregg Wants to Close for the Cubs Next Year

Former Chicago Cubs closer Kevin Gregg recently revealed that not only does he hope to come back to the Cubs next year, but he hopes to come back as the closer. Gregg is a free agent after this season. A return to the closer’s spot seems unlikely given Carlos Marmol’s performance in the role, and […]

Meet the Cubs 2010 Closer: Carlos Marmol

It is not a huge surprise that Carlos Marmol would end up as the 2010 closer for the Chicago Cubs. It is mildly surprising, however, that Lou Piniella would make the announcement already. “I see that, yes,” Piniella said Monday. “I really do. I think he’s done enough and shown enough. We have confidence in […]

Cubs Looking to Re-Sign John Grabow

If there’s one thing Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry knows how to do excellently, it’s re-sign his players. But if there’s a related thing he also knows how to do excellently, it’s re-sign players that he probably shouldn’t to deals that he definitely shouldn’t. Think Neifi Perez. We call these signings Jim Hendry specials. […]

Enhanced Box Score: Reds 7, Cubs 5 – September 12, 2009

Clearly Randy Wells does not realize that his quest for Rookie of the Year is about all we have to cheer for at this point. Also, Carlos Marmol did a nice job of living up to the don’t-use-closers-in-non-save-situations mantra. He must really be a closer. Still, a favorite goat gets the enhancement.

Jose Valverde: The Cubs Need a Closer, and that Closer is Me

After the disappointing performance of Kevin Gregg in the closer’s role this year for the Chicago Cubs, Carlos Marmol has taken over adequately, and is the presumptive favorite to return as next year’s closer. Gregg is a free agent, an unless he takes mid-caliber setup man money, he won’t be back. But that isn’t stopping […]