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The Pirates Trade; or Why Tom Gorzelanny Better Be Awesome

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs traded pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, as well as minor league infielder Josh Harrison to the Pirates for pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny. And though the rumors about Grabow had swirled for weeks, thus leaving the indelible impression on this trade that it was all about him (i.e., another […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Aramis Ramirez May Be Headed to DL

Milton Bradley is back, Carlos Marmol is back, and Derrek Lee is set to be back tonight. But third baseman Aramis Ramirez is still out with a strained calf. And it’s not getting better. “Ramirez was out here early to run, but he couldn’t accelerate at all,” Piniella told reporters. “The plan is for it […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Marmol Says No to DL, Ramirez Says Maybe

Truly, friends, the Lord Almighty hates Cubs fans. As you know by now, Aramis Ramirez AND Carlos Marmol (totally unimportant players, you know?) left last night’s game with injuries. Details are somewhat thin, but for now, Ramirez seems to be in worse shape than Marmol. Ramirez had to leave Friday’s game — a 4-3 loss […]

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Cubs Have Been Contacted About Trading a Reliever

Unless that reliever is Carlos Marmol, I have a hard time believing another team is aggressively pursuing anyone else in the pen. But, hey, whatever. Cross your fingers for Neal Cotts. As far as the possibility of trades, some teams have contacted the Cubs about their relief corps. The Cubs can’t send either David Patton […]

Lou Piniella Hates the Bullpen

Effectively tied for first place in the National League Central, having won or split every series of the season so far, it is hard to find things to complain about with this year’s Chicago Cubs team. And yet, one has to look only to the bullpen to realize what is quickly becoming the Cubs’ Achilles […]

Kevin Gregg is Still the Cubs Closer

Despite Kevin Gregg’s shaky first save, and even shakier first blown save, Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella says there’s no controversy: Kevin Gregg is the closer. Oh, did I mention the third “despite”: despite the fact that last night’s save opportunity went to… Carlos Marmol. “Gregg is still our closer,” Piniella stated. “I can’t get […]

Cubs Release Chad Gaudin, Jeff Samardzija to AAA

The Chicago Cubs bullpen is set: David Patton and Angel Guzman are in, Chad Gaudin and Jeff Samardzija are out. Ultimately, this is the precise series of moves we had predicted a week ago, with the exception of Gaudin being released instead of traded or DL’d. Previously, the Cubs had indicated no one would be […]

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenarios

Readers repeatedly asked me if I was going to write a “Why the 2009 Chicago Cubs Will Suck” article, as I had for the rest of the N.L. Central. My answer, in turn, was a repeated “no.” How could I? There is no objective, reasonable basis to conclude the Cubs will suck this year. But […]

Lou Piniella Has Advice for Carlos Marmol: Get Over It, Kid

After making the simultaneously difficult and easy decision to name Kevin Gregg the team’s closer over Carlos Marmol, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella is going to have to deal with some subversive criticism. The first time Gregg blows a save or the first time Marmol strikes out the side in the seventh inning, he’s going […]

Closerwatch: It’s Kevin Gregg

I can’t say I’m surprised: Lou Piniella today announced that Kevin Gregg – and not Carlos Marmol – will begin the season as the Chicago Cubs closer. Rue if you must, but this is the correct decision, and not simply because of the Cubs’ strong financial incentive to make Gregg the closer. Gregg is an […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: The Closer Cometh

Sick of the cheesy titles yet? Either Carlos Marmol or Kevin Gregg will be the closer, and Lou said today he’ll have a decision on that by the weekend — once Marmol pitches back-to-back days, Thursday and Friday. Piniella already hasn’t said which way he’s leaning but has admitted he has ideas about which way […]

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2009 Chicago Cubs Closerwatch: It’s the Final Countdown

In case you hadn’t noticed, Spring Training Battlewatch has come to a close. With fewer and fewer battles remaining, it’s time to focus on the specific battles remaining. The closer competition is entering its final stages. Manager Lou Piniella had previously said he expected to announce the closer by the end of last week, but […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: Lou Spills Some Beans

Today, instead of looking at box scores, let’s just look at some things manager Lou Piniella said yesterday. “There are two jobs open in that bullpen as far as I’m concerned,” Piniella said. “We’ve got probably about six candidates, and we’ll let them compete here the last two weeks and see who wants to grab […]

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 […]

Carlos Marmol’s WBC Days Are Over!

Which is, of course, both a good and bad thing. Good, because he’s coming back to camp, and the Cubs can take it very easy on his arm. Bad, because the reason he’s coming back is his Dominican Republic team got unceremoniously bounced early in the World Baseball Classic. Why did they get bounced? Because […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 5, 2009

The Chicago Cubs lost to the White Sox… again. Good thing it’s just fake baseball. Though the games are fake, the… battles… are… REAL! (you tittered right there, didn’t you?) Jake Fox went 2-4, to keep up the relatively nice Spring. He played first base in this one, so he’s logging time at a variety […]

Aramis Ramirez to Play in WBC with A-Rod Out?

With the breaking news that Alex Rodriguez is undergoing hip surgery – the cyst kind, not the old person kind – I am openly pondering and speculating as to whether it means Aramis Ramirez will leave the Chicago Cubs and go to play in the World Baseball Classic. As we’ve noted here before, Ramirez opted […]

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