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Carlos Zambrano to Remain in Bullpen for at Least Six Weeks?

The Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen experiment has always been regarded as just that: an experiment. But how long will it last? Presumably, the move is not permanent, but if none of the other starting pitchers starts struggling mightily, how long could Zambrano stick in the pen? Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has implied that […]

Screeching Tire Sound: Carlos Zambrano to the Bullpen

Oh. My. God. The Cubs have shaken up their rotation, sending workhorse Carlos Zambrano to the bullpen in order to make room for injured starter Ted Lilly. Zambrano will start his relief stint Friday, and Lilly is expected to start Saturday’s game in Milwaukee. Chicago manager Lou Piniella had to make a move because of […]

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Xavier Nady May Finally Play on Thursday

Chicago Cubs outfielder Xavier Nady is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery last year, and was expected to be ready to do some DH’ing this past weekend. The throwing program he’s on, however, wore him down, and he wasn’t ready to risk jacking up his arm at the plate. By Thursday, the […]

Angel Guzman Has a Tear in His Shoulder, and Things Look Bad

The MRI Chicago Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman had on his throwing shoulder came back with horrible news. Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman has a significant tear in a ligament in his right shoulder and will not be ready Opening Day. Whether he will undergo surgery is yet to be determined. “He has a very unstable shoulder,” […]

Initial Spring Training Rotation Set

All of the Chicago Cubs’ expected starting pitchers, and those competing to be in the starting rotation, will get a shot in the first week of Cactus League games. The Cubs have their Cactus League rotation set for the first five games. Randy Wells will get things started Thursday vs. the A’s, with Carlos Zambrano […]

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 […]

Carlos Zambrano is in Shape, and in Arizona

Pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, Arizona in 10 days, but that doesn’t stop them from showing up early if they’re so inclined. And Carlos Zambrano is so inclined. And I am so inclined to say that is so awesome. “We did it quietly,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “I don’t think he wanted any […]

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Ryan Theriot and the Cubs Are Gonna Fight

It was a long way coming, but it now appears inevitable: the Chicago Cubs and Ryan Theriot will have to go to arbitration to settle on Theriot’s 2010 salary. The two sides have stopped negotiating. Major League Baseball and the players union usually refuse to give out dates to the media in advance of arbitration […]

Live Together, Die Alone: LOST and the Chicago Cubs

“Every man for himself is not going to work. It’s time to start organizing. We need to figure out how we’re going to survive here. Now, I found water. Fresh water, up in the valley. I’ll take a group in at first light. If you don’t want to go, then find another way to contribute. […]

You Are Cleared to Resume Hating Jim Edmonds

Remember when Jim Edmonds was a star for the St. Louis Cardinals? Grr. We hated that guy. He was so … douchey. And so … cocky. When Carlos Zambrano threw at him – twice – Edmonds totally deserved it. Grr. We hated that guy. But then, after being cast off by the San Diego Padres, […]

The Cubs Lost in 2009 Because They Were Fat – Now They’re Not

Conditioning in baseball is a funny thing. For every athletic freak, there are plenty of David Wells and Cecil Fielders out there who don’t really need to do the whole “being in shape” thing in order to be successful. For the Chicago Cubs, conditioning issues popped up repeatedly in 2009: Alfonso Soriano’s legs turned on […]

Boing: Cubs Actively Pursuing Ben Sheets

For weeks I’ve contended that the Chicago Cubs, rather than focusing on the bullpen, should be looking to pick up another starting pitcher. With Ted Lilly laid up following shoulder surgery (notice how his return ETA keeps getting pushed back? It’s now been reported that early May is “optimistic”), and Rich Harden off to Texas, […]

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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 […]

Carlos Zambrano Would Accept a Trade to the White Sox?

Last week, when rumors of a possible Carlos Zambrano trade bubbled over, Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry came forward with his rebuttal: it wasn’t happening. No, not because the Cubs love Zambrano and would never trade him (I still can’t get over the fact that Hendry did not say this); instead, Hendry’s reason? Zambrano […]

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 […]

How Do You Solve a Rumor ’bout Zambrano?

Is he or isn’t he? That’s what the Cublogoverse is trying to figure out today about Chicago Cubs’ ace (yes, he is an ace) Carlos Zambrano’s availability. A few days ago, SI’s Jon Heyman started a firestorm when he tweeted that Zambrano was “eminently available.” We questioned his use of the word “eminently” there, and […]

Wait, So Carlos Zambrano is Available After All?

After some very clear indications that the Chicago Cubs were not really listening to offers on Carlos Zambrano, Si’s Jon Heyman threw a wrench into things with this tweet: before getting javy, #yanks definitely talked to #cubs about zambrano, who appears eminently available. Hmm. That’s not just a little available. That’s eminently available. As in, the Chicago Cubs would […]

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Merry Christmas, You Filthy Animals

‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the blog, not a rumor was stirring, not even one about freaking Jake Peavy or Brian Roberts. The stockings were hung by the center field ivy with care, in the hopes that Curtis Granderson Mike Cameron Coco Crisp any-freaking-body soon would be there. Ok, that’s all I […]

OMG Carlos Zambrano to the Yankees?? Chillax

For the briefest of moments today, the Cublogoverse was gripped by the following rumor: With his everyday lineup for 2010 set, Cashman has turned attention to the rotation, and will almost certainly add a starter by New Year’s, according to a major league source. Cashman is believed to have inquired about Carlos Zambrano, but with […]

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 […]

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. […]

You Can Probably Let Go of Your Butts: Halladay to Cubs Not Likely

I mean, we all realized this, didn’t we? Though the Toronto Blue Jays are shopping ace Roy Halladay this winter, and although they contacted the Cubs, specifically, about making a move, there is currently no reason to believe he’ll actually be donning Cubby Blue next year. As far as Halladay and the Cubs, it doesn’t […]

Hold Onto Your Butts: The Chicago Cubs and Roy Halladay

In case I haven’t banged the drum loudly enough, the Chicago Cubs could stand to add a starting pitcher. Ted Lilly’s return in 2010 will be delayed, and his performance will be uncertain. Rich Harden isn’t returning at all. Randy Wells is no lock to repeat his early success. Surely they would consider adding the […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Milton to the Braves for Derek Lowe?

Here at Bleacher Nation, we consider it our duty to report any and all rumors involving the Chicago Cubs, no matter how unlikely. Frankly, that’s how we get involved in these obsessive watches. That said, many of the “rumors” are not, strictly speaking, actually rumors. They are ideas, offered by journalists and other experts in […]