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Carlos Silva Guarantees Himself a Rotation Spot

Is Carlos Silva impressively confident, or embarrassingly delusional? I’m not quite sure. But I am sure that the Chicago Cubs’ rotation prospects are looking both bright and crowded these days. With Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, and Matt Garza assured of the front three spots, the Cubs will have to figure out how to accommodate Randy […]

Lukewarm Stove: Tom Gorzelanny is Available

As mentioned yesterday, the Chicago Cubs face a starting pitcher crunch. With no fewer than five guys for two back-end rotation spots, something’s got to give. And at a Cubs Caravan stop yesterday, new manager Mike Quade suggested – if unconsciously – that the something might be Tom Gorzelanny’s tenure with the Cubs. When responding […]

Chicago Cubs Get Creative With Ticket Packages

If you wanted to buy a bundle of tickets to Chicago Cubs games this year, but don’t have season tickets, and don’t want to go a la carte, you can now buy a package of 13 game tickets, with some choice built in. The ticket packages are divided into bleacher seats or seats in the […]

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Baseball America Offers a Comprehensive Cubs Prospect Treatment

In addition to offering a top ten list of Chicago Cubs prospects, Baseball America also offers a comprehensive evaluation of the system, which I would encourage you to read. Among the highlights, of course, is the top ten list, itself: 1. Chris Archer, rhp 2. Brett Jackson, of 3. Trey McNutt, rhp 4. Hak-Ju Lee, […]

Report: Chicago Cubs Close to Trading for Matt Garza

Well, this is a turn of events. Gordon Wittenmyer is reporting that the Chicago Cubs are “close” to trading for Matt Garza, as of late last night. He offers no word on what the Cubs would be sending in return. Landing Garza would not only improve the Cubs’ rotation, but would also improve their ability 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 […]

Chicago Cubs Still Trying to Get Public Money to Renovate Wrigley Field

A couple months ago, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts laid out a plan that would help fund planned renovations to Wrigley Field using a portion of the amusement tax collected on tickets to Chicago Cubs games. That plan was roundly castigated (except here), and crumbled under the weight of political grandstanding. Grr! You want the […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Out of it for Brandon Webb

Hopefully you weren’t pining away for Brandon Webb in your stocking, because according to Jayson Stark, the Chicago Cubs are out of it for him. Interest in Webb had picked up over the last two weeks, and indications were that he was going to get a decent amount of guaranteed money, which is likely what took […]

Meta: Happy Holidays and Happy Birthday

I hope you’re enjoying happy holidays, and all that. You’ll note that BN doesn’t go into limited posting over the holidays like some sites, but only because the purveyors of BN (ok, well, it’s just me) is a loser whose sole goal in life is to provide you with breaking Chicago Cubs rumors and news. […]

Another Prospect List: John Sickels Ranks the Cubs’ Top Prospects

Another day, another Chicago Cubs prospect list – together with the Hot (or Lukewarm) Stove, prospect lists are what makes this time of year excellent for baseball fans. Enough fluff. On with the list – this one comes from Minor League Ball‘s John Sickels. 1) Brett Jackson, OF, Grade B+: Love the broad base of skills. […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Still Going After Matt Garza

The will-they-won’t-they saga between the Chicago Cubs and Brandon Webb is second only to the will-they-won’t-they saga between the Chicago Cubs and Matt Garza. According to Bruce Levine, the “will they” part is back on. In his weekly chat yesterday, he was dropping suggestions all over the place that the Cubs are still going hard […]

Lukewarm Stove: Rangers Close to Landing Brandon Webb

Confirming earlier rumors, the Chicago Cubs no longer look like a solid bet to sign Brandon Webb. Instead, it’s looking increasingly likely that Webb will end up with the Texas Rangers. The Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals continued to show strong interest in Brandon Webb on Tuesday, while a third reported suitor, the Chicago Cubs, […]

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WGN Radio Extends Hughes Through 2015

Ron Santo may be gone, but Chicago Cubs fans will continue to hear one half of the duo they’ve come to love on WGN Radio for the past 15 years. Pat Hughes has been extended through the 2015 season. The 2011 season will be Hughes’ 16th with WGN Radio and the Cubs, and his 29th […]

The Chicago Cubs 2011 Top Prospects – Baseball Prospectus

With all of the Chicago Cubs trade rumors flying around this time of year, it’s a good time to take a look at the prospects whose names fly right around with those rumors. An excellent prospect site, Baseball Prospectus has put together its 2011 list of the top Cubs prospects. The top 11 shake out […]

Uh Oh: Zack Greinke Traded to Brewers

The Chicago Cubs weren’t going to acquire Zack Greinke, but we were hoping no other NL Central team would get him. Unfortunately, the Brewers just did. Former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney on Sunday morning. In the deal, the Brewers […]

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Cubs and Giants Discussed Swapping Kosuke Fukudome and Aaron Rowand

In rumors that make no sense, Jerry Crasnick is reporting that he’s heard the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants have discussed swapping outfielders Kosuke Fukudome and Aaron Rowand in a “classic bad-contract, change-of-scenery deal.” It’s almost impossible to see anything coming from this, as swapping a productive, left-handed outfielder for an unproductive, right-handed outfielder can’t […]

Lukewarm Stove: Brandon Webb to Decide on a Team Soon

It’s a very lukewarm Friday, apparently. One of the Chicago Cubs’ few free agent targets this offseason, Brandon Webb, is set to make his decision in the next few days. Free-agent pitcher Brandon Webb is likely to pick a team within the next couple of days, a source told FanHouse. Multiple teams remain in the […]

2011 Spring Training Non-Roster Invitee List Expands

The Chicago Cubs’ non-roster invitee list has grown a bit since last check, and there are a couple more guys who will be vying for a bench or bullpen spot on the 2011 team. The Cubs have added first baseman Bryan LaHair and outfielder Brad Snyder to the list of non-roster invitees for Spring Training. […]

Chicago Cubs Close to Deal with Kerry Wood

Well this would be a very pleasant (moderate) surprise. The Cubs, who have a major need for a veteran right handed reliever are moving towards finalizing a deal with free agent Kerry Wood. Wood, who spent the first 10 years of his major league career with the Cubs, spent 2010 with the Indians and Yankees […]

Lukewarm Stove: Phillies Looking to Move Joe Blanton, Would Cubs Bite?

In addition to the numerous other outgrowths of the Cliff Lee signing, the Phillies are looking to dump their current fifth starter, Joe Blanton. Would the Chicago Cubs be interested in picking up the scraps? The Phillies are shopping Joe Blanton, who is owed $17 million over the next two years. He has been the […]

Brace Yourself: Mark Prior Is Not Coming Back to the Cubs

It was easy to get excited about the prospect of former Chicago Cubs employee Mark Prior returning to the club who paid him so much for such a questionable attitude and such questionable decision-making with respect to his injuries. Indeed, it was almost too titillating to bear. But alas, Prior has elected to sign with the Yankees. […]