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2011 Chicago Cubs Spring Training Game Schedule is Here

The Chicago Cubs have officially released their 35-game 2011 Spring Training schedule, though many of the games were already known. Among the highlights: the opener is February 27 against the A’s at HoHoKam, and the conclusion is an intrasquad game on March 30 to benefit Chicago Cubs Charities. The Cubs will also play a couple […]

Lukewarm Stove: Kerry Wood Thinking of His Family

Kerry Wood opened the door ever so slightly this weekend to a return to the Chicago Cubs. At Ryan Dempster’s charity even on Friday, Wood told the Chicago Tribune that there was a chance he could return to Chicago. “There has been a lot of interest, but at this stage of my career it has […]

Carlos Pena: Likeable Dude

New Chicago Cubs’ first baseman Carlos Pena has some big shoes to fill. Derrek Lee was the man at first for more than half of the 2000s before he was traded to the Braves this August, and you would struggle to find a single Cubs fan who could utter a cross word about Lee if […]

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Some Cubs Clearly Care More than Others

I’m at least partially kidding. But several Chicago Cubs are already working out in anticipation of the 2011 season at “Camp Colvin,” an offseason workout camp in Mesa, Arizona, named after outfielder Tyler Colvin, who used offseason training last year to pack on 25 pounds of muscle. Among the players in camp are Colvin, Ryan […]

Just to Add a Little Wood to the Matt Garza Fire

Another source says (1) the Tampa Bay rays are “certain” to trade Matt Garza this winter, and (2) probably to the Chicago Cubs, according to Ed Price. Unfortunately for Cubs fans, the Rays really like Andrew Cashner, Brett Jackson, Chris Archer, and Hak-Ju Lee – in other words, literally the Cubs’ four best young pieces. Would […]

What Do You Know – Some Teams Have Asked About Carlos Zambrano

There was a time – oh, say, July – when the collective thought of Chicago Cubs fans and management, alike, went something like this: “How are we ever going to dump Carlos Zambrano? How bad is it going to look when we come hat in hand to every team in MLB? How much money will […]

Lukewarm Stove: So What’s the Deal with the Matt Garza Trade?

The Chicago Cubs were close to a deal for Tampa Bay starter Matt Garza yesterday, and then… nothing happened. Obviously 95% of trades that are discussed never actually happen. But is this one truly dead, or just held up? Hard to say. Paul Sullivan reported yesterday that a deal for Matt Garza is “unlikely,” citing […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Still After Brandon Webb

Even as other deals flounder, change, and ultimately die, there’s no doubt about one Chicago Cubs move: they want Brandon Webb. Brandon Webb remains their No. 1 target, and the Cubs reportedly are one of the top two or three teams on the former Diamondbacks ace’s list. But the Cubs still have to check out his […]

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Rule 5 Draft is Much Ado About Nothing for Cubs

Rarely is a non-event good news in the world of the Chicago Cubs (“why didn’t Hendry sign that guy? why didn’t he make that trade? why haven’t the Cubs won in a million years?”), but today’s Rule 5 Draft was a relative non-event for the Cubs, and it’s a good thing. The Cubs selected a […]

Carlos Pena’s Deal is One Year, but It’s Still Backloaded

The Chicago Cubs, ever the fan of the backloaded contract, managed to backload Carlos Pena’s one-year deal – it will pay him $5 million this year, and $5 million next year. It had appeared that the Cubs had about $10 million to work with this offseason, so when the Pena signing was announced, it was a […]

Lukewarm Stove: The Detroit Tigers Have Contacted the Cubs About Tom Gorzelanny

The Chicago Cubs are considering moving starter Tom Gorzelanny, according to sources, and at least one team has contacted the Cubs about the lefty. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Chicago Cubs are actively shopping left-handed starter Tom Gorzelanny, and a source with knowledge of the situation said the Tigers have contacted the Cubs in […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs to Meet with Carlos Pena for Second Time

One thing I love best about the Hot (Lukewarm) Stove season are the conflicting rumors. On the one hand, we hear that the Cubs are hot on Adam LaRoche, and want to sign him “soon.” On the other, we here things like this: The Chicago Cubs will meet with the agents for free agent first […]

Lukewarm Stove: Derrek Lee, Carlos Pena, Brad Hawpe, Adam LaRoche

Some of us have wondered openly why Derrek Lee’s name is never brought up in first base rumors for the Chicago Cubs. He’s obviously familiar with the organization, he’s solid defensively, and he should be inexpensive. Sounds like a perfect fit, no? The Cubs are not interested in re-signing Derrek Lee, who is being pursued […]

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Best Guess On Amount Cubs Have to Spend is $10 Million

While we’ve known for some time that the Chicago Cubs 2011 payroll would drop from 2010 (sigh), it has remained unclear just how much General Manager Jim Hendry would have to play with this Winter. Back of the envelope calculations have the guys under contract, including arbitration raises, taking home about $125 million this year. […]

Remember Hayden Simpson? Yeah, He Still Exists

The Chicago Cubs shocked the rest of the baseball world when they selected Southern Arkansas pitcher Hayden Simpson – a player pegged as a third or fourth rounder – in the first round of the 2010 draft. And then Simpson went down with a bad case of mono, and we didn’t hear much about him […]

Lukewarm Stove: Carlos Pena Would Prefer to Remain in Tampa Bay

What can I say? With the Winter Meetings on tap, it’s a Lukewarm Stove kind of day. First baseman Carlos Pena – he of the swell glove, mighty power, and terrible average – remains firmly on the Chicago Cubs’ radar (they’ve spoken with his agent, Scott Boras), but Pena’s level of interest is unclear. It […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Offered Lance Berkman $8 Million

The Chicago Cubs are still looking for a first baseman after whiffing on a few options late last week an this weekend. One of the whiffs – Adrian Gonzalez – was not for a lack of trying: the Cubs pursued him aggressively, both before and after he was initially dealt to the Red Sox. Another […]

Lukewarm Stove: Kerry Wood Still on Cubs’ Radar

You didn’t forget about Kerry Wood already, did you? The Chicago Cubs certainly didn’t. Cubs icon Kerry Wood will be looked at as a possible addition. Wood will have to accept a setup role — he was Cleveland’s closer for the better part of two seasons before getting traded to the Yankees in July. Wood […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Rockies Aggressively Pursuing Lance Berkman

Free agent Lance Berkman has said as many as eight teams are pursuing him this winter, one of whom is the Chicago Cubs, who need a first baseman. None have yet emerged as a favorite to sign Fat Elvis, but the Colorado Rockies are making a serious push. In the Rockies’ search for a big […]

Lukewarm Stove: A Couple Bullpen Bits

The Chicago Cubs continue to look as possible relievers to add to the mix for 2011. You can add Jesse Crain to the list of guys the Cubs are considering. Crain, 29, is coming off an excellent 2010 season (3.04 ERA in 68 innings, with a 1.176 WHIP), but you have to go all the […]

On the Starting Pitching Front, the Market Look Grim For the Chicago Cubs

With the De La Rosa’s, Vazquez’s, and Garland’s of the free agent starting pitcher market gone, and the Padilla’s of the market not on the Cubs’ radar, the remaining options generally fall into two categories: solid and expensive (think Cliff Lee or Carl Pavano), and cheap and risky. The Chicago Cubs are falling, decidedly, into […]

Cross Jorge De La Rosa Off Your List

He probably hasn’t been on your list since the first week of the offseason, but there was a time when the Chicago Cubs were rumored to have interested in free agent lefty Jorge De La Rosa. Then his contract demands were revealed – at least three years, at least $10 million per. So long, interest. […]

Lukewarm Stove: Clearly the Chicago Cubs Are Discussing Derek Jeter

The longer Derek Jeter went unsigned by the Yankees, you knew there would be some bizarre rumors/speculation about him leaving New York – even though everyone in the world recognizes there is zero chance he’s not in Yankee blue next year. With the two sides tens of millions of dollars apart (seriously, Derek?), that speculation […]