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After a Physical, Xavier Nady Will Be a Chicago Cub

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with outfielder Xavier Nady on a one-year, $3.3 million deal, which also offers some $2 million in incentives for games played. Nady, 31, essentially did not play last year after elbow problems led to his second Tommy John surgery. Now fully-recovered, the Cubs hope Nady can be a […]

Jeff Baker Wants to Punch Mike Fontenot’s Heart

Last year, Mike Fontenot was anointed the Chicago Cubs’ starting second baseman out of Spring Training following a 2008 season where he was dominant at the plate in a part-time role. He struggled. The Cubs responded to his struggles (and Aramis Ramirez’s injury and Aaron Miles’ totally unpredictable sucking) by acquiring second baseman Jeff Baker from the […]

The 2010 Chicago Cubs Batting Order is Largely Set

Without too many moving parts from last year to this, the batting order for the Chicago Cubs is not as prone to questioning as it has been in years past. In fact, the main question – why in the sweet hell is Alfonso Soriano still leading off – mercifully faded away, for good, last year. […]

Cubs Are Interested in Jermaine Dye

A new name has entered the Chicago Cubs fourth outfielder dialog: Jermaine Dye. Long believed to be seeking a starting gig, it’s possible that Dye would accept a reserve role with the Cubs. The Cubs are looking into former White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye, sources confirmed Wednesday, but they can’t promise Dye as much playing […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Derrek Lee is the NL MVP – Other Than Those Eight Guys

Derrek Lee was probably the MVP of the Chicago Cubs this year, but apparently being the sexiest pregnant stripper in the club doesn’t catapult you into the upper strata of the adult entertainment industry. Lee finished ninth in the balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America with 66 total points, while Pujols was a […]

Offseason Issues Not Named Milton

Obviously moving outfielder Milton Bradley is the Chicago Cubs’ top offseason priority. You might even say, it’s an obsessive priority (ha – self referential!). But we all know there are other holes in this club – not to mention the hole that moving Bradley will create. The Chicago Tribune recently explored what it considers the […]

Chicago Cubs Rumors Out the Wazoo

There are so many Chicago Cubs rumors to report in this post that you are hereby forewarned about the semi-stream of consciousness that will follow. ESPNChicago’s Bruce Levine recently held a chat, which produced a whole lot of Chicago Cubs rumor nuggety goodness. Here’s the transcript of the chat, and here is a selection of […]

Koyie Hill is an Awesome Guy

Chicago Cubs catcher Koyie Hill stepped up for the team this year when Geovany Soto struggled and got hurt. No, Hill didn’t replace Soto’s 2008 production, but he gave the Cubs another option behind the plate, played good defense, and caught a good game. He did all that after sawing off a bunch of his […]

Josh Vitters is Getting Better Defensively

Considered the Chicago Cubs’ top positional prospect, and top overall prospect since the moment the team made him the third pick in the 2007 draft, the primary knock on Josh Vitters has been his defense. A third baseman by trade, few scouts give him much of a chance to stick at the position when he […]

Derrek Lee Was the Player of September – Officially

We all knew that Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee had a killer September. But now we have proof: he was named the National League Player of the Month. Sweet. It was a stellar final month of the season for Lee, who led the Majors with a .386 average (32-for-83) with nine home runs, 23 […]

Angel Guzman Did Not Break Derrek Lee’s Neck

Various reports circulated this weekend that the latest flare-up of Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee’s neck spasms, which have kept him out of the last couple games, was caused by a celebratory head smack by relief pitcher Angel Guzman. Once the OMG-this-could-only-happen-to-the-Cubs hand wringing was over, Derrek Lee took a moment to clear the […]

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God’s Wrath Watch: Derrek Lee’s Neck Finicky Again

With a bulging disc in his neck, Derrek Lee has struggled this year at time, but he’s played through the pain. And he’s played himself right into the second best season of his career. Last night, the troublesome neck reared its head again. Derrek Lee was pulled from Thursday’s game in the ninth inning after […]

Bradley’s Teammates React to Suspension – Think Any Defended Him?

Usually when a player is disciplined, either by Major League Baseball or by the player’s team, the player’s teammates tow the company line, but avoid making any comments that indicate they agree with the discipline. They say things like, “I understand the team’s decision, but I don’t agree with it. I hope we can get […]