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The Other Cactus League Teams Are Seriously Pissed About the Cubs Tax

In order to construct a new stadium and new facilities for the Chicago Cubs, to keep the team’s Spring Training in Arizona, the city of Mesa has reached out to the State of Arizona for funding assistance. The State, in turn, has proposed a surcharge on all Cactus League game tickets, a decision which has […]

A Wrench in the Cubs’ Spring Training Plans

After an offseason of back and forth, the Chicago Cubs decided two weeks ago to stay in Mesa, Arizona for Spring Training for the foreseeable future. As part of that decision, Mesa committed to provide new and improved facilities for the team, and a sweet new ballpark. As it turns out, the city and state […]

The Cubs Are Considering Kris Benson

Though the Chicago Cubs are not looking for another starting pitcher – or looking to make any other considerable free agent acquisitions – they’ll continue to monitor guys they can snag on minor league deals. One such guy is formerly mediocre starting pitcher Kris Benson. A number of National League teams are keeping track of […]

Eric Byrnes Hearts the Chicago Cubs

The Arizona Diamondbacks designated highly-compensated but under-producing outfielder Eric Byrnes for assignment two weeks ago. Soon, he’ll be a free agent who can be signed for the Major League minimum, and according to newly-signed Cub Chad Tracy on XM Radio, Byrnes is hoping that signing team will be the Chicago Cubs. Byrnes has long been […]

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Details on the Chad Tracy Signing

The Chicago Cubs will announce today that they’ve signed Chad Tracy to a minor league contract, which we already knew yesterday. But now we’ve got some of the particulars on the deal. If Tracy makes the Cubs’ big-league roster, he would earn $900,000, plus up to an additional $525,000 if he gets 450 plate appearances, […]

Chicago Cubs Are About to Sign Chad Tracy

The Chicago Cubs will be adding to their infield depth – at least theoretically – as soon as tomorrow, when they will announce they’ve signed Chad Tracy to a minor league deal. Tracy will have a chance to earn a spot on the big club in Spring Training, and could end up as the primary backup […]

Fourth Outfielder Watch: Jonny Gomes is in Love with the Chicago Cubs

Add another name to the list of possible fourth outfielder options for the Chicago Cubs: Jonny Gomes. After raking for the Cincinnati Reds last year, Gomes was non-tendered for fear that he’d bring in too much money for the small-market club in arbitration. Gomes, 29, was presumed to be looking for a starting gig, but […]

Eric Byrnes for Cubs’ Fourth Outfielder?

Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has long had an affection for Eric Byrnes, despite his having fallen off a cliff in recent years. So with the Arizona Diamondbacks in a roster crunch, and interested in dumping Byrnes, the Cubs were rumored to be looking at picking up Byrnes in a salary dump from the […]

Chicago Cubs Considering Jon Garland

With Ted Lilly rehabbing from surgery, with an empty fifth starter spot, and with Randy Wells coming out of nowhere last year, we’ve been saying for months that the 2010 Chicago Cubs could use another quality, established starting pitcher. And from the sound of things, they’re actually getting on board with that notion. Bruce Levine […]

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Jim Hendry Loves Relievers: Cubs Looking at J.J. Putz

Apparently, when Jim Hendry traded Aaron Heilman earlier this offseason to the Diamondbacks, it wasn’t purely a salary dump or a dealing from a position of surplus. Silly us, we all saw a team with more than 10 legitimate bullpen options (and that was before Jeff Gray was acquired), and figured, “the Cubs are dealing […]

OMGranderson Watch: Time of Death, 2:30pm EST

Various reports indicate that the mega-blockbuster (but hoping it wouldn’t happen) three-way trade between the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Detroit Tigers, which will see the Yankees wind up with Granderson and the D-backs land Jackson, is about to go down. If it is any consolation (it’s not), the Cubs may now pursue a […]

Aaron Heilman, We Hardly Liked Ye: Heilman Traded to Diamondbacks for Prospects

The Chicago Cubs bullpen was set to become crowded with the imminent elevation of the Esmailin Caridads, Blake Parkers, Jon Gaubs, and Jeff Stevens of the Cubs’ system. Thus, that they’ve started the dumping party is unsurprising. And in this case, welcomed. Today, the Cubs sent reliever Aaron Heilman – arbitration eligible – to the […]

The Chicago Cubs 2010 Spring Training Schedule

The Chicago Cubs just released their 2010 Spring Training schedule. And, well, here it is: March 4 vs. Oakland Athletics March 5 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks March 6 vs. Chicago White Sox March 7 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (ss) and at Chicago White Sox, Glendale, Ariz. March 8 at Oakland Athletics, Phoenix March 9 vs. Milwaukee […]

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Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Eric Byrnes is Popping Up Again

Increasingly, Milton Bradley trade rumors center on bad contracts coming back to the Chicago Cubs as opposed to the Cubs eating a bunch of Bradley’s contract. That is both good and bad: it could be better financially for the Cubs, and it could knock out two birds with one stone, depending on the player the […]

Bob Brenly Wants to Manage – Maybe the Cubs, Maybe Elsewhere

Chicago Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly has grown on Cubs fans – well, me anyway – and just as he has, he’s talking about leaving the broadcast booth for the dugout. Brenly, who previously managed the Arizona Diamondbacks to a World Series win, says he’s always open to interviewing for managerial jobs. There are managerial openings […]

Why the Final Week Rainout and the Last Game Loss Were Blessings

The 2010 Major League Baseball draft order is out, pending changes due to free agency signings, and the Chicago Cubs come in at 16th. That the Cubs are 16th and not 17th is actually quite huge: now, if and when the Cubs sign a Type A free agent who has been offered arbitration by his […]

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Well That’s a Shame

Chris Carpenter just can’t catch a break. Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter underwent a magnetic resonance imaging on Thursday that confirmed the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner sustained a torn left oblique muscle during Tuesday night’s start against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Carpenter will begin rehab next week, according to general manager John Mozeliak, who described Thursday’s […]

Why the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals Will Suck

This is the fifth and final installment in Bleacher Nation’s 2009 preview of the National League Central – specifically, how every team not named the Cubs is going to suck. Previously: Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros. Welcome back to Bleacher Nation’s foray into the other teams of the National League Central, and […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 15, 2009

The Chicago Cubs took a trip down to Tucson to play the Diamondbacks and won-dizzled. Which totally makes sense, since the Diamondbacks play their regular season games in Phoenix. Gotta go somewhere for Spring Training, I guess. On to the battles. Joey Gathright got a couple hits, a few steals, and is looking more and […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Padres Sale Hitting a Roadblock? Peavy More Likely?

A quick refresher: the San Diego Padres are in the process of being sold by current owner John Moores to a consortium group, led by former Diamondbacks CEO Jeff Moorad. Moores was ostensibly forced to sell the team because of divorce proceedings (gotta split the baby), and similarly was hoping to cut payroll dramatically. In […]