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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Rich Aurilia is Gonna Come Cheap

It can’t be a surprise in an offseason where guys like Adam Dunn and Bobby Abreu can’t find work, but in case you were wondering about the price tag on potential Cubs reserve infielder Rich Aurilia, it’s really low. Sabean said the Giants made Rich Aurilia an offer for a non-guaranteed contract similar to what […]

Cubs Still Looking at Randy Wolf and Braden Looper?

Even after the acquisition of could-be-starter Aaron Heilman, the Chicago Cubs are reportedly still considering free agents Randy Wolf and Braden Looper. Obviously they would be in lieu of Jake Peavy. Looper and Wolf are expected to command a contract similar to Jon Garland – who yesterday got a one-year (with an option for 2010) […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Padres Sign David Eckstein

If the Padres also add Omar Vizquel, as has been speculated, the ability of the Cubs to shuffle off “serviceable” major league pieces like Ronny Cedeno in a deal for Jake Peavy becomes hampered. Ronny Cedeno’s shittiness also hampers that ability. The Padres have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with David Eckstein to […]

2009 Draft Order and Free Agent Compensation

Go here for the 2009 Chicago Cubs Draft resource. This will include order, results, minor league designations, and articles. As more free agents sign, the 2009 draft order becomes closer to getting set. Right now, the Chicago Cubs still have their first round pick – Milton Bradley was a “Type B” free agent, so the […]