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Did Randy Wells Just Nail Down a Rotation Spot?

Randy Wells hasn’t given up an earned run this Spring, and yesterday he mowed down the Indians, going four innings, giving up just one hit and one walk. Has he finally done enough to end the farce that is the requirement that he “compete” for a rotation spot? Neither Mike Quade nor Wells will say, […]

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 […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Kerry Wood is a Possibility

Just a day after the New York Yankees declined their 2011 option on pitcher Kerry Wood, a “source” now indicates that the Chicago Cubs would welcome Wood back if the price is right. Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood may be the missing link to a young and improving bullpen on the north side of […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Tom Ricketts Has Interviewed Four

The Chicago Cubs’ search for a new manager is clearly entering the home stretch, as the team’s owner and chairman Tom Ricketts has interviewed each of the four most likely candidates. Ricketts would not comment on the managerial search but a source confirmed he has interviewed each of the candidates. Mike Quade, who has spent […]

Will the Chicago Cubs Look to Bring Back Kerry Wood?

It is not a secret that the 2010 Chicago Cubs’ bullpen blew. Injuries, underperformance and inexperience conspired to torpedo the pen for long stretches during the season. So the fact that the team will look at some veteran reliever options this Winter should also not be a secret. But one of those reliever options might […]

Chicago Cubs Interview Eric Wedge for Managerial Opening

The Chicago Cubs have interviewed former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge for their managerial vacancy. Wedge was not among the names rumored to be on the Cubs’ short list as recently as a week ago, so this is at least a moderate surprise. Wedge managed the Indians from 2003-09, winning the American League Manager of […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: The Dodgers Are A-Callin’

Though he didn’t even appear in the game, last night’s shellacking of Carlos Silva made it incrementally more likely that Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly would be traded. With just over a week to go before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31, the Cubs are no doubt continuously evaluating their position vis a vis […]

Chicago Cubs Minor Leaguer Busted for Steroids – Again

A youngster in the Chicago Cubs’ system – don’t worry, you haven’t heard of him – has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. For the second time. Cubs outfielder Gregorio Robles has tested positive twice for a banned performance-enhancing drug. His 100-game suspension will begin with the start of the 2010 season. He still has 43 […]

Are the Cubs Considering a Deal for Kerry Wood?

When Chicago Cubs reliever Angel Guzman went down, presumably for the year, rumors picked up about the Cubs adding another right-handed reliever. The kicker, of course, is that the Cubs were already looking for such a right-handed reliever, and efforts to add a guy now will be met with outrageous demands. But maybe the Cubs […]

Watch More Chicago Cubs Spring Training Games

That headline feels like it should be followed with “or else.” But no, I don’t intend it to be threatening. That’s just your insecurity talking. The MLB Network is going to air a crap ton of Spring games this year, so in addition to the handful of games on WGN, you’ll be able to catch a […]

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Esmailin Caridad Has Already Won a Bullpen Spot?

The race to take a spot in the Chicago Cubs bullpen is a wildly crowded one. Carlos Marmol, Angel Guzman (if healthy), and two of the would-be starting pitchers (Sean Marshall, Tom Gorzelanny, Jeff Samardzija, and Carlos Silva (sigh)) seem like mortal locks to make the pen. But is a fifth pitcher already locked in […]

Spring Training Participants

Here’s a helpful recap of the players participating in Spring Training with the Chicago Cubs this year – pitchers and catchers report this week. Thanks to Bruce Miles for putting this together. Pitchers: Mitch Atkins, Justin Berg, Esmailin Caridad, Ryan Dempster, Rafael Dolis, John Gaub, Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Jeff Gray, Angel Guzman, Ted Lilly, Carlos […]

In Case You Were Hoping for Mark DeRosa

You can stop hoping. And you probably shouldn’t have been hoping in the first place; not because Mark DeRosa is not a fine player, but instead because the Cubs haven’t been meaningfully connected to a Mark DeRosa rumor since they dealt him to the Cleveland Indians last year. A person with knowledge of the negotiations […]

The End of the Milton Bradley Era: A Portrait of the Player as a Young Man

There’s a story about Milton Bradley as a young man that pops up from time to time. When Bradley was hitting his stride, and dominating his high school league, scouts began arriving to take a look at the athletic, switch-hitting outfielder. And Bradley was ready to impress. One scout recalls that, while observing Bradley, he […]

Florida Putting on Full Court Press for Cubs

So, the state of Florida REALLY wants the Cubs to spring with them. So much so, that they’ve dispatched the governor, Charlie Crist, to help secure the team. Crist met in Tallahassee, Fla., on Tuesday with Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, team president Crane Kenney and other team officials to discuss the team possibly moving from […]

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