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Jeff Baker Wants to Be the Full-Time Starter at Second Base

Coming into Spring Training, few things were assumed. But one locked-down assumption was that second base would feature a platoon between Blake DeWitt and Jeff Baker. DeWitt, a lefty, would start against right-handed pitchers, and Baker, a righty (who destroys lefty pitching), would start against left-handed pitchers. Done and done. But then DeWitt struggled to […]

Blake DeWitt is Not Guaranteed the Second Base Job

While it has been assumed by most that, since he was acquired last year in the Ted Lilly trade, Blake DeWitt was *the* Chicago Cubs’ second baseman until further notice, I suspected that he could find himself in a bit of a battle this Spring with infielder Jeff Baker and possibly an up-and-comer like Darwin […]

Did the Rangers and Cubs Discuss a Michael Young Trade?

This week, the Texas Rangers went from we-aren’t-trading-Michael-Young to we-have-to-trade-Michael-Young back to we-aren’t-trading-Michael-Young, all in the span of a few days. It is safe to assume that the book-ends of that back-and-forth are mere posturing, and, as an expensive, disgruntled, superfluous player, Young’s days in Arlington are numbered. The Chicago Cubs have never been a […]

2011 Cubs Convention Lineup: Includes Matt Garza and Carlos Pena

New Cubs Matt Garza and Carlos Pena, and recently-returned Cub Kerry Wood, will be at this weekend’s Cubs Convention, together with a number of other Cubs stars. And, of course, there are a number of former Cubs players – Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Todd Walker (wait, what?) – who will be there as […]

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Looking Ahead to the Cubs’ 2011 Arbitration Cases

One of the primary tasks for GM Jim Hendry in the early part of 2011 will be to sign the Cubs’ five (though it should be four… Koyie Hill…) remaining arbitration-eligible players. Heading into 2011, the Cubs’ only major piece of unfinished business is to sign arbitration eligible players Carlos Marmol, Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall, […]

Aramis Ramirez Might Return Today

The Chicago Cubs have been without third baseman Aramis Ramirez – who was actually starting to sort of hit like Aramis Ramirez – for the last few days. Ramirez hurt his rib cage on a dive earlier in the week. He was expected back yesterday, but that didn’t happen. Ramirez said on Thursday that he […]

Chicago Cubs May Make More Trades Before August is Up

Trades made after the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 are rare – at least, far more rare than trades made before the deadline – but they do happen, as evinced by the Chicago Cubs trade last night with the Giants, sending Mike Fontenot out for prospect Evan Crawford. With the Cubs thoroughly out of […]

Lukewarm Stove: Rockies Looking at Ryan Theriot?

The Chicago Cubs, even if they weren’t sellers, would probably be looking to move an infielder. They’ve got three guys rotating at second base – Ryan Theriot, Mike Fontenot, and Jeff Baker – and that’s at least one too many. The Rockies, who’ve lost shortstop Troy Tulowitzki until at least August with a broken wrist, […]

Lou Piniella: “We probably will be sellers”

Even though the Chicago Cubs just managed to secure an AMAZING series victory – their first in 12 tries – the team is still so far behind in the NL Central and the NL Wild Card races that they are expected to be sellers come the trade deadline at the end of the month. And […]

Aramis Ramirez Returns Today, But Who Goes Out?

With third baseman Aramis Ramirez set to return from the disabled list today, the Chicago Cubs will have to decide whom to send out to make space for him. And it’s going to be a more difficult decision than usual. The Cubs plan to activate third baseman Aramis Ramirez (hand) from the disabled list for […]

Will Ryan Theriot Be Shopped This Year?

If the Chicago Cubs continue falling out of contention, you know as well as I do that we will daily be bombarded with rumors/ideas/suggestions about which players the Cubs should unload, and which players they should keep for the future. Well, I’m here to start bombarding you. Ryan Theriot presents an interesting case. Now that […]

Jim Hendry Noncommittal on Subject of Being a Buyer or Seller

With the team five games under .500 at this advanced stage of the season, with no sign that the offense will be turning it on any time soon, and with objectively better teams ahead of them in the standings in the Central, the time has come for serious questions about the Chicago Cubs’ plans for […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Jeff Baker Lost Vision in His Right Eye

Chicago Cubs utility player Jeff Baker is headed to an eye specialist for an examination of his right eye, which started given him problems late in yesterday’s game against the Dodgers. Specifically, he lost vision in his right eye. Baker didn’t react when the Dodgers’ Russell Martin lined a single past him to lead off […]

Carlos Zambrano Set to Return to Rotation Next Week

Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano will come home next week – on the road. When the Cubs face the Pittsburgh Pirates, Zambrano will be one of their starting pitchers. The Cubs are not going to have a six-man rotation, but who will be bumped has yet to be determined. “We don’t have to concern ourselves […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Aramis Ramirez Out a Few Days with Thumb Injury

At this point, you could almost call this mercy. Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez has been dealing with a bruise of his left thumb, though he claims it is not affecting his performance. He had x-rays yesterday, and although they came back clean, he’s still going to sit for a few days. X-rays of […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Ryan Theriot’s Elbow Still Bothering Him

You know, God has actually generally spared the Cubs His wrath this year. At least in the form of injuries. Chicago Cubs starting shortstop second baseman Ryan Theriot took a pitch off his left elbow on Saturday, and he sat out yesterday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although the injury doesn’t seem to be serious, […]

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