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Lou Piniella Hoping Mike Fontenot Can Backup Shortstop

With far more options to join the Chicago Cubs bench this year than there are spots, the team will have to make many difficult choices in filling out its 25-man roster. Manager Lou Piniella is hoping that Mike Fontenot can back up shortstop, making some of those choices just a little bit easier. “Either you’re […]

Piniella Has No Plans to Use Starlin Castro as a Backup

When it comes to prospects, the Chicago Cubs have not always shown an appropriately level of restraint in promoting them to the bigs, only to have them sit on the bench. So, it is with some trepidation that we’ve watched shortstop Starlin Castro rocket through the system. But good news: manager Lou Piniella says he […]

Might the Cubs Not Use a Platoon at Second Base?

We’ve long been assuming that the Chicago Cubs would go with some kind of platoon at second base this year, using Mike Fontenot primarily against righties and Jeff Baker primarily against lefties. But when asked about his second basemen, manager Lou Piniella did not mention the possibility of using both. Piniella was asked how he’ll […]

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 […]

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So, Why Didn’t the Cubs Consider Felipe Lopez?

The Chicago Cubs are done making any major moves this offseason, and therefore, are apparently going to head into the 2010 season with a Mike Fontenot/Jeff Baker platoon at second base (unless Starlin Castro absolutely destroys Spring Training, claiming the shortstop job, and bumping Ryan Theriot over to second). I’m not going to gripe about […]

Welcome to the Lead-Off Debate, Redux

For three years, the Chicago Cubs batting order has been a particularly contentious source of debate, with the placement of outfielder Alfonso Soriano dominating the discussion. He came to the team as a leadoff hitter – in name, anyway – but his performance has dictated that it simply isn’t for him anymore (if it ever […]

Plenty of Chicago Cubs Rumors Still Swirling

There can be no doubt that the bulk of the offseason movement is behind us – re-signing John Grabow, dumping Milton Bradley, and signing Marlon Byrd and Xavier Nady are the big moves for this year. Like ’em or lump ’em. But that doesn’t mean that the Cubs are totally done making moves. Bruce Levine […]

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 Cubs and Adam Kennedy? Wha?

The Chicago Cubs are widely known to be looking for a reserve outfielder and a right-handed reliever. And that’s it. Right? The representative for free agent Adam Kennedy said he remains in talks with three teams about the infielder. Two clubs are interested in Kennedy as their everyday second baseman, Paul Cohen said. Another has […]

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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. […]

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 […]

Chicago Cubs are Shopping Aaron Miles, May Shop Jake Fox

We’ve heard plenty this offseason about the Chicago Cubs’ targets, but very little about current Cubs headed out the door. Two of the players that make sense as trade bait are utility players Jake Fox and Aaron Miles. They make sense in that capacity for very different reasons, of course: Fox, because he’s cheap and […]

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Don’t Cry, But Mark DeRosa Isn’t Coming Back

For those Chicago Cubs fans holding out hope that the team would take interest in signing free agent Mark DeRosa – you’re going to have to get used to disappointment. Of the Dodgers’ interest in DeRosa, Grunewald said, “The interest is mutual.” But the agent said that the Dodgers are one of a dozen teams that have […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: How About Luis Castillo?

A new day and a new Milton Bradley trade rumor. Today’s version has the Chicago Cubs dealing Milton Bradley to the Blue Jays, who would send Lyle Overbay to the New York Mets, who would send second baseman Luis Castillo to the Cubs. The teams would have to work out the money part of the […]

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 […]

Cubs to Make an Offer to Mark DeRosa?

The Chicago Cubs will be looking for a few pieces this offseason, but a utility player is not expected to be one of them. So what is this quote all about? DeRosa, coming off wrist surgery, figures to field an offer from the Chicago Cubs, at the least. STLtoday.com. With Jeff Baker, Jake Fox, and […]

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Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Enter the Tampa Bay Rays – And Pat Burrell

Priority one this offseason for Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is dumping Milton Bradley, and trying to eat as little salary as possible in the process. Always easier when the player in question is a total chode and he finished the season suspended for said chode-ness. To make matters worse, the possible locations for […]

Grabow Back, Fox and Fontenot Gone?

Reliever John Grabow, whom the Chicago Cubs acquired midseason, has said openly that he’d like to return to the Cubs next year. The Cubs, in turn, would like to have him back, but at what price and for how long? Well, here’s a clue on the how long part: The left-hander is looking for a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reports: Cubs May Work Out Trade with Twins for Rich Harden

In a throwaway line from his column yesterday on the Jeff Baker and Alfonso Soriano injuries, Bruce Miles dropped a mini bombshell: Harden update: There are reports that the Cubs may be able to work out a trade with the Minnesota Twins for pitcher Rich Harden, whom the Cubs put on waivers last week. Reports […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Jeff Baker’s Finger OK

Utility man Jeff Baker is going to be ok, it seems. Jeff Baker was supposed to start at third base, but he took a groundball off his right pinkie finger during batting practice and had to be scratched from the lineup. Baker went for X-rays, and the Cubs said those turned up negative. Daily Herald. […]