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Lukewarm Stove: Sigh, Another Michael Young Rumor

I never get tired of rumors. I really don’t. That’s why they’re such a big part of this site – I love reading about them as much as I love discussing them. So I’ll never stiff you on a rumor that I’ve heard or read about. That said, I’m growing a bit weary of the […]

New Reliever Robert Coello Happy to Be a Cub

A little less than a week ago, the Chicago Cubs traded second base prospect Tony Thomas to the Red Sox for reliever/prospect Robert Coello, whom the Red Sox had to dump to clear up space on their 40-man roster. It was a surprising move, given the Cubs’ depth in the bullpen this year, but Coello […]

Mike Quade is Ready for Scrutiny, Speaking in Third Person

When Jim Hendry announced that interim manager Mike Quade, a career minor league manager and big league bench coach, would be taking over as the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, the reaction was best described as measured optimism. The players seemed to be pleased with the selection, but fans, who’d just seen Quade lead […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Make Sense for Michael Young or Ian Kinsler

When the Texas Rangers added Adrian Beltre (with a hilariously awful contract, you’ll note) earlier this offseason, rumors began to swirl about incumbent third baseman Michael Young. Would he stay, would he go? Management says he’ll see time all over the field, and, in that way, a full complement of at bats – especially if […]

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John Grabow Hopes to Be Useful This Year

It’s no secret or unfair criticism to say that John Grabow was brutal last year. He was able to pitch only intermittently, and when he did, he was as useful as a tee-ball tee. But now he’s much more healthy, and determined to be a valuable component of the Cubs’ bullpen in 2011. Grabow’s case […]

Ryne Sandberg is Happy to Be in the Phillies’ Organization

When Ryne Sandberg was passed over for the Chicago Cubs’ open managerial job in favor of the more tenured – but less famous and less adored by Cubs fans – Mike Quade, the writing was on the wall: he wasn’t going back to manage AAA Iowa. So when he left to do the same job […]

2011 Cubs Convention Schedule

In case you’re headed to the 2011 Cubs Convention, beginning January 14, or in case you’re thinking of going, here’s a top-heavy sampling of what you can expect (aside from meeting your favorite players, like, um, that guy there to the right): Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins plus Glenn Beckert, […]

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, […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs to Meet with Carlos Pena for Second Time

One thing I love best about the Hot (Lukewarm) Stove season are the conflicting rumors. On the one hand, we hear that the Cubs are hot on Adam LaRoche, and want to sign him “soon.” On the other, we here things like this: The Chicago Cubs will meet with the agents for free agent first […]

Best Guess On Amount Cubs Have to Spend is $10 Million

While we’ve known for some time that the Chicago Cubs 2011 payroll would drop from 2010 (sigh), it has remained unclear just how much General Manager Jim Hendry would have to play with this Winter. Back of the envelope calculations have the guys under contract, including arbitration raises, taking home about $125 million this year. […]

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Hendry: Cubs Willing to Take Time at First Base

The General Manager meetings are underway in Orlando, and Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry is already hard at work. His primary focus is first base, where he’ll consider a bevy of free agent options, as well as a (hopefully) active trade market. There are options. Among the free agents on the market are Adam […]

Ryne Sandberg Could be the Phillies’ Next Manager – At AAA

Ryne Sandberg has decided to depart from the Chicago Cubs organization after failing to land the team’s big league managerial job, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to find a better gig elsewhere. Sandberg, who assuredly hoped to land, at a minimum, a Major League bench coach job, is reportedly a candidate for the Phillies’ […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Looking at Nick Johnson, Kerry Wood

Two the of Chicago Cubs’ big priorities this winter are at first base and in the bullpen, and the team is expected to look at a familiar face for the latter, and a new face for the former. With a payroll budget that figures to leave little room for big-shot free agents, indications are that […]

Ryne Sandberg is Gone

As I’ve said from the moment the Chicago Cubs managerial decision came down to Mike Quade and Ryne Sandberg: if Sandberg wasn’t chosen, he was done with the Cubs organization for a while. And so it is. The Cubs offered Sandberg a chance to return as manager at Triple-A Iowa. But Hendry said he spoke […]

From the Duh File: Padres Pick Up Adrian Gonzalez’s Option

There was a 0.0000001% chance that Adrian Gonzalez would become a free agent after the 2010 season (you know, it actually may have been 0.0000002%). That chance officially just went to zero as the San Diego Padres have picked up Gonzalez’s option for 2011 – for the pittance of $6.2 million (up from $5.5 million […]