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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 […]

Set Your DVRs – Chicago Cubs on ‘Undercover Boss’ on November 7

If you like tedious, melodramatic reality programs about richies interacting with the common folk, get ready to combine two of your passions: the Chicago Cubs are going to be on CBS’s ‘Undercover Boss.’ Hoo-ray. CBS, which announced Monday that it plans to air the Ricketts episode on Nov. 7, said he fights for the chance […]

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Should the Chicago Cubs Trade Marlon Byrd?

With most of the club’s payroll tied up in but a hand full of players in 2011, the Chicago Cubs are going to have a difficult time improving the team over the 2010 version. If they are to do so, they’ll have to get mighty creative with the roster, and the maneuvers used to create […]

Alan Trammell is Probably Going to Head Out West

Caught in the periphery of the Chicago Cubs’ impending managerial decision is what will happen to the current coaching staff. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, who signed a big money three-year deal last year, isn’t going anywhere. But pitching coach Larry Rothschild ($400k+ option) and bench coach Alan Trammell could be headed elsewhere. Trammell in particular […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Bob Melvin is in Houston to Interview

Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is traveling with the team in Houston, and he won’t be alone this weekend – managerial candidate Bob Melvin is there, and expected to get his interview. Melvin is highly regarded by Hendry, who interviewed him in the fall of 2002, when he hired Dusty Baker to manage the […]

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 […]

Confirmed: Chicago Cubs’ Payroll Expected to Decrease Next Year

Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts yesterday confirmed what we’ve long suspected: the team’s payroll will decrease next year from the current $145 million level. Speaking to reporters, Ricketts said, “[w]e haven’t made any decisions where payroll goes next year. But I think it will be slightly lower than this year.” The Cubs have some $115 […]

Greg Maddux Staying with Cubs for at Least Another Year

Yesterday, new Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers was forthright in asserting that he’d like to bring Greg Maddux on board as the pitching coach for his new team, but the current special assistant to Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry says he’s staying with the Cubs. Greg Maddux will be back with the Cubs in 2011 […]

Greg Maddux Leaving the Cubs to Be Diamondbacks Pitching Coach?

Hall of Fame pitcher, and Chicago Cub favorite, Greg Maddux rejoined the Cubs organization earlier this year as a special assistant to general manager Jim Hendry. He toured the minors, and met with young pitchers in Chicago from time to time. In general, his presence was regarded as helpful, and not just a show. But […]

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Obsessive New Manager Watch: Hendry Praising Quade

As you should know by now, when something reaching “obsessive watch” status, that means you’re going to get every tidbit I can find shoved down your throat. Like it or lump it. Please like it. Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is tossing some heavy praise in the direction of current interim manager, and overt […]

Milwaukee Brewers Issue Fake Press Release Making Fun of Jim Hendry

The Milwaukee Brewers distributed a “press release” before tonight’s game, purportedly issued by the Chicago Cubs regarding a new book by General Manager Jim Hendry. Under a headline that said “A new book certain to be a best seller” was the fake book title: “How to Finish Near Last Place with the Highest Payroll in […]

Report: Fredi Gonzalez is Chicago Cubs’ Top Choice for Next Manager

The Chicago Cubs will search far and wide for their next manager, as they should. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have a first choice already – and according to “sources,” that top man is former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez. Sources say that Gonzalez is at the top of general manager Jim Hendry’s wish list […]

Ryne Sandberg Officially Interviews for Chicago Cubs’ Managerial Opening

While he manages the Iowa Cubs to a hopeful playoff berth, you’ll forgive Ryne Sandberg if he’s got bigger things on his mind. Yesterday, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry came to interview Sandberg for the Cubs’ open managerial gig. Of course, the concept of an “interview” for a job that the candidate knows all too […]

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