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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 […]

Cubs Still Trying to Trade for Reliever

The Chicago Cubs are without a single reliable right-handed relieving option – a fact that is true whether Carlos Zambrano is in the bullpen or in the rotation. General Manager Jim Hendry is still on the lookout for a reliever to add, but at present, nothing is coming up. The return of Carlos Zambrano to […]

Sean Marshall is the Man in the 8th Inning for Now

It took the Cubs a year or two to get over their obsession with handedness in their lineup – just get the best hitters out there, whether they’re righty or lefty. It’s taken almost as long for the Cubs get over their obsession with handedness in the bullpen. The Cubs will be relying on left-handers […]

Obsessive Zambrano Bullpen Watch: Back to the Rotation

As we speculated, the “move” from short relief to long relief is just a stop along the way of returning Carlos Zambrano to the Chicago Cubs’ rotation. No timetable on the return, but it will come as soon as Zambrano gets his arm strength and stamina back up. “We’ll put him back in his usual […]

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Jim Hendry: I’ve “Never Given Any Thought” to Firing Lou Piniella

National media outlets started pontificating on something we Chicago Cubs fans have been thinking for weeks – might it be time to make a change at manager? I recognize that the manager’s impact on the actual performance of a team is minimal. But sometimes, a shakeup is all you have left. Maybe Piniella isn’t going […]

Oh Great: Carlos Zambrano is Getting Frustrated

Chicago Cubs setup pitcher (still weird to say it) Carlos Zambrano helped hold down the Cubs’ 4-3 win yesterday over the Florida Marlins, but when manager Lou Piniella came to get him in the middle of the eighth inning, Zambrano was visibly unhappy with either the decision or his performance, or both. Aside from the […]

Jim Hendry Gives Lou Piniella a Vote of Confidence

With the Chicago Cubs underperforming, and a manager in the last year of his contract, speculation about an early dismissal for Lou Piniella was bound to start sooner or later. Piniella’s frustrating lineup decisions, and questionable use of his pitchers haven’t helped the matter. But yesterday, his general manager stepped up to defend Piniella. “I […]

Starlin Castro Will Be Joining the Cubs This Year

Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry admitted what everybody already knew: super prospect Starlin Castro is going to join the big club at some point this year. “He’s coming along very well,” Hendry said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “[Assistant GM] Randy Bush just visited the Double-A club for about five […]

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Starlin Castro Could Be Headed to Chicago Soon

Chicago Cubs super prospect Starlin Castro has been raking at AA this year, and, together with his AFL dominance last fall and his impressive Spring Training, he’s proving that he’s just about ready to try on his big boy shoes. The Cubs, apparently, have noticed. Chicago Cubs prospect Starlin Castro’s ascension to the major leagues […]

Carlos Zambrano is Still a Starter at Heart, Crazy Person at Head

Perhaps the most shocking part about Carlos Zambrano’s move to the bullpen was the fact that no local cats were eaten, and no underpants were worn on any heads. In sum, Zambrano didn’t go crazy. In fact, Zambrano has been downright cool about the whole thing, and has really stepped up to help out the […]

Is Jim Hendry’s Job Riding on 2010?

It’s been a mediocre offseason for the Chicago Cubs, which could portend ominous things for a team that underperformed in 2009. And if they struggle again this year, the cries for General Manager Jim Hendry’s job will start to migrate over from the fans at the margins to the fans in the mainstream. But would […]

Are the Chicago Cubs Shopping Kosuke Fukudome?

Sometimes I come across a rumor from the far reaches of the ‘net that emanates from sources I don’t know. That is not to say it might not have a nugget of truth – I simply can’t vouch for it. But I figure you are all big boys and girls, and can decide for yourselves […]

Cubs Haven’t Decided What to Do About Tyler Colvin

It’s a dilemma that teams face this time every year: a youngster comes along, puts together an impressive Spring Training, suggesting to the world that he’s ready for the Majors, but there is no starting room at the inn. Just a lowly bench spot. Does the team bring the kid along with them to the […]

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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 […]

Lou Piniella Considering Going with 11 Pitchers in April

Two relatively big pieces of information, buried in Carrie Muskat’s blog, from Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella: The Cubs do need five starters when they open the season. Sometimes with off days, a team can get by with four. The way it’s projected, the Cubs’ fifth starter would make four starts in April. “I asked […]

Angel Guzman Has a Tear in His Shoulder, and Things Look Bad

The MRI Chicago Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman had on his throwing shoulder came back with horrible news. Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman has a significant tear in a ligament in his right shoulder and will not be ready Opening Day. Whether he will undergo surgery is yet to be determined. “He has a very unstable shoulder,” […]

God’s Wrath Watch: God Hates Cubs Shoulders

Yesterday we learned that Chicago Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot has a bum shoulder, which isn’t a huge concern, as he’s expected to be back tomorrow or early next week. The shoulder injury that really shook the Cubs’ world, though, was that of reliever Angel Guzman. He’d been rehabbing from offseason knee surgery when he had […]

Milton Bradley Failed Because of, and Only in, Chicago

Milton Bradley is back in the Chicago papers – and the news is all about how happy Bradley is that he’s only in the Chicago papers, not the city, itself. That’s right, Milton Bradley finally says what we all knew he was thinking: someone other than Milton Bradley is to blame for his failures last […]

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God’s Wrath Watch: Angel Guzman Shut Down

Chicago Cubs reliever Angel Guzman is being counted on at the back end of the bullpen, but he’s going to have to get healthy first. Already recovering from double secret knee surgery, Guzman has now been shut down after experiencing discomfort in his throwing shoulder. Grumble. The Cubs’ medical staff seems optimistic that the shoulder […]

The Chicago Cubs Will Have the Money to Make Trades at the Deadline

Given how many times we’ve heard about this year’s “budget,” and how Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry “does not have the money” to make certain moves, it is reasonable to question whether the team is completely locked in as is, regardless of how the team performs, how things play out, and who might become […]

Cubs and Theriot Hug It Out

For the first time in nearly two decades, the Chicago Cubs engaged in arbitration with a player this weekend. The reason they’ve assiduously avoided arbitration hearings is because they can get nasty, so it’s usually worth paying the player just a little bit more to settle things amicably. For whatever reason, that wasn’t possible this […]

Want to Meet the Ricketts Family?

If you’re one of the few people who didn’t participate in the Chicago Cubs scalping pre-sale opportunity on Monday, single game tickets go on sale today. And while you’re waiting in line, you might just get a surprise. Tom, Todd, Laura and Pete Ricketts will be on hand Friday morning for the opening of ticket […]

Chan Ho Park is Still a Possibility for the Cubs

The Chicago Cubs are, for the most part, done making moves this offseason, but General Manager Jim Hendry has acknowledged that the team wouldn’t mind doing some tweaking, particularly in the bullpen. Specifically, the Cubs have been looking at veteran, righty relievers, and one named they’ve been tied to is Chan Ho Park. Well, he […]

Surprise! Angel Guzman Had Surgery

Angel Guzman has never been a model of health in his time with the Chicago Cubs. But at least we knew about it. Now, the guy is having surgeries that we don’t even hear about. Cubs reliever Angel Guzman had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee two weeks ago in Mesa after tearing his meniscus […]

Ted Lilly Wants to Be Back By Opening Day

Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella expects pitcher Ted Lilly to be back from shoulder surgery by May 1. Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry expects pitcher Ted Lilly to be back from shoulder surgery by April 15. Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly expects to be back from shoulder surgery by Opening Day. “I don’t know […]

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