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On Ryan Theriot, No News is Bad News

There is still nothing to report with respect to the looming arbitration between the Chicago Cubs and shortstop Ryan Theriot. And with nothing to report, the chances that the arbitration happens – as soon as this week – increases. Jim Hendry had nothing to say Tuesday on Ryan Theriot’s arbitration hearing, which suggests the stalemate continues. Barring […]

Jim Hendry is All Kinds of Reactionary

I suspect that if Jim Hendry were an avid investor in the stock market, he probably wouldn’t have too much success. You see, in the market, you have to anticipate moves. You need to see where the market is going to be in 6, 12 months, not where it is right now. You can’t simply […]

Could Ted Lilly Be Back Sooner Than Expected?

Started two months ago, all we’ve heard about Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly is that he won’t be ready to go until May, at the earliest. Lilly had shoulder surgery just after the end of the 2009 season, and information about his recovery has been hard to come by. Still, that May return timeline […]

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Jim Hendry Apparently Comfortable with Arbitration for Ryan Theriot

Although it has been an informal policy of the Chicago Cubs not to take players to arbitration – something they haven’t done in 17 years – every day it seems more likely that the team will finally have to go through the process, this time with shortstop Ryan Theriot. And general manager Jim Hendry recently […]

Cubs Still Looking at Relievers, but Probably Not Kiko Calero

Although Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has gone back and forth on whether or not the Cubs are done making moves this offseason, he waivers the most when asked about the bullpen. There can be no doubt that he’d like to add another right-handed reliever if the right opportunity comes along. It’s been rumored […]

Carlos Zambrano is in Shape, and in Arizona

Pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, Arizona in 10 days, but that doesn’t stop them from showing up early if they’re so inclined. And Carlos Zambrano is so inclined. And I am so inclined to say that is so awesome. “We did it quietly,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “I don’t think he wanted any […]

Kevin Gregg Could Still Impact the Cubs Bullpen

No, the Chicago Cubs have not re-signed free agent Kevin Gregg, so you can relax in that regard. The reason Gregg may yet have an impact on the Cubs bullpen is because of where he’s headed – Toronto, where possible Cubs target Jason Frasor currently pitches. Toronto’s signing of former Cubs closer Kevin Gregg to […]

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Theriot, Cubs Digging In

The Chicago Cubs and shortstop Ryan Theriot are getting ready for the team’s first arbitration hearing in 17 years because the Cubs refuse to come up from their $2.6 million offer (duh), and Theriot refuses to come down from his $3.4 million demand (crazy). Whether the Cubs’ arbitration stalemate with the shortstop becomes a test […]

Live Together, Die Alone: LOST and the Chicago Cubs

“Every man for himself is not going to work. It’s time to start organizing. We need to figure out how we’re going to survive here. Now, I found water. Fresh water, up in the valley. I’ll take a group in at first light. If you don’t want to go, then find another way to contribute. […]

Eric Byrnes Hearts the Chicago Cubs

The Arizona Diamondbacks designated highly-compensated but under-producing outfielder Eric Byrnes for assignment two weeks ago. Soon, he’ll be a free agent who can be signed for the Major League minimum, and according to newly-signed Cub Chad Tracy on XM Radio, Byrnes is hoping that signing team will be the Chicago Cubs. Byrnes has long been […]

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 […]

Ben Sheets Looks Good in Throwing Session, Will Throw Again Next Week

The Chicago Cubs, along with at least seven other teams, watched free agent pitcher Ben Sheets throw on Tuesday in Louisiana. Apparently, he looked pretty good. The Louisiana native threw all of his pitches, topping out at 90 mph with the fastball. Sheets threw 20 pitches in each simulated inning, before fading and stopping his […]

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Tom Ricketts Hearts Jim Hendry

General Manager Jim Hendry has presided over an unprecedented – in modern times – era of success for the Chicago Cubs. So you’d think that fans would be satisfied, and would be looking forward to many years of Hendry in charge. Not so. Hendry’s success has coincided with an unprecedented shift in Cubs’ spending habits, […]

The Cubs Lost in 2009 Because They Were Fat – Now They’re Not

Conditioning in baseball is a funny thing. For every athletic freak, there are plenty of David Wells and Cecil Fielders out there who don’t really need to do the whole “being in shape” thing in order to be successful. For the Chicago Cubs, conditioning issues popped up repeatedly in 2009: Alfonso Soriano’s legs turned on […]

Jim Hendry Hearts Relievers: Cubs Remain Interested in Kiko Calero

Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry continues his search for a right-handed veteran reliever, and one name that has popped up from time to time is Kiko Calero. It’s popping up again because the Cubs are interested if the money is right. Calero, 35, is a free agent after putting together a very good 2009 […]

Eric Byrnes for Cubs’ Fourth Outfielder?

Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has long had an affection for Eric Byrnes, despite his having fallen off a cliff in recent years. So with the Arizona Diamondbacks in a roster crunch, and interested in dumping Byrnes, the Cubs were rumored to be looking at picking up Byrnes in a salary dump from the […]

So Maybe Sheets is only a Pipe Dream

Yesterday, the Tribune reported that the Chicago Cubs were very interested in free agent pitcher Ben Sheets and suggested that his asking price had dropped from $10 to 12 million per year to $10 to 12 million guaranteed over two years. The former point is clearly true, the latter is in doubt. Carrie Muskat has […]

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Cubs Still Looking for a Backup Outfielder and Another Reliever

As expected, the Chicago Cubs continue to pursue a true fourth outfielder (poor Sam Fuld) as well as a veteran reliever (Jim Hendry loves ’em). The Cubs hope to land the two players by way of trade, rather than free agency – also not a surprise. But the unexpected part continues to be the guys […]

Boing: Cubs Actively Pursuing Ben Sheets

For weeks I’ve contended that the Chicago Cubs, rather than focusing on the bullpen, should be looking to pick up another starting pitcher. With Ted Lilly laid up following shoulder surgery (notice how his return ETA keeps getting pushed back? It’s now been reported that early May is “optimistic”), and Rich Harden off to Texas, […]

Greg Maddux is Back with the Chicago Cubs Organization

Today the Chicago Cubs announced that legendary Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux (that’s right, Cubs pitcher) has been hired as a special assistant to general manager Jim Hendry. Let’s hope Maddux doesn’t have a Hendrian hard-on for mediocre, aging vets. “We are thrilled to have Greg back with the Chicago Cubs,” Hendry said in a statement. […]

Jim Hendry Hearts Relievers: Chicago Cubs are Still Considering Heath Bell

Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry continues his relentless pursuit of a right-handed reliever. But at least this rumor involves a slightly more dominant type. According to sources, the Cubs are kicking the tires again on Padres closer Heath Bell, as they did at the winter meetings. He would strengthen the bullpen, but Lou Piniella […]

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 Marlon Byrd Signing: Local Media Woo, National Media Boo

Now that the Marlon Byrd signing is firmly in the rear view mirror, and we’ve all had plenty of time to process the move, we can reflect and consider just what it means for the Chicago Cubs. Was it really the right move? Was it a bad decision? Interestingly, there seems to be a noticeable […]

Jason Frasor for Angel Guzman?

Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry continues his quest for a veteran, right-handed reliever for the bullpen. But is he getting ready to rob Peter to pay Paul? After confirming the Cubs’ interest in Toronto Blue Jays reliever Jason Frasor, Bruce Levine had this to say: Frasor has a good power arm, seems to have something […]

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