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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 […]

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 […]

Matt Capps is Expected to Decide Between Cubs and Nationals Today

Multiple reports suggest that free agent reliever, and current Chicago Cubs top target, Matt Capps will be deciding between contract offers from the Cubs and the Washington Nationals later today. The values of the contracts are unknown at this point, but if I had to guess, Capps is likely deciding between a one-year deal and […]

No Surprise: Cubs Don’t Offer Arbitration to Harden, Others

As we noted yesterday, the Chicago Cubs were not expected to offer arbitration to any of their free agents – including pitchers Rich Harden and Kevin Gregg, and outfielder Reed Johnson – and today, they didn’t. I won’t rehash my disappointment and confusion with respect to the decision not to trade Rich Harden at the […]

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Tuesday is the Arbitration Deadline – Cubs Plan No Offers

Tuesday is the deadline for Major League teams to offer arbitration to their free agents. If the player accepts, he will get a one-year contract at a rate determined by an arbitrator (if necessary), and that rate almost always represents a raise over the prior year’s salary. If the player declines and then signs elsewhere, […]

Kevin Gregg is a Free Agent

Kevin Gregg has officially filed for free agency. The Chicago Cubs are not expected to re-sign him, or even offer him arbitration despite his Type A designation. Carlos Marmol is expected to take over as the closer next year.

Rich Harden and Reed Johnson are Free Agents

It certainly didn’t take long for Chicago Cubs pitcher Rich Harden and reserve outfielder Reed Johnson to file for free agency. Thursday, the day after the World Series concluded, was the first day that players could file for free agency – they have 15 days to do so. Harden and Johnson clearly hate the Cubs, […]

Cubs Free Agent Classifications Are Now Official

The free agency classifications are out, and there are no surprises. Relievers John Grabow and Kevin Gregg are Type A free agents (first round compensation) and Rich Harden is a Type B free agent (sandwich pick compensation). These classifications are interesting in that they demonstrate the one major flaw with the free agent compensation system. […]

Cubs Payroll May Drop Next Year

The Chicago Cubs sported a healthy $140 million payroll this year, and although it didn’t really help the Cubs win anything, it did give fans continued high hopes – including the hope that the Cubs would continue to have a payroll commensurate with their market. That hope may be in jeopardy. Whether [Ricketts will] bring […]

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Kevin Gregg Wants to Close for the Cubs Next Year

Former Chicago Cubs closer Kevin Gregg recently revealed that not only does he hope to come back to the Cubs next year, but he hopes to come back as the closer. Gregg is a free agent after this season. A return to the closer’s spot seems unlikely given Carlos Marmol’s performance in the role, and […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Kevin Gregg’s Season is Over

Chicago Cubs reliever – not closer – Kevin Gregg suffered a cracked rib at some point this year, and now it’s going to cost him the rest of the year. The Cubs learned Tuesday that reliever Kevin Gregg, who struggled in August and September after a good first half, has a cracked left rib and […]

Meet the Cubs 2010 Closer: Carlos Marmol

It is not a huge surprise that Carlos Marmol would end up as the 2010 closer for the Chicago Cubs. It is mildly surprising, however, that Lou Piniella would make the announcement already. “I see that, yes,” Piniella said Monday. “I really do. I think he’s done enough and shown enough. We have confidence in […]

Jose Valverde: The Cubs Need a Closer, and that Closer is Me

After the disappointing performance of Kevin Gregg in the closer’s role this year for the Chicago Cubs, Carlos Marmol has taken over adequately, and is the presumptive favorite to return as next year’s closer. Gregg is a free agent, an unless he takes mid-caliber setup man money, he won’t be back. But that isn’t stopping […]

Two Moves That Prove Lou Piniella Has Lost His Mind

Lou Piniella has always been a little quirky – at least in his time with the Chicago Cubs. At first, it was endearing. Then, it was tolerable. Now, it’s really starting to piss me off. I’m probably falling victim to the old “fire the coach (manager)” saw, but I can’t help it. This team is […]

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Kevin Gregg is Not a Closer Anymore

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Kevin Gregg is out as the team’s closer, following a spectacularly awful 4-run 9th inning last night against the San Diego Padres. Manager Lou Piniella said he would make the change on Tuesday, but declined to say who would fill the role the rest of the season. Gregg stared into his […]

Kevin Gregg’s Arm Needs a Nap

Chicago Cubs closer Kevin Gregg is dealing with a bit of “tired arm,” according to manager Lou Piniella. “He has a little bit of a tired arm,” Piniella said before Monday’s game against the Reds. “There’s no pain in any particular area, but just achy. What I’m going to do is talk to him, and […]

The Pirates Trade; or Why Tom Gorzelanny Better Be Awesome

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs traded pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, as well as minor league infielder Josh Harrison to the Pirates for pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny. And though the rumors about Grabow had swirled for weeks, thus leaving the indelible impression on this trade that it was all about him (i.e., another […]

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Chicago Cubs: Dumping Players, and the Measure of Regret

The All Star break marks the not-really-but-figurative mid-point of the season. It always seems like a good time to reflect on pre-season items, and how things have played out (read: cliche, but we’re doing it anyway). It is an easy time to look back with the benefit of hindsight … and regret. The Chicago Cubs […]

Very Rumorish Rumor: Heath Bell to the Cubs?

For now, treat with skepticism: According to a tweet from the Monty Show on Sirius 127 (apparently it’s a West Coast thing), the Chicago Cubs are close to acquiring reliever Heath Bell from the Padres. Bell, 32, has been all-universe as the closer for the Padres this year (273 ERA+). In his career, he’s been […]

Kevin Gregg is Still the Cubs Closer

Despite Kevin Gregg’s shaky first save, and even shakier first blown save, Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella says there’s no controversy: Kevin Gregg is the closer. Oh, did I mention the third “despite”: despite the fact that last night’s save opportunity went to… Carlos Marmol. “Gregg is still our closer,” Piniella stated. “I can’t get […]

Koyie Hill is an Excellent Scapegoat

Although a confluence of many things led to the Cubs’ 9th inning loss to the Brewers yesterday, folks are really only focusing on but a couple things. One of which is the walk that closer (for now) Kevin Gregg issued to Chris Duffy in the 9th inning following a 3-2 slider that missed the zone, […]

Cubs Release Chad Gaudin, Jeff Samardzija to AAA

The Chicago Cubs bullpen is set: David Patton and Angel Guzman are in, Chad Gaudin and Jeff Samardzija are out. Ultimately, this is the precise series of moves we had predicted a week ago, with the exception of Gaudin being released instead of traded or DL’d. Previously, the Cubs had indicated no one would be […]

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenarios

Readers repeatedly asked me if I was going to write a “Why the 2009 Chicago Cubs Will Suck” article, as I had for the rest of the N.L. Central. My answer, in turn, was a repeated “no.” How could I? There is no objective, reasonable basis to conclude the Cubs will suck this year. But […]

Lou Piniella Has Advice for Carlos Marmol: Get Over It, Kid

After making the simultaneously difficult and easy decision to name Kevin Gregg the team’s closer over Carlos Marmol, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella is going to have to deal with some subversive criticism. The first time Gregg blows a save or the first time Marmol strikes out the side in the seventh inning, he’s going […]