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Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: The Rays Are the Favorite

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Tampa Bay Rays are now the heavy favorite to swing a deal for Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley. You’ll recall, the en vogue rumor involving the Rays is a Bradley-Pat Burrell swap. The plan, thereafter, is for the Cubs to pawn Burrell off on someone else. Otherwise, […]

Center Field Pickens Are Slim

If the Chicago Cubs are successful in their plan to move right fielder Milton Bradley, they will slide Kosuke Fukudome back to his natural position, right field. That will leave a hole in center field, that is currently the subject of certain OMGranderson rumors. But Granderson, for all our pleading, must necessarily be considered a […]

Cubs Looking at Marlon Byrd and Mike Cameron

Assuming the Chicago Cubs are able to move Milton Bradley, the plan is to slide Kosuke Fukudome back to right field, and fill the void in center field via free agency or a trade. Enter a couple meh rumors: Free agent Marlon Byrd is certain to draw their interest. Rudy Jaramillo, the Cubs’ new hitting […]

Offseason Issues Not Named Milton

Obviously moving outfielder Milton Bradley is the Chicago Cubs’ top offseason priority. You might even say, it’s an obsessive priority (ha – self referential!). But we all know there are other holes in this club – not to mention the hole that moving Bradley will create. The Chicago Tribune recently explored what it considers the […]

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Cubs Interested in Top Cuban Aroldis Chapman

Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman is primed to be this year’s big time international signing for some team. The 21 year old lefty has a lot of teams excited and interested in ponying up serious cash. Given the Chicago Cubs’ uncertain financial situation, frankly, I had not followed the youngster too closely, expecting that the Cubs […]

No Brad Hawpe for Right Field

If the Chicago Cubs are ultimately able to move Milton Bradley, they will have to find someone to take over his right field duties (or center field, should Kosuke Fukudome slide back over to right). But that somebody won’t be Colorado Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe, who’d previously been rumored on the block. It looks like […]

How About Jason Bay for Chicago Cubs Right Fielder

If the Chicago Cubs are successful in their efforts to move Milton Bradley, it will leave a hole in right field that could be filled internally – by sliding Kosuke Fukudome back over to right field, and allowing Sam Fuld and Reed Johnson (if re-signed) to split time in center field. But the hole does […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Enter the Tampa Bay Rays – And Pat Burrell

Priority one this offseason for Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is dumping Milton Bradley, and trying to eat as little salary as possible in the process. Always easier when the player in question is a total chode and he finished the season suspended for said chode-ness. To make matters worse, the possible locations for […]

Aramis Ramirez Hearts Jim Hendry

Aramis Ramirez has had a tough year, not unlike the rest of the Chicago Cubs. For Ramirez, though, the reason was a bum shoulder, not a crummy performance. But Ramirez wants you to know that he doesn’t blame general manager Jim Hendry for the disappointing 2009 season, and you shouldn’t blame him either. The question […]

Lou Piniella Implies That Milton Bradley is Gone this Winter

We all know that the Chicago Cubs will try to deal disgruntled (and disgruntling) outfielder Milton Bradley this offseason. But we didn’t know how much the team expects that a trade will happen. Manager Lou Piniella may have let the cat out of the bag. It’s early, but Colvin, the team’s No. 1 Draft pick […]

Cubs Expected to Pursue Chone Figgins

You know that the 2009 season is officially over for a team when the rumors about their off-season moves begin to swirl. For the Chicago Cubs, it’s going to center on the bats. And the first name to pop up is Los Angeles (of Anaheim, of California, in the West, near Disneyland, not Disney World) […]

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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Kosuke Fukudome is About to Get Awesome

Chicago Cubs center fielder and substitute lead-off man Kosuke Fukudome is in the midst of his second year in a row of a protracted and steep decline following a hot start. But just as Lou Piniella is going to “coach” Milton Bradley out of his funk, Kosuke Fukudome is going to get the same treatment […]

Reed Johnson to the DL, Ryan Freel to Chicago

Getting tough for the Cubs to catch a break, unless it’s the break of a femur or something. The Chicago Cubs placed Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list with continued back problems, retroactive to June 21. In a corresponding move, the team activated Ryan Freel from the disabled list. Unfortunately, it’s a downgrade. Neither […]

Milton Bradley Has a Strained Calf

I’m not sure why I’m disappointed that big off-season signing Milton Bradley has not worked out so far. He’s missed games due to suspension. Check. He’s missed a ton of games due to injury. Check. But gets to say he’s not been put on the disabled list? Check. Of course, that might change soon. We […]

Ryan Theriot Inadvertently Sums Up the Cubs’ Offensive Slump

As I said before, the Chicago Cubs have scored just 3 runs in their last 45 innings. Such a streak could certainly be the product of once-in-a-decade bad luck, but more likely, it is a combination of controllable problems. Heck, maybe it begins as bad luck, and then a couple guys start pressing – you […]

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