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Lukewarm Stove: Sigh, Another Michael Young Rumor

I never get tired of rumors. I really don’t. That’s why they’re such a big part of this site – I love reading about them as much as I love discussing them. So I’ll never stiff you on a rumor that I’ve heard or read about. That said, I’m growing a bit weary of the […]

Lukewarm Stove: Javier Vazquez Wants to Pitch in Miami

Like LeBron James and Chris Bosh before him, free agent starter Javier Vazquez wants to take his talents to Miami. The 34-year-old starter, coming off a down year, has been connected to the Chicago Cubs’ search for a middle-of-the-rotation type, but there are now two significant hurdles to him becoming a Cub. In addition to […]

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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 […]

Chicago Cubs Interview Eric Wedge for Managerial Opening

The Chicago Cubs have interviewed former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge for their managerial vacancy. Wedge was not among the names rumored to be on the Cubs’ short list as recently as a week ago, so this is at least a moderate surprise. Wedge managed the Indians from 2003-09, winning the American League Manager of […]

Starlin Castro: Rookie of the Year?

I semi-jokingly made the comment in an EBS a couple of weeks ago, but Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is making it look a whole lot less jokey lately. Could he really be the NL Rookie of the year? Castro, a legitimate contender for National League Rookie of the Year honors, is batting .318 with […]

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Jim Hendry All But Confirms that the Cubs Will Be Sellers

As if there were any doubt that the Chicago Cubs – if they make trades at all – will be sellers this year, General Manager Jim Hendry has effectively removed all such doubt. “Anything we will do, we’ll try to set us up better for the future,” Hendry said this weekend. While he is bitter […]

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 […]

Report: Cubs Looking at Braden Looper

The Chicago Cubs have finally started looking externally for solutions to their bullpen woes. According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs hosted free agent Braden Looper late yesterday in Chicago (though the team is on the road in New York, so it’s unclear for whom he threw). Looper, 35, could not find work in the offseason after […]

Why the 2010 Milwaukee Brewers Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare:St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati […]

Why the 2010 Houston Astros Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare:St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee […]

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Why the 2010 Cincinnati Reds Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare: St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati […]

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. […]

No Joe Nelson for the Cubs

Free agent reliever Joe Nelson has signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox, effectively taking him off the Chicago Cubs’ radar, if he was ever on it to begin with. The Red Sox reached agreement with veteran reliever Joe Nelson on a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training on […]

Reliever Joe Nelson Wants to Be a Chicago Cub

The Chicago Cubs continue to look for a reliever, but maybe they should just let the reliever come to them. Free-agent pitcher Joe Nelson, who has made 101 appearances over the past two seasons, has expressed an interest in the Cubs. Nelson, 35, is seeking an opportunity to be a late-inning reliever and help a […]

Cubs Are Negotiating with Kiko Calero

The Chicago Cubs may be close to landing their veteran right-handed reliever. According to s a source of Jon Morosi’s the Cubs are in negotiations with free agent Kiko Calero. Calero, 35, was all kinds of awesome for the Florida Marlins last year – 1.95 ERA over 60 innings – but he largely did not […]

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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 […]

Aroldis Chapman Signs with Mystery NL Team?

Cuban youngster Aroldis Chapman has been attached to a number of teams this winter, including the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs long ago appeared to bow out of the bidding – but word is breaking that Chapman has signed with a mystery National League team, despite being most recently rumored to be headed to the Angels. […]

Jim Hendry Hearts Relievers: Cubs Looking at Matt Capps and Kiko Calero

Despite the insanity of it all, Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry continues his hot pursuit of another reliever to squeeze into the team’s very crowded bullpen. He seems intent on spending money where it need not be spent. But I just report the decisions; I don’t make them. The Cubs are looking at Matt […]

Rule V Draft Primer: Cubs Add 5 to 40-Man Roster

Early December marks the arrival Major League Baseball’s other draft, commonly known as the Rule V draft. The gist: unlike THE draft, this one makes players on other teams available to the Cubs. Basically, players who are not on a team’s 40-man roster, and who have been in the organization for at least four years […]

One Fewer Outfield Option: Jeremy Hermida to Red Sox

Apparently having your name attached to the Chicago Cubs as a possible offseason target is the kiss of death. First, Mark Teahen was dealt from the Kansas City Royals to the Chicago White Sox, and now Jeremy Hermida – also rumored as a Chicago Cubs target, should they successfully move Milton Bradley – has been […]

Why the Final Week Rainout and the Last Game Loss Were Blessings

The 2010 Major League Baseball draft order is out, pending changes due to free agency signings, and the Chicago Cubs come in at 16th. That the Cubs are 16th and not 17th is actually quite huge: now, if and when the Cubs sign a Type A free agent who has been offered arbitration by his […]