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This is Just Ridiculous: Aramis Ramirez Out, Too

It’s unclear what is wrong with him, but Aramis Ramirez left tonight’s game against the Marlins in the 10th. Ramirez was hit by a pitch on the left elbow, and was clearly in a good deal of pain. He was sacrificed over to second base, and after an intentional walk, he decided to leave the […]

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Sam Fuld to Chicago, Mitch Atkins to Iowa, Other Roster Moves

The Chicago Cubs sent pitcher Mitch Atkins back to AAA Iowa yesterday, and are expected to recall outfielder Sam Fuld later today before the game against the Florida Marlins. The Cubs also recalled reliever Jeff Stevens yesterday, when Reed Johnson was placed on the disabled list. John Grabow was added to the 25-man roster to […]

The Cubs Are Looking at Mark Teahen and Jeremy Hermida

You have to wonder whether Reed Johnson going down will change the Cubs’ outfield priorities, but for now, it appears they’re still looking for a corner outfield bat from the left side of the plate. Specifically, the Cubs have looked into the Royals’ Mark Teahen and the Marlins’ Jeremy Hermida, who were weak blips on […]

Lou Piniella is Clearly Pissed at Milton Bradley and Jim Hendry

Following the Chicago Cubs’ crushing and embarrassing sweep in the playoffs last year at the hands of the Los Angeles Dodgers, manager Lou Piniella was ardent in his support for the addition of a left-handed bat or two to the lineup. Some reports had him forcing Mark DeRosa out of town for just that reason. […]

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The Original Chinfuzz Calls it a Career

When the Chicago Cubs acquired Antonio Alfonseca and Matt Clement from the Florida Marlins in 2002, many fans (including me) saw it as the true turning point. It was the dawn of the modern, competitive Cubs. In that sense, Matt Clement will always hold a special place in the history of the Chicago Cubs. Oh, […]

Closerwatch: It’s Kevin Gregg

I can’t say I’m surprised: Lou Piniella today announced that Kevin Gregg – and not Carlos Marmol – will begin the season as the Chicago Cubs closer. Rue if you must, but this is the correct decision, and not simply because of the Cubs’ strong financial incentive to make Gregg the closer. Gregg is an […]

The Chicago Cubs Financial Incentive to Let Kevin Gregg Close

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella has said he’s likely to announce the team’s closer for the upcoming season by the end of this week. Despite popular opinion to the contrary, Piniella has indicated that Kevin Gregg is at least as likely to claim the role as Carlos Marmol. How could this be? Marmol is obviously […]

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Steve Phillips is an Idiot, and Lou Piniella ‘Bout to Drop Some Knowledge

Steve Phillips is a former, and completely unsuccessful, MLB general manager. Steve Phillips is a current, and completely unsuccessful, ESPN commentator. Phillips recently picked the Chicago Cubs to win the World Series in 2009, but Cubs fans will forget that quickly now that he and Cubs manager Lou Piniella have become very anti-BFF over comments […]

At Least Kevin Gregg’s Shoulder isn’t Busted

The Chicago Cubs acquired Kevin Gregg from the Florida Marlins at the outset of the off-season, and the deal was roundly reviled for two reasons: 1.) It meant Kerry Wood was not coming back; and 2.) The Cubs had to part with vaunted prospect, Jose Ceda, to get Gregg. Well, I’m here to tell you […]

The Cubs Have Two Closers

The prevailing wisdom is that Carlos Marmol will take over as the Cubs’ closer this year, based on the fact that he is a large-eared super-bad-ass-master on the mound. But, maybe Kevin Gregg is, too (snicker). The Cubs acquired Kevin Gregg from Florida this offseason, and Piniella doesn’t want to declare Marmol the closer until […]

Kevin Gregg Gets Paid

As the Cubs have always done, they wrapped a one-year deal for Kevin Gregg before his case went to arbitration. Cubs agreed to terms with RHP Kevin Gregg on a one-year, $4.2 million contract. Florida traded Gregg in large part because he was due for a big raise via arbitration and sure enough he settles […]

2009 Draft Order and Free Agent Compensation

Go here for the 2009 Chicago Cubs Draft resource. This will include order, results, minor league designations, and articles. As more free agents sign, the 2009 draft order becomes closer to getting set. Right now, the Chicago Cubs still have their first round pick – Milton Bradley was a “Type B” free agent, so the […]

Why Complaining about the DeRosa/Wood Moves Sucks

Something we plan on doing regularly here at Bleacher Nation is explaining why the latest Chicago Cubs news and rumors suck. Does that mean that the person writing about it sucks? No. Does it even mean they’re wrong? Not necessarily. It’s just a thing we like to say. So if it ever happens to you […]