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 […]
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. […]
This may come as something of a surprise, but the 2000s were not kind to the Chicago Cubs. Sure, they were more competitive in this decade than any of the previous several decades (and spent a whole lot more, but that’s another discussion). But who can deny that the 2003 heartbreaker, the 2004 unbelievable swoon, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A Smoltz with any other team would not smell as sweet – or perform as well. John Smoltz is apparently close to signing with the St. Louis Cardinals. Smoltz, 42, put up a snowman+ ERA with the Red Sox this year, so most assume he’s done for. Ah, but they have not seen the redeeming […]
There aren’t words for how crazy that game was. A couple of star Ramirez’s hurt after being hit by pitches. Zambrano out. Theriot in. Gregg blows. Soriano infield. All over the infield. Derrek Lee (*swoon*).
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 […]
Carlos Zambrano left today’s game against the Marlins in the third inning with “stiffness in his back.” Awesome. If there’s one thing this Cubs team needs, it’s more injuries.
It’s easy to pin this one on Carlos Marmol, but it has just as much to do with the lack of offense – specifically the 0-fer in the top two spots in the order – as it does with the bullpen. Eh. Screw it. Still blaming, Marmol.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
Confirming What We Already Knew But Were Afraid to Say: Sammy Sosa Tested Positive for Steroids in 2003
Well crap. I say that not because I am (was?) a huge Sammy Sosa fan. Sure, his dual with Mark McGwire in 1998 was unreal (actually, I guess it was), and when he tied up Game 1 of the 2003 LCS against the Florida Marlins in the 9th inning, I’m not too proud to admit […]
Derrek Lee hit a grand slam and the Cubs won again. Great. But at what cost?
What is that, 7 down, 18 to go? Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Zambrano had to leave Sunday’s game against the Florida Marlins in the fifth inning after straining his left hamstring as he ran and beat out a bunt single. Zambrano tried to remain in the game, but as the next batter, Alfonso Soriano, was […]