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Why the 2011 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 […]

Lukewarm Stove: Plenty of Interest in Tom Gorzelanny

The starting pitching glut continues to threaten Tom Gorzelanny’s existence as a Chicago Cub, and, indeed, the Cubs are hearing from a number of teams about the lefty. The Washington Nationals are the latest to showing interest, according to a major-league source. The New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles have been said to be interested […]

Rule 5 Draft is Much Ado About Nothing for Cubs

Rarely is a non-event good news in the world of the Chicago Cubs (“why didn’t Hendry sign that guy? why didn’t he make that trade? why haven’t the Cubs won in a million years?”), but today’s Rule 5 Draft was a relative non-event for the Cubs, and it’s a good thing. The Cubs selected a […]

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Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: Bundle of Rumors

A trio of rumors has popped up on Twitter regarding the Cubs’ efforts to deal Ted Lilly: The market for Lilly has picked up, according to Stark. The Tigers are involved, and so are the Dodgers, Twins and Phillies. The Phillies have inquired on Lilly, according to Rosenthal. Ed Price of AOL FanHouse hears rumblings […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: Scouts A-Plenty Last Night

If Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly is not traded before Saturday’s trade deadline, it won’t be for a lack of visibility. Eight top scouts were on hand to watch Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly and Astros right-hander Brett Myers pitch on Tuesday night in Houston. Both pitchers are coveted by numerous teams as the trade deadline […]

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Obsessive Lilly Trade Watch: Cubs Would Like to Deal Lilly Before Tuesday

The Chicago Cubs are now actively shopping pitcher Ted Lilly, and would like to have a deal in place before Lilly’s next start, which is scheduled for Tuesday. With contenders struggling to find the right match for available starters Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren on the trade market, interest in Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly has […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: Ted Lilly “Will Get Traded”

We’re just a week away from the non-waive trade deadline, and the Chicago Cubs have yet to make a move. But having just lost two of three to the woeful Astros, the Cubs have no doubt cemented their status as sellers – and the first piece to go will probably be pitcher Ted Lilly. Unlike […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: The Dodgers Are A-Callin’

Though he didn’t even appear in the game, last night’s shellacking of Carlos Silva made it incrementally more likely that Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly would be traded. With just over a week to go before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31, the Cubs are no doubt continuously evaluating their position vis a vis […]

Lukewarm Stove: White Sox Join Mets in Interest in Ted Lilly

Add the Chicago White Sox to the list of teams potentially interested in Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly, should the Cubs decide to sell. Sources say the Sox have kicked around the idea of pursuing Lilly. That would give them three lefties in their rotation with Buehrle and Danks, but there are some in […]

Lukewarm Stove: Mets May Want Lilly, but Can’t Add Payroll

While the New York Mets remain a possible destination for Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly, they might not be able to take on much, if any, of his remaining $5 million owed this year, according to Buster Olney. That means that, in order to trade Lilly to the Mets, the Cubs would have to eat the […]

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Ted Lilly to the New York Mets?

Now that Cliff Lee is off the trade market, Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly becomes the best available lefty starting pitcher on the market, and remains one of the best two or three available overall. It seems highly likely that, if the Cubs decide to move Lilly and he’s amenable to waiving his limited no-trade […]

Chicago Cubs are “Getting More Serious” About Making Trades

Assuming that the recent three-game sweep of the woeful Diamondbacks does not convince the Chicago Cubs’ brass that the team is magically delicious again, the Cubs will be looking to make some seller-type deals over the next few weeks. At least one source – Ken Davidoff of Newsday – is reporting that the Cubs are “getting […]

The Mets Are Interested In Ted Lilly

Though the Chicago Cubs managed to pull out a shocking victory last night – against the mighty Pirates, no less – there is still reason to believe this team is not built for a playoff push. If true, it’s time to start considering which players can be unloaded, and which teams are interested. According to […]

Joe Torre to Manage the Cubs in 2011?

Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella is unlikely to come back to manage the Cubs after this season, his last under contract. Though speculation about his successor has been limited to a stray comment about Bob Brenly here, and about the Cubs grooming AAA manager Ryne Sandberg there. Surely the team will have learned its lesson […]

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 […]

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Are the Chicago Cubs Shopping Kosuke Fukudome?

Sometimes I come across a rumor from the far reaches of the ‘net that emanates from sources I don’t know. That is not to say it might not have a nugget of truth – I simply can’t vouch for it. But I figure you are all big boys and girls, and can decide for yourselves […]

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 […]

No Kiko Calero for the Cubs, Signs with Mets

The Chicago Cubs dabbled in the Kiko Calero trade for many a week this offseason, eventually off-put by his past shoulder problems and demands for a multi-year deal. So it’s no surprise that he ended up going elsewhere – he’s reportedly signed with the Mets. What is a surprise, however, is that he signed on […]

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 […]

The Chicago Cubs 2010 Television Schedule

The Chicago Cubs have announced their broadcast schedule for the 2010 season, and it will feature the lowest number of games on WGN in a long, long time – just 58 games. And that, of course, does not include Opening Day, which will be on WCIU. The Cubs will be on Fox eight times, and […]

The Cubs’ Offseason Sucked

Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman threw together a list of the eight most disappointing offseasons in Major League Baseball this year, and – no surprise – the Chicago Cubs made the cut. In fact they came in at number two behind only the New York Mets, who at least added a big bat in Jason Bay. […]

The Mets and A’s Might Be the Most Agressive in Pursuing Ben Sheets

Free agent starter Ben Sheets threw for several teams including the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your perspective, the session was widely well-received. Sheets’ fastball hung around his normal range, and his breaking ball looked crisp. He’ll throw again next week for teams – if he’s not already signed. For now, Buster […]