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Obsessive Curtis Granderson Watch: Cubs Are “Absolutely” Interested

Well, it’s that time, friends. You were there when it was Jake Peavy. You were there when it was (OMG) Brian Roberts. You were there for the only successful one of these – the new owner. And you’re still here for Milton Bradley. Yes. It’s another obsessive watch. This time, it’s Detroit Tigers center fielder […]

Mike Fontenot is a Super Two, and Might Be Gone

Chicago Cubs second baseman and semi-utility player Mike Fontenot was awarded Super Two status yesterday, which means he is now arbitration eligible. Fontenot had 2 years, 139 days of service time to tie Orioles center fielder Adam Jones and Reds pitcher Micah Owings but won the tiebreaker for “Super Two” status because he had more […]

Payroll May Increase Slightly, But Might Not Include Any New Big Names

The Chicago Cubs sported a very healthy $140 million(ish) payroll in 2009 – good enough to top the Senior Circuit (with the New York Mets having about the same payroll). And it was worth every penny, right? Fans no doubt expect that payroll will increase next year, and it is expected to do so, incrementally […]

Jake Fox is Not a Starter – A Statistical Examination

On Friday, May 8, the Chicago Cubs were playing the Milwaukee Brewers. It was a nondescript, early season game. In the third inning, Ryan Braun drove a hard grounder down the third baseline, and the ball was destined for left field. It was a certain double until third baseman Aramis Ramirez, displaying excellent defensive prowess […]

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Grabow Back, Fox and Fontenot Gone?

Reliever John Grabow, whom the Chicago Cubs acquired midseason, has said openly that he’d like to return to the Cubs next year. The Cubs, in turn, would like to have him back, but at what price and for how long? Well, here’s a clue on the how long part: The left-hander is looking for a […]

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. […]

Hey, Maybe the Cubs Really Are Looking at Freddy Sanchez

Can the Cubs trade for the version of Freddy Sanchez that hits .350? Freddy Sanchez was in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ lineup Friday night, putting to rest any thought that the second baseman would be traded in the next 24 hours. The Giants remain the team showing the most interest, according to one source with direct […]

Two Possible Trade Options for the Cubs

Two recent rumor-ettes are percolating involving the Chicago Cubs and a couple ok-but-not-great players that are on the block. First up, the Pittsburgh Pirates are planning to trade Freddy Sanchez if possible. The Pirates are “pushing hard” to trade All-Star second baseman Freddy Sanchez, according to a National League executive this morning. The San Francisco […]

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Report: Cubs Have Acquired Jeff Baker from the Rockies

Well this certainly came out of nowhere. The Chicago Cubs have acquired Jeff Baker(notes) from the Colorado Rockies, according to a source close to the club. It is unclear who the Rockies will receive in return for Baker or the Cubs’ plans for him. Baker, an infielder, went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to […]

Mark DeRosa Does Not Hate Lou Piniella

Earlier in the year, there was some soft buzz about the Mark DeRosa trade, which had taken place over the offseason. Lou Piniella, the rumor went, was frustrated with Mark DeRosa, and wanted him off the team. It was strange when it came out, but DeRosa never really denied that he believed it to be […]

Cubs Draft Three on the First Day

The Major League Draft will continue today, but the Chicago Cubs have already drafted a few players in the first three rounds, which took place last night. Super quick recap: the Cubs drafted outfielder Brett Jackson out of the University of California in the first round (reading his scouting report sounds like a carbon copy […]

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Mike Fontenot is a Third Baseman

For the balance of Aramis Ramirez’s absence, it appears Mike Fontenot will be the Chicago Cubs’ primary third baseman. “I think what you’re seeing is the way we’ll go,” manager Lou Piniella said of Saturday’s lineup, with Fontenot at third and Bobby Scales at second. Scales had been given a chance to try third as […]

Alfonso Soriano to Second Base?

Something that would have seemed a ridiculous joke just a week ago now seems like a real possibility: Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella is intimating that he may move Alfonso Soriano to second base in order to get Micah Hoffpaiur in the lineup regularly. Manager Lou Piniella said before Thursday’s game that he has one […]

The Cublogoverse Says Kosuke Fukudome is HAWT

Yeah, yeah. It’s April and Kosuke Fukudome is one of the hottest hitters in baseball. What else is new. But had to give a shout to Zoner Sports, if for no other reason than the excellent title: Fukudome is Fukidominating. Everyone left him for dead but Kosuke Fukudome is Fuki-dominating. To be sure, those same […]

Carlos Zambrano is Totally Zorro, and Injury Stuff

Carlos Zambrano is now officially Zorro, the masked avenger, riding in on horseback to save the day. No, not just because his name starts with a Z, or because of his Spring Training (badass) mustache. Carlos Zambrano was taking grounders at third base and shortstop on Saturday. The Cubs hope it doesn’t come to that. […]

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The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenarios

Readers repeatedly asked me if I was going to write a “Why the 2009 Chicago Cubs Will Suck” article, as I had for the rest of the N.L. Central. My answer, in turn, was a repeated “no.” How could I? There is no objective, reasonable basis to conclude the Cubs will suck this year. But […]

Mike Fontenot is a Star

Mike Fontenot will take time from his busy playing baseball schedule to play himself in an episode of TBS’s “My Boys,” which I’m sure is a really great show. Fontenot will play himself in the episode, parts of which will be taped Tuesday at HoHoKam Park. Without revealing the plot, Fontenot said one of the […]

Mike Fontenot Slays Aaron Miles

Figuratively, of course. Mike Fontenot has officially won the second base job, at least against righties. Piniella said Mike Fontenot would be his everyday second baseman, at least againist right-handed pitching, and would bat sixth in the lineup. That would give the Cubs lefties in the second (Kosuke Fukudome), fourth (Milton Bradley) and sixth (Fontenot) […]

The Cublogoverse Picked Up a News Cubs Player Blog

When Mark DeRosa was dealt to the Cleveland Indians this Winter, it was not only a serious blow to the Chicago Cubs on the field, it was a crotch kick to the Chicago Cubs on the web. DeRosa’s blog, The Pulse, was one of the crown jewels of the Cublogoverse. We wept. But fret not! […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 12, 2009

The Chicago Cubs are turning Japanese again – they took on the Japanese team yesterday. The Cubs lost by a run, but it was probably fun or something. Mike Fontenot continues to do nothing but hit. Another couple hits, and it’s starting to become clear that, at a minimum, getting the majority of the second […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 10, 2009

The Chicago Cubs are puting together a little winning streak. Cool. Great. Whatever. Battles: Aaron Miles played 2nd, Mike Fontenot played 3rd, and each had a nice game at the plate. Say what you will about who should win the starting 2B job, but this team is much, much better if those guys can play […]