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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 […]

The Yankees and Nationals Have Been Scouting Carlos Silva

At this point, no one but Chicago Cubs management is hoping Carlos Silva makes the team’s rotation. And no one (perhaps but Cubs management) expects him to, either. That’s why it’s not particularly surprising to learn that teams have been showing up at Silva’s Spring starts to see how he looks. Specifically, the New York […]

Why the 2011 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 […]


Is Sean Marshall an Option for the Rotation?

After dealing Tom Gorzelanny, the Chicago Cubs are faced with the prospect of having an all right-handed rotation. Some would contend that having a lefty among your five starters (rather than just starting your five best) is a luxury, not a necessity – and a team would be foolish to start a lefty just for […]

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 […]

Lukewarm Stove: Rangers Close to Landing Brandon Webb

Confirming earlier rumors, the Chicago Cubs no longer look like a solid bet to sign Brandon Webb. Instead, it’s looking increasingly likely that Webb will end up with the Texas Rangers. The Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals continued to show strong interest in Brandon Webb on Tuesday, while a third reported suitor, the Chicago Cubs, […]

Lukewarm Stove: Brandon Webb to Decide on a Team Soon

It’s a very lukewarm Friday, apparently. One of the Chicago Cubs’ few free agent targets this offseason, Brandon Webb, is set to make his decision in the next few days. Free-agent pitcher Brandon Webb is likely to pick a team within the next couple of days, a source told FanHouse. Multiple teams remain in the […]

Lukewarm Stove: Brandon Webb is Keeping His Options Open

Like a hot girl who keeps a couple back-up guys at the ready, Brandon Webb is going to take his time and consider all comers before landing on a team. To that end, he’s been speaking with the Washington Nationals, and, like that aforementioned hot girl told me oh-so-many times, Webb is telling the Nats […]


Lukewarm Stove: Derrek Lee, Carlos Pena, Brad Hawpe, Adam LaRoche

Some of us have wondered openly why Derrek Lee’s name is never brought up in first base rumors for the Chicago Cubs. He’s obviously familiar with the organization, he’s solid defensively, and he should be inexpensive. Sounds like a perfect fit, no? The Cubs are not interested in re-signing Derrek Lee, who is being pursued […]

Lukewarm Stove: Carlos Pena Would Prefer to Remain in Tampa Bay

What can I say? With the Winter Meetings on tap, it’s a Lukewarm Stove kind of day. First baseman Carlos Pena – he of the swell glove, mighty power, and terrible average – remains firmly on the Chicago Cubs’ radar (they’ve spoken with his agent, Scott Boras), but Pena’s level of interest is unclear. It […]

Lukewarm Stove: Chicago Cubs Are Talking to Brandon Webb Says Source

AOL Fanhouse’s Ed Price has a source who is indicating that the Cubs have been in contact with former Cy Young pitcher Brandon Webb. While most rumors have the Cubs looking at the middle tier of free agent starters, it would be no surprise to see the team go after a reclamation project/high upside type, given […]

Lukewarm Stove: Nationals “Enthusiastic” About Chances of Signing Carlos Pena

A small update to be interspersed with your Black Friday shopping and turkey sandwich eating: according to Buster Olney, the Washington Nationals are looking at Carlos Pena to replace departing first baseman Adam Dunn. The Chicago Cubs are heavily considering Pena, and if the price is right, he’s probably their favorite target this Winter (like it or lump […]


Pat Listach – Not Ryne Sandberg – Will Be Mike Quade’s Bench Coach

No surprise on the Sandberg part. Sources suggest former Nationals coach – and former (briefly) Chicago Cubs managerial candidate – Pat Listach will soon be announced as the team’s bench coach. The Cubs did not confirm nor deny that they will be hiring Listach, and Nationals officials were unavailable for comment. An announcement will be […]

Good News, Adam Dunn is a Type A Free Agent

That good news comes with an asterisk, I suppose – it’s good news if you actually want the Cubs to sign Adam Dunn. Adam Dunn has been designated a Type A free agent by the Elias Sports Bureau (just barely), which means that, should a team other than the Nationals sign him in free agency, that […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Pat Listach Out

Pat Listach, former Cubs’ minor league manager and current Nationals’ coach, was infrequently mentioned as a possible candidate for the open Chicago Cubs’ managerial position. He will no longer be mentioned – sources say he’s out of the running, which should surprise no one. No reason was given as to why Listach is out of […]


Bad News for the Cubs: Adam Dunn Likely to be Type B Free Agent

I should say at the outset, what follows is bad news for the Chicago Cubs only if you want them to sign Adam Dunn. If you’re a Dunn-opponent, then you can go ahead and rejoice. With the regular season at a close, players can now be classified by the Elias Sports Bureau as Type A […]

Carlos Zambrano: Adam Dunn Wants to Play for Chicago Cubs

Now that Carlos Zambrano has confirmed his desire to remain with the Chicago Cubs for the foreseeable future, he’s making plans for the team. Specifically, he thinks the Cubs need a big bat in the middle of the order (the Amazing Kreskin that guy is), and he says that guy should be soon-to-be free agent […]

Sources Say Nationals Unlikely to Re-Sign Adam Dunn

Despite reports just last week that the two sides were hopeful that something could get done, rumors are surfacing that the Washington Nationals do not expect – indeed do not want – to re-sign first baseman Adam Dunn, who is a free agent at the end of this season. Money is, of course, always a […]

OMG Adam Dunn: He Expects to Return to Nationals

Adam Dunn has made plain that he’d like to remain a Washington National after his contract expires this year. That said, the Nationals had appeared unwilling to pony up the necessary dollars and years to put a reasonable deal on the table, which led most to assume Dunn would be walking in free agency. Once […]

The Chicago Cubs Will Sign Adam Dunn if Marlon Byrd Has His Way

With a gaping hole at first base, left vacated by Derrek Lee who was traded to the Atlanta Braves two weeks ago after manning the spot for almost seven seasons, speculation as to whom will be the next first baseman is bound to bandy about for the next few months. So I guess I’m saying […]

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 […]

Adam Dunn Loves the Chicago Cubs

After trading Derrek Lee, the Chicago Cubs opened up a substantial void at first base – a void, though, that was likely to be opened after the season anyway. Lee is a free agent after this season, and the Cubs, who’d rebuffed Lee’s attempts to discuss an extension, seemed eager to explore alternatives for 2011. […]