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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]