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Carlos Zambrano to Chicago, Esmailin Caridad to Iowa

The Chicago Cubs activated Carlos Zambrano from the disabled list for his start tonight against the Washington Nationals, and in a corresponding move sent down pitcher Esmailin Caridad to AAA Iowa. Caridad, though he successfully posted a 3.71 ERA with the Cubs, will not be missed. That 3.71 ERA came in just three appearances in […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Carlos Zambrano Returns Tomorrow

After a successful mini-rehab stint, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano is ready to return to the Cubs tomorrow, when he’ll start against the Washington Nationals. It should therefore feel a good bit like his last outting, when he played a nondescript A-ball team. Zambrano’s lower back issues have subsided, but are probably not gone for […]

Cubs Are Looking at a Bevy of Lefty Relievers

The moves the Chicago Cubs might make at this year’s trade deadline fall squarely into the “tinkering” category rather than the “OMG NOMAH!!!!” category. Specifically, the Cubs look to try and add a lefty reliever to the pen, assuming BJ Ryan doesn’t bust out some dominance quickly. First up is a guy the Cubs considered […]

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Sam Fuld to Iowa, Cubs Back to 12 Pitchers

Yeah, so this was probably obvious to you given the fact that Kevin Hart was recalled in advance of today’s game to start against the Nationals, but the Cubs had to make a corresponding roster move – and that move was to send .368-hitting outfield Sam Fuld back to AAA Iowa. Not a total shock, […]

Lilly, Dempster, Soto Injury Updates

The Chicago Cubs have so many players recovering from injuries, it is, at times, difficult to keep them all straight. For example, what the hell happened to Aaron Miles? Don’t get me wrong – I’m not exactly pushing for his return. But, like, did he break his femur or something? For now, we’ve got updates […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 6, Nationals 5 – July 18, 2009

Hey, Alfonso Soriano did something on the offensive side that wasn’t, you know, offensive. I guess the injured little pinky  was a good thing. At least Milton Bradley still stank up the place (and broke his bat over his knee), or I just wouldn’t know which was up.

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Cubs DFA Luis Vizcaino

We hardly knew ye. As expected, the Cubs designated right-hander Luis Vizcaino for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 25-man roster for Jeff Samardzija. According to ESPN.com, Chicago was trying to trade Vizcaino before bringing up Samardzija from Triple-A Iowa. But while general manager Jim Hendry attempted to work out a deal with […]

Why the 2009 St. Louis Cardinals Will Suck

This is the fifth and final installment in Bleacher Nation’s 2009 preview of the National League Central – specifically, how every team not named the Cubs is going to suck. Previously: Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros. Welcome back to Bleacher Nation’s foray into the other teams of the National League Central, and […]

Why the 2009 Cincinnati Reds Suck

Every sports publication in the world puts out season previews. Some are interesting, some aren’t. For the most part, folks just don’t have the time necessary to do the kind of in-depth preview that is going to be of any use to a reader that actually follows the team being previewed (the team previews going […]

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Laughing Because It Didn’t Happen to the Cubs

The rest of the world has had 100+ years to laugh at the Cubs. Thus, I feel no guilt or regret in thoroughly laughing at the Nationals for this boner. A top Washington Nationals prospect and recipient of the largest international signing bonus in team history is not who he appeared to be. Esmailyn Gonzalez, […]

Adam Dunn is a Washington National

I done told you he wasn’t going to be an Astro. The Nationals have reached preliminary agreement with free agent Adam Dunn on a two-year, $20 million deal, according to a major-league source. The deal, first reported by the Washington Post, is pending a physical. Dunn is expected to play first base for the Nationals. […]

The Cublogoverse is Movin’ on Up

Recently, our friends at Wrigleyville23 got the call up the big leagues. Well, the call up to somewhere anyway. They were tapped to become the Chicago Cubs blog for MVN, a post previously occupied by such Cublogoverse heavyweights as The Cub Reporter and View from the Bleachers. We caught up with the proprietor of Wv23 […]

2009 Draft Order and Free Agent Compensation

Go here for the 2009 Chicago Cubs Draft resource. This will include order, results, minor league designations, and articles. As more free agents sign, the 2009 draft order becomes closer to getting set. Right now, the Chicago Cubs still have their first round pick – Milton Bradley was a “Type B” free agent, so the […]

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Now the Milton Bradley Signing is Almost Officially Official

The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that the Cubs are expected to sign Milton Bradley (officially) this week. I know what you’re thinking – why is the St. Pete’s Times reporting this, and why does that make you feel like it’s official? Well other than the Nationals – who probably never had a real shot […]