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Kevin Gregg is Not a Closer Anymore

Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Kevin Gregg is out as the team’s closer, following a spectacularly awful 4-run 9th inning last night against the San Diego Padres. Manager Lou Piniella said he would make the change on Tuesday, but declined to say who would fill the role the rest of the season. Gregg stared into his […]

Mark Prior is No Longer a Minor Leaguer

That’s because Mark “the Employee” Prior is about to be released from his minor league contract with the San Diego Padres. So much promise, so much athletic ability, and so little passion. Mark Prior was the greatest pitching talent to enter professional baseball in decades, and we may have seen his last pitch – which […]

Formerly Obsessive Peavywatch: Jake Peavy Traded to Chicago White Sox

OMG Jake Peavy! OMG Chicago! OMG… meh. It’s the White Sox, and the Cubs haven’t really even been remotely interested in half a year. The White Sox have acquired 2007 Cy Young winner Jake Peavy from San Diego in exchange for pitchers Aaron Poreda, Clayton Richard, Adam Russell and Dexter Carter. Peavy, 28, is 6-6 […]

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Chicago Cubs: Dumping Players, and the Measure of Regret

The All Star break marks the not-really-but-figurative mid-point of the season. It always seems like a good time to reflect on pre-season items, and how things have played out (read: cliche, but we’re doing it anyway). It is an easy time to look back with the benefit of hindsight … and regret. The Chicago Cubs […]

Very Rumorish Rumor: Heath Bell to the Cubs?

For now, treat with skepticism: According to a tweet from the Monty Show on Sirius 127 (apparently it’s a West Coast thing), the Chicago Cubs are close to acquiring reliever Heath Bell from the Padres. Bell, 32, has been all-universe as the closer for the Padres this year (273 ERA+). In his career, he’s been […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Stop Obsessing

It’s over. It hasn’t been a legitimate or necessary or even wise dream for quite some time, but a dream still it was. This weekend, San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy stopped being able to play through the pain of an ankle injury, and it turns out he’s going to be out much longer than […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Juicy Nuggets of Info

An off day is the perfect time to return to obsessing about a trade that will almost certainly never happen, and given the Chicago Cubs’ offensive struggles, is almost certain not to matter. But still, it’s interesting to hear more about Jake Peavy, and possible trades. So here’s some more info from Jayson Stark as […]

Kevin Kouzmanoff on His Way to Chicago?

It was only a matter of time before the continued offensive struggles (the last two games against the Pirates aside) of the Chicago Cubs led to calls for a temporary replacement at third base while Aramis Ramirez is out. One guy possibly available is San Diego Padres third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. Though nothing firm has […]

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Jake Peavy Says No to White Sox

Jake Peavy rejected his proposed trade to the White Sox earlier today. And there was much rejoicing. The two teams had a deal in place whereby the White Sox would have sent left-handed pitching prospects Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard plus two more minor leaguers to San Diego for Peavy, but the trade needed Peavy’s […]

Jake Peavy to Chicago! wait, um, White Sox?

Maybe when Jake Peavy said he really wanted to come to Chicago if he were traded, he didn’t necessarily just mean the North Side. The latest rumor, seemingly spread late Wednesday night, has Peavy coming to the Sox in a trade from the Padres for Aaron Poreda and other top prospects. DailyHerald.com Blogs. A move […]

Obsessive Peavywatch: Tired of It Yet? Too Bad!

You missed it. Admit it. You missed it. The Obsessive Peavywatch is back! New scuttlebutt from Jayson Stark has Jake Peavy possibly on the move, and the Cubs as a very possible destination. The Cubs’ ownership limbo now looks as if it might stretch until Christmas Eve. So who knows whether Cubs GM Jim Hendry […]

Ryan Theriot is Either on Steroids, or Doesn’t Have a Sense of Irony

We’ve all said it. When Ryan Theriot started hitting bombs this year, we all made the same joke: he’s on the juice! Naturally, we didn’t actually believe it, but it was of course the first thing that popped into everyone’s head during these days of the steroid culture. And it’s made its way into the […]

Wait, You Say Chad Gaudin Hurt His Back HOW?

Today, now a successful starting pitcher with the San Diego Padres, the Chicago Cubs welcome back the man acquired with Rich Harden last year, Chad Gaudin. Believe it or not, in many circles, Cubs fans were almost as excited about acquiring Gaudin as Harden. He was still young, had shown a penchant for pitching effectively […]

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