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Lou Piniella Will Be Working for the Giants

Lou Piniella tearfully left baseball in August of last year, noting that it would be the last time he would put on a uniform. It was the end of an era, to be sure, but Lou never said it would be the last time he worked for a baseball organization. The team hasn’t made an […]

Brett Jackson is – Still – a Top Prospect

Another day, another rankings accolade for the Chicago Cubs’ top prospect, outfielder Brett Jackson. He’s been ranked among the top 50 prospects in baseball. Jackson’s ability was recognized on MLB.com’s 2011 Top 50 Prospects list, announced on Tuesday night, at No. 46. Jackson checked in one spot ahead of pitcher Chris Archer, who was sent […]

The Cubs Just Secured a Top Prospect: Matt Szczur

The Chicago Cubs’ thinning prospect corps just received a shot in the arm when Villanova wide receiver Matt Szczur, drafted by the Cubs in the 5th round last year, but thought to prefer a future in the NFL, agreed to stick with baseball for good. The $1.5 million to which the Cubs upped their signing […]

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Report: Chicago Cubs Close to Trading for Matt Garza

Well, this is a turn of events. Gordon Wittenmyer is reporting that the Chicago Cubs are “close” to trading for Matt Garza, as of late last night. He offers no word on what the Cubs would be sending in return. Landing Garza would not only improve the Cubs’ rotation, but would also improve their ability to […]

Lukewarm Stove: Minor Matt Garza Tidbit

I recognize that this is now bordering on an Obsessive Matt Garza Watch (or is it OMGarza?), but there’s precious little going on right now, and trade rumors are always interesting – no matter how tenuous or uninformative. As for Garza, the latest news out of Tampa Bay is that the Rays are expected to […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Rays Not Eager to Trade Matt Garza

Despite there being an ample trade market for his services, the Tampa Bay Rays are not as eager as once thought to move young starter Matt Garza. The Rays have no fewer than six ML-ready starting pitchers, but according to VP of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman, the Rays are just fine with that. Rays VP […]

Just to Add a Little Wood to the Matt Garza Fire

Another source says (1) the Tampa Bay rays are “certain” to trade Matt Garza this winter, and (2) probably to the Chicago Cubs, according to Ed Price. Unfortunately for Cubs fans, the Rays really like Andrew Cashner, Brett Jackson, Chris Archer, and Hak-Ju Lee – in other words, literally the Cubs’ four best young pieces. Would […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Looking at Erik Bedard, Brad Hawpe

Add another potential reclamation project to the list of Cubs targets this Winter: Erik Bedard. As noted in the comments, and by Bruce Levine on Talkin’ Baseball on ESPN 1000 (h/t CCO), because of the budgetary restrictions, and generally full rotation, the Cubs could look at a high-upside, coming-off-injury-type pitcher this Winter like Bedard. Like Webb, […]

Marlon Byrd Hit Himself in the Face; Probably OK

Chicago Cubs center fielder Marlon Byrd is a physical beast. Just look at those guns. And that begs the question of questions – can Marlon Byrd hit a ball so hard that it could hurt Marlon Byrd? Yesterday, Byrd attempted to answer. Marlon Byrd was taken to a local hospital for X-rays as a precautionary […]

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Tom Gorzelanny May Have to Write With His Other Hand For a While

Chicago Cubs pitcher Tom Gorzelanny took a comebacker off his left (pitching) hand today. After trying to make a play on the Jose Tabata ball, Gorzelanny went to the dirt, and was pulled from the game. X-rays haven’t shown much yet. X-rays of Tom Gorzelanny’s left hand were inconclusive Wednesday but did show there was […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Marlon Byrd’s Hand is Probably OK

Marlon Byrd inadvertently took one off the hand last night, and was quickly removed from the game, as he was in obvious pain. The good news is he’s just day-to-day, and is probably going to be fine. The ball ricocheted off Byrd’s hand and struck him on the top of the right foot. Byrd jumped […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Aramis Ramirez Out a Few Days with Thumb Injury

At this point, you could almost call this mercy. Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez has been dealing with a bruise of his left thumb, though he claims it is not affecting his performance. He had x-rays yesterday, and although they came back clean, he’s still going to sit for a few days. X-rays of […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Tom Gorzelanny’s Finger is a Bit Jacked

The Lord has resisted the urge to smite the Chicago Cubs this year – the Cubs have pretty much been doing the work for Him. Until last night that is, when Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny was cruising against one of the best lineups in the National League. That’s when he took a line drive off […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Derrek Lee Has a Jacked Up Thumb

The magnifying glass had been pointed elsewhere for a couple of weeks and we all became complacent. Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek was pulled from today’s game against the Brewers due to some swelling in his thumb. He had x-rays, and although they turned up negative, he might still miss a game or two while […]

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Nationals Have Talked to Cubs About Kosuke Fukudome

When the Washington Nationals dismissed outfielder Elijah Dukes, they opened up a gaping hole in their lineup. At present, they plan to fill right field with some combination of Willie Harris and Willy Tavares, which is oh-so-very Nationals-like. But they aren’t necessarily satisfied with the status quo, and have been discussing trade options, which includes […]

Remember Joel Guzman?

There was a time when a kid named Joel Guzman was basically the top infield prospect in all of baseball. He was 19, 20 years old, and he had the world laid out before him. Guzman was a lock to man shortstop or third base for the Dodgers for years to come. And then, well, […]

No Joe Nelson for the Cubs

Free agent reliever Joe Nelson has signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox, effectively taking him off the Chicago Cubs’ radar, if he was ever on it to begin with. The Red Sox reached agreement with veteran reliever Joe Nelson on a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training on […]

Reliever Joe Nelson Wants to Be a Chicago Cub

The Chicago Cubs continue to look for a reliever, but maybe they should just let the reliever come to them. Free-agent pitcher Joe Nelson, who has made 101 appearances over the past two seasons, has expressed an interest in the Cubs. Nelson, 35, is seeking an opportunity to be a late-inning reliever and help a […]

Cubs Reportedly Prefer Chan Ho Park to Kiko Calero

Late last week, the Chicago Cubs reportedly entered negotiations with reliever Kiko Calero to fill the “need” for another right-handed, late-inning reliever. For whatever reason, those talks have cooled – with some speculating that Calero is holding out for a two-year deal, and the Cubs wisely sticking to a one-year offer, given Calero’s shoulder issues. […]

Fourth Outfielder Watch: Cubs Looking at Rocco Baldelli

It’s almost an obsessive watch, but we’re not quite there yet. Among the candidates for the Chicago Cubs’ fourth outfielder job is former Tampa Bay Ray prospect Rocco Baldelli according to the St. Petersburg Times. Baldelli, 28, was a breakout star as a young man in Tampa (though he was somewhat overhyped because of his young […]

New Centerfield Names Emerging: Damon, Ellsbury, Perez

The Chicago Cubs continue to search for a new center fielder following the unceremonious dumping of Milton Bradley a few weeks ago. The most likely candidates come from the ugly free agent market, and include Marlon Byrd, Rick Ankiel and Scott Podsednik. Thankfully, the Cubs recognize how unattractive those options are, and they’ve begun exploring […]

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