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A Far Better Bradley Trade That Never Was

It may shock you, but trading Milton Bradley for “pitcher” Carlos Silva was not the Chicago Cubs’ idea of the perfect trade. The Cubs actually almost participated in a four-team blockbuster (well, inasmuch as a whole bunch of salary dumps can constitute a “blockbuster”), which would have seen them land Pat Burrell and Luis Castillo. […]

Chicago Cubs Looking at Kelvim Escobar

When it comes to pitchers, Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has shown a penchant for loving two things: middle relievers and reclamation projects. So when an opportunity to combine his two passions came along, he simply couldn’t pass it up. The Cubs sent a scout to watch Kelvim Escobar throw in Venezuela. The right-hander […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Once Again, Trade is Imminent

Writers have become wise, and have ditched the use of the term “imminent” when discussing a potential Milton Bradley trade – but the most recent report from Bruce Levine might as well say imminent. Sooner or later, and most likely as soon as this week, beleaguered Milton Bradley will be traded to the Tampa Bay Rays […]

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Obsessive Milton Bradley Trade Watch: Cubs “Close” to Deal with Rays

Do you have your gigantic grain of salt handy? Good. Bob Nightengale of USA Today has tweeted that the Chicago Cubs are “close” to dealing Milton Bradley to the Tampa Bay Rays. If true, it is almost certainly for Pat Burrell, with the Cubs greasing the wheels with some cash. If this is the trade, […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Imminence and Invention

Major League Baseball’s winter meetings come to a close today, and yes, Milton Bradley is still a member of the Chicago Cubs. How can this be? This weekend, we were told Bradley might be moved before the meetings start, but certainly at the meetings. Come Monday, we were told to expect an announcement on Tuesday. […]

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Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Things Could Be Going Down Soon

As we’ve said, Milton Bradley is expected to be traded this week at the Winter Meetings, which begin on Monday. But it could be happening sooner, along with a signing: Cubs signing of Mike Cameron is waiting on deal of Milton Bradley, which has been “imminent” for about 72 hours. Will Carroll on Twitter. The Bradley […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Four to Six Teams Interested

Many pundits would have been surprised weeks ago if you’d told them then that Milton Bradley would still be a Cub now. But so it is. And unfortunately, so much of what the Cubs hope to accomplish this offseason is tied to what happens with Bradley – if they can’t cut some of his salary, […]

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Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: The Rays Are the Favorite

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Tampa Bay Rays are now the heavy favorite to swing a deal for Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley. You’ll recall, the en vogue rumor involving the Rays is a Bradley-Pat Burrell swap. The plan, thereafter, is for the Cubs to pawn Burrell off on someone else. Otherwise, […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Enter the Tampa Bay Rays – And Pat Burrell

Priority one this offseason for Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is dumping Milton Bradley, and trying to eat as little salary as possible in the process. Always easier when the player in question is a total chode and he finished the season suspended for said chode-ness. To make matters worse, the possible locations for […]

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Why the Final Week Rainout and the Last Game Loss Were Blessings

The 2010 Major League Baseball draft order is out, pending changes due to free agency signings, and the Chicago Cubs come in at 16th. That the Cubs are 16th and not 17th is actually quite huge: now, if and when the Cubs sign a Type A free agent who has been offered arbitration by his […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Jeff Baker’s Finger OK

Utility man Jeff Baker is going to be ok, it seems. Jeff Baker was supposed to start at third base, but he took a groundball off his right pinkie finger during batting practice and had to be scratched from the lineup. Baker went for X-rays, and the Cubs said those turned up negative. Daily Herald. […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Remember Reed Johnson?

Yeah, Reed Johnson is still on the Chicago Cubs. He’s just not healthy. Still. X-rays of Reed Johnson’s foot show it is not healing as quickly as hoped, and he most likely will not be available until early September. Muskat Ramblings. Presumably, the emergence of Sam Fuld as a viable backup outfielder has allowed the […]

God Hates Slothwatch: Gorzelanny Injury Not Serious

Tom Gorzelanny is not expected to miss his next start after suffering a contusion in last night’s game. The contusion, a fancy word for bruise, came off a Dexter Fowler ground ball that smacked Gorzelanny in the foot/leg, and knocked him out of the game. X-rays came back negative, however, and manager Lou Piniella says […]

God’s Wrathwatch: Ryan Dempster Gettin’ X-Rays

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher/excessive celebrator Ryan Dempster is recovering adequately from a broken bone in his right big toe. If x-rays show that his bone is healing nicely, he could be back as soon as next week – starting July 30 against the Houston Astros. “Larry [Rothschild, pitching coach] seems to think that if Dempster’s […]