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God’s, Um, Wrath Watch? Carlos Silva Leaves with Leg Issue

I really don’t know what to make of today’s news that Carlos Silva had to leave his Spring outing a bit early with leg issues. Is that the product of a vengeful God, or a benevolent one? You know, a broken road kind of deal? Carlos Silva left his start two innings with what was […]

Cubs Haven’t Decided What to Do About Tyler Colvin

It’s a dilemma that teams face this time every year: a youngster comes along, puts together an impressive Spring Training, suggesting to the world that he’s ready for the Majors, but there is no starting room at the inn. Just a lowly bench spot. Does the team bring the kid along with them to the […]

PANIC! Aramis Ramirez Leaves With Sore Triceps

Ok, get it out of your system. Now relax. Yes, Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez left today’s game against the Cincinnati Reds with right triceps soreness, but it doesn’t sound serious. Ramirez left after the top half of the third inning. He missed two months of the 2009 season after dislocating his left shoulder […]

Why the 2010 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 […]

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Why the 2010 Houston Astros 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 Reds, Milwaukee […]

Adventures in Pettiness: Teams Still Angry About Cubs Tax

As the so-called “Cubs Tax” works its way through the Arizona Legislature, sans support from Major League Baseball or the other Cactus League teams, the Chicago Cubs continue to lean back and let things run their course. The other teams, however, are keeping things petty. Four teams boycotted the annual Cactus League kickoff breakfast – […]

Randy Wells Will Start Cubs’ Spring Opener

Chicago Cubs starter Randy Wells was about as good as it got for the Cubs last year: 12-10 with a 3.05 ERA, and finished (an unfair) sixth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting. The team is counting on the 27-year-old converted catcher to be a staple of the rotation this year, and will […]

Why the 2010 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 […]

The Cubs Are Considering Kris Benson

Though the Chicago Cubs are not looking for another starting pitcher – or looking to make any other considerable free agent acquisitions – they’ll continue to monitor guys they can snag on minor league deals. One such guy is formerly mediocre starting pitcher Kris Benson. A number of National League teams are keeping track of […]

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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 […]

Baseball Prospectus Projects the 2010 Cubs to Suck

We’re coming up on Spring Training, which means it’s time to start prognosticating. For us here at Bleacher Nation, it means our series of posts about why each team in the National League Central is going to suck (are you getting excited?). But Baseball Prospectus has jumped the gun on projecting the entire NL Central to […]

Fourth Outfielder Watch: Jonny Gomes is in Love with the Chicago Cubs

Add another name to the list of possible fourth outfielder options for the Chicago Cubs: Jonny Gomes. After raking for the Cincinnati Reds last year, Gomes was non-tendered for fear that he’d bring in too much money for the small-market club in arbitration. Gomes, 29, was presumed to be looking for a starting gig, but […]

Jeff Kennard is a Chicago Cub

According to Baseball America‘s minor league transactions, the Chicago Cubs have signed reliever Jeff Kennard to a minor league deal. It’s unclear whether the agreement includes an invitation to Spring Training. Kennard, 28, is a career minor leaguer with decent numbers. He first made it to AAA in 2008, after 6+ years at the lower […]

Rosenthal Thinks Ben Sheets Ends Up with the Cubs

Wouldn’t it be incredible to be a pundit? Readers hang on your every word – no doubt earned after years of excellent writing and reporting. So I don’t begrudge Ken Rosenthal his following or his platform. But when he tosses out predictions like the Chicago Cubs signing Ben Sheets, it would be nice if he […]

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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 […]

Arismendy Mota is a Chicago Cub

Today the Chicago Cubs executed a pre-planned trade for minor league pitcher Arismendy Mota, selected yesterday by the Washington Nationals in the AAA phase of the Rule 5 draft. The Cubs sent “cash considerations,” which is a euphemism for “we agreed that the Nats will draft this kid for us, and then we will send […]

Florida Putting on Full Court Press for Cubs

So, the state of Florida REALLY wants the Cubs to spring with them. So much so, that they’ve dispatched the governor, Charlie Crist, to help secure the team. Crist met in Tallahassee, Fla., on Tuesday with Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, team president Crane Kenney and other team officials to discuss the team possibly moving from […]

Andre Dawson Should Make the Hall of Fame This Time Around

Andre Dawson holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Cubs fans, even though he spent just six of his 21 seasons in Chicago. His 1987 season was inspiring and nearly historic – he took home the MVP despite playing for the last-place Cubs, hitting 49 homers and driving in 137 runs. Of […]

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The Chicago Cubs 2010 Spring Training Schedule

The Chicago Cubs just released their 2010 Spring Training schedule. And, well, here it is: March 4 vs. Oakland Athletics March 5 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks March 6 vs. Chicago White Sox March 7 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (ss) and at Chicago White Sox, Glendale, Ariz. March 8 at Oakland Athletics, Phoenix March 9 vs. Milwaukee […]

Mike Fontenot is a Super Two, and Might Be Gone

Chicago Cubs second baseman and semi-utility player Mike Fontenot was awarded Super Two status yesterday, which means he is now arbitration eligible. Fontenot had 2 years, 139 days of service time to tie Orioles center fielder Adam Jones and Reds pitcher Micah Owings but won the tiebreaker for “Super Two” status because he had more […]

Has Jim Hendry’s Passion for Austin Kearns Abated? We’ll Find Out

One of the worst kept secrets of Jim Hendry’s tenure as the general manager of the Chicago Cubs is his lust for outfielder Austin Kearns. Hendry repeatedly – and publicly – tried to acquire the then young stud from the Cincinnati Reds, only to be rebuffed by outrageous return demands. Then, Kearns production fell off […]

Jake Fox is Not a Starter – A Statistical Examination

On Friday, May 8, the Chicago Cubs were playing the Milwaukee Brewers. It was a nondescript, early season game. In the third inning, Ryan Braun drove a hard grounder down the third baseline, and the ball was destined for left field. It was a certain double until third baseman Aramis Ramirez, displaying excellent defensive prowess […]

Neal Cotts is Rehabbing

Neal Cotts has been something of an enigma as a Major League reliever. At times, dominant against everyone; at times, he couldn’t even get lefties out. And then midseason this year, he went down for good – Tommy John surgery. So now he’s in the long rehab process, hoping to come back with the Cubs […]

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 […]

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