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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
It has long been assumed, and indeed confirmed by the man himself, that Chicago Cubs Manager Lou Piniella would be hanging up his clipboard after 2010, the final year of his deal with the Cubs. But now, for the first time, Piniella has left open the door to returning in 2011. Somewhere Ryne Sandberg is […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
Ted Lilly has been the man in his last six starts. Andres Blanco and Derrek Lee joined him as men for this one.
Clearly Randy Wells does not realize that his quest for Rookie of the Year is about all we have to cheer for at this point. Also, Carlos Marmol did a nice job of living up to the don’t-use-closers-in-non-save-situations mantra. He must really be a closer. Still, a favorite goat gets the enhancement.
The Cubs win again, teasing just enough. Temper those hopes, friends: even if the Cubs literally win out, a playoff spot is unlikely.
Even though we predicted it would happen, a small part of us refused to believe that, after putting up an ERA over eight with the Boston Red Sox, John Smoltz would somehow come to the St. Louis Cardinals and pitch well. That small part of us is a retard. Smoltz, making his Cardinals debut, pitched […]
Good news on the injury front, starting pitcher Ted Lilly, who is out rehabbing a sore shoulder and after minor knee surgery, says he’s feeling great. So great, that he wants to be back to the Cubs as soon as next week. But manager Lou Piniella is gently applying the brakes. Injured left-hander Ted Lilly […]
And just as the Reds are the cure for what ails the Cubs, so too are the Cubs the cure for the Reds’ eight game losing streak. The offense vanished, and so did any chance of a Cubs win.