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The Cubs May Be Done With Rich Harden, But He Isn’t Done With Them

For weeks, it has been a foregone conclusion that the Chicago Cubs would not re-sign starting pitcher Rich Harden. Harden has a torn shoulder, which he pitched through adequately this year, and is not a particularly durable starter. For the kind of money he will command, the Cubs have simply decided to look for an […]

Offseason Issues Not Named Milton

Obviously moving outfielder Milton Bradley is the Chicago Cubs’ top offseason priority. You might even say, it’s an obsessive priority (ha – self referential!). But we all know there are other holes in this club – not to mention the hole that moving Bradley will create. The Chicago Tribune recently explored what it considers the […]

Rich Harden and Reed Johnson are Free Agents

It certainly didn’t take long for Chicago Cubs pitcher Rich Harden and reserve outfielder Reed Johnson to file for free agency. Thursday, the day after the World Series concluded, was the first day that players could file for free agency – they have 15 days to do so. Harden and Johnson clearly hate the Cubs, […]

Cubs Free Agent Classifications Are Now Official

The free agency classifications are out, and there are no surprises. Relievers John Grabow and Kevin Gregg are Type A free agents (first round compensation) and Rich Harden is a Type B free agent (sandwich pick compensation). These classifications are interesting in that they demonstrate the one major flaw with the free agent compensation system. […]

Actually, Ted Lilly Might Not Start Throwing Until March

Updating a previous item, where it was thought that Chicago Cubs pitcher, coming off minor shoulder surgery, would begin throwing again in January – uh, he might not. Now, he’s not expected to start really throwing until March. How that makes a full-time return in April – at least not the first half of April […]

Surprise: Ted Lilly Has Shoulder Surgery

Well this sort of came out of nowhere: Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly had arthroscopic shoulder surgery (layman: diggin’ around in there) and debridement (layman: cleanin’ stuff up) yesterday. Some ongoing shoulder issues were known, but surgery was not previously discussed. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum performed the surgery in Los Angeles. He found no […]

Cubs Not in on Studly Cuban Aroldis Chapman

If you were hoping the Cubs would go after studly, young lefty Aroldis Chapman out of Cuba, you can stop. The likely top prize on the free agent market this year is going elsewhere. Speaking of free agents, nobody asked, but you can cross the Cubs off the list of teams interested in Cuban left-handed […]

Payroll May Increase Slightly, But Might Not Include Any New Big Names

The Chicago Cubs sported a very healthy $140 million(ish) payroll in 2009 – good enough to top the Senior Circuit (with the New York Mets having about the same payroll). And it was worth every penny, right? Fans no doubt expect that payroll will increase next year, and it is expected to do so, incrementally […]

Rich Harden Has a Suitor

The question for the Chicago Cubs when it comes to Rich Harden is whether or not to offer him arbitration. If they knew he was going to be heavily pursued in free agency, they could more comfortably make the offer without fear that he would accept it. Enter the early Harden speculation from Boston. A […]

Cubs Payroll May Drop Next Year

The Chicago Cubs sported a healthy $140 million payroll this year, and although it didn’t really help the Cubs win anything, it did give fans continued high hopes – including the hope that the Cubs would continue to have a payroll commensurate with their market. That hope may be in jeopardy. Whether [Ricketts will] bring […]

Rich Harden Probably Won’t Be Back in 2010

Although Rich Harden has said he’d like to return to the Chicago Cubs next year, the Cubs appear to have other plans. “We’ll see what happens,” [Harden] said. “Hopefully we’ll sit down with Jim (Hendry) and talk about that. It’s a good city, good fans, good team … I feel like what we did this […]

Obsessive Harden Shoulder Watch: Shut it Down

The Chicago Cubs have officially shut down pitcher Rich Harden for the year, which at this point just means his last start will be skipped. According to Harden, it isn’t because of the tear in his shoulder. Harden, a free agent-to-be, was skipped in his last turn through the rotation because of fatigue after some […]

Could the Mets be Interested in Milton Bradley? Carlos Zambrano?

Sure, the offseason isn’t here yet, but it’s never too early for crazy Chicago Cubs rumors. And that is part of our credo here at Bleacher Nation: we will bring you every Cubs rumor we hear, no matter how … out there. This one is probably best filed in the “out there” category. But still, […]