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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 […]

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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, […]

Obsessive Harden Shoulder Watch: Skipping Starts

Ah, I bet you thought this obsessive watch was over. After a string of poor, short outings, the Chicago Cubs have decided to skip Rich Harden’s turn in the rotation at least once to give the pitcher a breather. Harden, who has made 26 starts, hasn’t pitched more than five innings in his last four […]

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Screeching Tire Sound: Cubs WILL Shop Carlos Zambrano This Winter

When Bruce Levine suggested yesterday that the Chicago Cubs might look to trade ace Carlos Zambrano this winter, most pundits gave it short shrift (including yours truly). After all, without Zambrano (and likely-to-depart Rich Harden), the Cubs rotation could look scary. But now sources say that the Cubs are going to consider trading Zambrano. Despite […]

Carlos Zambrano and Milton Bradley to be Traded? Bruce Levine Thinks So

The Chicago Cubs 2009 season has certainly been a disappointment. Of course, it’s not quite over yet, but that’s not stopping the Cubs from discussing 2010. “We haven’t talked about next year as of yet,” Piniella said. “We want to continue to focus on our games now and this season. However, we are going to […]

Esmailin Caridad to Chicago

The Cubs continue to expand their roster to include young guys who’ve already spent some time with the big league club this year, yesterday calling up Esmailin Caridad. Caridad, 25, was effective in seven plus innings with the Cubs earlier this year. With AAA Iowa as a starter, he’s put up a 4.17 ERA. If […]

Jeff Samardzija Will Be Heading to Chicago Soon, Wants to Start

With expanded rosters, the Cubs are going to be seeing a lot of familiar faces. Just in time for college football season. That was supposed to be some kind of Jeff Samardzija quip. But it failed. Grumble. He’s going to be coming back is all I’m saying. Mark Riggins, the Cubs’ Minor League pitching coordinator, […]

Jim Hendry Says the Cubs Were Never Really Going to Make a Trade

To trade or not to trade? It was the question that dominated the headlines last week as the waiver trade deadline approached. Would the Chicago Cubs succumb to the reality that they are simply too far out of the playoff picture to make a run, and sell? Would the Cubs dump Rich Harden and Aaron […]

So Now That Rich Harden Stayed, Will He Stay Past This Year?

Rich Harden is still very young – just 27 – and when healthy, has been one of the best pitchers in baseball. That sounds . . . familiar. It also sounds like a recipe for a very risky long-term signing after the season, should the Cubs choose to pursue it. General manager Jim Hendry seems […]

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