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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, […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Rich Harden is a Chicago Cub … Still

The waiver trade deadline, 1 p.m. EST, has come and gone. Remaining Chicago Cubs are pitchers Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman – the subjects of increased trade chatter after their public waiver claims – as well as all other Cubs. It seems the Chicago Cubs like their chances to pull off an improbable comeback in […]

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Harden to Twins is Possible, but Not Likely

Today is the waiver trade deadline, so it is the last day – like, seriously, this is THE deadline – to trade players for the 2009 season. Players placed on waivers are the only ones eligible to be traded, and Chicago Cubs starter Rich Harden is one such guy. He was claimed by the Minnesota […]

Reports: Cubs May Work Out Trade with Twins for Rich Harden

In a throwaway line from his column yesterday on the Jeff Baker and Alfonso Soriano injuries, Bruce Miles dropped a mini bombshell: Harden update: There are reports that the Cubs may be able to work out a trade with the Minnesota Twins for pitcher Rich Harden, whom the Cubs put on waivers last week. Reports […]

You Know, Maybe the Cubs Could Trade Rich Harden

When it was revealed earlier this week that, among others, Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Rich Harden had been claimed off waivers, folks immediately started buzzing about the possibility of a trade before Monday’s waiver trade deadline. And what playoff-contending and/or playoff-bound team wouldn’t want Harden? Sure, he started slow, but he’s got a 1.80 ERA […]

Other Cubs Claimed on Waivers

As we speculated when the report of pitchers Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman being claimed on waivers came out, several other Chicago Cubs were placed on waivers, and claimed. Harden and reliever Aaron Heilman are among several Cubs who have been claimed by unnamed contending teams, though the two pitchers could be the most likely […]

No Trades Are Currently in the Works for the Cubs, but That Could Change

Despite the recent waiver claims of pitchers Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman, the Chicago Cubs say they aren’t currently pursuing trades with the claiming teams. In fact, they haven’t even yet been contacted by those claiming teams about a trade. It’s possible that the claims were merely “blocks” – the waiver system allows teams with […]

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Rumor: Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman Have Been Claimed on Waivers

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Rich Harden, and reliever Aaron Heilman have been claimed on waivers, which opens the door to their possible trade before the waiver deadline expires on Monday, August 31. A National League team was awarded the claim on Heilman, one source said. The claiming team on Harden is not known, but presumably […]

Obsessive Lee Neckwatch: Back Today

With all of our obsessive watches here at Bleacher Nation (Rich Harden’s shoulder, Aramis Ramirez’s dislocation, and of course, all things Jake Peavy), it is surprising that we haven’t yet begun a Derrek Lee neckwatch. After all, the Chicago Cubs first baseman has missed many games – albeit usually one or one half at a […]

Enhanced Box Score: Cubs 1, Phillies 4 – July 21, 2009

Another day, another one run. If you’re looking for consolation here, look no further than Rich Harden’s now back-to-back excellent performances. Maybe he’s turning things around. If you’re like me, however, looking for no consolation and just looking to vent: F*&KABUCK.

Lilly, Dempster, Soto Injury Updates

The Chicago Cubs have so many players recovering from injuries, it is, at times, difficult to keep them all straight. For example, what the hell happened to Aaron Miles? Don’t get me wrong – I’m not exactly pushing for his return. But, like, did he break his femur or something? For now, we’ve got updates […]

Will the Cubs Look at Roy Halladay?

Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said earlier this week that the team will be listening to offers for superstar pitching Roy Halladay. The ace is signed through next season, making $14.25 million this year, and $15.75 million next year. Even if it makes no sense at all, given the costs involved and the […]