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Booing Alfonso Soriano Makes No Sense

Chicago Cubs fans have become booers. Commensurate with the increased expectations that have accompanied a dramatically increased payroll, Cubs fans desperately want to see a return on that investment. This has bred an ironic entitlement – fans feel like they are entitled to see good performance, even though the Cubs haven’t won this thing in […]

It Seems Pretty Clear that Mike Fontenot Will Be the Backup Shortstop

Whither Andres Blanco. The Chicago Cubs have been experimenting with Mike Fontenot quite a bit at shortstop this Spring, even as Fontenot was trying to nail down the starting second base gig. Apparently the experiment has proved successful, as it looks more and more clear that Fontenot will open the season as the backup at […]

Cubs’ Rotation and Bench Rumors

While we still have no official word from Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella on the final makeup of the rotation and the bench (much less the bullpen), we do have a pretty good idea of how things are trending at this point. Paul Sullivan has offered his thoughts: Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny appear to […]

Ryan Theriot: Leadoff Hitter

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella confirmed yesterday that there would be no leadoff platoon this year, and announced that Ryan Theriot would be the leadoff hitter. Theriot batted .283 in 42 games in the leadoff spot last season when he took over for Alfonso Soriano, who was dropped to sixth. The Cubs, who used six […]


The Cubs Clearly Think Mike Fontenot Can Be the Backup Shortstop

Mike Fontenot is locked in a battle with Jeff Baker to be the starter at second base (even though it’s a natural platoon situation, but whatever – I don’t get paid $4 million by the Chicago Cubs to make these decisions like Lou Piniella), but the Cubs are hoping he can also be the backup […]

Andres Blanco Injury Has No Effect on Starlin Castro

Chicago Cubs reserve infielder Andres Blanco, a dazzler with the glove, had a fair chance to make the Cubs, but a recent knee injury, which will keep him out for a couple weeks, put a damper on those hopes. But if Blanco doesn’t make the team, who’s going to back up shortstop? If manager Lou […]

Cubs Interested in Another Cuban Prospect – Adeiny Hechavarria

Studly 21-year-old Cuban prospect Adeiny Hechavarria has officially been unblocked by the authorities in Cuba (damn it’s good to live in the United States, huh?), and is free to sign with a team in America. The New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs have shown the most interest in the shortstop. Hechevarria, 21, is excellent in […]

Now Alan Trammell is Feeding the Starlin Castro Hype Monster

Like the potted plant in Little Shop of Horrors, the hype monster surrounding Chicago Cubs shortstop prospect Starlin Castro keep growing to nearly unwieldy proportions, screaming “feed me, Seymour” all the way. That is not to say that the hype is undeserved – it may very well be deserved – but soon, it will ask […]

First Spring Training Lineup Holds Clues for the Season

The Chicago Cubs will play their first Spring Training game tomorrow, and manager Lou Piniella has released the lineup for the game: 1. Ryan Theriot  SS 2. Kosuke Fukudome RF 3. Derrek Lee  1B 4. Aramis Ramirez  3B 5. Marlon Byrd  CF 6. Tyler Colvin LF 7. Mike Fontenot  2B 8. Geovany Soto  C 9. […]


Cubs Take Out Unsuccessful Hit on Ryan Theriot

The Chicago Cubs were clearly so upset that shortstop Ryan Theriot decided to take them to arbitration this year that they sent out youngster Rafael Dolis to plunk Theriot in batting practice. Fortunately for Theriot, he escaped with only a bruised hand. “Everything’s fine,” Theriot said. “It happens sometimes in live [batting practice] but everything’s […]

Piniella Has No Plans to Use Starlin Castro as a Backup

When it comes to prospects, the Chicago Cubs have not always shown an appropriately level of restraint in promoting them to the bigs, only to have them sit on the bench. So, it is with some trepidation that we’ve watched shortstop Starlin Castro rocket through the system. But good news: manager Lou Piniella says he […]

Someone’s Gonna Bat Leadoff, But Lou Piniella Doesn’t Know Who

Most of the Chicago Cubs’ lineup this year is set. We know that Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez will hit three and four. We know that Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano will hit five and six. We know that Geovany Soto and the second baseman will hit seven and eight. But one spot yet undecided […]

Cubs and Theriot Hug It Out

For the first time in nearly two decades, the Chicago Cubs engaged in arbitration with a player this weekend. The reason they’ve assiduously avoided arbitration hearings is because they can get nasty, so it’s usually worth paying the player just a little bit more to settle things amicably. For whatever reason, that wasn’t possible this […]

No Chan Ho Park for the Cubs, Signs with Yankees

Well, if the Chicago Cubs were looking to use their Ryan Theriot winnings on a reliever, it won’t be Chan Ho Park. The Yankees have signed former Phillies reliever Chan Ho Park to a 1-year $1.2million deal, with incentives to make another $300K. Park had considered an offer from the Cubs, where he would have […]


BREAKING: Cubs Win Theriot Arbitration

It may be a pyrrhic victory, but the Chicago Cubs have prevailed in arbitration with shortstop Ryan Theriot. The first-time arbitration eligible Theriot had requested $3.4 million, but will instead make $2.6 million this year. Now, let the healing begin. It will be interesting to learn how this affects the Cubs’ budget. Were they counting […]

Ryan Theriot and the Cubs Have Arbitrated

This morning, the Chicago Cubs and their starting shortstop Ryan Theriot had their fight, according to a tweet from Carrie Muskat. The two sides engaged in an arbitration hearing that will determine whether he makes $3.4 million this year, or $2.6 million. We should get a decision by tomorrow.

Theriot Arbitration: Friday or Saturday

Baseball’s arbitration hearings are scheduled through Saturday, and the Cubs have confirmed that the plan, at present, is for the team and Ryan Theriot to arbitrate on Friday or Saturday of this week. Let the good times roll. [General Manager Jim] Hendry will travel to Tampa, Fla., on Thursday for the hearing, which will be […]

On Ryan Theriot, No News is Bad News

There is still nothing to report with respect to the looming arbitration between the Chicago Cubs and shortstop Ryan Theriot. And with nothing to report, the chances that the arbitration happens – as soon as this week – increases. Jim Hendry had nothing to say Tuesday on Ryan Theriot’s arbitration hearing, which suggests the stalemate continues. Barring […]

Spring Training Participants

Here’s a helpful recap of the players participating in Spring Training with the Chicago Cubs this year – pitchers and catchers report this week. Thanks to Bruce Miles for putting this together. Pitchers: Mitch Atkins, Justin Berg, Esmailin Caridad, Ryan Dempster, Rafael Dolis, John Gaub, Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Jeff Gray, Angel Guzman, Ted Lilly, Carlos […]


So, Why Didn’t the Cubs Consider Felipe Lopez?

The Chicago Cubs are done making any major moves this offseason, and therefore, are apparently going to head into the 2010 season with a Mike Fontenot/Jeff Baker platoon at second base (unless Starlin Castro absolutely destroys Spring Training, claiming the shortstop job, and bumping Ryan Theriot over to second). I’m not going to gripe about […]

Corey Hart Wins the First Arbitration, Does it Portend Trouble for the Cubs?

The Milwaukee Brewers and Corey Hart engaged in the offseason’s first arbitration this week, and the decision came back yesterday: victory for Hart, who’d requested $4.8 million, which was $650k more than the Brewers had offered. Given that Hart was just average last year (100 OPS+), and below average in 2008 (98 OPS+), the figure […]

Welcome to the Lead-Off Debate, Redux

For three years, the Chicago Cubs batting order has been a particularly contentious source of debate, with the placement of outfielder Alfonso Soriano dominating the discussion. He came to the team as a leadoff hitter – in name, anyway – but his performance has dictated that it simply isn’t for him anymore (if it ever […]

Jim Hendry Apparently Comfortable with Arbitration for Ryan Theriot

Although it has been an informal policy of the Chicago Cubs not to take players to arbitration – something they haven’t done in 17 years – every day it seems more likely that the team will finally have to go through the process, this time with shortstop Ryan Theriot. And general manager Jim Hendry recently […]

Garfield Minus Garfield Plus Theriot

In honor of the Chicago Cubs and Ryan Theriot getting ready to square off in arbitration, we offer a very special Garfield Minus Garfield Plus. Jon is as confused and disappointed as we are. And if you’re wondering what the heck this is all about, read up here.

Chicago Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Carlos Marmol

As expected, the Cubs have managed to sign closer Carlos Marmol to a one-year deal, avoiding the ugliness of arbitration that lies ahead with respect to the last remaining unsigned Cub, Ryan Theriot. According to Carrie Muskat, the two sides agreed to a $2.125 million salary, which is approximately the midpoint of what the Cubs […]

Ryan Theriot and the Cubs Are Gonna Fight

It was a long way coming, but it now appears inevitable: the Chicago Cubs and Ryan Theriot will have to go to arbitration to settle on Theriot’s 2010 salary. The two sides have stopped negotiating. Major League Baseball and the players union usually refuse to give out dates to the media in advance of arbitration […]