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New Reliever Robert Coello Happy to Be a Cub

A little less than a week ago, the Chicago Cubs traded second base prospect Tony Thomas to the Red Sox for reliever/prospect Robert Coello, whom the Red Sox had to dump to clear up space on their 40-man roster. It was a surprising move, given the Cubs’ depth in the bullpen this year, but Coello […]

The Cubs Aren’t Just Playing Around with James Russell as a Starter

Folks: teach your children to throw with their left hand. James Russell was a moderately successful minor league starter for a few years before breaking through last Spring Training as a reliever. In that role, he also found moderate success. But he throws left-handed, and, because the Chicago Cubs don’t have another lefty option for […]

Is Sean Marshall an Option for the Rotation?

After dealing Tom Gorzelanny, the Chicago Cubs are faced with the prospect of having an all right-handed rotation. Some would contend that having a lefty among your five starters (rather than just starting your five best) is a luxury, not a necessity – and a team would be foolish to start a lefty just for […]

John Grabow Hopes to Be Useful This Year

It’s no secret or unfair criticism to say that John Grabow was brutal last year. He was able to pitch only intermittently, and when he did, he was as useful as a tee-ball tee. But now he’s much more healthy, and determined to be a valuable component of the Cubs’ bullpen in 2011. Grabow’s case […]

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Jeff Samardzija Sounds Dangerously Close to How He Sounded Last Year

At the time of the 2010 Chicago Cubs Spring Training, there were no fewer than four guys competing for two back-end rotation spots: Tom Gorzelanny, Carlos Silva, Sean Marshall and Jeff Samardzija. Marshall pitched the best out of the group, but ended up in the bullpen. Silva and Gorzelanny won the rotation spots. Samardzija pitched […]

2011 Cubs Convention Lineup: Includes Matt Garza and Carlos Pena

New Cubs Matt Garza and Carlos Pena, and recently-returned Cub Kerry Wood, will be at this weekend’s Cubs Convention, together with a number of other Cubs stars. And, of course, there are a number of former Cubs players – Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Todd Walker (wait, what?) – who will be there as […]

2011 Cubs Convention Schedule

In case you’re headed to the 2011 Cubs Convention, beginning January 14, or in case you’re thinking of going, here’s a top-heavy sampling of what you can expect (aside from meeting your favorite players, like, um, that guy there to the right): Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins plus Glenn Beckert, […]

Looking Ahead to the Cubs’ 2011 Arbitration Cases

One of the primary tasks for GM Jim Hendry in the early part of 2011 will be to sign the Cubs’ five (though it should be four… Koyie Hill…) remaining arbitration-eligible players. Heading into 2011, the Cubs’ only major piece of unfinished business is to sign arbitration eligible players Carlos Marmol, Tom Gorzelanny, Sean Marshall, […]

Chicago Cubs Close to Deal with Kerry Wood

Well this would be a very pleasant (moderate) surprise. The Cubs, who have a major need for a veteran right handed reliever are moving towards finalizing a deal with free agent Kerry Wood. Wood, who spent the first 10 years of his major league career with the Cubs, spent 2010 with the Indians and Yankees […]

Carlos Pena’s Deal is One Year, but It’s Still Backloaded

The Chicago Cubs, ever the fan of the backloaded contract, managed to backload Carlos Pena’s one-year deal – it will pay him $5 million this year, and $5 million next year.┬áIt had appeared that the Cubs had about $10 million to work with this offseason, so when the Pena signing was announced, it was a […]

Sean Marshall to the Rotation?

Last Spring, Sean Marshall was in a competition to make the Chicago Cubs’ rotation. Between he, Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Silva, and Tom Gorzelanny, Marshall easily pitched the best. No one questioned it. Unfortunately for Marshall, he also looked like the best option for a beleaguered bullpen. Sure enough, Marshall dominated in the pen, and never […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Chicago Cubs Might Look at Jon Garland

The Chicago Cubs’ rotation at present figures to feature Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster for sure, but the other three spots are somewhat up in the air. Randy Wells is a near lock, and if Tom Gorzelanny remains with the Cubs, he’ll hold a spot, too. Carlos Silva, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, Andrew Cashner, Jay […]

Sean Marshall is an Awesome Guy, in Addition to that Awesome Pitcher Thing

Sean Marshall has been tremendous for the Chicago Cubs in 2010, but you already knew that. What you may not have known is that Marshall has also been a tremendous humanitarian; so much so that he’s been nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award, which goes to a player who shows dedication to charitable and humanitarian […]

Whoa: Jeff Samardzija ASKED to Stay Down at AAA Iowa

As the Chicago Cubs have gone through a cavalcade of young options in their bullpen in the last couple of months, questions have popped up as to why former top Cubs pitching prospect Jeff Samardzija was not getting a look. After all, he had some success in the Cubs pen in late 2008, even if […]

Praise Jeebus: John Grabow to the DL, Andrew Cashner Called Up

Word broke late last week (and then picked up steam over the weekend) that Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Andrew Cashner, recently placed in the AAA Iowa bullpen, would be called up this week. As Tom Gorzelanny was moved to the bullpen – making it a four-lefty pen – we all knew that one of the […]

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