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Blake DeWitt is Not Guaranteed the Second Base Job

While it has been assumed by most that, since he was acquired last year in the Ted Lilly trade, Blake DeWitt was *the* Chicago Cubs’ second baseman until further notice, I suspected that he could find himself in a bit of a battle this Spring with infielder Jeff Baker and possibly an up-and-comer like Darwin […]

Why the 2011 Cincinnati Reds Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare: St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati […]

The Chicago Cubs Had a Good Offseason

If the offseason were the season, the Chicago Cubs might have made the playoffs. That’s because, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, the Cubs had the second best offseason in the NL Central (behind, obviously, the Brewers). Well, the Cubs got better. We’ll give them that. But how much better? That depends. Depends on whether Garza can […]

Ryan Dempster Continues Fight Against DiGeorge Syndrome

Since her birth a year and a half ago, Ryan Dempster’s daughter Riley has had a tougher road than most. Diagnosed with 22q11.2 deletion – or DiGeorge Syndrome – she has trouble eating and swallowing normally, and has already had tracheostomy and gastric tubes inserted to help her eat and drink. And Riley isn’t alone […]

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Ted Lilly is Probably Not Coming Back to Chicago

Current Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ted Lilly was a bit of a long shot to return to the Cubs as a free agent this Winter. But it became a much longer shot recently – Lilly is selling his Chicago home. Former Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly has just listed his six-bedroom, nearly 5,500-square-foot mansion just west […]

Ryan Dempster Misses Ted Lilly

When the Chicago Cubs traded Ted Lilly to the Los Angeles Dodgers last week, Ryan Dempster became the unquestioned number one in the Chicago Cubs’ rotation. But despite that nominal accolade, Ryan Dempster wishes Lilly was still around. He misses the bulldog. ”With Teddy, I always appreciated him every day for what a teammate he […]

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Casey Coleman to Chicago, Carlos Silva to the DL

After experiencing a racing heart and chest discomfort, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Silva spent what was probably a pretty scary night in the hospital. The good news is that everything checked out, but the bad news is that no one is yet quite sure what’s wrong with him – so the Cubs have put him […]

Thomas Diamond, Not Jeff Samardzija, Will Be the New Ted Lilly

Now that Ted Lilly is off to greener pastures in Los Angeles, the Chicago Cubs will need a new starter in their rotation. The obvious long-term choice is Carlos Zambrano, but he’s neither stretched out nor pitching effectively, so, despite his protests, he’ll remain in the bullpen for at least a little while longer. In […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Carlos Silva’s Heart is Racing

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Silva left today’s game against the Rockies after facing just four batters. It seems he was just so excited to meet new Cub Blake DeWitt that he could stop his heart from pounding. Just kidding. About the DeWitt part. Carlos Silva was pulled from Sunday’s game in the first inning […]

Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot Have Been Traded to the Dodgers

Per multiple reports, the Chicago Cubs have traded pitcher Ted Lilly and second baseman Ryan Theriot to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Part of the return is expected to be second baseman Blake DeWitt, but no word yet on dollars and the rest of the return. We’ll keep you posted. UPDATE: Looks like the Cubs are […]

We Hardly Liked Ye: Cubs Release Bob Howry

Carlos Zambrano has officially come back to the Cubs, and because the team hasn’t traded Ted Lilly yet (the clock is ticking, Jim), they had to make a corresponding roster move. That move was the release of one Robert Howry. And there was much rejoicing. Howry, who turns 37 on Aug. 4, was 1-3 with […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Dodgers Want Ted Lilly AND Ryan Theriot

With trade partners dwindling, the Chicago Cubs might be able to package two of their movable parts together in one deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are talking to the Cubs about a trade for both left-hander Ted Lilly and second baseman Ryan Theriot, according to a major-league source. It is not known […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: Bundle of Rumors

A trio of rumors has popped up on Twitter regarding the Cubs’ efforts to deal Ted Lilly: The market for Lilly has picked up, according to Stark. The Tigers are involved, and so are the Dodgers, Twins and Phillies. The Phillies have inquired on Lilly, according to Rosenthal. Ed Price of AOL FanHouse hears rumblings […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: Twins Want Ted, But Ted May Not Want Twins

The Minnesota Twins are reaching out to the Chicago Cubs about Ted Lilly and are willing to take on the remaining $4 million of Lilly’s deal, according to Ken Rosenthal. Awesome, right? Well, the hitch is that the Twins are one of the teams on Lilly’s partial no-trade list. Rosenthal suggests that Lilly would consider going […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: Scouts A-Plenty Last Night

If Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly is not traded before Saturday’s trade deadline, it won’t be for a lack of visibility. Eight top scouts were on hand to watch Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly and Astros right-hander Brett Myers pitch on Tuesday night in Houston. Both pitchers are coveted by numerous teams as the trade deadline […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Derrek Lee and Ted Lilly Are Tweety

The Twitterverse (*shudder* I’ll never use that term again, I promise) is atwitter (but I’ll use that one as much as I please) with tidbits about Derrek Lee and Ted Lilly, so we’ll just pound ’em out, bullet style: Jayson Stark says a source close to Derrek Lee says he won’t be waiving his no-trade […]

Obsessive Lilly Trade Watch: Cubs Would Like to Deal Lilly Before Tuesday

The Chicago Cubs are now actively shopping pitcher Ted Lilly, and would like to have a deal in place before Lilly’s next start, which is scheduled for Tuesday. With contenders struggling to find the right match for available starters Roy Oswalt and Dan Haren on the trade market, interest in Cubs left-hander Ted Lilly has […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: Ted Lilly “Will Get Traded”

We’re just a week away from the non-waive trade deadline, and the Chicago Cubs have yet to make a move. But having just lost two of three to the woeful Astros, the Cubs have no doubt cemented their status as sellers – and the first piece to go will probably be pitcher Ted Lilly. Unlike […]

On Free Agent Draft Compensation and Making Trades

This time of year, trade ideas are thrown around like so many flying fish in Seattle. Most will never happen – indeed, most could never happen – but it’s still fun. Let’s send this overpriced, skill-declining guy to this team for these seven top 100 prospects. I could totally do this GM thing! Increasingly, however, […]

Obsessive Ted Lilly Trade Watch: The Dodgers Are A-Callin’

Though he didn’t even appear in the game, last night’s shellacking of Carlos Silva made it incrementally more likely that Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly would be traded. With just over a week to go before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31, the Cubs are no doubt continuously evaluating their position vis a vis […]

Lukewarm Stove: White Sox Join Mets in Interest in Ted Lilly

Add the Chicago White Sox to the list of teams potentially interested in Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ted Lilly, should the Cubs decide to sell. Sources say the Sox have kicked around the idea of pursuing Lilly. That would give them three lefties in their rotation with Buehrle and Danks, but there are some in […]

Lukewarm Stove: Mets May Want Lilly, but Can’t Add Payroll

While the New York Mets remain a possible destination for Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly, they might not be able to take on much, if any, of his remaining $5 million owed this year, according to Buster Olney. That means that, in order to trade Lilly to the Mets, the Cubs would have to eat the […]