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Did the Rangers and Cubs Discuss a Michael Young Trade?

This week, the Texas Rangers went from we-aren’t-trading-Michael-Young to we-have-to-trade-Michael-Young back to we-aren’t-trading-Michael-Young, all in the span of a few days. It is safe to assume that the book-ends of that back-and-forth are mere posturing, and, as an expensive, disgruntled, superfluous player, Young’s days in Arlington are numbered. The Chicago Cubs have never been a […]

Lukewarm Stove: Chicago Cubs Are Talking to Brandon Webb Says Source

AOL Fanhouse’s Ed Price has a source who is indicating that the Cubs have been in contact with former Cy Young pitcher Brandon Webb. While most rumors have the Cubs looking at the middle tier of free agent starters, it would be no surprise to see the team go after a reclamation project/high upside type, given […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Derrek Lee’s Back is Jacked

Oh, you fickle deity. Just when Derrek Lee starts really grooving at the plate, he starts suffering from a bulging disc in his lower back. The discomfort was severe enough that Lee received an epidural yesterday (and delivered twins!), and he’ll get a couple days off at least. “It doesn’t bother me swinging, just moving […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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The Mets Are Interested In Ted Lilly

Though the Chicago Cubs managed to pull out a shocking victory last night – against the mighty Pirates, no less – there is still reason to believe this team is not built for a playoff push. If true, it’s time to start considering which players can be unloaded, and which teams are interested. According to […]

Will Ryan Theriot Be Shopped This Year?

If the Chicago Cubs continue falling out of contention, you know as well as I do that we will daily be bombarded with rumors/ideas/suggestions about which players the Cubs should unload, and which players they should keep for the future. Well, I’m here to start bombarding you. Ryan Theriot presents an interesting case. Now that […]

Sigh: Carlos Silva is Getting My Hopes Up

When the Chicago Cubs dumped Milton Bradley for Carlos Silva in December, the reaction from fans was universal: sigh. This is the best they could do? Really? Really?? Silva had just struggled through what could very literally be the worst two seasons a pitcher could have and remain in Major League Baseball. Expectations were low. […]

The Cubs and Blue Jays Continue to Talk Trade

With a youthful bullpen, light on solid options at the end of the game, the Chicago Cubs continue to consider options for adding a veteran right-hander. To that end, Blue Jays reliever Jason Frasor is still on the table. The Toronto Blue Jays continue to scout all of the Cubs’ spring training games, and the […]

Are the Cubs Considering a Deal for Kerry Wood?

When Chicago Cubs reliever Angel Guzman went down, presumably for the year, rumors picked up about the Cubs adding another right-handed reliever. The kicker, of course, is that the Cubs were already looking for such a right-handed reliever, and efforts to add a guy now will be met with outrageous demands. But maybe the Cubs […]

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Aw, Crap – We’re Racist Again

A familiar theme in the baseball world since the days of Dusty Baker is that Chicago Cubs fans are racist. As absurd as it seems to most of us, LaTroy Hawkins said it, Milton Bradley said it, Dusty Baker all but said it, and then there was Jacque Jones who really said it. And he’s […]

Here’s Something Scary: Carlos Silva Was Really Trying in Seattle

Whenever the Chicago Cubs bring a reclamation project on board, there are certain things that can inspire optimism. The guy was playing through pain or with a lingering injury the last couple of years. The guy was having family issues that distracted him. The guy had signed a huge contract and became complacent. Any of […]

The Bad News? No Orlando Hudson. The Good News? No Adam Kennedy.

The Chicago Cubs were never really into Orlando Hudson, despite his ability at the top of the order and the fact that he plays the one position that the Cubs could reasonably add a bat (after center field).  And now that the Twins have signed him to a deal around $5 million, we know why […]

Jim Hendry’s Public Mea Culpa for All Things Bradley

Following today’s abysmal trade of Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners for Carlos Silva and cash, Chicago Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry offered a statement about the trade, about Bradley, and about the state of the team. For your consideration: “Obviously, it was a trade we’ve been working on for quite some time. There wasn’t […]

Chicago Cubs Looking at Kelvim Escobar

When it comes to pitchers, Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has shown a penchant for loving two things: middle relievers and reclamation projects. So when an opportunity to combine his two passions came along, he simply couldn’t pass it up. The Cubs sent a scout to watch Kelvim Escobar throw in Venezuela. The right-hander […]

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Bruce Miles Defends the Harden Arbitration Decision – and Fails

The Chicago Cubs’ decision yesterday to not offer arbitration to pitcher Rich Harden has been the subject of much hand wringing. We’ve been no exception. So it is a credit to anyone who can cogently defend the move, as Bruce Miles has done. But that said, Bruce is just plain wrong. I really hate to […]

Tuesday is the Arbitration Deadline – Cubs Plan No Offers

Tuesday is the deadline for Major League teams to offer arbitration to their free agents. If the player accepts, he will get a one-year contract at a rate determined by an arbitrator (if necessary), and that rate almost always represents a raise over the prior year’s salary. If the player declines and then signs elsewhere, […]

Andre Dawson Should Make the Hall of Fame This Time Around

Andre Dawson holds a special place in the hearts and minds of Cubs fans, even though he spent just six of his 21 seasons in Chicago. His 1987 season was inspiring and nearly historic – he took home the MVP despite playing for the last-place Cubs, hitting 49 homers and driving in 137 runs. Of […]

The Minnesota Twins Want Rich Harden

The market for free agent pitcher Rich Harden is starting to take shape, which is of great interest to the Chicago Cubs, even if they have no intention on re-signing him. While Harden has had trouble staying on the field in recent years, he’s considered to have one of the highest upsides of this year’s […]

Don’t Cry, But Mark DeRosa Isn’t Coming Back

For those Chicago Cubs fans holding out hope that the team would take interest in signing free agent Mark DeRosa – you’re going to have to get used to disappointment. Of the Dodgers’ interest in DeRosa, Grunewald said, “The interest is mutual.” But the agent said that the Dodgers are one of a dozen teams that have […]

Why the Final Week Rainout and the Last Game Loss Were Blessings

The 2010 Major League Baseball draft order is out, pending changes due to free agency signings, and the Chicago Cubs come in at 16th. That the Cubs are 16th and not 17th is actually quite huge: now, if and when the Cubs sign a Type A free agent who has been offered arbitration by his […]

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 […]