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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Hey, Maybe the Cubs Really Are Looking at Freddy Sanchez

Can the Cubs trade for the version of Freddy Sanchez that hits .350? Freddy Sanchez was in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ lineup Friday night, putting to rest any thought that the second baseman would be traded in the next 24 hours. The Giants remain the team showing the most interest, according to one source with direct […]

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Rich Harden is a Good Rehabber

To briefly update you on Rich Harden’s rehab from a sore back: he done good. Rich Harden allowed one earned run in 4 2/3 innings during his minor-league rehab start Monday night for Class AAA Iowa, putting the right-hander on track to return from the disabled list Saturday against the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field. […]

Obsessive Harden Shoulder, er Backwatch: Rehab Start Today

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Rich Harden, on the shelf for a couple of weeks with an ailing back, will make a rehab start for AAA Iowa today. If all goes well, the Cubs could see him back as soon as later this week. Throughout his rehab, Harden has said he feels good, and it could […]

The Cubs Are Power Ranked

I don’t know why every ranking of Major League Baseball teams in the universe are called “power rankings” (because baseball involves power, I guess?), but they are. And the first two big ones have popped up for this season, ESPN and Yahoo. Phil Rogers put together a third, and decidedly lesser power ranking. Yahoo’s top […]

Cubs Sign Corey Koskie to Minor League Deal

The Chicago Cubs are going to bring in at least one more infielder to compete for that last bench spot. That the guy, for now, is former Twin and Brewer, Corey Koskie. Koskie last played in the bigs in 2006, and put up a very nice .833 OPS in limited play due to post-concussion syndrome. […]

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