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Lukewarm Stove: Starting Pitchers, Relievers, and First Base

More wood on the Cubs-won’t-get-any-big-names fire from Gordon Wittenmyer. No real surprises, as Wittenmyer sees the Cubs going after guys like Kevin Millwood, Javier Vazquez, and Jake Westbrook for the rotation, rather than a guy like Cliff Lee. Though Wittenmyer doesn’t say so, you can throw Jon Garland into that mix. From my perspective, the Cubs […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Looking at Nick Johnson, Kerry Wood

Two the of Chicago Cubs’ big priorities this winter are at first base and in the bullpen, and the team is expected to look at a familiar face for the latter, and a new face for the former. With a payroll budget that figures to leave little room for big-shot free agents, indications are that […]

Adrian Gonzalez Likely to be Traded, Could be to Chicago Cubs

After the San Diego Padres played surprisingly well half-way into 2010, the team’s plans to sell off every viable piece was scrapped. That meant the Padres were hanging onto bargain-priced superstar, Adrian Gonzalez. The first baseman, one of the most consistent hitters over the past few years, the team felt, was too valuable to their […]

Lukewarm Stove: Kerry Wood is a Possibility

Just a day after the New York Yankees declined their 2011 option on pitcher Kerry Wood, a “source” now indicates that the Chicago Cubs would welcome Wood back if the price is right. Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood may be the missing link to a young and improving bullpen on the north side of […]

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Lukewarm Stove: A Couple Bullpen Bits

Chicago Cubs beat writer Carrie Muskat took to her mailbox recently, and offered up, among other things, a couple interesting pieces of information regarding the 2011 Cubs’ bullpen. Specifically, she addressed the possible return of Kerry Wood, and the role of Andrew Cashner. Of seeing Wood as a Cub in 2011, Muskat was dismissive. Wood’s […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cliff Lee Likely Out of Cubs’ Price Range

Cliff Lee looked – as he often does – mighty awesome last night, mowing down the New York Yankees in the ALCS. If his impending free agent price tag could possibly have gone higher, it would have. But as it stands, it’s already sufficiently high that Chicago Cubs fans should probably allow visions of a […]

Whither Bob Brenly?

Shortly after taking himself out of consideration for the Chicago Cubs’ managerial opening (because, paraphrasing his words, the Cubs are certain to suck for the foreseeable future), rumors are popping up that Cubs color broadcaster Bob Brenly is going to land the Milwaukee Brewers’ recently-vacated job. But those rumors were quickly shot down by Brewers’ […]

Will the Chicago Cubs Look to Bring Back Kerry Wood?

It is not a secret that the 2010 Chicago Cubs’ bullpen blew. Injuries, underperformance and inexperience conspired to torpedo the pen for long stretches during the season. So the fact that the team will look at some veteran reliever options this Winter should also not be a secret. But one of those reliever options might […]

Obsessive New Manager Watch: Chicago Cubs Do Plan to Interview Joe Girardi

Looks like my tea leaf reading was correct. Despite announcing a desire to have their managerial decision made sooner rather than later, the Chicago Cubs are expected to wait out the Yankees’ season so that they can “at least try” to bring in skipper Joe Girardi for an interview, according to Buster Olney. The Cubs are […]

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Chicago Cubs Interview Eric Wedge for Managerial Opening

The Chicago Cubs have interviewed former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge for their managerial vacancy. Wedge was not among the names rumored to be on the Cubs’ short list as recently as a week ago, so this is at least a moderate surprise. Wedge managed the Indians from 2003-09, winning the American League Manager of […]

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: 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 […]

Would Joe Girardi Leave the Yankees to Manage the Cubs?

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella’s contract is up at the end of this year, and while he gets all the support in the world from Jim Hendry and Tom Ricketts, there is no denying the undercurrent of opposition to having him back as manager next year. So if Piniella is out for 2011, who’s in? […]

Ted Lilly to the New York Mets?

Now that Cliff Lee is off the trade market, Chicago Cubs starter Ted Lilly becomes the best available lefty starting pitcher on the market, and remains one of the best two or three available overall. It seems highly likely that, if the Cubs decide to move Lilly and he’s amenable to waiving his limited no-trade […]

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