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Cubs and Sean Marshall Avoid Arbitration

Unsurprisingly, given they were only a few hundred thousand bucks apart ($1.175 mill versus $800k), today the Chicago Cubs signed Sean Marshall to a one-year deal, thus avoiding arbitration. UPDATE: Looks like they settled for $950k, which is just about the mid-point.

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Report: Chicago Cubs Sign Xavier Nady

Word this morning was that Xavier Nady was the Chicago Cubs’ top choice to serve as fourth outfielder, and according to Tim Brown on Twitter, the Cubs have landed him. No details have yet emerged, but we’ll update as more becomes available. UPDATE: The deal is reportedly (we’re using that word a lot today, no?) worth $3.3 million […]

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Report: Ben Sheets Signs with Oakland

According to various reports – including CBS Sports and a multitude of Tweets – the Oakland A’s have ponied up to land free agent starting pitcher Ben Sheets, and will announce the signing later this afternoon. The deal is thought to be for one year and between $8 to 10 million.

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In Case You Were Hoping for Melky Cabrera

You can forget it. Reports indicate that today, Melky Cabrera and some other youngsters will be traded to the Atlanta Braves for pitchers Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan. The Braves had been looking for an outfield bat, and needed to move a starting pitcher, but this is an imperfect deal for them. Cabrera is far […]

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Obsess No More: Bradley Traded to Mariners

Quick update: the unfortunate trade is now official. Today, the Chicago Cubs traded Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners for “pitcher” Carlos Silva and $9 million. Silva makes about $3 million more than Bradley over the next two years, so the Cubs save $6 million total. But they’re stuck with a guy who has been, […]

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Oh Crap: Source Indicates Milton Bradley for Carlos Silva is

Hold on to your butts. According to the Seattle Times’ Larry Stone, the Chicago Cubs are planning to send Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners today for pitcher Carlos Silva. The money aspect – which will be very telling – has not yet been discussed publicly. We’ll keep you posted as things develop, and should […]

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Roy Halladay on His Way to the Phillies

According to SI.com, the Blue Jays, Phillies, and Mariners have pulled off a gigantic trade that would see Roy Halladay head to the Phillies, Cliff Lee head to the Mariners, and presumably, you know, something head to the Blue Jays. It’s all a bit amorphous at this point, but being that it could have a […]

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Cubs Will Tender Contracts to All the Arbitration Eligible Guys

Today is the deadline for teams to tender contracts to their arbitration eligible players, and the Chicago Cubs intend to do so with all of their guys – the lone exception being injured/crappy reliever Neal Cotts, who may yet return on a minor league deal. This means that Mike Fontenot will get a contract, though […]

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Arismendy Mota is a Chicago Cub

Today the Chicago Cubs executed a pre-planned trade for minor league pitcher Arismendy Mota, selected yesterday by the Washington Nationals in the AAA phase of the Rule 5 draft. The Cubs sent “cash considerations,” which is a euphemism for “we agreed that the Nats will draft this kid for us, and then we will send […]

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Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: No Mystery Team?

There are now conflicting reports on whether there is, in fact, a mystery American League team close to landing Milton Bradley from the Chicago Cubs. Gordon Wittenmyer and Paul Sullivan suggest there is such a team, while Carrie Muskat says there isn’t. For my part, I side with Wittenmyer and Sullivan on this one, if […]

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OMGranderson Watch: Time of Death, 2:30pm EST

Various reports indicate that the mega-blockbuster (but hoping it wouldn’t happen) three-way trade between the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Detroit Tigers, which will see the Yankees wind up with Granderson and the D-backs land Jackson, is about to go down. If it is any consolation (it’s not), the Cubs may now pursue a […]

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OMGranderson: Cubs Out of It for Curtis Granderson?

File this one under please-be-untrue: Today’s reports indicate that the Detroit Tigers have demanded that they receive a studly, ready-to-go center field prospect in any deal they would make for Curtis Granderson. If that is true, and the Tigers hold firm to that demand, you can probably count the Chicago Cubs out. The closest thing […]

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Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Bradley to the Royals for Gil Meche?

These things are flying fast and loose. Last night, per Bruce Levine, Cubs officials met with the Kansas City Royals about a potential Milton Bradley/Gil Meche swap. You’ll recall: (1) the Royals had expressed interest in signing Bradley some moons ago, and (2) the exact same sentence, but swap “Cubs” for “Royals,” and “Meche” for […]

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Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Mini Update

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has tweeted that, if the Cubs are able to swing a Milton Bradley / Pat Burrell swap, the Mets are interested in a Burrell / Luis Castillo swap. This is, of course, an iteration of the three-way deal that has been discussed at length for weeks, but this […]

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Friday Notes: Zambrano, Brenly, Riggleman

Editor’s Note: Apologies for the light, late, and (kind of) lame posting today. Massive server issues have had the site down all morning. A few items to keep you afloat this Friday, in the absence of any real rumor movement: Carlos Zambrano won the NL Silver Slugger at pitcher for the third time. And apparently […]

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Mark Teahen to Chicago White Sox

Don’t you hate when people do those misleading headlines? I can’t freaking stand it. So I refuse, even though this was a prime opportunity, given the Chicago Cubs previous involvement in Mark Teahen rumors. I could have said: “Mark Teahen is Coming to Chicago!” And then pulled a switcharoo in the body. Nope. Not going […]

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Screeching Tire Sound: Cubs WILL Shop Carlos Zambrano This Winter

When Bruce Levine suggested yesterday that the Chicago Cubs might look to trade ace Carlos Zambrano this winter, most pundits gave it short shrift (including yours truly). After all, without Zambrano (and likely-to-depart Rich Harden), the Cubs rotation could look scary. But now sources say that the Cubs are going to consider trading Zambrano. Despite […]

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Thomas Diamond is a Chicago Cub

Today the Cubs claimed a player off waivers! But, he’s a 26 year old former top prospect who’s struggled to do much of anything outside of the operating room in the past few years. As Rotoworld says: He had been designated for assignment earlier this week. Diamond, the former top pitching prospect, is now 26 […]

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Rich Harden is a Chicago Cub … Still

The waiver trade deadline, 1 p.m. EST, has come and gone. Remaining Chicago Cubs are pitchers Rich Harden and Aaron Heilman – the subjects of increased trade chatter after their public waiver claims – as well as all other Cubs. It seems the Chicago Cubs like their chances to pull off an improbable comeback in […]

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Obsessive Ramirez Dislocationwatch: Back Today

After seven days out, Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez is expected to return for today’s series finale against the Pirates. Ramirez’s ailing shoulder received a cortisone shot nearly a week ago, and he was set to return on Friday, but a nasty cold kept him out. — Sent from my mobile device

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The Pirates Trade; or Why Tom Gorzelanny Better Be Awesome

Yesterday, the Chicago Cubs traded pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, as well as minor league infielder Josh Harrison to the Pirates for pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny. And though the rumors about Grabow had swirled for weeks, thus leaving the indelible impression on this trade that it was all about him (i.e., another […]

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Cubs Acquire Grabow, Gorzelanny From Pirates

Today, the Chicago Cubs sent pitchers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio, as well as minor league infielder Josh Harrison to the Pirates for lefty reliever John Grabow and lefty sometimes starter, sometimes reliever, sometimes minor leaguer Tom Gorzelanny. Grabow joins Sean Marshall as the lefties in the pen (though Grabow has been better at getting […]

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Whither Al Alburquerque?

The Chicago Cubs will part with High A Daytona reliever Al Alburquerque in the deal for Colorado Rockies utility man Jeff Baker says Cubs.com. This is a devastating, devastating blow to the Cubs organization. No, not because Alburquerque sports an excellent 2.08 ERA this year (come on, he’s 23 in High A – it’s not […]

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Holy Dreadlocks! Manny Ramirez Tests Positive for Steroids!

Wow. I’m not shocked by the fact of it – I’m shocked that MLB is actually taking down one of its biggest, albeit troublesome, stars. Manny Ramirez has tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and will be suspended 50 games starting today, The Times has learned. The test result and suspension is expected to be announced […]

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Cubs DFA Luis Vizcaino

We hardly knew ye. As expected, the Cubs designated right-hander Luis Vizcaino for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 25-man roster for Jeff Samardzija. According to ESPN.com, Chicago was trying to trade Vizcaino before bringing up Samardzija from Triple-A Iowa. But while general manager Jim Hendry attempted to work out a deal with […]

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Closerwatch: It’s Kevin Gregg

I can’t say I’m surprised: Lou Piniella today announced that Kevin Gregg – and not Carlos Marmol – will begin the season as the Chicago Cubs closer. Rue if you must, but this is the correct decision, and not simply because of the Cubs’ strong financial incentive to make Gregg the closer. Gregg is an […]

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Angel Guzman to the Pirates?

Chicago Cubs reliever and former wunderkind prospect Angel Guzman is out of options and doesn’t look likely to make the Cubs bullpen. Thus, he gone. At some point. To someone. MLB Trade Rumors is speculating that the someone (well, some team, I suppose is more accurate) is the Pittsburgh Pirates. [The Pirates] would like to […]

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Cubs Sign Esteban German, Who is Not German

The Sun Times is twittering that the Chicago Cubs have signed Esteban German – who was recently waived by the Royals (always a good sign) – to compete for a back-up infielder role. As we recently said, the Cubs are going to look for a back-up infielder throughout Spring Training. Maybe German is the guy, […]

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Aramis Ramirez to Play in WBC with A-Rod Out?

With the breaking news that Alex Rodriguez is undergoing hip surgery – the cyst kind, not the old person kind – I am openly pondering and speculating as to whether it means Aramis Ramirez will leave the Chicago Cubs and go to play in the World Baseball Classic. As we’ve noted here before, Ramirez opted […]

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Lou Piniella Wants Curt Schilling

No, not that way, but he’s interested in having Schilling pitch for the Chicago Cubs. “This guy, he’s a pro,” Piniella said. “I don’t know how accurate [the reports] are, but if you get a pitcher with his credentials and his winning habits, it would be something to explore.” I stick to my assessment that […]

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Sweet Jesus, Is Milton Bradley Hurt Already?

Granted, regulars get yanked early in Spring Training for a whole host of reasons completely unrelated to health. But when the yanking takes place after one at bat, and the yankee (not the team, the guy being yanked) is Milton Bradley (or Rich Harden), we’re going to take note. Apparently Bradley had to run hard […]

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Crisis Averted: Zambrano Will NOT Pitch in WBC

Finally we get word from Zambrano, himself, that he will not be pitching for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, despite Venezuela’s stated belief that he is. I’d love to find out the details from behind the scenes as to how it was so unclear whether or not Zambrano would actually be participating, how the […]