The cupboard is now bare prospect-wise for the Cardinals, but there can be no doubt that this is a terrible move… for the Cubs. The Cardinals will now have a vastly improved lineup, and they instantly become the favorites in the Central if they weren’t already. Will the Cubs respond? Probably not. It’s still likely […]
The National League Central leading St. Louis Cardinals are becoming quite active in the pre-trade-deadline market. Yesterday, they dealt outfielder Chris Duncan to the Boston Red Sox for recently DFA’d infielder Julio Lugo, who could provide extra support if Khalil Greene never turns things around. And now, the Cardinals are looking to add an outfielder […]
The Chicago Cubs have so many players recovering from injuries, it is, at times, difficult to keep them all straight. For example, what the hell happened to Aaron Miles? Don’t get me wrong – I’m not exactly pushing for his return. But, like, did he break his femur or something? For now, we’ve got updates […]
The Red Sox designated Julio Lugo for assignment yesterday, pulling the plug halfway through a poorly-timed and probably ill-conceived contract given out at the high of the free agent boom. Of course, for all the flak, Lugo has still managed to hit .284 this year, with a solid .352 OBP. His range at shortstop has […]
The Cardinals are unfortunately legitimate contenders in the Roy Halladay sweepstakes – their GM was recently quoted as saying the team would give up “an arm or a leg” to get him (do they have both in their system?). Adding to that, Halladay, who has full no-trade protection, has intimated that he’d probably accept a […]
The All Star break marks the not-really-but-figurative mid-point of the season. It always seems like a good time to reflect on pre-season items, and how things have played out (read: cliche, but we’re doing it anyway). It is an easy time to look back with the benefit of hindsight … and regret. The Chicago Cubs […]
The Cublogoverse is abuzz over this Tribune article, which suggests that the Cubs are interested in recently released Blue Jay reliever, BJ Ryan … even though we already noted that here at Bleacher Nation several days ago. But whatever. We’re not bitter. As interesting as a move on Ryan would be, is the impact on […]
Stupid doubleheaders. How frustrating was that 9th inning? Brilliant top half (including a beautiful Reed Johnson non-catch), and then three straight Ks looking in the bottom half. Sure, two of them were unbelievaballs, but you’ve got to protect with two strikes. Also, Ryan Franklin’s goatee is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. I thought […]
Why did there have to be a second game?
The Cubs’ only All Star gets the job done. And I also got the job done with a new banner. Yeah. You see that? I did that. Don’t like it? I will punch you in the neck. Go Cubs.
Given the doubleheader on Saturday, now we just hope for a split, I suppose.
The worst part: Soto had an OPS well over .900 this past month. Was there ever any doubt that God was a Cardinals fan? Apparently, catcher Geovany Soto’s left-oblique strain is more serious than first thought. The Cubs are still calling it “mild,” but they will place him on the 15-day disabled list today, and […]
In an incredibly savvy move (shock), the Chicago Cubs are sending temporary starter Kevin Hart down to AAA Iowa so that they can bring up an extra bullpen arm for the Cardinals series. The extra arm belongs to reliever prospect Jeff Stevens, acquired by the Cubs over the winter in the Mark DeRosa deal. Stevens […]
The Chicago Cubs are back to their slumping offensive ways, and with the division-leading Cardinals coming into town tomorrow, there will be little patience for struggling superstars. But you’re going to have to resist the urge to boo Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley. It hurts them, and apparently, it makes them suck. “I can’t go […]
The National League Central leading St. Louis Cardinals are trying to get better. A lot better. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals’ interest in Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay is very real. Here’s what Strauss tweeted just a moment ago: Asked about the price tag for Halladay, a club source […]
When the Chicago Cubs designated Ryan Freel for assignment last week, no one actually expected it would result in a trade. Well, unless it was a trade in name only, and it was actually just the Cubs giving Freel to another team along with enough cash to cover his salary for the year above the […]
The Chicago Cubs designated Ryan Freel for assignment yesterday, a move necessary to make room for newly-acquired Jeff Baker. Freel was fairly terrible as a Cub, so the move is not altogether surprising. In a related story, the Tribune had this strange comment: Baker gives the Cubs some right-handed pop off the bench, at little […]
If you’re feeling weepy about the fact that not only is Mark DeRosa not coming back to the Cubs, but also is going to the worst possible place – St. Louis – avert your eyes now. They’ll just get weepier. The Cardinals filled two needs in one move when they acquired infielder/outfielder Mark DeRosa from […]
No details at this time, but the Cleveland Indians have traded Mark DeRosa to the worst possible place of all: St. Louis. Mark DeRosa is going to be a Cardinal. MLBTradeRumors.com. Hey, at least the Cubs took Aaron Miles from the Cardinals, right?
A further update on third baseman Aramis Ramirez’s rehab, and a possible return date. Aramis Ramirez will begin taking batting practice in the next few days and could begin his minor-league rehab stint by July 1 or 2. Ramirez has been out since May 9 with a dislocated left shoulder. “We haven’t rushed him,” manager […]
When the 2009 season started, the Chicago Cubs were the prohibitive favorite to win the National League Central, and were a strong favorite to represent the Senior Circuit in the World Series. Only Cubs fans knew better. Wherever you looked, pre-season, to find World Series odds, you would note the Cubs occupying the third spot […]
An off day is the perfect time to return to obsessing about a trade that will almost certainly never happen, and given the Chicago Cubs’ offensive struggles, is almost certain not to matter. But still, it’s interesting to hear more about Jake Peavy, and possible trades. So here’s some more info from Jayson Stark as […]
When a Chicago Cub sneezes awkwardly, he’s out for a week (seriously, it’s happened – name the player, and win a handshake). But when a St. Louis Cardinal twists his ankle in an ugly incident, he’s just fine-a-rooney. Albert Pujols insisted he was perfectly fine following Monday night’s game against the Reds, but his manager […]
Chicago Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly, one of 15 Chicago Cubs currently up for possible fine and suspension by MLB, is a big fat liar according to the MLB ump who tossed him on Monday (in a game Lilly was not starting). “He said I was embarrassing myself, so that’s why I threw him out,” he […]
“In the sunset of dissolution, everything is illuminated by the aura of nostalgia, even the guillotine.” ~ The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera. Late last week, Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano was set to come back from the disabled list. This was great news for the team, but could be bad news for someone […]
Well, that’s a sweep, friends. Two runs scored in the entire series. Yup. Two. Swell.
Jake Peavy rejected his proposed trade to the White Sox earlier today. And there was much rejoicing. The two teams had a deal in place whereby the White Sox would have sent left-handed pitching prospects Aaron Poreda and Clayton Richard plus two more minor leaguers to San Diego for Peavy, but the trade needed Peavy’s […]
Working on a little losing streak, eh? Swell.
Well. That was a super performance. Just saving the offense for Wainwright and Carpenter, right?
The last two decades of professional baseball have been marked by many things – steroids, dramatic salary increases, lavish ballparks. But one of the defining elements of the era has been the schism between those who still ascribe to the “scouting” method of talent evaluation, and the new breed of statistic/sabermetric hounds. The former focus […]