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Back End of the Cubs’ Rotation Shaping Up

Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano, and Matt Garza will start the first three games of the Chicago Cubs’ season, but, so far, the Cubs have not announced which two pitchers would follow them in the rotation. Randy Wells has been in the Cubs’ rotation the last two seasons and has done nothing – seriously, nothing – […]

Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano Are Not Leaders

In his short time as manager, Mike Quade has already established that he likes to talk. A lot. As someone who writes about all things Chicago Cubs, having a gregarious manager is definitely a good thing. I find it also a good thing as a fan. But sometimes, the most interesting information will come from […]

Carlos Zambrano: Softball Player

Many professional sports contracts preclude players from participating in non-sanctioned extracurricular athletic activities like pick-up basketball games or extreme baking. After learning that Carlos Zambrano recently played some softball, I am wondering whether Chicago Cubs player contracts have the same kind of language. According to a Sports Illustrated reader, who provided the picture at right: “Last night […]

Obsessive Albert Pujols Watch: Aramis Ramirez Wants Pujols, Likes Carlos Pena

From the moment Albert Pujols declined to sign an extension with the Cardinals by his self-imposed deadline, thus (theoretically) ensuring his ascendency into free agency after the season, we all knew an Obsessive Watch was coming. So here we are. That said, Pujols feels like he deserves something special, on the order of OMG Brian […]

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Happy and Sad Personal News for Chicago Cubs

You take the good with the bad, I suppose, and yesterday, the Chicago Cubs family got a bit of each. On the sad end, Alfonso Soriano’s mother passed away suddenly of an apparent heart attack. ESPNdeportes.com reported the news of Andrea Soriano’s death after hearing from the player. According to that report, a funeral service […]

Carlos Silva Guarantees Himself a Rotation Spot

Is Carlos Silva impressively confident, or embarrassingly delusional? I’m not quite sure. But I am sure that the Chicago Cubs’ rotation prospects are looking both bright and crowded these days. With Carlos Zambrano, Ryan Dempster, and Matt Garza assured of the front three spots, the Cubs will have to figure out how to accommodate Randy […]

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2011 Cubs Convention Lineup: Includes Matt Garza and Carlos Pena

New Cubs Matt Garza and Carlos Pena, and recently-returned Cub Kerry Wood, will be at this weekend’s Cubs Convention, together with a number of other Cubs stars. And, of course, there are a number of former Cubs players – Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Todd Walker (wait, what?) – who will be there as […]

The 2011 Cubs Convention Will Have a Pretty Solid Lineup

Some years are leaner than others when it comes to attendance at the annual Cubs Convention – but 2011 is going to feature some big names. Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano and new first baseman Carlos Pena will be among the players attending the 2011 Cubs Convention, from Jan. 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago. Wood, who […]

Lukewarm Stove: Carlos Zambrano Trade Rumors Begin

As I predicted yesterday, Cliff Lee going to the Phillies is going to be the genesis of a great deal of action – and a great deal of gum-flappin’. Specifically, it has generated speculation about the Cubs once again trying to trade Carlos Zambrano. The big question that remains to be answered is whether Texas, […]

What Do You Know – Some Teams Have Asked About Carlos Zambrano

There was a time – oh, say, July – when the collective thought of Chicago Cubs fans and management, alike, went something like this: “How are we ever going to dump Carlos Zambrano? How bad is it going to look when we come hat in hand to every team in MLB? How much money will […]

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Mike Quade Ready to Handle Carlos Zambrano

Carlos Zambrano is going to be a part of the 2011 Chicago Cubs, for better or worse, and the most fans can do is hope that he pitches like he did in the final month and a half of the 2010 season. At least a portion of that time, Zambrano was pitching for interim manager […]

Lukewarm Stove: Chicago Cubs Might Look at Jon Garland

The Chicago Cubs’ rotation at present figures to feature Carlos Zambrano and Ryan Dempster for sure, but the other three spots are somewhat up in the air. Randy Wells is a near lock, and if Tom Gorzelanny remains with the Cubs, he’ll hold a spot, too. Carlos Silva, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, Andrew Cashner, Jay […]

Angel Guzman is Still Around, Throwing a Baseball

Remember the guy who was supposed to be the Chicago Cubs’ primary right-handed setup man this year? Before Carlos Zambrano. Before Andrew Cashner. Before Esmailin Caridad. Angel Guzman put together an incredible 2009 season out of the pen after a long history of injuries that had held back the talent we all knew he had. […]

Carlos Zambrano to the Red Sox for Daisuke Matsuzaka?

If the Chicago Cubs decide to shop starter Carlos Zambrano this winter, they’ll surely find more interested partners than they would have mid-season. Still, the team cannot expect a lucrative return given Zambrano’s temperamental, yo-yo-esque nature, and his hefty contract. Thus, if a move is to be made, it would have to be for another […]

Carlos Zambrano Finishes the Season Better Than His Car

The Chicago Cubs’ on-again off-again ace Carlos Zambrano may have been the best pitcher in baseball over the last month and a half of the season. He took a 54.00 ERA after Opening Day, and turned it into lemons: an ERA over seven by mid May. His epic meltdown followed in late June, after returning […]

Carlos Zambrano: Adam Dunn Wants to Play for Chicago Cubs

Now that Carlos Zambrano has confirmed his desire to remain with the Chicago Cubs for the foreseeable future, he’s making plans for the team. Specifically, he thinks the Cubs need a big bat in the middle of the order (the Amazing Kreskin that guy is), and he says that guy should be soon-to-be free agent […]

Carlos Zambrano Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere

Earlier this year, deep in the throes of his most miserable season, Carlos Zambrano said that if the Cubs managed to secure a trade, he would not use his no-trade clause to block the move. With no reasonable hope of a turnaround from Zambrano on the field, his tenure in Chicago appeared to be assuredly […]

Carlos Zambrano Reiterates Retirement Plan

Despite getting back to his formerly dominant self, Carlos Zambrano is taking the opportunity in the (positive) spotlight to remind folks that he plans to retire when his current contract is up. “Like I said, I don’t think I will be playing any more after these three years,” Zambrano told reporters after last night’s win […]

Carlos Zambrano is Headed to Venezuela

Some sad news to report, as Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano, fresh off his best start of the season against the Nationals last night, is head to Venezuela to be with his family. Zambrano’s 11-year-old nephew is in the hospital with a life-threatening disease. “I have a nephew that’s in bad condition,” he said. “He […]

Now Carlos Zambrano Says He Wouldn’t Waive His No-Trade Clause

Not but a couple weeks ago, Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano – freshly off the restricted list, where he’d been serving a team-imposed suspension, and going to anger management, following a dugout tirade – said he would allow the Cubs to trade him this Winter if they really wanted to (protip: they do). Zambrano, you’ll […]

Chicago Cubs May Make More Trades Before August is Up

Trades made after the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31 are rare – at least, far more rare than trades made before the deadline – but they do happen, as evinced by the Chicago Cubs trade last night with the Giants, sending Mike Fontenot out for prospect Evan Crawford. With the Cubs thoroughly out of […]

Carlos Zambrano Will Officially Rejoin the Rotation on Monday

The Chicago Cubs made clear yesterday that Carlos Zambrano will rejoin the team’s rotation on Monday when he starts against the Giants in San Francisco. Again: in San Francisco. It ain’t a coincidence that it’s coming on the road. As for Zambrano, he’s unsurprisingly excited about the opportunity. Whether the 11 starts he figures to […]