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Could Marlon Byrd Head Back to the Rangers?

Tomorrow marks the last day that a team can make a trade (via the waiver system) for a player, and include that player on its post-season roster. The Chicago Cubs have already made a couple waiver trades, sending Mike Fontenot to the Giants and Derrek Lee to the Braves. But are the Cubs done dealing? […]

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 […]

Chicago Cubs Almost Traded Mike Fontenot and Xavier Nady to Giants

We haven’t heard too much about the trades that never were, but it seems that the Chicago Cubs nearly dealt outfielder Xavier Nady and infielder Mike Fontenot to the San Francisco Giants just before the trade deadline. Obviously the trade never materialized, and now the Cubs will work to deal the players via the waiver […]

Chicago Cubs Sign Second Round Pick Reggie Golden

Some good news on the draft front – yesterday the Cubs announced that they had signed their second round pick, high school outfielder Reggie Golden. Reggie Golden got his first peek at life in the big leagues on Saturday. Golden, the Cubs’ second-round Draft pick, signed his contract on Friday and was able to do […]

Lukewarm Stove: Rockies Looking at Ryan Theriot?

The Chicago Cubs, even if they weren’t sellers, would probably be looking to move an infielder. They’ve got three guys rotating at second base – Ryan Theriot, Mike Fontenot, and Jeff Baker – and that’s at least one too many. The Rockies, who’ve lost shortstop Troy Tulowitzki until at least August with a broken wrist, […]

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Lou Piniella: “We probably will be sellers”

Even though the Chicago Cubs just managed to secure an AMAZING series victory – their first in 12 tries – the team is still so far behind in the NL Central and the NL Wild Card races that they are expected to be sellers come the trade deadline at the end of the month. And […]

The Cubs Talked to the Red Sox About Mike Fontenot

The Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox discussed a Mike Fontenot trade before the Red Sox acquired Eric Patterson, according to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports. Fontenot is a versatile infielder with a decent lefty bat. He’s cheap, under control for several more years, and doesn’t necessarily have a set future with the Cubs. That sounds […]

Will Ryan Theriot Be Shopped This Year?

If the Chicago Cubs continue falling out of contention, you know as well as I do that we will daily be bombarded with rumors/ideas/suggestions about which players the Cubs should unload, and which players they should keep for the future. Well, I’m here to start bombarding you. Ryan Theriot presents an interesting case. Now that […]

Jim Hendry Noncommittal on Subject of Being a Buyer or Seller

With the team five games under .500 at this advanced stage of the season, with no sign that the offense will be turning it on any time soon, and with objectively better teams ahead of them in the standings in the Central, the time has come for serious questions about the Chicago Cubs’ plans for […]

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Ryan Theriot Could Be On the Bench for a While

Mike Fontenot started at second base yesterday in place of incumbent Ryan Theriot, and he hit a couple of hard ones, though he didn’t have much to show for it. So was the start a one-day rest for Theriot, or the start of something bigger? Dare I suggest, a platoon? “Fontenot’s had a good month,” […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Jeff Baker Lost Vision in His Right Eye

Chicago Cubs utility player Jeff Baker is headed to an eye specialist for an examination of his right eye, which started given him problems late in yesterday’s game against the Dodgers. Specifically, he lost vision in his right eye. Baker didn’t react when the Dodgers’ Russell Martin lined a single past him to lead off […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Aramis Ramirez Out a Few Days with Thumb Injury

At this point, you could almost call this mercy. Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez has been dealing with a bruise of his left thumb, though he claims it is not affecting his performance. He had x-rays yesterday, and although they came back clean, he’s still going to sit for a few days. X-rays of […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Ryan Theriot’s Elbow Still Bothering Him

You know, God has actually generally spared the Cubs His wrath this year. At least in the form of injuries. Chicago Cubs starting shortstop second baseman Ryan Theriot took a pitch off his left elbow on Saturday, and he sat out yesterday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Although the injury doesn’t seem to be serious, […]

Mike Fontenot is Probably on the Trade Block

With Starlin Castro and Ryan Theriot locking down the middle infield for the foreseeable future, former pseudo-starting second baseman Mike Fontenot could very well prove a luxury on the bench that the Cubs would prefer to explore trading. If Castro does what his talent promises, and he sticks this season, Fontenot’s longer-term place with the Cubs doesn’t […]

Starlin Castro Could Be Headed to Chicago Soon

Chicago Cubs super prospect Starlin Castro has been raking at AA this year, and, together with his AFL dominance last fall and his impressive Spring Training, he’s proving that he’s just about ready to try on his big boy shoes. The Cubs, apparently, have noticed. Chicago Cubs prospect Starlin Castro’s ascension to the major leagues […]

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Lou is Getting Grousy

After yesterday’s tough loss to the Nationals, Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella was in no mood to be second-guessed about his decisions in the game. Piniella was asked by a freelance reporter whether he considered bunting after Marlon Byrd led off with a double in the eighth with the Cubs down 3-2. Mike Fontenot popped […]

Starlin Castro, Andrew Cashner: Coming Soon?

The Chicago Cubs’ top positional prospect and top pitching prospect, Starlin Castro and Andrew Cashner, respectively, are doing very little this year to merit a change in those mantles. Each is tearing up AA, and Bruce Levine has suggested we might see them in Chicago sooner rather than later. Shortstop Starlin Castro has been ripping up […]

Alfonso Soriano’s Knee Watch: So Far, So Good

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano played just 117 games last year – and when he did play, he wasn’t altogether healthy or effective. The Cubs are hoping he gets back to form this year, because they could surely use his bat. Alfonso Soriano’s left leg is passing all the tests. On Wednesday, Soriano was 2-for-4 […]

Piniella No Longer Keen on Platooning in the Outfield

Hmm. Time was, we assumed there would be some kind of platoonish set up in the outfield such that, when the Cubs were facing a lefty, they would find a way to get Xavier Nady into the lineup, together with Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano. While it might not lead to a straight-up platoon with […]

Andres Blanco is a Texas Ranger

As predicted earlier this week, Andres Blanco has been traded, rather than exposed to waivers. Today, according to multiple reports, Blanco was sent to the Rangers for a Player to be Named Later. When the Cubs announced earlier this week that Mike Fontenot definitely would be the backup shortstop, the writing for Blanco was on […]

It Seems Pretty Clear that Mike Fontenot Will Be the Backup Shortstop

Whither Andres Blanco. The Chicago Cubs have been experimenting with Mike Fontenot quite a bit at shortstop this Spring, even as Fontenot was trying to nail down the starting second base gig. Apparently the experiment has proved successful, as it looks more and more clear that Fontenot will open the season as the backup at […]

Aramis Ramirez Hits Well in Return, But as DH

Chicago Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez still isn’t quite over his triceps injury. He finally got into some game action yesterday, but just as a DH. Playing third base will have to wait – but he might be ready by Friday. “I felt pretty good out there today,” Ramirez said. He has been sidelined because […]

Cubs Bench Situation is Crowded and Cloudy

The Chicago Cubs will be making a final decision on who will be making the team very soon, but before they can do so, they’ve got to decide which mix of players they want on the bench. With Lou Piniella having confirmed that the team will go with seven pitchers in the bullpen, there are […]

The Cubs Clearly Think Mike Fontenot Can Be the Backup Shortstop

Mike Fontenot is locked in a battle with Jeff Baker to be the starter at second base (even though it’s a natural platoon situation, but whatever – I don’t get paid $4 million by the Chicago Cubs to make these decisions like Lou Piniella), but the Cubs are hoping he can also be the backup […]

Andres Blanco Injury Has No Effect on Starlin Castro

Chicago Cubs reserve infielder Andres Blanco, a dazzler with the glove, had a fair chance to make the Cubs, but a recent knee injury, which will keep him out for a couple weeks, put a damper on those hopes. But if Blanco doesn’t make the team, who’s going to back up shortstop? If manager Lou […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Andres Blanco Suffers Sprained Knee

Chicago Cubs reserve infielder Andres Blanco is battling in Spring Training for one of the last two spots on the bench, and things took a dark turn for him yesterday on a pick-off play at second base. Andres Blanco underwent an MRI on his right knee after suffering a Grade 2 sprain in the sixth […]

God’s Wrath Watch: God Hates Cubs Shoulders

Yesterday we learned that Chicago Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot has a bum shoulder, which isn’t a huge concern, as he’s expected to be back tomorrow or early next week. The shoulder injury that really shook the Cubs’ world, though, was that of reliever Angel Guzman. He’d been rehabbing from offseason knee surgery when he had […]

Fontenot Didn’t Explode His Knee

In yesterday’s first Spring Training game, Chicago Cubs second baseman Mike Fontenot slid awkwardly into third base in the fourth inning, banging his knee on the dirt. Fortunately, he’s ok. “My knee hit,” said Fontenot, whose left knee required an ice pack. “I haven’t practiced that slide for awhile. The first thing I hit was […]

Alfonso Soriano’s Knee is Going to Be An Issue All Year

Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano was something of a non-issue last year. Not because there weren’t storylines swirling around him, but instead because he didn’t really show much to talk about on the field. He missed a third of the season with knee issues, and when he did play, he put up the worst numbers […]