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Probably Irrelevant Michael Young Watch: Rockies Out

In the last two days, things have escalated in Texas such that it’s hard to imagine Michael Young starting the 2011 season with the Rangers. He’s officially requested a trade, suggested that he’s “sick” of playing for the Rangers, and stated that he feels he was misled about the team’s intentions. But despite his eagerness […]

Lukewarm Stove: Michael Young Likely to Be Traded

Michael Young has finally had enough of his ever-changing role in Texas – shortstop? third base? second base? first base? DH? – and he’s ready to move on. Surely the Rangers anticipated his frustration when they added first Adrian Beltre and then Mike Napoli, leaving Young without a clear starting spot. The Texas Rangers have […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Make Sense for Michael Young or Ian Kinsler

When the Texas Rangers added Adrian Beltre (with a hilariously awful contract, you’ll note) earlier this offseason, rumors began to swirl about incumbent third baseman Michael Young. Would he stay, would he go? Management says he’ll see time all over the field, and, in that way, a full complement of at bats – especially if […]

Lukewarm Stove: Rockies Aggressively Pursuing Lance Berkman

Free agent Lance Berkman has said as many as eight teams are pursuing him this winter, one of whom is the Chicago Cubs, who need a first baseman. None have yet emerged as a favorite to sign Fat Elvis, but the Colorado Rockies are making a serious push. In the Rockies’ search for a big […]

On the Starting Pitching Front, the Market Look Grim For the Chicago Cubs

With the De La Rosa’s, Vazquez’s, and Garland’s of the free agent starting pitcher market gone, and the Padilla’s of the market not on the Cubs’ radar, the remaining options generally fall into two categories: solid and expensive (think Cliff Lee or Carl Pavano), and cheap and risky. The Chicago Cubs are falling, decidedly, into […]

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Cross Jorge De La Rosa Off Your List

He probably hasn’t been on your list since the first week of the offseason, but there was a time when the Chicago Cubs were rumored to have interested in free agent lefty Jorge De La Rosa. Then his contract demands were revealed – at least three years, at least $10 million per. So long, interest. […]

Lukewarm Stove: Cubs Looking at Erik Bedard, Brad Hawpe

Add another potential reclamation project to the list of Cubs targets this Winter: Erik Bedard. As noted in the comments, and by Bruce Levine on Talkin’ Baseball on ESPN 1000 (h/t CCO), because of the budgetary restrictions, and generally full rotation, the Cubs could look at a high-upside, coming-off-injury-type pitcher this Winter like Bedard. Like Webb, […]

Lukewarm Stove: Javier Vazquez Wants to Pitch in Miami

Like LeBron James and Chris Bosh before him, free agent starter Javier Vazquez wants to take his talents to Miami. The 34-year-old starter, coming off a down year, has been connected to the Chicago Cubs’ search for a middle-of-the-rotation type, but there are now two significant hurdles to him becoming a Cub. In addition to […]

Aramis Ramirez’s Thumb is Still Bothering Him

Aramis Ramirez sat out yesterday’s series finale against the Rockies because his thumb – which kept him out for a significant stretch earlier this year, and crapped up his performance before that – was bothering him. Ramirez, who missed 15 games in June because of the injury, said he should be back in the lineup […]

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God’s Wrath Watch: Carlos Silva’s Heart is Racing

Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Carlos Silva left today’s game against the Rockies after facing just four batters. It seems he was just so excited to meet new Cub Blake DeWitt that he could stop his heart from pounding. Just kidding. About the DeWitt part. Carlos Silva was pulled from Sunday’s game in the first inning […]

Lukewarm Stove: Rockies Considering Ryan Theriot

A recent swoon has taken the Colorado Rockies from definite contenders to possible sellers. If they decide to stay the course and compete, they might look to add a versatile player like Ryan Theriot. Theriot, 30, is an interesting name since he wouldn’t figure to be just a stopgap at second base. He’s a .287 […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Breaks His Silence For Realsies

Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano has finally spoken publicly regarding Zambranogate, and while it’s good to finally hear from the horse’s mouth, his statements leave a little to be desired. “It was a moment of frustration,” Zambrano said Monday in an interview with ESPN. “I was trying to fire up the team. Lee told me […]

Zambranogate: Carlos Expected to Return Next Weekend

Chicago Cubs pitcher/formerly angry guy Carlos Zambrano is expected to return to the team next weekend, around July 30, when the Cubs head to Colorado to take on the Rockies. The plan for Zambrano is for him to pitch out of the bullpen for Iowa until he joins the big league team in Denver the […]

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, […]

Obsessive Zambrano Bullpen Watch: Cubs Changing Z’s Role

All things Carlos Zambrano and the bullpen have reached obsessive status. And the saga is taking another almost unbelievable turn. I say “almost” unbelievable, because I would have thought moving Zambrano to the bullpen in the first place would have been as close to unbelievable as things could get. “We’re going to change Zambrano’s role,” […]

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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, […]

Sigh: Carlos Silva is Getting My Hopes Up

When the Chicago Cubs dumped Milton Bradley for Carlos Silva in December, the reaction from fans was universal: sigh. This is the best they could do? Really? Really?? Silva had just struggled through what could very literally be the worst two seasons a pitcher could have and remain in Major League Baseball. Expectations were low. […]

Ryan Theriot: Leadoff Hitter

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella confirmed yesterday that there would be no leadoff platoon this year, and announced that Ryan Theriot would be the leadoff hitter. Theriot batted .283 in 42 games in the leadoff spot last season when he took over for Alfonso Soriano, who was dropped to sixth. The Cubs, who used six […]

God’s Wrath Watch: Derrek Lee Still Has Foot Issues

Last Wednesday, Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee fouled a ball off his foot, and was pulled early from a Spring Training game. No one was terribly concerned – and I don’t want to induce PANIC, I’m not terribly concerned yet either – but Lee hasn’t seen game action since. Manager Lou Piniella reiterated yesterday […]

Watch More Chicago Cubs Spring Training Games

That headline feels like it should be followed with “or else.” But no, I don’t intend it to be threatening. That’s just your insecurity talking. The MLB Network is going to air a crap ton of Spring games this year, so in addition to the handful of games on WGN, you’ll be able to catch a […]

Someone’s Gonna Bat Leadoff, But Lou Piniella Doesn’t Know Who

Most of the Chicago Cubs’ lineup this year is set. We know that Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez will hit three and four. We know that Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano will hit five and six. We know that Geovany Soto and the second baseman will hit seven and eight. But one spot yet undecided […]

Whew: Jose Contreras Ain’t a Cub

Some folks around the Cublogoverse are pretty excited that Jose Contreras has not landed on the Chicago Cubs. I was fairly ambivalent about the prospect of landing Contreras, thinking that he would get a minor league deal and an invite to Spring Training. Apparently he actually got a big league deal. Jose Contreras has signed […]

Jeff Baker Wants to Punch Mike Fontenot’s Heart

Last year, Mike Fontenot was anointed the Chicago Cubs’ starting second baseman out of Spring Training following a 2008 season where he was dominant at the plate in a part-time role. He struggled. The Cubs responded to his struggles (and Aramis Ramirez’s injury and Aaron Miles’ totally unpredictable sucking) by acquiring second baseman Jeff Baker from the […]

Matt Holliday Got Paid – So is it a Good Deal for the Cards? The Cubs?

Two weeks ago, it looked like the St. Louis Cardinals were going to lose Mark DeRosa, Joel Pineiro, John Smoltz, and Matt Holliday this offseason. Things were looking up for the rest of the National League Central. And then yesterday, the Cardinals re-signed Matt Holliday to a seven year, $120 million deal. Humbug. Setting aside […]

Jim Hendry Hearts Relievers: Cubs Are Looking at Jose Contreras

Jim Hendry’s never-ending quest to add a “veteran” “right-handed” arm to the bullpen has turned toward the lower cost end of the spectrum, which is a good thing. Hendry — whether via trade or free agency — wants to add a veteran bullpen pitcher. Former White Sox right-hander Jose Contreras has been a part of […]

Cubs Talking Outfielder Trade with the Colorado Rockies

The Chicago Cubs are looking to fill some holes in the outfield, of which there are currently two: center field and primary reserve. Free agent Cub Reed Johnson could fill either role, but for whatever reason, the Cubs seem eager to look elsewhere first. One option to fill the reserve role is Colorado Rockies outfielder […]

The Chicago Cubs 2010 Spring Training Schedule

The Chicago Cubs just released their 2010 Spring Training schedule. And, well, here it is: March 4 vs. Oakland Athletics March 5 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks March 6 vs. Chicago White Sox March 7 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (ss) and at Chicago White Sox, Glendale, Ariz. March 8 at Oakland Athletics, Phoenix March 9 vs. Milwaukee […]

Mike Fontenot is a Super Two, and Might Be Gone

Chicago Cubs second baseman and semi-utility player Mike Fontenot was awarded Super Two status yesterday, which means he is now arbitration eligible. Fontenot had 2 years, 139 days of service time to tie Orioles center fielder Adam Jones and Reds pitcher Micah Owings but won the tiebreaker for “Super Two” status because he had more […]

No Brad Hawpe for Right Field

If the Chicago Cubs are ultimately able to move Milton Bradley, they will have to find someone to take over his right field duties (or center field, should Kosuke Fukudome slide back over to right). But that somebody won’t be Colorado Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe, who’d previously been rumored on the block. It looks like […]