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Why the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare: St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati […]

Why the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare: St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati […]

Uh Oh: Zack Greinke Traded to Brewers

The Chicago Cubs weren’t going to acquire Zack Greinke, but we were hoping no other NL Central team would get him. Unfortunately, the Brewers just did. Former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke has been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney on Sunday morning. In the deal, the Brewers […]

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Lukewarm Stove: Cubs At Least Kicking the Tires on Zack Greinke

The Royals are actively shopping Zack Greinke, as noted on the first day of the Winter Meetings, and Greinke has agreed to waive his no-trade clause in a prospective deal. But, of course, all of this was academic as far as the Cubs were concerned, because surely they weren’t looking at Greinke. I mean, he’s […]

Lukewarm Stove: Dodgers Want Ted Lilly AND Ryan Theriot

With trade partners dwindling, the Chicago Cubs might be able to package two of their movable parts together in one deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers are talking to the Cubs about a trade for both left-hander Ted Lilly and second baseman Ryan Theriot, according to a major-league source. It is not known […]

Why the 2010 St. Louis Cardinals Will Suck

Editor’s Note: Yes, it’s that time of year again – the time for us to settle back into our protective bubble where the Chicago Cubs are destined for greatness, and every other team in the National League Central is bound for spectacular failure. If you’d care to check out last year’s fare: St. Louis Cardinals, […]

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 […]

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Reliever Joe Nelson Wants to Be a Chicago Cub

The Chicago Cubs continue to look for a reliever, but maybe they should just let the reliever come to them. Free-agent pitcher Joe Nelson, who has made 101 appearances over the past two seasons, has expressed an interest in the Cubs. Nelson, 35, is seeking an opportunity to be a late-inning reliever and help a […]

Fourth Outfielder Watch: Jonny Gomes is in Love with the Chicago Cubs

Add another name to the list of possible fourth outfielder options for the Chicago Cubs: Jonny Gomes. After raking for the Cincinnati Reds last year, Gomes was non-tendered for fear that he’d bring in too much money for the small-market club in arbitration. Gomes, 29, was presumed to be looking for a starting gig, but […]

Lou Piniella is a “Legend”

Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella will be presented with the Thurman Munson award, along with four other honorees, on February 2 in New York. The AHRC New York City Foundation benefits from the gala, which remembers Munson, the late, great Yankees catcher and captain who tragically perished in a 1979 plane crash. Diana Munson, Thurman’s […]

Minor League Staffs Announced

We already knew that Ryne Sandberg was being promoted to manage the AAA Iowa Cubs, but now the rest of the minor league system teams’ staffs have been announced. Among the notable items: The Cubs named their Minor League coaching staffs on Thursday. Ryne Sandberg was promoted to Triple-A Iowa, Bill Dancy takes over at Double-A […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Up to Four Teams Interested

Although sending Milton Bradley to Tampa for Pat Burrell remains the far most likely scenario, the Chicago Cubs are working to increase the possible destinations for Bradley. Meanwhile, the Cubs met with about a half-dozen teams during the first day of the winter meetings at the Indianapolis Marriott and had plans for at least two […]

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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 […]

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 […]

One Fewer Outfield Option: Jeremy Hermida to Red Sox

Apparently having your name attached to the Chicago Cubs as a possible offseason target is the kiss of death. First, Mark Teahen was dealt from the Kansas City Royals to the Chicago White Sox, and now Jeremy Hermida – also rumored as a Chicago Cubs target, should they successfully move Milton Bradley – has been […]

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 […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Enter the Tampa Bay Rays – And Pat Burrell

Priority one this offseason for Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is dumping Milton Bradley, and trying to eat as little salary as possible in the process. Always easier when the player in question is a total chode and he finished the season suspended for said chode-ness. To make matters worse, the possible locations for […]

Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: Royals Not an Option Either?

We somehow missed this quote last week regarding the Kansas City Royals’ interest in grousy Chicago Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley. And it ain’t good. Royals officials dismiss — in strong terms — reports of possible interest in acquiring outfielder Milton Bradley from the Cubs. “Idiots” was one of the nicer comments directed at those offering […]

Why the Final Week Rainout and the Last Game Loss Were Blessings

The 2010 Major League Baseball draft order is out, pending changes due to free agency signings, and the Chicago Cubs come in at 16th. That the Cubs are 16th and not 17th is actually quite huge: now, if and when the Cubs sign a Type A free agent who has been offered arbitration by his […]

The Cubs Are Looking at Mark Teahen and Jeremy Hermida

You have to wonder whether Reed Johnson going down will change the Cubs’ outfield priorities, but for now, it appears they’re still looking for a corner outfield bat from the left side of the plate. Specifically, the Cubs have looked into the Royals’ Mark Teahen and the Marlins’ Jeremy Hermida, who were weak blips on […]

The Cubs are a-Rumoring

The Chicago Cubs are finally in first place and poised for a post-season run – but that doesn’t mean a trade or two isn’t in the works to improve the club. The primary focus of trade rumors is a left-handed reliever to shore up the bullpen. The non-waiver trade deadline is looming Friday afternoon as […]

Chicago Cubs: Dumping Players, and the Measure of Regret

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 […]

Cash, Ryan Freel to the Royals

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 […]

Why the 2009 Houston Astros Will Suck

This is the fourth installment in Bleacher Nation’s 2009 preview of the National League Central – specifically, how every team not named the Cubs is going to suck. Previously: Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates. Welcome back to Bleacher Nation’s foray into the other teams of the National League Central, and their prospects for 2009 […]

Micah Hoffpauir is in like Flynn; Gathright Out Like, um, Flout?

Well, the roster is really taking shape, and it’s taking the shape of a hulking, 29 year old rookie. Micah Hoffpauir is going to make the Chicago Cubs. “Hoffpauir’s fine,” Piniella said. “We’re going to use him to rest Derrek (Lee) at first base and also we’re going to use him some in the (outfield) […]

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, […]

Spring Training Battlewatch: March 9, 2009

In a game that Alfonso Soriano called a “must win” (with a wink), the Cubs ended a billion game losing streak. In Spring Training. The battles: Mike Fontenot continued to perform significantly better than Aaron Miles. Fontenot went 2-3 with a homer and a walk. Miles, playing short and third (telling?), went 1-3. Micah Hoffpauir, […]