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Cubs Sign Undrafted Free Agent Derek Helenihi

The Cubs made a move! Details? Bah. Don’t worry about that. Ok, if you must: the Chicago Cubs have signed former LSU third baseman Derek Helenihi to a minor league deal, and invited him to Spring Training. Helenihi, 22, was a stud defensively at third base for the National Champion Tigers, and has very good […]

Cubs Probably Aren’t Getting Heath Bell

Jim Hendry has said that the Chicago Cubs are looking for another reliever, preferably a veteran righty. As horrible an idea as we’ve repeatedly said this is, we don’t really call the shots. And if the Cubs absolutely had to pick up a reliever, they could do worse than the Padres’ Heath Bell. But he […]

Chicago Cubs Are Over the Freaking Moon with Starlin Castro

It’s no secret that the Chicago Cubs love Starlin Castro, a 19 year old shortstop who was signed outside the draft a few years ago. But they apparently think they’ve got an Alex Rodriguez/Hanley Ramirez type on their hands, because they are seriously considering making room for him on the big team this year. Castro […]

Rich Harden Hates the Cubs?

An interesting, and very surprising, nugget in an article about Chicago Cubs free agent pitcher Rich Harden possibly heading out to Seattle: It is rumored that Harden doesn’t have much interest in returning to Chicago since he supposedly felt overused and suffered from some poor defensive play by Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley. Yahoo! Sports. […]

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Obsessive Bradley Trade Watch: How About Luis Castillo?

A new day and a new Milton Bradley trade rumor. Today’s version has the Chicago Cubs dealing Milton Bradley to the Blue Jays, who would send Lyle Overbay to the New York Mets, who would send second baseman Luis Castillo to the Cubs. The teams would have to work out the money part of the […]

Offseason Issues Not Named Milton

Obviously moving outfielder Milton Bradley is the Chicago Cubs’ top offseason priority. You might even say, it’s an obsessive priority (ha – self referential!). But we all know there are other holes in this club – not to mention the hole that moving Bradley will create. The Chicago Tribune recently explored what it considers the […]

Chicago Cubs Rumors Out the Wazoo

There are so many Chicago Cubs rumors to report in this post that you are hereby forewarned about the semi-stream of consciousness that will follow. ESPNChicago’s Bruce Levine recently held a chat, which produced a whole lot of Chicago Cubs rumor nuggety goodness. Here’s the transcript of the chat, and here is a selection of […]

Cubs Expected to Pursue Rudy Jaramillo, But Should They?

Yesterday we reported that the Chicago Cubs were rumored to be interested in Texas Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo to take over the void left by Von Joshua and Gerald Perry this year. One day later, every single news outlet is obsessing about the possibility of Jaramillo, following word that he’d rejected a contract extension […]

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Cubs Expected to Pursue Chone Figgins

You know that the 2009 season is officially over for a team when the rumors about their off-season moves begin to swirl. For the Chicago Cubs, it’s going to center on the bats. And the first name to pop up is Los Angeles (of Anaheim, of California, in the West, near Disneyland, not Disney World) […]

Two Moves That Prove Lou Piniella Has Lost His Mind

Lou Piniella has always been a little quirky – at least in his time with the Chicago Cubs. At first, it was endearing. Then, it was tolerable. Now, it’s really starting to piss me off. I’m probably falling victim to the old “fire the coach (manager)” saw, but I can’t help it. This team is […]

Is Bob Brenly Turning Into Steve Stone?

Before color commentator Steve Stone’s inglorious departure from the Chicago Cubs booth (and subsequent transformation into a squealing douche), he made some starkly critical comments about the team and about the management of the team. In that way, he changed from the guy commenting on the Cubs, to the guy at the center of the […]

Aaron Miles Returns, and Bats Second – Um, What?

Aaron Miles came back to the Cubs today (one of the team’s best relievers, Jeff Stevens, was demoted to make room) and spelled Ryan Theriot at short. That part is understandable, given Theriot’s minor arm injury, and the fact that by rule, Miles’ rehab stint had to end. What made NO SENSE AT ALL was […]

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 […]

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The Cubs Are Interested in Julio Lugo

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 […]

Cubs Could Sport Benchy Lineup Today Against Braves

I know it’s just a makeup game, but it’s still, um, a real game. Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella plans to sit some regulars today against the Atlanta Braves – the makeup of a rain out. One regular? Two Regulars? THREE regulars? Early indications are that Lou is thinking he’ll sit Alfonso Soriano, Milton Bradley, […]

On Bradley, Ibanez, and Old/New Media War

Six months ago, after the flop of Fukudome, the Chicago Cubs were in the market for just one thing: a slugging lefty right fielder. Though I won’t pour over the options here, I will note that the Cubs chose the riskiest of them all, Milton Bradley. And for all the ballyhoo that accompanied the signing, […]

Cubs Draft Three on the First Day

The Major League Draft will continue today, but the Chicago Cubs have already drafted a few players in the first three rounds, which took place last night. Super quick recap: the Cubs drafted outfielder Brett Jackson out of the University of California in the first round (reading his scouting report sounds like a carbon copy […]

Ryan Theriot Inadvertently Sums Up the Cubs’ Offensive Slump

As I said before, the Chicago Cubs have scored just 3 runs in their last 45 innings. Such a streak could certainly be the product of once-in-a-decade bad luck, but more likely, it is a combination of controllable problems. Heck, maybe it begins as bad luck, and then a couple guys start pressing – you […]

Ryan Theriot is Either on Steroids, or Doesn’t Have a Sense of Irony

We’ve all said it. When Ryan Theriot started hitting bombs this year, we all made the same joke: he’s on the juice! Naturally, we didn’t actually believe it, but it was of course the first thing that popped into everyone’s head during these days of the steroid culture. And it’s made its way into the […]

Ken Macha Thinks Ryan Dempster is a Head-Hunter

Milwaukee Brewers manager Ken Macha is only a douche by association: he is the new manager of the Brewers, and the Brewers are a collective douche, thus, he is a douche. But that’s just a syllogism – it doesn’t mean that he, personally, is a douche. Until now. Ken Macha has started asking for an […]

Ryan Theriot … has … the … POWER!!!

In honor of Ryan Theriot’s power surge, we present a humorous photo from the Cubs Brickyard. Though, if he keeps hitting bombs, the photo will become less humorous and more suspicious. In fact, the article from which the photo comes is starting to look prescient. Ryan Theriot is one home run shy of tying his […]

The 2009 Chicago Cubs: Preparing for the Worst Case Scenarios

Readers repeatedly asked me if I was going to write a “Why the 2009 Chicago Cubs Will Suck” article, as I had for the rest of the N.L. Central. My answer, in turn, was a repeated “no.” How could I? There is no objective, reasonable basis to conclude the Cubs will suck this year. But […]

Mike Fontenot Slays Aaron Miles

Figuratively, of course. Mike Fontenot has officially won the second base job, at least against righties. Piniella said Mike Fontenot would be his everyday second baseman, at least againist right-handed pitching, and would bat sixth in the lineup. That would give the Cubs lefties in the second (Kosuke Fukudome), fourth (Milton Bradley) and sixth (Fontenot) […]

Cubs Are Scouting Bobby Crosby for Some Strange Reason

The Chicago Cubs have a couple in-house options for the last spot on their bench. It’s got to be a guy who can back up an infield spot or two. Preferably the guy could back up third, first, and short. But maybe that preferable guy isn’t on the Cubs yet. So they’ll keep looking. One […]

Lou’s Latest Lineup Lacking Likeability and Other L’s Like Lugubrious

So, late last week Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella threw out his thoughts on the lineup for this season in response to the rampant interest in Alfonso Soriano’s spot. His response was, um, not awesome. On Thursday, Piniella said the lineup he’s leaning toward is Soriano, Aaron Miles, Derrek Lee, Milton Bradley, Aramis Ramirez, Kosuke […]

The Cublogoverse is Movin’ on Up

Recently, our friends at Wrigleyville23 got the call up the big leagues. Well, the call up to somewhere anyway. They were tapped to become the Chicago Cubs blog for MVN, a post previously occupied by such Cublogoverse heavyweights as The Cub Reporter and View from the Bleachers. We caught up with the proprietor of Wv23 […]