SparkPeople Chicago Cubs - This Is The Year Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=9601 For fans of those lovable losers of the Northside. This is our year! SparkPeople Chicago Cubs - This Is The Year Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=9601 Go Cubs Go! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9601x58641209 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I've been a lifelong Cubs fan, so this seemed like the team to join. Here's to ongoing success for all of us. <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> <em>300</em> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:55:20 EST Cub trade? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x58443989 What do you think of the July 4th. Trade? Looks like we have to wait till next year. Sure hope I live long enough to see them a big winner again. Skeeter Sun, 6 Jul 2014 08:56:53 EST Life-Long Cub Fan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9601x58018804 Hi all! I've been a fan since birth - my father and grandfather made sure of that! While I haven't had the luxury of sitting down and watching a whole game since my twins were born (five years and counting). But, I happen to live just a few miles from the stadium of the Round Rock Express, so I get to indulge in watching the Iowa Cubs a couple times a year. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to sharing my love of the Cubbies with you all! Tue, 27 May 2014 19:35:17 EST Maddux headed to Hall in first year of eligibility http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x56276452 CHICAGO -- Dick Pole sent a text message to Greg Maddux on Tuesday, trying to beat the rush of congratulatory messages. Maddux's former pitching coach didn't need the Baseball Writers' Association of America voters or anyone else to tell him what he already knew. <BR> <BR> On Wednesday, the BBWAA confirmed Pole's early assessment that Maddux is a Hall of Fame pitcher. In his first year on the ballot, Maddux was on 97.2 percent of the ballots and will join Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas in Coop... Wed, 8 Jan 2014 15:18:03 EST My Spark Blog Article http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x53771647 So my Spark Blog feature posted on Sunday morning! Wow! I am both honored and humbled to be featured in the blog. It is also an honor that the story is in the Success Story section. It is still hard for me to believe at times that I can be considered a success! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=fathers_day_success_story_i_want_to<BR>_be_there_for_my_3_kids </link> <BR> <BR> Thank you to Spark for the honor. Thank you to the Spark Community (all of you) for your l... Mon, 17 Jun 2013 00:25:36 EST Marmol out, Fujikawa in as Cubs' closer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x52866707 <link>chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.js<BR>p?ymd=20130407&content_id=44123728&vke<BR>y=news_chc&c_id=chc </link> <BR> <BR> ATLANTA -- Carlos Marmol is no longer the Cubs' closer, and Kyuji Fujikawa is taking over the job. <BR> <BR> Cubs manager Dale Sveum met Sunday with both pitchers to give them the news. The Cubs had a 5-1 lead Saturday against the Braves but lost, 6-5, when Marmol served up game-tying and game-winning home runs in the ninth to B.J. Upton and Justin Upton, respecti... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 12:37:29 EST Hello! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9601x52579974 I'm Kelly...and a 3rd generation Cub fan! Yes, my family may not necessarily pick winners but we're loyal. :). <BR> <BR> I live down in NC and since they don't have a ball club of their own, the team of choice around here is the Braves (gag!). Since the Braves have won a World Series within the last 104 years, I spend a lot of time defending the Cubbies. They just don't get it....the Cubs aren't just a team; they're a way of life. <BR> <BR> So, while I work on losing some weight and get... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 22:22:41 EST Cub fan since 2006 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9601x52431291 That was the year I married my husband. One of the requirements of our marriage was that I attend a game with him at Wrigley field, so I dutifully went with him. This involved leaving my home in Michigan early in the morning, driving to Indiana, getting on a train, followed by a subway. Of course, I was with my beloved, so it was an awesome day, and lots of fun. I decided when we were engaged, that since he loved the Cubs so much, I would get try to get interested.That way I wouldn't be r... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 16:33:09 EST Checking in! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x50961864 Back in the summer I started making another effort to get the weight off and have lost 20 I am at a standstill so I guess it is time to ramp up the workouts to get the scale moving again. I am sure posting and blogging at SP will help too!! Let us hear from you to see how you are doing with weight loss, maintenance or a healthier lifestyle. Sun, 25 Nov 2012 16:10:40 EST Hi Gang. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x50413299 Hi guys! I am trying to make a come back. I hope you have all been well. I have missed my cubs friends! am finally going to do this right. No starving or drastic calorie cutting for me. It works for awhile, but then it ends. I started a plan of actual eating yesterday and I felt good all day. I have had the working out thing down for awhile now. So, hoping getting my eating right gives me the results I desire. <BR> Just stopping by to ask for support and offer support. Hope you are all wel... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:08:28 EST Hope For 2013? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x49853785 Does anyone think there is hope for the Cubs in 2013? 2012 has been really bad so there is always next year, right? Is there hope with young guys like Castro, Barney, and Rizzo? Thoughts? Mon, 10 Sep 2012 02:45:15 EST ~~June Chatter~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x48357174 I hope that everyone has gotten June off to a great start. How about a thread that we can check in on throughout the week! Sun, 3 Jun 2012 17:09:25 EST Cubs 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x47690619 It is official the Cubs sucks again. Sat, 21 Apr 2012 12:54:37 EST Off to a great start http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x47458897 If the playoffs would start today the Cubs would be in them. Yay Fri, 6 Apr 2012 17:24:04 EST Weekly #'s Accountabil ity....LONG TERM SUPPORT!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x47202245 As a continuation of the Last one out wins...let's get a group that supports each other in a long term way...but without strikes...feel free to give me hell if I slip!! any day works. Add comments on your own or others. <BR> <BR> Starting weight was 390 <BR> 3/21 380 -10.0 not good considering how I was going early Thu, 22 Mar 2012 01:52:01 EST new to your group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x46699771 Like all of you I look for a successful year for the cubs. I can't wait for the season to begin! <em>243</em> Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:46:29 EST Cubs continue to work on deal with Wood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x45966676 HICAGO -- The Cubs are still trying to negotiate a deal with Kerry Wood, who sounds as if he may be moving on. <BR> <BR> Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Tuesday talks are continuing with the free-agent reliever. <BR> <BR> "We continue to want Kerry back in Chicago and we've offered him a substantial raise and we certainly hope it gets done," Hoyer said. <BR> <BR> On Monday night, Wood appeared on WGN Radio's Sports Night and said he wants to keep pitching and seemed to indicate he may ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:53:25 EST Cubs sign free-agent lefty Maholm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x45966662 CHICAGO -- Paul Maholm said he wasn't trying to "scoop" the media with his Twitter announcement that he had signed with the Cubs. He was just excited to share the news. <BR> <BR> The free-agent left-hander tweeted Monday night that he was switching National League Central teams, leaving the Pirates to sign a one-year, $4.25 million deal with the Cubs with a club option of $6.5 million in 2013, or a $500,000 buyout. <BR> <BR> "I hope to get to continue some things when I visit [Pittsburgh] d... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 10:52:45 EST Big Z's run in Chicago over with trade to Miami http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x45900185 CHICAGO -- The Cubs knew they were committed to spending $18 million in 2012 on Carlos Zambrano one way or another, but Theo Epstein wasn't convinced that the right-hander could win back the trust of his teammates. <BR> <BR> "The calculus for us was, would we rather spend that $18 million on one year of Carlos and try to make it work with him here?" Epstein said. "Best-case scenario is that if it did work, he'd be leaving as a free agent at the end of the year. <BR> <BR> "Or, if we had to s... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 12:32:57 EST ~~January Chit Chat~~ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x45784311 How has the first couple of days in the New Year went for everyone. So far I am staying focused. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 22:28:20 EST Last One Out Wins (Jan. 1, 2012) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x45738178 Okay guys You know how this goes. Lets play another round of Last One Out Wins. The rules are simple. <BR> <BR> *Post your starting weight in this thread before the end on the day on January 1. <BR> *Weigh in each Friday, and post here. <BR> *If you lost weight or maintained, then you are still "in". <BR> *If you gained, then you are "out". <BR> *The last one "out" wins! <BR> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 23:32:36 EST December Chit Chat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x45695464 How is everyone doing? I miss all of you here! Thu, 29 Dec 2011 09:41:55 EST Any one up for another Last one out wins round?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x45690081 With the beginning of the year coming up do we want to start a new round and try to get the team going again? Wed, 28 Dec 2011 22:20:29 EST Virtual Walks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x44460966 Has anyone done any virtual walks to a certain destination? Do you find it motivating to have that as a goal? I am considering setting a goal as a virtual walk to/from Lake Michigan with a goal date of Thanksgiving. That would make 62 miles round trip just simply going straight East. If you have done it how do you prefer to track your mileage, on the mileage tracker or on a map you can see in person daily? Thu, 6 Oct 2011 15:08:30 EST Cubs not this year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x43293169 The Cubs could not get any worse than they are this year. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 18:23:53 EST Poem about being a Cubs fan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x43203084 If anyone else enjoys writing and has written a piece on the Cubs... Feel free to share it! Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:16:36 EST Looks like another week or so before we see Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x42876174 He is making a rehab start today and hopefully back in the rotation after the All Star Break. <BR> <link>chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.js<BR>p?ymd=20110707&content_id=21547908&not<BR>ebook_id=21547910&vkey=notebook_chc&c_id=chc </link> Fri, 8 Jul 2011 15:43:38 EST Three Strikes and You're Out!!! Starts May 6th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x41514794 This is very similar to Last One Out Wins but you get three chances until you are out! <BR> <BR> The concept is simple. You weigh in on Friday or your chosen weigh in day (just needs to be consistent week to week) and report your weight for the day. Each week you report your weight and if you lose or stay the same no strike. If you gain you receive a strike for the week. You keep playing until you get 3 strikes. The last person still in gets lots of bragging rights! <BR> <BR> I hope yo... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:43:30 EST 2011 Score Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x40939920 We have done this with previous seasons and I found it a good way to get in extra strength training while watching our lovable cubbies! <BR> <BR> The concept is simple, for every run the Cubs score you do 10 situps/crunches and for every run the opposing team scores you do 10 pushups. If the Cubs win you do 25 squats and if the Cubs lose you do 25 lunges per leg. <BR> <BR> For example the Cubs win 3-1, you would do 30 crunches, 10 pushups and 25 squats. <BR> <BR> Feel free to participate ... Fri, 1 Apr 2011 13:41:48 EST Santo replacement http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x39962430 Keith Moreland named WGN Radio color analyst <BR> 02/16/2011 11:14 AM ET <BR> MLB.com <BR> <BR> CHICAGO - WGN Radio and the Chicago Cubs today announced former Cub and veteran broadcaster Keith Moreland has been named color analyst for the Chicago Cubs radio broadcasts. Moreland will join play-by-play broadcaster Pat Hughes in the Cubs radio booth starting with the first spring training game on February 27 in Mesa, Arizona. <BR> <BR> Moreland, 56, spent six of his 12 major league seasons wi... Wed, 16 Feb 2011 14:21:58 EST Facebook Group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x39159277 SP Cubbies members, we have started a support group on Facebook. We are planning to use it to chat and encourage one another, more of a conversation place than this forum. <BR> <BR> If you are on Facebook and want to be added to this group, just reply to this message and give me your Facebook name. <BR> <BR> Linda Radtke Dersch (FB name) Fri, 14 Jan 2011 13:57:12 EST Trivia Time 12/26-12/31 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x38696299 What was the highest number of runs ever scored by a single team in a Major League Baseball game? <BR> <BR> hint: You probably know the team, but do you know how many runs? Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:50:36 EST Cubs bring Wood back with one-year deal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x38543353 CHICAGO -- Give Ron Santo an assist for getting Kerry Wood back in a Cubs uniform. <BR> <BR> Wood went to Santo's funeral on Dec. 10, and later that day, attended a fundraiser for Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster's foundation. It was at the pizza restaurant that Wood talked to general manager Jim Hendry about returning to the Cubs, who drafted him in 1995 and who he played for from 1998-2008. <BR> <BR> "He said, 'I hope you have some interest,'" Hendry said. [He said] 'Trust me, it's not going to... Sat, 18 Dec 2010 15:10:44 EST Trivia Time 12/18 - 12/26 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x38541196 How long was the longest Chicago Cubs game ever? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 18 Dec 2010 12:07:45 EST Kerry Wood returns to Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x38522721 CHICAGO -- It looks like Kid K is coming back. <BR> <BR> Kerry Wood, who went from a hard-throwing starter to closer with the Cubs, has agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with Chicago, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. <BR> <BR> The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced. <BR> The Cubs have yet to announce the addition of Wood, as the club does not comment on any transaction until it is of... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:39:59 EST Cub Bio: Meet Kerry Wood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x38522682 This weeks bio is Kerry Wood. Why Kerry...well because has been a great Cub pitcher over the years. Yes, he left us, but rumor has it he might be back. <BR> <BR> <BR> Kerry Lee Wood (born June 16, 1977) is an American Major League Baseball relief pitcher who is currently a free agent. Wood recorded over 200 strikeouts in four out of his first five seasons, with a high of 266 in 2003. <BR> <BR> Wood has struggled with injuries throughout his career, being placed on the disabled list 14 ti... Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:37:49 EST Survey Says........New Question posted each Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9601x38522628 If you could pick any manager for the Cubs...who would it be? Fri, 17 Dec 2010 08:34:47 EST Meetings fruitful, but Cubs eyeing more moves http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x38413218 The Cubs left the Winter Meetings on Thursday feeling good about the newest addition to their lineup, Carlos Pena, but with some unfinished business. <BR> <BR> General manager Jim Hendry, who flew home early to attend a private visitation for Ron Santo, met late Wednesday with teams and agents as the Cubs try to add some pitching. <BR> <BR> They have talked to the Rays about right-hander Matt Garza, but the hangup may be who the Cubs are willing to part with. There's a lot of interest in Ch... Sat, 11 Dec 2010 00:24:24 EST Cub Bio: Meet Ron Santo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x38413158 This is a place to learn more about our cubbies. So from time to time I will put a new cub's bio up. This is something we did before and many enjoyed <BR> Hope you enjoy. <BR> <BR> It seemed appropriate for Ron Santo to restart this thread. Sat, 11 Dec 2010 00:18:12 EST Who is your favorite Cub pitcher? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9601x38413081 Lets talk Cubs! <BR> <BR> Who is your favorite Cubs Pitcher (past or present)? Sat, 11 Dec 2010 00:10:47 EST Last One out Wins (starting January 1, 2011) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x38413060 Okay guys You know how this goes. Lets play another round of Last One Out Wins. The rules are simple. <BR> <BR> *Post your starting weight in this thread before the end on the day on January 1. <BR> *Weigh in each Friay, and post here. <BR> *If you lost weight or maintained, then you are still "in". <BR> *If you gained, then you are "out". <BR> *The last one "out" wins! Sat, 11 Dec 2010 00:08:38 EST Trivia Time 12/11-12/18 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x38413019 Can you name the retired Cubs numbers and who wore them? <BR> <BR> Hint: <BR> There are 7. <BR> <BR> No googling aloud. lol <BR> <BR> Answer on 12/18 Sat, 11 Dec 2010 00:04:47 EST Beloved Cubs icon Santo dies at age 70 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x38268255 Ron Santo played his last of 15 Major League seasons for the crosstown Chicago White Sox, but he was always a Cub. A star third baseman and part of the Cubs teams of the 1960s with Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins, many believe Santo should be in the Hall himself. Then he became a heartfelt broadcaster who couldn't help cheering his team from the radio booth for 21 more years. <BR> <BR> He wasn't Mr. Cub -- that title belongs to Banks -- but Santo was the next... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 13:02:41 EST Cubs lose Rothschild to Yankees http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x38046059 CHICAGO -- Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild took advantage of a chance to be close to his Tampa, Fla., home and accepted a three-year contract with the Yankees. <BR> <BR> Rothschild, 56, had exercised his option for 2011 with the Cubs, but had a clause that allowed him to leave if he so desired. <BR> <BR> The change is not a reflection on Cubs manager Mike Quade, Rothschild said. My reasons for pursuing and accepting this opportunity are personal and family-based, as the Yankees hold Sp... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 07:36:17 EST Hoffpauir's rights sold to Japanese team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x38046048 CHICAGO -- While shopping in a Dallas mall on Friday, Micah Hoffpauir added one more item to his holiday shopping list: some Japanese language tapes to help him adjust to his new team, the Nippon Ham Fighters. <BR> <BR> Hoffpauir, 30, who has played his entire professional career with the Cubs, cleared unconditional release waivers on Friday and the rights to his contract were sold to the Japanese team. <BR> <BR> Those language tapes should help. "I think it'd be interesting to be able to s... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 07:35:17 EST Time to recommitt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x38036150 Hey gang. I hope you are all doing well. It has been awhile. <BR> I recommitting to my healthy lifestyle. I have tried many many times to recommit with no success. Time to return to what worked for me....my friends at spark. <BR> <BR> I hope you are all doing well. <BR> Here is to a healthy holiday season. <BR> <BR> Terra Sat, 20 Nov 2010 13:40:25 EST Sandberg hired by the Phillies http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x37958531 In this article, he seems to forget the ultimatum he put to the Ricketts about the manager position. I wish him the best but I still feel like he threw a tantrum after only 1 season as a AAA manager. <BR> <BR> <link>sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id<BR>=5808540 </link> Tue, 16 Nov 2010 08:57:43 EST Rededication to Spark and October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x37083950 Well the Cubs season has come and gone and I feel like most of us on this sparkteam had a season just like the Cubs. We weren't committed to a winning season and our hearts just weren't in it. We let the daily grind overshadow our healthy living. <BR> <BR> Well I am sick of saying I will start next week, tomorrow or next month and I am commiting to starting now! <BR> <BR> I have had a rough several months personally and things are still not perfect but when will they be? I have not b... Sun, 3 Oct 2010 17:40:47 EST The Hawk to be honored on Aug 30th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x36135469 There were still tickets available today for seats behind home plate <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <link>mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=201<BR>00818&content_id=13593814&notebook_id=<BR>13606520&vkey=notebook_chc&fext=.jsp&c<BR>_id=chc&partnerId=rss_chc </link> Wed, 18 Aug 2010 17:14:48 EST July chat! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x35398713 Wasn't it fun watching Marlon Byrd at the All-Star game last night? Did any of you watch? Defensive play of the game! AND he looked like he was having so much fun...I'm glad the Nationals finally got a win after 13 years of AL domination. Wed, 14 Jul 2010 08:27:00 EST WHERE IS EVERYONE? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x35360066 Wow, other than a few people posting huddles, there's not a thing going on here! I know, I've been gone for a while, too, but MAYBE it's time we got back together. If you don't think so, that's fine. I hate to see a team die...maybe watching the Cubs die (on the vine?) is also hurting THIS team? I've got other teams I talk with and huddle with. I'm just wondering if we want to step it up a little here, too? <BR> <BR> I finally got back into the Spark swing of things last week and have been a... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 14:02:38 EST Big Z, Big Z, Big Z http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x35098669 gotta start this topic. <BR> <BR> What do you think about Big Z and his temper.? Tue, 29 Jun 2010 11:00:23 EST Club has reached deals with 20 from 2010 Draft cla http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x34998623 Cubs agree to terms with third-round selection, catcher Micah Gibbs <BR> Club has reached deals with 20 from 2010 Draft class <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs today announced they have agreed to terms with their third-round selection, catcher Micah Gibbs from Louisiana State University. The club has now agreed to terms with 20 of its 50 selections from the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, including three of its first four, 11 of its first 16 and 13 of its... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 07:55:56 EST Motivation in a MInute http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x34618614 Here is a place to come if you need a quick pick me up. Post motivational quotes, stories, or experiences here. Sun, 6 Jun 2010 08:38:37 EST Fukudome determined to fulfill expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x34618571 Kosuke Fukudome set a personal goal for the 2010 season: to be a .300 hitter. It is an unfamiliar goal for him. In Japan, hitting .300 was easy; it always came naturally. He has never had to establish this kind of goal in his baseball life. <BR> <BR> But this year is different. He just wants to put some "good" pressure on his shoulders. His first two years in the Major Leagues have been filled with "bad" pressures and adjustments -- adjusting to life in the United States and all of its custo... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 08:36:14 EST Good Morning from a newbie :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9601x34581387 Good morning everyone, I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I just joined SP yesterday and I'd love some spark friends :) I'm 32 and a mommy to 3 beautiful children. I lost 60 pounds last year only to gain most of it back this year after I suffered a serious broken foot. Fri, 4 Jun 2010 08:51:53 EST Last One Out Wins 13 (starting Friday, May 21) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x34200457 Okay guys You know how this goes. Lets play another round of Last One Out Wins. The rules are simple. <BR> <BR> *Post your starting weight in this thread on Friday May 21st. <BR> *Weigh in each Friay, and post here. <BR> *If you lost weight or maintained, then you are still "in". <BR> *If you gained, then you are "out". <BR> *The last one "out" wins! <BR> Mon, 17 May 2010 13:07:11 EST ESPN: Hendry says Castro will join Cubs in '10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x33869564 Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said Friday he has no doubt that shortstop and top prospect Starlin Castro will join the big-league team this season, but he wouldn't guess at a date. <BR> <BR> Castro is hitting .353 in 20 games for Double-A Tennessee. <BR> <BR> "He's coming along very well," Hendry said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "[Assistant GM] Randy Bush just visited the Double-A club for about five games, and we certainly feel he's going to be a very, very good pl... Mon, 3 May 2010 07:38:42 EST Long Time Cubs Fan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9601x33674102 I had never watched baseball until I met my future husband in 1971. The first baseball game I watched was a Cub's no-hitter. Milt Pappas was pitching. I thought it was the most boring thing I'd ever seen! No one even got to 1st base until the 9th inning. I only realized later what a great game I'd seen. Since then I've seen many Cub's games, including many at Wrigley Field. We've lived in Virginia now for 25 years, but I still enjoy a Cub's game on WGN. Sat, 24 Apr 2010 20:28:01 EST MLB Trade Rumors: 2011 Contract Issues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x33425885 The Cubs have one option situation due after the season, and it's a crucial one. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez faces a $14.6MM player option, which he'll think about after the season. Ramirez also has a $16MM mutual option for 2012, which can vest if Ramirez wins the LCS or regular MVP award this year or next or makes the All-Star team both years. Though he might not be able to get a $15MM salary on the open market, he could find more than one guaranteed year. I expect history to repeat it... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 07:41:54 EST WSCR: Ricketts: Cubs Have Payroll Flexibility http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x33400827 New Cubs owner Tom Ricketts joined WSCR's Mully and Hanley show this morning. Asked about payroll flexibility, Ricketts replied: <BR> <BR> With respect to this season, there's still some flexibility in the payroll should there be something that comes up down the line that looks like a fit or a need. <BR> <BR> The Cubs' payroll is already north of $140MM, but it appears that family ownership will allow for added flexibility. Over the offseason the Cubs added $26.7MM total for four free age... Tue, 13 Apr 2010 07:49:57 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs Top Trade Chips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x33400776 Josh Vitters, the third overall pick in 2007, watched his name pop up in trade rumors involving Jake Peavy last year. If Chicago is willing to eat some of the $26.5MM left on his contract, there would be interest in Kosuke Fukudome. Tue, 13 Apr 2010 07:47:41 EST Lifelong Cubbie Girl Meets Spark! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9601x33397531 Hello SparkTeam! I'm excited to be here. I just joined Spark over the weekend. I've lost 65 pounds now and have hit a plateau. This may be just what I needed!!! <BR> <BR> I'm running the Race to Wrigley April 24th which is a 5k so I've been doing massive cardio lately with the Cubs in mind. This team is perfect for me. Glad to be here!!! <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Tue, 13 Apr 2010 00:06:05 EST Sun-Times: Cubs know Hendry is on the spot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x33206358 BY GORDON WITTENMYER <BR> <BR> PHOENIX — New Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts lowered the flame last week on the hot seat many believed general manager Jim Hendry was riding into the 2010 season. <BR> <BR> But veteran players know their performance this season could be the significant factor in keeping the heat off. <BR> <BR> It’s not their driving motivation as they open the season Monday, but they know the job security of the GM many have a personal relationship with could be part of the fallo... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 07:55:58 EST Sun-Times: Ricketts impressed by GM, staff http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x33206328 BY GORDON WITTENMYER <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. -- New Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said he likes what he has seen from general manager Jim Hendry and his baseball-operations people since the Ricketts family took ownership in October and suggested Hendry's seat isn't any hotter this season than any other. <BR> <BR> He also cleared up team president Crane Kenney's comments from earlier in the spring about a potential ''interesting conversation'' they all would have after the season with manager Lou... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 07:54:09 EST 2010 Score Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3956x9601x33124781 We have done this with previous seasons and I found it a good way to get in extra strength training while watching our lovable cubbies! <BR> <BR> The concept is simple, for every run the Cubs score you do 10 situps/crunches and for every run the opposing team scores you do 10 pushups. If the Cubs win you do 25 squats and if the Cubs lose you do 25 lunges per leg. <BR> <BR> For example the Cubs win 3-1, you would do 30 crunches, 10 pushups and 25 squats. <BR> <BR> Feel free to participat... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 09:40:35 EST CBSN: Tracy beats out Millar for final roster spot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x33121422 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-Day arrived at Cubs camp, with manager Lou Piniella and general manager Jim Hendry ultimately choosing Chad Tracy to fill out the final roster spot Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Kevin Millar, Micah Hoffpauir and Sam Fuld were the other candidates to be the last guy on the bench, but Tracy's left-handed bat and ability to play third base were decisive factors. <BR> <BR> "It was tough," Hendry said. "There was no doubt the guys who made it earned it. Ke... Thu, 1 Apr 2010 07:20:46 EST Don't you just hate it when... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x33069901 I know we are all here to support each other and stay positive but I thought it would be nice to have a place to vent. Just get something off your chest and let it go. If you want to join in - great if not, well, it was an idea. <BR> <BR> Don't you just hate it when a recipe calls for say a 15.4 oz can of something and they only come in 16 oz sizes? <BR> <BR> Don't you just hate it when it's pouring rain and you're trying to maneuver on foot in a parking lot and dry people in their cars d... Tue, 30 Mar 2010 08:34:49 EST MLBTradeRumors: Rangers Acquire Andres Blanco http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x33042037 By Steve Adams <BR> <BR> Gordon Wittenmyer tweets that the Rangers have acquired Andres Blanco from the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later. <BR> <BR> Blanco, 26 in April, posted a line of .252/.303/.341 in 53 games (138 PAs) for the Cubs last season, while playing plus defense at second base, but below average at shortstop (warning: small sample sizes). Blanco's .644 OPS from last season is directly in line with his minor league numbers. <BR> <BR> Wittenmyer writes that Blanco... Mon, 29 Mar 2010 08:16:45 EST On Track by Opening Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3956x9601x32910928 Here is our new challenge.. Starting Wednesday 3/24, which will take us through to April 4th. April 5th is opening day. Only 12 days, so let's make them count! <BR> <BR> Keeping it simple and sticking to the basics, since many of us seem to be having a hard time getting or staying on track. <BR> <BR> One point each (You heard me say easy, right?) <BR> - I drank at least 8 glasses of water today. <BR> - I tracked all my food. <BR> - I stayed in my calorie range. <BR> - I exercised to... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 16:07:09 EST ESPN: Still plenty of fight left in Cubs GM http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32872919 By Jerry Crasnick <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. -- Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams are terrific, but when Cubs general manager Jim Hendry lists his holy trinity of sports icons, it begins and ends with Johnny Unitas, Willie Mays and Muhammad Ali. <BR> <BR> The Golden Arm. Say Hey. The Greatest. They were the sun, the moon and the stars when Hendry was a sport-crazed kid growing up in Dunedin, Fla., in the 1960s. <BR> <BR> On the wall of his Wrigley Field office, Hendry has a photograph o... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:25:22 EST Sun-Times: For core, this could be the last hurrah http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32872868 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. — Opening Day is two weeks away, and the Cubs have gotten into their spring rhythm. <BR> <BR> They've had ample time to shake off the rust, cashier the past and begin the bonding rituals that go hand in hand with spring training. <BR> <BR> Will this be the last hurrah for Lou Piniella? The final year in Chicago for Derrek Lee and Ted Lilly? The last chance for Jim Hendry? <BR> <BR> The answers won't come for several months, but the window of opportun... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 09:23:06 EST PRESEASON CHALLENGE IDEAS AND SIGN UP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3956x9601x32749593 Just throwing it out there... <BR> <BR> Is anybody interested in a challenge to push towards opening day? I know that's only a few weeks, but maybe we just need a short one to regroup as a team, and look forward to the new Cubs season. <BR> <BR> Any ideas of what to include? Comments, etc... post them here. <BR> <BR> Also - check out the thread for the new round of Last One Out Wins... starting on Friday 3/19. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 21:59:32 EST Last One Out Wins (starting 3/19/10) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x32749356 I thought it was time for another round of Last One Out Wins.... The rules are simple... <BR> <BR> *Post your starting weight in this thread on Friday March 19th. <BR> *Weigh in each Friay, and post here. <BR> *If you lost weight or maintained, then you are still "in". <BR> *If you gained, then you are "out". <BR> *The last one "out" wins! Tue, 16 Mar 2010 21:50:55 EST MLB.com: Inbox: What to make of Silva's spring http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32729694 by Carrie Muskat <BR> <BR> Carlos Silva, Mike Fontenot and Tyler Colvin are among the topics in this week's Cubs Inbox. E-mail your questions to cubsinbox@gmail.com, and please include your full name and hometown. <BR> <BR> I watched Carlos Silva on March 6 vs. White Sox, and it was not pretty. What I did see was that he was around the plate and I hear he has a mean sinker that would work in any air other than the desert of Arizona (another good reason to move to Florida so they can evaluat... Tue, 16 Mar 2010 08:50:54 EST MLBTradeRumors: Offseason In Review: Chicago Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32708145 By Tim Dierkes <BR> <BR> Next in our Offseason In Review series, the Cubs. <BR> <BR> Major League Signings <BR> <BR> * Marlon Byrd, CF: three years, $15MM. <BR> * John Grabow, RP: two years, $7.5MM. <BR> * Xavier Nady, OF/1B: one year, $3.3MM. <BR> * Total spend: $25.8MM. <BR> <BR> Notable Minor League Signings <BR> <BR> * Kevin Millar, Chad Tracy, Bryan LaHair, Bobby Scales <BR> <BR> Trades and Claims <BR> <BR> * Acquired 1B Ryne White and P Scott Maine from Di... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:49:29 EST BostonGlobe: Kerry Wood news... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32700276 By Nick Cafardo <BR> <BR> He [Kerry Wood] would make a lot of sense for the Twins, as closer Joe Nathan will likely undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Wood makes $10.5 million, and with Minnesota’s budget stretched to $96 million and change — highest in team history — the Indians would have to pick up a good slab of it. The Twins are considering in-house candidates, but don’t be surprised if they look around. Wood also is drawing interest from his former team, the Cubs. Mon, 15 Mar 2010 07:59:16 EST CBSN: Ramirez on Castro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32700255 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> MARYVALE, Ariz. -- The decision has been made, and there's no turning back. <BR> <BR> Starlin Castro, who will start at shortstop and lead off Friday afternoon in the Cubs' split-squad game against Milwaukee, is going to start the season at Triple-A Iowa, no matter how good he looks in spring training. <BR> <BR> And he does look good, as a .571 average attests. The Cubs plan to give Castro an extended look this spring, letting him play longer in Cactus League gam... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 07:57:42 EST cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9601x32673538 We live in Texas but have been cubs fans since our son was little. He even named his youngest son Wrigley. I am trying to get back on track with losing weight after being off for awhile. Sat, 13 Mar 2010 21:51:15 EST ESPN: Soriano to Bradley: Leave negativity in past http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32605578 By Bruce Levine <BR> <BR> Reaction to Milton Bradley's latest comments regarding his 2009 Chicago Cubs experience was truly a mixed bag of surprise and wonderment of having to go through this again. <BR> <BR> Outfielder Alfonso Soriano, who has had to deal with his share of booing and negative fan reaction, talked about coping with bad times at Wrigley Field. <BR> <BR> "All the negative things you better be leaving in the past," Soriano said. "I play this game because I love it. I want pe... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 07:40:32 EST FoxSports: Cubs GM blasts Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32605556 MESA, Ariz. (AP) <BR> Cubs general manager Jim Hendry says Milton Bradley should stop blaming the team, manager and fans for his failure to produce during his tumultuous season in Chicago. <BR> <BR> "I think it's time maybe Milton looked himself in the mirror,'' an agitated Hendry said Wednesday in response to Bradley's latest charges that he was mistreated by the Cubs. <BR> Fantasy Baseball 2010 <BR> <BR> "He just didn't swing the bat,'' Hendry said. "He didn't get the job done. It's reall... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 07:39:28 EST The Cubs (and their fans!) RULE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9601x32569083 So glad to find this team today. I am not going out on a limb to say this is the year, but as a lifelong Cubs fan, I have to have hope! GO CUBS!! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 20:36:31 EST SI.com: Cubs injuries could lead to disappointment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32549590 by Jon Heyman <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. -- When Cubs general manager Jim Hendry spotted legendary reliever Rollie Fingers standing behind the batting cage here at rickety, outdated HoHoKam Park, he good-naturedly yelled, "We might have to sign him." <BR> <BR> Indeed, America's favorite star-crossed team is facing a serious bullpen deficit. Talented set-up man Angel Guzman suffered a complete tear in his shoulder and is contemplating surgery that could save his career, but not his season. The Cu... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 07:59:17 EST MLBTradeRumors: Cubs Inquire On Jason Frasor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32549561 The Cubs inquired on Blue Jays reliever Jason Frasor again, writes ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. The latest call from the Cubs comes on the heels of Angel Guzman's season-ending shoulder injury. Crasnick says the Cubs are "urgently seeking relief help." <BR> <BR> Frasor, 32, posted a 2.50 ERA, 8.7 K/9, and 2.5 BB/9 in 57.6 innings for the Blue Jays last year. He's earning $2.65MM in his last season before free agency. Frasor profiled as a Type B in the 2008-09 Elias rankings, with 66.322 points... Tue, 9 Mar 2010 07:57:35 EST Jorge Says No: The Future of Derrek Lee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32521336 Will 2010 be the last season for Derrek Lee as a Cub? Perhaps, but it looks like there is mutual interest on both sides: <BR> <BR> The last time Derrek Lee was up for a new contract, he signed a five-year extension at the outset of the 2006 season and suffered a season-changing wrist injury a couple of weeks later. <BR> <BR> Now Lee is in no hurry to get a deal done before he enters his second "walk" year as a member of the Cubs, confident he'll put up the kind of numbers that will ... Mon, 8 Mar 2010 08:08:24 EST ESPN: Lou Piniella wants to be in background http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32453691 As Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella enters the last year of his contract, he doesn't want the possibility of returning for another season to be a distraction to his team. <BR> <BR> The Cubs have new owners in the Ricketts family, and Ryne Sandberg was promoted to manage Triple-A Iowa this year, so even if Piniella is open to returning, it's not certain that wish would be granted. <BR> <BR> "My future plans here are to do the best job I possibly can managing this baseball team," Piniella sa... Fri, 5 Mar 2010 07:50:12 EST Kettlebells http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x32439584 Does anyone have a good kettlebell workout dvd? I've had a kettlebell for a couple of years and only use it once in awhile. The dvd that came with it only shows a handful of exercises. I can tell you I get pretty sore for a couple of days afterwards but haven't been able to find dvds for kettlebells. I'd like to be able to have a more varied and longer workout than what comes with mine. Thanks! <BR> <BR> <em>85</em> Thu, 4 Mar 2010 15:55:43 EST MLB.com: Cubs reach deal with Cuban prospect http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32426335 by Carrie Muskat <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs have reached an agreement with Cuban right-handed pitching prospect Juan Yasser Serrano. However, the deal is not expected to be finalized for another month. <BR> <BR> The team has not confirmed the report. <BR> <BR> Serrano, who defected from Cuba in April 2009, still needs to undergo a physical before he can join the Cubs. There also is additional paperwork that must be completed before the deal is finalized, a baseball source said Wedne... Thu, 4 Mar 2010 07:51:43 EST St. Louis Metro area and a DIEHARD Cubs fan! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9601x32405146 I actually live on the east side of the Mississippi River - and am sooooooo glad to find a Cubs team!!! <BR> <BR> Just stopping by to introduce myself - my name is Beth. And life doesn't hardly exist during the off-season. Am excited to see all the changes this year and see what our Cubbies can do! Wed, 3 Mar 2010 12:17:35 EST Chicago Tribune: Cubs look for pitchers to step up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32398079 by Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. — Cubs manager Lou Piniella brought up an intriguing idea Monday afternoon at Fitch Park, suggesting he could put first-round pick Andrew Cashner in the bullpen to start the season. <BR> <BR> "There are open spots here on our pitching staff," Piniella said. "We're going to have to take some young pitching, so it really doesn't matter who it is. Whoever wants it, go out and compete, and they're going to get opportunities, whether it's Cashner or whoever... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 08:23:46 EST March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x32397444 It seems like a lot of people are making some goals for the month on the Daily Check In thread, but I thought it might be a good idea to start a new place that might catch some more people's attention. We can post our goals here and post progress updates or whatever. <BR> <BR> I am ready to start making a dent in the baby weight that I gained. <BR> <BR> My goal for the month is 600 fitness minutes and to lose 5 pounds. I also want to stop drinking soda. I went well over a year without so... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 07:57:53 EST Chicago Tribune: Expiring contract doesnt faze Lee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32367548 by Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. — The last time Derrek Lee was up for a new contract, he signed a five-year extension at the outset of the 2006 season and suffered a season-changing wrist injury a couple of weeks later. <BR> <BR> Now Lee is in no hurry to get a deal done before he enters his second "walk" year as a member of the Cubs, confident he'll put up the kind of numbers that will make him a coveted free agent in November. <BR> <BR> Lee wants to end his career as a Cub, and ... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 08:14:47 EST Sun-Times: Cubs not dealing despite bullpen aches http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32334505 BY GORDON WITTENMYER <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. -- Despite nagging injuries to pitchers the Cubs are counting on to be setup candidates, there's no urge to speed up the pursuit of a veteran reliever. <BR> <BR> Cubs officials said they'll plan their usual scouting of other teams once exhibition games start Thursday and will consider possible trades as they go through March. But they haven't altered their plans in light of Angel Guzman's sore shoulder or Jeff Gray's groin strain. <BR> <BR> ''Tha... Mon, 1 Mar 2010 08:13:40 EST USA Today: Cubs' Byrd seeks own identity http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32267921 By Bob Nightengale <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. — He is not even around, traded away two months ago, but Milton Bradley's name still resonates at the Chicago Cubs' camp. <BR> <BR> Marlon Byrd, the man replacing Bradley in the lineup, is being asked more questions about Bradley these days than himself. Everywhere you turn, comparisons are being made to their personalities. <BR> <BR> "It's tough, very tough," Byrd says. "You want to say certain things, but you can't. I'm good friends with him. Me a... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 12:54:05 EST ESPN: Guzman dealt another setback http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32259869 By Bruce Levine <BR> <BR> Injury news continues to dominate the early part of Chicago Cubs camp. On Thursday it was revealed that right-handed pitcher Angel Guzman, already on the shelf due to knee surgery, has come up with an achy right shoulder. Guzman tried to throw and get loose on Wednesday during pregame drills but complained to trainer Mark O'Neal about pain in his shoulder. <BR> <BR> "He had some discomfort in his shouldfer," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "We just felt comi... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 07:56:02 EST CBSN: Ramirez: 'Maybe this is the year' for Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32232440 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. -- After entering the season as the division favorites the last few years, the Cubs go into 2010 as prohibitive underdogs. <BR> <BR> "Maybe this is the year then," Aramis Ramirez said. "I don't think that makes any difference. Last year we were the favorites and we won 83 games. A lot of things can happen. You've got to do it on the field." <BR> <BR> Ramirez said he doesn't plan on taking it easy on his left shoulder this spring, despite suffering a s... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 07:58:11 EST ESPN: Derrek Lee: No talks during season http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32232398 By Bruce Levine <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee reported to camp on Tuesday for the first day of full practice, and as he enters the last year of his contract, he said if the Cubs don't approach him about a new deal, he and his agent won't approach them. <BR> <BR> "It's something you really don't think about," Lee said. "I'm not going to approach them, I just want to go and play." <BR> <BR> Lee also said he probably won't negotiate any type of extension or n... Thu, 25 Feb 2010 07:55:46 EST CBSN: Theriot loses arbitration case vs. Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32144710 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. -- Shortstop Ryan Theriot lost his arbitration hearing with the Cubs on Saturday and will be paid $2.6 million in 2010. <BR> <BR> Theriot filed for $3.4 million, an $800,000 difference that the Cubs felt was too high to negotiate a settlement. It was the first time the Cubs had gone to arbitration with a player since Mark Grace lost in 1993. <BR> <BR> "The process itself was very informative," Theriot said. "It's a different look at everything -- kind... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 08:30:07 EST DailyHer ald.com: Big Z would have vetoed trade http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32074047 by Bruce Miles <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. _ Carlos Zambrano says this morning he's at 260 pounds, down about 12-15 from last year. He adds that he's got 5 more to go. What's helping is a special diet, with prepared meals being delivered to him down here. <BR> <BR> Anyway, we spent about 15 minutes with Big Z this morning. I asked him about the trade rumors that dogged him this off-season, even though he has a no-trade clause. He said that GM Jim Hendry never called him about it and that he would... Fri, 19 Feb 2010 07:51:08 EST CBSN: Lilly on 2010 Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32049247 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> MESA, Ariz. -- Why did so many Cubs players report to camp early this year? <BR> <BR> "I would hope that failure is a major motivator," pitcher Ted Lilly said Wednesday on the first official day of camp. "This is my opinion, but us not getting to the playoff is failing. We've got a lot of talent, and we expect that of ourselves." <BR> <BR> Lilly is in the final year of his four-year, $40 million contract and would like to remain with the Cubs. <BR> <BR> But the ... Thu, 18 Feb 2010 08:08:51 EST True Stories Of Korean Baseball: Cubs ink Prospect http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x32049232 18-year old righty Kim Jin-yeong signed with the Cubs on Wednesday. He'll get a $1.2 million signing bonus. The Duk-Soo High School product is said to have a 148km fastball(roughly 92 mph). Thu, 18 Feb 2010 08:07:59 EST MLB.com: Cubs looking forward to new start in '10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31993304 MESA, Ariz. -- This week could mark the start of Lou Piniella's last season as manager, but the 66-year-old baseball lifer doesn't look at the 2010 campaign with the Cubs as a farewell tour. He has work to do. <BR> <BR> "I'm going to do my job the best I possibly can, day in and day out, regardless of whether I was signed for one year or 10 years," Piniella said during the Cubs Convention. "[My status] doesn't bother me in the least. <BR> <BR> "My situation should not be and will not be a f... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 08:17:02 EST MLB.com: Dedicated Samardzija eyes rotation spot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31993261 MESA, Ariz. -- For the first time since he committed 100 percent to baseball, Jeff Samardzija rarely put the ball down this offseason. He's hoping that dedication pays off with a spot in the Cubs' rotation. <BR> <BR> Samardzija threw off the mound Monday at Fitch Park, well ahead of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, which is scheduled for Thursday. He's been in Arizona for a few weeks along with Carlos Zambrano, who also tuned up with an early-bird session Monday. Samardzija, Zamb... Tue, 16 Feb 2010 08:15:14 EST CBSN: Hendry/Theriot ready to go to arbitration http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31844052 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> The Cubs don't expect a last-minute settlement with Ryan Theriot before his arbitration hearing and are ready to go to battle with their starting shortstop. <BR> <BR> Theriot asked for $3.4 million and the Cubs filed at $2.6 million. Hearings are scheduled for the next two weeks in St. Petersburg, Fla., and there has been no recent negotiating between the two sides. <BR> <BR> "I haven't spoken to his people for a while," general manager Jim Hendry said Tuesday a... Wed, 10 Feb 2010 08:14:01 EST MLB.com: Can Castro jump right in? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31816517 Starlin Castro, Spring Training tidbits, Reed Johnson and Micah Hoffpauir are among the topics in this week's Cubs Inbox. E-mail your questions to cubsinbox@gmail.com, and please include your full name and hometown. <BR> <BR> Why don't the Cubs just go ahead and let Castro open the season at shortstop and move Ryan Theriot to second? This would solve the problem at second and give us a better defense up the middle. The Rangers proved a rookie shortstop can handle the job. <BR> -- Bob G., Fri... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 09:11:02 EST MLB.com: Cubs, Marmol agree to one-year deal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31713005 CHICAGO -- The Cubs signed Carlos Marmol to a one-year, $2.125 million contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration with their closer. <BR> <BR> Marmol, 27, who made $575,000 last year, was asking for $2.5 million while the Cubs offered $1.75 million. <BR> <BR> Only shortstop Ryan Theriot remains unsigned of the team's arbitration-eligible players. Theriot, 30, who made $500,000 last season, his third as the starting shortstop, is seeking $3.4 million, while the Cubs offered $2.6 million. <BR> ... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 09:22:04 EST DailyHer ald.com: You be the arbitrator http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31712985 by Bruce Miles <BR> <BR> As I warned the day the arbitration figures were exchanged, Ryan Theriot and the Cubs were on a collision course toward a hearing, a first for the Cubs since Larry Himes and Mark Grace went at it in 1993. Theriot, who made $500,000 last year is seeking $3.4 million while the Cubs are offering $2.6 million. <BR> <BR> That’s a difference of “only” $800,000, but the Cubs appear to feel the $3.4 million figure is way too high, especially give the midpoint is $3 million,... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 09:21:36 EST ESPN: Cubs sign Kevin Millar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31712949 By Jerry Crasnick <BR> <BR> Veteran first baseman Kevin Millar has reached agreement on a one-year, minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs and will try to win a job on the team's bench as an invitee to major league camp, he confirmed in an e-mail to ESPN.com on Monday. <BR> <BR> "It's been a very slow market as you have seen this offseason,'' said Millar, who confirmed that the deal would become official later this week. "But things have worked out. I'm excited to have a chance to compete ... Fri, 5 Feb 2010 09:20:25 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Dodgers Sign Reed Johnson http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31622986 MONDAY, 8:15pm: Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times tweets that Johnson has passed his physical, finalizing his one-year deal with the Dodgers. <BR> <BR> SUNDAY, 2:55pm: Rosenthal tweets a confirmation that Dodgers are indeed close to a deal with Johnson. <BR> <BR> SUNDAY, 2:50pm: Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Dodgers are going hard after Reed Johnson, and that a deal may be close or already done. <BR> <BR> Johnson, 33, hit .255/.330/.412 with the Cubs last season, seeing time at all ... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 08:40:28 EST ESPN: Cubs To Sign Kevin Millar http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31622966 By Jerry Crasnick <BR> <BR> Veteran first baseman Kevin Millar has reached agreement on a one-year, minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs and will try to win a job on the team's bench as an invitee to major league camp, he confirmed in an e-mail to ESPN.com on Monday. <BR> <BR> "It's been a very slow market as you have seen this offseason,'' said Millar, who confirmed that the deal would become official later this week. "But things have worked out. I'm excited to have a chance to compete ... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 08:39:32 EST CBSN: Reliever Nelson interested in joining Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31483233 By Mark Gonzales <BR> <BR> Free-agent pitcher Joe Nelson, who has made 101 appearances over the past two seasons, has expressed an interest in the Cubs. <BR> <BR> Nelson, 35, is seeking an opportunity to be a late-inning reliever and help a young staff. <BR> <BR> Nelson had a 2.86 ERA with Florida and Tampa Bay in 2008-09. He has allowed only 74 hits in 94 innings while striking out 96. His best season was in 2008, when he posted a 2.00 ERA in 59 appearances with the Marlins. He also has p... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 09:01:40 EST Fox Sports: Hall denies Dawson's Cubs request http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31460840 Andre Dawson says he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as a Montreal Expo, despite his preference to go in as a Chicago Cub. <BR> <BR> Dawson told WMVP-AM, the ESPN Radio affiliate in Chicago, that he thought Hall of Fame officials would discuss the issue with him in detail before the decision was made. <BR> <BR> Dawson said Wednesday that he's "disappointed" he did not have more input in the decision. He says Chicago was his preference. <BR> <BR> Dawson played his first 11 seasons wi... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 12:51:22 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs Reach Agreement With Nady http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31453087 The Cubs agreed to sign Xavier Nady to a one-year deal worth 3.3MM today. GM Jim Hendry was also considering Reed Johnson, Jonny Gomes and Jermaine Dye, but he settled on Nady, who could earn an extra $2MM in incentives tied to games played. <BR> <BR> Nady is coming off his second Tommy John surgery, which is uncharted territory for an established everyday player. The 31-year-old appeared in just seven games in 2009, but he hit 25 homers the year before that, so you can see why the Cubs wer... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 08:41:30 EST ESPN: Cubs set to acquire IF Tracy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31453056 By Bruce Levine <BR> <BR> The Chicago Cubs will announce on Wednesday that they have signed former Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Chad Tracy to a minor league contract, according to a major league source. <BR> <BR> If Tracy makes the Cubs' big-league roster, he would earn $900,000, plus up to an additional $525,000 if he gets 450 plate appearances, a source familiar with the contract told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. The deal also contains award incentives, including a $100,000 comeback-player-... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 08:40:36 EST Fox Sports: Cubs interested in Washburn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31453028 FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi points out that the Cubs could join the Washburn sweepstakes in the wake of missing out on Sheets. <BR> <BR> <link>msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/MLB-offs<BR>eason-buzz-012010 </link> Wed, 27 Jan 2010 08:39:36 EST ESPN: Cubs Close To Landing An Outfielder? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31429707 by Bruce Levine <BR> <BR> The Chicago Cubs appear close to adding outfield depth. A decision on free agents Xavier Nady, Reed Johnson, Jonny Gomes or Jermaine Dye appears imminent. <BR> <BR> The Cubs want to add some offensive pop to the outfield while solidifying the bench in case of injury. <BR> <BR> Nady may be a player with the most upside. After having a second Tommy John surgery on his right arm in 2009, Nady is said to be doing well on his rehab. <BR> <BR> Scouting sources told me ... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 12:30:22 EST Fox Sports: Cubs Rumors: Calero, Nady, Priorities http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31422817 Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports provide the latest Cubs rumblings... <BR> <BR> * Morosi reported Wednesday that the Cubs were "engaged in negotiations" with free agent reliever Kiko Calero. However, he now says their interest has waned. A right-handed setup man is still a primary item on the Cubs' shopping list. <BR> <BR> * Previous reports have connected the Cubs to outfielders Xavier Nady, Jonny Gomes, Rocco Baldelli, and Reed Johnson. The FOX writers say Nady i... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 08:54:24 EST SI.com: Cubs, Rays After Park http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31422807 SI.com's Jon Heyman tweets that the Cubs and Rays are looking at Chan Ho Park, who relieved for the Phillies last season. <BR> <BR> Park put up a mediocre 4.43 ERA last season after a 3.40 mark in 2008, though his walks and strikeouts stayed fairly steady. Park has been far better as a reliever in both seasons- a 2.52 ERA out of the bullpen in 2009, and a 7.29 ERA as a starter. <BR> <BR> Park will be 37 in June, so he's certainly not worth a multi-year deal. But he's a fairly decent option ... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 08:53:41 EST GROTA: What's left this offseason? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31390961 This is really where things get slow around blogs like this one. <BR> <BR> After the World Series is over, we have the Winter Meetings to look forward to. After that, there's usually a few big free agent signings that keep us interested. <BR> <BR> Now, the big moves are old news. Jason Bay is a Met; Matt Holliday is a Cardinal; Cliff Lee is a Mariner; Roy Halladay is a Phillie. Et cetera, ad nauseum, deus ex machina, e pluribus unum. <BR> <BR> So what's left for Cub fans between now and th... Mon, 25 Jan 2010 09:17:44 EST ESPN: Stark on Cubs/Sheets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31390859 ESPN's Jayson Stark say, "We've heard the Cubs described elsewhere as the leading contender for Ben Sheets. But we've gotten the impression that they've actually back-burnered Sheets for now." Mon, 25 Jan 2010 09:14:30 EST Sun-Times: Gomes draws interest from Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31311177 BY GORDON WITTENMYER <BR> <BR> While popular speculation has focused on Jermaine Dye, the Cubs appear to be focused on free agent Jonny Gomes in their search for a fourth outfielder, according to a baseball source with knowledge of the Cubs' interest. <BR> <BR> Gomes, who hit 20 home runs in 281 at-bats for Cincinnati before being non-tendered last month, is one of a pool of at least five outfielders the Cubs are looking at, but comes with the advantages of relative youth (29), a willingnes... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 08:46:39 EST Fox Sports: Cubs in negotiations with Calero http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31281773 by Jon Paul Morosi <BR> <BR> The Cubs are currently engaged in negotiations with free agent reliever Kiko Calero, one major-league source told FOXSports.com. <BR> <BR> Calero is asking for a two-year deal, the source said. So far, the team has resisted budging from a one-year offer. <BR> <BR> The Cubs are wary of the history of injuries to Calero’s right (throwing) shoulder. He was sidelined by a torn rotator cuff in 2008, when he made only five big-league appearances with Oakland. His 60 ... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 08:50:06 EST Chicago Tribune: Cubs face salary divide http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31249618 By Dave van Dyck, Tribune reporter <BR> <BR> Shortstop Ryan Theriot wants nearly seven times his salary of last season and bullpen closer Carlos Marmol more than four times as teams traded arbitration figures Tuesday. <BR> <BR> While they signed five players to avoid the process, the Cubs could not settle with Theriot (who wants $3.4 million compared to the team's offer of $2.6 million), Marmol ($2.5 million-$1.75 million) and pitcher Sean Marshall ($1.175 million-$800,000). <BR> <BR> Ther... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 08:31:09 EST BleedCub bieBlue: Cubs Convention Report: Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31196145 The biggest news from this year's Cubs Convention is... that there really is no huge, breaking news. With a near 24-hour news cycle covering every single development about our favorite team, with breathless tweets being dissected on this site and others day and night, there was almost nothing to be revealed this weekend that wasn't already known. <BR> <BR> A few miscellaneous things learned on Saturday: <BR> <BR> * Management is just about as tired of talking about Milton Bradley as we ... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 13:37:33 EST BleedCub bieBlue: Cubs Convention Report: Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31196001 One thing the Cubs almost have to do once they get the Triangle Building designed and built is to make enough meeting space to hold the convention there. It has so far outgrown the Hilton & Towers -- probably ten years past when it should have been moved to a larger venue -- and it's gotten more ridiculous each year. Today, there was nearly an hour wait to get passes for people who already had checked into rooms. Then there were waits to get into sessions and waits to get out of sessions -- p... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 13:33:12 EST MLB.com: Piniella comfortable with expectations http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31186539 By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com <BR> <BR> 01/16/10 8:14 PM EST <BR> <BR> CHICAGO -- The lineup is set, Carlos Marmol is the closer, and Milton Bradley is gone. There won't be any controversy this spring in the Cubs' camp, and that's good, Lou Piniella said Saturday. <BR> <BR> That didn't stop fans from grilling the Cubs manager during a Q&A session at the 25th annual Cubs Convention. The topics ranged from why he didn't move Alfonso Soriano out of the leadoff spot sooner to getting comfortable ... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 08:58:35 EST MLB.com: Ricketts in it with Cubs for 'long run' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31186515 By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com <BR> <BR> 01/16/10 9:26 PM EST <BR> <BR> CHICAGO -- The Ricketts family did not tip their hand Saturday as to where they're leaning toward relocating the Cubs' new Spring Training home, but did vow to preserve Wrigley Field and made sure fans know they're committed for the long haul. <BR> <BR> During an hour-long question-and-answer session at the 25th annual Cubs Convention, Tom, Peter, Todd and Laura Ricketts covered topics ranging from ads at the ballpark to m... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 08:57:51 EST MLB.com: Surgery in past, Lilly plays catch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31186501 By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com <BR> <BR> 01/15/10 9:55 PM EST <BR> <BR> CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly played catch on Friday to test his left shoulder and said he's had no setbacks since undergoing arthroscopic surgery in early November. <BR> <BR> Lilly -- the Cubs' lone All-Star in 2009, when he went 12-9 with a 3.10 ERA in 27 starts -- worked out at Northwestern University with pitching coach Larry Rothschild and some of his teammates. They are in town to take part in the 25th Cubs Conve... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 08:57:21 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Teams Interested In Ben Sheets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31186460 Ben Sheets will have quite an audience when he throws for interested teams on Tuesday. It's no surprise that clubs are curious about the 31-year-old. He has a 3.72 ERA and nearly four times as many strikeouts as walks in his eight-year MLB career. He missed last year after undergoing surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon, so clubs want to see if Sheets is back in form before signing him. The right-hander told ESPN.com's Tim Kurkjian that he feels "refreshed" and fantastic." Here's a list of ... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 08:55:45 EST ESPN: Ricketts backs Hendry at convention http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31186440 By Melissa Isaacson <BR> <BR> The new owners of the Chicago Cubs made one thing clear Saturday in their first give-and-take session with fans at the team's annual convention: General manager Jim Hendry is here to stay. <BR> <BR> The Ricketts family, who took over ownership of the team in October, praised the job Hendry has done for the Cubs despite the criticism he took in the media and from fans for the signing of Milton Bradley. <BR> <BR> "What a lot of people don't see is the tremendous... Mon, 18 Jan 2010 08:55:08 EST CBSN: Johnson still in Cubs' outfield picture http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31074978 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> Don't throw away your "With Reed We Will Succeed" T-Shirt just yet, Ted Lilly. <BR> <BR> The Cubs still are interested in re-signing popular outfielder Reed Johnson, whom Lilly campaigned for last September by wearing the aforementioned T-shirt. <BR> <BR> A fourth outfielder is the priority right now, and the Cubs are looking for a right-handed hitter to platoon with Kosuke Fukudome. Johnson and Xavier Nady both fit the bill, and both of their price tags figure t... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 08:30:45 EST Start the Year Off Right: The Results Show http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3956x9601x31029810 Week One: <BR> <BR> Shane: 160 <BR> Kyree: 70 <BR> Brian: 130 <BR> Ursula: 135 <BR> Barb: waiting for total <BR> Terra: 125 <BR> <BR> <BR> I will declare the week one winner at the end of the day on Wednesday. Hopefully everyone has posted by then. Since we have this record, feel free to erase from other post. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 19:42:45 EST Chicago Tribune: Cubs after Ben Sheets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x31009595 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> The Cubs plan to make a run at free-agent pitcher Ben Sheets, who will work out for teams later this month. <BR> <BR> General manager Jim Hendry declined to comment, but he spoke to Sheets' agent at the winter meetings in Indianapolis and major-league sources say the Cubs are one of Sheet's preferred destinations. <BR> <BR> Sheets reportedly has been asking for a two-year deal averaging around $10 million to $12 million per year, but the Cubs believe they have a ... Tue, 12 Jan 2010 09:15:57 EST McGwire http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x30992271 Guess what?????? Mark McGwire took steroids! Who would have known??!! Mon, 11 Jan 2010 18:23:59 EST Dawson is in the Hall of Fame http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30829834 Post your best Andre Dawson memory. <BR> <BR> Mine is this: <BR> August 8, 1990 - Cubs vs. Cardinals at Wrigley. <BR> I was 12 and it was my first Cubs game. The game went into extra innings and The Hawk was up in the bottom of the 15th with the bases loaded and singled to drive in the winning run. Wed, 6 Jan 2010 15:00:10 EST Fox Sports: Rosenthal On Sheets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30781301 Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has a new column up in which he predicts destinations for ten of the top remaining free agents. <BR> <BR> He sees the Cubs nabbing Ben Sheets. It's unclear how much money the Cubs have left and how much Sheets will require. Tue, 5 Jan 2010 09:02:22 EST Beyond the Boxscore: Lack of Interest in Calero http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30745656 While baseball has certainly seen a market correction in recent years in terms of contracts given to relief pitchers, the signings of guys like Brandon Lyon, Fernando Rodney and John Grabow, whose mediocrity has been well established, to multi-year deals reflects that there's still work to be done in the evaluation of relievers. Now, this isn't another piece on how Wade, Reagins and Hendry messed up by committing so much cash to guys that are borderline fungible. <BR> <BR> But it was signing... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 08:59:18 EST MLB.com: Jaramillo has ideas for Byrd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30745602 The Cubs are getting more than a center fielder in Marlon Byrd, according to Rudy Jaramillo. <BR> <BR> They now have a perfect No. 5 hitter. They have someone who will be a leader in the clubhouse. And, Byrd is a good salesman for Jaramillo's approach. <BR> <BR> Jaramillo was Byrd's hitting coach the last three seasons in Texas and the two are now reunited as members of the Cubs. Jaramillo was named the team's new hitting coach in October while Byrd signed a three-year contract on Thursday.... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 08:58:07 EST Odds & ends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30745576 Cubs GM Jim Hendry will come to regret signing Marlon Byrd, writes Keith Law of ESPN. Law says that while Byrd could play everyday for a non-contender, he's not worthy of being the everyday center fielder for a team with playoff aspirations. Mon, 4 Jan 2010 08:57:28 EST Fangraphs: Cubs Land Marlon Byrd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30745556 After a few months of shopping around, the Cubs finally settled on Marlon Byrd as their new center fielder, signing him to a 3 year deal worth a reported $15 million. What should Cubs fans expect from their new center fielder? <BR> <BR> Essentially, the epitome of an average player. Byrd is, across the board, about as average as it gets. His career wOBA is .332, and that’s based on a skill set that is neither strong nor weak at any one thing. He walks some, strikes out some, and hits for som... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 08:57:10 EST Start the Year Off Right Challenge - Stats Only http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3956x9601x30672663 Okay, so Arlene suggested a great new way to track points for our challenge. Copy and paste the tally "sheet" and then just return to this thread each day, and edit your post, change the date and your stats for the day, and keep a running total for the week at the bottom. So, each of us should only really have one post in this thread, that continues to be edited each day. Does that make sense? I hope so. <BR> <BR> Let's put our comments, chit chat, accomplishments, complaining, and wor... Fri, 1 Jan 2010 23:40:01 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs to sign Marlon Byrd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30633559 12:14pm: ESPNChicago's Bruce Levine reports that the deal "is believed to be" backloaded. Levine reports that Byrd took a physical in Chicago yesterday. <BR> <BR> 11:59am: Muskat hears that the deal is for $15MM over three years (via Twitter). Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune confirms that the deal is for three years and $15MM. <BR> <BR> 11:43am: MLB.com's Carrie Muskat tweets that the Cubs have agreed to a three-year deal with Byrd and will announce it later today. <BR> <BR> 11:22am: ... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 13:27:53 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Zambrano's Availability http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30608318 The availability of Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano is in question. Zambrano, 28, has a full no-trade clause and at least $53.75MM remaining on his contract over the next three years. Zambrano's agent Barry Praver has spoken out multiple times about trade rumors, recently telling the Chicago Tribune: <BR> <BR> "Jim [Hendry] has not approached us about Carlos waiving the no-trade provision of his contract, nor is Carlos interested in waiving it." <BR> <BR> Of course, one wouldn't expect the C... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 13:42:58 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Odds & Ends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30601644 * A week ago, we heard conflicting reports about whether or not the Yankees had talked to the Cubs about acquiring Carlos Zambrano. SI.com's Jon Heyman reports, via Twitter, that the Yankees "definitely" inquired, and speculates that Zambrano is "eminently available." <BR> <BR> * In a piece for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, David O'Brien suggested in passing that the Braves could potentially use Melky Cabrera as a trade chip. Heyman tweets that the Cubs would be very interested, if the B... Wed, 30 Dec 2009 09:24:12 EST DeRosa signs with Giants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30585279 DeRosa has reached agreement with the Giants on a two year, $12 million contract, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He passed a physical on Monday, despite surgery in November to repair a completely torn tendon sheath in his left wrist. DeRosa will likely become San Francisco's everyday third baseman, moving Pablo Sandoval to first base. Tue, 29 Dec 2009 15:05:31 EST capps probably going to nationals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30491487 WEDNESDAY, 8:21pm: Kinzer tells Bill Ladson of MLB.com that he hopes to have a deal done in the next couple of hours (via Twitter), although the Nationals and Capps are not close to a deal - yet (via Twitter). <BR> <BR> 5:23pm: Washington is "closing in" on a one year deal with Matt Capps, sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney. If a deal is reached, Capps would enter spring training as the frontrunner to be the Nats' closer. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, his agent denied that an agreement has been rea... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 22:35:50 EST DeRosa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30491438 By Luke Adams [December 23 at 1:30pm CST] <BR> <BR> The San Francisco Giants have offered Mark DeRosa a two-year deal worth $12MM, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (via Twitter). <BR> <BR> Heyman wonders if DeRosa, a New Jersey product who has previously played in Atlanta, is hoping for the Yankees, Mets, and Braves to enter the mix more aggressively. We heard earlier this week that the Braves and Yankees are both interested in DeRosa, though Atlanta's agreement with Troy Glaus would creat... Wed, 23 Dec 2009 22:31:47 EST Fox Sports: Cubs 'not leaning toward' any CF http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30445573 by Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi <BR> <BR> Now that the Cubs have dealt Milton Bradley to Seattle, they will move Kosuke Fukudome to right field and find a new center fielder. <BR> <BR> As of early Saturday afternoon, though, the Cubs were “not leaning toward” any one candidate in their search, one major league source said. <BR> <BR> Marlon Byrd and Scott Podsednik are the strongest options among free agents, sources say. Rick Ankiel, who had a difficult 2009 season with St. Louis, is ... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 09:42:36 EST Fangraphs: What are the Cubs Doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30445550 by Erik Manning <BR> <BR> Anyone who has followed sports for any length of time has heard the terms “clubhouse cancer” and “team chemistry” before. I think statistically minded people might downplay team chemistry a little too much, while mainstream media wildly overrates it. <BR> <BR> CHONE, as with other projection systems, doesn’t know what a clubhouse cancer is. It will take data from past performance, weigh and regress it, and tell you what it expects Player X is going to do next seaso... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 09:41:42 EST Sun-Times: Hendry could land in Capps-Byrd seat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30445523 BY GORDON WITTENMYER <BR> <BR> With Milton Bradley gone and the Cubs' offseason in full gear, where does the team go from here? <BR> <BR> Some believe the team will strike quickly to fill their two primary needs -- center field and setup reliever -- now that the dust and specifics have settled on a Bradley move that was months in coming. <BR> <BR> If so, that likely would mean a deal with recently non-tendered Pittsburgh Pirates closer Matt Capps, who appears to be moving on a fast timelin... Mon, 21 Dec 2009 09:40:26 EST What are your Goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x30436539 Tis the season for resolutions. Instead of simply making a resolution this year add some goals to it. Make them goals that you can measure and accomplish. Give yourself a reward for reaching your goals. Share them with us. They don't have to only relate to weight. We would love to hear them. Sun, 20 Dec 2009 18:36:29 EST MLB.com: Cubs trade Bradley for Silva, cash http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30404401 CHICAGO -- The Cubs pulled off a move on Friday, trading volatile outfielder Milton Bradley to the Mariners for pitcher Carlos Silva. <BR> <BR> Silva has two years remaining on a four-year, $48 million contract, which he got prior to the 2008 season from former Mariners general manager Bill Bavasi. <BR> <BR> Bradley is owed $21 million over two years -- $9 million in 2010 and $12 million in '11. Silva has $25 million remaining -- $11.5 million in both '10 and '11 and a $2 million buyout on ... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 14:25:01 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs & Ms Swap Bradley & Silva http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30404389 12:50pm: In a press release of their own, the Cubs say they're getting cash from the Mariners as part of the deal. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune says the M's are sending $9MM to Chicago, which would save the Cubs $6MM. <BR> <BR> 12:47pm: The Mariners confirmed the deal with a press release. <BR> <BR> 12:40pm: Yahoo's Tim Brown confirms that the deal "looks like a go." Muskat says commissioner Bud Selig has to approve the deal because of the money changing hands. Bradley will make $2... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 14:23:54 EST FoxSports: Cubs Still Not Close To Dealing Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30399103 by Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi <BR> <BR> However, no trade is close, according to major-league sources. <BR> <BR> The Rays and Cubs have been at an impasse for weeks, with neither side willing to budge on the terms of a proposed Bradley-for-Pat Burrell exchange. <BR> <BR> The Rangers, one source said, remain a “longshot” for Bradley, who would fit well in their lineup, but did not leave on the best of terms after the 2007 season. <BR> <BR> The Mariners, meanwhile, might be an even b... Fri, 18 Dec 2009 09:16:07 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs Step Up Pursuit Of Byrd http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30363015 Carrie Muskat says that while Byrd is the Cubs first choice among free agent outfielders, they haven't ruled out bringing Reed Johnson back. Muskat also notes that Byrd and Bradley have the same agent. <BR> <BR> The Cubs are considering Rick Ankiel, Reed Johnson and Scott Podsednik, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. <BR> <BR> The Cubs don't necessarily have to trade Bradley before signing a free agent like Byrd, according to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. Byrd remains the club's ... Wed, 16 Dec 2009 09:06:52 EST Start the Year off Right Challenge Sign Ups http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3956x9601x30327375 Hi guys! This is a thread to see who is interested in taking part in a new year challenge. This challenge will begin January 4th (monday). Sign up here and look for more details to come. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 12:29:06 EST Last One Out Wins 11 (Starting Jan. 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x30327246 Okay guys. This should be a good one. Lets kick the year off with a friendly competition. Most of you know how this works, but if now continue to read. <BR> <BR> <BR> Who is ready to play Last one out Wins? The rules are simple! Everyone weighs in on Fridays. If you maintained or had a loss, then you're still in! If you had a gain, you're out! Last One Out Wins!!! <BR> <BR> This LOOW Round starts with January 1. <BR> <BR> If you plan to play, post your weight in this thread on Fridays.... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 12:23:38 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs Close On Bradley Trade? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30231884 Here's a quick rundown of yesterdays timeline...looks like something might get done this week... <BR> <BR> 6:03pm: MLB.com's Jordan Bastian says Bradley is not a fit for the Jays. <BR> <BR> 5:37pm: A high-level Mariners official shot down the Cubs-Mariners rumor, according to Wittenmyer. <BR> <BR> 5:34pm: Another AL team - not the Angels or Mariners - is involved in the Bradley talks, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. <BR> <BR> 5:27pm: Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald reports that no d... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 09:12:53 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Market For Mike Cameron http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30231851 Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has thoughts on the market for free agent center fielder Mike Cameron. He names the Mariners, Cubs, Red Sox, and Yankees as potential suitors Cameron, who turns 37 in January. Rosenthal notes that Cameron would move from center to left field for the right team. <BR> <BR> Regarding the Cubs, Rosenthal explains that they can pursue him if they free up "a good amount" in their Milton Bradley trade. Marlon Byrd and Scott Podsednik could be other options if they sav... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 09:11:19 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Rumors: Bradley, Cameron, Putz http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30231834 Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times passes on the latest updates he has heard regarding a potential Milton Bradley trade. His source indicates that neither Texas or Tampa Bay is the destination for Bradley in this rumored scenario, and that the Cubs are "ready to pull the trigger" as soon as the other team is. Here are Wittenmyer's other Cubs rumors: <BR> <BR> * A Cubs source denies that the team has any interest in Melky Cabrera. <BR> <BR> * Mike Cameron is at or near the to... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 09:10:45 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Looper Interested In Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30231799 Braden Looper tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that he would pitch for the Cubs. Looper says they're an "appealing" destination, partly because he has three kids going to Chicago schools. Still, the 35-year-old wouldn't mind pitching elsewhere. <BR> <BR> "I'm going to look around and see what my options are," Looper said. <BR> <BR> So far the righty says discussions have been slow to develop. Looper has pitched his entire 12-year career in the NL and it seems likely he'll stay in the sen... Wed, 9 Dec 2009 09:09:45 EST Fox Sports: Rosenthal, Morosi On Betancourt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30132916 The Cubs and Giants were interested in reliever Rafael Betancourt before the Rockies offered arbitration to him yesterday. The Phillies were named as another suitor. The writers are not sure whether the Cubs and Giants maintain interest now that Betancourt will cost a draft pick (assuming the Type A free agent turns down the Rockies' offer). The Giants would have to surrender their #24 pick, the Cubs their #49. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News gave the impression yesterday the... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 09:31:31 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs And Cards Chase Padilla http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30132889 Matthew Leach of MLB.com says not to read too much into word of the Cardinals considering Padilla, although he is likely of "some interest" to them (via Twitter). <BR> <BR> The Cubs and Cardinals are in the lead to sign free-agent hurler Vicente Padilla, according to a report from La Prensa passed along by Diamond Notes. <BR> <BR> La Prensa's source for the report is Cesar Batista, who is linked to the agency that represents the 32-year-old. Batista says that formal negotiations will not b... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 09:30:33 EST MLB.com: A's-Cubs Trade: Prospects http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30132866 Yes, there were a few big leaguers who changed teams in Thursday's big A's-Cubs deal -- Jeff Gray goes from Oakland to Chicago, Jake Fox and Aaron Miles head to the Bay area in return. But what about those Minor Leaguers, Ronny Morla and Matt Spencer? <BR> <BR> You can find the basic information, stats, when/where they signed, other transactions (in Spencer's case, a trade) in this story. But here's some more detailed information on what the right-handed pitcher and outfielder/first baseman ... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 09:29:20 EST ESPN: Cubs trade Fox, Miles to Oakland http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30132846 The Chicago Cubs traded Aaron Miles and Jake Fox to the Oakland A's for right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray and minor-leaguers Ronny Morla and Matt Spencer, according to ESPNChicago.com reporter Bruce Levine. <BR> <BR> Baseball blog The latest news from baseball beat reporter Bruce Levine. Blog <BR> <BR> The Cubs will absorb $1 million of the $2.7 million owed to Miles. <BR> <BR> Gray pitched in five games for the A's in 2008 and 24 games last season, when he had a 3.76 ERA. <BR> <BR> "He does... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 09:28:09 EST MLB.com: Ricketts meets with Florida governor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30110617 CHICAGO -- Florida Gov. Charlie Crist met with Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of relocating the team's Spring Training and player development facilities from Arizona to Florida. <BR> <BR> Crist met in Tallahassee, Fla., with Ricketts and team president Crane Kenney, and the governor said he's willing to go "as far as possible" to lure the team. <BR> <BR> "We like palm trees better than cactus and hope that the Cubs might, too," Crist said. <BR> <BR> Florid... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 09:20:08 EST MLB.com: Trade possibilities to be focus at Meetin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30110599 CHICAGO -- A year ago, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry spent the Winter Meetings trying to decide if Jake Peavy was worth trading for. <BR> <BR> A deal never happened: Hendry nixed the idea after a late night walk on the Las Vegas strip. Instead, the Cubs' biggest splash leading up to the 2009 season was signing switch-hitting outfielder Milton Bradley to a three-year, $30 million contract in January. <BR> <BR> On Monday, when baseball executives gather in Indianapolis for the Winter Meetin... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 09:19:24 EST CBSN: Granderson still a Tiger, despite rumors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30110563 By Phil Rogers <BR> <BR> SCOTTDALE, Ariz. -- Curtis Granderson is just like Detroit Tigers fans and others around baseball. He doesn't know if he's going to stay with the Tigers or be traded this winter, as has been rumored since early November. <BR> <BR> He says that, for now, nothing has changed. <BR> <BR> "I'm still wearing the old English 'D,' " Granderson told the Tribune today at a meeting of the players union's executive board. "I'm getting ready to go to Lakeland [Fla.] for spring ... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 09:17:54 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Bradley-Burrell swap? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30110342 A Milton Bradley-Pat Burrell swap is still a "strong possibility," according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman notes that since Burrell is owed $9MM over one year and Bradley $21MM over two, the Cubs would have to eat good money (he guesses $6MM) to make the trade work. <BR> <BR> There is no question that the Cubs would have to flip Burrell in this scenario. Sherman speculates that they could offer him to the Mets for Luis Castillo, a player the Cubs wouldn't mind adding. Sher... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 09:07:15 EST NY Post: Burrell-Bradley rumor http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30110313 By Joel Sherman <BR> <BR> I hear that a trade of Tampa Bay’s Pat Burrell for the Cubs’ Milton Bradley is still a strong possibility. Burrell is due $9 million next year while Bradley has two years at $21 million left. Bradley also makes $9 million next year, so the sticking point is how much of the 2011 $12 million contract the Cubs are willing to absorb to complete a trade. My hunch is that the Cubs would have to eat at least half and make that a $6 million contract for the Rays in 2011. <B... Thu, 3 Dec 2009 09:06:13 EST NPB Tracker: 8 Teams Interested In Takashi Saito http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30036380 The White Sox, Cubs, Braves, and Mets make up half of the eight teams interested in signing right-hander Takashi Saito, according to Patrick Newman at NPB Tracker. <BR> <BR> Saito posted a 2.43 ERA in 55.2 IP for the Red Sox last year, in what was maybe his least effective MLB campaign. In 245.1 innings over four seasons in Los Angeles and Boston, Saito's ERA is a minuscule 2.01. Although he turns 40 before Opening Day 2010, Saito's track record should earn him an eighth-inning job, and perh... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 08:59:28 EST Sun-Times: It's official: Ricketts assumes control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30036354 BY DAVID ROEDER <BR> <BR> It might be. It could be. It is. At last, a new owner of the Cubs. <BR> <BR> The Ricketts family officially assumed control of the franchise Tuesday upon the closing of its $845 million deal with Tribune Co. <BR> <BR> A news conference will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Wrigley Field. <BR> <BR> The sale allows Tribune, which has owned the Cubs since 1981, to retain a 5 percent stake in the team to reduce taxes by an estimated $300 million. But control will be firm... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 08:57:51 EST Fox Sports: Cubs Will Shop For An Outfield Bat http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30036320 The Cubs plan to search for a centerfielder according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com, however the team must first unload Milton Bradley to see how much financial flexibility they'll have. <BR> <BR> One agent who spoke to the team says that balancing out left and righthanded hitters in the lineup is not as much of a priority as last year. The Fox duo mention Curtis Granderson, Scott Podsednik, Rick Ankiel, Coco Crisp, Marlon Byrd, and Mike Cameron as potential targets. Mon, 30 Nov 2009 08:56:29 EST Chicago Tribune: Cubs aren't going to rush Castro http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30036295 by Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> If the Cubs start the 2010 season with Starlin Castro at shortstop, it won't be without the prodding of hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. <BR> <BR> Castro isn't on the 40-man roster, but he will get a spring training invite and an opportunity to break camp with the Cubs if he has an exceptional spring. <BR> <BR> It's a long shot, considering Castro began the season in Class A last April and doesn't turn 20 until March 24. But the Cubs are so sold on his future that t... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 08:55:19 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Discussion: Kevin Gregg http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x30036259 Although he is admittedly not one of the sexier names on the free agent market, Cubs reliever Kevin Gregg should garner a fair amount of attention this offseason. The 31-year-old recorded a 9.3 K/9 and a healthy K/BB ratio of 2.37. Gregg's ERA of 4.72 was a career worst, but his xFIP was a respectable 4.20 - his best since his first full season in 2004. <BR> <BR> After losing the role of closer mid-season, it doesn't sound as though re-signing Gregg is a priority of Jim Hendry's. However,... Mon, 30 Nov 2009 08:53:47 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs Unlikely To Land Halladay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29917280 Although the Cubs would "love" to pull off a deal for Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay, they are unlikely to pull off such a deal as they lack the necessary room in payroll, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. <BR> <BR> The Cubbies have a combined $42.375MM committed to pitchers Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lilly, and Ryan Dempster. They would have a hard time finding a taker for Alfonso Soriano as he is owed $18MM per year for the next five years. Same goes for Kosuke Fukudome... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 09:27:33 EST CBSN: Cubs at center of many trade rumors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29917265 by Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> Here's a roundup of some of the latest Cubs rumors flying around Friday on the Internet. <BR> <BR> Milton Bradley: Both Texas and the Cubs scotched a report of a three-way deal that would send Bradley to the Rangers, Kevin Millwood to the Mets and Luis Castillo to the Cubs. A Cubs official said no such deal "was discussed." MLB.com quoted a Rangers official as saying it's "not happening." <BR> <BR> Roy Halladay: Blue Jays are fishing for trade partners, but budge... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 09:26:54 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Jays called Cubs about Halladay http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29917242 The Blue Jays want to move Roy Halladay this offseason and have contacted the Cubs about a potential trade, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. However, it's unclear if the Cubs have room for another $15.75MM in payroll. Plus, they'd have to be willing to part with top prospects, such as shortstop Starlin Castro, to obtain the Jays' ace. Mon, 23 Nov 2009 09:26:08 EST Sun-Times: Grabow: Coming back was 'a no-brainer' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29917216 BY GORDON WITTENMYER <BR> <BR> John Grabow believed in his new team enough to ignore the free agent market, and the Cubs believe in the fitness of Grabow’s left elbow enough to give the lefty reliever a two-year, $7.5 million contract the sides completed today. <BR> <BR> The deal, which has been imminent for weeks, appears to secure the final key piece of the Cubs’ projected 2010 bullpen, coming on day after the Cubs traded veteran Aaron Heilman to Arizona. <BR> <BR> Grabow, 31, said the w... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 09:25:04 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Milton Bradley Scenario http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29917201 MLB.com's Carrie Muskat hears from a Cubs official that there's nothing to the rumored three way deal between the Cubs, Rangers and Mets. However, four to six teams are interested in Bradley to varying degrees. <BR> <BR> The latest Milton Bradley trade scenario comes courtesy of Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, who considers Bradley going to the Rangers, Kevin Millwood to the Mets, and Luis Castillo to the Cubs. <BR> <BR> We talked to a source familiar with the situation who said that th... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 09:24:22 EST RACE TO WRIGLEY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x29853258 Hi friends...sorry so..AWOL? Just received an email from the race planners: <BR> <BR> Hello all 2009 Race to Wrigley participants, <BR> <BR> I know baseball season just ended, but we are already preparing for the 2010 Race to Wrigley. Registration is now open for 2010 and we will have a race limit of 7,000 runners, so sign up early to reserve your spot ahead of time. For more information on the event, go to <BR> <link>www.chicagoevents.com </link> <BR> <BR> I'm planning to do this ra... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 19:08:21 EST despio.com: Granderson? Sure. At what price? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29794685 [cleaned up for foul language] <BR> <BR> One of the best things to come out of the wildly exciting General Managers’ meetings last week (held next to the Uno’s Pizza kiosk in the O’Hare Bus/Shuttle Center) was news that the Detroit Tigers need to dump payroll, and are willing to part with their young, talented, All-Star centerfielder, Curtis Granderson. <BR> <BR> Not only are the Cubs interested, but apparently the two teams talked about a trade that included Granderson. That’s great. Cen... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 08:10:01 EST MLB.com: Wells sixth in NL ROY balloting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29794644 CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Randy Wells finished sixth in the voting for the National League Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Award, announced Monday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. <BR> <BR> Florida outfielder Chris Coghlan won the award, although he was not on seven of the 32 ballots cast by two writers from each league city. Philadelphia pitcher J.A. Happ was the only player named on all ballots, and he placed second, totaling 94 points. Coghlan totaled 105 points. <BR> <B... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 08:08:18 EST MLB.com: Grabow joins free-agent pool http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29794606 CHICAGO -- John Grabow filed for free agency on Monday, but the Cubs have had talks with his agent in an effort to bring the left-handed reliever back. <BR> <BR> Grabow posted a 3.24 ERA with the Cubs, who acquired him July 30 from Pittsburgh along with lefty Tom Gorzelanny for Kevin Hart, Jose Ascanio and Josh Harrison. <BR> <BR> For the season, Grabow set a career mark with 75 relief appearances, pitching in 45 games with the Pirates and 30 with the Cubs. Grabow, who turned 31 on Nov. 4, ... Tue, 17 Nov 2009 08:06:13 EST Chicago Tribune: Cubs in the hunt for Granderson http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29770041 By Phil Rogers <BR> <BR> Along with the Yankees and the Angels, sources say the Cubs plan an aggressive push to land Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson. <BR> <BR> A source close to the Cubs said Friday that general manager Jim Hendry "absolutely" is interested in offering a prospect-heavy package of players if Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski decides to trade the 28-year-old Illinois-Chicago product. <BR> <BR> According to the source, Hendry and Dombrowski spoke about Granderson and other Ti... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 07:58:10 EST CBSN: Cubs have enough to get Granderson http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29770020 By Phil Rogers <BR> <BR> Assuming the Tigers will trade center fielder Curtis Granderson for the most attractive package of minor-league prospects they're offered, the Cubs could land him. That's the opinion of Baseball America's Jim Callis, a storehouse of knowledge on talent throughout the minors. <BR> <BR> I asked Jim to rank the Angels, Cubs and Yankees in terms of their ability to swing a prospects-rich deal, and here's his reply: <BR> <BR> "I'd rank them Cubs 1, Yankees 2, Angels ... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 07:57:02 EST Dock of the Rays: I’m Game http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29770005 So Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports is reporting the Rays and Cubs have rekindled the trade talks over the bad contracts of Pat Burrell and Milton Bradley. On one side you have the slowest player in baseball east of the Mississippi River while on the other side you have a player that infects nearly every club he touches with me-itis. On the surface, it would appear like both clubs want to give away regrettable contracts they signed less than a year ago, but things are never that simple. Burrell i... Mon, 16 Nov 2009 07:56:10 EST Need some opinions here... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x9601x29693564 I've booked a surprise 10-year anniversary trip for my wife and I to go to the Grand Canyon next October. We'll be leaving in early October and I'm going to have us drive down old Route 66 to get there. We'll be staying at a cabin overlooking the canyon on Oct 4. The next morning we'll be getting up early to take a mule ride down into the bottom of the canyon and staying the night in a private cabin down there. The next morning, we'll saddle up again and ride back up to the top and stay a... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 09:19:44 EST ESPN: Talkin' Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29693384 By: Bruce Levine <BR> <BR> Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has rekindled talks with several clubs over the past 24 hours. Of these meetings Hendry's had, he met with Tampa general manager Andrew Friedman and special assistant Gerry Hunsicker for more than an hour Monday night talking about the format of a Milton Bradley-for-Pat Burrell trade. There is a difference of $12 million in the two contracts, and Hendry and Friedman talked about the parameters of paring down the difference and the mo... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 09:13:11 EST Chicago Tribune: Texas still an option for Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29693347 by Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> The Cubs and Rangers continued talking Tuesday on a deal that would send Milton Bradley back to his former team, where he would be reunited with manager Ron Washington . <BR> <BR> Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed he was looking for a middle-of-the-order bat, but said any interest in Bradley "depends on the specifics of the deal." <BR> <BR> Still, major league sources say the Rangers are the best option for Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, a motivat... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 09:11:49 EST CBSN: Could Harden return to Cubs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29693303 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> It's a very small lobby at the O'Hare Hilton, and hard to miss anyone who walks by. <BR> <BR> But Cubs general manager Jim Hendry managed to not run into Rich Harden's agent during the first couple days of the general managers' meetings, which conclude today. <BR> <BR> Does that mean the Cubs have absolutely no interest in re-signing Harden, as has been speculated for weeks? <BR> <BR> Not according to agent Arn Tellem. <BR> <BR> "I didn't see Jim Hendry here,"... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 09:10:17 EST CBSN: Cubs must go after Granderson http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29693286 By Phil Rogers <BR> <BR> The New York Post's Joel Sherman is reporting that the Tigers are shopping Curtis Granderson. That would be crazy, given Granderson's impact on and off the field, but could be true with Detroit forced to consider ways to cut a payroll that no longer fits the franchise's financial picture, in part bloated by the presence of Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez. <BR> <BR> Granderson, 28, is a product of Thornton Fractional South and the University of Illinois-Chicago. H... Thu, 12 Nov 2009 09:09:44 EST DailyHer ald.com: Tuesday at O'Hare http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29673119 Things are quiet here at the lovely O’Hare Hilton, as the GMs are safely ensconced in one room for meetings until about 12:30 Chicago time. After that, they’ll have some time for trade talk before meeting with us media types later in the afternoon. <BR> <BR> We have a few Cubs and Sox leftovers from yesterday and some new takes on things: <BR> <BR> --The Cubs have an extraordinarily high number of arbitration-eligible players this winter. Those would be players with between three and five y... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 10:07:20 EST BostonHe ald.com: Unloading Bradley won't be easy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29673090 CHICAGO — After spending the last two winters trying in vain to acquire second baseman Brian Roberts and pitcher Jake Peavy, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry hopes he can unload Milton Bradley in quick fashion. <BR> <BR> But as the GM meetings began Monday, there was no certainty that was possible. <BR> <BR> Texas may have the most interest, but sources insisted the Rangers would only agree to a deal if the Cubs ate most of the remaining $21 million on Bradley’s contract. That’s a route Hend... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 10:06:21 EST SI.com: Cubs trying hard to trade Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29673049 CHICAGO -- The Cubs are trying hard to dump the perennially malcontented Milton Bradley here at the GM meetings, as it isn't just manager Lou Piniella who didn't connect with him in his season here. Apparently, several key members of the team -- including Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano -- barely speak to Bradley. <BR> <BR> "I don't think they dislike him. But Milton's a unique guy who doesn't fit in, like the oddball kid in class,'' one Cubs-connected person said. <BR> <BR> "He doesn't ... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 10:05:07 EST MLBTR: Rangers Would Consider Dealing For Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29672987 More teams are calling the Cubs about Milton Bradley and, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Rangers might be one of them. Team officials told Sherman they would consider bringing Bradley back if the Cubs were willing to take on a considerable chunk of the $21MM he'll make over the course of the next two seasons. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune says that's unlikely. <BR> <BR> Jon Heyman of SI.com says the Cubs have to deal the outfielder - some of Bradley's teammates wo... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 10:02:28 EST FoxSports: Byrd likely to be targeted by Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29672963 Once the Cubs trade Milton Bradley, their plan is to find a center fielder and move Kosuke Fukudome back to right field. <BR> <BR> Free agent Marlon Byrd is certain to draw their interest. <BR> <BR> Rudy Jaramillo, the Cubs' new hitting coach, is a huge fan of Byrd's from their three seasons together with the Rangers, according to major-league sources. The Cubs also made a strong run at Byrd in trade discussions with Rangers before the 2008 season. <BR> <BR> Byrd, 32, is seeking a multi-ye... Wed, 11 Nov 2009 10:01:29 EST The Cub Reporter: Bradley 3-Way, Chapman & More http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29646706 All Milton, all the time... <BR> <BR> - Foxsports's rumor mongering robot Robothal is hearing talks about a 3-way trade of Milton Bradley to the Blue Jays, Lyle Overbay to the Mets and Luis Castillo to the Cubs. <BR> <BR> The three-team possibility, according to one source, has "some legs, but not much." The Jays are opposed to the deal, one source says — perhaps because new GM Alex Anthopolous does not want a trade for Bradley to be his first major move. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Casti... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 08:31:17 EST ChicagoBre akingNews: More Bradley trade rumors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29646691 <BR> <BR> By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> Toronto reportedly wants no part of Milton Bradley, despite a rumor on FOXSports.com by Ken Rosenthal of a three-way deal in which the Cubs acquired Mets second baseman Luis Castillo for Bradley. New York would then send Bradley to Toronto for Lyle Overbay. <BR> <BR> Earlier in the day, Cubs GM Jim Hendry joked about Bradley trade talks. <BR> <BR> "I also talked to Brian Cashman and Josh Byrnes, too," Hendry said with a laugh, referring to the general... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 08:30:38 EST Fox Sports: Bradley being discussed in 3-way deal http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29646678 by Ken Rosenthal <BR> <BR> CHICAGO - The idea, while described as a longshot, is at least one way for the Cubs to trade outfielder Milton Bradley. <BR> <BR> Bradley to the Blue Jays. First baseman Lyle Overbay to the Mets. Second baseman Luis Castillo to the Cubs. <BR> <BR> The teams have discussed the framework of such a deal, though not in direct fashion, according to major-league sources. The Cubs spoke to the Mets about Bradley-for-Castillo, while the Mets spoke to the Jays about Bradl... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 08:29:56 EST Sun-Times: THE DEAL HUNTERS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29646661 BY GORDON WITTENMYER <BR> <BR> Is Milton Bradley still here? <BR> <BR> Yeah, and he's holding up some of the decisions the Cubs might make as the hot-stove season gets started in earnest with the general managers meetings this week at the O'Hare Hilton. <BR> <BR> But the flip side for the Cubs is that (1) their to-do list isn't particularly long, and (2) the lack of a Bradley trade should not be confused with a lack of interest. According to a source, at least three more interested parties... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 08:29:07 EST MLB.com: Hendry: Cubs haven't given up on Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29646631 CHICAGO -- Major League Baseball's General Manager Meetings, taking place this year at the O'Hare Hilton, often mark the start of discussions for offseason maneuvers. <BR> <BR> But as the general managers arrived in Chicago Monday, Cubs boss Jim Hendry made it clear how his team's controversial outfielder Milton Bradley doesn't necessarily have to be involved in those Hot Stove moves. <BR> <BR> "He's still with us. He's on our roster," said Hendry, during a talk with the media on Monday. "A... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 08:28:02 EST SI.com: Heyman's Latest: Holliday, Bay, Trades http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29646624 Jon Heyman has a new column up at SI.com and states that the Mets, Giants, Braves, Cubs, Mariners, and Yankees could also be interested in Matt Holliday and/or Jason Bay. <BR> <BR> <link>sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/write<BR>rs/jon_heyman/11/09/winter.preview/ind<BR>ex.html?eref=writers </link> Tue, 10 Nov 2009 08:27:31 EST Chicago Tribune: Cubs to let Harden & Johnson go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29623187 by Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> There's no question Rich Harden and Reed Johnson would prefer to return to the Cubs in 2010, and in a perfect world, Jim Hendry would probably re-sign both. <BR> <BR> But Harden's injury-plagued history makes a multiyear deal unlikely, and Johnson may have to take a salary cut to stay. <BR> <BR> Harden and Johnson, two of the team's five eligible free agents, were among the first players to file after the World Series ended. The Cubs are focusing on re-signing Jo... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 09:39:11 EST Chicago Tribune: Phil Rogers Ramblings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29623143 by Phil Rogers <BR> <BR> Vicente Padilla 's pitching ability wasn't the issue when the Rangers released him in midseason. It's the off-the-field activity and his ability to alienate teammates that limits his value. The Dodgers had said they were interested in re-signing him but are asking hard questions about an incident in which he was shot in the right thigh last week in his native Nicaragua. The shooting did appear to be the result of an accident, possibly due to the mishandling of a gun ... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 09:37:41 EST Chicago Tribune: After Bradley, top 3 priorities http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29623084 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> The Cubs may not have as busy of an offseason as they had last year, but they're certain to be among the league leaders in deflecting rumors. <BR> <BR> This week's general managers' meetings will serve as the ceremonial kickoff to the Milton Bradley trade rumor season, and anyone seen talking to Cubs GM Jim Hendry will probably be accused of having some kind of interest in the controversial outfielder. <BR> <BR> Hendry won't discuss his offseason game plan, but o... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 09:35:33 EST The Cub Reporter: Rumor Round-up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29623062 - Buried in this Stltoday.com article is this nugget: <BR> <BR> DeRosa, coming off wrist surgery, figures to field an offer from the Chicago Cubs, at the least. <BR> <BR> Seems like idle speculation than anything legit, but at least the Wrigley-ites would be cheering for the right team if it did happen. (Hat tip to Bleacher Nation for the find) <BR> <BR> - Paul Sullivan says the Cubs are ready to let Rich Harden and Reed Johnson test free agency. <BR> <BR> But Harden's injury-pl... Mon, 9 Nov 2009 09:34:30 EST MLB.com: Lilly undergoes arthroscopic surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29540586 CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly had hoped the discomfort he felt in his left shoulder would go away once he had a chance to rest, but it didn't, and on Tuesday, Lilly underwent a left shoulder arthroscopy and debridement. If his rehab goes well, he could be pitching in April. <BR> <BR> Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum performed the surgery in Los Angeles. He found no major damage to Lilly's shoulder, and the one-hour procedure consisted of a washout and clean up of the shoulder. <BR> <B... Thu, 5 Nov 2009 09:04:11 EST ChicagoNow: Right-handed Cubs to be left wanting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29516370 Just because Jim Hendry pursued the wrong guy - a me-first, injury-prone headcase who's less stable than the San Andreas Fault - it doesn't mean Lou Piniella was wrong about the Cubs being too right-handed in 2008 and needing a big left-handed bat. <BR> <BR> Piniella wanted Hendry to take a run at Nate McLouth and, if the GM couldn't trade for the then-Pirates standout, to sign Raul Ibanez. Also, Adam Dunn probably would have taken less than he got from the going-nowhere Nationals to join th... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 09:07:38 EST Chicago Tribune: Stage set for Cubs Org meetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29516146 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> With a new owner in place and a disappointing 2009 season in the rearview mirror, speculation is Jim Hendry will have one year to turn things around on the North Side. <BR> <BR> But asked if he felt like he was "on the clock," the Cubs general manager said he'll approach this offseason like any other. <BR> <BR> "I don't ever feel any different about that," Hendry said. "I put a lot of pressure on myself. We've had real good years, and we've had not-good years. We... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 08:58:47 EST The Cub Reporter: Crystal Ballin' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29516102 I would expect the following to happen over the next few weeks: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 1. 4TH BUSINESS DAY FOLLOWING CONCLUSION OF WORLD SERIES: Deadline for clubs to add their own Rule 55 minor league free-agents (so-called "Six-Year Minor League Free-Agents") to the 40-man roster by selection. (Clubs retain exclusive negotiating rights with their own Rule 55 minor league free-agents through the end of the MLB Free Agency Filing Period). <BR> <BR> Probably the only Cubs post-2009 Rule 55 m... Wed, 4 Nov 2009 08:57:02 EST GROTA: Cubs haven't learned a thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29491480 [cleaned up a bit for foul language...] <BR> <BR> Our friends at MLBTR are all over this John Grabow story. Apparently the Cubs want to extend the guy's time with the Cubs via a two-year deal worth $6 or 8 million. <BR> <BR> The 31-year old Grabow came over from the Pirates in the Tom Gorzelanny trade late this past season. And when he pitched, he was mostly, like, kinda OK. <BR> <BR> The ERA was fine, I guess, at 3.36 over the course of the entire year (service with both teams). <BR> <BR... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 09:24:26 EST Odds & ends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29491419 In a radio interview this morning on WGN-AM 720, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts said that he wants the Cubs' payroll to remain in the top three in baseball. Signing John Grabow to a new deal would help towards that goal. <BR> <BR> MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan says the Rangers "refused to rule out the possibility of Milton Bradley coming back to Texas." Sullivan wasn't willing to allow the possibility a month ago, when he wrote, "The Rangers are not interested in Bradley. Sources have made that clear. ... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 09:22:45 EST ESPN: Set-up man (Grabow) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29491270 The Chicago Cubs and agents for reliever John Grabow continued to discuss a multi-year contract for the would-be free agent. <BR> <BR> Grabow was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trading deadline, along with left-hander Tom Gorzellany for Kevin Hart and minor-leaguer Josh Harrison. <BR> <BR> The conversation for an extension began in September, as reported here first. <BR> <BR> Agent Paul Kinzer represents Grabow, who would be the team's left-handed set-up man and a possible bac... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 09:17:56 EST The Cub Reporter: Cubs Rumor Mill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29491234 Bruce Levine reported that the Cubs and John Grabow are discussing a two year extension and the Trib concurs that it appears likely he'll be back with the Cubs next year. <BR> <BR> The two sides are talking about a two-year deal for anywhere between a total of $6.5 million and $7.5 million. Grabow's people would like a vesting option for a third year added to the contract. <BR> <BR> There would also be incentives in the deal for games finished. Relievers and $3-$4M a year don't really mix i... Tue, 3 Nov 2009 09:16:49 EST CBSN: Cubs not interested in Bradley/Wells swap http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29464054 By Paul Sullivan - Chicago Breaking Sports News <BR> <BR> The first in an expected avalanche of Milton Bradley rumors spread across the Internet on Saturday after a Toronto Sun report of a possible Bradley-for-Vernon Wells deal. <BR> <BR> The report by Sun reporter Bob Elliott quoted an unnamed Cubs official as saying "we think this one has some legs," though the story downplayed the Jays' interest in Bradley. <BR> <BR> But Wells has $98.5 million and five years left on his contract, as op... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 09:10:22 EST Toronto Sun: Wells/Bradley swap 'has legs' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29464023 By BOB ELLIOTT <BR> <BR> PHILADELPHIA -- It's not a match made in heaven. In fact, it is quite the opposite. <BR> <BR> The Chicago Cubs would like to -- have to -- deal disgruntled outfielder Milton Bradley. And one player they are eyeing as a target destination is the Blue Jays, with centre fielder Vernon Wells going to the Cubs in return. <BR> <BR> "It's early on, but we think this one has some legs," said one Cubs official. "But they aren't the only team we are talking with." <BR> <BR>... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 09:09:25 EST Chicago Tribune: Aroldis Chapman in great demand http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29463991 by Phil Rogers <BR> <BR> The Aroldis Chapman market is going to be interesting to judge. The Mariners are the latest team to jump seriously into the bidding, possibly hoping to have another front-line arm so they can deal Felix Hernandez before he reaches free agency. The Cubs and White Sox have expressed interest, but it's unclear if they have the resources to compete with the Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals, Mets, Tigers, Orioles and others for the Cuban with the 100 mph fastball. ... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 09:08:03 EST Thankful for our Health challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3956x9601x29421062 Okay gang. This is a simple challenge. We are taking it back to basics and being thankful for health. The challenge will run from nov.1 -dec. 1. <BR> <BR> <BR> Did I stick to my calorie goals today? (5pt.) <BR> Did I workout today? (5 pt.) <BR> Did I drink my water? (5 pt.) <BR> Personal Goal? (5 pt.) <BR> <BR> Weigh ins are not necessary as this is a challenge focusing on health, not weight. Sat, 31 Oct 2009 08:07:09 EST MLBTradeRumors: Discussion on Rich Harden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29403596 Rich Harden carries a lot of upside for a Type B free agent. His well-documented injury history will prevent any club from risking offering the right-hander a long-term contract, but a one or two-year deal (perhaps with the second year as a club option, that could become guaranteed if Harden reaches certain performance levels) in the high seven-figure range per season could prove to be a relative bargain. Harden might be amenable to such a deal since it would allow him to cash in on an even... Fri, 30 Oct 2009 09:04:42 EST CBSN: Cubs exploring spring training move http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29381977 from chicagobreakingsports.com <BR> <BR> By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> A Naples, Fla. Group aiming to lure the Cubs from their spring training site in Mesa, Ariz. has met twice with incoming owner Tom Ricketts and club chairman Crane Kenney. <BR> <BR> The Cubs are in the process of selecting a site for a new spring facility, and must decide by next spring whether to exercise a $4.2 million escape clause in their 25-year lease with Mesa. The contract expires in 2016, but the Cubs can leave in ... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 09:09:09 EST DailyHer ald.com: Cubs should pass on Matthews Jr. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29381935 Back in 2001, the Cubs made a terrible baseball decision when they put infielder Miguel Cairo and outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. on waivers and kept infielder Augie Ojeda on the active roster. Cairo and Matthews were quickly snapped up by other teams, and Ojeda was of little help as the Cubs fell short in their bid to win the NL Central. <BR> <BR> Fast-forward to 2009. It seems Matthews wants to move out from the L.A. Angels with two years and $23 million left on the five-year, $50 million con... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 09:07:32 EST SunTimes: Business as usual for the Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29381919 BY CHRIS DE LUCA <BR> <BR> At 11 a.m. Friday, Tom Ricketts and his family will be introduced as the ninth owners of the Cubs. Ricketts is a bona-fide fan, not a corporate entity hiding inside a neo-Gothic tower on Michigan Avenue. He likes to drink beer and sit in the bleachers. He knows the pain of 2003 and the disappointment of 2007, 2008 and -- especially -- 2009. <BR> <BR> He's an owner fans can appreciate because he's one of them. <BR> <BR> So unfurl the wish list. There's a bustling ... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 09:06:35 EST Chicago Tribune: Blake Parker may be good catch http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29381875 By Tom Carkeek <BR> <BR> PHOENIX -- Many Americans have been in job-changing mode recently, but Blake Parker got a head start. <BR> <BR> Drafted as a catcher, Parker hit a pedestrian .254 for the Cubs' rookie ball team in 2006. He was summoned to low Class A Peoria for a late-season look, and it didn't go well. His 0-for-21 line helped him qualify for job training -- as a pitcher. <BR> <BR> The 6-foot-3-inch, 225-pound right-hander remembers with some irony the day at extended spring train... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 09:04:49 EST ESPN: Sale of Cubs now complete http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29381817 CHICAGO -- The sale of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field and other assets from the Tribune Co. to the Ricketts family is complete. <BR> <BR> The Ricketts family said Tuesday that it has taken a 95 percent controlling interest in the baseball franchise, its storied ballpark and 25 percent of Comcast Sportsnet. <BR> <BR> The deal is valued at $845 million. Billionaire Joe Ricketts is the founder of Omaha, Neb.-based TD Ameritrade. <BR> <BR> After taxes and fees, Chicago-based Tribune, which ow... Thu, 29 Oct 2009 09:02:34 EST The Cub Reporter: Potential Offseason Target 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29360727 <link>www.thecubreporter.com/2009/10/22/cu<BR>bs-potential-offseason-targets-kelly-j<BR>ohnson </link> <BR> <BR> Submitted by Rob G. <BR> <BR> 2010 Offseason Targets - Kelly Johnson <BR> <BR> I'm in the midst of one of my hell projects at work, this one just happens to be a little more hellish and is gonna last until December. In order to keep the fun going around here, I thought I'd present some reasonable trade and free agent targets over the next weeks - some of the low-hanging fruit... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:13:39 EST The Cub Reporter: Potential Offseason Target 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29360697 <link>www.thecubreporter.com/2009/10/26/cu<BR>bs-potential-offseason-targets-jeremy-<BR>hermida </link> <BR> <BR> Submitted by Rob G. <BR> <BR> 2010 Offseason Targets - Jeremy Hermida <BR> <BR> As I mentioned earlier, this is an exercise at some of the low profile names the Cubs could or should look at this offseason. And remeber, these articles are designed to just start the discussion, not settle the case one way or another. <BR> <BR> I think it's a fair assumption that the Cubs will... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:12:26 EST The Cub Reporter: Potential Offseason Target 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29360662 <link>www.thecubreporter.com/2009/10/27/cu<BR>bs-potential-offseason-targets-rajai-d<BR>avis </link> <BR> <BR> Submitted by Rob G. on Tue, 10/27/2009 - 8:51am. <BR> <BR> 2010 Offseason Targets - Rajai Davis <BR> <BR> Let's give credit to Arizona Phil for this suggestion as he pointed out that Rajai Davis qualified for Super Two status and could be available if the A's want to save some money. <BR> <BR> Those numbers sure are nothing to get you excited, at least not as a starter. On th... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:11:25 EST ESPN: Wood: Black Cubs players got hate mail http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29360592 Cleveland Indians closer and ex-Cubs ace Kerry Wood didn't dismiss the notion that Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley and other African-American players may have experienced racial insensitivity during their time in Chicago. <BR> <BR> "I know just from the experience of playing with those guys, and I've seen some of the mail that they get, obviously not a lot of us get that kind of mail," Wood said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I didn't, but there are people out there that got thei... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 09:08:41 EST MLB.com: Burke's turnaround year earns reward http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29337268 CHICAGO -- The Cubs have had success converting position players to pitchers, such as Randy Wells and Carlos Marmol, but Kyler Burke showed he was better left alone. <BR> <BR> Burke, acquired in June 2007 from San Diego in the Michael Barrett deal, began this year with a less than impressive .233 average after three Minor League seasons. He was assigned to Class A Peoria, but there was some talk among the Cubs coaches and player development staff about switching Burke from outfielder to pitc... Tue, 27 Oct 2009 09:03:45 EST Old fan meets new team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x9601x29316683 SparkPeople Team, that is. <BR> <BR> Hi. I'm Kitty. And I'm a Cubs fan. I grew up watching the games and listening on the radio. I wish Harry Caray was still around to see the 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2008 seasons. I like Lou, but I'd like to see the Lou from the 2007 season come back - I think he went a little soft this year. I love Pat and Ron, and I'll admit that Len and Bob are growing on me, but I was a little disappointed in Bob for calling the Cardinals/Dodgers division series. And... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 11:26:38 EST MLB.com: Path of the Pros: Derrek Lee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29313431 Tim Flannery doesn't like to single out players, but as an 11-year Major League veteran he knew he had to set the tone. <BR> <BR> So, the young manager made the decision to fine future superstar Derrek Lee after the 18-year-old got hung up in his native Sacramento, Calif., missing the first practice for Rancho Cucamonga, then the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the San Diego Padres. <BR> <BR> More than 15 years later, Flannery still laughs when recalling the incident, and he has no qualms wit... Mon, 26 Oct 2009 09:22:51 EST MLBTR: Cubs & Others Interested In Aroldis Chapman http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29257836 MLBTR has learned that the Cubs and White Sox have expressed interest in free agenty lefty Aroldis Chapman. The Cardinals have been more aggressive than those clubs, and plan to meet with Chapman next week. The Yankees and Red Sox, of course, have also been among the aggressive suitors. A meeting with the Mets will come later this week, according to Newsday's David Lennon. <BR> <BR> The Chapman tour began yesterday in New York, as the 21-year-old's agency decided not to make MLB clubs com... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 09:09:27 EST SunTimes: Cubs should try for Duncan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29257815 BY MARK POTASH <BR> <BR> Now that the Cubs have signed the supposed best hitting coach in baseball in Rudy Jarmillo, maybe they can start thinking really big and go after a coach who can make an even bigger difference: Cardinals pitching guru Dave Duncan. <BR> <BR> With all due respect to Rudy Jarmillo, Dave Duncan is the best pitching coach in baseball history. He should be the first pitching coach in the Hall of Fame. He has a record of developing young pitchers, resurrecting old pitchers... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 09:08:43 EST MLB.com: Will Fontenot improve in 2010? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29257783 Mike Fontenot, Starlin Castro, the city of Mesa, and Mark DeRosa are the topics in this week's Inbox. Please send your full name and hometown to cubsinbox@gmail.com. <BR> <BR> The Cubs expect Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto to have better years in 2010. Why not Mike Fontenot? Did something happen to him that no one is talking about? Even with his horrible year at the plate, he was great on defense. Second base is a defensive position and it would be hard to find a better defender. Cubs fans... Fri, 23 Oct 2009 09:07:02 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Multiple Teams Eyeing Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29242040 "Multiple teams are in contact with the Cubs about outfielder Milton Bradley," according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Rosenthal even quotes one source who said, "You would be shocked at the level of interest." <BR> <BR> Rosenthal says the Cubs believe they can trade Bradley without eating the vast majority of his remaining $21MM, and the team's new ownership set a limit for a cash contribution from the Cubs in any trade. Rosenthal notes that the Cubs could still take back a contract. <B... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 13:36:06 EST ESPN: Blog - Either Bradley goes or I go http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29242014 By: Marc Silverman <BR> <BR> Just when I thought it was safe to go back into the water... <BR> <BR> These waters could still be infested with the shark known as Milton Bradley. And you better believe that when there's a shark, I'm not swimming. <BR> <BR> OK, enough "Jaws" references. <BR> <BR> I thought this thing was a done deal. <BR> <BR> No chance for Bradley to come back as a Cub in 2010, correct? The general manager suspended him for the last half of September, his manager constantl... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 13:35:03 EST MLBTradeRumors: Offseason Outlook for the Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29235381 The Cubs likely 2010 commitments: <BR> <BR> C - Geovany Soto - $575K <BR> C - Koyie Hill - $475K+ <BR> 1B - Derrek Lee - $13MM <BR> 2B - Jeff Baker - $415K+ <BR> SS - Ryan Theriot - $500K+ <BR> 3B - Aramis Ramirez - $15.75MM <BR> IF - Aaron Miles - $2.7MM <BR> IF - Andres Blanco - $400K <BR> LF - Alfonso Soriano - $18MM <BR> CF - Kosuke Fukudome - $13MM <BR> RF - Milton Bradley - $9MM <BR> OF - Sam Fuld - $402K <BR> 3B/OF - Jake Fox - $402K <BR> <BR> SP - Carlos Zambrano - $17.875MM <BR> SP... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 08:42:21 EST MLB.com: Batting Around with Geovany Soto http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29235357 Geovany Soto would be the first to admit this wasn't how he thought his sophomore season would go. The Cubs catcher, coming off a stellar season in which he won National League Rookie of the Year honors, battled a strained oblique and batted .218 with 11 homers and 47 RBIs. He sat down to talk about his offseason plans, a favorite food and a few other things. <BR> <BR> MLB.com: What's the first thing you want to do this offseason? <BR> <BR> Soto: Have my baby. My wife was due [in early Octo... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 08:41:05 EST MLB.com: Vitters vigilant about development http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29235319 Cubs prospect Josh Vitters was given the "Most Polished Hitter" moniker in the 2007 Draft class for a reason. He makes every swing of the bat look powerful yet effortless. <BR> <BR> But there's something that doesn't come naturally to the highly touted third baseman out of California: his defense. <BR> <BR> "I'm just trying to work on everything [in the field] -- agility and always being ready at every pitch," Vitters said of his focus while playing for the Arizona Fall League's Mesa Solar ... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 08:39:12 EST MLB.com: Cubs hire Jaramillo to be hitting coach http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29235292 CHICAGO -- All you need to know about Rudy Jaramillo is that he got Sammy Sosa to pick up the balls after a session in the batting cage. That shows the type of disciplinarian Jaramillo is. <BR> <BR> Jaramillo, 59, was named Wednesday as the Cubs' new hitting coach, signing a three-year, $2.4 million contract to join Lou Piniella's staff. He leaves the Rangers, where he spent 15 seasons, including 2007, when Sosa was there. <BR> <BR> Jaramillo had worked with Sosa when the Rangers first sign... Thu, 22 Oct 2009 08:38:20 EST ESPN: Cubs to hire Jaramillo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29211255 By Bruce Levine <BR> <BR> The Cubs will announce Wednesday that former Texas Rangers hitting instructor Rudy Jaramillo has signed a three-year, $2.42 million contract to become Chicago's next hitting coach, player sources told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Jaramillo spent the last 15 years with Texas and has had 17 players win Silver Slugger awards under his guidance. The new Cubs' hitting coach resurrected the careers of slugger Sammy Sosa, Mark DeRosa and Gary Matthews, Jr. to nam... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 08:15:43 EST SI.com: Daily Scoop http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29211237 by Jon Heyman <BR> <BR> Rudy Jaramillo will be the perfect choice as hitting coach for the Cubs. He is expected to sign a multiyear deal for about $800,000 a year, which would make him easily the sport's best-paid hitting coach. Not only is he a highly respected hitting coach, but he got great results in Texas with both Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley (though Bradley won't be back if the Cubs can figure out where to send him). Wed, 21 Oct 2009 08:15:03 EST MLB.com: Cubs set to hire Jaramillo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29211212 The Cubs could have a new hitting coach as soon as Wednesday. According to a report on ESPNChicago.com, the Cubs will hire former Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. <BR> <BR> According to the report, Jaramillo will sign a three-year deal worth $2.42 million, making him the highest-paid hitting coach in the Major Leagues. <BR> <BR> Jaramillo, 59, has been linked to the Cubs recently. He broke ties with the Rangers when the team offered him a one-year deal for 2010, not a multiyear contrac... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 08:13:53 EST MLB.com: Castro on the fast track to big leagues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29211194 MESA, Ariz. -- Starlin Castro is ready for the big leagues. <BR> <BR> Never mind that he's only 19 years old. The shortstop has been on the fast track in the Cubs' Minor League organization since he first signed in October 2006. He played rookie ball in 2008, then jumped to high Class A this season, then Double-A, and now is competing in the Arizona Fall League. He's the youngest player in the AFL, but after one week of play, he's keeping pace with the big boys, and through Sunday, was hitti... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 08:13:07 EST MLB.com: Cotts measures comeback from surgery http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29211178 MESA, Ariz. -- It was one pitch, one out of 27 that Neal Cotts threw on June 24 in a relief outing for Triple-A Iowa. He felt a sharp pain that he hadn't felt before. Those were the last pitches he threw in 2009. <BR> <BR> The left-handed reliever began the season in the Cubs' bullpen but was demoted to the Minor League team in late May. He had nine consecutive scoreless outings before that June game against New Orleans. An exam revealed damage in his left elbow, and in early July Cotts unde... Wed, 21 Oct 2009 08:12:14 EST SI.com: Cubs close to agreement with Jaramillo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29187192 By Jon Heyman <BR> <BR> Highly respected hitting guru Rudy Jaramillo is in serious talks with the Chicago Cubs about becoming their new hitting coach, and it appears likely that the sides will reach an agreement for Jaramillo to join the Cubs soon, SI.com has learned. <BR> <BR> Jaramillo turned down the Rangers' offer to remain their hitting coach last week and is expected to become one of the two or three highest-paid coaches in the game with the Cubs. It is believed he will receive a mult... Tue, 20 Oct 2009 08:10:12 EST DailyHer ald.com: Closing in on Jaramillo? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29164074 Cubs GM Jim Hendry always plays it close to the vest on moves involving people under contract to other organizations, so it's not surprising he would neither confirm nor deny today that he has spoken to hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, who remains under contract to the Texas Rangers through Oct. 31. <BR> <BR> It is believed Hendry and Jaramillo have talked and that Jaramillo is far and away Hendry's No. 1 candidate to fill the Cubs' vacancy at hitting coach. (The Rangers have granted permission... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 09:11:11 EST Odds & ends... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29164060 * The Cubs have now asked the Rangers for permission to speak with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo, according to MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. <BR> <BR> * Reliever Neal Cotts doesn't know if the Cubs will non-tender him, but he is just focused on pitching somewhere in 2010 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July, reports MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. Mon, 19 Oct 2009 09:10:35 EST MLB.com: Cubs Release So Taguchi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29164031 According to MLB.com's transactions log, the Cubs have released outfielder So Taguchi. The 39-year-old Taguchi spent most of the 2009 season with Triple-A Iowa, hitting .248/.347/.333 in 304 plate appearances. He got into six games for the Cubbies in September, picking up three hits in 12 trips to the plate. <BR> <BR> As the first Japanese-born player to win the World Series with two different teams, Taguchi will one day be the answer to a trivia question. He was on the 2006 Cardinals, and ... Mon, 19 Oct 2009 09:09:22 EST ESPN: Cubs' next hitting coach? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29108688 By: Bruce Levine <BR> <BR> Arguably, the best hitting instructor in baseball is available after the Texas Rangers and coach Rudy Jaramillo agreed to part ways. <BR> <BR> The Chicago Cubs certainly will have interest in the veteran coach, who has had 17 players win Silver Slugger Awards under his tutelage the past 10 years. According to sources, ownership uncertainty in Texas induced Rangers' officials to offer Jaramillo only a one-year contract for 2010. After that discussion, both sides ag... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 09:12:47 EST MLB.com: Where will Sandberg be in 2010? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29088082 Ryne Sandberg, Jake Fox, Aaron Heilman and an update on the movie, "We Believe" are the topics in this week's Inbox. Send your questions to cubsinbox@gmail.com, and please include your name and hometown. <BR> <BR> Is there a possibility Ryne Sandberg could be the Cubs' hitting coach next year? If not, could Sandberg be the manager of the Triple-A Iowa Cubs? Either position should help him ease into a Major League team as manager, hopefully with Chicago. <BR> -- Ara W., Alpharetta, Ga. <BR> ... Thu, 15 Oct 2009 09:47:17 EST Happy(?) 6th anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29075423 Today is the 6th anniversary of the infamous Steve Bartman debacle. Here's a little Youtube ditty that might make it seem a little less painful. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=m09GoUMaD0Q </link> Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:20:00 EST GROTA: Why yes, life IS sweep http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29064430 Dear Cardinals fans: <BR> <BR> You know that feeling of smug satisfaction that you've had the last two Octobers? You know, the one stemming from how you saw the Cubs swept out of the playoffs? I'm talking, of course, about that superior feeling that comes from watching teams like Arizona and, yes, Los Angeles crushing the playoff hopes of Cub fans? <BR> <BR> It turns out you were right. That feeling is a good one. It's not as great a feeling as a championship would be, but I have to adm... Wed, 14 Oct 2009 08:58:18 EST San Jose Mercury News: Giants and Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29064386 Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News asked a Giants executive with veto power whether he'd approve an Aaron Rowand for Milton Bradley trade. The exec said yes, which makes sense with Bradley owed $21MM and Rowand owed $36MM. Nonetheless Baggarly does not expect the Giants to get involved on Bradley due to potential team chemistry issues. Wed, 14 Oct 2009 08:56:38 EST MLB.com: Cubs prospects kick off AFL on Tuesday http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29040502 The Arizona Fall League kicks off Tuesday, and Cubs fans in the Phoenix area can get a sneak peek at some of the organization's top prospects. <BR> <BR> Andrew Cashner and Josh Vitters, the Cubs' first-round picks in 2008 and '07, respectively, plus standout shortstop Starlin Castro will play for the Mesa Solar Sox, which open play Tuesday in Phoenix. <BR> <BR> Cashner is expected to start Friday when the Solar Sox play at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz. He'll be joined on the roster by pitcher... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 08:57:27 EST MLB.com: Which Cubs will return in 2010? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29040487 Free agents, the Cubs' sale, and Milton Bradley are among the topics in this week's Inbox. Send your questions to cubsinbox@gmail.com, and please include your full name and hometown. <BR> <BR> If you were to take a guess, what players do you see not returning to the Cubs in 2010, and do you see the acquisition of Kevin Gregg as a big mistake or just him having a bad year? I assume Carlos Marmol has cemented himself as next year's closer, so is Gregg traded or put in the bullpen? -- Jeremy B.... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 08:56:46 EST MSNBC: Cubs file for Chapter 11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29022186 WILMINGTON, Del. - The Chicago Cubs baseball team filed for Chapter 11 protection Monday, a step that will allow its corporate parent to sell the team in an $845 million deal. <BR> <BR> The filing in Wilmington, Del., was anticipated and is expected to lead to a brief stay in Chapter 11 for the Cubs. <BR> <BR> It comes as part of the Tribune Co.’s plans to sell the team, Wrigley Field and related properties to the family of billionaire Joe Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade. <BR> <BR>... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 12:50:01 EST SunTimes: Three takes on the Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29016592 What-if MVP <BR> <BR> Albert Pujols probably will be a unanimous, deserving MVP winner. But take a look at the season Derrek Lee had -- the best of his career other than 2005, when he finished third in MVP voting. Lee not only put together a .306-35-111 season with a career high in RBI, but he amounted to a one-man lineup much of the season and finished strong enough to be named NL player of the month in September (.386-9-23 with a 1.295 OPS). Had the Cubs won the division -- or even made a ... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 09:21:20 EST SunTimes: If I were Jim Hendry ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29016540 BY GORDON WITTENMYER <BR> <BR> Cubs manager Lou Piniella calls 2010 ''an important year for this organization.'' He talks about re-establishing the contender status that peaked -- so far -- with a 97-victory season in 2008 as the team builds on a streak of three consecutive winning seasons that's already the longest for the franchise since 1967-72. <BR> <BR> But he's only partly right. While the franchise clearly has begun the culture shift under Piniella that general manager Jim Hendry sou... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 09:19:16 EST CubsLocker: Cubs are ready to deal Milton Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29016503 The Cubs want to get Milton Bradley out of the Windy City as quick as possible. The hot rumor around town is that the Cubs would like to trade Milton Bradley and cash to the Rays for Pat Burrell who struggled as a DH in Tampa. Bradley played in 124 games for the Cubs last season and he was 101 for 393 (.257 avg, .775 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 12 homers and 40 RBIs. Those numbers are certainly not worth $10 million bucks per season. The Rays might hold the Cubs’ feet to the flame and try to ex... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 09:17:30 EST Rays Index: Bradley For Burrell Rumors Heating Up http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29016478 Chris DeLuca of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Cubs want to move Milton Bradley quickly, and that the Rays are the team they are targeting. <BR> <BR> Sources say the Cubs have been pushing the Tampa Bay Rays for a quick deal. The Rays were one of Bradley’s top suitors last winter until the Cubs let the world know they had a three-year, $30 million offer on the table. The Rays loved Bradley’s on-base magic and manager Joe Maddon is so self-assured — to a fault — he believed h... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 09:16:35 EST Blog: The Market for Milton Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x29016443 <link>jorgesaysno.blogspot.com/2009/09/mar<BR>ket-for-milton-bradley.html </link> <BR> <BR> Oh, Milton. Here we go again. More drama. <BR> <BR> And this time, it's serious. Bradley has been suspended for the remainder of the season a la Jose Guillen a few years back (minus the playoffs). Not good. <BR> <BR> "The last few days became too much for me to tolerate," Hendry said. "I'm certainly not going to let our great fans become an excuse. I'm not going to tolerate not being able to ... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 09:15:14 EST SunTimes: Cubs seek 'Ray' of hope in Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28960629 BY CHRIS DE LUCA <BR> <BR> Tom Ricketts just needs a nod from a bankruptcy judge -- business is booming for those guys these days -- and he gets the keys to the Cubs, possibly by the end of this month. <BR> <BR> And one of the first official acts of the Ricketts era could be officially cutting ties with outfielder/villain Milton Bradley. Cue the applause. <BR> <BR> Talk about making an entrance. <BR> <BR> Of course, that's if everything goes according to plan. Judging by all of their othe... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 09:34:47 EST ESPN: Realistic goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28938331 by Bruce Levine <BR> <BR> Rebuilding the team that fell 14 games in the standings from 2008 might not be as difficult a chore for general manager Jim Hendry as some people might assume. <BR> <BR> The Cubs have four of their five starting pitchers under contract for next season. All four had ERAs under 4.00, and all four had double-digit wins, except for Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano, Ted Lilly and Ryan Dempster all spent a month or more on the disabled list, missing between five and six starts,... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 09:26:35 EST ESPN: Rays interested in Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28938291 By Bruce Levine <BR> <BR> It appears that there's more than a little interest in Chicago Cubs right fielder Milton Bradley. A source with knowledge of the situation said that the Tampa Bay Rays are very interested in bringing the beleaguered outfielder to Florida. <BR> <BR> Tampa Bay was the most aggressive team to pursue Bradley in the offseason before he signed with Chicago in January. It is not known if the teams have exchanged names, but it does appear that the Rays would like to move t... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 09:24:32 EST MLB.com: Lee named Player of Month for September http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28938203 Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee was named winner of the Player of the Month Award for September. <BR> <BR> It was a stellar final month of the season for Lee, who led the Majors with a .386 average (32-for-83) with nine home runs, 23 RBIs, a .795 slugging percentage and .500 on-base percentage. <BR> <BR> Lee hit 11 homers in his final 30 games of the season. <BR> <BR> It was great start to the month when Lee and his family welcomed the birth of their second child, Dylan, on Sept. 3. He misse... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 09:20:58 EST Sun-Times: Bradley at top of Hendry's list http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28915085 BY GORDON WITTENMYER <BR> <BR> Hey, Chicago Cubs, you've just finished short of first place for the 113th time in franchise history! Where are you going next? <BR> <BR> It ain't Disneyland. But it could rival Fantasyland if Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is able to unload outfielder Milton Bradley soon enough this fall to gain more certainty about how much he'll have left in a 2010 payroll budget that, for now, looks about the same as this year's $140 million. <BR> <BR> Then come the task... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 09:28:29 EST Chicago Tribune: Unloading Bradely #1 to-do list http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28915053 The 50th anniversary of the production of the last Edsel arrives in November, just in time for the beginning of the Milton Bradley sell-off. <BR> <BR> Bradley turned out to be the Cubs' version of the Edsel, a concept that may have looked OK on paper but ultimately turned into a critical and commercial flop. <BR> <BR> Now general manager Jim Hendry has to find a taker for Bradley and the $21 million remaining on his deal before turning to more mundane matters, like finding another run produ... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 09:27:12 EST MLB.com: Clubs unanimously approve Cubs transfer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28915016 Major League Baseball today unanimously approved the transfer of the Chicago Cubs to an entity controlled by Thomas S. Ricketts, it was announced today following a conference call vote of the clubs. The closing of the deal is anticipated to occur by the end of this month at which time Mr. Ricketts will assume day-to-day control of the club. <BR> <BR> "We're extremely pleased that the sales process is drawing to a close," said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, "and we are confident ... Wed, 7 Oct 2009 09:25:52 EST ESPN: Cubs need Soto, Soriano return to form http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28891169 by Bruce Levine <BR> <BR> Bounce-back seasons from outfielder Alfonso Soriano and catcher Geovany Soto in 2010 are a must if the Chicago Cubs' offense is going to return to the quality it possessed in 2008. <BR> <BR> Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto need to have a good 2010 if the Cubs want to jump back into contention. <BR> After leading the National League in almost all the important categories in 2008, this year's Cubs hitters posted poor collective numbers. The team's 2009 batting avera... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 09:25:05 EST MLB.com: Monday morning QB time for Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28891132 CHICAGO -- It's time for Monday morning quarterbacking on the Cubs. <BR> <BR> Who stays? Who goes? Cubs general manager Jim Hendry needs a budget first, which means the parent Tribune Co. has to finalize the ownership situation and hand the keys to the Ricketts family, which is waiting for approval from bankruptcy court and Major League Baseball owners. <BR> <BR> Hendry will be on the lookout for a leadoff man. If the Cubs can't find one, Lou Piniella could use Ryan Theriot or Kosuke Fukudo... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 09:24:08 EST MLB.com: Injuries forced Piniella to improvise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28891115 CHICAGO -- Imagine Lou Piniella writing a "How I spent my baseball season" report. He could include his meeting with President Obama in Washington, as well as being issued a warning for jaywalking in San Diego. <BR> <BR> He became the first Cubs manager in 70-plus seasons to lead the team to a winning record three straight years, but disappointed the fan base because the team didn't make the playoffs. Piniella had to scramble because of injuries, using the projected regular lineup four times... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 09:23:38 EST MLB.com: Touch-up job in works for Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28891019 CHICAGO -- The good news is the Cubs posted their third consecutive winning season in 2009, the first time the franchise has done that since 1967-72. The bad news: They didn't make the playoffs. <BR> <BR> "We're not far away from from getting close to where we were last year," manager Lou Piniella said. "I don't know about 97 wins, [which they accomplished in 2008], but to compete and win a division again, we're not far away. A little touch here, a little touch there. You don't need a whole ... Tue, 6 Oct 2009 09:20:29 EST MLBTradeRumors: Johnson, DeRosa, Zambrano http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28866403 Some rumors on the Cubs as their season comes to an end... <BR> <BR> * Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times says Cubs GM Jim Hendry had one of his worst offseasons last winter. <BR> <BR> * Aramis Ramirez tells Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune it's not Hendry's fault that the Milton Bradley signing didn't work out. <BR> <BR> * In the same article we hear that Ted Lilly wants the Cubs to hold onto Reed Johnson and bring back Mark DeRosa. <BR> <BR> * And Carlos Zamb... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 09:42:50 EST MLB.com: Grabow, Harden hope to return to Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28866370 CHICAGO -- It's been a little weird this week for Rich Harden and John Grabow. They are two of the Cubs' four free agents-to-be, and one has already begun talks about returning, while the other is taking a wait-and-see approach. <BR> <BR> Grabow, acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 30 along with Tom Gorzelanny, said Saturday his agent has had preliminary talks with the Cubs about returning in 2010. <BR> <BR> "They're talking about bringing me back, and that's all I know," said Grab... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 09:41:48 EST ESPN: Cubs dismiss hitting coach Joshua http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28866350 CHICAGO -- The disappointed Chicago Cubs wasted little time making a change, dropping hitting coach Von Joshua after Sunday's season finale while offering him a similar spot at Triple-A. <BR> <BR> Joshua had been promoted from Triple-A Iowa on June 14 when Gerald Perry was fired as hitting coach after 2½ seasons. <BR> <BR> The Cubs were batting .246 the day Perry was fired and finished the season at .255. Chicago lost to Arizona 5-2 Sunday to finish 83-78 after two straight appearances in t... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 09:41:14 EST MLB.com: Piniella: Sandberg would be 'in mix' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28866327 CHICAGO -- Ryne Sandberg is expected to ride buses for at least another year before he has a chance to fulfill his ambition of succeeding Lou Piniella as manager of the Cubs. <BR> <BR> Piniella, whose contract expires after the 2010 season, said managing in the Minor Leagues serves as helpful, but incomplete, preparation. <BR> <BR> "One thing is, managing in the Minor Leagues gives you an insight into the game," Piniella said. "You don't really have six or seven coaches like you have up her... Mon, 5 Oct 2009 09:40:41 EST GROTA: With Reed We Will Succeed? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28804813 It's amazing what a difference a few extra words mean. <BR> <BR> In all the daily Chicago newspapers, overshadowing the pathetic Pirate sweep, lead stories picked up on Ted Lilly's choice of undergarment yesterday. Namely, a t-shirt emblazoned with the slogan "With Reed We Will Succeed". I made the mistake of first reading the Sun-Times article, which states that Reed gave the shirt to Lilly. Self Serving, much? But doing due diligence, I checked GoatFriend Paul Sullivan, who noted that ... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 08:24:13 EST Biz of Baseball: 3 million attendance for 6th yr http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28804803 by Maury Brown <BR> <BR> The Chicago Cubs Wednesday reached three millions fans at Wrigley Field for the sixth season in a row and are one of only five major league franchises to surpass the mark every year starting in 2004. <BR> <BR> "We thank our fans for their extraordinary support of this franchise as Wrigley Field welcomes its three millionth fan for the sixth season in a row," said Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney. "We also thank the city of Chicago for helping us welcome so many guests to... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 08:23:40 EST Chicago Tribune: Turning the page: Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28804776 By Phil Rogers <BR> <BR> Listen to Lou Piniella these days and, what do you know, the Cubs are looking for that last piece of the puzzle -- a run-producing hitter in the middle of the order. <BR> <BR> Never mind that Piniella made this his mission at the end of the 2007 season, and the Cubs spent $48 million on Kosuke Fukudome. And that Piniella wanted a left-handed hitter after '08, and the Cubs spent $30 million on Milton Bradley. Or, for that matter, that they had previously commited $27... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 08:22:23 EST MLB.com: Cubs-Pirates' finale called due to rain http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28804760 CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija's third Major League start will not count against his permanent record. <BR> <BR> The Cubs' series finale against the Pirates on Thursday was suspended in the top of the fourth inning with Pittsburgh leading 3-0, after a three-run first against Samardzija. The game was called after more than a two-and-a-half hour delay. With three days remaining this season and neither team in the playoff hunt, the game will not be made up, and the statistics from it won't be kept.... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 08:21:42 EST MLB.com: Ramirez playing through pain vs. Bucs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28804751 CHICAGO -- The Cubs are officially out of the playoff hunt, and on Thursday, were set to play the last-place Pirates on a cold, wet night at Wrigley Field. <BR> <BR> Aramis Ramirez could have stayed on the bench. <BR> <BR> Ramirez already had sat out the previous three games with soreness in his left shoulder. He dislocated the joint back in May, and even since he returned in July, it has continued to feel less than 100 percent. <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, Ramirez was in the lineup. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 2 Oct 2009 08:21:05 EST ESPN: Piniella: Cubs will try to replace Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28779952 Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella said Tuesday he's looking forward to adding a "big bat" to the lineup next season, which could mean that disgruntled outfielder Milton Bradley has played his last game for the Cubs. <BR> <BR> "Our general manager Jim Hendry had to do a tough task of sending him home [on Sept. 20], and I'm sure it wasn't very pleasant for him," Piniella said on the "Waddle & Silvy" show on ESPN 1000. "The big thing with Milton this year was the fact he drove in 40 runs. <BR> ... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 08:24:14 EST MLB.com: Samardzija getting one more look for '10 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28779934 CHICAGO -- The Cubs are going to play in October. Just not in the type of games they wanted to. <BR> <BR> Jeff Samardzija will get one more chance to make a case that he should be included in the Cubs' rotation in 2010. <BR> <BR> Samardzija will close the Cubs' series against the Pirates on Thursday, making his third Major League start. He took a loss in his last game on Sept. 23 against Milwaukee, but Lou Piniella was encouraged by the outing. <BR> <BR> "I thought he was much improved," P... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 08:23:17 EST MLB.com: Elimination tough for hopeful Cubs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28779801 CHICAGO -- There will be no three-peat. <BR> <BR> On Saturday, the Cardinals wrapped up the National League Central, and on Tuesday, the Cubs were officially eliminated from the National League Wild Card race when the Rockies beat the Brewers, 7-5, in 11 innings. <BR> <BR> It's now 102 years and counting for the Cubs. <BR> <BR> The Cardinals and Cubs were tied for first on Aug. 6, but what happened that month was the difference. St. Louis was bolstered by the additions of Matt Holliday, Ma... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 08:17:59 EST MLB.com: Lilly roots for teammate Johnson's return http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28779785 CHICAGO -- Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly began a campaign to keep free-agent outfielder Reed Johnson on the team when he walked into the interview room at Wrigley Field Wednesday wearing a blue T-shirt that said, "With Reed, we will succeed." <BR> <BR> "I'm trying to bring him back," Lilly said. "We'll do what we can." <BR> <BR> Johnson was in the starting lineup for his 63rd game Wednesday in the second half of the Cubs' doubleheader against the Pirates. Lilly (12-9) lost the first game, his last... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 08:17:12 EST MLBlogs: Fuld: .302, 26 hits, 0 RBIs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28779773 by Carrie Muskat <BR> <BR> When Tyler Colvin made his Major League debut on Sept. 21, he got his first RBI in his first at-bat with a sacrifice fly. Bobby Scales waited 10-plus years in the Minors to be called up, but got his first RBI in his 14th at-bat when he delivered a pinch-hit home run in the seventh on May 12. <BR> <BR> Sam Fuld is still waiting. <BR> <BR> The Cubs outfielder entered Wednesday's doubleheader against the Pirates without a RBI in 86 at-bats over 61 games. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 1 Oct 2009 08:16:37 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Cubs To Not Retain Harden http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28730447 The Chicago Tribune's Paul Sullivan writes that the Cubs have no plans to bring back Rich Harden, as alluded to by manager Lou Piniella. Prior to losing the final road game of the season to the San Francisco, Piniella ran down the 2010 rotation. <BR> <BR> "You look at our starting pitching here for next year," Piniella said. "You've got (Carlos) Zambrano, you've got (Ryan) Dempster, you've got (Randy) Wells, you've got (Ted) Lilly, you've got (Tom) Gorzelanny, and you've got (Jeff) Samardzi... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:39:10 EST MLB Trade Rumors: Peavy for Zambrano? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28730413 Phil Rogers of The Chicago Tribune says that there is some buzz regarding a Second City swap of Jake Peavy and Carlos Zambrano: <BR> <BR> "Some baseball people believe the White Sox could have interest in the Cubs' Carlos Zambrano, possibly even for the newly acquired Jake Peavy. It would be a way for two teams without much money to spend to shake things up, but wouldn't Peavy have more value than Zambrano at this point?" <BR> <BR> Peavy, as you may remember, listed the Cubs as a team he w... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:38:05 EST Kansas City Star: Royals Not Interested In Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28730396 Royals officials told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that the organization has no interest in acquiring troubled outfielder Milton Bradley from the Cubs. The Royals have been mentioned recently as a possible destination for Bradley as Jim Hendry tries to find a taker. <BR> <BR> Dutton speculates that Bradley has been linked to the Boys in Blue in part because they agreed to trade reliever Leo Nunez to Oakland for his services in 2006. However, the deal collapsed when Bradley was bitte... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:37:25 EST FoxSports.com: Full Count Video http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28730381 FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal says teams have already called the Cubs about Milton Bradley. The Giants, Padres, Rangers, Rays, and Mets are among the clubs with possible interest. The Cubs are confident they can deal Bradley without paying the overwhelming majority of the $21MM still owed to him over the next two years. They could either trade Bradley's bad contract for another bad contract, or use the old sliding scale of "the more money we pay, the better the players we get in return." Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:36:50 EST Chicago Tribune: Bradley to SD or SF? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28730355 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> SAN FRANCISCO -- The market for troublemaking outfielders on the suspended list with expensive contracts may be better than originally anticipated. <BR> <BR> Cubs general manager Jim Hendry is definitely a motivated seller, trying to find a counterpart who thinks he can revive Milton Bradley's career after a crash-and-burn season. After pawning Todd Hundley off on the Dodgers in 2002 for Eric Karros and Mark Grudzielanek, Hendry is hoping to catch lightning in a b... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:35:40 EST ESPN: Padres would take chance on Bradley http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28730329 By Jerry Crasnick <BR> <BR> When Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry begins aggressively shopping troubled outfielder Milton Bradley this winter, don't be surprised if one of his first phone calls is to San Diego. <BR> <BR> Padres GM Kevin Towers said Friday that he would be open-minded about discussing Bradley, who played 42 games with San Diego in 2007 before blowing out his knee in an on-field altercation. <BR> <BR> "I haven't had any calls from Jim about him," Towers told ESPN.com.... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:34:42 EST New Challenge? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3956x9601x28657847 Okay Gang! Shane and Ursula both have done a great challenge...now it is my turn. <BR> <BR> So, tell me what you want. <BR> Give me your ideas! <BR> All advice is appreciated. <BR> <BR> Looking to start the third Friday of October. Since Fridays tend to be weigh in days on our team. Also, this gives us a few weeks to take a break from challenges. <BR> Fri, 25 Sep 2009 17:17:29 EST Chicago Tribune: Rich Harden shuts down for 2009 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28646048 By Paul Sullivan <BR> <BR> SAN FRANCISCO- Rich Harden has been shut down for the final week and a half of the 2009 season. <BR> <BR> General manager Jim Hendry said he expected Harden to pitch again when he was skipped in the rotation last week, but ultimately left it up to Harden. <BR> <BR> "If you want to pitch, we're going to pitch you," Hendry said he told Harden. "If you don't, you don't have to." <BR> <BR> Harden said it was "kind of a mutual decision. <BR> <BR> "It'd be a lot diff... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 07:52:49 EST MLB.com: Baker's blast propels Cubs to win http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28646035 SAN FRANCISCO -- The St. Louis Cardinals will have to win the National League Central on their own. <BR> <BR> Jeff Baker smacked a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth Thursday night to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. <BR> <BR> The Cardinals began the day with a magic number of one and were idle Thursday. A Cubs' loss would've helped them clinch the division. Instead, Baker delivered the game-winner off a 2-2 pitch from Brian Wilson (5-6). <BR> <BR> "The w... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 07:52:12 EST ESPN: Stark On Bradley & Zambrano http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=3987x9601x28646012 ESPN.com's Jayson Stark hears that the Cubs will likely try to move Milton Bradley for another "problem" player this offseason. Eric Byrnes, Pat Burrell and Bronson Arroyo haven't been discussed, but they are the kind of expensive player the Cubs might consider trading Bradley away for. There will likely be takers for the unpredictable outfielder, despite his year-long struggle in Chicago. <BR> <BR> Stark hears that Bradley's teammate, Carlos Zambrano, is far less likely to be traded. Baseba... Fri, 25 Sep 2009 07:50:46 EST