Thursday, December 31, 2009

Cubs Sign Marlon Byrd....

Today the Cubs end there pursuit of a centerfielder today by signing CF Marlon Byrd to a 3 year contract worth 15 million. Byrd is expected to play CF so the Cubs can move Kosuke back to right and he is expected to bat anywhere from 5th to 7th in the lineup. The Cubs were also in talks with other CF Ankiel ans Pods.

Byrd is going to make 3 million in 2010, 5.5 million in 2011 and 6.5 million in 2012. The Cubs have about 3-5 million still ro spend in this offseason. Byrd who is 32 years old, batted .282 with 20hr and 89rbi in 2009. Byrd will still have his same hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo who the Cubs sign this offseason.

I would of rather have Ankiel but maybe Byrd can do better. Also I wish the contract was a 2 year not 3 but that is Jim Hendry, give long contracts.

Other Note: The Cubs want a reliever and have talk to the the Blue Jays about there relievers

Jim Hendry makes another splash by New Years.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Is Carlos Zambrano Being Dangled...

We heard last week that ace of the staff Carlos Zambrano is being dangles out there and the Yankees has had conversations with the Cubs about him before they acquire Javier Vaquez. The Yankees said the Cubs were asking for to much and the Cubs never approach the agent of Zambrano. That rumor was shot down by sources close to the Cubs.

Zambrano who has a no trade cause said he has not intention on waiving it to any team that the Cubs have agreed on. Zambrano is making 53.75 million guarantee money over the next 3 season with a vesting option worth 19.25 million for 2013. That is a lot of money for a team to take on in any trade.

Bruce Levine said in his weekly chat that the Cubs have been listening to offers for Zambrano over the offseason. Jon Heyman says the Zambrano rumors are a waist of time because he has no intention to waive his not trade cause. Joel Sherman reported today that the Cubs are in fact listening to offers for Zambrano.

I really wish the Cubs did not trade Zambrano because he is fun to watch and young. Also the Cubs starting rotation has no depth right now and with the subtraction of Zambrano, that will kill it even more.

I will keep you posted as you most likely won't see a Zambrano trade.

Bruce levines Chat

Here is the latest from a Levines weekly Tuesday chat:

He says the Cubs center fielder in 2010 will be either Rick Ankiel, Marlon Byrd or Scott Podsednik. I prefer Ankiel because he is the youngest, best defender and has the best shot for most potential.

The Cubs do have interest in Kiko Calero but don't like his recent injury history. They dont want to give him the money and he gets injure then. I agree with that but will like him to be in there bullpen in 2010.

This is a surprise but 2B Olando Hudson is not on the Cubs list. I don't know if it should be high on the list but should at least be on it.

The Cubs are still keeping contact with the Mets about 2B Luis Castilla. The only way I do a trade is if the Cubs trade a bad contract in return.

The Cubs are not interested in RP Octavio Dotel. Thank god I did not like him with the White Sox and he stunk.

I will have another post up later and next Tuesday, I will have the recap his chat again.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Cubs Rumors...

Here is the latest from the mill:

Bruce Levine has a few tidbits saying the Cubs and Rockies have talk about a trade for OF Ryan Spilborghs recently. Spilborghs will come into spring training as the Cubs 4th outfielder and replace Reed Johnson. Spilborghs batted .241 with 8hr and 48 rbi in 352 at-bats. He is 30 years old. Also he plays good defense. I would love for him to be the Cubs 4th outfielder for the right price.

In the same report, the Cubs have had multiple conversations with free agent pitcher and ex White Sox Jose Contreras. Contreras will come in at a sub in starting pitcher until Ted Lilly comes back from arm surgery and then move to the bullpen. I would only sign him to a 1 year contract worth 750K-1 million because he is not that good of a pitcher.

The Cubs also are still looking at CF free agents, with Byrd number 1 and Pods number 2. I prefer Byrd over Pods becouse of several reasons.

The Cubs are also very interested in 34 year old free agent relief pitcher Kiko Calero. Calero went 2-2 with a 1.95 era in 60 innings in 2009 for the Marlins. I would love to have his veteran presence in the bullpen. I would sign him a to a 1-2 year contract worth 3 million a year.

I will keep you posted as Jim Hendry might finally make moves soon.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Jacoby Ellsbury Could be on the Cubs Radar IF...

The Red Sox sign either outfielders Matt Holliday or Jason Bay. If Holliday or Bay does in fact end up in Boston they will have to many outfielders with the acquisitions of outfielders Mike Cameron and Jeremy Hermida: Phil Rogers, according to sources, the Cubs will actively pursuit CF Jacoby Ellsbury and examines a 3 team deal with the Red Sox, Padres and Cubs. 1B Adrian Gonzalez goes to the Red Sox, CF Jacoby Ellsbury to the Cubs and prospects to the Padres.

Rogers says the Cubs might have to trade 1 or 2 top prospects to the Padres to get a deal done. He lists 3B Josh Vitters, P Jay Jackson, P Andrew Cashner and SS Hak-Ju Lee. If the Cubs only have to trade one, I will trade Lee because he is a SS who can play 2B but Casto is coming up. If the Cubs have to add 2, I would add Cashner because he has had arm injuries that might slow him down.

In 2009 Jacoby Ellsbury batted .301 with 8HR and 60rbi but had a stellar 70 stolen bases in 154 games. I would trade both Lee and Cashner because Ellsbury will be there franchise CF who is only 26 years old. Also the Cubs will finally have a lead off that can get on base and swipe a base.

If that happen, the Cubs will have a better team and will make a run to the playoffs without any injuries. But this is only if the Red Sox sign this 2 big free agent outfielders.

I will keep you posted.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Cubs Have Interest in Johnny Damon...

According to a radio station, the Cubs have interest in center fielder Johnny Damon. Last year Damon played with the Yankees and had a career year in home run. But that is because they screwed up on the dimensions in new Yankee stadium that make balls fly. The Yankees wanted Damon back but with the acquisition of Granderson, there not going to throw money at him. I think Damon ask for 2 years and 20 million but the Yankees rejected.

Damon who is 36, batted .282 with 24hr and 82rbi in 2009 for the Yankees.

I think this report is true because the Cubs need a CF, a left handed bat and a player that can lea off.

I really don't see the Cubs signing him because he wants to much and a team will give him that. I would only sign him a to a 1 year contract worth 5 or 6 million. There are some reasons I don't want to sign him because he was an ex Yankee and he is too old.

We just have to wait and see.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christimas.................................

This post is for today and tomorrow to wish you a Merry Christmas:

I am glad to write about the best MLB team in the league and if you don't know what I am talking about it is the Chicago Cubs. I been writing for my blog for almost a year and I try to write a new post everyday so you can keep up with my blod because you know I will have something. So thanks for reading my blog.

The Cubs will have a more happier Christimas with the departure of disgruntled outfielder Milton Bradley who was traded to the M's about a week ago.

Today was a pretty slow day in the world of baseball and you probably will see the same tomorrow and the next couple days for MLB front office personel to spend time with there family. But who knows maybe they have no family and will be working.

Have a Merry Christmas and drive safe. If something does break I will have it but if not, I will be back to writing on Saturday.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Matt Capps not Chicago Bound...

According to multiple sources, RP Matt Capps is not Chicago bound but Washington bound. He is closing in on a 1 year deal with the Nationals to be there 2010 closer. Contract believed to be around 4 million.

But according to "Capps' agent, Paul Kinzer, denied that an agreement has been reached. "We're still going over the offers and talking. It won't be until later tonight. We have not made a decision,'' Kinzer said." I hope that is true and the report is false.

According to unreliable Phil Rogers, the Cubs will not bid against the Nationals.

If Matt Capps signed with the Cubs, he would of been there set-up man going into spring training with Carlos Marmol the closer.

I really hope the Cubs do sign Capps but at this point, it is like a 25% of being Cubbie blue next season.

I will keep you posted as the final decision should be made by midnight tonight.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Matt Capps Will Have a Decision by Tomorrow Night...

Bill Ladson of says the recently non-tender Pirated Matt Capps will have a decision tomorrow night of where to sign. He is deciding from the Nationals and Cubs. He will be the closer for the Nationals and the set-up man in Chicago. We heard what the Nation offer him but we don't know what the Cubs offered. The only think we know is the Cubs made a offer to him.

Capps already has 2 friends on the Cubs with John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny who they acquire before the trade deadline in 2009. Tom Gorzelanny's wife and Matt Capps wife are friends and Capps family love Chicago. John Grabow told Carrie Muskat that he is convicing Capps to sign with the Cubs.

This is how I figure it out, if he wants the money go the the Nationals because I don't think the Cubs will offer the same amount or more. If he wants to win go to the Cubs where they are able to win. I am like 90% positive Capps will a Cubs by the end of tomorrow night.

I will keep you posted as we await the decision to tomorrow night.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Yankees Interested in Big Z, No Truth to it

It was reported today that the Yankees have inquire on pitcher Carlos Zambrano aka Big Z. But after that, the report was shot down by writer Bruce Levine and Carlos Zambrano's agent, saying the Cubs have not contacted me or Zambrano about waiving his not trade cause nor is he (Zambrano) interested in waiving his no trade cause.

Reasons I think Zambrano will not waive his no trade cause are: First he will not be able to hit in the AL because of the DH. We all know Zambrano loves to hit and he is pretty good. Second, Zambrano wont be the ace of the staff and could be the 3 or 4th starter behind Sabathia, Burnett and maybe Pettite.

Players that the Cubs could be interested are center fielders Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner and second baseman Robinson Cano. All these names have been mention that the Cubs could be interested in the last couple months.

In my opinion I will miss Big Z because I love his attitude and his hitting styles. I am pretty much 100% positive Zambrano will be the Cubs opening day starter.

I will keep you posted.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Cubs Trying to Strike Quick Deal with Byrd and Capps...

Gordon Wittnymer of the Sun-times said he is hearing from his sources that the Cubs are trying to strike a quick deal with outfielder Marlon Byrd and relief pitcher Matt Capps. I wrote on here yesterday that the Cubs are close to signing Marlon Byrd but Fox sports reported that the Cubs are not close to signing a outfielder. Just to note the night before Bradley was traded, they said the Cubs are not close to trading Bradley.

I do think the Cubs need to sign Byrd or Ankiel because another option is off the board with Coco Crip signing with the Athletics I think the Cubs want to sign an CF before Christmas on Friday so Jim Hendry can take a day off of work.

Wittnymer also said the Cubs could be moving fast to signing RP Matt Capps. It is belief to be a 2 year deal. I like Capps because he can pitcher and is young being only 26 years old. I have wrote about him on here before too.

Side Note: The Cubs are still in the mix for 21 year old Cuban Defector Aroldis Chapman. The Red Sox and Marlins offered a him a deal but for less that he wants. The Cubs could offer 4 years worth 18 million and he could accept. I think he will either sign with the Red Soc and Yankees.

I will kep you posted.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Cubs Close to Signing Marlon Byrd

According to Evan Grant of Dallas news, he is hearing that the Cubs are close to signing outfielder Marlon Byrd. It is believe to be a 2 year contract but no one knows for how much. Marlon Byrd had his best season in 2009 posting a .283 batting average with 20HR and 89rbi in 547 at-bats. Not to mention he is 31 years old, not that old for baseball.

Like I mention on here before, Byrd as the same agent as recent departed Milton Bradley. Also if Byrd does not with the Cubs he will be reunited with his old hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. Jaramillo help Byrd have the best seaosn of his career and hopes to remain with the same year.

I think Byrd will sign with the Cubs when everything is said and done to a 2 year contract worth 10-12 million. I think that will be to much but it is Hendry who likes ot overpay for players but it will allow the Cubs to me Fukudome back to right.

Side Note: The Cubs are expected to offer Matt Capps a contract in the next couple days. I like that move and I hope he is in Cubbie blue next season.

I will keep you posted as the Bradley rumors are finally dead.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Cubs FINALLY Trade Bradley...

Today the Cubs have finally traded disgruntled outfielder Milton Bradley to the Seattle Mariners got pitcher Carlos Silva. This trade was a swap of bad contracts. The Mainers are also sending 9 million over which the Cubs save 6 million in the deal.

Bradley has 2 years and 21 million left on his contract while Silva has 3 years and 34 million left with a mutual 2 million buyout. I am pretty sure the Cubs will try and do that.

Silva has been dealing with injuries the past years but has a good sinker when healthy. Silva will most likely be the Cubs fifth starter to take Harens spot in the rotation. It will probably be this: Zambrano, Dempster, Lilly Wells and then Silva in my opinion.

Silva did pitch last year and went 1-3 with a 8.60 era in 30.1 innings pitch. He is also 30 years old. I think he will help the Cubs (maybe) and I think he is better than Samardzija who is projected to be the Cubs 5th starter.

Since the Cubs traded Bradley today, a lot of reporters are reporting the Cubs can work on other thing like searching for a centerfielder.

At least this is finally over and I will keep you posted on the CF hunt.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Cubs Could be Finalist for Matt Capps...

Recently release/non-tender Matt Capps said he has chosen finalists of the teams that he would sign with. He pick one and was said it was the Washington Nationals. Capps said he would want to be a closer for the team he signs with and the closer role is open in Washington. It is believe that Capps is looking for a 2 year contract and at the age of 26, he probably would be able to get that.

The other 2 teams that are believe to be the finalist are the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs. Capps did mention that he will be a set-up guy if he went to a contending team and with Huston Street the closer in Colorado and Carlos Marmol the closer in Chicago, that is probably he would be.

We already new the Cubs were interetsed in him because after he was release the Cubs said and there was mutual interest. The Cubs are searching for a veteran relief pitcher and he would qualify as one.

I think Capps will sign a 2 year deal by the end of the weekend and hope it will be with the Cubs. A good deal will be for 2 years at 4-6 million all together.

I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cubs Watch Kelvim Escobar Throw...

According to a source, the Cubs were 1 of multiple teams to watch pitcher Kelvim Escobar throw a session. Escolbar who miss most of the 2009 season with the Angels due to an arm injury went 0-1 with a 3.60 era in 5 innings pitch. In 2007 Escobar went 18-7 with a 3.40 era in 195.2 innings pitch Ben Badler said his fastball was from 92-94 mph. Not bad for a player that has an arm injury last year.

Other teams that watch Escobar throw are Rays, Brewers, Giants, Pirates, Tigers, Mariners and Athletics. The Mets probably also watch him throw because they are the only team to offer him a contract but it was a minor league deal and he declined it.

I would sign Escobar to a 1 year deal worth 1-2 million and hope he goes back to his 2008 form (stats).

I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Cubs Outfielder Situation..

Since the Red Sox sign free agent CF Mike Cameron to a 2 year contract worth 15.5 million, the Cubs step up there pursuit of OF Marlon Byrd. We have heard that the Cubs have been interested in him in the offseason but his asking price was too high. Byrd has the same agent as Milton Bradley. If because the contract given to Cameron has anything to do with what Byrd wants, you won't see Byrd in Cubbie Blue next season.

Lets get caught up of what has happen today:

Paul Sullivan says the Cubs do not have to trade Bradley before signing Byrd to a deal. In my opinion, what money would they have then.

Carrie Muskat says that Byrd is number one on there list, they also have interest in outfielders Rick Ankeil, Reed Johnson and Scott Podsednick. To me, Johnson and Pods are only fourth outfielders but Ankeil will be a starter and bat 5th. I would be fine with that signing.

The only thing, I hope is the Cubs sign a true CF which I think they will.

Side Note: The Cubs did not want to give CF Mike Cameron a second year and that is why he sign with the Red Sox.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Matt Capps on Cubs Radar...

According to Paul Sullivan, the Cubs have interested in ex Pirate and closer Matt Capps. He also mention that there is mutual interest on both sides. Matt Capps a couple days ago was non-tender by the Pirates which made him a free agent.

The Cubs have had interest in him over the past years. Capps will most likely just be another arm in the bullpen that can throw. With Marmol the closer, Angel Guzman and John Grabow set-up mans. But he might be flip to the closer job if Marmol struggle like he did this year.

In 2009, Matts Capps had the worse year of his career. With stats of: 4-8 with a 5.80 era in 54.1 innings pitch. Also I forgot to mention he is 26 years old

I would like to Capps in the Cubs 2010 bullpen. Sign him to a 1 year contract for 2-3 million and I will be fine. Or a 2 year contract.

I will keep you posted.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Non-Tender Deadline Completed, New Names on List...

First to get started, the Cubs tendered contracts to RP Carlos Marmol, RP Angel Guzman, P Sean Marshall, P Tom Gorzelanny, SS Ryan Theriot, 2B Jeff Baker, 2B Mike Fontenot and C Koyie Hill. But did not tender a contract to RP Neal Cotts, so Cotts becomes a free agent. Bruce Miles said the Cubs hope they can resign Neal Cotts to a minor league deal. I wish the Cubs did not tender a contract to Fontenot but maybe they will trade him, only time will tell.

The Cubs reportedly are interested in OF Johnny Gomes of the Reds, IF Afredo Amezaga of the Marlins and OF Ryan Church of the Braves. All 3 of theses players became free agents yesterday.

Names that I think the Cubs will or should have interest in are:

RP Matt Capps: The Cubs would like a veteran bullpen pitcher that will come cheap and Capps will go under that.

2B Kelly Johnson: The Cubs need a 2B that will come cheaper and Johnson does not put up bad stats. I would love to have him.

SP Chien-Ming Wang: The Cubs need a 5th starter and Wang won a lot of games 2 years ago before undergoing surgery on his arm.

IF Garrett Atkins: Atkins does have power but put up bad stats last year, who knows maybe he can play 2B, hoping.

I like all theses names and will sign any of them to a reasonable price.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Cubs Top 10 Prospects by Fangraphs...

Baseball America has there top 10 prospects in the beginning of the year and now Fangraphs has theres:

Fangraphs 10 top: They never put Cubs draft picks in top 10 this year.

1.Andrew Cashner - RHP
2.Starlin Castro - SS
3.Josh Vitters - 3B
4.Hak-Ju Lee - SS
5.Jay Jackson - RHP
6.Chris Carpenter - RHP
7.Ryan Flaherty - INF
8.Dae-Eun Rhee - RHP
9.Logan Watkins - 2B
10.John Gaub - LHP

They had to say this: "There is definitely some excitement starting to build in the system. There are interesting names at the top of the list, as well as some sleepers sprinkled throughout the system, many of whom did not fit in the Top 10, which is a very nice thing to see for the Cubs. The organization certainly has a lot of depth in the middle infielder, but many of the arms are unproven and, in some cases, rather brittle."

For the Hell of it, here is Baseball America Top 10 prospects:

1.Starlin Castro - SS
2.Brett Jackson - OF
3.Josh Vitters - 3B
4.Andrew Cashner - RHP
5.Jay Jackson - RHP
6.Hak-Ju Lee - SS
7.Logan Watkins - 2B
8.Chris Carpenter - RHP
9.Ryan Flaherty - IF
10.D.J. LeMahieu - SS-2B

There is little excitement now in the farm system and now we also can see what they might be able to do.

I will keep you posted as the rumors are slow for right now.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Winter Meetings in Review..

There were no moves for the Cubs at the Meetings but tons of new names and rumors (Bradley pretty much):

While on the Bradley subject: On Tuesday it was said that the Cubs were close to a Bradley trade but to no dice. Teams that have said to be interested when the Meeting started are the Royals, Rangers, Rays, Angels, Mariners and possibly the Red Sox. Now when the Meetings are over, the teams are still interested are the Rays. Wow a lot of teams are left.

It was said yesterday that Cubs Officials said the Cubs are close to a Bradley trade and he said Bradley could be traded in a day or two but nothing yet and most likely nothing will happen. Bradley will go to the rays for Burrell if they can figure out the money.

Other Notes from the Meetings:

The Cubs watch RP J.J. Putz throw on Wednesday and were interested in him but today he signed 1 year deal with the Chicago White Sox for 3 million.

They reportedly are said to be interested free agents RP Brandon Lyon (signed with the Astros) and SP Joel Pineiro (he is looking for a 4 year contract worth at least 40 million).

Jim Hendry met with the agent Casey Close who represents SP Ben Sheets along with 1B Derrek Lee and 2B Mike Fontenot. The Cubs need another SP who will come cheap and Sheets in injury prose but when healthy, he is an ace (reportedly looking for 12 a year). Hendry might of also talk to Close about a contract for Fontenot and an extension for Lee.

The Cubs also talk to Scott Boras the agent of CF Rick Ankiel who the Cubs are interested in and Ankiel is also looking for a lot of money.

More Mike Cameron talk, the Cubs have talk to the agent of Cameron and Pinella talk to Cameron in person to talk about a 1 year contract. I really do see Cameron the Cubs CF in 2010.

The Cubs drafted RHP Mike Parisi from the St. Louis Cardinals in the Rule V draft on Thursday. Parisi is 26 years old and he went 0-2 with a era around 6 but pitch good in Double A, but had trouble in Triple A. He also pitch in the Arizona Fall League and went 3-2 with a 4.44 era in 26.1 innings pitch. I see him not making the Cubs next year and will go back to the Cardinals unless they do a David Patton, pitch him for a little and then put him on the DL for the rest of the season.

This did not happen at the Winter Meetings but was going to happen sometime in the next few days (was talk about at the Winter Meetings). The Cubs acquire 22 year old pitcher Arismendy Mota from the Nationals for cash considerations. Mota who was playing in Triple A went 7-1 with a 1.81 era in 89.2 innings pitch. I like this pick up and has a good chance to make the 2010 opeing day roster. Member he is also young which the Cubs need to get.

This is a wrap of the Winter Meetings but still waiting on a Bradley trade that hopefully will happen soon.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Rule V Draft Pick...

The Rule V Draft is today:

The Cubs have selected RHP Mike Parisi from the St. Louis Cardinals. Parisi is 26 years old and he went 0-2 with a era around 6 but pitch good in Double A, but had trouble in Triple A. He also pitch in the Arizona Fall League and went 3-2 with a 4.44 era in 26.1 innings pitch. I see him not making the Cubs next year and will go back to the Cardinals unless they do a David Patton, pitch him for a little and then put him on the DL for the rest of the season.

The reason for him going back to the Cardinals is because if a Rule V pick is not on the 25 man roster they will go back to there old club and that is the St. Louis Cardinals.

Also no Cubs were take in the Rule V Draft. That is good news and now maybe the players that could of got drafted, be studs.

Milton Bradley news:

Carrie Muskat tweeted that the Cubs are scrambling to trade Milton Bradley. Rays employee says they're under no obligation to help (talking about Cubs). The Rays prefer 1 year of Burrell than 2 years of Bradley. I still think Bradley will be a Ray before Christmas at the latest for Pat Burrell and Burrell will then be ship back to a AL club in a trade.

I will keep you posted as Bradley is still a Cubs.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bradley Update...

Here's the latest:

Tim Kurjain on Baseball Tonight said he is 100% Bradley will not be in Cubbie blue come opening day. Ken Rosenthal on MLB Network back that up. He also said the Cubs could start there offseason once Bradley is traded.

Craid Kenney said the Cubs will not just plain out release Milton Bradley. That is good.

Buster Olney said the Cubs would love to do a Mike Lowell/Milton Bradley swap. But a Cubs official shot it down. The rumor is true because Lowell will be eaiser to trade than Burell. Olney still says it is unlikely and the Rays are the best option.

More to come after reports yesterday indicated Bradley will be gone today.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Cubs Close to Trading Milton Bradley... Update 1? 2? 3? 4?

Update: 5:48: The Mariners shot down the rumor. Carrie Muskat says an AL team is in the deal, not the Angels, or Mariners. We already hear the Rangers and Rays are not in the deal, So who, Orioles or Blue Jays. They are my guess.

Update: 5:30: Bruce Miles report no deal is imminent and more than likely a deal will be complete by tomorrow.

Update: 5:26: Tim Brown reports the Cubs and Mariners are talking about a Carlos Silva, Milton Bradley swap but nothing is imminent.

Update: 5:20: Wittnymer reports the deal is 3 quarters done in a 3 team deal. The Rays and Rangers are not in the trade. So who can it be then?

Gordon Wittnymer tweets that the Cubs are close to trading Milton Bradley to an "AL Surprise" team.He also mention it could be done tonight. Joel Sherman said the Rangers are no longer interested in Bradley. Tim Brown says the Mariners could be a landing spot for Bradley by trading pitcher Carlos Silva. The Rays are also still in the hunt. Finally this is going to be completed and now the Cubs could move on to there other needs.

Carlos Silva who the Cubs might end up with has 23 million left on his contract with a mutual option of 12 million and a 2 million buyout in 2012. I really do not like that in my opinion. I would rather have Bradley.

Other Notes:

SP Braden Looper said he wants to pitch for the Cubs because his kids go to Chicago schools. I would only sign him to a 1 year 2 million contract.

The Cubs are expected to tender Mike Fontenot a contract on Saturday. I 100% do not agree with that.

Carlos Zambrano has lost 15 pounds this offseason already. Nice job Big Z.

I will keep you updated on the Bradley situation.

Monday, December 7, 2009

News from Day 1 of the Winter Meetings...

Bradley was pretty much the main focus of day 1. Bradley remains the #1 thing Jim Hendry want to get done at the Winter Meetings. Bruce Levine reported the Cubs and Royals talk about a Milton Bradley/Gim Meche Trade but the Cubs shot that down right away. The Mets are not interested in Pat Burrell or Milton Bradley, the 3 way then goes out the window if true. The Rays are also loosing interest in Bradley. Besides the Rangers and Rays, 2 more teams contacted the Cubs about Bradley. I still see a Bradley trade in the next couple days.

There was also more that was non Bradley related:

The Cubs are not in on RP Heath Bell. Phil Rogers reported they were. They would of traded Marmol and I am happy with not having Bell.

The Tigers reportedly wanted top prospect SS Starlin Castro and 2 other players in return for CF Curtis Granderson. There is no way I would of done that and the Tigers are crazy.

Ryne Sandberg was promoted to manager of Triple A Iowa Cubs. Former Triple A manager Bobby Dickerson left and went to the Baltimore Orioles. That good, 2011, manager of MLB Cubs.

The Cubs still want Mike Cameron to rome CF next season but have to wait for a Bradley trade. Also the Yankees have interest in Cameron.

More to come.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Lou Pinella Might Return Past 2010...

A report by the Sum-Times mention that current Cubs manager Lou Pinella might return past the 2010 season. During the 2009 season, Pinella said he would retire after the 2010 season.

Pinella said this at the RedsFest: ''Look, I wouldn't manage this year if I didn't have the competitiveness and the desire to win. I look forward to this team bouncing back from last year and playing really, really well and giving ourselves a chance in postseason again."
''I don't know [what it would take to want to return]. I like to talk about our baseball team, our organization. I don't like to talk about myself. We'll see what happens. I enjoy what I do, and as long as the organization is pleased -- but let's see. I'm 66 years old. I'm no spring chicken.''

The Cubs have not spoke to Pinella about a possible return after the 2010 season but new owner Tom Ricketts said he thinks Pinella is one of the best managers. Mr. Ricketts will evaluate the Cubs front office after the 2010 season.

About a possible return, Pinella said this: ''We'll see, but I'm really looking forward to this season, working with our new owner and his family and getting this team back on top again."
''I met [Ricketts] in Phoenix [at the Cubs' organization meetings] about a month ago, and I came away very impressed. This is what the Cubs needed, a guy who's been a Cub fan his whole life and who is competitive and has built a successful business, and now he wants to win with the Cubs. I'm looking forward to that transition.''

If Pinella is open to returning next year, I would only sign him if his head is straighten and don't make any bad moves because he mad a lot of bone head moves last season in my opinion.

I will keep you posted as the Winter Meetings starts tomorrow.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bradley Deal Getting Closer and Other Notes Heading Into the Winter Mettings...

According to Bruce Levine, Milton Bradley will be gone time the Winter Meetings is over on Thursday. He predicts the Rays get Bradley, Mets get Pat Burrell and the Cubs get Luis Castilla in a 3 way deal. He also mentions that a 4th team may get involve to get the money figured out. If the Cubs do end up trading Bradley and getting Castilla in return, they would of solved 2 problems in 1 trade. 1 problem would be they traded Bradley, that they have been trying to do since September and 2nd, they get a 2B in returnwhich they really need. I say he would be traded in that 3 way trade in the earlier days of the Winter Meetings so Jim Hendry can work on

Other News:

The Cubs like Mike Cameron a lot and are planning on meeting with him in Indy to talk about a 1 year deal to be the Cubs CF in 2010. If he asks for to much, the Cubs will move on to plan B and that is Rick Ankiel. I do not care which one the Cubs sign because they are both good at defense but not really good at hitting. I would sign the cheaper one and I think that could be completed at the Winter Meetings depending on the Bradley trade. In the same report, it says the Cubs like Marlon Byrd but he is to expensive for the Cubs.

Bruce Levine said the Cubs would offer contracts to all arbitration eligible players. This list consists of Tom Gorzelanny, Carlos Marmol, Angel Guzman, Sean Marshall, Mike Fontenot and Neal Cotts. I do not agree with that because Fontenot and Cotts should be non-tendered. They do not deserve making million but I expect Fontenot to be traded.

Yesterday I posted that the Cubs are interested in pitcher Vincente Padilla but Cubs officials shot that rumor down. I am happy because Padilla is not a good clubhouse guy and a overrated pitcher. He will also probably make to much money.

I will keep you posted.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Cubs Lead in Race for Vincente Padilla...

According to a report, the Cubs and Cardinals are leading the race for pitcher Vincente Padilla. Padilla who is not a good clubhouse guy was released by the Rangers last year and pick up by the Dodgers. When he joined the Dodgers, he went 3-0 with a 3.70 era after miserable stats with Texas..

In the heading, I wrote the Cubs are leading because Matthew Leach reported that don't read much into the Cardinals signing Padilla.

I would not sign Vincente Padilla because he has a Bradley type attitude in the clubhouse and that is the reason the Cubs are trading Bradley. But I would only sign Padilla for a 1 year deal worth 2 million and to be the 5th starter behind Zambrano, Lilly, Dempster and Wells. He is probably looking for a deal around 1 year 4-6 million or a 2 year contract worth about 8-12 million all together.

I will keep you posted as the rumors start flying.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cubs Trade Aaron Miles and Jake Fox to Oakland... Update

UpdateL 6:01: The Cubs are giving 1 million to the Athletics. In the deal the Cubs save 1.7 million which is a steal. Now they have about 2 more million to spend on free agents.

Breaking News: The Cubs have traded 2B Aaron Miles and utility man Jake Fox to the Oakland Athletics for minor leaguers Jeff Gray, Ronny Morla and Matt Spencer. The Cubs are also giving cash to the Athletics.

Jeff Gray is 27 years old. He went 2-2 with a 1.54 era in 41 innings last year.

Ronny Morla is 21 years old. He went 1-7 with a 4.86 era in 63 innings last year.

Matt Spencer is 23 years old. He batted .294 with 10HR and 29RBI in 93 games and 371 at-bats.

I like the trade for the Cubs because the Cubs don't need Miles no more because of Baker and Fox has no place on the team. After first writing that Jim Hendry was trying to trade Miles and Fox about a couple hours ago, it happens.

More to come.

Multiple Teams Interested in Jake Fox, Cubs Looking to Deal Aaron Miles...

Heres the latest as the Winter Meeting approach:

Bruce Levine is reporting that multiple teams have contacted the Cubs about Jake Fox. Fox who is 27, is primarily a DH for an American league team. Levine mention 2 teams that have express interest in Fox and they are the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics. He also states that Fox is not an NL player and should go to the AL where he can play DH and some times in the field. I think Fox will be traded this Winter and I say he will be traded at or before the Winter Meetings for 1 or 2 prospects.

In other news, Jim Hendry is trying to trade 2B Aaron Miles but no teams were mention of who are interested. Hendry said he will pay a portion of Miles 2.7 million contract. I think Miles will be traded or release at the Winter Meetings. If he is traded, I say they will get 1-2 prospects like what they would get if they traded Fox.

I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Cubs Had Interest in Rafael Betancourt, But Do They Still...

The Cubs did have interest in relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt before the Colorado Rockies offered him arbitration. Betancourt was a type A free agent and the Cubs would have to give up there first round draft pick but the Cubs draft pick is number 16. The top 16 picks in the draft are protected and can't be lost by signing a type A free agent. If the Cubs do in fact sign Betancourt, they will have to give up there second round pick, 49th overall.

Betancourt made 3.35 million in 2009 and the Rockies had to offer Betancourt any where from 4-6 million on arbitration. If that is true then, the Cubs would have to sign him to the same deal on a 1 year deal or sign him to a multiyear deal worth about a little less.

A Cubs source with knowledge of the situation said there is nothing to it at this time. The Cubs had to talk about it, is what I conclude from that sentence.

Other teams that have said to be interested before he was offered arbitration are the Giants and Phillies.

I don't think the Cubs will sign him because they won't want to give up a draft pick for a relief pitcher and the money will get out of hand.

I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Cubs like Ankiel, Fontenot Drawing Interest and other notes...

Notes from Hot Stove Cubbies:

The Cubs want to sign Rick Ankiel to a 2 year contract because that way they will be able to give him less money a year instead of giving him more money on a 1 year contract. I am in favor of that deal because he has a cannon or a arm and this lets the Cubs move Fukudome back to right where he is a better defender. He will most likely bat 5th in the lineup in my opinion. But first the Cubs will have to trade Milton Bradley which I see him being dealt at the Winter Meetings starting on Monday.

The Cubs will look for another starting pitcher that will come cheap because they are injury prone and hope they succeed. Names on the list are Noah Lowry, Mark Mulder, Brett Myers, and Eric Milton. I wouldn't mind seeing any of these players in a Cubs uniform next year becuase they will come cheap and I don''t like going with Samardzija as the 5th starter come opening day.

The Rangers have interest in cheap utility mans Mike Fontenot and Jeff Baker. Fontenot is expected to be a non tender contract and then will become a free agent. The Cubs would love to trade Fontenot instead of getting nothing for him. I think the Cubs will trade Fontenot to the Rangers for a PTBNL or a mid level prospect. Baker on the other hand will come more expensive and the Cubs will tender him so he can be their utility man in 2010. I think Baker will not be traded and will be on their 2010 roster.

The Cubs will not sign Marlon Byrd because of his price tag. That is fine with me.

The Cubs are expected to sign Danny Rodriguez, probably to a minor league deal. Rodriguez posted a 3-0 record in Winter ball with a era of 1.25. This signing is not a big deal but maybe it will work out and he will pitch really good.

Bruce Miles thinks the Cubs will tender all 9 of there players. I think they will tender 7 but not Mike Fontenot or Neal Cotts. They both do not deserve to be making in the millions and the Cubs know that.

Today the Cubs did not offer arbitration to any of there 4 free agents, Type A Kevin Gregg, Type B Rich Harden and neither Reed Johnson or Chad Fox. This was not a surprise but I would love to see Rich Harden get offer and I am going to miss seeing him in Cubbie blue next season.

Busy day of rumors but it was fun hearing all it. Just can't wait for Monday. I will keep you posted.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Predicting 2010 Roster...

With all signings and trades included:

Geovany Soto
Koyie Hill

Derrek Lee
Micah Hoffpauir
Jeff Baker
Ryan Theriot
Andres Blanco
Aramis Ramirez

Alfonso Soriano
Kosuke Fukudome
Rick Ankiel
Sam Fuld
Tyler Colvin

Carlos Zambrano
Ted Lilly
Ryan Dempster
Randy Wells
Tom Gorzelany
Jeff Samardzija
Angel Guzman
Carlos Marmol
John Grabow
Esmalin Caridad
John Gaub
Jeff Stevens

Traded or release:
Mike Fontenot
Aaron Miles
Sean Marshall
Milton Bradley
Jake Fox

I know I won't be right but I hope to be close.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cubs Interested in Takashi Saito

The Cubs along with 8 other teams are interested in relief pitcher Takashi Saito. Saito played for the Red Sox last year and declined the 6 million option of him. Saito posted a 2.43 ERA in 55.2 IP for the Red Sox last year. He will turn 40 years old before the 2010 season.

There are 8 teams interested but the article only named 4 and they were the Cubs, Braves, Mets and the White Sox. The Red Sox were said to be interested in Saito returning to a lesser deal.

The Cubs have no money to spend and were going to used this offseason in trade mode instead of opening their wallet. Saito is probably looking for a 2 year deal but will only get 1 beause of his age but maybe a club option for the second year. The money range he could be looking in is 3-5 million for 1 year. The Cubs could sign him if they trade Bradley and don't eat his whole contract.

Saito will be a nice addition to the bullpen but I would like to sign him to a 1 year deal worth 2-3 million.

I will keep you posted.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Cubs Might be Searching for a Shortstop...

With the rising star of SS Starlin Castro who is currently in the Cubs minor league system playing for Tennessee Smokies. The Cubs could be looking for a shortstop for short term. It will be a 1 year deal. Jim Hendry told current SS Ryan Theriot a couple days ago to get ready to play 2B in the near future. The Cubs might sign a SS to a 1 year deal so Ryan Theriot can get use to playing 2B.

Ryan Theriot said he is fine on moving to secondbecause he love Chicago and wants to stay here. Second base is a better position for him because he has no arm and will be a better defender at second.

2 names that play SS and would not care to see in a Cubs uniform are Olando Cabrera and Marco Scutaro. Marco Scutaro and Olando Cabrera are looking for deals in the range if 2 years and 7-9 million a year. The Cubs would only want to give a 1 year deal worth about 4-6 million depending on how Jim Hendry moves around money.

I will keep you posted.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Cubs in Market for Bat...

Foxsports is reporting, that the Cubs will be in the market for a centerfielder. First they will have to trade Milton Bradley and unload some of his contract to make a deal. The Cubs want a centerfielder because they want to move Kosuke back to right because that is where he is an abover average defender. They will most likely look for a CF via trade because of the money issues, they will have to pay to the free agent.

In the same report, they said the outfielders the Cubs could look at are Curtis Granderson, Scott Podsednik, Rick Ankiel, Coco Crisp, Marlon Byrd, and Mike Cameron. In that list, I like Curtis Granderson but don't give up a lot, Ankiel for his defense but none of these are my favorite.

You will here more in 10 days at the Winter Meetings. Can't wait because it will be fun.

I will keep you posted.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving...

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and everybody who reades my blog:

The next few days are going to be slow for the Cubs notes because it is holliday and the GM's spend time with their family. But after it is over, back to work for them. The next time you where heard way more is the Winter meeting on December 7th-10.

But if some news does break, I will have it right here as always.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cubs like the O-Dawg...

Bruce Levine keeps mention in his weekly chat on Tuesday, the Cubs like 2B lando Hudson:

If the Cubs do sign him, it will probably be there own free agency signing. He mentions that if the money gets out of hands the Cubs will past. The Cubs are looking at a 1 year deal worth about 4 million (my guess). The Cubs like him last year before he signed with the Dodgers. He will probably be the Cubs leadoff man because he posts a good on-base percentage and does hve little speed.

It will only be for a 1 year contract to get ready for top prospect Starlin Castro who will most likely be the starter in 2010 coming out of spring traing if he keeps doing well.

I would be in favor of a 1 year 4 million deal. Hope he signs with the Cubs.

I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Derrek Lee Finishes 9th in All-Star Voting...

Today they announce the NL MVP and no doubt it was 1B Albert Puijols of the Cardinals. Derrek Lee finish 9th in the voting with 66 points and had 1 2nd place vote. Lee had a career high in rbis with 111 and had 35 home runs with a batting average of .306. That is his 2nd highest voting in the MVP where he came in 3rd in 2005.

Also I forgot to write it but Randy Wells came in 6th in rookie of the year voting.

I will keep you posted.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wally Haywoood, New Rennovations to Wrigley...

I guess you wonder who Wally Haywood is from the title, he was appointed to chief of sales and marketing director of the Chicago Cubs today. He was helping out the 2016 Olympics for Chicago.

The Cubs moved late last week to install plywood that extends 60 feet off the back of the left-center field bleachers. It allows the team to block the Horseshoe Casino advertisement on that building and allows the Cubs to begin to sell their own ads on future billboards in that area.

According to Cubs officials, only two rooftop views will be impeded slightly by this new project.

Rooftop owners, as part of their agreement with the Cubs, can only advertise their Web sites for sales purposes on their buildings. No other advertising is allowed.

If the Ricketts family doesn't feel the new 60-foot structure fits into the culture of their famed ballpark, it will have the right to remove the temporary sign.

The Cubs are hoping not to have a problem with the landmark authority. Wrigley is registered as an history landmark. Any changes to the exterior of the park must be approved by the landmark authority.

The Cubs believe since the sign is temporary, they are entitled to extend the billboard above the bleachers.

Nothing spectacular today but more news will come shortly, patience I guess

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cubs Can't Find Way to Trade Bradley...

The Bradley saga has been going on since early September with tons of trade possibilities but no ending to it:

At the GM Meetings reported by Ken Rosenthal that there was a propose trade of the Cubs, Mets, and Blue Jays. The Cubs getting Luis Castillo, Mets getting Lyle Overbay and the Blue Jays getting Milton Bradley. This trade was shot down because the Blue Jays GM who is new, did not want Bradley to be his first addition as new GM.

Then in recent days Phil Rodgers reported (usually never listen to him) that the Cubs, Rangers and Mets were talking a trade. With Mets getting Kevin Millwood, Cubs getting Luis Castillo and the Rangers getting Milton Bradley. Also reported by Hot Stove Cubbies, the Cubs and Rangers were talking a deal of Milton Bradley and Aaron Miles for Kevin Millwood but the Rangers also wanted either Sean Marshall or Angel Guzman included in the deal which they were reluctant to do.

Now according to Hot Stove Cubbies, the Cubs, Mets and Rays are talking a deal. Cubs getting Luis Castillo, Mets getting Pat Burrell and the Rays getting Milton Bradley. Also with the Cubs putting money in the deal. This will probably be the deal at the end because this makes sense for every team involved.

I will keep you posted as the Cubs want Bradley gone before the Winter Meetings on December 7th.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Update on Recent Rumors...

Lets get caught up:

It was reported yesterday that the Blue Jays contacted the Cubs regarding pitcher Roy Halladay. This kind of surprises me because the Cubs don't have a lot of death in their farm system and the Blue Jays probably want top prospect Starlin Castro who is untouchable. The Cubs can trade Vitters, Cashner, Flaherty and Carpetner. That won't get a deal done but might get their attention. But another problem is, can the Cubs take on his 15 million contract.

There was a report of a 3 way deal with the Rangers, Cub and Mets. Cubs get Luis Castillo, Mets get Kevin Millwood and the Rangers get Milton Bradley but that deal was quickly shut down by the Rangers and Cubs officials. This deal does make kind of sense and probably has been talk about at least once.

The Cubs and Tigers are stilling talking a trade for Curtis Granderson but will not part ways with Carlos Marmol or top prospect Starlin Castro. I am still in favor for Granderson but don't give up too much including Josh Vitters.

Jon Heyman keeps insisting in his reports that the Cubs are players in Matt Holliday but with what money. Holliday is expected to get Alfonso Soriano kind of a contract and the Cubs will not do that. If you are a Cubs fan, let this leave you mind because this will not happen.

The Cubs have not shown any interest in former Cub Mark Derosa. I think the Cubs will not sign him because of his age.

The Cubs are also expected to be players in the running for 2B Placido Polanco. I would be in favor of this, if they sign him to a 1 year deal to get ready for the upcoming star Starlin Castro.

I will keep you posted.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Cubs Complete John Grabow Deal, A Look at the Cubs 40 Man Roster... Update 1?

Update 5:20: The Cubs added outfielder James Adduci, catcher Welington Castilla ans pitchers John Gaub, Blake Parker and Rafael Dolis to there 40 man roster. The roster currently stand at 38. 2 more remaining spots on the 40 man roster have to be filled by midnight tonight.

he Cubs officially announce today, they have signed lefty relief pitcher John Grabow to a 2 year deal worth about 7.5 million. So this whole this has been going on since the end of the World Series if not longer. But at least they got this deal and could move onto other things like a Bradley trade.

A look at the Cubs 40 man roster because they have have this set by midnight today. Anyone not listed as on the 40 man roster can be pick up in the Rule 5 draft in December.

Catchers: Koyie Hill, Geovany Soto
First Baseman: Derrek Lee, Micah Hoffpauir
Second Baseman: Jeff Baker, Mike Fontenot, Aaron Miles
Third Baseman: Aramis Ramirez, Jake Fox
Shortstop: Ryan Theriot, Andres Blanco
Outfielders: Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome, Milton Bradley, Sam Fuld, Tyler Colvin
Pitchers: Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lilly, Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Tom Gorzelanny, Jeff Samardzija, Sean Marshall, Carlos Marmol, John Grabow, Angel Guzman, Esmailin Caridad, David Patton, Justin Berg, Jeff Stevens, Neal Cotts, Mitch Atkins, Marcus Mateo

I will update you as when more names are added to the 40 man roster.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

John Grabow Signs 2 Year Contract, See Ya Aaron Heilman...

The Cubs were busy today for the first time this winter:

The Cubs lock up relief pitcher John Grabow to a 2 year contract worth about 7 million today. The Cubs acquired John Grabow along with Tom Gorzelanny from the Pirates on July 30th for Jose Ascaino, Kevin Hart and a minor league 3B. Grabow is slated to be the the primarily lefty set-up man for Carlos Marmol.

Also today the Cubs traded relief pitcher Aaron Heilman to the Diamondbacks for 2 minor leaguers Scott Maine and Ryne White.This move isn't much of a surprise because Heilman is expected to be a non-tender player and the Cubs save about 2 million in this deal. Now the Cubs 40 man roster stands at 37. The Cubs have to finalize there 40 man roster by Friday. Now they just have to trade Bradley. We all know when Hendry makes moves, they all come right after each other, so can we see a Bradley trade tonight.

I will keep you posted as free agency starts at midnight tonight.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cubs are About to Sign John Grabow...

Bruce Levine is reporting that a person close to negotiations for relief John Grabow are close to being completed. The deal is worth about 2 years and 7-7.5 million. The person close to this said it should be completed tomorrow and announced tomorrow.

On Wednesday, the Cubs sent an offer sheet to John Grabows agent. Grabnow is expected to be the Cubs lefty set-up man in 2010.

Tomorrow is the last day that the Cubs have negotiating rights with Grabow because on Friday at midnight the free agency period starts.

Finally this is getting done and I will keep you posted as this should be finalized tomorrow.

David Kaplan: Bradley to the Rangers...

More on Bradley:

David Kaplan who just got back from his vacation in Mali is hearing that the Cubs and Rangers are seriously talking a trade for Bradley. He did not say who Bradley will be traded for but Levine said that if Bradley is traded to the Rangers, it will be pitcher Kevin Millwood.

I would be in more favor of this trade than the one to the Rays for Pat Burrell who is the other team to land Bradley possibly. Other teams that have express interest in Bradley are the Diamondbacks (Eriz Byrnes), Giants (Aaron Rowand), Rays (Pat Burrell) and the Rangers (Kevin Millwood).

Out of all those bad contract swaps, I like the Kevin Millwood because he is an innings pitcher and he will be the 5th starter and Jeff Samardzija will have to compete for a spot in the bullpen then.

Levine thought Bradley would of been gone already and I did too. I guess we have to want and see how this ends up.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Aroung the NL Central Before Free Agency Starts Friday...

Lets get caught up, on the NL Central before 12am Friday:

Cubs: They are interested in Curtis Granderson but will not trade Castro, Cashner or Marmol but maybe Vitters. The Cubs have about 3 more days to sign John Grabow before he hits the market on Friday (deal around 2 years and 7 million). There is also mile interest in CF Mike Cameron and OF Marlon Byrd.

Cardinals: There is a report out there that the top 3 teams to sign Matt Holliday are the Yankees (not first choice), Red Sox and the Angels but not the Cardinals. They are also interested in re-signing John Smoltz. They are also interested in outfielder Xaiver Nady.

Brewers: They already made a trade this year by trading SS JJ Hardy to the Twins for CF Carlos Gomez, they most likely won't re-sign Mike Cameron with the addition of Gomez. They decline the option on P Braden Looper and are also talking to the Tigers about 2009 all-star Edwin Jackson.

Astros: They would still bring back Miguel Tejada but to play 3B. They are interested in John Smoltz along with the Cardinals and are interested in Billy Wagner. They could bring back soon to be free agent closer Jose Valverde.

Pirates: They made a big splash to the start of the offseason by acquiring 2B Akinormi Iwanura from the Rays for relief pitcher Jesse Chavez. There payroll is still low but might be able too add 1 or 2 low cost free agents. The Pirates are expected to shop Ryan Doumit and closer Matt Capps this winter.

Reds: Reds declined the option on catcher Ramon Hernandez option but re-signed him a couple days ago to a 1 year contract. The Reds want to cut payroll with players like Aaron Harang, Bronson Arroyo and Brandon Phillips being traded.

That is pretty much the latest from the NL Central and I will always keep you posted on everything Cubs.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Jim Callis: Updated Cubs Top 10 Prospects...

It was updated as of November 16th (today).

1) Starlin Castro-SS
2) Brett Jackson-OF
3) Josh Vitters-3B
4) Andrew Cashner-RHP
5) Jay Jackson-RHP
6) Hak-Ju Lee-SS
7) Logan Watkins-2B
8) Chris Carpetner-RHP
9) Ryan Flaherty-IF
10) DJ DeMahieu-2B

A look at the Cubs top 5 prospects:

*Castro is an upcoming star and is only 19 years old, Bruce Levine thinks he can be on the roster after the all-star next year.
*Brett Jackson was the Cubs 2009 first round pick, 31st overall.
*Josh Vitters is 20 years old and was the number 1 prospect last year.
*Andrew Cashner had surgery on his arm and looks healthy as ever
*Jay Jackson is 20 years old and scouts say he has 1 of the best breaking balls with a fastball in the mid 90's.

Chris Carpetner and Hak-Ju Lee could be players to go over to Detroit if the Cubs make a trade for Granderson, Levine thinks Vitters could also be in the deal. Levine also said the Cubs will not trade Castro, Jackson or Cashner in a deal for Granderson.

Last years top 10 prospects:

1. Josh Vitters-3b
2. Jeff Samardzija-rhp
3. Andrew Cashner-rhp
4. Dae-Eun Rhee-rhp
5. Wellington Castillo-c
6. Kevin Hart-rhp
7. Starlin Castro-ss/2b
8. Ryan Flaherty-ss
9. Jay Jackson-rhp
10. Hak-Ju Lee-ss

Hart was traded to the Pirates in the Grabow trade so he was obviously dropped, Samardzija is not a prospect no more, Castilla and Rhee dropped out and every other one is still in the top 10.

I will keep you posted on everything Cubs.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cubs/Grabow Closing in on a Deal...

Bruce Levine said the Cubs sent lefty relief pitcher John Grabow an offer sheet to his agent in recent days for 2 years worth around 7 million with possibly an option for a third year. Levine also states that the deal is not as much as Grabow wanted but thinks the Cubs will hit a deal this week.

The Cubs have until Friday to reach a deal with him or they will have to compete with other teams to sign him. They have negotiating rights with him until Friday because that is when free agency starts.

The last time we heard about this what by at the GM Meetings about a week ago.

Lets hope this deal gets done as soon as possible so they can move on too new priorities.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Updates on Curtis Granderson...

Here are a few more links on Granderson:

More by Rogers, Rogers source indicated that the Cubs could trade low price veterans that the Tigers can either trade or keep for Granderson. Rogers mentions Jake Fox, Micah Hoffpauir, Aaron Heilman, Mike Fontenot, Aaron Miles and Tom Gorzelanny. If that would get Granderson, I would trade any of those players, but that is unlikely to get a deal done.

Rogers also said that Jim Hendry did talk to the Tigers GM about multiple players at the GM Meetings. My guess is they did talk about Granderson and this is one team Jim hendry talk to about Milton Bradley.

Lynn Henning of the Detroit News mentioned a possible package from the Cubs that included Starlin Castro, Josh Vitters and Andrew Cashner and if the Cubs would not do that package, they should hand over Carlos Marmol. I would not trade any of those players for just Granderson. I would only trade any of those players for Adrian Gonzalez, Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez and etc.

So, would the Cubs get a deal done, I sure hop so but with not giving much up. I will keep you posted.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Jim Callis: Cubs Best Team to Land Curtis Granderson...

Jim Callis had an interview with the bad writer Phil Rogers recently:

It was reported today that the Angels and Tigers are talking about a Curtis Granderson trade. In the same report, it mentions that the Yankees really like Granderson and the Cubs would eventually inquire about him. Callis said, out of the 3 teams, the Cubs have the best shot lo land him. The Tigers made Curtis Granderson available at the GM Meeting along with P Edwin Jackson and utility man Brandon Inge.

Why do the Angels need another outfielder, they have Bobby Abreu, Tori Hunter and Juan Rivera as starters while Gary Matthews Jr. is the 4th outfielder.

The Yankees might need him because they have Johnny Damon and Jerry Harrision Jr. as free agents but still have Nick Swisher and Melky Cabrera as starters.

The Cubs need him because he will be there leadoff man that they have been searching for and he will also take over CF while Kosuke moves back to right.

Propose trade:
Cubs get Curtis Granderson
Tigers get Hak-Ju Lee, Jake Fox, Sean Marshall, Chris Carpenter and Ty Wright.

Lets look into the trade: Hak-Ju Lee is a SS and the Cubs have a young kid coming up who is Starlin Castro and he is expected to be a star. Jake Fox has no place on the team and has to be in the DH roll to put up good stats. Sean Marshall is a good lefty but the Cubs got Tom Gorzelanny who is pretty much the same pitcher and the same age. Chris Carpenter is a good pitcher but you have to throw a good player in to get a good player in return. Ty Wright pretty much has no place on the team with all these young outfielders coming up and don't forget about the long contract of Soriano. I think this will be enough because the Cubs aren't giving up there top prospects which would be good.

The Cubs have not talk to the Tigers about Granderson yet but will make a offer when the Tigers are ready for offers. Phil Rogers via twitter.

Get it done Jim Hendry, but first get the Bradley trade done.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Quick Roundup of Today... Breaking News

Breaking News: Carlos Zambrano wins the 2009 Silver Slugger Award as a pitcher with a batting average of .217 and 4HR and 11rbi. He is likely the only Cub to win an award in 2009 after Derrek Lee lost the gold glove award to Adrian Gonzalez.

After Bruce Levine reported yesteday that the Cubs are close to a deal with the Rays for Bradley, Fox Sports quickly said they are not even close to a deal. The money concerns is a big deal but Levine did stick to his report and said he will be gone within a week. This is dragging on forever and I hope this gets over sooner than later. Levine did report last night that Jim Hendry is still talking to the Mets, Rays, Rangers and Tigers about Bradley.

There is an unfound found rumor floating around the Internet about a 3 team deal between the Rays, Tigers and Cubs. Cubs get Curtis Granderson, Rays get Milton Bradley and the Tigers get Pat Burrell, Sean Marshall, Aaron Heilman and Sam Fuld. That would be a good trade for the Cubs but the Tigers will lose big and I don't see that happening but it would be nice.

Hot Stove Cubbies is reporting that he is hearing the Cubs will pursue 2B Brando Phillips hard. I would love Phillips be the Cubs 2B in 2010. How nice would it be if the Cubs got Phillips and Granderson in the same offseason but really unlikely.

Mike Fontenot made the cut off as a super 2 and is now eligible to get arbitration and make over 1 million dollars which he does not deserve. Now expect Fontenot get traded over the winter.

I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cubs/Rays closing in on Bradley Trade and other notes...

According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs and Rays are finalizing the trade of Milton Bradley for Pat Burrell. They are just working on how much money goes over in the Bradley trade. Levine thinks Bradley will be a Ray in 4-5 days. In my own opinion, I would rather have Kevin Millwood of the Rangers in the Bradley trade. The Cubs need pitching with the expected departure of Rich Harden and the injury to Ted Lilly. On the other hand, the Cubs are not expected to keep Burrell because he can't play defense and will likely trade him to the AL so he can be a DH.

Levine also states that the Cubs will not be the likely destination for Marlon Byrd. I would rather trade for Curtis Granderson who is now available and also give more playing time to younger players.

Over at the Cubs corner, it mentions as a unfound rumor that the Cubs and Jays are talking a trade not including Bradley or Wells. The trade is Brandon League of the Jays for Jake Fox and a a minor leaguer of the Cubs. I can see this trade happening because it is said that the Cubs will trade Fox and are also looking for relief pitching via trade. League is 26 and is making the MLB minimum. The Cubs can do this with out adding money because Fox and League are making pretty much the same. I would be OK with this trade but I think if you wait, you can add Fox in a trade that is a better one. For example, in a Curtis Granderson trade.

Fox sports is reporting that the Cubs are making progress in signing LRP John Grabow and Paul Sullivan thinks a deal will be fianlized in a week or so. I sure hope so, this has been taking forever.

The GM meetings are now over and there was nothing new today. I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Bradley Latest and the Latest From the GM Meetings...

The Latest of a Bradley trade:

The Cubs are really trying to trade Milton Bradley by the end of the GM meeting and Phil Rogers says the Cubs want Bradley of there roster in the next 36 hours. I sure hope so.

Bruce Levine said that Jim Hendry and the Rays GM stood up pass midnight working out a Bradley trade. Burrell will come over in the trade, they are just trying to work out the contract situation and Foxports is reporting that Bradely could restructure his contract so the trade works with the Rays.

Bruce Levine is reporting that the Rangers are in the thick of things and most likely will trade Millwood for Bradley who is making 12 million in 2010. I would be in favor of that.

Jon Heyman said Texas and Tampa Bay is the likely destination for Bradley. He is probably right on the button.

As it stands right now, Jim Hendry is still talking with the Rays and Rangers.

More from GM Meetings or other tidbits:

GM Jim Hendry said he hopes to have a couple more deals in the next few weeks before the winter meetings.

Bruce Levine stated in his chat that the Cubs will have interest free agent relief pitcher Mike Gonzalez. I would be in favor of that also.

In the same report from Fox sports, it says the Cubs will have interest in free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd. Byrd is 32 years old and gad his best year last year. I would try to trade for a CF first, if you can't find one then sign him. Byrd will be the CF with Kosuke moving back to right.

I will keep you posted as we await the Bradley trade.

Cubs Talking 3 Team Trade, Other Tidbits From Last Night...

Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that the Cubs, Blue Jays and Mets are talking about a 3 team deal with the Cubs getting Luis Castilla, Blue Jays getting Milton Bradley and the Mets getting Lyle Overbay. I think that would be a good trade for the Cubs because they can maybe get a leadoff man because he still has little gas in him being 34 years old but can be a good 2 hitter because he gets on base a lot and is pretty good at defense. I have know clue, how the money will work.

"This has some legs but no much, the GM of the Jays does not want Bradley to be his first move"

Paul Sullivan is reporting that the Jays want no part of Bradley.

Lee Hamilton said the Cubs talk to the Rangers about a Brandon McCarthy for Milton Bradley swap. I would be in favor of that because he is young and has upside but don't see the Rangers doing that.

The Cubs will not release Bradley. That is a no brainer because there are tons of teams interested in him.

The Cubs have talk to the Rangers (Millwood or McCarthy), Angels (Gary Matthews Jr.), Blue Jays (Wells, JK) and the Mets (Castilla) for Bradley. Those are the teams I have mention.

ESPN had a idea of Bobby Jenks for Milton Bradley. I say no way, I hate Jenks because he is really not good and way overweight.

The Cubs are close to finishing out a 2 year deal with John Grabow for about 3 million a year I hope this does get done soon, its taking forever.

The Cubs are looking for a veteran middle infielder to get ready for Starlin Castro. Tejada, Cabrera and Scutaro all play SS and they can finally move Theriot to 2B where he belongs.

Rich Harden and Kevin Gregg will not be back. Gregg is a no brainer but Harden wants to be back and will take a discount to stay. His agent is planning to meet with Jim Hendry soon. I hope Harden comes back on a 1 year contract.

Kevin Greeg filed for free agency yesterday with 31 other players. He gone.

Elias ranking were official yesterday with nothing changing. Grabow and Gregg Type A, Harden Type B and Johnson and Fox are nothing.

I will keep you posted as GM meeting day 2 will start soon and start hearing more rumors.

Monday, November 9, 2009

GM Meetings Day 1 Recap...

Gordon Wittnymer stated today that his reliable source said that 3 more teams contacted the Cubs about Milton Bradley. So far we know that the Rangers, Giants, Rays, Blue Jays and the Padres had said they have interest in Bradley. The 3 teams that could have contacted the Cubs about Bradley could be the Red Sox (if know they can't get Holliday or resign Bay), Indains, Marlins and the Diamondbacks (a trade for Byrnes). Those are some other teams that possibly contacted the Cubs about Bradley.

Paul Sullivan in his latest post listed the 3 needs the Cubs moistly need are a leadoff hitter, center fielder, and a middle infielder but Bradley has to be gone first. First lets see who the Cubs could get as a leadoff hitter: Chone Figgins, that is pretty much the only fast guy in free agency this year. They might have to look for a leadoff hitter via trade. Second Center fielder: Aaron Rowand (Bradley trade), Rick Ankiel, Mike Cameron. Finally a middle infielder: Marco Scutaro, Miguel Tejada, Olando Cabrera and Olando Hudson. The Cubs will probably move Theriot to second if they acquire a SS via trade or free agency or matter what to get ready for Starlin Castro.

Bruce Miles reports the Cubs could be players in the Roy Halladay derby along with the Angels and Dodgers. He said the Cubs could package a deal with Milton Bradley in the deal (The Jays are said the have interest in Bradley). The Cubs could maybe trade Bradley, Fox, Cashner, Camp and Parker (player in rising star game). If the Cubs make the trade without trading Jay Jackson, Josh Vitters and Starlin Castro it will be a steal. Then at the trading deadline the Cubs can try and trade Halladay for more players in return who desperately need pitching because Halladay will be a free agent after that season.

MLBTR owner Tim Dierkes post the top 50 free agents and he said the Cubs will sign RP Billy Wagner and I really don't see that happening because of his age.

Baseball Prospectus floated a rumor that the Cubs are asking teams if they want 2008 rookie of hte year Geovany Soto who had a down season in 2009. I would only trade Soto if you can get 2 pretty good prospects or 3 prospects that could make the majors. Because the Cubs catcher Welmington Castilla who is in Double A is moving up the Cubs minor league system. It is said that he is a good defensive catcher but still needs more work on his hitting. This same report mention the Cubs will still listen to offers on Carlos Zambrano but will have to be overwhelmed to trade him. They will have to get offers like what Halladay was getting and what the Indians got for Cliff Lee.

Jim Hendry had to say this: ''I think you'll see a lot of that,'' Hendry said. ''At the same time, I think the free-agent world will be a patient market like it ended up being last year, and some good players will probably be available as the winter progresses. We'll be looking to trade some pieces to get some pieces.''

This was the recap of GM meetings on Day 1 and this was the day that the GM's just come get caught up and start the work tomorrow. The GM meeting goes through Wednesday and I will keep you posted as Milton Bradley could be traded soon.