Friday, July 31, 2009

Deadline Over, Cubs do Nothing Today, Roster Move, Other News on the Waiver Period and who Cubs look at...

A report by Bruce Levine stated the Cubs were looking for a defensive CF in a trade before the deadline and now will look for a defensive OF through the waiver period.

The Cubs look at different outfielders that can play good defense and 1 was Oakland's Rajah Davis. The did not care if they can hit but just see if they can play good in the field. Jim Hendry also contacted the Royals about Mark Teahen but they did not show much interest in trading Teahen.

Hot Stove Cubbies is reporting he is hearing the Cubs might put Aaron Miles, Milton Bradley, Mike Fontenot, Jeff Baker, Aaron Heilman on waivers to see if they draw interest.

Jim Hendry worked the phones to tweak his bench up until the deadline but everything decent was radically overpriced according to David Kaplan.

Tom Gorzolanny will be brought up Saturday from Triple A Iowa and start Tuesday for the Cubs.

The Cubs called up OF Sam Fuld from Triple A Iowa and sent P Mitch Atkins back to Triple A.

BJ Ryan pitched for Iowa Cubs yesterday and pitched 1.2 innings, giving up 1 walk and struck out 1.

NL Central Update:

The Reds trade 3B Edwin Encarnacion to the Blue Jays for 3B Scott Rolen.

The Brewers trade C Vinny Rottino to the Dodgers for P Claudio Vargas.

I will keep you posted.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Cubs Acquire Grabow and Gorzelanny, Rumors: Teahen and Hermida, other notes. Updates...

Update 4:50: ESPN Chicago reports the Cubs send pitchers Kevin Hart, Jose Ascaino and ED Price states the Cubs send 3B Josh Harrison in exchange for John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny. Gorzelanny will report to Triple A Iowa.

Cubs get:

John Grabow is 3-0 with a era of 3.42 and has walk 28 and struck out 41 in 47.1 innings.

Tom Gorzelanny was 3-1 with a era of 5.19 and has walk 4 with 7 strikeouts in 8.2 innings out of relief and now is in Triple A.

Pirates get: (all minor league stats)

Jose Ascaino is 2-4 with a era of 3.16 and has walk 18 and struck out 47 batters in 51.1 innings for Triple A Iowa.

Kevin Hart was 3-3 with a era of 3.10 and has walk 20 and struck out 57 batters in 52.1 innings for Triple A Iowa.

Josh Harrision batted .337 with 4 HR, 33 rbi's, 16 walks and struck out 25 times for Daytona Cubs.

Update 4:44: Kingclip is hearing the Cubs may send pitcher Jay Jackson to the Pirates in the trade.

Update 4:40: The deal is just about done.

Update 3:24: Kovacevic says Grabow and Gorzelanny to the Cubs is almost done, while Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun-Times says they closed the deal. Jon Heyman says the deal is "very close".

Update 3:20: reports the Cubs are finalizing a deal for lefty John Grabow.

Update 2:57: Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the Cubs and Pirates are discussing a trade that would send Grabow and Gorzelanny to Chicago. No deal is in place and other teams remain interested in Grabow.

Update 2:30: Jon Heyman thinks the Cubs are getting closer to John Grabow and could acquire another pitcher as well. My guess the other pitcher is Tom Gorzelanny.

Jon Heyman reports the Cubs are in "serious discussions" with the Pirates about lefty John Grabow.

Jason Stark says the Cubs are :strictly mining the lefthanded reliever market" and not looking for a bat.

In a report by Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs prefer John Grabow over Joe Beimel. They continue to discuss Grabow with the Pirates. Also in the same report, the Cubs will stay in house for the replacement for Reed Johnson.

Gordon Wittnymer states the Cubs are looking for a left-handed bat who can play right field. Then Milton Bradley would be in a platoon mode. The Cubs only have 2-3 million to spend on a player.

2 left-handed batters that can play right field are Jeremy Hermida of the Marlins and Mark Teahen of the Royals. I would be in favor for Teahen but not for Hermida.

The Cubs are still looking for a outfielder, that is according to Chris De Luca of the Sun-Times.

The Cubs called up pitcher Jeff Stevens and officially placed OF Reed Johnson on the 15 day DL with a broken foot.

NL Central Update:

The Pirates traded 2B Freddy Sanchez to the Giants for a prospect.

The Brewers are not in on pitcher Jarrod Washburn.

The Blue Jays and Reds are still discussing 3B Scott Rolen.

The Astros are looking for starting pitching.

The Cardinals are looking for a right-handed reliever.

Astros release pitcher Russ Ortiz after giving up 9 ER against the Cubs today.

I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cubs Want Grabow/Teahen, Roster Move and much more... Breaking News

Breaking News: OF Reed Johnson Broke his foot when he foul a ball off it and is out at least a month. Sam Fuld is expected to be called up from Triple A Iowa.

Hot Stove Cubbies mentions the Cubs might be working on a 3-way trade with the Royals and Pirates. The Cubs will get John Grabow and Mark Teahen, Royals get Tom Gozelanny and a PTBNL from the Cubs and the Pirates get prospects. His source also says the Cubs are "working hard" to try to acquire both.

I would be in favor with that. Mark Teahen will play second and is batting over .290, John Grabow will be a lefty specialist then.

Could the Cubs be interested Orioles closer George Sherrill? Ken Rosenthal reports that 8 teams are interested on George Sherrill and 2 or 3 teams have actually discussed him.

That would be hard for the Cubs with the lack of prospects and they don't want to trade there top ones in any trades.

The Cubs optioned Jeff Stevens to Triple A and called up Mitch Atkins from Triple A Iowa.

Geovany Soto might be set to return to the Cubs next week.

BJ Ryan pitched for Iowa Cubs yesterday in relief giving up just 1 walk.

NL Central Update:

The Brewers are not pursuing pitchers Jarrod Washburn of the Mariners.

The Pirates traded Jack Wilson and Ian Snell to the Mariners for Jeff Clement, Ronny Cedeno, Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock.

I will keep you posted as the Deadline is about 2 days away.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

More Notes as the Trade Deadline Nears...

Gordon Wittnymer reports GM Jim Hendry wants to make a trade but don't expect him to maker a big one.

I see names like Mark Teahen, Joe Beimel, John Grabow, George Sherrill, and Scott Downs players the Cubs would go after and get, They aren't big but will help the club.

Bruce Miles says he expects the Cubs to bolster their bullpen before anything else and he names George Sherrill and Joe Beimel as players of interest.

East Windup Chronicle reports the Cubs have signed Taiwanese player of the year, Wang Tsu-an. They gave him a bonus of 300K. He is the third Taiwanese player of the year that they signed.

Here is a short video of Wang Tsu-an and how his figure is.

The Cubs sent down pitcher Justin Berg to make room for Ryan Dempster who is coming off the DL to pitch against the Astros today.

BJ Ryan is pitching in relief for Iowa Cubs today and I will have that update.

I will keep you posted

Monday, July 27, 2009

Cubs/Pirates Still Talking, Aaron Miles Can't Hit, Bruce Levine...

According to the Pittsburgh Post, the Cubs are in regular contact with the Pirates. He did not mention who they are talking about but I imagine John Grabow, Tom Gozelanny, Freddy Sanchez or Zach Duke.

The Cubs are hesitant to take Aaron Miles off the DL because he can't hit. Miles went 0-4 today and is batting .220 for Triple A Iowa Cubs.

Hot Stove Cubbies mentions the Cubs are very busy at the deadline either adding or subtracting players.

Bruce Levine names players the Cubs have contacted or are looking at:

They have contacted relief pitchers George Sherrill, John Grabow, Joe Beimel and Arthur Rhodes. They are all lefty relievers.

They are looking at infielders Mark Teahen, Freddy Sanchez and Olando Cabrera.

NL Central Update:

The Reds and Yankees are talking pitcher Bronson Arroyo.

The Brewers and Mariners talking pitcher Jarrrod Washburn.

I will keep you posted.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


The Cubs want Zack Duke instead of Tom Gozelanny and John Grabow from the Pirates. It was mention that Duke will cost a gadget of prospects. If they can get him cheap, I say get him.

Also sources mention the Cubs are in discussions with the Blue Jays about lefty Scott Downs. Downs is 35 years old and is making 3.75 million this year and is making 4 million next year.

I will keep you posted.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Could the Tigers be Interested in Milton Bradley, Lilly on DL, Cubs not Searching for Catcher...

Updated 4:50: Tigers GM said that he does not want to have Milton Bradley on his team.

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports "there has been no conversation with any team about Bradley." We can probably now put these rumors to rest.

2:47pm:'s Jason Beck tweets, "Milton Bradley to Tigers? Not happening. According to one source, his name hasn't come up in Tigers discussions all year."

For what it's worth, the Chicago Sun-Times is also now reporting the rumor, but basically echoes the information below. We've yet to recieve word from a major media outlet on possible negotiations.'s David Kaplan has heard from "two very solid baseball sources" that the rumor is true.

As Kaplan writes, "the Tigers have scouted Bradley and are interested depending on how much of his contract the Cubs are willing to eat." A change of scenery would probably do the 31-year-old outfielder some good. He's currently batting .242/.375/.368 with six home runs and 22 RBI in 231 at-bats.

According to Steve Stone of WSCR Chicago, the Tigers have shown some level of interest in Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley. The rumor isn't being reported by any other source, and with Carlos Guillen back in the fold in Detroit, it doesn't make a ton of sense. Perhaps Bradley could serve as the Tigers' DH. We'll keep you updated if the rumor grows any more legs.

The Cubs placed Ted Lilly on the 15 day DL today with a sore shoulder and is expected to be out for 3 weeks. The corresponding move is they called up pitcher Justin Berg from Triple A Iowa.

Ken Rosenthal stated that the Cubs are not pursuing a catcher. That can be good news that they have faith in Koyie Hill and Jake Fox and Soto might be coming back soon. Soto took bating practice today before the game today.

Bruce Levine said the Pirates and Cubs are discussing a trade that would send the Cubs left hander Tom Gozelanny and lefty John Grabow and the Pirate get 4 prospects. With Lilly going down that trade can be on the horizon now.

Bruce Levine also mention the Cubs will look at Mark Kotsay who was DFA by the Red Sox earlier in the week.

NL Central Update:

The Reds and Jays are discussing Scott Rolen.

Jon Heyman reported yesterday that Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo was placed on the trading block.

I will keep you posted.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Lilly, Dempster, NL Central Update...

Ted Lilly might be headed to the 15 day DL with shoulder stiffness, he will have a MRI today and we will know more later tonight or tomorrow. Hart will be move up a day to pitch tomorrow and Harden will pitch the series finale Sunday.

Ryan Dempster will pitch Tuesday against the Astros at Wrigley. Dempster was placed on the 15 day DL with a brocken toe.

NL Central Update:

The Cardinals acquired OF Matt Holliday of the Athletics for top prospect Brett Wallace and 2 other prospects. Wallace is rated the 21st best prospect.

I will keep you posted.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

More Notes on the deadline, Dempster, 2B lookout....

Jason Stark is one of the tons of baseball insiders to say the Cubs are looking at left-handed relievers George Sherrill, John Grabow and Joe Beimel.

He also mentions the Oriolles have 2 prices for George Sherrill: 1 is you can pay his whole contract which is 2.725 million and give up a premium prospect and second is the Orioles pay his whole contract and then you have to give up a premium prospect and 2 other players.

I think either way the Cubs can get a deal done.

"Dave van Dyck at the Chicago Tribune talked to Cubs GM Jim Hendry, who says that while anything can happen, the Cubs are looking more to "tinker" rather than make a big splash at the deadline. Van Dyck reminds that the Cubs just don't have the pieces to make a major trade, and Hendry sees team health as the major issue at hand."

"Such tinkering, Van Dyck speculates, could involve the acquisition of a veteran backup catcher, left-handed reliever or vet outfielder along the lines of Jim Edmonds. He mentions there is room to add salary, but that it is "limited," which would discount someone like Jake Peavy. The Cubs have been in the mix for George Sherrill and Joe Beimel on the relief front, and Lou Piniella has said he desires a couple hitters before the deadline."

My guess is the Cubs will make a move, sooner than later.

Hot Stove Cubbies mentions that Cubs are going to scout the Reds when they are at Wrigley and the name they are scouting is Brandon Phillips.

That would be a nice addition but unlikely.

Steve Phiilips of ESPN says the Cubs are going to make a run after 2B Freddy Sanchez of the Pirates, also CSN analyst David Kaplan backs that up by saying they are going after him but the salary might be to much for the Cubs to take on.

The Pirates are in selling mode by trading Adam LaRoche to the Red Sox yesterday and Nate Mclouth to the Braves last month. I can see the Cubs trading for both 2B Freddy Sanchez and left-handed reliever of the Pirates in the same trade.

Ryan Dempster had x-rays on his broken toe today and everything went good but will not pitch Sunday, he will pitch next week sometime.

NL Central News:

The A's and Cardinals are talking about a trade that would send Cardinals top prospect Brett Wallace to Oakland and Matt Holliday to St. Louis.

I will keep you posted as the trade deadline approaches.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Cubs Interested in Relief pitchers, Pinella, Bradley, NL Central Updates and Much More...

According to the Tribune, the Cubs might be interested in Nationals relief pitcher Joe Beimel. The Nationals were scouting the Cubs minor league teams.

Joe Beimel is 0-5 this season with a 3.38 ERA. Member he is also playing for the Nationals who have the worse defense in baseball.

According to Bruce Levine, the Cubs and Pirates have discussed relief pitcher John Grabow. Levine also mentioned George Sherrill in the same report but did not they if they have had discussions yet. Earlier in the week Ken Rosenthal name the Cubs 1 of 5 interested in George Sherill.

John Grabow is 3-0 with a 3.16 ERA. He would be a nice addition to the Cubs weak bullpen. George Sherrill is 0-1 with a 2.35 ERA. He would be nice to but likely to cost way more.

The Sun-Times reported the Cubs are 1 of about 15 teams kicking the Tires of relief pitcher Chad Qualls. It is really unlikely the Cubs can get him.

Pinella said yesterday that he want a left-handed batter that can drive in runs and hit for power.

Bradley said he is not considering just to become a permanent right handed batter.

The Cubs have signed 3rd round pick, pitcher Austin Kirk. Kirk was 9-1 last year in high school.

Gordon Wittnymer of the Chicago Sun-Times said the Cubs can add pieces at the trade deadline and GM Jim Hendry has to say this: He said the Cubs can make moves "if something comes up," but didn't discuss specific needs.

NL Central:

The Pirates traded 1B Adam LaRoche to the Red Sox for 2 minor leaguers, 1 OF and the other 1 was a P.

Jon Heyman says the Brewers are a threat to acquire ace Roy Halladay of the Blue Jays and he is hearing Manny Parra one of the players going to the Blue Jays.

I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Quick Hits...

According to Peter Gammons, he believes the Cubs will make a trade before the trade deadline. I sure hope so, maybe a guy that has power to all directions.

Hot Stove Cubbies mentions that if the Marlins become sellers the Cubs are said to be looking for a power bat and the Cubs could look at Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Jorge Cantu. Ramirez will cost more prospects than because of age, speed and power than Roy Halladay.

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports says the Jays could trade Marco Scutaro who is only making 1.1 million and he should be a guy on their list, Scott Rolen which he makes to much money for the Cubs to take on, Scott Downs, Jason Frasor and Rob Barajas are also names that he mentions.

He mention that the Cubs could be looking at C Rob Barajas.

All those guys will help the club in a big way. My favorite guy in Marco Scutaro.

Jerry Cransick of ESPN says the Cubs could have a big second half, even though they're "muddling along" now.

I will keep you posted.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Cubs Interested in George Sherrill

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs have interest in Orioles closer George Sherrill along with the Marlins, Dodgers, Brewers and Angels. If he is traded and not to the Cubs I hope it is to the only AL team in the Angels. With the acquisition of Cla Meredith, people speculated that George Sherill can be on the move.

Sherill is making 2.75 million this year and is having a pretty good year. Sherill is 0-1 with a 2.35 era in 39 games , he also has 20 saves out of 23 opportunities.

Ken Rosenthal they would want a 3B and young pitching.

I will keep you posted.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Injury Report, Hart Up, Fuld Down, Miles Rehab Start...

Today before the game the Cubs optioned OF Sam Fuld to Triple A Iowa and recalled P Kevin Hart to make the start today against the Nationals. Hart is most likely going to be sent down again and he also got his first major league start win today.

Aaron Miles had a rehab start for the Iowa Cubs and he went 1-5 with a double. Miles has not played since June 20th with the shoulder injury. I think if he does not produce fast he will be DFA.

Injury Report Ted Lilly:

“He said he could’ve pitched today if he had to,” Piniella said of the left-hander. “That’s a good sign for us. The decision to give him another 48 hours was a good one.”

Lilly wasn’t sure when he first felt some discomfort in his left knee. It hasn’t really slowed him from doing his work on the side, and he said, “it’s nothing major.”

“I was feeling OK,” Lilly said. “Hopefully with the rest, it’ll give me a chance to feel better.”

Ted Lilly is slated to pitch Monday against the Phillies.

Injury Report Ryan Dempster:

Dempster had a bullpen session Saturday and Pinella said it went OK. Dempster is going to have a X-Ray on Thursday when they return to Chicago and if everything goes well he will pitch a simulated game and then go to the minors.

Dempster is expected to come back late July or early August.

Injury Report Geovany Soto:

Soto is expected back early August with the left oblique injury.

I will keep you posted.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Lugo, Cubs close to signing second round pick ,Update, Injuries...

Update 9:00: According to Carrie Muskat the Cubs have officially sign second round pick D.J. LeMahieu to 460K.

The Cubs Corner said he heard on Talkin baseball with Bruce Levine that the Cubs are nearing in on a deal with second round pick DJ Lemaheiu. DJ played with LSU who won the college world series.

I love this guy, he has speed and a good glove. The player I compare him to on the Cubs is Ryan Theriot because he has speed and will occasionally have power but I think DJ will have a better glove and don't forget about Theiot played for LSU too. I say he will come up in 2011 for a September callup along with first rounder Brett Jackson. Then maybe he will start with the Cubs in 2012.

If the Red Sox release Julion Lugo, the Mets will be the one to sign him because they need him to take Reyes spot until he returns but they won't trade for him, that is according to Adam Rubin of The NY Daily News. The 2 teams mention other than the Mets are the Cards and Cubs that still can trade for within the 10 days until release.

Ted Lilly will not pitch today and will pitch Monday in Philadelphia.

Alfonso Soriano was originally diagnose with a dislocated right pinkie and now is ruled as a jammed right pinkie.

I will keep you posted.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Cubs Interested in Lugo, Soto-Demp Doing Well...

According to the Boston Hearld, the Cubs, Cards and Mets contacted the Red Sox about IF Julio Lugo. Lugo was DFA by the Red Sox earlier today and is not with the team in Toronto. Lugo is making 13.5 million this year and the Red Sox will likely eat most of it in a trade.

Lugo is batting .284 with 1 HR, 8 rbi's, 12 walks ans struck out 18 times in 37 games. He also has made 7 errors in 37 games, too me that is to much and if the Cubs get him he will likely play second. The Cubs then will DFA, trade or just plain release extra second baseman.

Geovany Soto and Ryan Dempster are healing fast and should be back faster than thought.

Alfonso Soriano jammed his finger into first base yesterday and is listed a day-to-day. Hoffpauir is taking his spot in LF in today's game.

I will keep you posted.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Cubs sign BJ Ryan

According to the Cubs sign relief pitcher BJ Ryan to a 1 year deal and it could be a minor league deal. It also reported that Ryan will start in Arizona before reporting to Triple A Iowa to get extra work in.

Ryan was released by the Blue Jay last week and just cleared waiver a couple days ago.

I like this move because it cost less and very well could be a big move. I hope it is like Jim Edmonds and Reed Johnson of last year.

I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Midseason Awards for Just the Cubs and the MLB

First I will start off for giving the awards to the Cubs:

MVP: Derrek Lee
LVP: Alfonso Soriano
CY: Ted Lilly
ROY: Randy Wells
Best Glove: Derrek lee
Worse Glove: Alfonso Soriano
Best Catch: Reed Johnson robbing prince Fielders home run
Best offseason acquisition: Kevin Gregg but not really
Worse offseason acquisition: Aaron Miles not by far but he is the worse
Best Trade: Jeff Baker from the Rockes, Hendry gave up nothing

Midseason awards through the MLB:

NL MVP: Albert Puijols, AL MVP: Joe Mauer
NL CY: Matt Cain, AL CY: Zack Greinke
NL ROY: Colby Rasmus, AL ROY: Ricky Romero
NL MOY: Joe Torre, AL MOY: Ron Washington
NL EOY: Ned Coletti, AL EOY: Joe Daniels
Best offseason acquisition: Olando Hudoson of the Dodgers
Worse offseason acquisition: Milton Bradley but is getting hot
Best Team: Los angeles Dodgers
Worse Team: Washington Nationals

That is what I think of the awards halfway through the season.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cubs May File for Bankrupsy, Catcher Search, BJ Ryan...

Thanks to MLBTR:

"The Tribune Co. may take the Cubs to bankruptcy to complete the sale of their team to the Ricketts family, but the club will still be responsible for its players' contracts, according to David Roeder and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times. Major league baseball guarantees payment on player deals, so the Cubs won't be able to avoid contracts like Alfonso Soriano's and Milton Bradley's."

"A bankruptcy filing would bring the sale of the team closer to completion, but a bankruptcy judge and 75% of major league owners would still have to approve the transaction."

According to a Cub source, the Cubs are leading the pursuit of ex Blue Jay relief pitcher BJ Ryan.

A report from the Tribune said the Cubs are still looking for a backup catcher and may be looking at Greg Zaun of the Orioles. Zaun is batting .240 this year and is batting about 30 more points than Hill in the backup role. He would only cost a mid-level prospect. If Zaun does good you may see Hill go back to Triple A Iowa and with Zaun staying with the Cubs. Soto is rehabbing in Arizona and is still about a month away from coming off the DL.

I will keep you posted.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sale Completed...

According to David Kaplan of CSN, the sale of the Chicago Cubs to the Ricketts Family is completed and the deal should be officially announced on Monday.

Also according to David Kaplan, the two sides reached an agreement last week and sent the contract to Major League Baseball for approval." The deal is expected to be approved by August with the Ricketts taking over control soon after.

An press conference will me made when it is made official by the MLB sometime in August.

In an another note the Cubs are interested in pitcher Matt Herges, thanks to hot stove cubbies for providing that. Herges was just officially release by the Indians today.

I will keep you posted.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Rumors, Cubs Interested in BJ Ryan...

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune said the Cubs are interested in BJ Ryan. Any team can sign him after he clears waivers tomorrow. Earlier in the week it was said that Jim Hendry contacted BJ Ryan's agent. What do the Cubs have to lose if they sign him, I say go after him for cheap.

Hot Stove Cubbies Notes:

The Cubs are taking calls on there outfielders such as Johnson, Fukudome, Fox, Hoffpauir and Bradley. If the Cubs trade Bradley or Fukudome, they will have to eat a big portion of there salary and that is unlikely.

The Cubs are not going after ace pitcher Roy Halladay.

He has heard whispers that the Cubs might be in a multi team trade that would send Scott Rolen to the Reds Sox, Mark Teahen, minor leaguers and salary relief of Rolen's contract to the Blue Jays and prospects to the Royals.

The Cubs will keep there eye open for a catcher during the all-star break and is also waiting to see how Soto progresses over that time.

I will keep you posted.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Cubs Could be Interested in Freddy Sanchez, Roster Move and other notes...

Gordon Edges of Yahoo Sports says a NL Central team is interested in 2B Freddy Sanchez and he speculates it could be the Cubs. It would be hard for the Cubs to get him because of his 8 million salary if he reaches the number of at-bats. I don't know if the Cubs can take on the salary of Sanchez.

Goevany Soto was officially placed on the 15 day DL today and the Cubs brought back OF Sam Fuld. The Cubs will continue to look for a catcher outside of the organization. The Cubs did put out a waiver for C Chris Coste but decided to go to the Astros.

The Cubs may have another injury, in todays game Derrek lee left with neck spasms and is listed as day-to-day. I hope he is not injure because I am going to the day game tomorrow at Wrigley.

Today at 7:30 Jim Hendry will join David Kaplan on 720am, WGN channel. If Hendry says anything interesting, I will post it right here.

I will keep you posted.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Cubs are Interested in BJ Ryan and other notes...

GM Jim Hendry told David Kaplan on the radio that he has contacted recently release Blue Jay BJ Ryan. In a older post, I wrote if the cubs were interested in BJ Ryan and it looks as if they are. Ryan is 33 years old and was good in 2007 but is having trouble this year. The Cubs are supposed offer him the lowest salary for a major league offer after he clears waivers in a couple days.

Geovany Soto was placed on the 15 day DL today with a left strained oblique. The Cubs never made a corresponding move yet, Jake Fox is the backup catcher for right now.

Jason Waddell was activated from the 15 day DL and straight away was optioned back to Triple A Iowa.

I will keep you posted.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Another Roster Move, Could the Cubs be Interested in Freddy Sanchez...

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Jeff Stevens will be recalled tomorrow to take Kevin Hart's spot on the roster. Kevin Hart will be optioned to Triple A Iowa tomorrow. Now the Cubs will go back to 7 relief pitchers.

Could the Cubs be interested in 2B Freddy Sanchez:

Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mention that he heard from a Pirate official that they are pushing hard to deal 2B Freddy Sanchez. He also mentions that the Giants, Rockies and 4-5 other teams called the Pirate GM about Sanchez.

Sanchez makes $6.1MM this year and will make $8MM in 2010 if he picks up 271 plate appearances before the end of the season.

Jim Hendry better be 1 of the 6-7 GM's to call about Freddy Sanchez. Mike Fontenot is killing the Cubs at 2B with the glove and definitely with the bat. This is one move the Cubs have to make, maybe not for Sanchez but for a 2B. Jim Hendry should trade Fontenot and another prospect or 2 for Sanchez or an above average 2B.

NL Central News:

The St. Louis Cardinals are thinking about pursuing pitcher Roy Halladay. Today some Cardinal officials said they would not trade top prospect 21st overall Brett Wallace in a package for Halladay. Wallace is also there only prospect in the top 50. If they do make a trade for Halladay, it would destroy their whole farm system.

Also utility man and ex Cub Mark Derosa may be out for the rest of the season with the wrist injury.

I will keep you posted.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Quick Updates and possible moves the Cubs can make...

Before today's game Geovany Soto was taking batting practice and injured his right oblique. Soto is day-to-day.

Possible moves: (My insight and remember not rumors unless by a MLB analyst.)

Buster Olney mentions the Cubs as a possible destination, he mentions 10 teams to go after pitcher Roy Halladay. The Cubs will most likely have to give up top prospect Josh Vitters (I would not) to get Hallady. Also it was reported that the Cubs will have a hard time to acquire Halladay due to the ownership and lack of talented prospects.

The Toronto Blue Jays released relief pitcher BJ Ryan today because of a miserable season. Ryan is a 33 year old lefty and lefties are only hitting .250 off him. I think the Cubs should try to sign him cheap and use him as lefty specialist, only to get lefties out. He had a good season last year coming back from Tommy John Surgery.

The DBacks are in selling mode and are willing to trade 2B Felipe Lopez. Lopez is batting .303 in 77 games this year. He is making 3.5 million this year and a free agent after this year. I think it will only take about 2 mid level prospects to acquire him.

NL Central News:

Ex Cub and now rival St. Louis Cardinal utility man Mark Derosa was placed on the 15 day DL with a wrist injury. He will not be available this series against the Cardinals.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

More on Sale and other notes... Updates and Breaking News

Breaking News: Ryan Dempster was placed on the 15 day DL today with a fractured big toe. Dempster was supposed to pitch today and Zambrano will take his spot today on short rest. Kevin Hart was recalled from Triple A Iowa to pitch against the Braves tomorrow. Hart was optioned to Triple A yesterday to make room for Angel Guzman.

Update 3:30: The ownership is still not finalize, according to Chicago tribune.

Bruce Levine had this on his blog at

"Major League Baseball sources confirm that the sale would actually be only $850 million in cash, since Tribune owner Sam Zell will keep 5-7 percent ownership in the team in order to avoid a huge tax bite because of capital gains taxes. Zell will put most of the money that he realizes in the sale toward his debt of $8.1 billion that he paid for the Tribune Company, now in Chapter 11 receivership."

"The Ricketts family borrowed $450 million from three major banks: JP Morgan, Bank of America and Citicorp. The rate of the financing will be between 5 and 6 percent annually; that means that the Cubs' new owners must come up with $25-30 million per year just to pay financing on the loan. An impeccable major league source told me that the Cubs netted $45 million in 2008. New revenue sources, including personal seat licensing (PSLs) will be a part of the aggressive way the new owners will look for more cash."

Other Notes:

Pinella said that Reed Johnson will lead off against left handed pitchers.

Sources: Jim Hendry only has about 3 million dollars to make a move before the deadline. He had this to say:

"I like the team that we have, i don't really see us doing much."

Sorry but your wrong, you need a second baseman because Fontenot is averaging 0-1 hit a game and a 1-2 strikeouts a game. Also you need a relief pitchers that can throw strikes and get a out.

You can find a 2B on the trade deadline for 3 million or a little over. You can also match the salaries of the players to make it even.

I will keep you posted.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Tom Rickett New Owner of Cubs and Roster Moves...

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Tribune Company and Tom Ricketts have a reached a deal to buy the Cubs for about 900 million. The next steps they have to do is go through the bankruptcy judge because the Tribune is in bankruptcy and get the MLB approval which could be finalized sometime in August. Today they sent a slip to the MLB to get the deal done.

Now can this give the Cubs more money and go make a big deal to help their team?

Ryan Freel and cash was traded to the Royals for a PTBNL. I am surprise the Cubs got something in return for him but still good news.

Today the Cubs activate pitcher Angel Guzman, 3B Aramis Ramirez and OF Reed Johnson off the DL today and sent Kevin Hart and Sam Fuld back to Triple A Iowa. Also David Patton was placed on the 15 day DL with a groin injury.

I will keep you posted.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Johnson and Ramirez Last Rehab Start and other notes...

Aramis Ramirez is playing third and batting third for Peoria Chiefs today in his last rehab start.

First at-bat: Singles on a fly ball to left field, 1-1

Second at-bat: Walk, 1-1

Third at-bat: Flys out to the right field, 1-2

Reed Johnson is playing CF and batting first for Peoria Chiefs in his last rehab start.

First at-bat: Singles on a fly ball to center field and scored a run, 1-1

Second at-bat: Flys out to the CF, 1-2

Third at-bat: Grounds out to the pitcher, 1-3

Fourth at-bat: Pops out to the first baseman in foul territory, 1-4

If everything goes exactly as plan and both of them feel 100% or close they will be activated off the 15 day DL tomorrow.

Ted Lilly was the only Cub to make the all-star, he was voted in by the manager Charlie Manuel.

According to Hot Stove Cubbies, the Cubs are interested in relief pitcher Matt Herges. Herges was DFA by the Indians yesterday. I will take Herges over Patton any day.

Also he mention the Cubs were close to acquiring Mark Derosa, he was told to pack his bag and are headed to Chicago before the Cardinals swoop in and got him.

I will keep you posted.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Rehab Starts for Ramirez and Johnson, Other Notes...

Aramis Ramirez is the DH and batting third for Peoria Chiefs today in his second rehab start.

First at-bat: Grounded into double play, 0-1

Second at-bat: Walk, 0-1

Third at-bat: Single on a line drive to left field and got a rbi, 0-1

Reed Johnson is playing CF and batting first for the Peoria Chiefs today in his second rehab start.

First at-bat: Walk, 0-0

Side Note 1: Gordon Edges of Yahoo mention today the Cubs are one of many teams to call about utility man Mark Teahen. With the recent acquisition of Jeff Baker who can also play all around the diamond probably stops the pursuit of Mark Teahen.

Side Note 2: On the Radio yesterday David Kaplan said the sale of the Cubs will be done within 2 weeks and finalized by the MLB sometime in August. Good News!

I will keep you posted.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Aramis Ramirez, Reed Johnson and Angel Guzman Rehab Starts...

Aramis Ramirez is playing third and batting third for Peoria Chiefs today in his first rehab start.

First at-bat: Double on a line drive to CF and scored a run, 1-1

Second at-bat: Walk and scored a run, 1-1

Third at-bat: Flys out to the right fielder, 1-2

Reed Johnson is playing CF and batting first for Peoria Chiefs today.

First at-bat: Pop out to the SS, 0-1

Second at-bat: Single on a line drive to CF and scored a run, 1-2

Third at-bat: Hit By Pitch, 1-2

Angel Guzman is pitching for Triple A Iowa today in a rehab start.

Guzman pitched 1.1 inning giving up 1 hit, 1 walk and struck out 1, he was relieved bu newly acquired Casey Fossum.

The first batter he face in the game was Texas Rangers CF Josh Hamilton which is also on a rehab start for the Rangers. Guzman force Hamilton to ground out.

If everything goes well for Ramirez and Johnson, they can come back as early as Monday and Guzman will either come back Monday or Tuesday if not setbacks.

Side Note: The Cubs have signed lefty pitcher Casey Fossum to a minor league deal. He was immediately assigned to Triple A Iowa.

I will keep you posted.

A Few Quick Notes

Yesterday Derrek Lee had a career day with 2 home runs and 7 rbi's in the win against the Brewers.

The Tribune reported lefty Neal Cotts is done for the season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery. Cotts started the season with the Cubs and earlier in June was demoted to Triple A Iowa.

David Kaplan mentioned on the radio that the Cubs are pondering the thought of moving Theriot to 2B and trading for an above average SS.

According to Hot Stove Cubbies, the Cubs are looking at relief pitchers Matt Capps of the Pirates and Cla Meredith of the Padres. I do not like both players and are having trouble this year (bad 2009 stats).

Angel Guzman will pitch in a rehab start for Triple A Iowa today at 7:05.

Reed Johnson and Aramis Ramirez will play in a rehab start for Peoria Chiefs today at 6:05 and will be ready to return on Monday if no setbacks along with Guzman.

I will have there rehab starts, right here after there games go finalized and always keep you posted on everything Cubs

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Cubs Acquire Jeff Baker, DFA Ryan Freel and other Notes

Today the Cubs acquire IF Jeff Baker from the Colorado Rockies for Single A pitcher Alberto Alburquerque. To make a spot on the roster the Cubs had to DFA Ryan Freel. I would of rather like the to Cubs DFA Aaron Miles.

Alberto Alburquerque is 23 and when he makes the majors he will be close to thirty years old, so I like the move, to me the Cubs gave up nothing for the 28 year old utility man.

Arangure Jr. hears that the Cubs may have signed Venezuelan catcher Wilson Contreras for $850k.

I will keep you posted and I hope the Cubs make another trade (I think they will).

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Rumor and other notes

There is a rumor out their that the Cubs will get pitcher-closer of the San Diego Padres. Monty Show on Sirius 127 said he heard from a scout that the Cubs are close to acquiring Bell. I would love the addition because he has a good chance to make it to the all-star and is putting up career numbers this year. It will not hurt their payroll because he is only making 1.5 million this year. Remember only a rumor nothing more as of right now.

Aramis Ramirez is expected back in the lineup on Monday if everything goes well on his rehab starts this weekend for the Peoria Chiefs.

Angel Guzman pitched 1 inning for the Peoria Chiefs yesterday going 1,2,3 with 2 strikeouts. He will pitched tomorrow for the Chiefs and will return early next week.

I will keep you posted.