The High Cost of Matt Garza … and Other Cubs News, Notes and Rumors

The Cubs finally announced the one-year contract with Reed Johnson on Tuesday. The agreement between the Cubs and Johnson surfaced on December 21 and Johnson spoke about re-signing with the Cubs during an interview on MLB Network Radio/XM Radio shortly after the agreement was leaked. Johnson made $900,000 last year and will be paid $1.15 […]

From the Wire … Cubs Release Carlos Silva

According to multiple reports, the Cubs granted Carlos Silva his unconditional release Sunday morning. The Cubs told Silva Saturday that he would not make the team out of camp and asked him to go to Triple-A Iowa to be insurance during the season. Silva said there’s was no chance he would accept a minor league […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rangers – 03/26/11

Spring Training Game Thirty: Cubs (13-16) vs. Rangers (11-16) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: ESPN 2 – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 185 Location – Surprise Stadium, Surprise Andrew Cashner (1-1, 3.97/1.59) vs. C.J. Wilson (1-1, 4.50/1.57) Updated 1:03pm CDT – Andrew Cashner was named the Cubs fifth starter Saturday. Carlos […]

Cubs Name Cashner Fifth Starter … Silva not on Opening Day Roster

According to multiple reports Saturday morning, the Cubs have named Andrew Cashner the fifth starter in the rotation. The Cubs also told Marcos Mateo he will break camp with the big league club … with Cashner in the rotation and Mateo in the pen, the Cubs 12-man pitching staff is set for Opening Day. The […]

From the Wire … Braden Looper to Announce Retirement

According to multiple reports, Braden Looper announced his retirement Friday after being told he would not break camp with the Chicago Cubs. Looper sat out last season and was hoping to catch on with the Cubs this spring. Looper was one of the last pitchers in Cubs camp with a shot to make the Opening […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mariners – 03/25/11

Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine: Cubs (12-16) vs. Mariners (ss) (13-9) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: WGN TV/MLB Network – Radio: Webcast Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa Randy Wells (1-1, 1.35/0.70) vs. Aaron Laffey (1-0, 1.50/1.50) Updated 12:45pm CDT – Randy Wells was informed that he is the Cubs’ fourth starter Friday […]

Rambling One Week before the Cubs Opening Day

It has been a few weeks, but it is Friday, and it is time to ramble. The Cubs are fresh off of a victory over the Red Line rival and getting ready to head north. We have sprung ahead as hope springs eternal every year for Cubs fans. So, let’s get down to the brass […]

The Plot Thickens in Cubs Camp

The Cubs made their third round of roster cuts Wednesday when they optioned Justin Berg and Scott Maine to Triple-A Iowa … and assigned Todd Wellemeyer and Angel Guzman to minor league camp. Wellemeyer is contemplating his future after dealing with another injury this spring. The Cubs are expected to make another round of roster […]

Silva Stays in the Mix – Cubs 3 A’s 1

Spring Training Game Twenty-Seven – Cubs 3 A’s 1 WP – Carlos Silva (1-2) LP – Gio Gonzalez (1-1) Save – Kerry Wood (1) Nearly six weeks after pitchers and catchers reported to Fitch Park, Carlos Silva finally showed up to camp. Silva, by far, put together his best outing of the spring Wednesday against […]

Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. A’s – 03/23/11

Spring Training Game Twenty-Seven: Cubs (10-16) vs. A’s (11-14-1) Game Time – 3:05pm CDT Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Webcast Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa Carlos Silva (0-2, 15.88/2.66) vs. Gio Gonzalez (1-0, 1.76/0.91) Updated 11:50am CDT – Cubs Reduced Spring Roster Wednesday morning … Justin Berg and Scott Maine optioned to Triple-A […]