Jim Hendry is Shopping … Gorzelanny and Fukudome?

With six shopping days left before Christmas, Jim Hendry is talking to at least one free agent and is shopping a couple of his own players. The question is, will he find any takers? Reports surfaced Friday morning that the Mets are interested in Tom Gorzelanny. Then came the tweet from Jerry Crasnick (ESPN) that […]

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Will Big Z Stay or Will Big Z Go?

“A likely target” … Three little words from Bill Madden in the New York Daily News that caused all of baseball to ask, will Carlos Zambrano be traded to the New York Yankees? Last winter there were rumblings that Brian Cashman asked Jim Hendry about Carlos Zambrano. Those rumors were quickly squashed but in the […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 09/06/10

The Iowa Cubs reduce their magic number to one but come up short in their first chance to clinch. Two Cubs minor league managers are named the Manager of the Year for their respective leagues. One Cubs minor league skipper is ejected from a game in the first inning. Three Tennessee Smokies are named postseason […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 08/09/10

It’s crunch time for minor league teams fighting for playoff spots. The Chiefs are in the middle of a big series against the first place River Bandits. The Smokies are trying to fend off the second place Stars in a set between the two Southern League foes. The Daytona Cubs are ready to host the […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/23/10

Hayden Simpson may not see game action this summer. Carlos Zambrano makes a rehab trip to Des Moines. All four Cub affiliates are playing good baseball, including big winning streaks for the young Cubs in Daytona and Iowa. In Peoria, Hak-Ju Lee hit his first home run of the year and was a double short […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 07/05/10

Two Iowa Cubs have been named to the Triple-A All-Star Game. Three of the nine Smokies named to the Southern League All-Star Game will be in the starting lineup. After a rain out yesterday, the I-Cubs find themselves temporarily at the bottom of the pack in the PCL American North. A viral infection has prevented […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 06/10/10

The 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft is in the books. The Cubs made a surprise first round selection when they picked Hayden Simpson, a right handed pitcher out of a Division II school, with the 16th overall pick. In the mean time, Chad Tracy has posted several more big games and was finally promoted […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/30/10

Three Cubs prospects have been named to the Florida State League All-Star team. One of the Cubs top pitching prospects has been converted to the bullpen … and is expected to join the big league team Monday. Chad Tracy continues to rake in Iowa, while Mike Fontenot is getting most of the starting third base […]

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From the Wire … Howry Inks Deal with Cubs – David Patton DFA’d – Berg Optioned

As expected, the Cubs signed Bobby Howry to a one-year deal Friday. Howry was released by the Diamondbacks and cleared waivers Wednesday. Howry will earn a pro-rated salary of $410,000, the Major League minimum. To make room for Bobby Howry on the active roster, Justin Berg was optioned to Triple-A Iowa and David Patton was […]

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Cubs Down on the Farm Report – 05/21/10

Andrew Cashner and Josh Vitters, the top pitching and hitting prospects in the organization respectively, are both doing well at their new levels. A few I-Cub hurlers are making their case for joining the Chicago Cubs bullpen. New names like D.J. Fitzgerald continue to stand out in Peoria. All that and more in today’s Down […]

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