A Look Back at 2008 – Central Champs

The Cubs took advantage of a favorable home schedule in August and paced the second place Brewers. The offense struggled in September before waking up and putting away the division against the Cardinals on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Wrigley. The Cubs designated Scott Eyre for assignment on August 5th and traded him to the […]

Marquis Deal Close….Bradley Next?

According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are close to a deal that would send Jason Marquis along with cash to the Colorado Rockies for reliever Luis Vizcaino. The trade is not expected to be announced until next week. Rumors have suggested in recent days the two teams were discussing a deal but […]

A Look Back at 2008 – Maintaining A Lead

Interleague play, a broken hand, DL trips for Carlos Zambrano and Reed Johnson, new arms added to the mix, a big turnaround against the Fish and a four-game sweep were just a few of the storylines and highlights for the Cubs in June and July. The solid start Lou Piniella preached about ended up being […]

A Look Back at 2008 – Getting Off to a Strong Start

From Kosuke Fukudome’s dramatic home run on Opening Day to Reed Johnson’s catch to Jim Edmonds to sweeping the four game series against the Brewers at the end of July to Carlos Zambrano’s no-hitter in Milwaukee against the Astros, it was truly a magical summer for Lou Piniella’s crew. The Cubs posted 97 wins, the […]

Is Jim Hendry’s Card Maxed Out?

According to a report from Buster Olney that is focused on where Manny Ramirez may end up, “The Cubs have maxed out their spending for the winter and in any event couldn’t consider an outfield of Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano.” While Manny being Manny for the Cubs would be farfetched at best, the wording by […]

Rumblings and Grumblings on the Final Weekend of 2008

The last weekend update of the year and the baseball world is still debating the Yankees agreeing to terms with Mark Teixeira before Christmas. The Yankees have committed over $400 million on three players so far this winter and there has not been a word from Bud Selig and his office….a different stance than he […]

From the Wire….Big Unit to the Giants

According to a report from ESPN.com, Randy Johnson agreed to a 1-year deal with the San Francisco Giants on Friday. The Cubs were rumored to be interested in the Big Unit once they traded Jason Marquis and if they did not acquire Jake Peavy. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed according to the […]

Weekend Update: Fifty-five Days and Counting

Is no movement the right move for the Cubs? Or is the pending ownership change having more effects on this off-season than anyone is letting on? In the Phil Rogers world of math equations the Cubs might have improved already this off-season but if there are winners and losers in the off-season, the Cubs are […]

Weekend Update: Cubs Still Searching for Answers

What a week it was in Las Vegas. While the Cubs did not leave with either a left-handed bat or Jake Peavy, they dominated the headlines from Ron Santo to Greg Maddux to the constant talk over Jake Peavy. News surfaced early on Wednesday morning that Kerry Wood agreed to terms on a 2-year contract […]

Winter Meetings 2008: Day Four….Hendry Has Left the Building

The final day of the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas was dominated by the news that the Cubs pulled out of the talks for Jake Peavy. Kevin Towers reportedly wanted a ‘Herschel Walker‘ type deal with the Cubs parting with six or seven players in order to give the Padres what they feel Jake Peavy […]