Recap of the Cubs 2011 First-Year Player Draft

The 2011 MLB First-Year player draft took place last week and the Cubs selected players in all 50 rounds. The Cubs made Javier Baez their first round pick with the ninth overall selection in the draft. In all, Tim Wilken and his staff selected 29 college players and 21 high school players … 29 pitchers […]

Rambling while despising this bullpen

The first two weeks of baseball has taught Cubs fans one thing: bullpens are, um, kind of important. The offense has failed to push a lot of runs across the plate, but the bullpen has given away at least four victories. The starting pitching has been solid, Carlos Silva has been a pleasant surprise and […]

Robnett Outrighted to Triple-A

In the midst of announcing the latest cuts from the Spring Training roster on Tuesday, the Cubs outrighted Richie Robnett to Triple-A Iowa. With the procedural move, Robnett was removed from the Cubs’ 40-man roster and created a valuable vacancy on their Major League roster. With the move, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 38 […]

Cubs’ Storylines of the Spring….The Infielders and Outfielders

Three days after discussing dropping Alfonso Soriano down in the Cubs’ lineup, Lou Piniella said on Thursday Soriano possibly could stay at the top of the Cubs’ lineup….followed by Aaron Miles, Derrek Lee, Milton Bradley, Aramis Ramirez, Kosuke Fukudome, Geovany Soto and Ryan Theriot on the days Miles is at second base and Fukudome is […]

Rambling from … Eight More Days

As the city of Pittsburgh slows down after the “joy of six” and the rest of the sports world slips into the most boring six weeks of the calendar, unless of course you love golf or watching cars turn left for three hours, the thought of pitchers and catchers reporting excites the bejesus out of […]

From the Wire…Wuertz Traded to Oakland

According to a report from, Michael Wuertz was traded to the Oakland A’s for two minor league players on Monday….outfielder Richie Robnett and infielder Justin Sellers. Updated – 5:09pm C.T. – Richie Robnett was added to the Cubs 40-man roster and more information on the trade with the Oakland A’s for Michael Wuertz.

From the Wire….Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Wuertz

According to reports from the Sun-Times and the Daily Herald, the Cubs avoided arbitration on Tuesday with Michael Wuertz by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.1 million. Michael Wuertz was the Cubs last arbitration eligible player for 2009.

From the Wire….Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Gregg

According to reports from the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, the Cubs avoided arbitration with Kevin Gregg on Monday by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4.2 million. The Cubs avoided arbitration on Thursday with Ronny Cedeno which leaves Michael Wuertz as the only arbitration eligible player not under contract for 2009.

From the Wire….Cubs Sign So Taguchi and Avoid Arbitration with Cedeno

According to a report from Jayson Stark on, the Cubs signed So Taguchi to a minor league contract on Thursday that includes an invitation to Spring Training. Taguchi will earn $900,000 in 2009 if he makes the big league club out of Spring Training. The Cubs agreed to a one-year contract with infielder Ronny […]

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 […]