How much ass could this Cubs team suck if this Cubs team could suck ass?

Short answer: probably not much more ass than they sucked last year. After all, the Cubs have lost 101 or more games only 2 other times in franchise history. It's not easy being as bad as the 2012 Cubs were. Long answer? The 2012 Cubs joined the 1962 and 1966 teams as the only ones […]

Cubs acquire Hector Rondon in Rule Five Draft

The Cubs acquired RHP Hector Rondon from Cleveland in the rule five draft this morning. He was a former relatively top prospect in the organization (#7 in the org going into 2010)  before a few surgeries. This is what BA had to say about him going in to last season. Rondon moved quickly, reaching Triple-A […]

Cubs interested in Brandon McCarthy and Yunel Escobar

The Cubs are reportedly one of the teams interested in A's free agent Brandon McCarthy. There's a lot of competition though. The A's have been in contact with another of their free agents, starter Brandon McCarthy, but expected that there would be strong competition for the right-hander and they're right: The Chronicle has learned that […]

10 years ago today

10 years ago today the Cubs traded Todd Hundley and Chad Hermanson to the Dodgers for Mark Grudzielanek and Eric Karros. It was not only the best trade that new GM Jim Hendry made in his tenure as GM, but one of the best trades the Cubs made in franchise history. Chris Jaffe writes about […]

Free agents want to play for Cubs

NASHVILLE — Despite 101 losses in 2012, Cubs president Theo Epstein said there is no shortage of free agents who want to be part of the organization. Epstein said free agents “believe in the positive direction that we’re going,” and heard about the clubhouse atmosphere under manager Dale Sveum. “When we express interest, we’ve been […]

Cubs hire Jim Deshaies to replace Bob Brenly

From cubs.com: Deshaies has reportedly accepted a four-year offer from WGN to be the color commentator for the Chicago Cubs telecasts. WGN's Bob Vorwald would not comment on the hiring Monday, but MLB.com has confirmed Deshaies will be switching teams. "J.D." replaces longtime Cubs announcer Bob Brenly, who in October accepted a similar job with […]

The Hall of Fame is worthless

Who knows what happens with the voting for this year's class, but I think it's a safe bet that at least a few of the guys more than deserving of getting in will not. In the end, this is what we can say about the Hall of Fame. The position player who is arguably the […]

Winter Meetings Facepalm ***UPDATED***

The Winter Meetings are underway and even though the Cubs won't be that active, I wanted to keep up with what's going on with them. Kyuji Fujikawa It still appears as though the Cubs have signed Fujikawa to a 2-year deal worth $9.5 million plus an option. However, the Cubs have not yet confirmed this. […]

John Sickels Ranks the Cubs Top 20

Over at his minor league ball blog. Overall, I agree with his analysis that the Cubs system took a major step forward last year with the bats. I'm not as high on Baez as he is but much higher on Candelario. Our pitching is….. Well it's something. 

Pat Caputo and the Hall of Fame

I had never heard of Pat Caputo before this morning, but found a link on The Book Blog and had to check it out. Tango highlighted how Caputo won't vote for Craig Biggio because, well, because Caputo is an idiot I guess. I will not mark the names of Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens on […]

Cubs sign Kyuji Fujikawa

The Cubs signed 32 year old Japanese free agent Kyuji Fujikawa to a 2-year deal worth $9.2 million. The contract includes a vesting option for 2015 depending on games finished that be worth either $5.5 million or $6 million. Word on the street is that this guy sits in the 92-94 mph range and can […]

An early look at the 2013 rotation

Assuming health, the Cubs rotation appears to be set with Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Scott Baker and Scott Feldman. I was curious what we could reasonably expect from this group next year and decided to use the CAIRO projections to calculate percentile forecasts. Before that, there's been some recent talk about how this […]

Obstructed View Hall of Fame Survey

Aisle 424 suggested we have a Hall of Fame survey that includes all 37 players on the ballot. We figured it might be fun so we've set one up. We're using the same rules: pick no more than 10, 75% required to enter. Here is a helpful link from B-Ref that brings together all of […]

Barry Bonds: “I do really care” about the hall of fame

"I do really care," Bonds said. "I may say I don't, but I do really care. I've been through a lot in my life so not too many things bother me. Making the Hall of Fame, would it be something that's gratifying because of what I've sacrificed? Sure. Baseball has been a big part of […]

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