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Jorge Soler’s Injury, Kris Bryant Worries Could Be Huge Blows as Cubs Rebuild

June 27, 2013 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

Much of the focus this season for the Cubs has been the ever-improving farm system and, what appears to be, a bright future for the North Siders a few years from now.With their organization already vastly improved over the past year, they had the added bonus of holding the No. 2 pick in the June draft, where they would have an opportunity to add another impact player to the organization.Expected by most to go the starting pitching route and take whoever didn't go No. 1 between Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray, the team instead passed on Gray when the Astros ...

Assembling Ideal Matt Garza Trade Offers from the Dodgers, Other Top Suitors

June 25, 2013 by Chris Stephens · Leave a Comment 

Matt Garza is on the trade block and the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres are interested in acquiring his services, according to Ken Rosenthal.Los Angeles currently ranks fifth in baseball in starter's ERA at 3.41, but 27th in wins at 19.While there doesn't seem to be a need there, the Dodgers still aren't comfortable with their No. 4 and No. 5 starters.Josh Beckett is on the disabled list and has struggled all year, while Stephen Fife (1-2, 3.25 ERA) and Chris Capuano (2-4, 4.09 ERA) have been largely unimpressive.In the mind of the Dodgers, they need help there.However, ...

Former Chicago Cubs Closer Carlos Marmol Designated for Assignment

June 25, 2013 by Rob Goldberg · Leave a Comment 

Carlos Marmol has finally worn out his welcome with the Chicago Cubs. The organization announced on Twitter that the relief pitcher has been designated for assignment: UPDATE: Tuesday, June 25, at 5:21 p.m. ET by Ian HanfordMLB.com reporter Carrie Muskat offers some insight from Cubs GM Jed Hoyer: ---End of update--- At the time of the transaction, he had a 2-4 record with a 5.86 ERA and a career-high WHIP of 1.7.According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, "The move means the Cubs have 10 days to trade, release or waive him. He’s expected to clear waivers, a 3-day process."The 30-year-old veteran ...

Chicago Cubs: The Cubs’ Winners and Losers of the First Half of the Season

June 25, 2013 by Jared Dwyer · Leave a Comment 

You’d think it wouldn’t be all that easy to come up with the “winners” portion of a “winners and losers” slideshow for a 31-43 Chicago Cubs team.  But, surprisingly, it was. Maybe that’s a sign of things improving on the North Side. Then again, maybe those few “winners” are easy to point out because it’s facile to spot giants in the land of dwarves. But who should be considered the Cubs’ “winners” and “losers” of the first half of the season? Well, to quote Calhoun Tubbs/David Alan Grier on “In Living Color": Like to hear it? Here it goes.Begin ...

Stock Up, Stock Down for Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects for Week 12

June 24, 2013 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

With the June draft in the rearview, the Cubs have now turned their attention to signing their picks, though they have yet to come to terms with No. 2 overall pick Kris Bryant.At the big league level, the team continues to battle the Brewers for a distant fourth place in the NL Central, and while it should be able to avoid another 100-loss campaign, it's nowhere near contention.The July trade deadline will be a busy time and should lead to even more prospects being brought aboard. For now, here is a look at how the team's current top 10 prospects ...

Predicting Suitors for Each Chicago Cubs Trade Chip in Would-Be Fire Sale

June 21, 2013 by Ely Sussman · Leave a Comment 

Just like many fans and analysts anticipated, the 2013 Chicago Cubs are struggling to stay relevant. If they have indeed decided to start shopping veteran players, as ESPN Insider Buster Olney reports, we must wonder which potential contenders will pursue their expendable talent.The Cubs entered June 21 at 29-42, tied with the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central cellar, 17 games out of first place. Surprisingly effective free-agent pickups, including Scott Feldman, Kevin Gregg and Nate Schierholtz, are the primary reasons why the team isn't even further back.On the other hand, expensive hold-overs from the 2012 roster have been disappointing. ...

Chicago Cubs: Top 10 Trade Candidates’ Odds of Being Dealt by the Deadline

June 19, 2013 by Jared Dwyer · Leave a Comment 

By now it is common knowledge the Chicago Cubs will be active at the trade deadline. But which players will be actively shopped and which players the club will simply consider offers for is uncertain. Depending on how competitive general manager Jed Hoyer and president Theo Epstein want the club to be post-July 31, just about everybody on the roster is available with the exception of the “core” players.  There are some players who are all but certain to be dealt before the deadline, such as Matt Garza.  Then there are some who are speculated to be available ...

Is Alfonso Soriano’s Latest Attempt at Leadership for Cubs Too Little Too Late?

June 17, 2013 by Chris Stephens · Leave a Comment 

Alfonso Soriano finally showed some leadership for the Chicago Cubs.As per the Chicago Tribune, Soriano blew off some steam when Carlos Marmol blew the save Sunday. When we have a 99 (percent) chance to win the game, it's very tough the last inning, he said. Three outs left and we lost the game. It's unacceptable, especially when we're winning 3-0 and (Matt) Garza's pitching a very good game. It's hard to swallow. We thought we swept those guys and had some momentum going to St. Louis. … It's not a good feeling. It was nice to see that from Soriano, but was it ...

Stock Up, Stock Down for Chicago Cubs Top 10 Prospects for Week 11

June 17, 2013 by Joel Reuter · Leave a Comment 

As the Cubs work on signing their 2013 draft picks, their minor league system will get a shot in the arm, especially on the pitching side of things after they took a number of college arms in the first two days of the draft.The debut of University of San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant will no doubt be closely monitored by Cubs fans as well after he was taken with the No. 2 overall pick.For now, however, the Cubs' top prospect list remains the same as it did entering the season. So here is a look at how the team's ...

Chicago Cubs/White Sox Baseball: Can Combining Rosters Produce a Playoff Team?

June 15, 2013 by Joe Boozell · Leave a Comment 

Newsworthy Chicago baseball headlines happen about as often these days as Starlin Castro draws a walk—few, and painfully far between. It doesn’t take Jonah Hill posing as a sabermetric baseball guru in a Hollywood film to point out the obvious: The Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs are very, very bad. So bad, in fact, the Cubs and Sox are currently on pace to win 138 games...combined. That’s their lowest total since 1980, when the two squads combined for 134 victories.   And sure, we can talk about Golden Spikes finalist Kris Bryant’s estimated major league arrival time until we’re ...

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