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Alfonso Soriano was waiting around the phones prior to Tuesday’s MLB Trade Deadline, just wondering whether or not he would be traded to a contender. The 4 PM deadline came and went, and Soriano remained in blue pinstripes. But it was not because he didn’t want to leave. The 36-year-old outfielder is still owed $44 million over the next two plus seasons. That is not exactly an attractive contract for teams to have to absorb for an aging outfielder who is probably more suited to serve as a designated hitter. Still, Soriano can put up some crooked numbers, causing many teams to inquire as to what it would cost to acquire him. Given the fact that Soriano is still in a Cubs uniform, one can figure one of a few things happened. First, the Cubs are asking for too much in return for one of their better, albeit more expensive players. Maybe they felt he should fetch at least a prospect or two in return. Second, the Cubs may not have been willing to pay as much of Soriano’s sala...

Kovacevic: Alfonso Soriano Declined Any Trade to Pirates

Dejan Kovacevic reported this evening that Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano told the Cubs he would not accept a trade to the Pirates. Soriano would have been an intriguing trade target as he is still a very productive player and is signed through the 2014 season. He’s owed $18 million in each of the next two seasons, so the only way he was going anywhere was if Chicago picked up...

Big 5-Run Cubs 6th Starts & Ends with Balaguert

Yasiel Balaguert laced a double into the left-centerfield alley and scored on a Ben Carhart single to get the inning started, and then ripped an opposite-field line-drive RBI single to right to drive-in Jacob Rogers with the final run of the frame, as the AZL Cubs sent 11 men to the plate and scored five times in the bottom of the 6th en route to an 8-2 victory over the AZL Royals...

The Children Are The Future-Cubs Minor League Update Sponsored by KFC

Iowa The Greg Of Rohan celebrated his arrival to a more age appropriate level by hitting 2 HR's in 4 AB's. Rohan is 26 so he's probably the new Brad ******* Snyder! but still he has 19 HR's this year across three levels. Brett Jackson did Brett Jackson things hitting 3-5 with a triple and a strikeout. Yesterday rumor was that the Cubs brass is going to meet with Dale...

Three Post-Waiver Trade Targets: Hitters

Alfonso Soriano Soriano’s power remains alive in his age-36 season. The sixth-year Cub owns a .499 slugging percentage thanks to 19 home runs and 22 doubles in 359 at-bats for a .226 ISO. This year, the hits are falling in as well, giving him a solid .272/.322/.499 line, enough for a 113 wRC+. Although his 2.9 WAR is inflated by an extremely iffy +12 UZR, he’s having a productive...

Chicago Cubs fan marriage proposal goes wrong (Video)

Back on Tuesday night, one Chicago Cubs fan had a rather big moment in his life goes absolutely horribly wrong. He has planned to propose to his girlfriend named Erica with a message on the Jumbotron like many professional sports fans do. The only issue was the folks with the Cubs put the message up while Erica was in the bathroom: <p>Your browser does not support...

Cubs acquired 2 of top 10 prospects moved at the deadline

According to Baseball America, the Cubs acquired 2 of the top 10 prospects moved at or near the trade deadline.  3. Arodys Vizcaino, rhp, Cubs. Chicago has very little advanced young pitching, so it was willing to take the sidelined Vizcaino and throw-in Jaye Chapman from the Braves in exchange for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson. Considered untouchable a year ago, Vizcaino had a...

Report: Detroit Tigers Working to Acquire Alfonso Soriano From Chicago Cubs

The Detroit Tigers' search for another bat appears to be going down to the wire before Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline Continue reading →

The Children Are The Future-Cubs Minor League Update Sponsored by Elmer’s Glue

Iowa Brett Jackson had another Brett Jackson kind of game going 1-4 with and walk, SB and strikeout. Vitters was 3-5 with his 5th SB of the year and got his BA back up to .300. No idea if these two are heading up for tonights game vs the Angels but Chris DeLuca was speculating that it might be the case. Smokies Logan Watkins got two hits in 4 AB's last night including his 5th...

Detroit Tigers Come Up Empty At The Trade Deadline

There was a lot of talk, and lot of rumors, and quite possibly a late run at Alfonso Soriano that may still get a deal done. However, at the non waiver trade deadline the Detroit Tigers failed to add the right handed bat this team needs. They failed to add a middle of the order bat that could help spark an offense that has yet again gone stone cold. The Tigers are in a funk, and...

FanGraphs Audio: Jeff Samardzija

Episode 224 David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or other feeder things. Audio after the jump. (Approximately 13 min. play time.)

Cubs recall Cabrera, Volstad; option reliever Coleman

The Cubs recalled right-handed pitchers Alberto Cabrera and Chris Volstad from Triple-A Iowa and optioned right-handed pitcher Casey Coleman. Cabrera has never appeared in the big leagues. He has a combined 4-1 with five saves and a 3.11 ERA in 36 appearances between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa this season. Cabrera originally signed with the Cubs as an undrafted free agent...

Exploring the Arsenal – Travis Wood

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each game, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitcher expected to oppose the Pirates. The chart below shows the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2012. This chart is from the catcher’s point of view. Click here for a general guide to pitch types and classifications...

Jones, Fort Lead the Way in 8-4 Win Over Cubs

Final: Pirates 8, Cubs 4 WP: Jeff Karstens (4-2, 3.70 ERA) LP: Travis Wood (4-7, 4.90 ERA) Jeff Karstens held the Cubs to just one run over five innings and the Pirates offense busted out 13 hits and eight runs as the Bucs breezed to pick up the series win. Karstens gave up a solo homer to Starlin Castro in the first inning, but settled in after that. The Pirates countered in the...

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs – Game 104

Brad Lincoln Traded, Yinzer Meltdown Ensues.   First Pitch:  2:20 PM EST Where to Watch:  Root Sports, MLB.TV, WGN   WGN might be the worst channel on television.   Travis Wood, LHP (25) It would be wrong of me not to mention the fact that Wood allowed five homers in his last game. Yup five. [...]
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