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Rumors and Rants:
It’s like that nightmare where you show up to school in nothing but your underwear actually happening in real life.
Less than a week after I took time to crunch the numbers and determine that Kevin Gregg was the worst closer in Cubs history, the team signed the goggle-wearing blown save machine to a minor league deal. I actually had to double-check to make sure this wasn’t some sort of cruel hoax, but multiple sources confirm that this isn’t some sort of terrible April Fool’s joke. At least this time he was signed to a contract befitting his talent level.
Gregg, who was released by the Dodgers at the end of spring training, is reporting to the Cubs extended spring training camp in Mesa, Arizona.
The Cubs are already in a bullpen bind two weeks into the season. Carlos Marmol was demoted from the role, and replacement Kyuji Fujikawa was placed on the 15-day disabled list. No telling if or when Gregg will get called up to the big-league roster, but the fact he’s being considered for a...
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MLB News: The Chicago Cubs purchased the contract of relief pitcher Kevin Gregg from Triple-A Iowa, just two days after signing him to a minor league deal. He will attempt to strengthen a battered, talent-lacking bullpen.
Fantasy Ramifications: Let’s be honest here. On almost any other team Gregg would be used as a mop-up reliever. On the Cubs he very well could get his shot at...
This is a continuation of the weekly series of of writing about a Cubs prospect. Early on, I will be writing about guys that Dave and I did not cover in our Prospect Ratings. Links for past ratings and past profiles at at the end.
Who is Nick Struck?
Nick Struck was drafted in the 39th round of the 2009 Draft out of Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon. He's 1 of 44...
Alburquerque Isotops 1 @ Iowa Cubs 4
Chris Rusin made his 3rd start of the season for the I-Cubs on Sunday. He had his best start of the year. He had allowed 7 runs (6 earned) over his previous 11 innings of work while striking out only 6 and walking 6. On Sunday he threw 7 innings, allowed just 4 hits and a run while striking out 4 and walking no one.
Zach Putnam got the 2-inning...
The Chicago Cubs catcher Steve Clevenger is expected to miss at least six weeks because of a strained left abdomen.
Clevenger fell to the ground in pain when he struck out to end Saturday's loss to San Francisco. He injured the oblique muscle.
The Cubs said he will be placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday when second baseman Darwin Barney is expected to return from a deep...
Welcome to the first weekly minor league report on WSD of the 2013 season! For those of you unfamiliar with this weekly feature, it focuses specifically on the actual prospects in the minor leagues – and sometimes the younger players already in the majors – and tracks their recent and season-long successes and unfortunately, failures as they present themselves.
Last year, the...
The Ricketts family, who bought the Chicago Cubs in 2009, has agreed to a $500 million renovation to Wrigley Field with the city and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The Cubs are not a good offensive team, and that is one of many challenges facing the current regime. The focus, rightfully so, has been on the approach of the Cubs at the plate. The Cubs have been a free swinging ball club under Jim Hendry’s watch, and fixing the low OBP of the team for the majority of the past decade, 2008 a notable exception, would go a long way to changing...
Even before the Zack Greinke-Carlos Quentin fiasco from Thursday, there was a lot written about the Dodgers throughout the week. Here are some of the links I enjoyed.
Chad Moriyama had a couple of stories regarding the Greinke-Quentin brawl -- one about responding to C.J. Nitkowski's tweet and one about some Padre fan reactions to the brawl.
Mike Newman of ROTOScouting...