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Coming off of a four game winning streak, rumors are beginning to take shape for the Cubs. Matt Garza, who is one of the top pitchers expected to be traded away before the end of the month, has been joined on the trading block by relief pitcher Kevin Gregg and outfielder Alfonso Soriano. Gregg and Soriano, both experienced veterans, have impressed many GMs around the league, especially on the hot streak the Cubs have been on. Soriano has hit 5 homers in his last seven games, reviving rumors that he might be dealt to a team in need of a right handed hitter. The Rangers, who might lose outfielder Nelson Cruz because of the biogenesis scandal, are reportedly looking for a solid backup with a strong bat just in case. Soriano had previously been linked to the Rangers, and the deal would still make a lot of sense. Gregg, who now has 15 saves to go along with his 1.78 ERA and has been catching a lot of attention around the league.
Due to the way he has been pitching, the Cubs have strongly considered re-signing Garza, as opposed to trading him, and building the pitching staff around him. This does not seem likely though, and most people still expect to see Garza go. After the fiasco that was getting Ryan Dempster to waive his no trade rights last year (he blocked two trades to the White Sox and one to the Braves), the Cubs would like to complete their retooling process and begin developing the talent in their farm system.
GM Jed Hoyer said in a recent interview that the Cubs phone lines have been very busy. "There are a lot of incoming phone calls," he said. “A lot about Matt [Garza], but a lot of them about our other players, too. In general in the game, phone traffic has picked up. I feel like there is a lot of interest in our players. The team is playing well and so are some of our individual players.”
The Cubs have just signed first round pick third-baseman Kris Bryant to a 6.7 million dollar deal, and are also very close to signing 18-year-old Taiwanese pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng. After being unable to sign recent international stars, like outfielderYoenis Cespedes of the A’s and Dodgers right-hander Hyun-JinRyu, the Cubs are eagerly in pursuit of Tseng and have shown strong interest in Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, whom many believe has all-star potential. If the Cubs were to sign him, it would free them up to trade starter Jeff Samardzijaand have Gonzalez around when Bryant, as well as other exciting prospects, like Jorge Soler and Javier Baez begin to make the major leagues.
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The Chicago Cubs and the city have reached an agreement that allows the franchise to build an electric Jumbotron above the outfield walls in Wrigley Field.
This strange moment was captured by cameras during last night’s Cubs-Cardinals game. It shows one Cubs fan leaning over and biting the shoulder of another, a woman who is talking to a Cardinals fan. I’m going to go ahead and assume these two Cubs fans know each other (god, I hope so) and that the guy was either a little too drunk, a little too jealous, or just didn’t want the...
First, I'd like to apologize for the extreme lateness of the JOT today. Usually, I bang them out at work (I get here an hour early and write it). Today that didn't happen because I was very busy all day. It'll probably happen again tomorrow. Perhaps someday this will actually be my job, but I'm probably several years away from that happening, if ever.
An agreement to install two new electronic signs at Wrigley Field has been reached between the Chicago Cubs and the city of Chicago. The Commission on Chicago Landmarks unanimously approved of the deal in a vote Thursday evening, making the signs one step closer to becoming reality.
The proposed Jumbotron in left field would be 5,700 square feet in area, while the right field advertising...
The Chicago Cubs have purchased the contract of right-handed reliever Michael Bowden from their Triple-A Iowa farm club. Bowden has been solid in the majors this season, putting in a 3.78 ERA over 16 and 2/3 innings. He is expected to get his playing time out of the pen pitching middle relief.
In a corresponding move to create the roster space for Bowden, the Cubs have optioned left...
The Chicago Cubs have reached an agreement with the city that would allow the team to build a left-field Jumbotron at historic Wrigley Field while adding another sign in right field, the team announced Thursday.
The city's landmarks commission, which must sign off on any changes to historic structures, was meeting Thursday afternoon to approve the deal.
If accepted, the Cubs...
Albuquerque Isotopes 0 @ Iowa Cubs 3
This one was a pitching duel, so not much in the way of offense. J.C. Bocan had a 2-run double that put the game away in his 1-3 day. Darnell McDonald was 2-2 with a walk. Other than that, meh.
Guillermo Moscoso was tremendous, though, taking a no-hitter into the 8th, finishing with a line of 8 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB's and 5 Ks. Brian Schlitter...
Matt Garza pitched into the seventh inning for his fifth consecutive win and Alfonso Soriano homered again, leading the Chicago Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.
Garza allowed a season-high 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings, but held the NL's highest scoring offense to two runs while improving to 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts. With a handful...
First, the news to set up:
So, I think that debate is done. The point: Brett Jackson isn’t with Iowa and isn’t on the roster given to real reporters covering the team.
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) July 13, 2013
Tommy Birch is pretty much the Iowa Cubs’ beat reporter and he’s on his game, so if Brett Jackson is missing as reported, then we take it at his word. That said...
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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was able to accomplish a rare feat: he was ejected from a game after it already had ended.
The Chicago Cubs may soon see Scott Baker for the first time this season. Baker has been on the disabled list as he continues to recover from Tommy John surgery and a muscle strain suffered during the spring. However, he finally looks poised to return to the active roster. It would be the first time th Cubs see him in uniform since signing him this past offseason. Patrick...
The Chicago Cubs' planned $500 million renovation of Wrigley Field has won the approval of another city commission and the support of the local alderman -- all but assuring the project will go forward.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday approved the proposal to renovate Wrigley and develop nearby property. The plan includes putting an...
The two teams who are leading the way in the Matt Garza sweepstakes have been identified. The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers are the front runners to land Garza, industry sources told ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine.
While the Blue Jays and Rangers are the front runners for Garza, the Red Sox, Indians and Giants have all shown 'strong' interest in the Cubs pitcher...
While the St. Louis Cardinals sit atop the NL Central and the Chicago Cubs find themselves near the bottom, manager Dale Sveum's club isn't to be overlooked.
The Cubs try to keep rolling Friday when they continue a four-game set against the visiting Cardinals, who could be without Matt Holliday.
Fourth-place Chicago (41-49) has won five of six and 16 of 27 after taking...
I should be in bed after getting home from tonight’s surprisingly easy Cubs victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, but I’m still on a bit of a high. No matter the record, it’s always fun to go to the ball park and watch my favorite team, and it’s extra fun to watch them play well and win. Yes, the Cubs are still far back in the division and wild-card races, and yes, they’re...