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Chicago Cubs Headlines for Monday

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals
Exciting news, everyone! The Cubs might get another pitcher from the Pirates! I knew that would be a great way for everyone to wake up on a Monday morning. The Pirates non-tendered closer Matt Capps, and there appears to be mutual interest between him and the Cubs.

The Cubs and Capps may have mutual interest. The Cubs have liked him in the past, but from that I've been told, they want to see where his market price settles after he made $2.425 million this year. The Cubs pried pitchers John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny from the Buccos last July, so you know they're well-versed in Pirates pitching from a scouting standpoint.

There's no word yet whether the interest has moved from "Do you like me? Circle yes or no" to footsie. You might be asking why the Pirates would non-tender their closer. Bruce Miles might have an explanation for you.

The paper pointed out Capps had his worst season in 2009, going 27-for-32 in saves chances with a 5.80 ERA. Capps, WHIP rose from a tidy 0.97 in 2008 to a feverish 1.66 this year.

Then why are the Cubs interested, especially at more than $2.4 million?

Capps' BABIP also rose from .272 to .370, and that figures to normalize downward toward .300 in 2010. Bill James projects a 3.47 ERA and 30 saves for Capps next year, but the Cubs would use him as a right-handed setup man (to go along with Angel Guzman) if they were to sign him.

Speaking of non-tenders, we may or may not have seen the last of Neal Cotts in a Cubs uniform. It's such a pleasant sight, too, at least until he starts pitching.

The Cubs tendered contracts to all but one of their arbitration-eligible players Saturday, and rehabbing left-hander Neal Cotts will be offered a minor-league contract if he doesn't sign elsewhere.


And finally, it's wacky links time!

  • Our very own Cubbiejulie was on ChicagoNow radio on WGN this past Saturday. If you missed the show live, you can listen to it here.
  • Should you have plans to be in Chicago in January (I hear it's quite nice that time of year), you should think about attending the Cubs Mid-Winter Tweetup during the Cubs Convention. RSVP here.
  • Today marks a very special day in the history of podcasting. Cubbiejulie and Alex Quigley from the Red Eye join forces to review the week in Chicago sports. Check out Julie & Alex's Excellent Sports Adventure at 1:00 CST today.


Sec's very late entry into the 2010 Cubs Slogan Contest:

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JulieDiCaro said:

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I'm going to be in court (probably) until the podcast. This morning, I have a client who could really use some good luck. Any spare "luck" vibes you may have laying around would be much appreciated!

gravedigger said:

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Good luck. Don't forget, a good lawyer will offer to go to jail so her client doesn't have to.

secdelahc said:

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Can I take the afternoon/evening spare "good luck" vibes? I'm going to need them for my final tonight.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Yay--I win!

The rest of the 'good luck' vibes are yours. Here you go:

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secdelahc said:

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Hooray for you! And thanks! Here's hoping I don't flunk out after 1 semester...

flyball said:

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I feel better when we steal up and coming players from the Pirates rather than taking someone they no longer want, whats next signing a Royals cast off?

AndCounting said:

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I'd definitely rather buy low on a guy who had a down year than acquire a reliever after a career year with 90 appearances. It's not tremendously exciting, but it seems like it could work out alright.

secdelahc said:

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Capps seems like he has been pretty solid. Of course, he played for the Pirates, so who can really tell? And as you can see, I have no statistical information to back up my argument.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Everybody looks solid when they play for someone else! Then they come play for us and become extremely UNSOLID.

flyball said:

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Chicago Cubs:Turning solid players into gelatinous mush for over 100 years.

JulieDiCaro said:

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You should have entered that in the slogan contest.

flyball said:

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well, I didn't have any inspiration for it at the time

secdelahc said:

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that deserves its own motivational poster. And, what do you know? I've got one here.

secdelahc said:

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Well, damn. That didn't work. Let's try this again.

flyball said:

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I don't think the comments allow for images

secdelahc said:

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Alright. I'm done. But just so you all know, it was really neato.

flyball said:

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but I want to see it now!

JulieDiCaro said:

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email it to me and i'll post it.

secdelahc said:

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flyball said:

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signing free agent relievers after a big season always makes me a bit nervous, and closers even more so, they just seem much more unpredictable year to year than starters or position players

Dmband said:

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I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Len Kasper backstage at the XRT party this past weekend. Couldnt have been a nicer guy, which I asssumed, but he was very friendly....even after I had 7-10 beers....

gravedigger said:

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Weird. The only time I saw him in person, he was punching babies in the forehead.

At least, I think that was him.

JulieDiCaro said:

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oh at least that's how you remember it.

Dmband said:

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Hahaha!..that explains why I heard someone utter "There goes that baby punching SOB..." when he walked by...

Didnt make any sense at the time....

gravedigger said:

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Supposedly a three team trade sends Roy Halladay to PHI, Cliff Lee to Seattle, and I don't know who to Toronto.

JulieDiCaro said:

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And a whole lot of nothing to the Cubs.

This off-season BLOWS.

gravedigger said:

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There's not been a lot happening for anyone yet.

However, I do expect the Cubs to remain quiet.

Dmband said:

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I believe Lackey is becoming a Red Sox as well...

Guys, were in for a rough season next year. The only thing I will say is that it appears no one else in our division is doing anything of consequence.

Why would the Phillies trade Lee? He was awesome for them

AndCounting said:

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They would probably have lost him to free agency. They'll be signing Halladay to an extension.

JulieDiCaro said:

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No,love.

We'll tell you when.

Carl Heartscubs Gierhan said:

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I like that my picture is bigger at the top when I make a post. Now I feel like I should maybe Glamour Shot it.

HoboHanson said:

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Maybe Julie can give you the contact info for her guy. It's prolly at the mall.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Ahem.

That is not a Glamour Shot. That is a photo that Max took of my in our bedroom.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Ruh-Roh.

ARod and Kate have broken up. There are only so many centaurs a woman can take. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/34421132/ns/entertainment-celebrities/

JulieDiCaro said:

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Per SI's John Heyman, the Red Sox are in "serious" talks with Mike Cameron.

millertime said:

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I don't know if this was mentioned somewhere, but I heard WGN extended Ron Santo's contract 3 years.

Also, Les Walrond is still available, in case the Cubs want to a take a flier on him.

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hooray for Santo. I know he's old and senile, but I love listening to him. It reminds me of listening to games with my grandpa.

Ix Nay on the alrond-way. don't give jimbo any ideas.

millertime said:

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I would gladly sacrifice another decade of losing to hear Ron Santo try and say Les Walrond.

millertime said:

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Chicago Cubs: Now with more sodium!

JulieDiCaro said:

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Cameron signs with the Red Sox: 2/$15.5

BAH

AndCounting said:

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It doesn't seem like the Cubs are getting better. It's like the offseason equivalent of seeing Aaron Miles announced as a pinch hitter.

kiwibob said:

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The very fact that Aaron Miles is no longer on the team has surely made the Cubs better already?
What I'd like to know is how Rule % works and what is happening with Patton? Having a pitcher who the Cubs had to keep or lose but didn't want to play seemed like only having a 24 player squad. What happens next?
(Being LOHO, I realise that seemingly obvious questions can be asked and someone, usually Umbra, will answer without making me feel too dumb)

kiwibob said:

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Apologies. Drunk Kiwi. Not Rule %.
Rule 5

JulieDiCaro said:

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I didn't know what "Rule %" was, but there was no way I was going to admit that in front of everyone.

cubsforever said:

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Ok - I have been silent - but then again so has the Cubbies GM. Money talks - and the Cubs apparently don't have any more to invest in making the team better. I guess this means the Cubs will become Texas North by singing Byrd and keeping Bradley and Soraiano and the great hitting coach. But at this point - why would anyone want to sign with the CUBS. The only plusses so far are minus - Miles and Gregg - and I would not call the loss of Harden a minus and Lilly's surgery. But where are the plusses? DeRosa is "expensive" even though he did well for Rudy - Capps wmight sign with someone else as the closer not a set-up - no word on Reed Johnson at all which is also disappointing - just more of the same -----

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