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Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Johnson sharp; LaStella, Jokisch make rehab appearances

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Johnson sharp; LaStella, Jokisch make rehab appearances
It was a busy day for trades but the Cubs were not involved. Potential targets Cole Hamels and Mat Latos went elsewhere. Heard the Cubs are still in on Tyson Ross, but not sure how serious or if it was out there to get the Astros to up their offer. SO for now, the Cubs... Read more »

Sweaty Jon's Historic Day--Rockies 2 Cubs 3

Sweaty Jon's Historic Day--Rockies 2 Cubs 3
The Cubs managed to salvage a series split off the old formula of great pitching and just enough hitting. Dexter Fowler hit a lead off home run to put the Cubs up 1-0. The Cubs added in the third inning as Dexter Fowler’s torrid post break pace continued. Fowler walked to lead off the inning,... Read more »

Trade Rumor Thread: Latos/Morse to Dodgers, Bidding War for Price, Padres "Super Active", White Sox Buying? and More

Trade Rumor Thread: Latos/Morse to Dodgers, Bidding War for Price, Padres "Super Active", White Sox Buying? and More
UPDATE 11:20 (Dan) Rosenthal reports that the Mets were actually the ones who backed out of the trade for Carlos Gomez based on concerns with the medical reports on Gomez’s hip. Gomez spent time on the disabled listed earlier this season with a hamstring strain and also missed time last month with a hip injury. UPDATE... Read more »
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Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Lots of HRs and great starting pitching today

Daily Cubs Minors Recap: Lots of HRs and great starting pitching today
It was all about the longball today for Cubs minor leaguers. The Cubs could sure use some of that mojo. Let’s get to the recap since I knocked off (relatively) early last night… Iowa 9 – Nashville 0 LHP Clayton Richard is no longer on the 40 man roster but he is back with the... Read more »

Cubs DFA Mike Baxter, DL Ramirez, call up RP Ben Rowen, Yoervis Medina; Schwarber to play LF today; Soler, Castro not in lineup

Cubs DFA Mike Baxter, DL Ramirez, call up RP Ben Rowen, Yoervis Medina; Schwarber to play LF today; Soler, Castro not in lineup
The Cubs added more bullpen help as they DFA’d Mike Baxter to make room for the submarining Ben Rowen.  The Cubs are hoping that Rowen can give hitters a different wrinkle.  Neil Ramirez appears to be injured and it never really seemed like he was 100% back even when he did pitch.  He will now... Read more »

Videos: Baez goes boom (twice), looks to be employing lower leg kick more consistently

Videos:  Baez goes boom (twice), looks to be employing lower leg kick more consistently
Twitter is all abuzz over Starlin Castro’s early exit and the emotional look he seemed to have in the dugout afterward. As of this writing, that is all it is. Just social media buzz. But I’ll be up a bit longer writing this post, so we’ll be ready if an update is needed. Meanwhile, Javier... Read more »
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Sigh...Rockies 7, Cubs 2

Sigh...Rockies 7, Cubs 2
We know that we are in the middle of Hugwatch 2015, though it’s been a bit different for Cubs fans this year.  Since Theo Epstein took over the front office at Clark and Addison, it’s been the fans of the Cubs who have looked to see which of our veteran players will be traded for... Read more »

Trade Rumor Thread: Cubs Ask on CarGo, Zobrist to KC, Cards in on Tulo?, Phillies Want Best Hamels Offer Tomorrow, Chapman to D'Backs? and More

Trade Rumor Thread: Cubs Ask on CarGo, Zobrist to KC, Cards in on Tulo?, Phillies Want Best Hamels Offer Tomorrow, Chapman to D'Backs? and More
UPDATE (6:30) Dan Hopefully not trade related, but the Iowa Cubs activated Javier Baez from the disabled list tonight and placed Jonathan Mota on the DL. Additionally, LHP Zac Rosscup has joined the I-Cubs on a rehab assignment The Angels suddenly have a very full and deep outfield as the team pulled off two more trades... Read more »

Tuesdays With Fels The Younger - YOU Stay Rational!

Tuesdays With Fels The Younger - YOU Stay Rational!
Hello all. Sorry I've been gone from the brunch the past couple weeks. My laptop Allison (yes, all my devices have names. The laptop is named after the lead singer of The Kills/Dead Weather) needed to go under emergency surgery, and then last Sunday I was returning from a brief trip out of town. But I haven't forgotten about you. Oh, have I not forgotten about you. It has not been the best showcase for Cubs fans this past week, has it? The problem with everyone having a voice through Twitter or the interwebs is that we have to listen to it all. The Cubs getting swept by the worst team in baseball certainly sent some over the edge, and then others over the opposite edge telling those others who had fallen over the first edge how stupid they were being for falling over the edge. None of this is going to be helped by the Cubs backing up that sweep at the hands of the Phillies with perhaps their craziest win of the year last night. Which came only a week after the craziest win of the season up until last night, the Schwarber Game. Needless to say, the pyrotechnics on this season have officially been set off the past week...
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Blue Jays, Rockies pull off old-fashioned deal as Tulo, Reyes switch places. Rockies get top pitching prospects Castro and (reportedly) Hoffman

So many deals this time of year involve one team dealing a veteran on the last year of his contract for prospects.  Not that there is anything wrong with that.  That is a good trade-off as both organizations head in different directions and have different goals. But once in a while a good, old-fashioned deal... Read more »