1. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Mike Fontenot

    It's hard to know what happened, exactly, but Mike Fontenot's career fell right out from under him in 2009. Fontenot, who will turn 30 in June this year, entered last season as the Cubs' starter at second base...

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  2. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Angel Guzman

    Angel Guzman is a star-crossed young man. Injuries have hampered the development of this talented right-handed Venezuelan hurler throughout his career. Finally, in 2009, he overcame them, stepping brilliantly into the setup role in Chicago's bullpen...

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  3. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Xavier Nady

    Contrary to popular belief, right fielder Kosuke Fukudome of the Chicago Cubs is not a bad hitter. Though just a .258 career hitter, Fukudome's on-base percentage in two Major League seasons is a more than respectable ...

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  4. Five Questions Facing the 2010 Chicago Cubs

    In the bleak mid-winter of February in Chicago, it is hard to imagine that baseball's Opening Day is less than seven weeks from this gray, wintry afternoon on the shores of Lake Michigan...

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  5. 2010 Fantasy Baseball: Blind Resumes; or Removing Recognition Bias from Decision-Making

    In fantasy baseball, there is no greater satisfaction than getting a player you know will be elite for the price, or pick position, of a merely good one...

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  6. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Tom Gorzelanny

    In 2007, Tom Gorzelanny won 14 games and threw more than 200 innings of very solid baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was among those named on the final vote fan ballot for All-Star honors...

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  7. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Marlon Byrd

    Marlon Byrd is a boulder of a man. That was my first observation, as I watched the new Cubs center fielder take his place along the balcony at the team's 25th annual Cubs Convention...

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  8. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Ryan Dempster

    Since Ryan Dempster became a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs at the beginning of the 2008 season, he has logged 406 2/3 innings. He has a 3.30 ERA, two-and-a-half times as many strikeouts as walks, and 28 wins...

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  9. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Jeff Baker

    When the Cubs acquired Jeff Baker from the Colorado Rockies last July, the deal went largely unnoticed. Baker had been bogged down by injuries, limiting him to 12 games with the Rockies before the trade...

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  10. Ryan Theriot: Chicago Cubs Profile 2010

    Ryan Theriot enters his fifth major league season in 2010, and his third as the Chicago Cubs' starting shortstop. Theriot, 30, batted .284 last season and, for the third consecutive season, stole 20 or more bases...

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  11. Hanley Ramirez, Not Albert Pujols, Deserves First Pick in Fantasy Drafts

    Positional scarcity is a controversial topic among fantasy baseball players. Some argue that players eligible at positions (generally catcher, second base, and shortstop) that lack depth in ...

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  12. Now It Gets Interesting: Chad Tracy Muddies Waters of Cubs' 2010 Roster

    Guessing what Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry will do next is like guessing under which cup the carnival employee has hidden the ball: you need to have watched every dizzying and confusing previous movement, and even then, there's a chance he's cheating you...

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  13. The Case for Chan Ho Park and the Chicago Cubs

    Multiple reports, including those of Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman, indicate that the Chicago Cubs are interested in free agent relief pitcher Chan Ho Park, of the 2009 National League champion Philadelphia Phillies...

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  14. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Carlos Marmol

    For batters, there must be no less comfortable feeling in baseball than to step into the box against Cubs right-handed reliever Carlos Marmol...

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  15. Brett Favre's Will He or Won't He Game: Another Long Winter of Drama Awaits

    Brett Favre rolled to his right, flushed out under the same constant pressure he had faced all day. He scanned the field as he continued to sprint, now three yards behind the line of scrimmage, now two...

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  16. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Aramis Ramirez

    For Cubs fans, the pain of missing the playoffs in 2009 for the first time in three seasons was bad enough. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez, however, had the pain market cornered...

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  17. Praising Arizona: Chicago Cubs to Stay in Spring Training Home

    According to Chicago Tribune and WGN reporter David Kaplan, the Chicago Cubs intend to maintain their spring residence in Mesa, Ariz., pending a vote on the financial package needed to upgrade their facilities...

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  18. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Derrek Lee

    When Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry traded first baseman Hee Seop Choi and a Minor Leaguer for Florida Marlins first baseman Derrek Lee in November of 2003, many saw it as a knee-jerk reaction to the Cubs' recent NLCS loss to Florida...

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  19. Chicago Cubs After Kiko Calero: Clever or Calamitous?

    According to multiple sources, the Chicago Cubs and free-agent relief pitcher Kiko Calero are in negotiations on what looks to be a one- or two-year contract, worth slightly less than $2 million annually...

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  20. Chicago Cubs Rumors: Adam Kennedy a Second Base Possibility?

    There's just no stopping the Kennedys. Okay, so admittedly, free agent infielder Adam Kennedy is not a known relation to the family of the same name that holds royal status in American history, but just one day after deceased Mass...

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  21. Cubs Convention Kicks Off Chicago Baseball Season for 25th Straight Year

    Baseball is a game by the fans, for the fans, and it is full of wonderful traditions that bring teams and their maniacal supporters closer together...

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  22. Xavier Nady oChicago Cubs' Radar, Could Form Formidable Platoon

    According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune , the Chicago Cubs remain in the market for a right-handed hitter to fill their fourth outfield role...

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  23. Red Sox vs. Yankees: Who Would Be Better If the Season Started Today?

    It is January 13, and while nothing is ever certain between the two great powerhouses of Major League Baseball, both the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees seem generally ready to head toward spring with the clubs they now have in place...

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  24. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Randy Wells

    Like Kosuke Fukudome in 2008, Randy Wells brought the Cubs a sixth-place finish in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2009. Wells blew away expectations, winning 12 games and posting a sparkling 3...

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  25. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Carlos Zambrano

    Carlos Zambrano is perilously close to the breaking point. The erstwhile ace of the Chicago Cubs staff fell further than ever from the good graces of fans and the media in 2009, when a string ...

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