1. Chicago Cubs Entangled in Ben Sheets: What Ace Could Bring to North Side

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports today that the Chicago Cubs are deep in contention to sign free-agent right-handed starting pitcher Ben Sheets, lately of the rival Milwaukee Brewers...

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  2. When One Door Closes, Chicago Cubs Use Window To Pursue Jose Valverde

    Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry has little monetary wiggle room remaining in his 2010 budget. With the salary ceiling set by the Ricketts family at $145 million, Chicago likely has no more than five million dollars left to spend in 2010 salary...

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  3. Follow My Lead: Sammy Sosa's Path To Cooperstown Runs Through Mark McGwire

    Confession is good for the soul, or so the tired sayings go. If that's true, then Mark McGwire's soul is in slightly better shape today, after he publicly admitted steroid use throughout the 1990s, "including the 1998 season...

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  4. Fantasy Baseball 2010: The "X" Factor, Part One

    In fantasy baseball, the name of the game is projection. Winning fantasy owners are those best able to anticipate who will break out, who will sustain past success, and who will see their production fall off...

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  5. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Kosuke Fukudome

    On the evening of March 31, 2008, Kosuke Fukudome was the toast of the Chicago baseball world. The Cubs stood at 0-1 after a heart-breaking loss to the Milwaukee Brewers...

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  6. Last Of His Kind: Andre Dawson Marked The End Of The Old-School Star

    There was a time not so long ago when the baseball world only thought it revolved around numbers. Players made an average of slightly less than $500,000 a year. The superstars made somewhere around $2...

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  7. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Alfonso Soriano

    In Nov. 2006, Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry signed star outfielder Alfonso Soriano to an eight-year deal worth $136 million. To that point in his career, Soriano had a career batting line of ...

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  8. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Geovany Soto

    In the off-season between 2008 and 2009, Geovany Soto was riding high. The Chicago Cubs catcher had just won the National League Rookie of the Year award, having socked 23 home runs and posted an ...

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  9. Byrd Flu: True to Form, Chicago Cubs Overpay for Free Agent Outfielder

    Throughout history, birds have been symbols. In the Bible story of Noah and the ark, a dove heralds the first sighting of dry land after the long flood...

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  10. 2010 Chicago Cubs Profile: Ted Lilly

    I had originally meant to begin this series of articles immediately after the New Year, the better to lend them relevance and immediacy. However, in mapping out the process, I felt it urgent enough to begin now...

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  11. New York Mets Ink Jason Bay: Why Citi Field Won't Steal Slugger's Power

    On Tuesday, the New York Mets agreed to a four-year contract with free agent outfielder Jason Bay. According to reports, the deal will pay Bay roughly $66 million. The pact has drawn mixed reactions...

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  12. Cubs Miss Yet Another Center Field Target: Time to Examine Platoons?

    There is an old saying, that two heads are better than one. In baseball, we use a slightly modified variation on that axiom: two bats are better than one. Platoons have been in use for decades...

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  13. Are Matt Holliday Or Jason Bay Now On The Atlanta Braves' Radar?

    When the Braves traded starting pitcher Javier Vazquez to the New York Yankees Tuesday in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera, they may have opened the door for a much bigger acquisition...

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  14. New York Yankees Should Move Granderson to Left, Put Gardner in Center Field

    When the Yankees traded for Atlanta starting pitcher Javier Vazquez early Tuesday, they quickly turned their attention to filling the one hole that apparently remains on their squad...

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  15. National Revival: Washington Should Be 2010 NL Wild Card Favorites

    As bold and premature predictions go, this may be the ultimate. In the world of baseball prognostication, it is nearly heresy to even consider what I am about to propose. As I cast my eyes across the National League, however, I am left with no alternative

    Matt Trueblood Written by Matt Trueblood about over 5 years ago 431 reads 2 comments

  16. Yankee Swap: Defending Champs Inquire about Cubs' Carlos Zambrano

    New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman intends to add a starting pitcher before the new year, according to the New York Post...

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  17. Scott Rolen Gets Contract Extension: Is He the Modern Ron Santo?

    As a devoted Chicago Cubs fan for more than a decade now, I have long been keenly aware of the plight of Ron Santo. Santo, who was a key cog during the Cubs' quasi-revival in the late 1960s and ...

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  18. Seattle Mariners Acquire Milton Bradley; Chicago Cubs Free at Last

    Cubs nation, our long national nightmare may at last be over. After two full fruitless months of maneuvering toward a deal, Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry has found a suitor for disgruntled outfielder Milton Bradley ...

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  19. Trade Adrian Gonzalez? Why on Earth Would the San Diego Padres Do That?

    As they did throughout last week's winter meetings, rumors continue to swirl today about a potential trade between the Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres...

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  20. Cubs' Hendry Becomes Byrd Dog with Cameron Lost to Boston; Rangers Poised To Act

    For Chicago Cubs GM Jim Hendry, for Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels, and for free-agent outfielder Marlon Byrd, the last 48 hours have made an interesting, interwoven series of impacts upon the tone and tenor of the MLB offseason...

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  21. Deep Breath, Everyone: Too Early To Take Halladay Mega-Deal for Granted

    The baseball world is abuzz tonight with talk of the apparently imminent blockbuster trade between the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies and Seattle Mariners...

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  22. Non-Tender Loving Care: Two Cast-Offs the Chicago Cubs Could Use

    At the passing of Saturday's deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players, 25 teams chose, instead, to release one or more players. In total, 39 new names landed in the free agent pool...

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  23. Top 10 Pitchers Not Named Roy Halladay Still on the Market

    The Winter Meetings are all but over, and a myriad of top arms moved during the annual MLB swap meet. Randy Wolf signed with the Milwaukee Brewers for three years and just under $30 million...

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  24. Immovable Milton Bradley Fatally Paralyzing Chicago Cubs

    On Monday morning, the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals stood roughly shoulder-to-shoulder at the front of the pack of teams vying for position in the 2010 National League Central division...

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  25. Rafael Soriano Accepts Arbitration: Can Braves Trade Him?

    Among the always-minute percentage of free agents offered arbitration who actually accept, there are rarely surprises...

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