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  1. Cubs interested in Brandon McCarthy and Shaun Marcum

    Nov 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times the Cubs “already have expressed interest in” Brandon McCarthy and “another buy-low candidate the Cubs are eyeing” is Shaun Marcum. General manager Jed Hoyer indicated that the Cubs will probably try to sign some veterans to reasonably priced one- or two-year deals, like they did last…

  2. The Wilson Defensive Awards were announced last night

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    We mentioned this last week, but last night the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network. As we said previously: sponsored awards like this are kind of “whatever,” but in a world where people still take the Gold Glove awards seriously, I’m cool with any viable competitor. As you’ll recall, there were awards for the…

  3. Padres could be a fit for Dan Haren this winter

    Nov 4, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Free agent right-hander Dan Haren had a frustrating 2012, posting a pedestrian 4.33 ERA across 176 2/3 innings while fighting a lingering lower back issue. Haren should still find plenty of interest on the open market this offseason, but if he would rather do a one-year “prove-it” style of deal to reestablish his value, there’s…

  4. Dan Haren hits free agency after Angels decline option

    Nov 3, 2012, 12:22 AM EDT

    Dan Haren Getty

    It appeared Dan Haren was Chicago-bound just a few hours ago, but he’s now a free agent. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Angels have declined the $15.5 million club option on Haren’s contract for 2013. He will receive a $3.5 million buyout and test the open market. Yes, somehow the Angels were able…

  5. UPDATE: The Dan Haren-for-Carlos Marmol swap is not happening

    Nov 2, 2012, 10:22 PM EDT

    Dan Haren AP

    UPDATE: Oh boy. Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com was told by a source that the deal is off. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that Carlos Marmol would have signed off on the trade, but the Cubs pulled the deal off the table for some reason. It could be because of the money involved or the medicals…

  6. Gold Glove Award winners, as they’re announced…

    Oct 30, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball is revealing the 2012 Gold Glove Award recipients tonight during an hour-long program on ESPN2. We’ll list this year’s winners below as they are announced. Let the outrage commence! CATCHER American League: Matt Wieters National League: Yadier Molina LEFT FIELD American League: Alex Gordon National League: Carlos Gonzalez CENTER FIELD American League:…

  7. Braves exercise options on Brian McCann, Tim Hudson, Paul Maholm

    Oct 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hudson McCann

    Atlanta has exercised its options on catcher Brian McCann, right-hander Tim Hudson, and left-hander Paul Maholm, bringing all three players back for 2013 at a combined cost of $27.5 million. McCann faded badly in the second half and was benched in the Wild Card playoff game, but it would have been tough for the Braves…

  8. Gold Glove finalists announced

    Oct 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    I stopped caring about the Gold Glove awards sometime between designated hitter Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a “first baseman” and Derek Jeter winning five as a “shortstop” but MLB has announced three (or four) finalists per league at each position and here they are: (Note: Coaches and managers vote for the Gold Glove award…

  9. Royals claim Chris Volstad off waivers from Cubs

    Oct 26, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Chris Volstad

    Chris Volstad was a flop in Chicago after the Cubs acquired him from the Marlins in the Carlos Zambrano salary dump, going 3-12 with a 6.21 ERA in 21 starts. Today the Royals claimed Volstad off waivers, which is an odd move considering he made $2.66 million this season and would be in line for…

  10. Mike Trout headlines this year’s class of Fielding Bible Award winners

    Oct 25, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Mike Trout Getty

    If you have lost patience with the Gold Glove Award as a measure of defensive excellence, the Fielding Bible Awards are here to help. Voted on by a 10-person panel which includes the likes of Bill James, Peter Gammons, Rob Neyer, Joe Posnanski, Doug Glanville, John Dewan and the video scouting team at Baseball Info…

  11. Drew Storen among Super Two qualifiers

    Oct 23, 2012, 10:38 PM EDT

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    From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com: Washington reliever Drew Storen, who failed to hold a ninth-inning lead against St. Louis in Game 5 of the NL division series, is among six extra players eligible for salary arbitration this winter under baseball’s new labor contract. San Diego shortstop Everth Cabrera, New York Mets catcher Josh Thole,…

  12. Alfonso Soriano talks trade possibility, retirement

    Oct 3, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Alfonso Soriano pulled off quite the rebound this season, hitting .262/.322/.499 with 32 homers and 108 RBI. Still, he’s not sure about his future with the Cubs and he’s weighing retirement once his contract ends, CSNChicago.com’s Patrick Mooney reports. “It depends how long,” Soriano said when asked if he wants to stay with the Cubs. “If they…

  13. Everth Cabrera first in 14 years with four steals, no hits

    Sep 30, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Everth Cabrera, Juaquin Arias

    Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera did something pretty unusual today in a loss to the Giants; he became the first player since the White Sox’s Lou Frazier in 1998 to steal four bases without recording a hit. Cabrera walked twice and stole second and third each time. He scored on a Hector Sanchez throwing error on…

  14. Mike Trout becomes youngest member of 30/30 club

    Sep 30, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    At the tender age of 21, Mike Trout became the youngest member of the 30 HR/30 SB club when he hit his 30th home run Sunday off the Rangers’ Yu Darvish. Trout’s 30-30 season is the 60th in major league history. 37 different players had combined on the previous 59. The youngest to do it…

  15. Ryan Braun makes history by joining 40/30 club

    Sep 29, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun AP

    The Brewers lost 7-6 to the Astros last night and now sit five games behind the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot with five games left to play. While the Brewers’ playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, Ryan Braun is busy making history. Braun doubled in the sixth inning last night before stealing…

  16. Darwin Barney loses his errorless streak in the most Cubs’ way possible

    Sep 29, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Darwin Barney Getty

    Darwin Barney was just three outs away last night from setting the new single-season record for consecutive errorless games at second base. It didn’t happen. Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton hit a grounder up the middle in the bottom of the eighth inning which was fielded by Barney, but he made a wild off-balance throw to…

  17. Yadier Molina’s back is already feeling “way better”

    Sep 23, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

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    The news is surprisingly good for Yadier Molina. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the All-Star catcher woke up with no stiffness on Sunday morning after making an early exit from Saturday’s 5-4 victory over the Cubs. “I feel a lot better, way better,” Molina told Goold. “It’s spasms still a little bit,…

  18. Yadier Molina hurt trying to avoid pitch, leaves game

    Sep 22, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina

    4:35 p.m. EDT update: The Cardinals report that Molina departed due to lower back spasms. Consider him day-to-day. /// Yadier Molina was removed from Saturday’s game against the Cubs in the ninth inning after injuring himself while getting out of the way of a Carlos Marmol pitch. It appeared to be either a hip or oblique…

  19. Cardinals blow late lead, lose in Chris Carpenter’s return

    Sep 21, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    The good news for the Cardinals is that Chris Carpenter, originally thought to be out for the season after surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome, turned in a successful five-inning stint Friday in his 2012 debut. The bad news is that the bullpen blew a two-run lead in the ninth, and the Cards went on to…

  20. Reds beat Cubs to become first team to clinch playoff berth

    Sep 20, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Johnny Cueto

    Trotting out a lineup that included just one regular, the Reds beat the Cubs 5-3 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field and become the first team this year to clinch a playoff berth. The Reds got Johnny Cueto his 18th victory despite fielding a lineup that included Miguel Cairo at first…

  21. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 20, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins

    Braves 3, Marlins 0:  Kris Medlen continues his astounding second half, shutting out the Marlins for eight innings. The Braves have won his last 21 starts, which is the most any team has won any one pitcher’s starts since the Yankees and Whitey Ford from 1950-53. Is there any doubt who will be starting the…

  22. Quote of the Day: Brandon Phillips “Honestly, I’ve been too busy winning”

    Sep 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips, Chase Utley

    Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com spoke with Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips about the NL Gold Glove award.  Which Phillips has won for two straight seasons and for three of the past four.  Mr. Phillips, Mooney asks, what say you about Darwin Barney‘s errorless streak? Does he pose a threat to you? “Honestly, I don’t even…

  23. Baseball announces the Roberto Clemente Award nominees

    Sep 18, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Clemente

    The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” David Ortiz won it last year.  The 2012 nominees — one per team — were just announced and are listed below. One complaint first. It’s the same complaint I lodge every…

  24. Bryan LaHair has gone from All-Star to out of Cubs’ plans

    Sep 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Bryan LaHair

    One side effect of Anthony Rizzo‘s emergence for the Cubs is that Bryan LaHair has fallen completely out of the team’s plans just months after being named an All-Star. LaHair was a great story in the first half, finally getting his big chance at age 29 after a decade in the minors and hitting .286…

  25. Anthony Rizzo has lived up to the hype for the Cubs

    Sep 17, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Anthony Rizzo hit .342 with a 1.101 OPS in 74 games at Triple-A this season after hitting .331 with a 1.056 OPS in 93 games at Triple-A last year, yet the Cubs took their sweet time calling him up. Rizzo finally arrived on June 26 and has hit .300 with 14 homers, 11 doubles, and…

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