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  1. Kerry Wood turns down $3.5 million from White Sox to return to Cubs for $1.5 million

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:39 PM EST

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    Kerry Wood has turned down a one-year, $3.5 million offer from the White Sox in order to return to the Cubs for $1.5 million, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Wood, who was drafted fourth overall by the Cubs in 1995 and spent the first decade of his career calling Wrigley Field home,…

  2. Nationals “have expressed interest in Derrek Lee”

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Derrek Lee

    Washington has been linked to just about every veteran first baseman on the market this offseason, so not surprisingly Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have expressed interest in Derrek Lee.” Lee is 35 years old and coming off his worst season since 1998, hitting .260/.347/.428 with 19 homers in 148 games for…

  3. Brandon Webb “remains the Cubs’ No. 1 target”

    Dec 9, 2010, 3:18 PM EST

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    After signing first baseman Carlos Pena to a one-year, $10 million deal the Cubs have turned their attention to the rotation. Craig reported earlier that Matt Garza could be a possibility, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that Brandon Webb “remains their No. 1 target.” Webb hasn’t pitched since Opening Day of 2009…

  4. Cubs talk to Scott Boras about first baseman Carlos Pena

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Carlos Pena

    Apparently looking to replace Derrek Lee at first base with another veteran the Cubs have talked to agent Scott Boras about Carlos Pena, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Muskat reports that general manager Jim Hendy met with Boras to “discuss” Pena, but no salary figures were exchanged. Pena continued to show tons of power…

  5. Nationals and Cubs “stepping up pursuit of Brandon Webb”

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:16 PM EST

    Brandon Webb

    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Nationals and Cubs “are stepping up their pursuit of Brandon Webb” and “making a big push” to sign the former Cy Young winner amid interest from “several other clubs.” Washington has been linked to Webb since the moment he became a free agent and Chicago’s interest was first…

  6. Hall of Fame or not, Ron Santo ranks among the all-time great third basemen

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

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    When someone successful and beloved dies there’s a natural tendency to perhaps overstate their greatness and at first glance it may seem as though people are doing that today in touting Ron Santo’s qualifications for the Hall of Fame after the longtime Cubs third baseman and announcer passed away yesterday. However, in Santo’s case amplifying…

  7. Cubs and Jeff Baker avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:46 PM EST

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    Jeff Baker and the Cubs have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal prior to tonight’s contract-tendering deadline. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the deal is worth $1.175 million, which is a 20 percent raise from the $975,000 he earned while hitting .272/.326/.413 in a part-time role this season. Baker has logged…

  8. Lance Berkman drawing interest from A’s and Cubs

    Nov 24, 2010, 12:18 PM EST

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    Lance Berkman struggled for the Yankees after coming over in a July 31 trade and finished the season with an OPS below .800 for the first time in his career, but it sounds like the 34-year-old first baseman is getting plenty of interest as a free agent. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com calls the A’s “his…

  9. Phillies hire Ryne Sandberg to manage at Triple-A

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:46 AM EST

    Ryne Sandberg

    Three decades after regrettably trading a 21-year-old Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs the Phillies have hired the Hall of Famer to manage their Triple-A team. Sandberg managed at Triple-A for the Cubs this season, but left the organization after finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the team’s manager search and talked about wanting to land…

  10. With trade rumors swirling, Kosuke Fukudome buys a $1.3 million condo in Chicago

    Nov 11, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

    Kosuke Fukudome

    This could mean absolutely nothing or it could mean that he’s not paying much attention to the trade rumors swirling this week, but Kosuke Fukudome just bought a three-bedroom condo in Chicago for $1.32 million. Dennis Rodkin of ChicagoMag.com reports that Fukudome and his wife had been renting a place since signing with the Cubs…

  11. Ryne Sandberg is a candidate to manage at Triple-A … for the Phillies

    Nov 9, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    Ryne Sandberg

    After finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the Cubs’ manager search Ryne Sandberg reportedly turned down Chicago’s offer to remain the manager at Triple-A and talked about wanting to find a big-league job instead. All of which is why it’s surprising to see Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer report that Sandberg “is among the…

  12. Derrek Lee undergoes surgery on torn thumb ligament

    Nov 8, 2010, 3:17 PM EST

    Derrek Lee

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Derrek Lee underwent surgery Friday to repair a torn thumb ligament that limited him for the entire season. Lee initially suffered the injury on Opening Day, yet played 148 games and was at his best following a mid-August trade to the Braves, hitting .287 with a .384 on-base…

  13. Cubs may have to move Kosuke Fukudome before diving into free agency

    Nov 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

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    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that the Cubs will be in the market for a power-hitting first baseman this offseason and may even be in the mix for Adam Dunn, but could be pretty limited financially unless they can unload Kosuke Fukudome’s contract: The Cubs might need to trade Kosuke Fukudome before making…

  14. Aramis Ramirez exercises $14.6 million option for 2011

    Nov 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

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    For a brief moment Aramis Ramirez dropped some hints about possibly declining his $14.6 million player option for 2011, but presumably his agent (or really anyone with a functional brain) took him aside and said something like, “Uh, you just had your worst season since 2002, maybe take the money.” Ramirez made it official today,…

  15. Cubs prospect Brett Jackson leaves Arizona Fall League with bacterial infection in leg

    Nov 3, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

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    Cubs prospect Brett Jackson headed to the Arizona Fall League last week after being limited by a right ankle injury while playing for Team USA in the Pan American Games qualifying tournament, but now the 2009 first-round pick has been hospitalized with a bacterial infection in the same leg. He appeared in just four games…

  16. Sammy Sosa “shocked” that Mike Remlinger tried to sell his corked bat

    Nov 3, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

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    Mike Remlinger’s attempt to sell Sammy Sosa’s corked bat from 2003 failed yesterday when the reserve price he’d set wasn’t met during an auction in which the high bid was $14,407. Naturally, now Sosa says he’s “shocked” that his former Cubs teammate would do such a thing. Well, technically his “spokesperson” said it, but presumably…

  17. Sammy Sosa’s corked bat goes unsold at auction despite $14,000 bid

    Nov 2, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

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    Sammy Sosa’s former Cubs teammate Mike Remlinger somehow got his hands on the slugger’s corked bat from 2003 and put it up for auction, but Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune reports that the item went unsold last night when the high bid of $14,407 did not meet Remlinger’s “reserve” price. Grant DePorter, who’s the…

  18. Pat Listach leaves Nationals to become Cubs’ bench coach

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

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    After failing to land a manager job following interviews with several teams Pat Listach has reportedly decided to leave his gig as the Nationals’ third base coach to become the Cubs’ bench coach. Bill Ladson of MLB.com writes that an official announcement is expected shortly after the World Series. Prior to joining the Nationals’ coaching…

  19. Kerry Wood “would be welcomed back to the Cubs”

    Oct 28, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

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    Yesterday the Yankees declined their $11 million option on Kerry Wood for next season and today Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reports that he “would be welcomed back to the Cubs organization if general manager Jim Hendry has enough money in the offseason.” Wood was the Cubs’ first-round pick in 1998 and spent the first decade…

  20. Ryne Sandberg could coach in Chicago … with the White Sox

    Oct 26, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

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    Ryne Sandberg was passed over for the Cubs’ managerial job, but perhaps the Hall of Famer could end up coaching in Chicago after all. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen praised Sandberg during a radio interview today and seemed open to the possibility of Sandberg joining his coaching staff if third base coach Joey Cora leaves…

  21. Ryne Sandberg unlikely to remain in Cubs organization

    Oct 19, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

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    After finishing runner-up to Mike Quade in the Cubs’ managerial search this morning Ryne Sandberg told Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune that he’s unlikely to remain in the organization. I’m just kind of digesting it right now and I’ve got my agent getting feelers out. I’m hoping there’s something else out there. I’m…

  22. Cubs remove interim tag, name Mike Quade manager

    Oct 19, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

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    Mike Quade went 24-13 as Chicago’s interim manager after taking over a 51-74 team from Lou Piniella in mid-August and today the Cubs announced that he’s been hired as the full-time skipper. Quade will reportedly get a two-year contract with a team option for 2013. Ryne Sandberg was the most popular candidate among Cubs fans…

  23. Today is the seven-year anniversary of the 'Bartman game'

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:39 AM EST

    After a miserable season for the Cubs, I’m sure those Chicago fans who follow them have already moved on to worrying about the Bears, the Bulls and maybe even the Blackhawks. Speaking of people who would probably like to move on but can’t, today is the seven-year anniversary of Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS,…

  24. Adrian Gonzalez's wife loves shopping in Chicago

    Sep 28, 2010, 3:08 AM EST

    This story from Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times will have Red Sox fans quaking in their boots. Yes that’s right, Adrian Gonzalez likes Chicago! ”There’s definitely a lot of positives about Chicago that if they made an offer, I would be interested in it,” said Gonzalez, 28, whose ability to hit for power to all…

  25. Cubs' Silva hospitalized with abnormal heart rate

    Aug 1, 2010, 10:10 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs right-hander Carlos Silva (10-4, 3.76 ERA), who is experiencing a stunning resurgence after two horrible seasons in Seattle, left Sunday’s game against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning with an abnormal heart rate, according to the Associated Press. He will remain in a Denver hospital overnight for observation. Alan Trammell, managing the…

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