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Cubs Acquire Victor Caratini

In Commentary And Analysis by GW

I can’t remember a trade deadline as eventful as the one that just past. Good luck to all the analysts trying to process (with the exception of Phillies watchers). Ruben Amaro, pit crew chief. “One more lap, boys. One more!” — Chris Sprow (@SprowESPN) July 31, 2014   The Cubs only made one move today, acquiring Victor Caratini and …

DFP: The Deadline Cometh

In Facepalm by GW

Did the Cubs Win? Nope. Maybe they should have pinch hit a few pitchers. Trade Deadline Update The deadline is at 3 pm CT. The Cubs were active yesterday. No word yet on the where Emilio Bonifacio is headed, but the Royals have been mentioned, which is almost too cruel. The Giants are also a potential destination, and have released …

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Cubs Acquire Felix Doubront and Jonathan Martinez

In News And Rumors by GW

The Cubs have been surprisingly active today, completing the Darwin Barney trade with the Dodgers, acquiring Felix Doubront from the Red Sox, and reportedly nearing a deal that would ship Emilio Bonifacio to… well, somewhere. Jonathan Martinez Martinez is a 20 year-old righty out of Venezuela who has now been named as the Barney return. In 2011 and 2012, he …

DFP: What A Dumb Game

In Facepalm by GW

Did The Cubs Win? Good Lord, where to begin? It was the longest game in team history, at nearly six and a half hours. Travis Wood pinch hit in the 4th inning. His fly out was followed by an Emilio Bonifacio homer, after which neither team scored for the next 12 innings. Jake Arrieta pinch hit in the 13th so …

Neil Ramirez placed on DL

In News And Rumors by dmick89

Neil Ramirez was placed on the 15 day DL with sore triceps yesterday and I only have a few words (a few more than I’ve had in awhile). People need to relax on Neil Ramirez. I just spoke with him and he said it is simply to give his arm a rest. Very important part of Cubs. — David Kaplan …

DFP: Technical Difficulties and Selfish Sutcliffe

In Facepalm by GW

Technical Difficulties I know that many of you are struggling with the question of whether life is worth living in the wake of yesterday’s Darwin Barney trade. Know that OVBlog is dealing with the same struggle. Hold fast, you patient ones. We will get through this together. (Alternate theory: evil genius Brett is planning to shut down the entire Cub …

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Minor League Update: 7/29/14

In Uncategorized by myles

Graduation! When I started the (now) Minor League Update, I chose the name Journeymen of Tomorrow because it seemed apropos. The vast, vast majority of players in the minor league system never make it to the big leagues. They are more likely to make it to shift manager at Home Depot… and that’s not a bad thing! Matt Loosen has …

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Series Preview: Rockies (43-61) at Cubs (42-61)

In Uncategorized by berselius

With a 42-61 record, the Cubs are now in last place in the National league, a half game back from their opponent this series. The Rockies actually started off the season fairly well, thanks to an All-World performance by marketing departmental bane Troy Tulowitzki, and were tied with the Giants for first place in the NL west on May 7 …

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DFP: Neil Ramirez and Rusney Castillo

In Facepalm by GW

Did the Cubs Win? Nope. Dropped two of three to the Cardinals this weekend. Huh? The Cubs sent Neil Ramirez to Iowa over the weekend, citing the need to rest his arm, which strikes me as extremely odd. Ramirez has been arguably the best reliever on the team, but has not been overused by anyone’s definition of the word. I …