Monday, July 13, 2009

Cubs Sale Info and Eyeing Relievers...

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According to a report from CSN Chicago, the sale of the Chicago Cubs to the Ricketts Family is completed and the deal should be officially announced on Monday.

According to the report from Dave Kaplan, "the two sides reached an agreement last week and sent the contract to Major League Baseball for approval." The deal is expected to be approved by August with the Ricketts taking over control soon after.

Reports surfaced on Monday morning that the team could file for bankruptcy in order to expedite the sale.

Stay tuned ... This appears to be the final step.

- The Cubs really like BJ Ryan who is expected to clear waivers today. Ryan who is 1-1 with a 6.37 ERA this season. The Cubs reportedly would use him as a lefty specialist but would first have him pitch in the minors to get he velocity and control back.

- The Cubs are very interested in Matt Herges as well. With an ERA of 3.55 and fewer hits than innings pitched no wonder they like him.

That is it for now Cub fans!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Rumors Swirling Around Cubs..

Here is the latest from the Cubs front-

- The Cubs have received calls on their expensive outfield but none including talk of Soriano. The Reds and Rays have reportedly asked about the availability of Milton Bradley, Fukudome, Hoffpauir, Jake Fox, and Reed Johnson according to a Cubs official. If the Cubs move Bradley or Fukudome they would have to eat a large portion of their contract because of the economy and that is not likely for the Cubs according to the Cubs official. This makes Fox, Johnson, and Hoffpauir better options for teams looking for outfield and bat help.

- The Cubs are not looking to join the Halladay race according to sources close to the Cubs. They rather have a consistent big bat in the middle of their lineup.

- The Cubs are good candidates in potential multi-team deals nearing the deadline giving Hendry's experience in that matter, the smaller pieces the Cubs need, and the lack of big name prospects but solid players in the Cubs minor league system. I have already heard whispers of a deal where Scott Rolen would be sent to the Red Sox, the Cubs would get Mark Teahen, The Royals would get some prospects and the Jays would receive several minor league players and relief from the majority of the money left on Rolen's contract which is about 22 million including this year and next season.

I have not had anyone verify this rumor but it is interesting!

- The Cubs are still looking for a backup catcher and may wait until after the break before the get someone to see how Soto progresses during that time.

That is it for now Cub fans!