The Cubs will open the season with almost a completely new bullpen for 2010. Manager Lou Piniella has never been known for his patience with the pen, but he says he expects some trying moments, largely because the Cubs have three rookie relievers.
With opening day in Atlanta looming, the Cubs rotation is starting to take shape.
Despite an early burst of good performance and despite the calls of some teammates to bring him north at the end of spring training, phenom shortstop Starlin Castro appears destined to start the season at Class AAA Iowa.
Look for Cubs general manager Jim Hendry to step up his efforts to land a veteran right-handed reliever, most likely via the trade market.
The Cubs aren't in a crisis situation yet with their bullpen, but they are looking for all the help they can get, both from within the organization and through possible trades.
The Cubs went into this season with high expectations and were the odds-on favorites to win their third straight NL Central title. Instead, they suffered through a season of injuries, under-performance and distraction created by Milton Bradley, a free agent acquisition who was supposed to solve an important offensive problem.
October 5, 2009
If there's one thing atop Cubs manager Lou Piniella's wish list for 2010, it's a No. 5 hitter who can drive in runs.
September 14, 2009
The Cubs returned to the scene of the crime Thursday. They were back in Dodger Stadium, where they were eliminated from the playoffs last year. This year, the Cubs may not even do that well.
August 21, 2009