Less than one month into the season, several Major League teams are dealing with significant injuries to key players. We take a look at the most recent injuries and the impact of those injuries on their teams.
Patience is a quality that can often enable teams to make the smartest trades. The Chicago Cubs know going in that the prize of their deal with the Braves, Arodys Vizcaino, will not be a factor in 2012. But, rather than settling for safer second rate prospects in exchange for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson, they landed a young pitcher with immense upside.
Believe it or not, the Cubs achieved their first three-game winning streak of the season Sunday when they beat the Houston Astros 5-4 in 10 innings at Wrigley Field.
The inevitable trade of recalcitrant right fielder Milton Bradley solved one problem for the Cubs, but others remain.
December 29, 2009
Heading into Christmas, the offseason remained much too quiet for the liking of Cubs general manager Jim Hendry, who had been hampered by his inability to trade troublesome right fielder Milton Bradley.
December 19, 2009
It should have come as no great surprise that the Cubs did not offer salary arbitration to any of their free agents: pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Fox and outfielder Reed Johnson.
December 7, 2009
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
The Cubs will get a good look at the possible future of their rotation on the final homestand, which begins Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
September 29, 2009