Cubs Rumors from Around the Globe

- Alfonso Soriano had a "scheduled" off day on Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks despite some gaudy career numbers against Ian Kennedy (6-for-13, 3 HR's, 7 RBI's, 3 BB's). The Twitter-verse was having none of it and the conspiracies flowed that the Cubs were just awaiting his approval on a deal. Soriano showed up though for a pre-game chat with the reporters and spilled the beans that he would accept the a trade to the Yankees and apparently gave TheJedi a list of a few other teams he'd be willing to say yes to...so it's Soriano waiting on the Cubs and the rest of the league. As of now, a trade has not been made, but somehow Soriano didn't manage to even get an at-bat in a 12-inning affair last night that the Cubs eventually won 7-6.

- Speaking of Wednesday's game, the bullpen is pretty taxed, wonder if they'll try and get someone up to the club by gametime. Carlos Villanueva is starting Thursday which could going to the pen early and they'll certainly be without Gregg and Rondon as you can see below (and possibly Guerrier if they don't want to go a 4th day with him although his pitch counts have been low). That leaves Russell, Parker, Strop and Bowden for the most part.

Pitcher Mon Tues Wed
Russell 21   3
Parker 9   8
Guerrier 2 6 14
Strop 15   12
Gregg 14   40
Bowden 0 37  
Rondon 0 30 25

- The other major rumor was that the Pirates and Braves seem keen on James Russell.

- Matt Garza pitched a gem in his first start for Texas: 7.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K with the only unearned run courtesy of his own throwing error. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Also, the Yanks had Lyle Overbay batting cleanup and Vernon Wells is a regular batting 5th...so don't get too excited yet Ranger fans.

- In the minors, Kris Bryant got his first hit with Boise with a double, ending up 1-for-4 on the night. Javier Baez doubled and hit his 6th home run in AA (23rd on the season). Dae-Eun Rhee pitched for the Smokies in that game and went a solid 5 innings giving up a run and racking up 6 K's against 3 BB's. Mike Olt made his debut for Iowa and went 1-for-5 with 3 K's. Speaking of the minors, check out MLBFarm.com...cool stuff.

Comments

add N. Schierholtz to Pirates wish list

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/18699/nate-schierholtz-on...

certainly him and Russell gets us Taillon

wonder what he's worth...he's a pure platoon guy who is easily squashed by a lefty.

he's got a year of club control and an excellent RF arm, though.

b.barnes...j.bell...k.mcpherson if they're selling low on his bum shoulder...maybe t.glasnow if they throw in russell

Interesting though on Schierholtz...
career numbers:
vs RHP: .270/.323/441
vs LHP: .276/.317/.374

that is interesting considering his last 3 seasons

.234/.265/.297 - 2011
.175.206/.238 - 2012
.192/.313/.192 - 2013

he actually owned them in 2007-2010, a few of those years doing better than vs RHB.

Getting worse...interesting.
Either way, he's a nice platoon guy...good defender...inexpensive...but I'm not going to boycott if they trade him.

He's the kind of guy that could go all Jim Leyritz in a World Series, I think.

AA RHP Nick Kingham's name was thrown out there about a week ago by a Pittsburgh writer.

So sori deciding if he wants to move into pressure situation to win, or stay in current situation for the same money.

Do the Cubs owe KC a prospect for not putting Santana on the trade market until Garza was dealt? Trevor Gretzky sounds about right.

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http://www.shermanreport.com/chicago-news-hub-arku...

Alderman Tunney, also propieter of "stickey buns", uses interesting threat against Cubs

http://www.wlsam.com/common/page.php?pt=LISTEN%3A+...

Just let that one sit there and breathe.

So you could say Alderman Tunney is going to be anal about checking up on the Cubs?

It had to be said.

I love Nate.

I wouldn't mind seeing him in Wrigley another year at all.

He's cool, but I see him more as a great piece for a contender. But just giving him away for unlikely to get the "bring him up" type of treatment type of prospect would be stupid. The other consideration is that you do want grinders on your club for the younger guys to be around - he seems like that type of guy.

http://smokiesonradio.com/2013/07/25/smokies-hitting-coach-desi-wilson-s...

things you want to hear...

“Javy has improved from last year to this year,” Wilson said Monday afternoon. “His pitch selection is getting better compared to last year. At times, he’s tried to do too much as a hitter but overall I think Javy’s improved.”

~snip~

“When I had him in the second half [last year], he was vulnerable to off-speed early in the counts, swinging at it early in the count and getting himself out,” Wilson said. “This year, you can see the difference. He’s not attempting to swing at those pitches early in the count. [He’s] looking for his pitch.”

WSox Reed had "setback", Russell talk should heat up.

you mean Jessie Crain (not Addison Reed)?

https://twitter.com/DanHayesCSN/status/36043848845...

ooops him too

robert fick admits to roiding...still waiting on a followup report to see who cares besides e.karros.

When I get home, I am going to burn all my Robert Fick memorabilia. All of it.

hahaha!

My God, who wasn't 'roiding' from 1990 to 2005?

Maddux. Kruk. That may cover it.

My God, who wasn't 'roiding' from 1990 to 2005?
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George Brett was 'roiding in the 1980's. Back then, 'roids took a little "PREPARATION"

I'm not below a little butt humor too.
Fart.

+1

Big Z released from Phils AAA.

He should be available for the Kerry Wood Wiffle ball game in August.

Keith Law, from his blog, an older post...but WOW:

Mike (Chicago)

Is Junior Lake a good prospect or just a one week wonder?
Klaw (1:07 PM)

This is a great place to hit, so please take all AFL hitter stats with a major grain of salt. His feel for the game - including instincts on defense and ability to work the count or recognize offspeed stuff - is so limited that there's a good chance he ends up on the mound.

even back in the day...and leading up to now...

there was always a feeling that he could hit 15+ HR, a good amount of doubles, make good contact, not walk much...but doubtful to stick at SS/3rd.

at best, i get the feeling like a lot of people project him to be a .280/.330 avg/ob% type guy who could hit a slew of doubles with 15-20HR pop.

not exciting for a corner OF...good enough for a CF'r...awesome for a bench guy + injury replacement.

Soriano "yanked" from lineup...deal imminent.

Yahoo! I can't remember a manager ever commenting on an imminent trade as close. Sveum just did.

Ps - "yanked" I see what you did there.

Theo told him to pull him from lineup, what else is he going to say? lower tier pitching prospect according to Olney.

Also Ted Lilly DFA'd by Dodgers, TLFC sheds a single tear somewhere.

I cannot even imagine how pedestrian a 'lower tier' Yankees prospect is. Sigh.

Olney tweet x2...

Cubs would get a lower-tier pitching prospect if they finish the Soriano deal with the Yankees. They are waiting for his formal waiver.

If the Yankees' deal with the Cubs happens, Chicago would eat the bulk of the money owed to Soriano, about $25m.

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  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 4 hours 53 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 5 hours 36 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 5 hours 47 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 5 hours 53 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 5 hours 57 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 6 hours 8 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 6 hours 14 min ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 6 hours 29 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 6 hours 30 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 9 hours 21 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 11 hours 54 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 12 hours 26 min ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 12 hours 28 min ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 14 hours 25 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 16 hours 45 min ago view
  • Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.

    billybucks 17 hours 40 min ago view