Theriot Called Up

The Cubs will add INF Ryan Theriot to the roster today. For the life of me, I can't find out who they're sending down although you'd assume it's between Mike Restovich or Freddie Bynum. Both would have to clear waivers, but somehow I doubt that would be a problem. If it is Bynum, you have to really question his acquisition. Hindsight being 20/20 and all and I could really care less about John Koronka, but why give up a pitcher with options left for a guy who doesn't seem to do anything better than a guy we already had. Theriot doesn't have Bynum's speed, but since scrapping switch-hitting, he's been hitting the ball much better and he's always been considered a superior defender. A matter of fact, in his draft class he was considered the second best defensive shortstop behind the A's Bobby Crosby. I don't think it would be impossible for a guy with superior defensive skills to be able to pick up the outfield spots if needed, which is about the only thing that Bynum seemed to have an edge on. Go figure. Some other quick notes: -For those displeased with Mr. Hendry, Jay Mariotti's got your back. - I have a heavy man-crush on Bruce Miles. Speak it, brother! He also came up with the nickname, "The Riot" for today's newest Cub Ryan Theriot, which just rules. - Under no circumstances whatsoever are hitters hitting in the low 200's allowed to watch their home runs. I'm looking at you Aramis. I'm amazed someone hasn't drilled him yet for gawking. In the grass is always greener compartment, if the Cubs pulled a miracle trade of getting Miguel Cabrera and dumping Aramis (in separate deals of course), I would not shed a single tear. - If you haven't read this already, former Cub 1st round pick Matt Clanton was released over the off-season and had some choice words to say about Jim Hendry and the organization. According to Clanton, Jim Hendry once said this to him:
ëThis [organization] is not a democracy. It is a dictatorship. You shut the f--k up.í
No truth to the rumor that Hendry then made him drop and give him 20 in the mud right afterwards.
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I wonder if Clanton pulled the Richard Gere " I've got nowhere else to go" routine after Hendry said that.

I'd like to see that Jim Hendry fire on some of the current Cubs. Hell, why not just step down and manage the team...

What's even more discouraging than the fact that the Cubs might have mistreated a first-round pick is that they never even called to see why the first-round pick pulled himself out of his college playoff game.

they knew what clanton did...they didn't envision the crybaby they got, though.

clanton's crybaby work ethic and "above the coaches" attitude wasn't something they thought would carry over to the bigs. a lotta his whining was based on the assumption he wanted to protect himself for his future career...not because its a personality trait that won't leave him.

a guy who's used to doing it on their own in their own way can get really bitter when they let go for one minute to let someone else meddle in their career. hi corey patterson.

most people call this learning...and sometimes you get hurt learning. injuries, even to top prospects, aren't that uncommon in any organization.

I have a Theriot (read- theory; a stretch I know) that Bynum is done...maybe some team will claim him off waivers and good-by(num).

Hopefully this will light some fire and see that the GM is sick and willing to start shifting the roster...via trades eventually, and guys won't be so lackidazical.

Today's game isn't a must win, but damn we need to win this game. For those wanting to be optimisitc, it's only the first week of May, and we're only 6 games out. It is ugly but thankfully no team has started to run away with this divison.

rotowire seems to think it's Restovich getting the boot, but it's just a guess on their part, fwiw

I'd guess it's Restovich, as well, simply for the fact that Dusty seems immune to giving the guy a start. Who knows, though.

Theriot is actually hiting 282/328/309 right now btw, Trib has it wrong. 5 SB/1 CS as well. As you can see, he's really going to be a spark. :)

My nickname for him is "There I rot" --as in the minor leagues. If you've seen him play a few times you come away with the impression that he has been ready for the big leagues since he was in diapers.

Obviously I like him a lot, and hope he does well enough to stick in Chicago.

God forbid, but if Walker goes down, who plays first?

Neifi?

I forgt about John Mabry, ignore#10

What? Why would you think Walker is going down?

Can someone give us the gist of this week's under the knife article?

Why doesn't Hendry get Choi back? He's doing well enough in Pawtucket, although having only 3 homers is troublesome. At least against righties, Choi at first and Walker at second has to be better than Hairston or Perez having to play second while Walker plays first. And this would keep Mabry for pinch-hitting or spelling Jones.

under the knife:

there is a play by play on the game:

first 2 innings...fastball, serious heat
innings 3-4: he broke out the curveball
inning 5: worked on the changeup here and it seemed to be OK

66 pitches, top speed 94

Scott Nelson (Director of Baseball Ops) was the highest ranking Cub brass in attendance

Can someone give us the gist of this week's under the knife article?

Honestly nothing at all....

Wood looked good in his rehab start, one more and he should be good to go. Unclear how much the Prior food poisoning set him back. That's really it.

Why doesn't Hendry get Choi back?

Mojo,

The reason for that is Dusty's nickname for him is Heenoplay.

Rob,

I think Koronka was out of options to.

according to our roster guru, Koronka had 2 option years left:

http://www.all-baseball.com/cubreporter/archi...

but something about becoming a FA if he was outrighted (which I believe means he'd have to be removed from the 40-man). I'm sure AZ Phil will come along to clarify.

#17 of 17: By chifan3887 (May 8, 2006 04:36 PM)
Rob,

I think Koronka was out of options to.

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CHIFAN3887: John Koronka is not out of options. He has two left.

However, if he were to be outrighted to the minors, he would have the option to become a free-agent, because he has been outrighted once before in his career (when Texas returned him to Cincinnati, after he had been selected in the 2002 Rule 5 Draft but failed to make the Rangers 2003 Opening Day roster).

why do we need Koronka and JVB on this team when we have Jose Reyes?

Miles: Weíre playing baseball here, not competing in the decathlon.

Bruce rocks. I'm not sure I agree on trashing Pie's future by throwing him to the wolves, but he's spot-on calling out Pierre and Jones for their woeful performances.

Not sure why, but that Clanton story amuses me. If it's true that Hendry did in fact say that -- and it's possible I suppose -- I'd love to know what triggered that kind of freak-out response from Hendry. It probably wasn't something like "Um, Mr. Hendry, I was just going to make a quick suggestion, could we have extra pillows on the bus?"

No, it was probably something like "I am better than half the pitchers on the major league roster, ask anyone, so I better be called up soon."

A haiku for matt

goodbye matt clanton
bad arm, bad stuff, worse judgment
have fun on your couch

well I doubt Clanton was pining for a promotion since he pitched a grand total of like 5 games. My guess is that Clanton wanted some insight on his rehab process and what not and Hendry wasn't in a listening mood. If it's even true.....

goodbye matt clanton
Matt harrington is at best buy
ask him for application

#9 of 19: By cubswinthepennant (May 8, 2006 03:31 PM)
My nickname for him is "There I rot" --as in the minor leagues. If you've seen him play a few times you come away with the impression that he has been ready for the big leagues since he was in diapers.

Obviously I like him a lot, and hope he does well enough to stick in Chicago.

--

Like CWtP, I happen to like The Riot a lot. The player he reminds me of is David Eckstein, because he is a royal pain to the opposition. And he hustles his ass off, too.

He has no power, but his bat control is absolutely unbelievable. I have seen him literally foul off one pitch after another, one time ten straight foul balls. And he is one of several players in the Cubs system who may be a little short on talent, but who are fundamentally sound (Casey McGehee, Buck Coats, Mike Fontenot, and Adam Greenberg are a few of the others).

And Theriot is a good defender, too, with above-average speed. But again, he has no power. But then neither does Pierre. Maybe Dusty doesn't want to play just "small ball," maybe he wants to play invisible ball.

I don't know if Theriot will get a chance to play much with the Cubs, but I'd rather see him play 2B than Hairston or Neifi, that's for sure. (Of course, I'd much rather see Todd Walker play 2B and Tony Clark or Craig Wilson play 1B, but I guess that ain't gonna happen...).

Miles' on Walker/Neifi:

Hendry also gave utilityman Neifi Perez a two-year, $5 million contract when no such market existed for this kind of player.

Incidentally, Todd Walker makes $2.5 million for one year. If Perez ìsavedî the Cubs last year, how do you term what Walker is doing this year?

And to think Hendry spent most of the winter trying to trade Walker. Maybe they owe olí Todd a ìthank youî and an apology.

The buzz is Restovich is gone to make room for Theriot. Not Bynum.

Nothing official I have seen yet. So could be wrong.

even with walker's current ugly slump, walk is definately saving the team...or at least he's arisen to the occasion without bitching, missing a beat, or overblowing his contribution.

for all the grief given hendry for trying to trade him its pretty obvious he was looking something that's of use...not just a salary dump or looking some A-AA ball semi-prospects.

I agree with that Crunch. I never bought into the fact that because he wasn't traded, no one wanted him, thus he sucked.

What was likely going on was that Hendry wanted some actual value in return, but nothing peaked his interest, so he hung onto him.

BTW, here is a fun fact: Did you know that Ryan Theriot scored the winning walk-off run for LSU in the 2000 College World Series National Championship game? Not only that, but did you also know that Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot were the SS-2B combo at LSU that year? And that Ryan Jorgensen (sent by the Cubs to Florida in the Dontrelle Willis deal) was LSU's back-up catcher? And that Colorado Rockie Brad Hawpe played 1B? Just thought you might like to know that...

Why not just bring up Fontenot and Theriot at the same time and have the all "-ot" middle infield. The fact that a pud like Bynum gets Major League AB's while good guys like Ryan and Mike languish in the minors is a big reason why the Cubs continue to be a joke.

jay mariotti
grasper of the obvious
bandwagon jumper.

jay mariotti
read him at your own peril
sucks like a hoover.

jay mariotti
in love with his own big mouth
go back to denver.

not that i have any strong feelings for him one way or the other.

and since he writes for the competition, it is thoroughly astounding that mariotti not once fires any bullets toward the tribune for prolonging a contract with hendry before some positive, quantifiable results were produced. what is the opposite of "failure to launch"? could it be "premature extension"?

a plague on both their houses.

nice haikus

Bynum is a complete joke. I had some hope for him when the trade was made. He has some speed and I thought, well, maybe he can on occasion get the bat on the ball and beat out an infield hit or two. It is painfully obvious that this guy cannot bunt or perhaps I should say that he apparently graduated from the Korey Patterson school of bunting. When I saw him the other night, what was it, Saturday, trying to sacrifice the runner to second, I thought, gee, I might have as good a chance to get a bunt down if I closed by eyes. And now Theriot has been called up. Oh, great, another weak hitting infielder joins the circus, ie, Hairston, Perez . . . . I am just waiting for the day, and it probably will come soon, when ARAM needs a rest and Dusty sends out this infield: Walker, Hairston, Neifi, and Theriot. Murton, Pierre and Jones in the outfield. Blanco behind the plate. There are triple A teams that would consistently beat that line-up. Is the season over yet? Sigh.

faithful members of the BYNUM SUCKS club...what? there aren't any other than me?
well then shame on all of you for not realizing this guy is a BUST after looking at his plate presence in his first 5 or so AB.
(and i didnt even realize he was a defensive disaster until after his adventures out there).

oh, and we're going to beat SD today. i know this for a fact. ive told it to myself a hundred times yesterday, realizing that i havent done so yet since our streak began. well, im fucking tired of it. get ready for the dubya brothers.

Todd Walker, also LSU Alum and CWS MVP in 1993

So I was poking around a bit to see if I could get to the bottom of who's being sent down, and I came upon this following bit of information:

KC: Activated pitcher Denny Bautista from the 15-day disabled list; designated pitcher Joe Mays for assignment.

Sounds like a Jim Hendry kinda guy doesn't he?

amusing note from Wood's rehab stint...

The final out was quickly recorded on a sharp grounder to first that Ryan Norwood could not handle (the ball caromed to the second baseman who tossed it back to Norwood for the out).

An interesting little anecdote about the Norwood bobble and the type of interaction that took place between Wood and the minor leaguers:

Before the game, the players were smoking and joking around when Norwood said to Wood, ìI donít want to put any pressure on you, but weíve won our first three games and are going for the sweep.î

Norwood also mentioned the recent dominance and scoreless streak of the Chiefs pitchers.

Wood asked, ìWhat position do you play?î

ìFirst base.î

ìHow about this,î Wood quipped. ìJust catch the f-cking ball.î

No word on whether Wood berated Norwood in the dugout for failing to comply with his orders.

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apparently Wood had a little BP show as well as he hit 2 out

That Norwood kid is a real SOB. He's lucky Wood didn't throw at him during his warm ups. That would have been kinda cool to see. The Norwood kid, throwing his warm up grounders to the infield and WHACK! Wood beans him.

Cubs website has added Theriot to the 25 man, but they haven't taken anyone off. There's 26 names.

you gotta think that whole exchange was dripping with sarcasm

You think with all the time that he spends vacationing with the minor league teams, Wood would have learned to build some commeraderie with the kids he's playing with.

Dairy, "Stoney was right."
"I throw no good, I get hurt."
"I'm still a big deal."

Kerry's Haiku

it was probally pretty casual...not everything is so dramatic.

These are Jacque Jones' career numbers versus RHP:
.294 .341 .489

But do you know that he has almost the same splits playing nights (without regard to which side the pitcher throws from)?

.286 .337 .473 Night
.259 .302 .412 Day

And this year?

.292 .338 .523 RHP
.302 .333 .488 Night

The Cubs could finesse the JJ situation by playing him in night games and against weak RHP in day games. His numbers would no doubt go up and then he could be moved much more easily.

Jones is an albatross who will remain around our necks for at least a couple of years, until we simply release him. Jones could have hidden in a place like St. Louis and ridden on the coat tails of Rolen, Albert, and Jimmy E. But here in Chicago we actually need some production out of our right fielder. It kind of makes a person long for the days of Jeremy Burnitz, who could at least hit the cut-off man on the fly on shallow fly balls and who was capable of a big hit now and then. Our outfield has got to be the least productive bunch of guys in the major leagues.

JJ is going nowhere for now, same with Bynum. For that to happen Hendry would be admitting he made a horrible FA signing and robbed on a trade.

Remember Hendry has 3 years of job security now, so the Cubs are going to have to live with his mistakes as he figures he has 3 years to fix them all.

Does anybody else think that this whole transaction is a little odd?

Rumor has it that Hendry is going to make it official later.

"A spokesman in the Cubsí front office only said that General Manager Jim Hendry would announce the move prior to the Cubsí 9:05 p.m. CDT start against the Padres."

http://cubs.scout.com/2/528992.html

Cub fans are SICK when
instead of the box score they
parse haikus instead.

Maybe Theriot is going to take Guzman's spot and Rusch will make a spot start for Guzman before Wood makes his return.

possibly, but that means they would have decided between Hill and Guzman already and neither one has made a good case for themselves yet.

I was looking at John Kornoka's stats so far (in Ameriquest Field no less) and he would look good in the CUbs line-up. However, he stunk here. HE goes to Texas and days late, he find something. He might never be more than a Rusch type (yikes), but what is it that the Cubs couldn't teach him? Is Larry Rothchild the most overrated pitching coach (I geniunely don't know)? I also can't spell today.

I think I miss John Kornoka's wife more than anything. Hottest Cubs wife of all. This what I am reduced to talking about these days.

Finally, Freddie Bynum needs to go far, far away. With Jose Macias, god bless them, but stay away.

Glavine and Mets restructure their deal

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/5587822

Glavine makes less this year but now has a $5.5 mil player option for next year or a $12 mil team option with all kinds of clauses in there. Odd deal....

speaking of Koronka, another decent outing so far: 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

very odd deal for the mets to voluntarily enter into these negociations so early in the year with a 40 year old.

man...what a story...seriously. the guy who's ALWAYS been overshadowed by maddux/smoltz goes to NYM...stumbles into mediocracy...then he discovers a newer/swifter slider midseason last year and it turns him into a deadly K machine.

J. Pierre cf
R. Cedeno ss
T. Walker 1b
M. Barrett c
A. Ramirez 3b
M. Murton lf
J. Jones rf
J. Hairston Jr. 2b

not sure what I think about moving Ramirez down. I think he is breaking out of his slump (or maybe I hope).

Then again, hopefully it will give Walker and Barrett some good pitches to hit.

Well it's official we have the dumbest franchise on the planet. Apparently the Cubs feel they are a little thin on middle infielders and dont need any back up OFer's.

Neifi, Hairston, Bynum, Theriot, Mabry, Blanco.

Apparently Hendry missed the class on balancing the roster and roster construction.

#53 of 57: By Rob G. (May 8, 2006 07:47 PM)
speaking of Koronka, another decent outing so far: 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

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ROB G: And as if it isn't a bad enough trade already, the Cubs still owe the Rangers a PTBNL in the deal, too.

Bynum kinda makes me want Jose Macias back!

And as if it isn't a bad enough trade already, the Cubs still owe the Rangers a PTBNL in the deal, too.

oh crap, I totally forgot about that. Brilliant. We can send them Clint Brannon back.

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