Post-2008 Roster & Projected 2009 Organizational Depth Chart
CHICAGO CUBS RESERVE LIST (40-MAN ROSTER) AS OF 10/7/08:
* bats or throws left
# bats both
NOTE: There are presently 40 players on the Cubs RESERVE LIST (40-man roster), plus two additional players on the 60-day DISABLED LIST (players on 60-day DL do not count against the roster limit)
Jose Ascanio – AUTO-RENEWAL (has ONE minor league option left)
* Neal Cotts – SALARY-ARBITRATION eligible (NO MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT & CAN REFUSE OUTRIGHT ASSIGNMENT)
Ryan Dempster - can be FREE-AGENT
Chad Gaudin – SALARY ARBITRATION eligible (NO MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT & CAN REFUSE OUTRIGHT ASSIGNMENT)
Angel Guzman – AUTO-RENEWAL or could qualify for SALARY ARBITRATION as a "Super Two" (NO MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT)
Rich Harden – SIGNED FOR 2009 (CLUB OPTION) or SALARY ARBITRATION eligible if CLUB OPTION is declined, and has right to DEMAND TRADE if CLUB OPTION is exercised
Kevin Hart – AUTO-RENEWAL (has TWO minor league options left)
* Rich Hill – AUTO-RENEWAL (NO MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT)
Bob Howry - can be FREE-AGENT
* Ted Lilly - SIGNED FOR 2009 (has “NO TRADE” rights)
Carlos Marmol – AUTO-RENEWAL or could qualify for SALARY ARBITRATION as a "Super Two" (has ONE minor league option left)
Jason Marquis - SIGNED FOR 2009
* Sean Marshall – AUTO-RENEWAL or could qualify for SALARY ARBITRATION as a "Super Two" (has ONE minor league option left)
Billy Petrick – AUTO-RENEWAL (has TWO minor league options left)
* Carmen Pignatiello – AUTO-RENEWAL (has TWO minor league options left)
Jeff Samardzija – SIGNED FOR 2009 (has TWO minor league options left & has “NO TRADE” rights)
Randy Wells – AUTO-RENEWAL (has THREE minor league options left & CAN REFUSE OUTRIGHT ASSIGNMENT)
Kerry Wood - can be FREE-AGENT
Michael Wuertz – SALARY ARBITRATION eligible (NO MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT & CAN REFUSE OUTRIGHT ASSIGNMENT)
Carlos Zambrano - SIGNED FOR 2009 (has “NO TRADE” rights)
Henry Blanco – SIGNED FOR 2009 (CLUB OPTION) or can be FREE-AGENT if CLUB OPTION is declined
# Koyie Hill – AUTO-RENEWAL (NO MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT & CAN REFUSE OUTRIGHT ASSIGNMENT)
Geovany Soto – AUTO-RENEWAL (NO MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT)
Ronny Cedeno – SALARY ARBITRATION eligible (NO MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT & CAN REFUSE OUTRIGHT ASSIGNMENT)
Mark DeRosa – SIGNED FOR 2009
* Mike Fontenot – AUTO-RENEWAL (has ONE minor league option left)
* Micah Hoffpauir – AUTO-RENEWAL (has TWO minor league options left)
Derrek Lee - SIGNED FOR 2009 (has “NO TRADE” rights)
Casey McGehee – AUTO-RENEWAL (has THREE minor league options left)
Aramis Ramirez – SIGNED FOR 2009 (has “NO TRADE” rights)
Ryan Theriot – AUTO-RENEWAL or could qualify for SALARY ARBITRATION as a "Super Two" (has TWO minor league options left)
* Jim Edmonds - can be FREE-AGENT
Jake Fox – AUTO RENEWAL (has ONE minor league option left)
* Kosuke Fukudome – SIGNED FOR 2009 (has FOUR minor league options left & has “NO TRADE” rights)
* Sam Fuld – AUTO-RENEWAL (has TWO minor league options left)
Reed Johnson – SALARY ARBITRATION eligible (CAN REFUSE MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT & OUTRIGHT ASSIGNMENT)
* Felix Pie - AUTO-RENEWAL (NO MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT)
* Brad Snyder – AUTO RENEWAL (NO MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT)
Alfonso Soriano – SIGNED FOR 2009 (has “NO TRADE” rights)
* Daryle Ward - can be FREE-AGENT
60-DAY DISABLED LIST (2):
Chad Fox, P – can be FREE-AGENT
Jon Lieber, P - can be FREE-AGENT
NOTE: A player on the 15-day or 60-day DL must be reactivated no later than 11/20, but a DL assignment is automatically terminated when a player eligible to be a Free-Agent under Article XX of the CBA files for free-agency during the post-World Series Free-Agency Filing Period. Also, a player is automatically removed from the 40-man roster when he files for free-agency under Article XX.
ELIGIBLE TO BE ARTICLE XX FREE-AGENT:
Henry Blanco (club option with buy-out)
NOTE: MLB players eligible to be free-agents under Article XX of the CBA must file for free-agency during the “Free-Agency Filing Period” (first 15 days after conclusion of the World Series). During the 15-day “Free-Agency Filing Period,” MLB clubs retain exclusive negotiating rights with their own free-agents, although the other 29 MLB clubs can talk to the player about everything except money (they can discuss the benefits of playing in a particular city, how the player will be used, where the player will bat in the lineup or whether a pitcher will start or relieve, length of contract, no-trade rights, etc). Clubs then must decide by December 1st whether to offer salary arbitration to their own free-agents, and if they do offer salary arbitration, the player has until December 7th to accept or decline the offer. If the club does offer salary arbitration to the free-agent and if the player is rated as a Type “A” or Type “B” free-agent by the Elias Sports Bureau statistical service, the player’s old club would receive one or two compensation draft picks in the next June’s Rule 4 Draft if the player signs with another club (two picks if the player is rated Type “A” and one pick if the player is rated Type “B”). If the player’s old club does not offer salary arbitration on 12/1, the player’s old club can continue to negotiate with the player, but the club would not receive a compensation draft pick (or picks) if the player signs with another club.
SIGNED FOR 2009:
+ has “NO TRADE” rights
% can demand trade per Article XX of CBA if club option is exercised
Henry Blanco - $3M club option or $300K buy-out
Mark DeRosa - $5.5M
+ Kosuke Fukudome - $11.5M
% Rich Harden - $7M club option or salary arbitration
+ Derrek Lee - $13M
+ Ted Lilly - $12M
Jason Marquis - $9.875M
+ Aramis Ramirez - $15.65M
+ Jeff Samardzija - $1.3M
+ Alfonso Soriano - $16M
+ Carlos Zambrano - $17.75M
TOTAL (SO FAR) - $112.575M (includes Blanco and Harden club options)
NOTE: TOTAL does NOT include so-called “pro-rated” signing bonuses that are used by MLB and the MLBPA for the purpose of calculating club payroll to determine possible “Competitive Balance Tax” obligations (tax is applied when a club’s payroll reaches $155M), because signing bonuses are usually paid in full when a player signs a contract (which is why it’s called a “signing bonus”) except when otherwise noted.
ELIGIBLE FOR SALARY-ARBITRATION:
Angel Guzman (could qualify as a "Super Two" - see NOTE)
Rich Harden (but only if 2009 club option is declined)
Carlos Marmol (could qualify as a "Super Two" - see NOTE)
Sean Marshall (could qualify as a "Super Two" - see NOTE)
Ryan Theriot (could qualify as a "Super Two"- see NOTE)
PROJECTED ADDITION TO PAYROLL IF ALL FIVE PLAYERS WHO ARE DEFINITELY ELIGIBLE FOR SALARY ARBITRATION (not including Rich Harden, Angel Guzman, Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, and Ryan Theriot) ARE OFFERED ARBITRATION: $7.5M
NOTE: Players who accrued at least 86 days of MLB Service Time (MLB ST) in 2008 and who have accrued at least two years but less than three years of MLB ST through the 2008 season could possibly qualify for salary arbitration as a "Super Two" post-2008 if the player rates among the top 17% in MLB ST of all players in that category. The four Cubs players who are eligible to possibly qualify as a "Super Two" post-2008 are Ryan Theriot (2+118 MLB ST), Angel Guzman (2+095), Sean Marshall (2+087), and Carlos Marmol (2+084).
Clubs must decide by December 12th whether to offer salary arbitration to players who are eligible. If the club elects to offer salary arbitration, the club and the player proceed onward through the arbitration process, but the player and the club can reach an agreement at any point prior to a hearing. If the club decides not to offer arbitration to an arbitration-eligible player on 12/12, the player immediately becomes an unrestricted free-agent at that time and is free to sign with any MLB club (including his former club), and the player’s old club receives no compensation if the player signs with a new club.
NOTE: 2009 MLB minimum salary is $400K with a $65K minimum “minor league split salary” ($32.5K minimum “minor league split” for players with no MLB ST who are on 40-man roster for the first time). Also, a minor league split salary for an “auto-renewal” player must be at least 60% of what the player was actually paid in salary during 2008 season. Clubs must tender contracts to “auto-renewal” (pre-arbitration) players on December 12th. If no contract is offered, the player is considered “non-tendered” and immediately becomes an unrestricted free-agent and can sign with any MLB club (including his old club). If a contract is tendered on 12/12, the player has until the first week of March to negotiate with his club, but if no agreement is reached by that time, the club can automatically renew the player’s contract for an amount no less than 80% of the previous year’s salary.
PROJECTED ESTIMATED 2009 AUTO-RENEWAL SALARIES FOR NINE PLAYERS: $4M
NOTE: Total does NOT include minor league split salaries for players on 40-man roster who are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT to minors.
PROJECTED ESTIMATED 2009 TOTAL PAYROLL AS OF TODAY (includes the 11 players who are signed for 2009 and the five players who are eligible for salary arbitration, plus nine “auto renewal” players TBD who would be needed to fill-out the 25-man roster): $124M
ELIGIBLE TO BE RULE 55 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT:
Andres Blanco, SS
Mike Burns, RHP
Hector Carrasco, RHP
Robinson Chirinos, C-IF
Matt Craig, 1B-3B
Jason Dubois, OF-1B
Doug Deeds, OF-1B
Danny Fatheree, C
Luis Figueroa, INF
Dumas Garcia, RHP
Adam Harben, RHP
Josh Kroeger, OF
Jason Stanford, LHP
Bobby Scales, IF-OF
Andres Torres, OF
NOTE: Clubs retain exclusive negotiating rights with their own minor league free-agents until the end of the World Series. If a minor league FA is added to his club’s 40-man roster prior to the conclusion of the World Series, the player is not eligible to be a free-agent. Players eligible to be minor league free-agents who are not added to their club’s 40-man roster by the conclusion of the World Series are free to sign a major league or minor league contract with any organization, including their old club.
ELIGIBLE FOR 2008 RULE 5 DRAFT:
James Adduci, OF
Alberto Alburquerque, RHP
Mitch Atkins, RHP
Matt Avery, RHP
Justin Berg, RHP
Todd Blackford, RHP
Edward Campusano, LHP
Russ Canzler, 1B
Yusuf Carter, OF
Rafael Dolis, RHP
Jesse Estrada, RHP
Ryan Harvey, OF
Jim Henderson, RHP
Mark Holliman, RHP
> Grant Johnson, RHP
Marcos Mateo, RHP
J. R. Mathes, LHP
Mario Mercedes, C
Jonathan Mota, INF
Jake Muyco, RHP
Vince Perkins, RHP
Jose Pina, RHP
Mark Reed, C
Gregory Reinhard, RHP
Kyle Reynolds, 1B
Tony Richie, C
Chris Robinson, C
Jayson Ruhlman, LHP
Alvaro Sosa, C
Nate Spears, 2B
Donald Veal, LHP
NOTE: A player on this list is not eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft if added to the 40-man roster by November 20th. Also, any free-agent who signs a minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft is eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft. In addition, a club can designate any player who is not otherwise eligible for the Rule 5 Draft as available if the club so chooses, although this rarely happens. Probably a club would do this only if it was planning to release the player after the draft. For example, it's possible that the Cubs will choose to make Peoria RHP Julio Castillo (indicted for felonious assault with a deadly weapon after throwing a baseball at a fan in Dayton this past season) available for selection in the 2008 Rule 5 Draft even though Castillo otherwise isn't eligible for the Rule 5 for the first time until after next season, since the Cubs do not have a minor league club in the Ohio State Prison League (at this time).
MINOR LEAGUE OPTION STATUS FOR PLAYERS WITH LESS THAN FIVE YEARS OF MLB SERVICE TIME (SPRING TRAINING 2009):
NOTE: Mike Fontenot and Ryan Theriot would have to clear Optional Assignment Waivers before being optioned to the minors during Spring Training 2009 or anytime during the 2009 season. Sean Marshall, Carlos Marmol, and Jose Ascanio would NOT have to clear Optional Assignment Waivers before being optioned to the minors during Spring Training (prior to Opening Day), but Marshall would have to clear Optional Assignment Waivers before being optioned to the minors anytime during the regular season (starting on Opening Day), Marmol would have to clear Optional Assignment Waivers beginning on June 4th, and Ascanio would have to clear Optional Assignment Waivers beginning on July 13th. (Because an Optional Assignment waiver request can be withdrawn if the player is claimed by another club, Optional Assignment waiver claims are rare).
NO MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT:
Ronny Cedeno (can refuse Outright Assignment to minors)
Neal Cotts (can refuse Outright Assignment to minors)
Chad Gaudin (can refuse Outright Assignment to minors)
Koyie Hill (can refuse Outright Assignment to minors)
Michael Wuertz (can refuse Outright Assignment to minors)
NOTE: Players who are out of minor league options must clear Outright Assignment Waivers (which are irrevocable) before they can be sent to the minors. Players with at least three years of MLB Service Time and players who have been previously outrighted in their career can refuse an Outright Assignment and can opt to become a free-agent instead. (Free-agency option can be exercised immediately, or player can defer option until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season).
ONE MINOR LEAGUE OPTION LEFT:
Jose Ascanio (see NOTE)
NOTE: Jose Ascanio has used three minor league options through the 2008 season, but because he has spent only four “full seasons” on an active minor league or major league roster, he will be eligible for a 4th minor league option in 2009 as long as it is exercised prior to completing five full seasons.
TWO MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT:
Billy Petrick (see NOTE)
Jeff Samardzija (see NOTE)
NOTE: Billy Petrick has used two minor league options through the 2008 season, but because he has spent only three “full seasons” on an active minor league or major league roster, he will be eligible for a 4th minor league option as long as it is exercised prior to completing five full seasons.
Jeff Samardzija has used two minor league options through the 2008 season, but because he has spent only two “full seasons” on an active minor league or major league roster, he will be eligible for a 4th minor league option as long as it is exercised prior to completing five full seasons.
THREE MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT:
Randy Wells (can refuse Outright Assignment to minors)
FOUR MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS LEFT:
PROJECTED 2009 CUBS ORGANIZATIONAL DEPTH CHART
* bats or throws left
# bats both
CUBS: Geovany Soto/Henry Blanco/# Koyie Hill
IOWA: Tony Richie/* Blake Lalli/Chris Robinson
TENN: Welington Castillo/* Mark Reed
DAYT: Luis Flores/Mario Mercedes
PEOR: Carlos Perez/Michael Brenly
EXST: * Matt Cerda/# Alvaro Sosa/Jose Guevara/Pat Mahoney/Juan Medina
DSLC: Carlos Gonzalez/Ricardo Parra/Jose Vigay/Yamel Liria
CUBS: Derrek Lee/* Micah Hoffpauir
IOWA: * Kyle Reynolds
TENN: Russ Canzler/* Steve Clevenger
DAYT: Jovan Rosa/Luis Bautista
PEOR: Rebel Ridling/* Ryan Keedy
EXST: Sean Hoorelbeke/* Bryan Jost
DSLC: # Alexander Mejia/Melvin Camarena/Carlos Romero/Justino Guzman
CUBS: Mark DeRosa/* Mike Fontenot
IOWA: * Nate Spears
TENN: Tony Thomas
DAYT: * Ryan Flaherty/Josh Harrison
PEOR: * Jake Opitz/Gian Guzman
EXST: * Logan Watkins/Dwayne Kemp
DSLC: # Ramon Bonilla/# Vismeldy Bieneme/# Jose Montecino
CUBS: Aramis Ramirez
IOWA: Casey McGehee
TENN: Josh Lansford
DAYT: Marquez Smith
PEOR: Josh Vitters
EXST: John Contreras/Carlos Morales
DSLC: # Nelson Pierre/Juan Pena/Pedro Ramirez
CUBS: Ryan Theriot/Ronny Cedeno
IOWA: * Matt Camp/# Matt Matulia
TENN: Darwin Barney/Jonathan Mota
DAYT: Nathan Samson/Jose Made
PEOR: Starlin Castro/# Marwin Gonzalez
EXST: Junior Lake/George Matheus/* Hak-Ju Lee
DSLC: # Robert Bautista/* Melido Perez/Miguel Salazar
CUBS: Alfonso Soriano/* Brad Snyder
IOWA: * Tyler Colvin
TENN: Ty Wright
DAYT: Brandon Guyer
PEOR: * Drew Rundle
EXST: * Ryan Sontag/TeWayne Willis/* Sean Williams
DSLC: Jesus Morelli/# Jose Valdez/Albert Hernandez/# Gregorio Robles
CUBS: * Felix Pie/Reed Johnson
IOWA: * Sam Fuld
TENN: * Jonathan Wyatt/Yusuf Carter
DAYT: * Tony Campana
PEOR: * Cliff Andersen
EXST: * Kurt Calvert/# David Macias/* Clark Hardman
DSLC: * Francisco Guzman/Manuel Pestana/Pedro Medina
CUBS: * Kosuke Fukudome
IOWA: Jake Fox
TENN: * James Adduci/Ryan Harvey
DAYT: * Dylan Johnston
PEOR: * Kyler Burke/Jericho Jones
EXST: * Nelson Perez/Kevin Soto
DSLC: Alejandro Damian/Luis Andrades
* Ted Lilly
* Sean Marshall
* Rich Hill
* J. R. Mathes
* Donald Veal
* James Russell
* Jeremy Papelbon
* Jeffrey Beliveau
* Jeffry Antigua
* Marcos Perez
Carlos Marmol (closer)
* Neal Cotts
Jose Ceda (closer)
* Casey Lambert
* Carmen Pignatiello
Brian Schlitter (closer)
* Edward Campusano
* Jayson Ruhlman
Andrew Cashner (closer)
* Dustin Sasser
* Zach Ashwood
* Chris Siegfried
Dan McDaniel (closer)
* James Leverton
* Luke Sommer
* Mark Pawelek
Manolin DeLeon (closer)
* Leon Johnson
* Cody Hams
ELIGIBLE TO BE ARTICLE XX FREE-AGENT AFTER 2009 SEASON:
Henry Blanco (if 2009 club option is exercised)
PLAYERS SIGNED BEYOND 2009:
Derrek Lee ($13M in 2010, then FA – has full “no trade”)
Ted Lilly ($12M in 2010, then FA – has full “no trade”)
Aramis Ramirez ($15.75M in 2010, $14.6M 2011 player option, and $16M 2012 mutual option with $2M buy-out – has full “no trade”)
Kosuke Fukudome ($13M in 2010 and $13.5M in 2011 – has full “no trade”)
Jeff Samardzija ($2.5M in 2010: $2.8M in 2011, $3M mutual option in 2012 - player can opt out only if he is eligible for salary arbitration, and $3.5M mutual option in 2013 - player can opt out only if he is eligible for salary-arbitration)
NOTE: Samardzija must accrue six years of MLB Service Time before he can be a Free-Agent
Carlos Zambrano ($17.875 in 2010 and 2011, and $18M in 2012, plus $19.25M vesting-player option in 2013 – has full “no trade”)
Alfonso Soriano ($18M 2010 through 2014, then FA – has full “no trade”)
PROJECTED ELIGIBLE FOR SALARY ARBITRATION POST-2009:
Mike Fontenot (would be eligible to possibly qualify as “Super Two”)
Felix Pie (would be eligible to possibly qualify as a "Super Two")
Geovany Soto (would be eligible to possibly qualify as "Super Two")
NOTE: Cedeno, Cotts, Gaudin, Guzman, K. Hill, R. Hill, and Wuertz will definitely be eligible for salary arbitration post-2009, but in order for Fontenot, Marmol, Marshall, and/or Theriot to be eligible, player would have to spend part, most, or all of 2009 season (depending on player) on MLB 25-man roster (or 15-day or 60-day DL), and Fontenot, Pie, and Soto would only be eligible if player qualifies for arbitration as a "Super Two" (TBD).
MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT POST-2009:
Edward Campusano, LHP
Danny Fatheree, C
Ryan Harvey, OF
Jim Henderson, RHP
Jose Pina, RHP
Tony Richie, C
Nate Spears, 2B
POST-2009 FIRST TIME ELIGIBLE FOR RULE 5 DRAFT:
Francisco Acosta, RHP
Alberto Cabrera, RHP
Matt Camp, IF-OF
Marco Carrillo, RHP
Julio Castillo, RHP
Welington Castillo, C
Jose Ceda, RHP
Steve Clevenger, C-1B
Tyler Colvin, OF
Michael Cooper, RHP
Arturo Florentino, RHP
Robert Hernandez, RHP
Edilmar Infante, RHP
Dylan Johnston, OF
Kitt Kopach, RHP
Blake Lalli, C-1B
Josh Lansford, RHP (ex-3B)
Alessandro Maestri, RHP
Matt Matulia, INF
Jon Mueller, RHP
Billy Muldowney, RHP
Dionis Nunez, RHP
Jeremy Papelbon, LHP
Blake Parker, RHP
Mark Pawelek, LHP
Carlos Perez, C
Andres Quezada, RHP
Rocky Roquet, RHP
Tomas Sanchez, RHP
Audy Santana, RHP
Miguel Sierra, RHP
Harol Tolentino, RHP
If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.
Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."
This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.
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.
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.
new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup
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.
...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.
I'm liking this rookie Nathan.
Richard DFA'd. Meh...
Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.
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.
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.
The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.
I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.
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.