Cubs Potential Offseason Targets: Kelvim Escobar

Trying to figure out which relievers the Cubs may try to acquire - if any - to bolster a poor bullpen performance is like trying to find a decent Cubs position player developed by the Cubs farm system over the last 35 years. For all I know the Cubs won't do much but try and resign John Grabow and then see who might stick from the current crop of youngsters plus a few Chad Fox-type reclamation projects that they might hope to stick...and probably Chad Fox himself.

We do know Hendry likes his strikeout pitchers and Escobar has a 7.89 K/9 rate for his career which trends higher when he's worked out of the bullpen as you'd expect. There hasn't been much chatter on Escobar since he went down with a shoulder injury after pitching just 5 innings in 2009 (and he missed all of 2008 as well after labrum surgery), but I think it's a fair bet he'll come back in 2010 as a reliever...that is if he's coming back at all.

Year Age Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
1997 21 TOR 3 2 .600 2.90 27 0 23 14 31.0 28 12 10 1 19 36 0 156 1.516 8.1 0.3 5.5 10.5 1.89
1998 22 TOR 7 3 .700 3.73 22 10 2 0 79.2 72 37 33 5 35 72 0 124 1.343 8.1 0.6 4.0 8.1 2.06
1999 23 TOR 14 11 .560 5.69 33 30 2 0 174.0 203 118 110 19 81 129 10 86 1.632 10.5 1.0 4.2 6.7 1.59
2000 24 TOR 10 15 .400 5.35 43 24 8 2 180.0 186 118 107 26 85 142 3 95 1.506 9.3 1.3 4.3 7.1 1.67
2001 25 TOR 6 8 .429 3.50 59 11 15 0 126.0 93 51 49 8 52 121 3 132 1.151 6.6 0.6 3.7 8.6 2.33
2002 26 TOR 5 7 .417 4.27 76 0 68 38 78.0 75 39 37 10 44 85 5 109 1.526 8.7 1.2 5.1 9.8 1.93
2003 27 TOR 13 9 .591 4.29 41 26 12 4 180.1 189 94 86 15 78 159 9 110 1.481 9.4 0.7 3.9 7.9 2.04
2004 28 ANA 11 12 .478 3.93 33 33 0 0 208.1 192 91 91 21 76 191 7 114 1.286 8.3 0.9 3.3 8.3 2.51
2005 29 LAA 3 2 .600 3.02 16 7 2 1 59.2 45 21 20 4 21 63 2 140 1.106 6.8 0.6 3.2 9.5 3.00
2006 30 LAA 11 14 .440 3.61 30 30 0 0 189.1 192 93 76 17 50 147 4 126 1.278 9.1 0.8 2.4 7.0 2.94
2007 31 LAA 18 7 .720 3.40 30 30 0 0 195.2 182 79 74 11 66 160 3 134 1.267 8.4 0.5 3.0 7.4 2.42
                                                   
2009 33 LAA 0 1 .000 3.60 1 1 0 0 5.0 4 2 2 0 4 5 1 127 1.600 7.2 0.0 7.2 9.0 1.25
12 Seasons 101 91 .526 4.15 411 202 132 59 1507.0 1461 755 695 137 611 1310 47 113 1.375 8.7 0.8 3.6 7.8 2.14
162 Game Avg. 11 10 .526 4.15 46 22 15 7 167 162 84 77 15 68 145 5 113 1.375 8.7 0.8 3.6 7.8 2.14
                                               
TOR (7 yrs) 58 55 .513 4.58 301 101 130 58 849.0 846 469 432 84 394 744 30 105 1.461 9.0 0.9 4.2 7.9 1.89
LAA (5 yrs) 43 36 .544 3.60 110 101 2 1 658.0 615 286 263 53 217 566 17 125 1.264 8.4 0.7 3.0 7.7 2.61
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/28/2009.

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For his career, he's actually got a better ERA as a starter(4.09 vs. 4.44) than a reliever, but a lot of that relief work was done early in his career. He can throw up to six pitches, but said he scrapped his slider so that takes him down to a 2 and 4-seam fastball, split-fingered fastball, curveball and change-up and that's probably 2-3 more pitches then he needs to be an effective reliever. Obviously the big concern will be how well that shoulder is doing and then what kind of contract he'll be expecting after missing out on two seasons. If he does show to be healthy, at least one other fanbase wouldn't mind getting in on the action.

Any type of serious statistical analysis on Escobar isn't going to have much merit as he hasn't pitched in two years and we don't know what the shoulder injuries may have done to his arm. This signing would be up to the doctors, trainers and scouts and if they feel that something resembling the old Escobar is still out there. Now I realize the Cubs and their fans feel snake-bitten by some of these high risk-high reward type talents the Cubs  have employed over the last decade, but with the expected budget crunch, Hendry's gonna have to roll the dice on a few of these spots. If they can get Escobar on a one year incentive-laden deal, maybe with a 2nd year club option - and the doctors give the all clear signal - it could be a decent risk for the Cubs in 2010. He'd probably start the season as a set-up man but definitely has the ability and experience to step into the closer role if/when "Wild Thing" Marmol isn't getting the job done.

 

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Here's an article about Kerry Wood we should all be real proud of.

I think I speak for the entire TCR community when I say...

If you are a Cubs fan, and you think like this... we don't want you.

3/44 my friend...

I call it the "Bobby Scales Effect".

:-p

He's lying. That's why we ran his honky ass out of town.

I'm a little surprised to see an ad for "Crazy White Teeth" on that page.

I don't think this increases the chances of Wood ending up back with the Cubs any time soon.

Hudson/Braves close to a deal, 3/$27.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-braves/hudson-an...

Neyer likes it and the Braves next year

http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/1093/h...

maybe they want to move Lowe's contract for Bradley's?

a boy can dream...

ESPN picks Braves every year.

South Coast bias?

http://joefrisaro.mlblogs.com/archives/2009/10/mar...

Some teams believed to be interested in Hermida are the Mariners, Rays, Mets and Blue Jays. The Cubs also could have interest.

Hmmm...

Well, that is close to one-sixth of MLB, right?

IS the talent THAT thin in baseball?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs...

Is Steve Bartman really the only true Cubs fan?
answer: no, now save yourselves a few million from having to produce the documentary

http://www.familybusinessmagazine.com/index.php?/b...

Joe Ricketts, patriarch of the Roman Catholic family, still lives in his hometown of Omaha, Neb., Goudie reported. His son Tom was a marketmaker at the Chicago Board Options Exchange and a finance executive before starting Incapital LLC, an investment bank, in 1999.As Goudie put it, Tom Ricketts “shunned the family business back in Nebraska to make his own way in Chicago.”

Another son, Pete Ricketts, 45, lives in Omaha and left his post as COO of the family's stock brokerage to run as a Republican for U.S. Senate, spending more than $11 million of his own money to fund the campaign.
"He had run on a conservative family values platform and was outspoken against gay marriage," Goudie wrote. "He often said that ‘Nebraska values' include traditional marriage. That put him at odds with his only sister."

Laura Ricketts, 41, who lives in Chicago, serves on the board of directors of Lambda Legal, a national gay and lesbian rights organization, which has fought in court to overturn Nebraska's ban on same-sex marriage, Goudie reported. She is a co-founder of Internet travel company Ecotravel along with her youngest brother, Todd Ricketts, 39, who also lives in Chicago.

A 2006 article in the Omaha World-Herald during Pete Ricketts' Senate campaign (no longer available online) quoted Pete Ricketts as saying, "I love my sister. I disagree with her on this issue. What more is there to say?"
"

If you thought the Chicago Cubs ownership dynamics were frayed the past 28 years," Goudie wrote in his Daily Herald column, "you ain't seen nothin' yet."

Interesting stuff, ROB G. Thanks.

Actually, he sister perhaps could live close to Wrigley - either in Andersonville, or Halsted St./Lakeview lol.

Bluejays DFA Michael Barrett.

New GM's first move? Now who we gonna blame?

Eagerly anticipating the Mark Prior article.

Is Carlos Silva a viable trade option for Bradley?

No

unless they will take fukudome and miles in the deal

mlbtrade rumors has a post on Rich Harden, nothing new though

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2009/10/discussion-r...

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