25 players (plus 14 players are on OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT, one player is on 15-DAY DL, and two players are on 60-DAY DL
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Zac Rosscup
* James Russell
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* John Baker
# Arismendy Alcantara
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Chris Coghlan
* Nate Schierholtz
* Ryan Sweeney
15-DAY DL: 1
# Emilio Bonifacio, IF-OF
60-DAY DL: 2
Kyuji Fujikawa, P
James McDonald, P
Dallas Beeler, P
Kyle Hendricks, P
* Brett Jackson, OF
* Ryan Kalish, OF
Blake Parker P
* Chris Rusin, P
Jorge Soler, OF
Dan Straily, P
Matt Szczur, OF
Christian Villanueva, INF
Josh Vitters, OF
Arodys Vizcaino, P
* Tsuyoshi Wada, P
* Logan Watkins, INF
2014 Draft Signings
Cubs have $8,352,200 in draft pool money (and if they don't mind paying a a 75% tax on $417,600, they can go up to $8,769,810).
Players in bold have allegedly signed. Anyone after the 10th round signed for over $100K counts against their draft money as well.
If the player has yet to sign or there's no media report on the bonus, the third column is the recommened slot money.
Currently the Cubs have paid $8,754,000 out and have $15,810 of their draft pool money left before having to worry about losing draft picks.
Our jeremiad had no apparent effect -- one day later and no one (not even Transmission) has been fired. So, back to what's happening on the field.
GAME THIRTY-EIGHT IN-GAME DISCUSSION THREAD [PARACHAT]
WASHINGTON NATIONALS (13-25, 4th, 10.5 GB) AT CHICAGO CUBS (15-22, 5th, 8.5 GB)
Wrigley Field, 7:05 PM CDTWeather: TV: WCIU, DirecTV 744 Radio: WGN, XM 186
Carlos Zambrano, RHP
1-2, 3.88 ERA, 48 2/3 IP
54 K, 33 BB, 6 HR
233/359/439, .300 BABIP
Nationals vs. Zambrano:
Daryle Ward: 6-25, 240/269/280, 3 K
Royce Clayton: 3-16, 188/188/313, 5 K
Cubs vs. Hernandez:
John Mabry: 12-21, 571/591/952, 2 HR, 2 K
Aramis Ramirez: 6-19, 316/316/737, 2 HR, 4 K
Henry Blanco: 5-15, 333/412/400, 2 BB, 2 K
Neifi Perez: 8-30, 267/290/300, 1 BB, 1 K
Juan Pierre: 18-68, 265/296/294, 2 BB, 6 K
For the last few years, I've wondered if Carlos Zambrano might be a sort of Livan Hernandez 2.0 -- a big, beefy righty capable of putting up 200-inning seasons over and over without succumbing to injury. Up until this season, the comparison would have been a compliment. This year, though, Livo has struggled mightily. He's still a horse, averaging 104 pitches and more than six innings per start, but batters are hitting over .300 against him, something they've never done to him in his career.
That number should come down into the .275 range, but it might not happen this year, and I'm actually optimistic it won't start heading down tonight. The current Cubs roster has hit him well, with John Mabry and Aramis Ramirez leading the way. Meanwhile, Zambrano has handled the current Nats, allowing no home runs and giving out only three walks, two to Jose Guillen (who's hurt) and one to pitcher Brian Lawrence.
I don't know why I'm optimistic about tonight's game -- maybe it's because I've been travelling over the last three weeks and haven't actually witnessed much of the current skid -- but I am. Whatever it takes, I guess.
With Rose coming back and adding Gasol, McDermott, and Mirotic this has to be the most talented and deepest roster the Bulls have had during Thibodeau's tenure. I'm hoping Thibs can get in touch with his inner Popovich and ease back the minutes, particularly on Rose, Gasol, and Noah. A lot of new offensive talent, that I hope can play enough D that Thibodeau will at least let them see some court time.