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Theo Was Chatty Today

I guess Theo had a press conference today, lots of stuff is said at press conferences, some of it actually has merit, some of it is bullshit. Only time will tell us which is which, but here's an aggregation of quotes from twitter. I won't attribute each one indivudually, but mostly coming from Jesse Rogers, Bruce Levine, Jordan Bernfield, Jon Greenberg, Bruce Miles and Paul Sullivan.

In no particular order...

2015 Draft Pick Update

 

The Curious Case of Mike Olt

Time for a new thread but got some work to get done this morning...but the comments in the last thread had some interesting "Why isn't Olt starting talk?" So here's some numbers to assist in the discussion.

Olt since being called back on Sept 5.

11 G, 8 GS, 250/382/357 29.4 K%

Valaika since Sept 5

10 G, 8 GS 290/333/355 27.2 K%

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Cubs Look to End 5-Game Losing Streak, Midwest League Finals Begin

Cubs finish up their north of the border series versus the Blue Jays and attempt to end a 5-game slide. With Kyle Hendricks on the mound, it seems possible. Although not in the lineup, Anthony Rizzo was spotted taking BP and might be ready to return sometime this weekend.

In non-depressing news of the day, it's is the opening of the Midwest League Finals. Kane County takes on Lake County (Indians affiliate).  Jen-Ho Tseng gets the start and the lineup for the Cougars will be: Dunston Jr. LF, Zagunis DH, Candelario 3B, Balaguert RF, Rogers 1B, Brockmeyer C, Penalver SS, Martin SS. I presume Clint Frazier is Lake County's biggest prospect name if you're looking for such things.

TCR Friday Notes

- Well, the Cubs let someone else hand out the stupid contract and the Red Sox are the winner. 6/72.5M for Rusney Castillo...a little over $12M per which isn't terrible for a Shane Victorino comp, but I don't think the Cubs had a spot for him for 6 years (or even 3) and certainly not at a price higher than what Jose Abreu or Yasiel Puig got.

- Javier Baez watch: 5 Home Runs, 3 Golden Sombreros

Cubs New Strategy: Own Everyone

The Cubs seem to be intent to on playing Monopoly with the entirety of future position prospects as rumors from Buster Olney indicate they may be in the lead to acquire Cuban outfielder/infielder Rusney Castillo. Own the entire board and they'll have to come to you and pay overmarket prices for your property.

"...Only in their dreams can men be truly free."

There's not much in Cubs news or even anecdotes to pass on at this time. Rosenthal had a video report that Jon Lester's Boston teammates believe he'll sign with the Cubs, but that'll have as much weight as a feather this offseason. The Tigers may be down another pitcher in Justin Verlander, and I wonder if Edwin Jackson would be of any interest. The Cubs would probably have to pay a lot of salary and get little in return, but worth a phone call probably. As for the current team, Operation Draft Pick is moving along nicely...currently in the 4th spot (which will actually be the 5th spot in the draft because of the Astros extra pick). It's a tight race with 45 games to go and with Alcantara, Hendricks and Baez out there with something to prove, I expect them to drift farther back than closer to a #1 pick.

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  • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

    "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
    "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

    billybucks 2 hours 57 min ago view
  • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

    billybucks 3 hours 1 min ago view
  • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

    2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.

    Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

    billybucks 3 hours 49 min ago view
  • Contreras keeps hitting/walking like this, and Miggy keep up the poor D and lack of offense - the kid could be the #1 catcher very soon.

    billybucks 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • it doesn't hurt that the Cardinals lose the KC and the Pirates lost too.

    Cubster 3 hours 56 min ago view
  • ...still trying to process what I just saw. From both KB and Jake. Walking Billy Hamilton twice is a cry for help. I think the nudie photos are messing with Jake's head.

    billybucks 3 hours 58 min ago view
  • Hopefully Peralta's time on the Cubs roster will be shorter than R. Soriano's.

    Cubster 4 hours 14 min ago view
  • it took 9 pitches for peralta to give up his 1st cubs homer. neat.

    crunch 4 hours 19 min ago view
  • damn...totally missed that ruben quevedo died on june 7th. he was only 37...heart attack.

    he threw some really horrible games for the cubs in 2000 and followed it up by doing the same for 3 season for the brewers.

    crunch 4 hours 26 min ago view
  • Holy Kris Bryant what?!

    Ryno 4 hours 28 min ago view
  • Hitting 3 HR, 2 doubles in a game. Never been done in mlb history per Len/Bob.

    Cubster 4 hours 40 min ago view
  • walks? this is baseball, not a nature hike. he needs to get his head in the game.

    in my opinion, he would have been better off hitting 2 homers rather than walking twice. /moneyballs

    crunch 4 hours 43 min ago view
  • Rizzo: 2-3, homer, double, 2 walks - meh

    Eric S 4 hours 45 min ago view
  • in other news, the site seems to be eating about 50% of my comments...which is probably a good thing in hindsight.

    Rob G. 4 hours 47 min ago view
  • The Tucker Barnhart reactions after each Kris Bryant HR are kind of priceless.

    Rob G. 4 hours 50 min ago view
  • ...but, he's also good at home runs, too.

    also, rizzo.

    crunch 4 hours 54 min ago view
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Cubs Org Depth Chart

40-Man Roster Info

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40 players
on MLB RESERVE LIST (roster is full), plus four players are on 60-DAY DL


MLB ACTIVE LIST
: 25

Last updated 6-27-2016 

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Jake Arrieta
Trevor Cahill
Carl Edwards Jr
Justin Grimm
Jason Hammel
Kyle Hendricks
John Lackey
* Jon Lester
Spencer Patton
Joel Peralta
Hector Rondon
Pedro Strop
* Travis Wood

CATCHERS: 3
Willson Contreras
* Miguel Montero
David Ross

INFIELDERS
: 5
Javy Baez
Kris Bryant
* Anthony Rizzo
Addison Russell
# Ben Zobrist

OUTFIELDERS: 4
Albert Almora Jr
* Chris Coghlan
* Jason Heyward
Matt Szczur

OPTIONED: 9
Andury Acevedo, P
R. J. Alvarez, P 
# Jeimer Candelario, INF 
* Gerardo Concepcion, P
Pierce Johnson, P  
* Munenori Kawasaki, INF
* Giovanni Soto, P
* Dan Vogelbach, 1B 
Adam Warren, P

15-DAY DL : 6
Dallas Beeler, P 
Aaron Brooks, P
# Dexter Fowler, OF
* Tommy LaStella, INF 
* Clayton Richard, P
Jorge Soler, OF

60-DAY DL: 4
Joe Nathan, P 
* Zac Rosscup, P
* Kyle Schwarber, C
Christian Villanueva, INF

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Rule 5 Draft 
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