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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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  • Cards and Pirates lose. I'm OK with that.

    billybucks 31 min 49 sec ago view
  • I'm ready for the end of the Miggy era.

    Newport 2 hours 10 min ago view
  • he juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuust got there...1st appearance, injury...yow

    crunch 2 hours 36 min ago view
  • b.matusz it is.

    crunch 2 hours 38 min ago view
  • Oops. Colin Rea leaves the game with injury.

    John Beasley 2 hours 56 min ago view
  • Cubs optioned Justin Grimm to Iowa after the game. No corresponding roster move announced yet, but it could be Brian Matusz. 

    Arizona Phil 2 hours 58 min ago view
  • Marlins with a quick 4 spot vs Jaime Garcia. Osuna HR the highlight.

    Cubster 3 hours 36 min ago view
  • Brian Matusz, supposedly he has attachments. Hope it's not like an email with a virus attached.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKtNcsXx_y4

    Cubster 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • One thing to remember about Chapman -- he can be magic, but his ERA is higher than Rondon's this year. 100+ mph is fun, but I'd love to see a few more sliders. I think he enjoys the crowd reaction from 103 mph.

    billybucks 4 hours 7 min ago view
  • "Diamondbacks designated RHP Josh Collmenter for assignment."

    aww...he was my 2nd favorite crapballer. his control issues are rather severe at the moment.

    crunch 4 hours 11 min ago view
  • haha

    crunch 4 hours 32 min ago view
  • Wow -- Chapman gives up a hit and everything completely caves in. I think the Cubs went into collective shock.

    Stolen base with the pitcher holding the ball, WP that should have been caught or blocked, then Russell with a 2-out error on a routine play. Cubs handed them 2 runs. Throw in a Fowler bobble and it was a mess.

    Hopefully, that is all out of their system now -- let's get a W tomorrow.

    billybucks 5 hours 41 min ago view
  • First time I've ever seen a base running slump -- he's made some poor decisions recently, but I thought it was a great idea to try to score there -- it's not like Heyward was going to get a 2-out hit against a LHP. Sliding feet-first into home is probably the safe (ugh) way to go, but it's hard to get the foot on the plate.

    billybucks 5 hours 42 min ago view
  • Yup. He got squeezed (twice) on the first walk, but, when you have one-run lead and the other team is trying to make an out -- take the out.

    billybucks 5 hours 58 min ago view
  • Wasn't fun!

    Brick 6 hours 2 min ago view
  • Clearly the Cubs need to clear out the farm and trade for another closer

    Where's Ed Lynch when you need him?

    Eric S 6 hours 3 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 three players are on 60-DAY DL and one player has been DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT (DFA)


MLB ACTIVE LIST
: 25

Last updated 7-31-2016

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 13
Jake Arrieta
* Aroldis Chapman
Carl Edwards Jr
Jason Hammel
Kyle Hendricks
John Lackey
* Jon Lester
* Brian Matusz
* Mike Montgomery
Joe Nathan
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
* Chris Coghlan
# Dexter Fowler
* Jason Heyward
Matt Szczur

OPTIONED: 11
Andury Acevedo, P
Albert Almora Jr, OF
R. J. Alvarez, P
# Jeimer Candelario, INF
* Gerardo Concepcion, P
Justin Grimm, P
* Munenori Kawasaki, INF
Pierce Johnson, P
* Tommy LaStella, INF
Spencer Patton, P
* Giovanni Soto, P

15-DAY DL: 4
Dallas Beeler, P
Aaron Brooks, P
Trevor Cahill, P
Jorge Soler, OF

60-DAY DL: 3
* Zac Rosscup, P
* Kyle Schwarber, C
Christian Villanueva, INF

DFA: 1 
* Clayton Richard, P 

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