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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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  • Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy likely to miss rest of regular season

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/17669363/washin...

    Rob Richardson 5 min 33 sec ago view
  • RVIMPENY: It's raining today so the Cubs will probably play intrasquad game(s) tomorrow and/or Saturday, but it's pretty much a day-to-day proposition, and a lot of times it's decided at the last minute.

    Best bet is to check in at Riverview in the morning and ask somebody what's going on that day.

    Arizona Phil 56 min 49 sec ago view
  • Thanks Phil, I had the Salt River chart, but based on that, it looks like they hardly play and was not on the Surprise on 9/28...I assume they do not really want fans there anyway? Do you know if they play today, Friday or Sat? Sorry to be a pain, but I am only here until Sunday.

    rvimpeny 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • John Arguello at Cubs Den with observations & photos from Tuesday's Cubs instructs intrasquad game:

    link

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 19 min ago view
  • jacos 2 hours 12 min ago view
  • Bear fans are so impatient! They signed that great All-American QB out of Columbia--Luckman--just a little while ago, didn't they? Now it's the Eagles' turn. After all, it's been almost ten years since McNabb.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 19 min ago view
  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 38 min ago view
  • " . . . when he signed Edwin Jackson?"

    He makes a lot of moves, people remember the ones that pan out. Kind of like MJ's approach to shooting. When it all shakes out, you get a formidable 25-man roster.

    VirginiaPhil 2 hours 46 min ago view
  • For the rookie hazing "dress up" day, the Mariners made him dress like the Farley Chippendales dancer.

    Tito 2 hours 59 min ago view
  • Steven Matz to undergo “imminent” elbow surgery.

    http://mlb.nbcsports.com/2016/09/27/steven-matz-to...

    Rob Richardson 3 hours 2 min ago view
  • Just scroll by.

    Tito 3 hours 12 min ago view
  • Pitchers are golfers

    Getting tired of the caddy catcher excuse

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

    jacos 4 hours 47 min ago view
  • Dan Vogelbach is working on his firstbase defense in Seattle. Seems to say the Cubs didn't teach him properly.

    http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/mlb/seattle-m...

    QuietMan 11 hours 43 sec ago view
  • Oh my! Cards down 2-1 to Reds in the bottom of the 9th -- get a leadoff triple -- and don't score!

    billybucks 14 hours 13 min ago view
  • Gameday has stopped at the top of the 8th inning. Google tells me it ended up 8-4 Pirates but I can't get further detail. Guess I'll have to wait until the Cubs' website updates...

    JoePepitone 15 hours 18 min ago view
  • Attaboy!

    billybucks 15 hours 32 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 five players are on 60-DAY DL

MLB ACTIVE LIST: 35

Last updated 9-23-2016

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 18
Jake Arrieta
Jake Buchanan
Trevor Cahill
* Aroldis Chapman
Carl Edwards Jr
Justin Grimm
Jason Hammel
Kyle Hendricks
John Lackey
* Jon Lester
* Mike Montgomery
Spencer Patton
Felix Pena
Hector Rondon
Joe Smith
Pedro Strop
* Travis Wood
* Rob Zastryzny

CATCHERS: 4
Willson Contreras
Tim Federowicz
* Miguel Montero
David Ross

INFIELDERS: 7
Javy Baez
Kris Bryant
* Munenori Kawasaki
* Tommy LaStella
* Anthony Rizzo
Addison Russell
# Ben Zobrist

OUTFIELDERS: 6
Albert Almora Jr
* Chris Coghlan
# Dexter Fowler
* Jason Heyward
Jorge Soler
Matt Szczur

OPTIONED: 5
Andury Acevedo, P
# Jeimer Candelario, INF
* Gerardo Concepcion, P
Pierce Johnson, P
* Giovanni Soto, P

60-DAY DL: 5
Dallas Beeler, P
Aaron Brooks, P
* Zac Rosscup, P
* Kyle Schwarber, C
Christian Villanueva, INF

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