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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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  • Can we please stop pointing out how ridiculous it is to panic and start panicking in earnest?

    Brick 14 min 37 sec ago view
  • ,571 winning percentage in May.

    I think they're gonna be OK.

    Tito 1 hour 36 min ago view
  • RAISIN: All I know is that Oscar de la Cruz is still shut down, and I don't know what his prognosis is, or what the plan is going forward.   

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 56 min ago view
  • Remember just two weeks ago, when "all" they had to do was play .500 ball the rest of the season and coast into the playoffs?

    BobbyD 3 hours 58 min ago view
  • Well I guess if pitchers can keep working the edges of the plate to perfection it will be a long season. But that doesn't seem likely. Rizzo finally, fully, snapping out of it would help.

    Old and Blue 6 hours 4 min ago view
  • If I didn't believe in coincidences (or science), I would apologize to Gordon Downie--one of my favorites. Sad news about a great talent.

    CTSteve 6 hours 11 min ago view
  • Hi Arizona Phil,

    Has there been any news on Oscar de la Cruz' health?

    Raisin101 12 hours 42 min ago view
  • bruh...

    crunch 13 hours 57 min ago view
  • O&B: Cease was apparently working on his off-speed pitches in his first & thrd innings, because in his second inning of work he just blew the D'backs away with high-velocity gas (that's when he hit 99-100 and struck out the side). 

    Arizona Phil 14 hours 15 min ago view
  • Wow, Lyin' CTSteve? He was just BEGGING for my endorsement last year!  Lame!

    Transmission 14 hours 21 min ago view
  • 1. I did not say the thing I insisted that Trans write down and attribute to me, or it was taken out of context.

    2. Trans and his "roast" (aka, a Salisbury steak TV dinner by Swanson) are very low energy.

    3. Make TCR great again.

     

    CTSteve 14 hours 27 min ago view
  • Yeah, I'm fine if I don't hear another one, furlong time.

    Transmission 14 hours 29 min ago view
  • nice recap, horrible game...i hope to never hear another horse pun/joke for at least a decade.

    crunch 14 hours 41 min ago view
  • Recap posted.  ~sigh~

    Transmission 14 hours 59 min ago view
  • THAT WAS TURRIBLE.

    MY GAWD.

    crunch 15 hours 22 min ago view
  • Ok, fine. I'll do a recap.

    Transmission 18 hours 26 min ago view
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38 players
on MLB RESERVE LIST (two slots are open), plus three players are on 60-DAY DL and one player has been DESIGNATED FOR ASSIGNMENT (DFA)


MLB ACTIVE LIST 
(25)

Last updated 5-21-2016 

* bats or throws left
# bats both

PITCHERS: 12
Jake Arrieta
Trevor Cahill
Carl Edwards Jr (26th man)
Justin Grimm
Jason Hammel
Kyle Hendricks
John Lackey
* Jon Lester
* Clayton Richard
Hector Rondon
Pedro Strop
Adam Warren
* Travis Wood

CATCHERS: 3
Tim Federowicz
* Miguel Montero
David Ross

INFIELDERS
: 6
Javy Baez
Kris Bryant
* Tommy LaStella
* Anthony Rizzo
Addison Russell
# Ben Zobrist

OUTFIELDERS: 4
# Dexter Fowler
* Jason Heyward
Jorge Soler
Matt Szczur

OPTIONED: 11
Andury Acevedo, P 
# Arismendy Alcantara, IF-OF
# Jeimer Candelario, INF 
Willson Contreras, C
Carl Edwards Jr, P
Pierce Johnson, P  
* Munenori Kawasaki, INF
Spencer Patton, P
* C. J. Riefenhauser, P
* Giovanni Soto, P
* Dan Vogelbach, 1B 

15-DAY DL : 2
Dallas Beeler, P 
Aaron Brooks, P 

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

DFA: 1 
Neil Ramirez, P

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