Cubs Cut 9

Muskat says nine have been cut and they are (drumroll please)....

Pitchers Mitch Atkins, Justin Berg and Jeff Stevens have been optioned to Triple A, with Marcos Mateo headed to Double A(for now).  NRI's C Welington Castillo, INF Luis Rivas and Darwin Barney and OF Doug Deeds and Jason Dubois have been assigned to minor league camp.

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A week has gone by since I last blogged, and Fontenot just walked by
and he's still as small as he was when I first met him. He hasn't grown
at all. We'll leave it at that.

So FonteGOD is short huh? He makes up for it with scrap, grit, hustle, and heart. Take that Reed Johnson.

reed johnson gets to make fun of him because he guards fonte's pot of gold from thieves and boxes of lucky charms from kids while he's in the field.

fun facts....listed heights on BR.com

Fontenot - 5'8"

Johnson - 5-10"

Theriot - 5-11"

it's not nice to lie Mr. Theriot....

i like watching david ortiz's weight go up.

as of 2 years ago he was still listed at 210.

now he's at 230.

both are funny.

I'm a little disappointed with his blog so far

http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/1640

Looks like May 3rd to retire Fergie and Maddux's #31....

The Mets released former Cub Rocky Cherry. A Rule 5 pick, he was offered back to the Orioles, but the team declined to take him since he had the option of becoming a free agent. Rotoworld speculates that the Mets will offer him a minor league contract to stick around.

{From previous thread}

Ahone Ahtwo Ahthree:
Murton is in the perfect spot in Colorado and I think he can do pretty well there. As for Cedeno, we all know how he rolls... he won't hit .316 over the course of an entire season..

Ground balls are ground balls. Let Murton go. He's not nearly as good as the Cub faithful wanted him to be.

I was never much of a Murton fan myself, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't like to see him succeed. The writing was on the wall for Murton when the Cubs gave Soriano that fat contract...

Maybe even earlier, like when Dusty wanted to platoon him with either Boom Boom Bynum or Angel Pagan.

"I feel fine," Lee said Tuesday. "I'm not worried."

Then he's scratched from the lineup because of a sore quad.

Confident Lee shrugs off hitting swoon

Eh. Who cares? It's still early in spring training, etc., etc.

Even if it were an injury, Lee is one of the few regulars I think we could live without for a while.

Lee was on the Team USA provisional roster and with Chipper likely being replaced for the final round, there was a chance he could have been named to the team if not for this injury. Evan Longoria was the only other IF on the provisional roster so he is a lock to take Chipper's spot now. If Braun has to go I imagine his replacement will by Ryan Ludwick as Sizemore and Hawpe have already pulled out with an injuries sustanined before the WBC and the other OF Carlos Quentin ended the year on the DL and has no insurance for the Wsox monteralily if there was another injury to him. As for Lindstrom, if they were smart they would replace him with a SP to start the semi final because their SP has sucked in the tourney. Danks is likely their best option, if they go the RP route it will certanily be Chad Qualls.

So, how much more sense does Esteban German make for the 25th man than Joey Gathright?

The guy stole a lot of bases in the minors, plays 2nd base and has appeared in LF, CF, 3B, SS, and 1B, and is a righthanded hitter with a career .284/.364/.404 line against lefties (making him the slightly more likely platoon partner for Fontenot than Miles, with his .284/.352/.352 line against lefties). It really seems to me that either German or Koskie could be more valuable than Gathright (Koskie more so as 3B insurance).

gath is waaaaaaaaaaay faster.

and i wouldn't get too stoked about his minor league numbers...he's a contact hitting singles hitter that owns a few gloves.

and he's a perfect example of how ob% can be overrated in some cases. yeah, he's got a decent ob%, but it's almost all via his bat and hits falling for singles...it's not some great batting eye or his ability to draw walks.

Except for the very first sentence, can't that all be said about Gathright as well?

The batting splits I called attention to were made up of only major league numbers.

the 1st sentence is the main reason he's here fwiw...that and he can cover CF.

and you can apply the singles-hitting thing to his ML numbers, too. he plays his ob% off his bat, not his eye or patience.

that said, i'd be happy with either/or...it's just a 25th man...a guy who will get 150-250ab's if everyone stays healthy.

German = .101 BB/PA ratio in the majors

Gathright = .074

that being said, German has fallen off a cliff in three years and just got released by a terrible team, no one should get too excited here.

I didn't mean to sound excited about him.

Gathright was recently released by that same team.

well I'm definitely not excited about Gathright....

as far as a complete player goes...you go german. his speed may not be what it was and he can't play OF as good as gathright, but he's got the arm to play OF (even RF) along with the whole "can play IF" thing.

german has more power upside which is scary considering most of his game is contact hitting for singles and trying to stretch out doubles.

from what lou/hendry say when they talk about Gath it really does seem to be all about his speed (and he can cover all 3 OF).

i can see an arguement for either one...mostly because neither bring a whole lot besides niche role skills.

I guess I'm just still terrified that Kosuke might struggle or get hurt and we'll have to watch them give Gathright a short at starting. That and I'm frustrated that they'd use a roster spot on a guy who is solely a PR when they have out of options pitchers. At least they seem to want Hoffpauir on the roster now.

and it's not Angel Guzman,

RHP Billy Muldowney to have surgery to remove bone spur

http://cubs.scout.com/2/848070.html

well...there goes 2010.

too late to trade soriano yet?

USA vs. USA (territory)!!!

Teddy Ballgame already down a run...totally forgot about the game.

chat is open, although I can't make it.

Who plans the TV schedule for this crap?! Two "who cares" NIT games and not the WBC. I'm guessing it's on Deportes and MLB Network or some nonsense, but that doesn't help us poor basic cable people.

I was wondering the same thing, but then I thought about it.

ESPN knows they're going to have Ken-Tuk-Eee on versus a chance of having Netherlands versus Venzuela, so they go with the sure bet... they look like dipshits in retrospect, but you can sort of understand the decision.

carlos "kenny lofton" beltran with a killer catch at the wall to rob a homer. unf.

heading into traffic...

4-3 PR in the top of the 9th...let's go comeback!!!

Phew, we get Geo Soto back.

Great ending to the game. We get Soto back, but not Mr. Lilly quite yet.

I'm not too concerned with Lillyhammer, he's a professional badass. I like getting Soto back to work with the pitchers and all that jazz. Plus he can get a chance to shot Gabor and Koyie how a real man catches.

A good enough ending to make me wish this mattered more.

It was killing me watching Geo catch balls with his bare right hand.

Yeow

hoff. is much better at that

That was a fantastic ending. Too bad for PR (my brethren).

Wrong.

No one cares about the WBC

http://sports.espn.go.com/extra/baseball/wbbc/reca...

and Adam Dunn only cares about Fantasy Football

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9345196/Dunn's-passion-showing-through-in-WBC

The second article about Dunn:

"I've never been on a team that nationally had expectations this low. I don't know why we can't go out and shock everyone. That's how I'll go into it.""

Did Dunn just block out those years in Cincy?

With the Reds there was perennial hope that the team would contend if everything broke its way.

With the Nats, I think it's a stretch to imagine them at 81 wins even in the best case scenario because of the horrendous state of that pitching staff. Unless the plan is to start Stephen Strasburg every game after August, this team won't be anything close to .500 despite having a fairly dangerous lineup.

Thursday is the date that Bako and Gaudin get their salaries locked in right? I am surprisded neither one of them got cut as right now given their springs they appear to be dead money.

I only caught glimpses of the game while it happened but just watched the highlights. Awesome ending....

Ted grooved a fastball to Delgado there and the heroics will make people forget about Jeter's crappy defense in the top of the 9th.

The run PR got in the 6th was also in part due to Jeter's lack of range at SS. There is no reason in a do or die game aganist a capable team for Jroll not to be playing SS. If Davey feels like he owes it to NYY to get Jeter game time at SS it should have been aganist the Dutch.

Yeah, that was a frustrating play to watch. Just let him DH.

Dunn actually looked pretty good in right in the one play I noticed.

Wright looks like a vintage Rolen at third. I am on board with handing him the gold glove for the next 8 years, unless he gets hurt.

The Real Neal:
...Dunn actually looked pretty good in right in the one play I noticed...

Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.

on the radio they said Rollins was quite sick, probably had something to do with him DH'ing....

Wittenmeyer chimes in on Koskie and his nice double (dooble? did I miss something?)

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/14823...

And, on Gathright, "Gathright is out with dental work. His status is 'decay-to-decay'"

Will be interesting to see what Koskie brings in the last three weeks. OH CANADA!

Heard some tidbits on ESPN Radio's baseball spot. Perhaps it's been posted already but the Cubs want a new "state of the art facility" for ST like the new White Sox's spread at Camelback Ranch. They're even "looking" at Florida sites like Sarasota who have already expressed interest, but I think we can assume it's all a leverage ploy to get a new upgraded facility at their current home by 2012 which is I believe when they have to re-up. Also a new field is currently being installed at Wrigley to cleanup the mess the Winter Classic reeked on the field. On the NHL's dime of course.

Excellent use of money. State of the art for ST, piece of shit for the regular season.

you mean a new infield? grass? what exactly?

Didn't say exactly, I think they said the cost was $500K so I'd imagine new grass at least throughout the OF since the rink was pretty much stretched out across the OF up to 2B. But they had paths for the players to walk out from the dugouts across the INF so that too could be in play...not that it really matters either way.

Also down the right field line concourse area there will be a new Captain Morgan's Pub/Harry Caray's Restaurant venture co-owned by the Cubs and the Harry Caray's people. You can enter from Addison too and if you have a ticket to the game you can supposedly go through the restaurant/pub into Wrigley which seems hard to believe.

the soil system under a sports field is an amazing complex of soil/gravel and tubes carrying/taking water.

it's a few feet thick of human engineered layers made to look like nothing at all is going on but growing and mowing.

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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 10 hours 47 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 10 hours 53 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 10 hours 58 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 11 hours 9 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 11 hours 21 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 11 hours 46 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 12 hours 26 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 13 hours 38 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 13 hours 55 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 13 hours 59 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 14 hours 44 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 19 hours 35 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 20 hours 49 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 20 hours 52 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 22 hours 11 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 5 hours ago view