Roster Development in the Works

Gordon Wittenmyer tweets that Jeff Samardzija will be called up before Thursday's game and get this, Neal Cotts is NOT in danger of being moved. Paul Sullivan says pretty much the same thing as well. Both think that Luis Vizcaino is on the hot seat and could be DFA'd, although you have to believe that it would just be to buy some time for the Cubs to complete a trade as there has been interest in some of the Cubs' relievers and I don't think DFA'ing a reliever with zero earned runs is anything resembling a smart move.Contrary to earlier reports, Samardzija will go to the pen and Sean Marshall will stay in the rotation.

Wittenmyer also says Milton Bradley will be back in the lineup tonight and batting cleanup.

Lineup for Tonight: Soriano, Fukudome, Lee, Bradley, Ramirez, Soto, Theriot, Miles, Lilly vs. Taveras, Hairston Jr., Votto, Encarnacion, Bruce, Phillips, Hernadnez, Gonzalez and Cueto.

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The only reason the Cubs have Vizcaino was to dump Marquis, Hendry ate just $875K in that swap. So looking at it logically, even if Vizcaino is dumped at $4MM, the net effect is that Hendry recovered $5MM of Marquis' 2009 salary in exchange for swapping from Marquis to Marshall in his rotation. Sounds about right.

So even more obviously, I think if Hendry can get some team to take on even a mere million or so of Vizcaino's $4MM obligation, I'd think Hendry jumps all over it opportunity.

your math is off...

Marquis owed $9.875M in 2009 which the Cubs paid $875K. Vizcaino is owed $3.5M plus a $500K buyout or $4M option in 2010.

So the Cubs are currently on the hook for $4.875M (3.5M + .5M + 875K) and saved $5M at the moment, plus went from Marquis to Marshall in the rotation. If they just unceremoniously dump Vizcaino, they'll be out $4M more minus the league minimun if he signs with another team. Not to mention what they lost in Gaudin.

I would guess that Vizcaino or Guzman are going to another team via trade.

Muskett way back on April 21st about Smardizjsa.

"Despite stellar work, hurler will remain at Triple-A"

all the reporters had the same story and Lou even said yesterday that nothing was imminent.

also according to Muskat and Lou, Samardzija will be used as the bridge to get to Gregg and Marmol. Something wrong with Heilman?

That makes sense.

Lou just said on WGN Radio that Samardzija is coming back in time for tomorrow's game but not corresponding move has been announced.

breaking news...

Can those of you who know more than I give any reason why Cotts would not be the one sent down? Watching Lou's expression as he trudges out to the mound is very telling...

IF Cotts is sent down (he has one option left?), would Marshall replace him as the only lefty, if Samardjia is actually coming up?

He is optionless. So he's got that going for him, which is nice.

I didn't post that twice. I blame TCR.

I would guess because Cotts is the lone lefty, and the only suitable replacement at Iowa is Waddell. Lou said on WGN today that Samardzija is throwing middle relief and that he and Heilmann are both going to be bridges to Marmol/Gregg. He called it the "Notre Dame Connection". I figured Samardzija would come up as a starter, Marshall would go to the pen and Cotts would be sent out, but at least for now that does not seem to be the plan. I wonder if they might be trying to work out a trade to retain Patton's contrac so they can send him to the minors.

I think to do that all other teams would have to pass on him first, and we'd know when he is put out there for that to happen.

How about a phony DL stint for somebody?

f'n stupid...samninja throwing 50-60 innings out of the pen is worthless, imo.

it's not like he's automatic.

1st part, I disagree with.

2nd part is most likely on the money. He did well when he first came up last year, but as I recall a big hunk of that was due to BABIP luck.

Cotts is off to a .436 BABIP despite having yet to give up a flyball on the year.

A couple years ago when Izturis was playing ahead of Cedeno, one of the writers at BP said that 'the Cubs don't understand the concept of sample size'. I would say that's still the case.

Not trying to discount Cott's control problems.

i don't see the use in getting rid of a guy who's sketchy (but oddly has the best pen #s so far) to replace him with a guy who has similar results with his stuff.

about the only thing samninja doesn't do is give up homers...

i wanna see the guy get 90+ pitch stamina...i wanna see him hone a 3rd pitch...i don't wanna see him in the pen when there's comparable arms to add (or not subtract).

lou uses 5 relievers a game as it is...i'd like to see samninja's development a little more streamlined because his future isn't in that pen...i hope.

Johann Santana's career was curtailed too much by starting off in the pen.

Let our best starting pitching prospect work on being a starting pitcher. Freaking brilliant. Dammit.

a.miles playing 2nd and batting 8th...theriot 7th...

2 best power hitters still batting 1st and 5th...thank gawd bradley is back.

Must be a glitch on Yahoo -- says Gregg gave up a run and Bradley went hitless. Can't be.

Levine says it's Vizcaino. This doesn't make sense to me.

It's gotta be Lou. Maybe he's seen something he doesn't like in attitude or in the clubhouse or something. Still, this is ridiculous. Grow some balls, Hendry.

Vizcaino must be an asshole. He has been on 6 teams in the last 6 years.

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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. 11 hours 50 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. 11 hours 55 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. 12 hours 42 sec 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. 12 hours 12 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 12 hours 23 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. 12 hours 48 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 13 hours 28 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 14 hours 41 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 14 hours 58 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 15 hours 2 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 15 hours 46 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

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

    Eric S 20 hours 37 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 21 hours 51 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 21 hours 55 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 23 hours 13 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 6 hours ago view