Gameday Open Thread/ A's @ Cubs

The Cubs announced their second round of roster cuts, trimming the roster by seven. Pitchers Jeff Samardzija, Ed Campusano, Juan Mateo were sent to the minors and Shingo Takatsu was released. Jake Fox, Luis Figueroa and JD Closser were the position players sent to minor league camp. 

Today at HoHoKam, Carlos Zambrano takes the mound versus the Athetics, who will send out lefty Greg Smith to start.


I wonder if Greg Smith's real first name is Gaylord?

Nope, but his middle name is Cesar.

Shingo - no more?

Is there some way to find or get a list of who is all currently at the big league camp right now (i.e. who's all eligible to play in the spring training games), after the cuts made?

anyone can still play, they often grab players from minor league camp when needed.

But there's officially 42 in camp right now.

The NRI's still in camp are:

Andres Blanco
Alex Cintron
Micah Hoffpauir
Casey McGehee
Josh Kroeger
Koyie Hill

Chad Fox
Les Walrond

Everyone on the 40-man roster is still in camp EXCEPT:

Jake Fox
Jeff Samardzija
Adam Harben
Juan Mateo
Billy Petrick

How have they not cut Walrond yet...

Off topic a bit but has anyone referenced an Eggman/Walrond joke yet?

Coo coo coo choo?

Chad -- it's "Goo goo ga joob" -- per the lyrics printed on the inner sleeve of the Beatles LP 1967-1970.

ok, but can i claim the first eggman/walrond joke?

I hate being so very 3/44.

Fine by me. I don't recall any others. Stake your claim.

says Giants are shopping just about everybody including Rajai Davis and Randy Winn.

Looks like we're starting all of our regulars for the first time this spring. Except our CF with the nutsack problem, of course.

Soriano 7
Theriot 6
F-Bomb 9
Lee 3
Ramirez 5
DeRosa 4
Soto 2
Fuld 8
Z 1

Soriano makes bad defensive play diving for ball (according to A's announcer), but recovers by throwing out the A's runner going for a triple. Then Fuld makes an amazing diving catch in left center (according to A's announcer). 2 good...1 bad, i guess we will take it.

Soriano thrown out trying to steal...we should trade him.

I'm gonna hang out in parachat with the radio broadcast...

K-Fuk K's...send him back to Japan...BOOO!!! :)

They've figured out how to measure "heart".

Cubs 2nd most heartless team over the last 5 years.


People who get hurt are lacking in the heart department?

People who get hurt are lacking in the heart department?

Duh, they have vaginas I've been told.

But we find that the play Damn Yankees was wrong.

The teams at the top of the heart-o-matic chart didn't go to the playoffs (angels excluded) and for the most part, sucked. White Sox, Marlins, Cardinals.

But the teams at the top of the lack-of-heart-o-matic went to the playoffs and one even won the World Series.

So i guess the play Damn Yankees was wrong when the told us that "You gotta have heart!"

They lied to song!

that's weird.

april 1st is 3 and 1/2 weeks away.

Ah, I see. Kerry Wood...that pussy. So heartless.

I bet folks who chose him over Marmol or Wood for their fantasy teams are pretty pissed right now...

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  • Clayton Richard is absolutely, positively NOT a free-agent. He is under club control through the 2016 season. 

  • Haren was 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA with the Cubs. Seems like he worked out just as expected.

  • Did they ever say or who the PTBNL or cash decision on Rodney was or who was the PTBNL in the Austin Jackson deal was yet? Neither was worth whatever they gave up. Cahill and Richard were the only two good "deadline" deals they made. Hunter (given Lake was the odd man out by far and taking up a roster spot) and Haren weren't worth it.

  • says he is, site says he's a Cub, great cooperation between the 2 sites, weird

  • The drafting of Shea at #1 was a sign of things to come -- an undersized white linebacker who's not particularly fast; lets make him an NFL defensive end! Just idiotic. When the best thing you can say about your #1 pick is that he has a "high motor", that's a problem...that's what you should say about late-round picks.

  • Not AZ PHIL but after being DFA'd by the Cubs (after they got him from the Pirates in the "I get a chance in the Majors clause"), the Cubs re-signed him for the remainder of the season. I do not believe service time is an issue for him, so he is eligible to opt for Major League Free Agency - which he is doing and the Cubs or someone else will sign him to an MLB deal. AZ PHIL please correct this if you see fit - but that is the most current info that I'm aware of.

  • To also be fair to Emery, wtf do you draft Shea McLellin as a #1, Jonathan Bostic in the same draft, let Peppers go in lieu of signing Jared Shit-Head, Brandon Hardin, Evan Rodriguez, Isiah Frey, on and on...

    I will give him credit for Kyle Long - who is like my favorite player (what does THAT say about the team - but he did throw in the 90's as a former pitcher), and Jeffrey.

  • Geo Soto leaves the WSux and signs with the Angels who lost Chris Ianetta to the Mariners.

    Freed... The Angels also promoted Bobby Scales from director of player development to special assistant

  • AZ PHIL- Is Clayton Richard a free agent or not? One site I see he is, on another no. MLB has him listed as a free agent, Cot's contracts says he is a FA, baseball-reference says he's not, but Cubs have him on active roster. I know that he is just short of MLB 6 years service by just like 15 days, but that doesn't always matter.

  • Except that he gave up Russell and McKinney for a half-season of Hammel...

  • Beane cam at least point and laugh at Hammel.

  • The genius Angelo traded Olsen at Martzs request

  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)