Eyre traded to Phillies

It didn't take long to find a home for Scott Eyre and Jim Hendry does him the favor of putting him in another pennant race. Eyre goes to the Phillies for minor league RHP Brian Schlitter (thanks to reader Chifan for the tip). 

Schlitter stands 6-5" and was a 16th round pick of the Phillies out of College of Charleston. Similar to the Cubs recent first round pick, Andrew Cashner, Schlitter considered returning to school for 2008 to improve his draft status, but eventually decided to enter pro ball. He ended up pitching for the Phillies Hi-A affiliate in Clearwater this season and compiled a 2.22 ERA in 34 relief appearances. He struck out 58 batters in 48.2 IP while walking 21 for a 10.73 K/9 rate and a 2.76 K:BB ratio. He's 22 years old.

Scout.com had Schlitter as the #63 ranked Phillies prospect in their preseason rankings, but tabbed him as a potential "closer of the future". He features a fastball and a slider and sounds like he's yet another righty power arm for the bullpen one day.


Did we not have to pay any of Eyre's salary? AND we got what looks to be a useful prospect?

haven't heard about the salary yet...but there's only 2 months left and about $1.2 M to pay. 

You've gotta have some balls to act like you can rank a MLB organization's players 63 deep. No pun intended.

Good luck, Stevie (except vs. the Cubs). I will always remeebr you hugging Sam Fuld like he was a 10-year old kid after he went into the ivy to save your butt.

Thanks for the memories Scott.

Now be the femmebotte that we programmed you to be and blow up against the Cubs in playoffs.


Yeah, I liked Eyre, too. Hot damn! I have to say that getting any kind of a prospect in return for him makes me feel a hell of a lot better. This guy looks like he could help the Cubs, not this year, but maybe a couple of years down the line...

press release


Schlitter is a local boy, a Maine South graduate (being a Maine East alum, I hate him already). Says he only gave up one home run in 48.2 IP as well.

As a Niles West alum I never would have sat next to your Quitman-Sullins loving butt at Dodgers Stadium had I known! (He was probably gone by the time you got there)...

And as a Bradley alum, I have a hard time rooting for Ill. State alum Neal Cotts (ISU + ChiSox, ugh)

reading a few more web sites, sounds like he hits the mid 90's with a slider in the low 80's...standard problems that most kids have of repeating his delivery and control.

This year's remaining salary is pretty irrelevant. Nice move to get something for nothing.

Well, I don't think a lot of guys around baseball thought Eyre was nothing. Eyre just had this misfortune of being on the roster of one of few he did.

I would guess we threw in a little cash, based on the fact that we seem to be getting a pretty solid prospect back, but maybe less than a million because you didn't hear anything about MLB office review.

Not sure about the cash... and this is why.

As you said, I don't think many people thought Eyre was nothing. It sounded like there were a lot of teams interested, so the Cubs may have been able to drive the price up a bit by getting teams to bid against each other.

My bad...I meant that Eyre had no current value to the Cubs, as they had DFA'd him.

Not to say he is "nothing". Poor choice of words. Sorry, Stevie.

Schlitter should develop a splitter... or a spitter... Just seems like a waste without one...

I think it's time you get off the Schlitter and talk about something else.

or go into the shitter

Another season winds up in the Schlitter.

Watched the Cards get beat today on my last day in St. Louis. Clayton Kershaw looked very sharp, going 7 and striking out 7 for the Dodgers, only 3 hits given up and 1 ER. Now it's off to DC, where I can watch a team that was supposed to be shitty and is actually playing up to expectations.

Great, can't wait to see him shut us down in 4 games later this season.


And to a playoff contender no less.

Yeah, I am really shocked that the Padres and Nationals weren't trying to trade for him...

you're right, i assumed that he had cleared waivers but he must not have yet.

i think he just got traded to the second best
team in national league and the brewers first
round playoff opponent.

Scott Eyre sucks, and I am stunned the Cubs could get anything more than a bucket of warm spit for him. I'm sure Eyre was a nice enough guy, no one with the Cubs seems to have a bad thing to say about him. Good for him. He's also a millionaire, so I'm not too worried about whether his feelings are hurt. In 2008, he's a lousy relief pitcher and the Cubs are improved without having him around to pitch badly. Ironically, the Phillies are an appropriate fit. I'm sure the Mets and Marlins hitters are quivering with the thought of facing Stevie Ire in a late-inning situation with men on base.

how about a broken infield rake or a half a can of simonize?

LOL!!!! Stole the words out of my mouth. Is Mr. Hickman the real Silent towel?

certainly posts like it.

Can't wait to see how he fares in that awesome pitcher's park in Philly.

according to Bruce Miles.

Q. how about a broken infield rake...
A. two acres

or something like that.

Brian Schlitter is the third member of the 2007 College of Charleston pitching staff to play for the Cubs. The other two are LHPs Michael Bunton (2007 26th round pick) and Jeffrey Beliveau (2008 18th round pick out of Florida Atlantic, after he transferred there from CofC). Beliveau is presently at Boise, and Bunton was at Boise, but got released last month.

Billy Swoope is the Cubs Area Scout who covers Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, and D. C., and I suspect he had recomended Schlitter to be drafted in 2007, but the right-hander got selected by the Phils before the Cubs had a chance to grab him.

That happens a lot, where a team will trade for a guy some scout wanted way back when, but the player got drafted by somebody else before the club had a chance to grab him.

You wonder why the Cubs draft so many guys out of Virginia and North Carolina? It's because when Billy Swoope talks, people best listen. .

I did wonder that. If Swoope sold the Cubs on Lambert and Guyer, he's okay with me.

That's not Stevie Ire! That's Scott "don't call me Ivan DeJesus" Eyre.

no runs, no hits, 2 errors for Peoria
10 runs, 15 hits, 0 errors for Burlington

more if you can bear it...





Ugh. I'm sure having a few suspended players didn't help. I read that the suspensions were staggered out over the course of the week, though, so they probably weren't much of a factor.

My favorite relatively unimportant Cubs stat: It's been nearly 43 years since the parent club has been no-hit; the longest streak in the majors. And that was Sandy Koufax's perfect game, not some random hurler.

With the way the bats have been lighting up, it would be very surprising to see the streak end this year.

But three good things happened in Daytona's win tonight.

Angel Guzman pitched well.

Jay Jackson pitched even better.

And Ty Wright hit his fourth homer in the last week. Hey, he's a centerfielder, we're going to need one.

Jackson's now got 60 K's and 7 BB's in 37 innings across the width the the Cubs' A-Ball teams. That's impressive. He's been a little homer happy, though (4).

BA says Ty Wright doesn't have the arm for center.

Yeah, thanks, I noticed after I wrote that that Wright has mostly played left this season.

I wonder what they say about Guyer's arm, since it appears he can "go get 'em" in the outfield?

Guyer and Wright appear to be built on the Reed Johnson model, although Johnson is smaller and can throw.

Guzman's line: 3IP, 1H, 1R, 1BB, 4K

Newly promoted Jay Jackson: 4IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 9K

Future Baltimore Oriole minor leaguer OF Ryan Harvey: 2-3, 1 double, 1RBI, 1BB, 0K (.235 season avg)

This is reminiscent of 2005 when Pie injured his ankle and the media kept reporting that his return was imminent. He never made it back.

Here's the sequence of events this year...

Cubs | Pie optioned
Thu, 15 May 2008 07:07:07 -0700

USAToday.com reports the Chicago Cubs optioned OF Felix Pie to Triple-A Iowa.

Cubs | Pie making swing adjustments
Mon, 26 May 2008 09:50:47 -0700

Cubs.MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports Chicago Cubs OF Felix Pie was sent to Triple-A to work on his swing. The team wants him to stride into his swing so he can use his lower body more. If he did that, he would be better positioned to see pitches up and in, and low and away, which he can't do now.

Cubs | Pie to undergo MRI
Mon, 23 Jun 2008 13:42:03 -0700

Carrie Muskat, of MLB.com, reports Chicago Cubs OF Felix Pie (hand) is heading to Arizona to undergo an MRI on his left hand. Pie jammed his hand or injured it on a swing and has been playing in pain for a few games with Triple-A Iowa.

Cubs | Pie finishes hand rehab
Thu, 3 Jul 2008 01:12:30 -0700

The Chicago Sun-Times reports Chicago Cubs OF Felix Pie (hand) has returned to Triple-A Iowa after rehabbing his injured hand at the team's training facility in Arizona, and he homered Tuesday, July 1, in his first game back.

Cubs | Pie injures ankle
Thu, 24 Jul 2008 10:42:11 -0700

Cubs.MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports Chicago Cubs OF Felix Pie (ankle) injured his ankle sliding into second base Tuesday, July 22, and didn't play for Triple-A Iowa Wednesday.

Cubs | Pie out with sore hand
Sat, 2 Aug 2008

Des Moines Register's Lisa Colonna reports center fielder Felix Pie did not play Friday. He hit a triple and scored one of Iowa's six runs in the first inning of Thursday's win but left with a sore hand.

... and hasn't returned.

BTW, whoever it was last week who gave me a hard time last week in parachat for saying Favre would ultimately go to the Jets... I have two words for you:


I'm having nightmares of Scott Eyre striking out Fukudome in game 7 of the NL playoffs.

And I'm having happy dreams thinking about Eyre being brought in to face Ward with two on, Lou countering with Johnson and the ensuing two-run double.

When the Phillies come to Chicago for the playoffs, there will be a mass conspiracy not to refill Eyre's Ritalin prescription.

His final line for that game: 0.1 IP, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 0 K

Walgreens: the official pharmacy of the Chicago Cubs.

If Eyre is pitching instead of Lidge, that will be good news for us.

Aren't we the team that sent Lidge into his funk in '05?

He's got a 4.25 career ERA against us. 7.71 in '05.


Scott Eyre . o O ( I don't remember my Ritalin being blue and diamond-shaped )

Bob Brenley . o O ( Why is Scott Eyre humping Tom Gordon's leg? )

Len Kasper . o O ( That's hott. )

i like your thinking short hand there. very clever. you make that up yourself?

LF Soriano
SS Theriot
1B Lee
3B Ramirez
RF Fukudome
C Soto
CF Edmonds
2B Derosa
P Lilly

Wait till you hear the sound clip of him annoucing it. He tells the press its the normal line-up then he goes on to say " but, Fukudome is hitting 5th, Soto 6th, Edmonds 7th and Derosa 8th."

This lineup is teh suck.

But what would really suck would be to be the opposing pitcher, having to face all the Cubs regulars. On days when Z starts, there is no respite. Fear!

Hmmm, a working female reporter gets doused outside Wrigley. If it weren't for the video, I would have guessed it was Chad.

FYI: "Schlitter" could be a very cool or a very uncool name for a pitcher:

German --> English dictionary:

schlittern vi
a (absichtlich) to slide
b (=ausrutschen) to slide, to slip
[Wagen] to skid (fig) to slide, to stumble

So if he throws a good slider, then it's cool and apropos. If he stumbles a lot, then it's uncool and equally apropos.

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