Cubs Hitting Coach Jaramillo Gets 3/2.4

Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!

It looks like Jim Hendry accomplished the first splash of the offseason. Rudy Jaramillo is the new Cubs hitting coach. The highly respected Jaramillo has signed a 3 year, $2.42 million deal (according to a David Kaplan tweet and a Bruce Levine/ESPN post) to spin his 5 point hitting magic on Cub hitters both young and old ($800K a year, but we all know you-know-who likes to write back loaded contracts). Bruce Levine reports that Jaramillo will fly to Chicago Wednesday to meet with Cubs officials and after he officially signs his new contract, will attend a mid-afternoon press conference. Jaramillo has spent the last 15 seasons with the Texas Rangers and sports the resume of helping the likes of Mark DeRosa, Michael Young, Lee Stevens and early in their careers, Sammy Sosa and Jeff Bagwell. He won the Baseball America's Major League Coach of the Year in 2005.

The Cubs hope he can fix whatever was broken last year with Alfonso Soriano who still has 5 years left on his contract. Soriano in his 2 years with the Rangers loved working with Jaramillo.   Soriano said, ‘We had very good communication because he speaks Spanish. He’s very good and smart. He works very hard, too.’’

Although the media doesn't want to hear or write about it, he's even left his magic touch on Milton Bradley who parlayed the 2008 season into "feeling like $30 million bucks". It was one of Bradley's best hitting seasons and propelled him to his first All-Star game. I'm not sure the Jaramillo signing will restore any of the burnt bridges Bradley left in his wake but who knows, especially if Hendry can't pull a Todd Hundley for Karros and Grudz trade out of his tush once again.

Jaramillo has broken his batting instruction into 5 tenets to hitting and he explains it in detail in this video.

• Rhythm.

• Timing the arm and the ball.

• Separation of hands and front foot.

• Staying square to the plate.

• Weight shift.

Hopefully the Cubs newest coach can bring back our 2008 rookie of the year's swing, working with Geo Soto and putting special emphasis on Weight Shift. I'll hope Jim Hendry will include a copy of the Rosetta Stone software, Japanese edition, so we won't see so much SPIN-A-RAMA next season. Remember that after the season, when the Cubs didn't re-hire Von Joshua, Derrek Lee said neither Perry not Joshua deserved any blame.  "I hate to say it, but a hitting coach is overrated,"

So expecting tangible evidence that Jaramillo will make a difference in 2010 is a lot of magic to expect out of just a hitting coach. Still, if he does to hitters what Cardinal's pitching coach Dave Duncan does to pitchers, next summer just might be fun once again at Wrigley.




CUBS 2010!

"Still, if he does to hitters what Cardinal's pitching coach Dave Duncan does to pitchers"

He's going to put the hitters on steroids?

Well, it worked for him at Texas!

Say, isn't Rudy's weightshift drill just old Dusty Baker's "squash the bug." Remember that?

Squash da bug, step, Squash da bug

And I've got to agree that Geo Soto would benefit this offseason if he would work on shifting the weight off his plate.

Derrek Lee can say that because he's not Mike Fontenot or Geo Soto or Alf Soriano (who hit like Alf the alien last year).

If I was Lee I wouldn't want anyone fucking with my swing, either.

Rudy Jaramillo was the highest-paid hitting coach in MLB last season ($500K) and the Rangers supposedly offered him a 10% pay raise for 2010, so even though the Rangers had a down year offensively in '09, they apparently didn't put the blame on Jaramillo.

Hendry probably feels that other teams took advantage of the Cubs' ownership instability the last two years, and now he finally gets to have some revenge by taking advantage of the Rangers' cash-poor ownership situation.

3/2.4 has a nice ring to it. It reminds me of 3/44

If Soto bounces back, it's going to be credited to RJ. Same with every other down year, so he will certainly be considered "worth the money" if anyone gets better. Not sure he'll be the difference, but if he's as good as everyone says it will be like making a trade for 7 all stars. I wonder what we should expect from Zambrano at the plate?

We know Steve Phillips is no judge of baseball talent, but if you are going to get divorced over an affair make atleast an IHOP waitress looking level.


that's a head scratcher...

The worst part is that he traded Rachel Nichols and the second-round pick from Lexington College to acquire her rights.

She makes him laugh..

"Hairspray" must be a porn video for him. a bowl full of jelly.

Thank you, Brooke. Assclowns need love too.

She looks like a high school wrestler.

You could make up a decent staff of guys that are making a living off being around the right group of 'roiders.

Billy Beane as your GM
Rudy as your hitting coach
Dusty as your manager
Mel Stottlemyre as your pitching coach

yet Leo Mazzone can't get a job....

Larussa trumps Dusty I would believe.

maybe, but LaRussa's still had success since then unless you're convinced on Pujols using HGH

but yeah, nobody was more 'roided up than David Eckstein, that's for sure....

Larussa had McGuire, Canseco, McGuire again,Ankiel, Glaus implicated right?

And yes I believe Pujlos is juicing.

Al McGuire?

McGwire. Ooops.

Also Giambi, I know he was a rookie in LaRussa's last year but I will make a reach to make an arguement.


For fucks sake, jacos, stay on the script:

He's clean! He's clean! He's clean!

{news breaks that player x was juicing}

*shock* *horror* *sadface* Awwww... you mean he wasn't clean this whole time? Booo...


Anyone have any ideas where I can get a Jaramillo jersey?

Too soon?

Not too soon at all, I want one too

Soriano said...He’s very good and smart. He works very hard, too.’’

...unlike Soriano for example...

"He's very good and smart"...that's just poetry. Brilliant wordsmanship. Don't know what you're talking about.

Second language, man. Third, if you count Japanese. Give him a break.

I just like the irony. He may be secretly brilliant. I'm doubtful, but he may.

He makes eleventy billion dollars; he doesn't need a break from me.

^^^ All true. And excellent use of 'eleventy', I'm pretty sure that's what Cots has the contract listed at.

when he's good, he's verrry good...

anyone hear the rumor that Soriano's goal is to become a neurosurgeon once his baseball career is over?
Back in the day, he was..."He’s very good and smart. He works very hard, too.’’

So the opposite is bad, dumb Works for Soriano and the WWF.

Carrie Muskat in this link about Jaramillo's signing says Von Joshua will return to the Minor League club (Iowa?) as its hitting coach.

mlbtraderumors has their offseason outlook on the Cubs...says non-tender candidates are Heilman (woo...), Fontenut and Cotts (duh). Not much else amused me.

cant imagine them non-tendering fontenot, myself.

They should sell Fontenot's contract to a traveling carnival and he start a new career as the Mullet Man. We now know he can't play major league baseball.

Fontenot doesn't bring too much to the table. He's got C defense, C power and doesn't hit for contact. Many times in '09 I felt like the Cubs were just one contact hitter away from winning and this would be a simple position to upgrade.

Kind of wish they'd spent that Bradley money on Orlando Hudson now. That probably would have meant no Bradley and no Aaron Miles. Meh...

Looks like Nick Friedell at ESPN Chicago concurs...

Hitting coach 'overrated'?

Cubs general manager Hendry may be overspending for Jaramillo

Submitted by Cubster on Wed, 10/21/2009 - 4:02pm. mlbtraderumors has their offseason outlook on the Cubs...says non-tender candidates are Heilman (woo...), Fontenut and Cotts (duh). Not much else amused me.


CUBSTER: I think the Cubs will very likely non-tender Neal Cotts, but then try to re-sign him to a minor league deal with a Major League split ($150K base pay while he is on a minor league roster, and maybe a pro-rated $900K MLB salary if he gets added to the 40-man roster prior to the end of the 2010 season).

And if offered that deal, Cotts is likely to take it, too, since he is in the middle of an off-season rehab at Fitch Park, and I doubt that he would want to change trainers, facilities, and routine in the middle of that. Also, he has got to know that he is unlikely to get an offer of much value from any club given his lack of leverage (TJS rehab).

And while I think the Cubs may end up trading Aaron Heilman and/or Mike Fontenot (the Giants supposedly claimed Heilman off waivers at the end of August, so he could get traded there), I doubt that either will get non-tendered. Tendered and then traded prior to Spring Training or Opening Day? Yes. Non-tendered on 12/12? Probably not, unless the player's roster slot is desperately needed, which probably won't be the case since minor leaguers likely to get added to the 40-man roster next month (W. Castillo, Gaub, Parker, and possibly Dolis) will just take slots opened by the five free-agents leaving (plus roster slots for the minor leaguers are needed on 11/20, three weeks before the CTL date on 12/12), plus the Cubs probably won't be too active in the free-agent market this year so roster slots won't be needed for MLB FAs, and also if the Cubs make a trade, it would probably be a two-for-one or a three-for-one, rather than the other way around (which would require open roster slots).

I'd have to disagree on Heilman. A big part of it will be how the economy is doing over the next 6 weeks, though. Hendry would be smart (ha ha ha) to wait until after 12/12 to do his off-season shopping.

You forgot the roster spot Hendry needs to leave open for his next Rule 5 disaster.

I'm not against adding guys in the Rule 5 draft, but if you're expecting to compete to win the World Series you can't waste a roster spot on a player who won't add much right now. The Pittsburgh's of the world make sense to gamble on Rule 5 picks, top contenders don't have that luxury.

I also think the Cubs will offer John Grabow arbitration if they don't re-sign him by 12/1.

Grabow was brought into a game the last Friday of the season, a meaningless game where the Cubs were down 10-3 after seven. It was Grabow's 75tn appareance of the season, the significance of which is that Grabow had a performance bonus in his contract that paid him $25K if he appeared in 75 games, and the Cubs could have avoided that just by not pitching him once he hit 74 games (the Cubs had been eliminated), but they brought him into the game on 10/2 and Grabow picked up an extra $25K.

I suspect that was not lost on Grabow, since other clubs don't always do that. For instance, the Twins optioned RHP Glen Perkins to AAA AFTER September 1st to keep him from becoming a "Super Two" (although Perkins will probably file a grievance). But I think the Cubs were letting Grabow know that they liked him, and wanted him back in 2010.

So I wouldn't be surprised if the Cubs offer Gtabow arbitration on 12/1 (the only FA I believe they will offer arbitration) and that Grabow will accept (presuming he doesn't re-sign with the Cubs prior to that date), since clubs would be less-likely to sign Grabow as a FA of it costs them a 1st or 2nd round draft pick (Grabow is a Type "A" FA). And a one-year contract (even if it goes to an arbitration hearing) wouldn't be bad for the Cubs, since Grabow would probably get $3.75M (max) via arbitration, or even less per year if it's a multi-year deal (like maybe two years plus a club option).

Thanks AZ PHIL.

I like the spin of baseball politics between team and player that you share. It is interesting. We will see. But during the Hendry regime, I would have to say it is a rare occurrence to see a player get "stiffed". In fact, you have shown us that Hendry bends over and takes it way too much with respect to arb., managing options, adding bonus clauses in an absurd way, etc. I was always wondering why, for example, Hendry did not insist on a "loco" clause with Bradley?

Since you see much of the farm hands more regularly, it will be interesting to see your thoughts on what younger players COULD be dealt in the 2-for-1 or 3-for-1 scenarios. Do you think Starlin Castro is ranked ahead of Darwin Barney, for example?

Oh, after all of this, I just wanted to express to everyone that now with this new hitting coach, I am supremely confident that we are making the World Series in 2010 without a doubt!

I heard we have scheduled 81 games with the Pirates, as well.

The signing of Jaramillo does not signal a thawing in the Cubs' relationship with Bradley, who is expected to be traded this offseason after spending the final 15 games on the suspended list. But Hendry is unlikely to be willing to eat most of the remaining $21 million on Bradley's contract, so if he can't unload the outfielder, it will be Jaramillo's job to fix him.

Major League Managers who made less in 2007 (the last year this information was available) than Jaramillo is getting to be the Cubs hitting coach each year for the next three years.

Charlie Manuel, PHI $800,000
Willie Randolph, NYM $700,000
Fredi Gonzalez, FL $650,000
* Jerry Narron, CIN $600,000
* Grady Little, LAD $600,000
* Sam Perlozzo, BAL $600,000
(((Ron Washington, TEX $600,000)))
Bud Black, SD $550,000
Joe Maddon, TAM $550,000
John Gibbons, TOR $500,000
Manny Acta, WAS $500,000
Bob Geren, OAK $500,000

it will be Jaramillo's job to fix him.
Rudy has training as a Urologist?

Off topic. I found a really nice site to watch illustrated techniques for some of the ortho procedures we hear about, such as knee meniscus tears and ACL reconstruction, shoulder labral and rotator cuff repairs, achilles tendon repairs as well as a few other procedures. Since it's just illustrated videos it's easy even on the eye since it's not live video.

Very cool Cubster.

I've got a meniscal tear that I am getting fixed next week. According to this is should only take .56 seconds.


Your favorite "HELL-man" is still on the team. What a duo it would be with he and Oh-Man! in the pen together.

Rosenthal says...SHOCKED, I tell ya...and some RUDY stuff.
Multiple teams are in contact the Cubs about outfielder Milton Bradley, with one source saying, "You would be shocked at the level of interest."

The Cubs remain confident that they can trade Bradley without assuming the vast majority of the $21 million remaining on his contract over the next two years.

New owner Tom Ricketts has set a limit for how much money the Cubs will include in a deal, one source says. The Cubs can take back a contract but pay only a fixed amount of cash.
Former Rangers hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo might be a steal for the Cubs, even at more than $800,000 per season over three years.

Players rave about Jaramillo, and an executive who knows him well says that Jaramillo works hard, instills confidence in hitters and excels with mechanics.

Another exec says that Jaramillo also relates exceptionally well to Latin players — good news for the Cubs, who need left fielder Alfonso Soriano and catcher Geovany Soto to bounce back from subpar seasons.

Multiple teams are in contact the Cubs about outfielder Milton Bradley,
with one source  who's totally not anyone associated with the Cubs trying to drum up a market saying, "You would be shocked at the level of interest."

Did anyone else key in on the following quote from the article above?

"New owner Tom Ricketts has set a limit for how much money the Cubs will include in a deal, one source says. The Cubs can take back a contract but pay only a fixed amount of cash."

There has been a lot of talk about how much money the Cubs pay out in contracts each year, and how their consistently high payroll has helped them be able to make mistakes. No one has really let out yet any word of how much the Cubs are capping their 2010 payroll at.

I'd love to believe that Ricketts is capping the cash spent on the MB deal out of common sense, because he and Hendry think they shouldn't have to pay much of MB's contract in order to trade him.

But what if this is a sign to come, of frugality from Ricketts?

In this current economy, there is no reason the Cubs can't contend every year with a 130 MLB payroll.

The 140+ million payroll of last year housed maybe 100 million of actual player talent.

It was more an effect of years of Peter/paul backloaded contracts coming home to roost.

I'd be more than ok with Ricketts keeping a 130ish payroll, provided that he.

A) Spent among the top tier teams in scouting/drafting/ML system coaches

B) Would make whomever the GM is, actually negotiate deals as opposed to the blank check method we've been employing since 2006

ESPN's Keith Law on Starlin Castro. Hopefully not a kiss of death.

Comps him vs Soriano:

Soriano has a longer swing and always has been a bit of a hacker, while Castro has better bat control and ability to adjust to changing speeds.
He is, though, one of the best shortstops in the minors.
At shortstop, he has good lateral range, especially to his right, and a 65-70 arm on the 20-80 scale.
On hitting: of the best and most impressive hitters I saw in Arizona. He has excellent hand-eye coordination and can keep his hands inside the ball even when pitchers try to work him inside. His swing can get long on balls away, and he wraps his bat, but he makes a ton of contact and squares up on a lot of pitches out of the zone. He showed he can stay with sliders from right-handers -- this is good, because I saw way too many guys last week who could hit fastballs but not same-side breaking balls -- and showed signs of future power even to the opposite field.

Sounds a lot more like Julio Franco than Alfonso Soriano to me. Not a bad thing.

I found this odd, in the Sullivan piece on Jaramillo (link above from Rob).

Regarding Bradley. The "that's not my choice" quote. Does it mean the "choice" isn't up to him?

or does it mean he's not looking forward to working with Bradley, but he'll put up with it? Methinks it wasn't meant from RJ to be put in a negative context (especially after quoting him as saying they got along great) but because the writers hate MB...
Jaramillo helped Bradley have his best year in 2008 in Texas, and said, "We got along great ... we knew what buttons to push."

And if he had to work with him again?

"That's not my choice," he said. "But I'll work with anyone."

I'm sure it means the choice isn't up to him...

Jaramillo helped Bradley have his best year in 2008 in Texas, and said, "We got along great ... we knew what buttons to push."

Jaramillo adds at least 80 wins to the Cubs record alone.

Although they'll probably miss the fuzz box.

Sun-Times/Wittenmeyer writes it a bit differently, with his distaste for MB stamp still applied. Just implying Bradley wasn't a part of the RJ hiring discussion:
Among his success stories was a strong working relationship with Milton Bradley, who in his lone season in Texas (2008) had the best year of his career.

That doesn't mean Bradley is any more likely to return to the Cubs than he was when the Cubs suspended him the final 15 games of the season. They still are looking to move the remaining two years on his three-year, $30 million deal.

''Hiring Rudy had nothing to do with that,'' Hendry said. ''We didn't talk at all about it in the interviewing process or ... over the weekend.''

this caught my eye...BP's Kevin Goldstein on future prospects. Dope on the rebound, now with Toronto where he just might get a chance.

Brian Dopirak, 1B, Blue Jays (VEN: Magallanes)
Is he a prospect again, or isn't he? Once the top prospect in the Cubs system after nearly setting a Midwest League record in home runs as part of a .307/.363/.593 line at Low-A Lansing in 2004, Dopirak went from hitting 39 home runs to just one in Double-A two years later. Picked up off the scrap heap by the Jays, he had a 959 OPS for High-A Dunedin last year, but it was mostly written off as a 24-year-old vet in a league where he was bound to overmatch far less experienced pitching. This year was another story however, as between Double- and Triple-A, he kept on mashing, racking up a final line of .317/.371/.549 with 42 doubles and 27 home runs. He's kept it up in Venezuela, going 3-for-5 with a double, home run, and four RBI on Sunday, and he just might get a real look in the big leagues at some point in 2010. While all the calls and notes to review are still a long way off, he's on the short list of Blue Jay prospects to inquire about come Top 11 time.

I did not know he was THE top prospect. IS that accurate?

BP's Kevin Goldstein with another Starlin Castro update (and a Donnie Veal mention):

Starlin Castro, SS, Cubs (AFL: Mesa)
Yesterday's stats: 4-for-5, 2 R, RBI
Generating a ton of buzz right now in the desert is Castro, the 19-year-old shortstop who, after Tuesday's outburst, is now 12-for-23 in six games for the Solar Sox without a strikeout. His ability to put the bat on the ball is remarkably advanced for his age. While he's not the next Ozzie Smith, he is a true shortstop who also has surprisingly solid defensive fundamentals for such a young talent, as he's also yet to make an error in Arizona. Is he the top prospect in the system? You could at least make the argument.
Donald Veal, LHP, Pirates (AFL), 3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K: If he keeps throwing strikes, he could end up being a Rule 5 steal, as the size and stuff were always there.

That's great. Maybe he'll finally be the one to get the Cubs out of the hitter development slump. Even a SS who can play some B defense would be great at this point. Hopefully he's only a few years out.

" he is a true shortstop who also has surprisingly solid defensive fundamentals"

Well it took the Bears 50 years to find a quarterback, guess Cubs wait could be over.

with one source who's totally not anyone associated with the Cubs
here's the source:

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  • yow...the a.gordon/m.moustakas collision now makes the schwarb collision look minor in scope.

    gordon broke his wrist, expected to miss 4+ weeks...and today moosetacos has been diagnosed with a torn ACL. fun times in KC.

    crunch 24 min 37 sec ago view
  • dodgers calling up julio urias for tommorow's game. neat.

    fernando-mania might have a new heir...dude is 19 (turns 20 in august) and he's got a legit argument for being MLB-ready.

    crunch 1 hour 15 min ago view
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  • Happ was the #9 pick last year, and he moved from OF to 2B in the same offseason that Castro was traded.

    Gleyber also in the picture at second.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 4 min ago view
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  • Co-sign

    Ryno 6 hours 24 min ago view
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  • O&B: I think D. J. Wilson is a legit MLB prospect.

    He is a hyperactive dynamo on the field, a protypical lead-off hitter who is looking to get on base any way he can, a triple machine (if there is such a thing) when he does make solid contact, a daring baserunner who goes berserk once he is on base, and a CF who plays a "no fear" crash & burn style of defense.

    Guys like that sometimes get injured more-often than the average player, but if he can stay healthy and continue to progress, I believe he will be an MLB CF, or at worst a 4th OF. 

    Arizona Phil 6 hours 45 min ago view
  • The hot start was nice, but it won't always come easy. It's nice to see them have to work for it every once in a while.

    Ryno 8 hours 52 min ago view
  • Hey, AZ, are you as high on DJ Wilson as your pal John Arguello is?

    Old and Blue 9 hours 9 min ago view
  • Phil, I just wanted to say thank you for diligently tracking the Cubs prospects in extended spring training and sharing your knowledge with us. It's remarkable how you're able to keep box scores for multiple games at once. I, and I'm sure others here, appreciate the data and insight you provide for us.

    K Dub 12 hours 3 min ago view
  • Thanks PHIL.

    Boy, that is a nifty K:BB ratio Hudson has going at almost 4:1!

    I hope he continues improving.

    The E-Man 18 hours 31 sec ago view
  • And of course the Bucs won again playing AZ (not PHIL). They dont seem to have a problem yet with the bottom feeders.

    They picked up 3 games this last week.

    I'm looking forward to them coming to the Chi.

    The E-Man 18 hours 28 min ago view
  • Don't mess with the SI jinx. Since the Javy/Cubs cover came out, he is 2-for-20 with no walks.

    billybucks 18 hours 39 min ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: If all three are assigned to Eugene, the Cubs can play Galindo, Paredes, and Paniagua at the same time by moving Paredes between SS-3B-DH, Galindo between 3B-1B-DH, and Paniagua between 1B-LF-DH. 

    The Cubs like to have their players (including their minor leaguers) learn to play more than one position even if they eventually are projected to settle at one spot, and I suspect that will be reflected at Eugene, with just about everybody who will be assigned there able to play at least two positions. 

    Arizona Phil 18 hours 59 min ago view
  • Thanks - at least the scorer was consistent

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