Cubs Select Parisi in Rule 5 Draft, Lose Sierra

The Cubs selected RHP Mike Parisi from the St Loiuis Cardinals AAA Memphis club in the Major League Phase of today's Rule 5 Draft. 

The Cubs lost no players in the Major League Phase, but RHP Miguel Sierra was selected off the AA Tennessee Smokies Reserve List by the Tampa Bay Rays in the AAA Phase. 

The 26-year old 6'3 215 Parisi was selected by the Cardinals in the 7th round of the 2004 Rule 4 Draft out of Manhattan College, and received a $60,000 bonus. The native New Yorker moved steadily up through the Cards system, and was added to the Redbirds 40-man roster post-2007.

He was a rotation starter at AAA Mamphis in both 2007 and 2008, and went 8-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.35 WHIP (82 hits allowed and 33/58 BB/K in 84 IP) for Memphis in '08.

He had three ineffective stints (two starts) in the big leagues with the Cardinals in 2008 (8.22 ERA and 2.28 WHIP in 12 games, 37 hits allowed and 15/13 BB/K in 23 IP) before getting optioned back to AAA and eventually undergoing season-ending Tommy John Surgery.

Parisi missed most of the 2009 season rehabbing from the TJS at the Cardinals minor league complex in Jupiter, FL, before getting a bit of game at Palm Beach (FSL) late in the season.

The Cardinals assigned Parisi to the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League post-2009, and he pitched very well in the AFL. (He and RHP Ian Kennedy were the Rafters top two starters). Parisi made seven appearances (six starts) for Surprise, going 3-2 with a 4.44 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 26.1 IP (6/15 BB/K, only one HR). He made all of his assigned starts, and threw five innings (maximum allowed in the AFL) twice.

When healthy, Parisi is a rotation starter with a full-array of pitches, including a 91-93 MPH four-seam fastball. a high-80's sinker, a mid-80's cutter, a straight-change, and a slow curve. Coming off a solid performance in the AFL, Parisi will likely be given an opportunity to compete for the Cubs 5th starter gig in Spring Training.  

Because he has been outrighted previously in his career (post-2008), he can refuse a return to the Cardinals (Memphis) and become a free-agent should he not make the Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster (and presuming he is not claimed off Outright Waivers).

21-year oid 6'5 RHP Miguel Sierra was signed by the Cubs as a 16-year old out of the Dominican Republic during the International Signing Period in July 2005. He spent two seasons pitching in the Dominican Summer League (DSL Cubs) in 2006-07, before being invited to Fitch Park for Minor League Camp in March 2008.

Sierra was one of the top pitching prospects at Extended Spring Training in '08, but he had a disappointing debut season in the AZL, going 2-4 with a 5.28 (57 hits allowed and 13/25 BB/K in 44.1 IP) for the AZL Cubs.

He was back at Extended Spring Training again in 2009 and was not as effective as he had been the previous year. He did get assigned to Boise in June, however, but he struggled there and was sent back to the AZL Cubs (Mesa) in July. He threw better once he was back in Arizona, but the fact that he failed at Boise probably caused the Cubs to sour on him a bit.  

Being selected in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft means Sierra will not be offered back to the Cubs. The Rays have to assign him to their AAA Durham club in Minor League Camp (Spring Training), but he can be sent to any Rays minor league affiliate once the 2010 regular season starts. Given his limited experience and lack of success above Rookie ball, Sierra will likely begin the 2010 season at Bowling Green in the South Atlantic League (SAL).


Our information needs are fulphilled. AZ Phil to the rescue.

Nothing lost, and nothing gained, unless a BP pitcher is indeed worth $50k.

You guys will find this interesting... I've just been informed a deal involving trading Milton Bradley is imminent.

Phil, any guesses yet on who will be the non-rostered invities to S.T.?

Submitted by Hagsag on Thu, 12/10/2009 - 11:49am.
Phil, any guesses yet on who will be the non-rostered invities to S.T.?


HAGSAG: In addition to minor league free-agents TBA, I would say:

PITCHERS: Andrew Cashner, Thomas Diamond, Jay Jackson, Scott Maine, J. R. Mathes, Vince Perkins, and James Russell.

CATCHERS: Robinson Chirinos, Steve Clevenger, and Chris Robinson

INFIELDERS: Darwin Barney, Matt Camp, Starlin Castro, and Josh Vitters.

OUTFIELDERS: Brett Jackson

Catchers? Infielders? Outfielders? this is not helpful information Arizona Phil.

Can any of these players hit #5? Otherwise we don't need 'em.

Wow, Hendry was sure busy at the meetings, wasn't he?

Bah forget it.

Miles says:

The Cubs also are indirectly involved with a player the White Sox lost in the minor-league portion of the Rule 5. The Sox lost righty Arismendy Mota to the Washington organization. The Cubs are expected to make a trade with the Nationals to acquire Mota.

The Cubs think they can keep two Rule 5 bullpen draftees on the active roster? I really doubt that, but if it's true it would indicate that they won't be in on any more bullpen arms, right?

Well, this guy looks like he was in the minor league phase, so wouldn't have to be kept on the major league roster. Maybe Phil can fill us in on the specific restrictions (if any) the minor league draftees come with. Maybe also he knows something of Mota and has an idea of where he would be placed in the system.

Trib says it's done, for "cash considerations."

Submitted by WISCGRAD on Thu, 12/10/2009 - 1:51pm.
Well, this guy looks like he was in the minor league phase, so wouldn't have to be kept on the major league roster. Maybe Phil can fill us in on the specific restrictions (if any) the minor league draftees come with. Maybe also he knows something of Mota and has an idea of where he would be placed in the system.


WISCGRAD: Players selected in the AAA and AA phases of the Rule 5 Draft are not placed on an MLB 40-man roster.

Players selected in the AAA Phase (as is the case with Arismendy Mota) are automatically placed on the AAA Reserve List of the drafting club (or the club that acquires the player in a trade).

A player selected in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft must be assigned to the AAA club at Minor League Camp, but he can be sent to any of the organization's affiliates on Opening Day.

In the case of Mota, he signed with the White Sox in 2005, and then spent four years (2006-09) pitching for the Sox DSL club (DSL White Sox). He has yet to pitch in the U. S.

If the Cubs acquire him in a trade, he remains a Rule 5 Minor League Player and must (by rule) be given an opportunity to make the Iowa roster, although Extended Spring Training and then either the AZL Cubs or Boise are his more-likely 2010 destinations.

BTW, the 22-year old Mota put up some decent numbers in the DSL in 2009 (7-2, 1.81 ERA, and a 0.91 WHIP, allowing 67 hits and 19/80 BB/K in 89.2 IP). He is a rotation starter.

However, the big question is why has he spent four seasons in the DSL. It's not like he signed as a 16-year old (he was 18), and he hasn't been injured.

Visa problems?

Muy misterioso.

deal happening at any moment now with Rays...any moment....(taps foot)...and now....

well, if he didn't get it done yesterday it's a failure offseason.

we NEED to get rid of m.bradley ASAP in order to sign a lesser or equal player to replace him or 2010 is sunk.

sure, we got 3 middle order power hitters, a 140m payroll, 3-4 legit starters, and damn you dusty *shakes fist*...but milton bradley is good for at least 10-12 losses last year and is at least good for 15+ losses next year.


I know, but did you see him make the money gesture with his fingers and thumb last year?

personally...i think 2010 hinges solely on k.hill.

Now tell us your thoughts on overpriced managers, Soriano in the leadoff spot and Bradley's .370 OBP.

lol... Sarcasm doesn't translate well on the interwebs.

soriano in the leadoff spot was a f'n waste...then a f'n crime.

Cubs reach agreement with Mike Cameron

3 years 44 million

i hate you

Cmon now buddy.

Timmy Brown says if it is close, not with Rays.

crap, this is exhausting.


damn new engine that don't allow back/forward browsing without clearing the text box and appearing/disappearing text boxes.

Hendry was on XM radio early this morning and gave the Bradley is still a Cub spiel...

A very small part of me wouldn't mind seeing the fireworks if Lou had to deal with Bradley for another season and Lou taking shots at Hendry and Ricketts all year.

Lou could quit. That would save some dough.

I have nothing against Lou, but he's probably on the way out anyway. Wasn't Sandberg the Ricketts family's first Cub hero?

he's done it before...quit TB...wanted to be released from SEA to go to TB before he quit that job. i think he was actually traded to TB.

nice to know where the cutter came from.

it was a kinda "woah, what's that there" pitch that people took notice of this fall in AFL.

So what's the reason the Cards left him off they're 40 man? I think I saw the other day they had one of the lower roster numbers. Something like 35. Surely they could have made room if they'd wanted.

cause they'll probably get him back, they also need to sign a few free agents.

yeah, he's nothing special...just a groundball pitcher trying to find a quality 3rd pitch and his control while coming back from arm surgery.

he just showed off a cutter good enough to let people know he exists again this fall.

passed his physical somehow...maybe he slipped a $100K to the doctor :)

From what I gather these physicals are about the same as you need to pass to be allowed to workout at the gym. Heartbeat positive? No hernia? Pass.

Mlb official doctor.

Soooo '90s. Gotta get with the times, boss.

PS - I don't know how to post images in the comments.

it's reserved for special people...

actually I'd allow people to post images if I could cap the size on them somehow, but haven't figured that out yet. Also, with the recent spam outbreak, I'm a bit fearful.

30 Rock is good for Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan and Salma Hayek's cleavage during his guest stint. Not a big fan of Chris Parnell or his obvious Dr. Nick rip-off.

Salma Hayek is a dude?

could be...

She sported a unibrow in that one movie.


I just heard a Milton Bradley deal is real close.

Three years, $31 million?

to Rays for Jesse Chavez...essentially Rafael Soriano for Akinori Iwamura.

I'm glad I came to TCR today. I've been trying to find me some cheap Viagra.

Btw, has anyone ever bought that bs from an email or a blog?

Also, any news on that imminent MB trade that's been happening any minute for a week now?


That's all you could think of?

Criticizing a handle?

The offseason brings out the best in us.

Agreed. Douchebag move, E-Man.


Thanks Andrew!

Manny.... is it really you?

According to Tampa Trib's Rays beat reporter Rich Astley.

You can go back to BCB now. Al will love you as will the rest of the nice folks there.

Wow, coal it is in E-Man's stocking this year.

Not really sure if this was directed at me, but if so I may just do that.

I've been coming here for over 4 years now (between here & MVN), and I rarely comment because of assclowns like you. I didn't realize we had standards to our nicknames on here, but shit let me change mine to The B-Man so I can be cool.

Don't go back to BCB. You'll be dumber if you do.

Come here and remember that anytime you type anything someone might, whether nicely or not, call you or your comment stupid. Once you've accepted that you will love TCR with all your heart

I was only kidding, and you will need a thicker skin as it can get rough in here at times. Myself included. Merry Christmas! To all "assclowns" and Go Cubbies!

i was an assclown until i signed up for [link][link]

nice site. i'll tell my friends.

Imminent, I tell you! Imminent!

except Neal Cotts who will be offered for a minor league contract to continue to rehab...

"I'm not very smart projecting how economics affect every little move for every club," Hendry said. "I see free agents who wait longer. Their expectations are high. There was a period in our game where a lot of people got paid a lot of money. The great players still will.

"But there will be a lot of the next tier down [free agents], and I think their expectations are higher. When reality sets in and they realize some clubs are going with their own guys and young kids coming up -- it just goes in cycles. Right now, it seems like a lot more free agents are getting signed in January, and this year seems to be one of them."

"I'm not very smart projecting how economics affect every little move for every club,"

Understatement of the year? Here's a fucking idea, Jim. Hire someone who is! People from outside the industry (i.e. with no knowledge of the inner workings of MLB payrolls) can do a better job predicting salaries on the back of napkins than you can - imagine what would happen if you hire some smart account at $50K to do that for you.

same old, same old on Bradley...

- Does say Cameron, Byrd and Ankiel seem to be the 3 top CF options, although they haven't prioritized in what order yet.

- Want to see Sheets throw first but are interested.

- Will watch Putz throw again on Friday.

Is this new?

He'll get a chance to make the rotation, with Ted Lilly (shoulder) expected to spend the first month of the season on the disabled list.

I thought he was supposed to be more or less back by Opening Day. If they're saying the first month on the DL now, it'll probably be two months by ST or OD.

Any sentiments that our rotation is fine or set are pretty preliminary, I think. You got Z and Dempster and several question marks.

No, that's been the time line since he's had his surgery.

" thought he was supposed to be more or less back by Opening Day"

The Cubs said "he would be back in April".

Now these are the same guys who gave us those wonderful and always accurate Mark Prior and Kerry Wood timetables back in the day.

I wouldn't be suprised if Lilly shows up looking like Dave Dravecky.

When Ted Lilly comes back, it will be like making a Deadline Trade!!!!


Forgot about that logic also.

Yeah, I interpret "within the month of April" to be April 30th, which is about a month of time. So if it's now May 5th which would be exactly one month then I guess it's new news. But not really to me, there's nothing at all that's changed since the surgery and now. They expect he'll be ready around the start of May.

Seems like Cameron and Byrd are the two main options for the starting CF job, with Ankiel more as an option for the 4th OF role.

However, depending on how few crumbs are left from the Bradley dump, Ankiel may be all that we can afford.

Other than Putz, I have no names of potential bullpen FA signings, although Hendry supposedly met with the agents for several relievers this week.

Interesting that Bradley and Byrd share the same agent. Thus, the agent would have a vested interest in helping the Cubs move Bradley (and possibly even re-working some contract issues) in order to help place another client (Byrd) with the Cubs. Talk about an inherent conflict of interest.

Cameron is Lou's guy, while Byrd is Jaramillo's guy. Ankiel fits the budget. I bet Hendry lives on Tylenol.

Is anyone other than me, not wanting a CFer?

Fukudome has a CF bat. Lets get someone (Aubrey Huff)that can bring a RF bat into the equation.

you have an odd man crush on Aubrey Huff....

he's played 9 full seasons of baseball, 4 of them have been good, only 1 of those has happened in the last 3 years.

Count me in on the Aubrey Huff man crush. Forget the stats: He's a good b-tier ball player.

Forget the stats: He's a good b-tier ball player.

Hi, I'm Rob, you must be new here.

Dude had a .263 BABIP last year. He is primed for a huge bounce back.

Lest we forget he had 32 Homers and 108 Ribies in 2008.

plus he can play 3rd if Aramis gets hurt again.

yeah, well I can only assume he'd do better than being one of the worst players in baseball last year...

but he shouldn't be counted on for anything more than a low .800 OPS guy that can't play defense

I'm alright with him being a bench guy - but planning on starting him 110 games in RF... well let's just say that's ill-advised. According to UZR he cost his team 7 runs in 34 starts in 2006 - accoridng to BP 4 runs - and it's not like the scouting eye was in disagreement about that.

The guy would have to hit 32 HR's to even start justify playing RF.

Surely Right Field defense is the cornerstone to any successful team.

i dont even think huff thinks he can play RF at this point.

he's a bit of a plodding guy with a meh arm.

well overall defense is...and having three guys below average in the outfield isn't a good idea...

move Fukudome to Right Field where he goes from below average to above average and find a real defensive center fielder and then pray Soriano goes back to throwing guys out and you're back to a good outfield defense.

Can this club afford to give away any offense? Did you already forget 2009?

you're talking about adding Aubrey Huff

if you're counting on him to bounce back, then just count on Soriano and Soto coming back and most of your problems are solved

Going by his UZR rate of three years ago - he would be the worst defensive player in the major leagues. He'd have to hit like Pujols to upgrade last year's team.

Are you really gonna bag on Aubrey Huff who has more productive seasons than your man crush Milton Bradley will ever have in his career?

Huff's career puts Bradleys to shame. Atleast Huff knows what its like to play a full season and put up a full seasons worth of stats.

Will Bradley ever play 150 games?

What I don't get is why you guys aren't pushing for Fred McGriff to play right field, or maybe Carlos Delgado.

Please explain.

Did McGriff ever play RF? Or Delgado? Oh..Delgado did play 58 games in LF..

Huff is not a good RF, and is past his prime, but at least he has played the position. If the Cubs are not going to bring back your hero, MILTOOOOOON BRAAAAAADLEY, then for 1 season, I'd see if Huff can catch lightning in a bottle.

Sure beats watching Bradley jogging into the gap...watching Fukudome get the double to the wall.

Soriano once played 2b, i heard fukudome once played SS, we should try that...

F. Thomas once played 1b...

What are you talking about Fukudome at SS?

That's nonsensical Rob, even for this site.

nearly as sensical as thinking Aubrey Huff can play RF regularly because he once played it...

Actually, thinking a player who hasn't played that position in the Major Leagues, versus someone who has?

Ok...please notice that I wasn't exactly jumping for joy at the idea of Huff playing RF. My pont is I guess anybody but Bradley? To a point? I just don't see how not bringing him back doesn't become a huge pain in the Cubs neck. Too much salary to eat, and thank Donuts Hendry for that.

"Huff is not a good RF, and is past his prime". That's 100% incorrect. Huff was the worst right fielder in the majors FOUR years ago. MB was playing a decent center field that recently.

"Sure beats watching Bradley jogging into the gap...watching Fukudome get the double to the wall."

When you say things that ignorant, it's hard to take you seriously.

But lets see, we have got Fukudome at Short, Soriano at 2nd, Huff in Right, who's playing center and left, Sosa and Bonds?

What part of what I said wan't true about Huff? He's not a good RF, and he's past his prime?

What are you talking about Fukudome at SS, Soriano at 2B?


Saying that Huff "is not a good RF" is vastly overstating his skill as a right fielder. "Huff would be the worst right fielder to attempt the position on a regular basis since all outfielders had two hands" would be a fair representation.

But Huff had played it in the majors, I'm not throwing out idiotic comments on Fukudome at SS, Delgado for OF, etc.

Christ Neal...I know you like to pick arguments, but I'm sorry I think he stinks in RF, while you think he REALLY stinks.

Done...let's move on.

If we sign Ankiel he'd make a nice #4 starter

The bulls are hurting, Derrek Lee should probably spend the off season with them

Signs with White Sox according to ESPN radio Chicago.

For $3 million according to whatever link I saw at mlbtraderumors.

Not a bad deal, but the Cubs can probably spend their money in better places.

I'm shocked by the oversight...

I am assuming I missed this... but the Cubs must have traded Parisi to the white sox, because he is on their roster

kenny williams sure is slick.

There are 41 players on that roster, and none of the usual Chicago sources have said anything about Parisi being traded, so maybe not.

I'm sure an overzealous worker got his Chicago's confused updating the database.

damn liberal media.

it seems the 2 main suitors are philly and stl...kinda hope STL snags him. philly is getting a little too scary.

If Philly does get him, I'll take Victorino or Werth.

think you're confused about halladay and holliday...

I can't imagine why Phillies would be in on Holliday with Werth, Victorino and Ibanez, they are in on Halladay though.

Cards made an offer for Holliday recently, haven't heard anything linking them to Halladay though and think they spent their farm chips on Holliday last year unless they want to move Rasmus.

i am confused...for the reasons given.

angels and STL are in the mix, PHI is looking at halladay.


Thanks to Rob G and the commentors for feverishly checking the internet to ensure that Hendry didn't actually do anything this week.

likes this

Rob - can you implement a "like" button during the next update? It may attract a younger, hipper crowd.

younger, hipper, dumber crowd...

one of my favorite rants

I'd personally like to see the addition of "what color is your aura?" quizes on TCR. jmho

Comic genius!

It could have been inspired by this

three "our species is doomed" episodes available

This is my favorite sports rant scene...


Cubs make trip to Dominican Republic, use song about being in Mexico...I see no problems.

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