Mike Parisi: Cubs Hero!

From Bruce Miles latest blog:

The Cubs also outrighted the contract of Rule 5 pitcher Mike Parisi to Class AAA Iowa. Because Parisi had been outrighted once before, he was able to become a minor-league free agent and not go back to St. Louis. He chose to stay in the Cubs organization.

This should be the final piece to to tilt the axis of NL Central power to the Cubs. I hear plans for a parade down Clark Street are already under way.

The other roster move today was trading shortstop Andres Blanco to the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later or cash. Blanco was out of options and apparently the Cubs are comfortable enough with Mike Fontenot as a back-up shortstop. They could have tried to sneak him through waivers, but it appears the Rangers or possible another team was going to grab him, so the Cubs got something for him. With Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney in the mix, the Cubs have plenty of infield depth to cover the "loss". This was the first trade with the Rangers since 2006.

That leaves the bench as Koyie Hill, Jeff Baker (or Fontenot), Xavier Nady and then two spots left for Chad Tracy, Kevin Millar, Tyler Colvin, Sam Fuld or Micah Hoffpauir. Arizona Phil has heard that Tracy was already told to look for an apartment in Chicago, so it looks like he's in. That leaves one spot for Millar, Colvin, Fuld or Hoffpauir and with Colvin having the edge at the moment with the spring training he's had and an ability to play all three outfield positions. That being said, it seems the Cubs really want Millar to make the team, so don't be suprised if that still happens.

Comments

nice. i'm not much of a fan, but every little bit helps...money and arms.

what in the hell is with the middle IF ump standing on the SS side and **IN** in the infield?

Quite a Murderer's Row we're going to have on this team this year, eh? And when Lilly comes all the way back, it'll be like making a tra...

Sorry for the snark, but after looking at some of the White Sox prospects (as well as the current players on their Major League roster who came up through their system), the Cubs really look quite poor by comparison. And they've done it with a payroll that's significantly less, of course.

I am drawing a bank. They hit on Beckham and Ramirez was essentially a FA signing. Who are you talking about? The Cubs have more home-grown players than the Sox.

Dmac just holds a pre-Wilken grudge. He cannot see what has been recently happening.

silva mowing through the SD b-teamers (literal b-teamers in most slots)...5ip 5h 0bb 3k

5.1ip 7h 0bb 3k 2er

his ER came on a classic "arizona sun, we can't give that OF dude an error, sorry pitcher dude" play that would be an out or error in the regular season...so it's not like suddenly fell apart out there.

the second ER came on the cubs 28th error of spring by a bad soto throw. neat.

pro tip: don't go 2-0 on colvin.

Nady to play OF tomorrow according to len/bob...then 1st in a minor league game the next day...then back with the regular club to play another OF game.

And on the fourth day, the D.L.

has caridad dialed down his velocity for more movement and control?

i'm yet to see him throw mid-90s this spring, but his fastball does seem to have more movement in the 89-91 area. it could be a park gun thing...only seem him twice on TV with gun data.

Submitted by crunch on Sat, 03/27/2010 - 3:33pm.
has caridad dialed down his velocity for more movement and control?

i'm yet to see him throw mid-90s this spring, but his fastball does seem to have more movement in the 89-91 area. it could be a park gun thing...only seem him twice on TV with gun data.

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CRUNCH: Caridad's fastball was clocked consistently at 93-94 by scouts behind home plate today.

TV gun would be the issue, then. nice to see it seems to have a bit more movement, too. double bonus.

Padres now showcasing... Luke Gregerson

Tyler Colvin is not impressed.

holy shi...

colvin is the new murton...the fans at ho ho (lol) cam are going crazy after that triple.

That was a terrible AB by Baker with the go-ahead run on third and 1 out.

yeesh...this team needs to wake up it's D play...28 errors aside...

Marmol part 2: The Redemption now on WGN

trouble with first 2 batters with a fastball/slider mix followed by slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider, slider

Hill calls fastballs.

That's why Marmol is broken. Hill isn't back there to help him throw 98 instead of 94.

IS there ANY chance that Fuku Dome gets moved for, lets say a closer, to make room for Colvin?

Not with $24MM left on his deal. No way.

Is there any chance the Cubs could get a closer more or even anywhere near as good as Marmol for Fukudome without paying the entirety of his contract?

Is there any chance the Cubs could get a close more or even anywhere near as good as Marmol for Fukudome even if they DID pay the entirity of his contract?

No. Trade. Clause.

I'm just worried you're using the term 'As good as Marmol' a little bit too liberally. Hate to be such a DD, but I'm not confident with how many pitches he throws and how many walks he surrenders. Really hope I'm wrong

Whoa! Wait a second, you haven't seen the Jaramillo Fukudome yet. He's coming soon...there's just been a little difficulty what with one speaking Spanglish and the other Japanish.

Because he did not exercise his right to be a free-agent when he was outrighted to Iowa today, Mike Parisi can file for free-agency during a window that starts on the day after the end of the MLB regular season up through October 15th UNLESS the Cubs add him back to their 40-man roster prior to the end of the regular season.

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  • Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]

    Eric S 40 min 53 sec ago view
  • ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.

    cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/

    crunch 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC. 

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 11 min ago view
  • ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels. 

    M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores)  the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating. 

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 13 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.  

    Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).  

    Arizona Phil 4 hours 23 min ago view
  • PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.

    The E-Man 5 hours 6 min ago view
  • AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.

    Hagsag 9 hours 51 min ago view
  • Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!

    Hagsag 9 hours 52 min ago view
  • Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.

    Eric S 19 hours 33 min ago view
  • With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.

    johann 22 hours 31 min ago view
  • it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.

    crunch 22 hours 43 min ago view
  • It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.

    Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.

    The E-Man 22 hours 52 min ago view
  • That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.

    I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.

    Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...

    These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.

    No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.

    The E-Man 22 hours 58 min ago view
  • a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...

    it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...

    crunch 23 hours 16 min ago view
  • Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.

    johann 23 hours 52 min ago view
  • Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.

    johann 1 day 10 min ago view