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.

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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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  • video of Maddon.

    http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561343809737202839-4

    always nice that he actually tries to honestly answer questions. Does mention that he wanted to give Zastr? a chance in a meaningful spot rather than a mop-up role.

    Rob G. 6 hours 28 min ago view
  • from Muskat:

    #Cubs Maddon: "I'm not going to make up an excuse for why I did what I did. It has nothing to do with lack of confidence" ... "It was the right thing to do today based on what I saw, what their lineup looked like and Rob Z.'s availability." #Cubs

    Rob G. 6 hours 34 min ago view
  • http://www.espn.com/espn/now?nowId=21-0561339391889382475-4

    Hammel not particularly understanding of getting pulled out...as he should. Be curious what Maddon had to say. All I can think of is is keeping arms fresh and maybe wanting to see if Zastr? is worth considering for the playoffs and how he'd do against the Dodgers.

    Rob G. 6 hours 39 min ago view
  • great defense

    Heyward, Russell, Baez, Bryant, Ross in particular...although Bryant's a bit hard to judge with all the positions.

    Fowler and Rizzo in the top half of the NL for their positions as well (per fangraphs)...Zobrist right at the halfway cutoff for 2b in the NL.

    I'm sure some luck is involved too, but the Cubs and Maddon knew what they were doing.

    Rob G. 6 hours 50 min ago view
  • If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?

    Craig A. 7 hours 2 min ago view
  • #Cubs plummet to 19-5 in August.

    Fun with FIP

    • J. Hammel   3.07 ERA/4.27 FIP (3.68 FIP last year)
    • J. Arrieta     2.62 ERA/3.05 FIP (2.35 FIP last year)
    • J. Lester     2.81 ERA/3.67 FIP (2.92 FIP last year)
    • K. Hendricks  2.19 ERA/3.37 FIP (3.36 FIP last year)
    • J. Lackey     3.41 ERA/3.72 FIP (3.57 FIP last year with Cards)
    Rob G. 7 hours 27 min ago view
  • zastyryzryzryzny put in 3.2ip 1h 0bb 3k

    he's great when his control is "on"...problem is it's rarely "on" consistently. he could vault up the cubs prospect list if he ever gets better with that aspect of his game.

    crunch 8 hours 7 min ago view
  • JD's take was just trying to get in a lefty to better deal with mostly lefty Dodgers lineup.

    My second thought was what you came up with. My first thought was he was trying to light a fire under Hammel.

    Jackstraw 9 hours 19 min ago view
  • Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...

    billybucks 9 hours 36 min ago view
  • joe got a pitcher up for hammel at nearly the 1st sign of trouble in the 3rd...pulled after 2.1

    not injured and though it wasn't his day so far he wasn't looking like a pure disaster.

    really short leash on him. zastryznzryzryny in.

    crunch 9 hours 40 min ago view
  • Russell and Soler can attest that Urias has a pretty good curve/slider - two big strikeouts looking to get out of that jam in the first.

    Eric S 10 hours 25 min ago view
  • Classic Scully - great stuff.

    Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)

    Eric S 15 hours 16 min ago view
  • Here's Scully's call on Bryant's 10th-inning homer:

    "And it's a long fly ball, a mean fly ball, and a gone fly ball."

    VirginiaPhil 16 hours 30 min ago view
  • When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.

    VirginiaPhil 16 hours 33 min ago view
  • If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.

    Jackstraw 17 hours 52 min ago view
  • cubs win...bryant with 7HR in his last 8 games.

    crunch 1 day 1 hour ago view