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.


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.


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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  • Well said. On one hand, I thought the HBP was a bad baseball play -- down 4 runs, put a runner on for a red-hot Fowler. On the other hand, they needed to do something -- I hadn't thought about the warning/pitching inside point. Is Hurdle that smart? He does not strike me that way. By the way -- not clear which fan base you are referring to in your "first" 3rd point.

  • My unsolicited opinions on topics covered in this thread:
    1. I hate the fact that after 162 games, a team could be out after 1 game. However, I think the system is pretty close to perfect right now. 2 of 3 isn't feasible unless they shorten the regular season, and it ices the division winners for way too long. This creates excitement, and rewards the division winners.

  • Personally, I think the game could have had a very different look had the Pirates held onto the ball and tagged Fowler out on the steal in the first. Cole was clearly frazzled, but if they took that runner off the base, it could have relaxed him a lot.

  • Football games are played once a week. There are 16 games a year. I'm not even remotely following at all how you can compare the two leagues and playoff systems. It is physically impossible to play a home and away series. The idea of not having any road games in baseball playoffs is certainly a head scratcher.

    How is not having the first and last game at home a benefit for the division winners and team with the best record? How is it not an incentive to win the division when a WC team has to blow their top pitcher?

    Call me lost.

  • Two 97+ win teams in a do-or-die, great bullpens, overpowering starters, plenty of pop--hard to believe that game wouldn't be tense. A 4-0 lead is not a blowout, especially in that situation and with the Cubs' young bullpen. Not only would a defensive play here or there make a difference, but you get the win there also on the home plate umps strike zone (generous strike calls for Arrieta, including a couple Ks), and on Schwarber sitting on the right pitch at the right time.

  • Unbeleivable Dodgers:
    I just noticed the Dodger's payroll today. It is just absurd. $300,000,000+!!
    Here is where just some of their money is for 2015:


    Some "Highlights"
    Carl Crawford $20MM
    Brandon McCarthy $17MM
    Bronson Arroyo $3.5MM
    Darwin B $2.2MM
    Dan Haren $10MM
    Matt Kemp $18MM
    Brian Wilson $10MM
    Ryan Webb $2.2MM
    Dee Gordon $2.5MM

  • So I think tomorrow will be the most important test of how far we can go. We can win it all with two pitchers since Arietta has shown he can carry over his success to the post season. If Lester can be dominant also then I think we can go far no matter how Hendricks or Hammel do.


    And in terms of pitching just went through to see how we could maximize Lester and Arietta and came up with this (Lester would be going on 4 days rest three times and Arietta twice):

  • i still can't believe that crawford contract (7/142). all that loot and years for a LF'r who's entire hitting game revolves around his legs and line-drive power. those triples that raised his value are deceptive as hell to his true power, but it helped him get paid.

    there's also pause about a guy who's ob% is almost totally driven by hits rather than walks. BOS got lucky unloading that crap deal.

  • I think the Cubs take Berry and Soler off playoff roster and add Hammel & Ramirez. Believe Maddon will find Denorfia & Jackson defense too hard to lose.

  • O & B: I like the one-game Wild Card heart attack game, but I'd actually like to see a best two-out-of-three LDS played in the home parks of the two division winners with the best records, and then the LCS as a best two-out-of-three in the home park of the division winner left standing with the best record, and then let's get to the World Series already. 

  • I...don't know. If chanting would help the Cubs beat the Cardinals in the next series or ultimately the World Series I think I'd be ok with it lol. I'm not supportive of saying insulting things to opposing fans or throwing things but loud noise and chanting seems appropriate to me.

    I also grew up in France though and that kind of thing is par for the course at soccer and rugby matches and I love it. I find crowds too passive here.

  • Er, they won the first one. My bad. Carry on.

  • With last night's win in Pittsburgh, the Cubs have tied the Pirates with 98 wins, and are only 2-1/2 games behind the Cardinals. No reason why the Cubs can't finish the post-season with the best winning percentage in baseball (regular season & post-season combined). 

  • BOB: I doubt very much that Matt Szczur will be on the Cubs LDS roster.

    If he wasn't on the Wild Card roster (when the Cubs went with 15 position players), he won't be on the LDS roster (when the Cubs will go with 13 or 14 position players).

    As it is, at least one of the three RH hitting outfielders who were on the Cubs WC roster (Denorfia, Jackson, and Soler) could get bumped off the LDS roster (probably Soler).