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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  • James Russell elected free agency.

  • based on what SF has been doing every other year lately, getting access to the postseason playoffs seems to be what's important. bring on dat short series!

    that said, skipping the sudden death 1-game WC would be nice from here on out.

  • I know what you are saying, but I feel compelled to point out that there's no such thing as luck, curses, etc. The Cubs this year have as good as a chance as the Pirates to move on to the next round. If the Cubs proceed to the next round or not tomorrow, it will not be because of luck, but because one team outlasted the other. When/if the Cubs are lucky enough to make it to the league series, that's where they may find their biggest challenge. The Dodgers have a good, deep pitching staff.

  • debuting the new format 1 game "sudden death" WC matchup at yankee stadium does a perfect job of showing the intense emotion and drama this game can be.

    that said, i'm ready to not see yankee stadium or hear fans at yankee stadium for another 5 and 1/2 months. at least i don't have to sit through the braves with their "tommy hawk chawp" this postseason.

  • i'd like to know why the mlb.tv internet radio feed of the game (which is always delayed by a few seconds at best) is almost a minute faster than the ESPN cable TV coverage. wtf?

  • i dont know what order they'll be in, but i pretty much expect fowler/schwarb/rizzo/bryant/montero/castro/lastella/arrieta. any change at all (aside from the first 4 guys) wouldn't shock me, though. coghlan is still a wildcard in the lineup equation...plus joe could always march d.ross out there with very slow arrieta pitching.

  • Yup. Have to agree. Baseball, like golf, certainly has that psych component for the player. There is no real reason why a fielding position should affect a batting average. The Cubs are 106 years over due for a little luck. Don't you guys think so? Maybe the rookies can bring some dumb luck on.

  • probably stacking capable lefties vs cole while keeping the "hot" castro in the game. fwiw, he's 1-6 lifetime with 0 bb/k vs cole (double).

    i chalk bryant's issues at the plate while playing OF up to coincidence so far.

  • I will call your dead horse, "Trigger".

    In one game, when anything is possble, I am glad that Joe Maddon is our Manager.

    He knows the stats better than all of us. It would seem, IF La Stella gets the start at 3B, it will be only up to the point that they were to get the lead (crosses fingers). From everything I have read, the game will be managed like a hoops game: offense/defense. So expect La Stella to be out of the game by the 5th. This team is incredibly deep which is so surprising. We never woulda thunk it.

  • i don't know what their roster plans are, but j.herrera is out there practicing with the team.

    i can't imagine him making any roster, though. dude had 4 PA the entire month of sept. him being a good dude to be around while keeping the clubhouse loose seems to be his main role at this point.

  • I know it's my own personal dead horse to beat --but Bryant has been a lousy hitter when playing the OF this year. Given that it's his first playoff game, I really hope they keep him in his natural position and don't mess with his routine.

    Lousy as in 8-for-45 with one XBH and no HR. Small sample and all that -- but why take the chance?

  • hard to tell what's up given they'll probably want to stack as many good lefties into the lineup as possible.

    castro being a bit hot doesn't help things. if he was still cool they'd probably stick la stella at 2nd and call it a day.

  • Madden won't announce lineups but Stella is practicing at 3rd and Bryant in LF today. I'd rather see Bryant at 3rd but I guess Stella has been hotter than Coghlan.

    /edit. Though I guess they could be practicing this with the idea Stella would come in as a PH then double switch him to 3rd base and Bryant to LF. Hope that's the plan instead

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    They should do that anyway, regardless of Adv. Instructs.

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    Underwood threw last, and received specific one-on-one instruction from pitching coach Mike Mason. 

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    The league was originally established as a "parallel" league to the AFL (a sort of "junior AFL"), for players too advanced for traditional ("basic") instructs but who were unable to get placed on AFL rosters due to AFL player-limits.