Cubs Outright Casey Weathers to Iowa

The Cubs have sent RHP Casey Weathers outright to AAA Iowa.

The Cubs MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) now stands at 39 (one slot is open), and the 2012 Spring Training roster has been cut to 57.

Injured players who accrued no MLB Service Time the previous season and who were not Rule 5 Draft picks can be sent to the minors anytime up to 15 days prior to MLB Opening Day, so this move may have been made to preclude having to put Weathers on the MLB DL (where he would be making $480K) in the event that he suddenly turns up with a sore arm. (The Cubs can now pay him at the minor league split rate even if he ends up on the DL at Iowa).

Of course, it wasn't necessary to outright Weathers to the minors (he could have just been optioned), but the Cubs might be looking ahead to having to add some players to the 40-man roster by Opening Day (perhaps RHP Rodrigo Lopez and LHP Trever Miller, plus possibly OF Jorge Soler, too), and this will give them the roster flexibility they will need to do that.

A 1st round pick of the Rockies out of Vanderbilt in 2007 and the closer for Team USA in the 2008 Olympics, Weathers has not been able to come back from 2009 TJS. He battled control issues post-TJS in the minors in 2010 and 2011, he struggled in the AFL last fall, and he has pitched poorly so far this spring.

The 26-year old Weathers was acquired with 3B Ian Stewart from the Colorado Rockies for OF Tyler Colvin and INF D. J. LeMahieu this past off-season.

Weathers is not eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league free-agent (6YFA) until post-2013.


Soooo... can we just forget about him for the rest of the year?

Colston resigns with Saints.

as well today.

I just noticed the Houston Texans released Eric Winston yesterday. He's a pretty good offensive tackle that I wouldn't mind seeing in a Bears uniform.

DeJesus 9, Barney 4, Castro 6, Soriano 7, LaHair 3, Mather 5, Clevenger 2, Sappelt 8, Volstad 1.

Jay Glazer ‏ @JayGlazer
Major scoopage! The Chicago Bears have agreed to terms of a trade w Miami for pro bowl WR Brandon Marshall in exchange for 2 third-rounders.

that's it?


never liked Vincent Jackson :)


A wide receiver, FINALLLY!

And he's only 27.

Kind of... he turns 28 next week. But yes, still young enough to be good a few years.

And he's a typical #1-style diva, but they had to upgrade.

Ya, he is your prototypical diva. I'll take it.

Get Mike Wallace and you have a O comparable to Green bay.

Excellent start to the off-season. Now sign an offensive lineman, and draft defense.

As I mentioned a few comments above, they could get Winston, maybe, for a good price, free agent-wise. I think there are a couple other good offensive linemen out there, too. I'd rather they beef up that secondary than go after Williams, myself, although a Williams/Peppers combo would be pretty scary

Thanks, Rob.

Sign 'em all!!

I want to see a wall of steel around Cutler this coming season and see what this guy can really do. If it turns out he can't get to the next level, I want to know it isn't because of the crap around him.

If you watched his games last season, he was at the next level. The production was all him and Forte. Him by creating ridiculous situations out of nothing by scrambling, throwing off balance passes, etc. He was a huge case in point that stats in football must be seriously contextualized.

I have zero doubts that he was an elite QB for us comparable to the other elite QBs in the league and better than the one who won the SB.

Oh, don't mistake me for a Cutler hater at all. I have always liked him. I'll be REALLY surprised if, given even a reasonable cast of characters around him, he doesn't kick some serious ass. Martz had no clue how to use the guy. That didn't help things.

Cutler gets his man

hit a 2-out, 2-run HR to tie a game today...

Niagara Falls! Slowly I turn...

Dusty has Cubs on his mind

Volstad with 3 scoreless innings
Vitters with an RBI triple off Bumgarner, RBI's for Castro and Barney as well and a SB for Castro

Maine with a scoreless inning

3-0 in the top of the 5th

Soriano with a 2-out check swing bloop hit, tries for 2nd and gets Brandon Belt to throw it away.

Rizzo 2-run HR off Sergio Romo

J. Jackson 2 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K

-edit- Jackson still going for a 3rd inning

5-1 Cubs through 6 and a half...

The jockey said it was a bomb

Paul Sullivan ‏ @PWSullivan

Rizzo hits one that would've landed on Sheffield sidewalk if we were at Wrigley Field. Apartment window power.

pursuing Jason Campbell for backup QB

done deal for Campbell...

next up is DE Jeremy Mincey and S LaRon Landry is scheduled for a visit.

kind of nice how NFL gets free agency out of the way in about a week.

NHL free agency is the model that MLB GMs should look to. If you sleep in, you'll miss it!

marshall is pretty good in the open field

just turn down the volume if you don't want to listen to the screaming trying to pass off as music

shut down with a dead arm.


J. Jackson ends up going 3 IP, 1 ER
Sonnastine gave up 3 ER in 1 IP
A. Cabrera with the save

B. Jackson was a late inning replacement and went 1/2 with a K and a SB

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  • 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).

  • I want my baseball team to win by playing better baseball. I don't want umps, fields, or fans to have anything to do with it.