Tony Campana Designated for Assignment
The 32-year old Hairston signed a two-year contract that will reportedly pay him $6M ($5M guaranteed plus another $1M in potential perfoemance bonuses).
Because he was an Article XX-B MLB FA post-2012, Hairston will have automatic "no trade" rights through June 15th. He can waive this right, but if he does, he can be traded for cash and/or player contracts with a maximum aggregate value of $50,000.
The Cubs 13th round draft pick out of the U. of Cincinnati in 2008, Campana hit 262/306/300 with 54 SB (5 CS) in 184 MLB games over the previous two seasons (2011-12), and is considered to be one of the fastest players in MLB. He will be 27 in May.
A reminder about how the DFA process will work with regard to Tony Campana:
1. The Cubs have ten days to either trade, release, or send Campana outright to the minors. (He cannot be returned to the 40-man roster because he was replaced on the 40 by another player).
2. Outright Assignment Waivers must be secured by the 10th day, so Campana can be placed on waivers no later than next Monday (2/18), and thus the Cubs will have until 2 PM (Eastern) on Monday 2/18 to trade Campana because the "waiver ride" takes two business days (actually it takes 47 hours, including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays during Spring Training and the regular season, not including Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays during the off-season). So in this case, the Cubs only have eight days to trade Campana, not ten.
3. The Houston Astros have first priority on Outright Waiver claims at this time. (The previous season's standings are used to determine waiver claim priority during off-season, Spring Training, and up through the first 30 days of the MLB regular season, then the standings as of the morning the players clears waivers are used beginning on the 31st day of the regular season). Whether it is an American League team or National League team making a waiver claim does not matter EXCEPT for Trade Assignment Waivers (required to trade players on the 40-man roster beginning on August 1st up through the conclusion of the MLB regular season), where clubs in the waived player's own league get first priority over clubs in the other league, even if the club in the other league has a worse record than the club in the player's own league.
4. Campana CANNOT elect to be a free-agent if outrighted because he has not accrued at least three years of MLB Servicve Time, he is not a "Super Two" player, and he has not been outrighted previously in his career. He would not be eligible to be an MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agent (6YFA) until post-2014, although he would be eligible for selection in the December 2013 Rule 5 Draft if he is not added back to an MLB 40-man roster in the meantime.
5. If waivers are secured and Campana is outrighted to the minors and then is added back to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster prior to the conclusion of the 2013 MLB regular season, he would burn a minor league option (he presently has two left), even though he was outrighted (not optioned) to the minors. (No minor league option would be spent if he is outrighted to the minors and then is added back to the 40-man roster AFTER the conclusion of the 2013 MLB regular season)
Even though this is the best time of the year to sneak a player through waivers (because most MLB 40-man rosters are full), I think it's fairly likely that Campana will get claimed. I believe the Cubs would have had a much better chance of getting Ian Stewart through waivers (as they did with Blake DeWitt and Manny Corpas about this time last year) than will be the case with Campana.
I believe Campana could have value to a lot of MLB clubs as a "5th outfielder" (pinch-runner & late-inning defensive replacement), so it's possible that the Cubs will be able to trade him to another club before he has to be put on waivers, in exchange for a "second-tier" type prospect who is not on the other club's 40-man roster.
Maddon would have started three lefties against the Dodgers, Montgomery, Zastryzny and Lester, except that he doesn't have the juice to do that. No manager does. Maddon has a boss, Epstein (and probably Hoyer, too), who gave him a starting rotation of five guys including Hammel. Maddon was asked yesterday about the starting group for next year and basically said, Not my call, that's why I drive away in my RV in the summer and occasionally check in, etc.
video of Maddon.
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.
#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
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.
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.
If all the starters have FIP > ERA, is that luck or good defense?
#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)
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.
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.
Maybe he was trying to spare him another brutal road start? NY, Colorado...
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.
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.
Classic Scully - great stuff.
Thank God we'll still have Hawk next season. (cricket cricket cricket)
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."
When the Cubs were the old, hundred-year Cubs, one bad hop did not undo their opponents.
If only he was clutcher. More clutcher.