Nate Schierholtz is up with the big OPS guys right now.

Did you know there's this guy in right field named Nate Schierholtz?
For the Cubs?
Kinda pigeon-toed, moves like one of those jocks you remember from high school?
Yeah, that guy.
He used to play some for the San Francisco Giants.
In fact, he's got a World Series ring from 2010!
Used to be called "Nate The Great" by the people who live in San Francisco.


Right now, that guy has a .370 on base percentage AND a .582 slugging percentage.
For the Cubs.
Add that up and DAMN!
A .952 OPS.
He's supposed to be kind of a good glove with a really good arm.
But this .952 OPS stuff?
He's ranked #9 in the NL right now as you read this, if you're reading on Sunday morning, April 28, 2013.
You know who's #10?
David Wright.
You know who's #8?
Ryan Braun.
So there's Nate standing there next to Ryan Braun and David Wright, and he says, "Hey guys, imagine me standing in the same OPS space as you couple All-Stars." 
Then he goes, "Hey Dave, mind getting me a cup a joe?"
Just like that.
And David Wright goes, "Sure Nate, you want cream or anything?"
ISN'T THAT CRAZY!
Anyway, based on his career numbers and how early it still is this season and everything... probably this might not last all year.
So I thought why not give a shout out to old Nate right now, when he's up there with the big guys?

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Note to Sveum: Your number 4 hitter has 2 rbi and a .601 OPS. Please fix this. Thanks.

Sometimes, comments on other sites can be fun, too. Note the comments under "Dirck's" comment on this fangraph article on B Harper:
http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/bryce-harpers-first...

From a Yaho article on Cashner:

The mere numbers in the box score might not sound like much. Lots of pitchers work six tidy innings allowing just one run, especially in Petco Park. To get the full perspective of how Andrew Cashner is regarded, we need other elements: a little video, and some post-game comments.

Roll the tape first, have a look at Cashner stepping on the high-90s gas in his Friday victory over San Francisco. Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt both struck out twice, and no one managed an extra-base hit against Cashner. The converted reliever allowed five hits and one run over his stint, with one walk and five strikeouts.

"The guy has a great arm and he just shut us down," Giants manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com. "It's that simple."

His secondary pitches don't offer the same visceral reaction, but Cashner also had decent command of his change and curve Friday. The Padres feel he could be a No. 1 or No. 2 starter down the line; that's why they essentially swapped Anthony Rizzo for Cashner back in January 2012 (two non-prospects on each side completed the deal).

"He hasn't reached his ceiling," Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley said. "When he starts rolling, the sky's the limit."

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  • ROB G: You're right. The QO can only be extended if the player spends the entire previous season with one club, so only the Yankees could offer one to Chapman. If an Article XX-B FA is traded during the season, the new club can't offer a QO. .

    Arizona Phil 1 min 23 sec ago view
  • i was going off what AZPhil said above...they keep talking about tweaking the rules, i didn't know if that had been changed or not. my winter/spring was way too hectic aside from a couple weeks vacation in janurary and i missed a lot of stuff.

    if not, this is one hell of an expensive trade for what looks to be 30-40 innings of play...including the playoffs. damn.

    crunch 6 min 27 sec ago view
  • Did the QO rules change?

    unless there's a TARDIS involved, I dont believe that's a possibility

    Rob G. 10 min 32 sec ago view
  • I didn't think you could offer a QO to a player who was traded during the season? For example, Lester was not offered a QO when the Cubs signed him.

    Rob Richardson 11 min 57 sec ago view
  • I think the assumption is that make him a Qualify Offer and he signs elsewhere next year.

    billybucks 15 min ago view
  • cubs QO, chapman declines, cubs get a draft pick, brewers sign him for 6/90m, brewers win world series in a sweep as chapman strikes out g.torres in game 4 vs the yanks.

    crunch 15 min 31 sec ago view
  • Sorry, how are the Cubs getting a pick out of this?

    Rob G. 32 min 30 sec ago view
  • Besides what he adds to the Cubs bullpen, getting Aroldis Chapman means the Giants and Nationals (and Indians) can't get him, and that could be important come the post-season. 

    When the opponent knows Chapman is out there ready to pitch in the 9th, it can cause the other team to alter their strategy and play things differently than they otherwise might prefer to play things in the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings. 

    Arizona Phil 34 min 20 sec ago view
  • thats a lot for 2-3 months....beyond Torres it's a lot of organizational depth, but hate to use your best prospect for a rental.

    Rob G. 36 min 35 sec ago view
  • chap's a FA after this season. 2-3 months of chapman and a sandwich pick after the 1st round (stay healthy chap) seems to be the "worst" outcome, but damn they're giving up a hell of a piece in torres.

    i don't care that torres is blocked...i just think something more valuable/controlled can come from trading away a guy like him.

    crunch 49 min 15 sec ago view
  • "According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Cubs will not have a contract extension in place with Aroldis Chapman when their trade for the closer becomes official."

    hmmm.

    crunch 56 min 26 sec ago view
  • Per Patrick Mooney, it's SS Gleyber Torres, RHP Adam Warren, RF Billy McKinney, and CF Rashad Crawford for Aroldis Chapman 

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 8 min ago view
  • That is a hell of a lot if they don't get an extention done. I'm assuming Chapman is going to be the closer with Rondon in the 8th and Strop in the 7th. That sounds great but Rondon #s aren't as good in non-save situations so we'll see how he responds to being the setup man.

    johann 1 hour 33 min ago view
  • I certainly hope he signed an extension. I would have been ok with this package for Miller, it is too much for 2 (well 3, hopefully) of Chapman. Of course, we win the World Series, I will retract this immediately.

    twcoffee 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • @JonHeyman: Yanks and Cubs have a deal. Torres, mckinney, Warren and likely 1 more to NYY.

    CTSteve 1 hour 47 min ago view
  • Rumor McKinney part of package

    jacos 1 hour 49 min ago view