Cubs Rumors from Around the Globe

- Alfonso Soriano had a "scheduled" off day on Wednesday versus the Diamondbacks despite some gaudy career numbers against Ian Kennedy (6-for-13, 3 HR's, 7 RBI's, 3 BB's). The Twitter-verse was having none of it and the conspiracies flowed that the Cubs were just awaiting his approval on a deal. Soriano showed up though for a pre-game chat with the reporters and spilled the beans that he would accept the a trade to the Yankees and apparently gave TheJedi a list of a few other teams he'd be willing to say yes to...so it's Soriano waiting on the Cubs and the rest of the league. As of now, a trade has not been made, but somehow Soriano didn't manage to even get an at-bat in a 12-inning affair last night that the Cubs eventually won 7-6.

- Speaking of Wednesday's game, the bullpen is pretty taxed, wonder if they'll try and get someone up to the club by gametime. Carlos Villanueva is starting Thursday which could going to the pen early and they'll certainly be without Gregg and Rondon as you can see below (and possibly Guerrier if they don't want to go a 4th day with him although his pitch counts have been low). That leaves Russell, Parker, Strop and Bowden for the most part.

Pitcher Mon Tues Wed
Russell 21   3
Parker 9   8
Guerrier 2 6 14
Strop 15   12
Gregg 14   40
Bowden 0 37  
Rondon 0 30 25

- The other major rumor was that the Pirates and Braves seem keen on James Russell.

- Matt Garza pitched a gem in his first start for Texas: 7.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K with the only unearned run courtesy of his own throwing error. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Also, the Yanks had Lyle Overbay batting cleanup and Vernon Wells is a regular batting 5th...so don't get too excited yet Ranger fans.

- In the minors, Kris Bryant got his first hit with Boise with a double, ending up 1-for-4 on the night. Javier Baez doubled and hit his 6th home run in AA (23rd on the season). Dae-Eun Rhee pitched for the Smokies in that game and went a solid 5 innings giving up a run and racking up 6 K's against 3 BB's. Mike Olt made his debut for Iowa and went 1-for-5 with 3 K's. Speaking of the minors, check out MLBFarm.com...cool stuff.

Comments

add N. Schierholtz to Pirates wish list

http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/18699/nate-schierholtz-on...

certainly him and Russell gets us Taillon

wonder what he's worth...he's a pure platoon guy who is easily squashed by a lefty.

he's got a year of club control and an excellent RF arm, though.

b.barnes...j.bell...k.mcpherson if they're selling low on his bum shoulder...maybe t.glasnow if they throw in russell

Interesting though on Schierholtz...
career numbers:
vs RHP: .270/.323/441
vs LHP: .276/.317/.374

that is interesting considering his last 3 seasons

.234/.265/.297 - 2011
.175.206/.238 - 2012
.192/.313/.192 - 2013

he actually owned them in 2007-2010, a few of those years doing better than vs RHB.

Getting worse...interesting.
Either way, he's a nice platoon guy...good defender...inexpensive...but I'm not going to boycott if they trade him.

He's the kind of guy that could go all Jim Leyritz in a World Series, I think.

AA RHP Nick Kingham's name was thrown out there about a week ago by a Pittsburgh writer.

So sori deciding if he wants to move into pressure situation to win, or stay in current situation for the same money.

Do the Cubs owe KC a prospect for not putting Santana on the trade market until Garza was dealt? Trevor Gretzky sounds about right.

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http://www.shermanreport.com/chicago-news-hub-arku...

Alderman Tunney, also propieter of "stickey buns", uses interesting threat against Cubs

http://www.wlsam.com/common/page.php?pt=LISTEN%3A+...

Just let that one sit there and breathe.

So you could say Alderman Tunney is going to be anal about checking up on the Cubs?

It had to be said.

I love Nate.

I wouldn't mind seeing him in Wrigley another year at all.

He's cool, but I see him more as a great piece for a contender. But just giving him away for unlikely to get the "bring him up" type of treatment type of prospect would be stupid. The other consideration is that you do want grinders on your club for the younger guys to be around - he seems like that type of guy.

http://smokiesonradio.com/2013/07/25/smokies-hitting-coach-desi-wilson-s...

things you want to hear...

“Javy has improved from last year to this year,” Wilson said Monday afternoon. “His pitch selection is getting better compared to last year. At times, he’s tried to do too much as a hitter but overall I think Javy’s improved.”

~snip~

“When I had him in the second half [last year], he was vulnerable to off-speed early in the counts, swinging at it early in the count and getting himself out,” Wilson said. “This year, you can see the difference. He’s not attempting to swing at those pitches early in the count. [He’s] looking for his pitch.”

WSox Reed had "setback", Russell talk should heat up.

you mean Jessie Crain (not Addison Reed)?

https://twitter.com/DanHayesCSN/status/36043848845...

ooops him too

robert fick admits to roiding...still waiting on a followup report to see who cares besides e.karros.

When I get home, I am going to burn all my Robert Fick memorabilia. All of it.

hahaha!

My God, who wasn't 'roiding' from 1990 to 2005?

Maddux. Kruk. That may cover it.

My God, who wasn't 'roiding' from 1990 to 2005?
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George Brett was 'roiding in the 1980's. Back then, 'roids took a little "PREPARATION"

I'm not below a little butt humor too.
Fart.

+1

Big Z released from Phils AAA.

He should be available for the Kerry Wood Wiffle ball game in August.

Keith Law, from his blog, an older post...but WOW:

Mike (Chicago)

Is Junior Lake a good prospect or just a one week wonder?
Klaw (1:07 PM)

This is a great place to hit, so please take all AFL hitter stats with a major grain of salt. His feel for the game - including instincts on defense and ability to work the count or recognize offspeed stuff - is so limited that there's a good chance he ends up on the mound.

even back in the day...and leading up to now...

there was always a feeling that he could hit 15+ HR, a good amount of doubles, make good contact, not walk much...but doubtful to stick at SS/3rd.

at best, i get the feeling like a lot of people project him to be a .280/.330 avg/ob% type guy who could hit a slew of doubles with 15-20HR pop.

not exciting for a corner OF...good enough for a CF'r...awesome for a bench guy + injury replacement.

Soriano "yanked" from lineup...deal imminent.

Yahoo! I can't remember a manager ever commenting on an imminent trade as close. Sveum just did.

Ps - "yanked" I see what you did there.

Theo told him to pull him from lineup, what else is he going to say? lower tier pitching prospect according to Olney.

Also Ted Lilly DFA'd by Dodgers, TLFC sheds a single tear somewhere.

I cannot even imagine how pedestrian a 'lower tier' Yankees prospect is. Sigh.

Olney tweet x2...

Cubs would get a lower-tier pitching prospect if they finish the Soriano deal with the Yankees. They are waiting for his formal waiver.

If the Yankees' deal with the Cubs happens, Chicago would eat the bulk of the money owed to Soriano, about $25m.

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  • This might be old news but Hammel was on ESPN 1000 and said that he changed his diet and workout routine over the off season and tweaked his delivery so it'd be more repeatable so he'd have a better second half. So...some cause for optimism anyway.

    johann 16 min 55 sec ago view
  • CHILDERS: RHSP Dylan Cease and LHSP Bryan Hudson are probably the top two SP prospects in the organization right now. 

    LHSP Jose Paulino has electric stuff (91-94 MPH fastball with sinking action and a mid-80's slider), but he also has trouble commanding it.  

    RHP Jose Albertos (2015 IFA - Mexico - $1.5M bonus) just turned 17 in November, and his fastball already sits at 95-96. He also throws a curve and a change-up, and is fairly advanced for a kid his age.   

    Arizona Phil 25 min 38 sec ago view
  • AZBOBBOP: Most of 2016 draft picks will get assigned to either Eugene or AZL Cubs, but the Opening Day Eugune roster will probably be almost 100% from the Extended Spring Training squad roster (pending the arrival of draft picks).

    I think I can probably tell you which pitchers and players at EXST are in contention for roster slots at Eugene and which are in contention for slots with the AZL Cubs - AS THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW - (listed alphabetically):  

    * bats or throws left 
    # bats both

    Arizona Phil 53 min 42 sec ago view
  • Eloy Jimenez atop the leader board for minor-league home runs in the Cub system, with seven. Tied with Balaguert and Vogelbach, two 24-year-olds. Jimenez won't be 20 until late November. Leads the Midwest League in SLG and OPS. Maybe he'll get promoted to the Myrtle Beach squad that visits Woodbridge, VA, in June or Frederick, MD, in August.

    Watched two Pelican games at Frederick the other week. Was most impressed by Stinnett and Happ. Happ may swing harder than Javier Baez, though more compactly. (Also got to see Brockmeyer hit a bomb.)

    VirginiaPhil 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • E-MAN: Jose Paniagua isn't a string-bean, but I wouldn't say he necessarily bulked-up during the 2015-16 off-season  either, He led the DSL Cubs in HR and doubles in 2014, and he showed XBH power when he arrived in Mesa last year, leading the AZL Cubs in HR, doubles, and RBI in 2015. It's just that he has taken his HR power to a new level this year.

    Paniagua displayed plus-HR power in Cactus League Minor League Spring Training games in March, and that got him a slot on the South Bend Opening Day roster. But he was sent to EXST after only six MWL games.  

    Arizona Phil 1 hour 21 min ago view
  • Rob Richardson 1 hour 50 min ago view
  • Martinez is one of my least favorite pitchers in baseball. I'd love to see a game like yesterday's against him.

    Send Soler down!

    Old and Blue 2 hours 44 min ago view
  • Awesome thanks AZ

    Old and Blue 2 hours 47 min ago view
  • Great report, Phil! This organization has so many hitters to be excited about.

    John Beasley 3 hours 36 min ago view
  • Ben Zobrist is very enjoyable to watch!!!!!!

    Hagsag 6 hours 24 min ago view
  • given that he seems to only be throwing low 90s these days rather than the 93-96mph he used to throw, along with his wildness issues this year, he may end up passing through.

    i dunno if something is wrong with him physically or his past shoulder issues has rendered him what he currently is, but he's been throwing a lot of sliders he can't control well and his fastball isn't as sharp. even when his slider wasn't working in a game he was still throwing a lot of them.

    crunch 7 hours 37 min ago view
  • Any scuttlebutt on where Neil Ramirez gets traded?

    He seems better than some of the relievers on competitive teams. He ought to bring more than the waiver fee.

    My guess? Toronto.

    tim815 8 hours 51 sec ago view
  • PHIL: It seems as if Paniagua has always played 1B with the Cubs. At 6'2 and 180#, what is his frame like? String bean? Have you seen him bulk up? Where do you project him? Thanks.

    The E-Man 8 hours 5 min ago view
  • Phil, what's your thoughts on which position players are going to Eugene and who is staying in AZL?

    azbobbop 12 hours 5 min ago view
  • Ahhh...way to bring me down BB.

    Still - a win tomorrow will be an acheivement regardless.

    The E-Man 12 hours 53 min ago view
  • Don't mean to spoil your mood, but with tonight's win the are 3-5 on the trip with one to play.

    While I'm bringing the room down -- Richard comes in to pitch the 9th with a 12-1 lead...and can't finish the game. Woof.

    billybucks 13 hours 26 min ago view