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 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 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 stuff.


add N. Schierholtz to Pirates wish list

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

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.

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.”


“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)?

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.


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?
George Brett was 'roiding in the 1980's. Back then, 'roids took a little "PREPARATION"

I'm not below a little butt humor too.


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 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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  • Maybe Theo will sign Shark just so he can call Billy Beane and say: "Let's see...Russell? Check. McKinney? Check. Hammel? Check. Ninja? Check. Any other deals?"

  • To be fair to Emery and Trestman the foreshadowing of last year started happening well before them with the failure or mismanaging of multiple draft classes forcing the team to overspend in a free agency market that is even worse than baseball. Kyle Long seems like a good pick but they traded away another good one in Olson because of Martz's stupidity and inability to change his offense to fit the team talent.

  • HAGSAG: I think Domonic Brown does fit the criteria of a reclamation project, but unless he is willing to accept a minor league contract with an NRI to Spring Training, I don't think the Cubs would be interested given where the Cubs are right now. A couple of years ago? Yes. But probably not now.

    Brown would be better-off going to a club that is rebuilding and re-establish his value there, like Chris Coghlan did with the Cubs. And if he can re-establish his value, he could get traded to a contender at the trade deadline and take it from there.  

  • "they just fade away"

    (Except in the cases of no-fade lefties like Moyer, Orosco and Rich Hill.)

  • Amazing to me how quickly it fell apart under Trestman. Year 1, they were a Chris Conte brain fart away from making the playoffs. Year 2 -- coach, staff and GM all fired.

  • I am sure Jonathon Mota will be signed next.

  • AZ Phil, what is your thoughts on Domonic Brown as a reclamation project?

  • He also played LF in deference to Curtis Granderson.

    Meh... other moves to make...hope to see a move or two soon.

  • I haven't seen much Bears football this year - difficult to watch the games out here, but the game I saw the week before I was watching in shock as I saw them actually make tackles. And Cutler has looked really good, too.

    I guess people can quibble about play calling, but the team I saw is way more than 50% better coached (my only very minor disagreement with your comment).

    Under Trestman, the team didn't do anything right. This team played like a well coached team when I saw them play the Rams.

  • "What is sometimes overlooked about Vogelbach because of his "bad body" and because he has struggled so much defensively is that he is a hard worker, has a great attitude, loves to play the game, and is very well-liked by his teammates, and while that may not seem important, teams do actually value stuff like that. "

    As well they should. Replace a word here and there and you are describing any worker someone would hire.

  • Hak-Ju Lee signs a minor league contract with SF Giants.

    Some closure on the 6 degrees of Separation for Matt Garza/Chris Archer

  • Hahahahaha

  • -0.3 WAR in 7.1ip last year...

    -3 WAR projected over the course of a season.

    the cubs just added an all-star reliever's worth of work by losing b.schlitter.


  • Rockies sign Brian Schlitter to a minor league contract. Good luck in Coors Field. Enough said.

  • i'll take him over frandy since it's unlikely he'll progress as a SS (and 2nd isn't looking much better).

    i hope patton's delivery deception skills play well in the bigs over time. cubs need pitching options that are MLB-ready and dude fits the bill for a MLB/AAA mix...both needed.

  • I'm not saying he's great, but can we agree on the word "decent"? Became a pro at 23, called up at 26; nothing wrong with that trajectory, he hasn't been knocking around. Even in the majors his SO9 is 9.7. In the minors it's 12.2, so he's always missed bats, and without being a wild man: his walks are low. He cost the Cubs an unheralded A-ball middle infielder and a roster spot.