TCR Weekend Notes

As you all know by know, Alfonso Soriano was dealt to the New York Yankees along with a ton of cash for RHP Corey Black. According to Buster Olney, the Cubs will pay $4.7M of the remaining $6.5M owed Soriano in 2013 and then $13M of the $18M owed Soriano in 2014, saving $6.8M total on the deal and getting a decent relief prospect that Theo compared to Jessie Crain. Soriano went 0/5 in his Yankee return with a run scored and an RBI. Black will stay in Florida and head over to Daytona.

- Forget about the Cubs landing Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the Phillies ponied up the big bucks to a tune of 6/$50M.

- The Cubs dealt minor league pitcher Guillermo Moscoso to the Giants for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

- The Cubs did sign 18-year old Taiwanese pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng  for a cool $1.625M. Tseng pitched in the WBC this spring and can touch 95 mph with fastball although he usually sits in the low 90's. He can also throw a slider, sinker, change and knuckle-curve, although I imagine the Cubs may want him to concentrate on less pitches. The signing puts the Cubs international spending budget at $5.165M, still under the $5,520,300 they have. Problem is that they intend to sign Eloy Jimenez for $2.8M on August 1st which will take them to $7,965,000, well over 15% which will be a 100% tax on the overages ($2.4M), plus the Cubs won't be able to sign anyone next year for over $250K. Now they still can trade for some more international cash before the July 31st deadline, but the most they can get up to is $6,835,800 and by my math they'll still be over 15% (magic number would be $7,861,170M). So either the Cubs just don't care at this point about going over or some of the numbers reported are off...or I'm bad at math.

- Jason Grilli is gonna miss up to 2 months for the Pirates and they seemed to already like James Russell. Cubs aren't going to donate him to the Pirates cause, but it's also known they have interest in Nate Schierholtz. A package of both should be able to extract 2-3 pretty decent prospects from a pretty solid farm system.

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Matt Loosen's last eight starts for Daytona (includes nine-inning no-hitter): 45 IP, 23 H, 3 R (3 ER), 11 BB, 46 K - 0.60 ERA - 0.76 WHIP

i was stoked until i found out he turned 24 in april.

I'm expecting a wave of promotions after the trade deadline and Loosen will definitely be a part of that.

Jackie Robinson is aghast at your remark.

I like it when the Cubs trade with the Pirates.

Rob: TCR clipped my original post. Not sure why but this has happened a few times lately. Needed the edit to add text past the headline. I saw an AZ Phil post (The Cubs Way) that looked similar a while back. Had a followup comment from O&B that made me laugh..."I'm willing to bet this was a good post."

NY Post, Joel Sherman article showing the turmoil in the Bronx. Shades of George the Boss ownership meddling going on:

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/yankees/sori_no_mzJ...

Alfonso became the second straight Soriano that Brian Cashman advised Yankees ownership not to acquire — and was overruled on nevertheless.

Cashman would not directly confirm what he advised Hal Steinbrenner, but told The Post: “I would say we are in a desperate time. Ownership wants to go for it. I didn’t want to give up a young arm [Corey Black]. But I understand the desperate need we have for offense. And Soriano will help us. The bottom line is this guy makes us better. Did ownership want him? Absolutely, yes. Does he make us better? Absolutely, yes. This is what Hal wants, and this is why we are doing it.”

Last offseason, he advised ownership to re-sign Russell Martin and ink free agent Nate Schierholtz, and was against the re-signing of Ichiro Suzuki. Multiple sources have told me Martin was willing to return to the Yankees on a one-year contract. The sources said Martin shopped himself to other big-market clubs such as the Cubs for one year because he was hesitant to go to the Pirates, who offered him two years.

Gremlins, happens sporadically to me as well on posts and comments. I have no idea why. Chalk it up to no one really wanted to see that post anyway (or you can select all and copy your posts before hitting submit, just in case).

I actually think AZ Phil's post was intended that way, think it was just a link to a Twilight Zone episode.

"TCR clipped my original post. Not sure why but this has happened a few times lately."

This seems to happen when people post simultaneously. Like there's a race condition or something. I wouldn't expect Drupal to not handle a race condition better but it could be a problem on the web server, too, some kind of multi-threading shenanigans. The real tragedy of it is was that it looked like I was posting when AZ Phil was posting. It took mine, but not AZ Phil's. This is sort of like the system deciding between fine wine and a Clorox-laced sangria, and it chose the latter.

You mine like this? ---/\---

I first thought this was happening when two people post simultaneously, but it just happened again, and I don't see a simultaneous post.

"First phase of the roster remodeling is almost complete!" Soon comes the fun part.

from BP's writeup on the Soriano trade...

It’s no secret that the Cubs have been trying to find a new home for Soriano since before Theo Epstein took over the team. But after last season, when Soriano salvaged some of his statistical value and also became a true clubhouse leader and mentor to the team’s young players, the desire to dump him became less acute. As Epstein put it over the winter, “If we trade him we’re losing something, and we would have to get something in return to justify that.” And they did: some salary relief, another young arm to add to the system, and a spot in which to play one of their plethora of young players.

Although Soriano’s 2014 salary is still on the books, his departure marks a milestone of sorts: the exodus of the last of the big, bad Jim Hendry contracts that had to go before the Cubs could take steps toward contending again. Aside from a few spare parts who aren’t tied down and could still be dealt before the deadline (Nate Schierholtz, David DeJesus), the first phase of the roster remodeling is almost complete. The Cubs now have no one with a no-trade clause, and aside from Edwin Jackson and the ghost of Soriano’s salary, few financial commitments. So now we wait and watch for Almora and Baez, Soler and Vogelbach, Olt and Edwards, Vizcaino and Alcantara. This is the fun part.

http://baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articlei...

Soriano's first at bat today vs. Rays, Chris Archer...(Cub symmetry, catch it!)

O-2 count, hits a lazy fly ball out to RF. 0-6.

@SmokiesonRadio ROSTER MOVE:RHP Matt Loosen added to the Smokies roster. LHP Austin Kirk placed on the DL. RHP Chang-Yong Lim sent to AAA

Whenever I think I might get upset that the Cubs traded Chris Archer for 2.5 years of Matt Garza, I must remember that at least we didn't trade him for 71 games of Mark DeRosa.

Source says indeed listening on Samardzija, adds, “asking price high as expected.”

Sweet. Lots of good team systems that weren't going to get into the Garza sweepstakes are probably looking at Shark - Arizona and Cleveland are two that jump to mind, and maybe even Pittsburgh. Dodgers maybe too, but trading for Shark would pretty much wipe them out as far as top prospects go.

Of course he will have to approve the trade because he has NTC.

/Henry, the gift that keeps on giving

Is this for real? Shark has an NTC?

he was a gift 5th round pick many teams passed on because it was thought he wanted to play football over baseball.

he also would give back the $2.5m portion of his signing bonus back if he left to play football.

also, i think that contract has already expired.

It's not on AZ Phil's 40-man roster info, which in my book means it's either never been reported or is not a thing.

From rotoworld-1/07: Signed five-year, $10 million contract w/ 2012 & 2013 club options. 2011: $3.5 million; Total value may reach $16.5M with exercise of options; No-trade clause.

Henry handed out ntc's, like Denny's hands out mints.

Re Samardzija, Cots says "Cubs declined 2012 option 10/31/11." That's ten days after T. Epstein took over.

Cots also says "re-signed by Chicago Cubs 2/12" and "re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration)." I don't think these were exercises of club options in original contract, so NTC not operable.

(AZ Phil will confirm/dispute this when he sees it.)

Already explained below...

I agree....it amazes me that people wanted to trade Garza but want to keep Smardzija, as they are only a year apart in age. Yes the Cubs have control over Jeff for a longer period, but we need to consider whether we will be competitive during that time.

Indeed, that competitive target is something the Cubs should (and appear to) be considering in their trades. From my perspective, hearing people say the Cubs should become competitive in 2015 seems quite optimistic. Baez may start 2015 in the majors and may get some big league experience next year, though that is rather uncertain. If he does, then he still will be a rookie and it will be hard to expect much. Alcantara will likely be in a similar boat.

For other prospects, I think 2015 would be the earliest they might get any call-up, and even then it would be later in the year. Soler is injured so his first AA exposure will be 2014, so he is hard to predict. Bryant probably starts in Daytona in 2014, so hard to say he will be in majors in 2015 (especially now, when we haven't really seen him in the pros yet). Almora is young and also will start in Daytona in 2014.

Thus our offense will be the same as now, with Rizzo and Castro coming into their mid-20s, but little else changed on top other players (unless we sign some big free agents, which would be unexpected). As for pitching, maybe Shark and Wood are good. Neither is likely TOR and, based on their history, both could have receded. Maybe Vizcaino is good, maybe one or two other arms come through, but our best prospects would still be quite young and even if Vizcaino or Pierce Johnson or Jake Arrieta are in the majors, they will still be rookies or early in their career; it is hard to assume that enough of them will be immediately productive to be competitive.

As such, is there a benefit for keeping Shark for his two remaining years of control? It seems that if we can trade him for good value (and certainly good value is less than Bradley AND Skaggs), it seems like a no-brainer. Same goes for Travis Wood, who is IMO less likely to continue success.

I'd love to hear others thoughts though.

I agree this is basically how I think about it. 2016-17 is probably the best they can hope to be competitive. One caveat would be that they might try next year to piece together a sleeper team with Jackson Shark and Wood as core staff and hope they can cobble together a 'smart' team around a hopefully breakout ready Rizzo and Castro. In that case Shark being under control for a couple years is a big difference between he and garza. Theo's comments have been along the lines of saying they are likely to deal players who are not under club control for next year ... So maybe they try and make a covert push next year and keeping those guys would be essential. I also agree wood might be a good sell-high guy.

That's right folks 'a covert push' for the pennant. I need a drink ...

i think most of us wouldn't be very tolerant of 2 more years of "punting" waiting for 2016...and it would make signing e.jax rather pointless.

i don't know if they'll compete in 2014, but if they get rid of ninja it wouldn't bode well for sending that message unless they get someone extremely impressive in return or make a FA splash.

i'm not a huge ninja fan, myself...i think it would be a great time to sell-high...but i would hope the return would be someone of value and MLB-ready/proven.

k.bryant 1-4, single, 1K

m.olt 0-3, bb, 2K

Samardzija does not have a no-trade clause...chill. The original deal he signed had one, but also club options for 2012 and 2013 and the Cubs and the new regime didn't pick up his option last year, thus voiding said contract and NTC. Since he was still under 6 years of service time, Cubs still retained his rights, but the most they could cut his salary was by 20%.

espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/7175581/chicago-cubs-decline-option-jeff-samardzija

He's a free agent after the 2015 season I believe.

Pi is exactly 3!!!!

/Frinked

Exhalio Maximo!

Gordon Wittenmyer‏@GDubCub 21 Jul
Sveum says "100 percent" Garza pitching Monday.

Gordon Wittenmyer‏@GDubCub 22 Jul
Garza “100 percent” traded to Rangers.

Gordon Wittenmyer‏@GDubCub 27 Jul
Sveum on Smarj rumor: I don't think that's gonna happen.

JD: The Giants were in the red zone the whole 4th quarter

Brilliant!

JD: Giants could not push it across the goal line

This sure as hell beats watching Joe Mather ... That was torture last year. This year's team is rarely out of a game.

Super Bowl!!!

I don't think we can make the Super Bowl this year. But 2016, watch out!!

Smokies had another nice pitching performance by Kyle Hendricks. 7IP, 6H, 1ER, 1BB, 6K. Christian Villaneuva must be riled about the Olt acquisition as he hit his 14th HR and has upped his avg to .262. Also, although Javier Baez didn't get a hit...he had TWO walks.

And will Zack Rosscup ever get a promotion to AAA?
http://tennessee.smokies.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...

Patrick Mooney article nixing Shark trade rumors, sort of...

http://www.csnchicago.com/cubs-talk/cubs-don’t-believe-samardzija-trade-rumors

k.gregg has gone 6 games (7ip) without a K...11h, 6bb in that span...

this link may not last until tomorrow...but ortiz almost destroyed the guy with the new $110m extension going for that phone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HCOxaEKFKk

crazy stuff.

the 8th and 9th inning looked nuts and like good baseball...weird feeling.

don't know if folks saw the Ortiz ejection, but always good when the ump decides he should be part of the game

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_07_27_bosmlb_balmlb_1&...

Ortiz steps out early on a 3-0 pitch that is nowhere near nothing and the ump felt showed up or something and called it a strike and then Ortiz eventually K's and freaks out.

Generally, if you step out of the box like that...if his makes it to the plate on the fly, umps will call a strike. Meh...at the MLB level it's weird to see that.

Schierholtz gawked at that HR long enough that I thought Soriano got traded back to the Cubs as a left-handed white guy. It cleared the wall by maybe 3 feet - if it hadn't made it over, he would've turned a triple into a double or maybe even a single, in a tie game in the 9th inning for a game that's been "circled on his schedule" for months. But yeah - cue the Steve Goodman and smile.

That was an impressive win.

I can't believe I just said that about the Cubs. First time in years I've gone, wow, clutch, all through the last two innings.

Strop, in particular, had a gutsy performance. I couldn't hear Len and JD cuz I was watching on the ipad with the sound down, but even JD must have gotten a little excited.

And Sveum, leaving Strop in. He walked the first guy and then threw a not so good ball to Castro on a bunt to the mound, and then made another questionable play on another bunt. When Sveum came out to the mound I was thinking to myself, "leave him in, dammit" and he did, and then wow, they really wiggled out of it. I'm really starting to like Strop, and Sveum added about 20,000 Whose Line is it Anyway points in my book with his decision to leave him in. I know hindsight is 20-20, but THAT was good managing.

It was the kind of game that can help turn around a season with a team that's supposed to be contending, but for these guys it should still be a nice confidence builder.

The main thing for me that game was not that the Cubs were clutch, but more so that the Cubs didn't choke! Even those teams with Ramirez and Lee, etc. seemed to just let things spiral and started locking up when things went bad like that. I feel like most Cubs teams from the last decade would have lost that game in Cubbery fashion.

I really don't feel like this guys are that far away from contending. I know they are 8 games under, but they've played much better than that and feel like about a .500 team right now. With better season from Castro, Rizzo, Castillo next year, a closer, and few Feldman/Schierlholtz like signings in the off-season, they could be in contention, especially with the extra wild card.

I think 2015 is more realistic, but they could push 80-85 wins next, and if they get hot or lucky for a stretch or someone really makes a leap in performance then they'd be right in it come July and August.

Even though he was throwing the ball around the infield in funny ways, a lot of this to me was on Strop. He just really sucked in the gut and got guys out. It reminded me a little of a much more sustained effort from K Wood - I think it was in Atlanta - maybe even a playoff game - others around here will remember that one better. And there was a game years and years ago with Eckersley, who was a so so starter for the Cubs but one day I watched him really fight on the mound. I remember no details at all of that, just his constant battling of hitters.

Strop vs. Posey was just plain fun to watch.

Smart teams trade from their strengths.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/texas-rangers-m...

I'm just sayin'...

Putting the perspective on organizations that are sellers vs buyers (sometimes that line can be very thin):

The Cubs are only one loss behind the Nationals and have the same amount of losses as the Rockies, Phillies.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/wildcard.jsp?ymd=...

Rockies are 6 games out of the division, which seems a touch more realistic than the other teams. Phillies are now only a half-game closer to a playoff spot than the Cubs and I doubt they're buying shit.

from Baseball Prospectus Minor League update July 24th...

Javier Baez, SS, Cubs (Double-A Tennessee): 2-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI, 2 K. Spoke with a scout recently that said Baez has the best bat speed in the minors. The same scout was also not sure if Baez has the #want to maximize his ability.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?arti...

Like I said last week...

I love Nate.

Wish he could stay and help the youngins while at the same time contributing.

However, this management group will certainly capitalize on his career year. If not, "Bring him Up!"

awesome, freeze frame of every K by Wood in '98 vs. Astros

http://flipflopflyball.tumblr.com/post/56616202349/astros-0-cubs-2-wrigl...

with the competitive talk, breakdown of Cubs last 60 games

22 vs. Pirates, Reds, Cardinals

7 vs. Dodgers

3 vs. Braves

10 vs. Nationals, Phillies

17 vs. Brewers, Marlins, Padres

that adds up to 59, must be a make-up game not on the schedule yet, or I miscounted

There is a makeup game vs the Brewers Tuesday.

I think I counted that one in there, it was on the schedule at least.

If we won all 22 vs. Pirates, Reds, and Cardinals, would we win the division? Sounds like a good story problem to assign to your nearest fifth grader. Let me know what happens. Thanks.

Sounds like a good story problem to assign to your nearest fifth grader. Let me know what happens. Thanks.
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Dale Sveum wants to ride the Ferris wheel, the roller coaster, and the log ride. The Ferris wheel costs 5 tickets, the roller coaster costs 7 tickets and the log ride costs 1 ticket. Dale has 5 tickets. How many more tickets should the Cubs Manager buy?

Chris Bosio bought 5 packs of red bouncy balls, 8 packs of yellow bouncy balls, and 4 packs of green bouncy balls. There were 2 bouncy balls in each package. How many bouncy balls did the Cubs pitching coach buy in all?

http://www.iq.poquoson.org/5math/5mathmultistepwor...

I didn't get past 4th grade math, so I'm out.

Cubs 2014 payroll out loud: Paying 13 on Soriano, 11 for Jackson, 6.5 for DeJ if they take the option, 5 for Castro, 5 for Villanueva, 4 for Fujikawa, 2 for Soler, a little over 1 for Rizzo. Then there are arbitrations: Maybe 8 for NInja (hard to comp), 5 for Wood, 4 for Shierholtz, all estimates obviously. A few other guys stand to get small raises or the minimum.

That's only $65M, and if they decline/trade Dejesus, it's less than $60M. Any chance they drop $40 million on free agents this offseason? To top it off, they look like their IFA spending capacity is going to be tied down. I wonder where all the money's going next year.

" I wonder where all the money's going next year."

A hotel lobby.

http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2013/07/cubs-seek-top-pitching-prospe...

the obvious parties interested in Samardzija, Pirates and DBacks, Cubs want Bradley or Taillon as part of a package or not happening. Grain of salt and all, but certainly makes sense...

If they trade Samardzija, it'll be hard to imagine them being competitive at all before 2016 or so. Seems to me they need to be a .500 team next year with the plan to be a contender in 2015, and it seems to me that's a goal they can't reach while selling Samardzija, the only potential #1 or #2 they've got.

it doesn't hurt but not sure it's a prerequisite...O's and A's are two recent examples that had quick turnarounds and the talent to sustain it.

 

I agree trading Samardzija will make it harder to contend it 2015. Of course, keeping Samardzija, they still likely don't contend in 2015 unless they sign free agents. Our lineup has people like Ransom, Gillespie, etc. in it. The closest star replacements will be, at best, in their first full MLB season 2015. Can we count on Baez, Olt and Alcantara all being stars by then? Will Vitters, Jackson and Ha become something? Unlikely that Hendricks/Joksich/Loux etc. are game changers, so unless Vizcaino makes a splash, our pitching won't be much either.

Then the end of 2015 comes and Jeff S. is a free agent 30 year old. I wouldn't want to sign him (of course, I also am not in the camp of some Cub fans who think he will develop into a TOR pitcher) when we are just getting the beginning of top prospects to the majors.

Mainly I think contending in 2015 is a pipe dream unless (1) we trade prospects for veterans, (2) players at in higher levels develop extremely quickly and to higher levels than expected (Vitters, Jackson and Olt become productive starters, Lake develops well) or (3) we sign some great free agents. I don't expect any of these, so I think 2016-7 is when it starts getting interesting.

To echo Theo

No one should be untouchable...good chance Archie Bradley will be as good as Samardzija or better in two years, same for Taillon. I know prospects and all, but honestly Samardzija's numbers are good, but far from great...although he can certainly pitch great at times, but I don't know if the consistency will ever get there. But we know the Cubs aren't going to make that trade unless they get more in return than they're giving up.

Soriano 2 run HR, just over the glove of RF Wil Myers. He's 2-2 today including a single and 2 runs scored. Gives the Yankees a 5-4 lead in the bottom of 3rd.

edit: Wil Myers gets it back with his own, 2nd HR of this game #7, 5-5 top 5th.
edit, 2: Soriano GO 5-3 in his 3rd at bat.

I hate the idea of indirectly rooting for the Yankees in any way, but I'd love to see Soriano kick some ass there.

Peavy trade coming...per Bruce Levine:

A clubhouse attendant walked into the Chicago White Sox's locker room with five suitcases and Jake Peavy in tow.

no word on where...StL? RedSox? Braves?

http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9516343/...

edit: Jeff Passan counters: ake Peavy trade is not imminent, according to interested teams. Sox GM Rick Hahn still shopping best deal. Asking price higher than Garza.

edit, 2: Nick Cafardo: Peavy About to be traded according to Bruce Levine at Espn Chicago. Asked Red Sox if it was them and they said no. It's also not the O's

edit, 3: Wrongway Jim Bowden: If Jake Peavy has been traded it is NOT to the Braves,Cards,O's or Red Sox according to team sources

David Price is going to look pretty good with whatever arms they would get in exchange. I'd trade him in heartbeat for two similar arms in AAA.

If you want to see the worst ejection ever, check out Miggy Cabrera getting ejected with 0-2 count and bases loaded bottom of the 3rd in Detroit. That ump should be suspended a LONG time.

Ump was Chad Fairchild. That's a name to follow now. Angel Hernandez disciple? Miggy may have said something but he certainly didn't visibly show up the ump (other than a brief look of disbelief). The Tigers didn't score in that bottom of 3rd.

Umpires: HP: Chad Fairchild. 1B: Jeff Kellogg. 2B: Eric Cooper. 3B: Paul Schrieber.

The Phils were up 1-0 when it happened. Detroit's ahead now 11-3. Cheaters Proof (as I used to say as a kid).

Yes! Fairchild just had a questionable ejection this week. Was it Atlanta with the blown GR double?

Yup: just checked. Chad Fairchild completely missed an obvious GR Double and ejected Gonzalez. He notably would not ask his crew mates for help and was completely wrong in the ruling.

Wittenmeyer: Arrieta is scheduled to be added to the roster for a day on Tuesday to start the second game of a doubleheader against Milwaukee.

And Baker on Monday makes his fourth rehab start, his first for advanced-A Daytona after three rough starts for Class A Kane County.

http://voices.suntimes.com/sports/inside-the-cubs/...

Twins release Rich Harden. Seems like this is final wrap-up week for the GM Hendry era.

Dempster, Gomes fix the phone broken by Ortiz...pretty funny, note Ortiz at the bullpen phone.

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=29216213

Sori w monster 330 ft hr to right

it could be worse, you could be a fan of "Angelfan Wife's team", or so says Jim Bowden

http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/the-gms-office/pos...

Soriano went 4-5 with a game winning single up the middle, 6-5 over the Rays. Gets the post-game interview with (former Comcast Blackhawks gal) Sarah Kustok. Woo, miss her. Then Gets the Gatorade shower.

Good for him. That must be a relief.

Javier Baez 2 run HR for Smokies (#9), lead 2-1 in first

video:
http://smokiesonradio.com/2013/07/28/video-javier-...

and CJ Edwards strikes out the side in the 1st for Daytona Cubs, all swinging.

edit, 2: now struck out the first 6. (5 swinging).
edit, 3: 3rd inning: K (looking), GO6, Infield single, PO6

Travis Wood HR to LF! 1-0, top 5th

Len just announced that Paul Sullivan, Tribune beat writer is not going to be covering the Cubs after the next home stand. Mark Gonzales comes over from WSux. Len didn't know what was up next for Sullivan

Rumor is Sullivan is going back into the field where he got his degree

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huPDP5-NfbE

Just. WOW!

you win...all the internets.

back in the day, the trib beat reporters did a split season on the two teams.

Muskat article on Rusin getting advice from Maddux back in 2010. The gift that keeps on giving...

http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=2...

evidently, since the SF series started the cubs broadcast booth has become an all-request-via-twitter FM radio station in addition to calling the game.

it's getting a bit silly...they're even playing music during ABs and talking a ton about the music they're playing while things are going on in the game. i think len/jd need a drug test, pronto.

I don't mind, I prefer change compared to Chip Caray school of faux enthusiasm and incorrectly calling plays. Kind of the anti-ESPN.

CJ Edwards final line, game was scoreless after 5:

5.0 IP, 1H, 1BB, 8K. GO/FO 2/0. 63 pitches. 5 infield pop-outs and one double play. One man reached on an E6.

http://daytona.cubs.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?...

Bring him up!

k.gregg gets his 1st K after 7.2ip without a K...on a called strike inches outside the zone.

The ball clearly went over the edge or black. He was a dumbass for watching it.

and although Smokies lost 8-5 to Birmingham, Javier Baez hit his 2nd HR of the game (#10) in the 9th. a 2 run shot with 2 outs. His average is up to .232

KCC are up 6-3 in the 6th. Juan Paniagua another iffy outing, 3 runs in 2 IP. 3H, 5BB, no K: I wonder what's going on there?
Shoulders, Almora, Candelario and Papaccio all have 2 hit outings.

Javier Baez, Shoulders, Almora, Candelario and Papaccio:

Bring 'em up!!

Especially that last one, because his name looks like it could be Pinocchio

What Italian women get when they go to the gyno

Angels open for business including Erick Aybar, White Sox gonna regret not taking Alexei Ramirez for Carlos Martinez trade.

I think J. Papelbon is going to be available soon.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130728&content_id=55050238&not...

Asked what he thought about the direction the organization is headed, he sighed.

"Oh, man," he said. "We could be here all day."

~snip~

"It's going to take, in my opinion, a lot," he said. "And in my opinion, I think it's going to have to be something very similar to what the Red Sox went through a couple years ago. From top to bottom."

Brooks Raley (who started last Wednesday) and Jake Arrieta (who started last Thursday) would be the two Iowa Cubs starters on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster who would be in-line to get added to the Cubs 25-man roster as the "26th man" and start one of the games in the day/night DH on Tuesday vs Brewers.

Beginning on MLB Opening Day up through August 31st, a club can temporarily add (recall or select) a 26th player to its MLB Active List on any day where two games are scheduled, as long as the second game was scheduled at least 48 hours in advance:

1. The "26th man" must be on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) or has to be added to the club's 40-man roster that day.

2. The "26th man" does not have to be a pitcher.

3. The 26-man Active List limit is in effect for both games of the doubleheader, but the "26th man" cannot be switched between games.

4. A player can be added to a club's Active List as the "26th man" even if he has not spent the minimum required 10 days on optional or outright assignment prior to being added.

5. A player recalled as a "26th man" accrues one day of MLB Service Time.

6. The player who was recalled as the 26th man can remain on the Active List and a different player can be dropped the next day, as long as the "26th man" was not called up prior to spending at least ten days on optional assignment. However, a player called up as the 26th man prior to spending at least ten days on Optional Assignment could remain on the 25-man roster if the player is a replacement for a player who is placed on the Disabled List the day after the doubleheader.

7. If a player is recalled as the "26th man" and is optioned back to the minors the next day, the "10-day rule" clock (prohibiting a player from being recalled until he has spent at least ten days on optional assignment, unless he is replacing a player who is placed on the DL) does not start over again. However many days toward ten that the player spent on optional assignment prior to being recalled as the 26th man counts.    


 

Arrieta already pegged as Tuesday starter...mentioned above I believe.

after Baez's 2 HR's today, he is second behind Astros prospect George Springer for most HR's in the minors...29 vs. 26.

on the flipside, 2-for-19 start for Olt in Iowa, 2 BB vs 6 K, no XBH's

olt can have AAA here on out, but unless something freaky happens he's most likely penciled in for starting 3rd in 2014.

dejesus/lake/rizzo-olt-castro/sureholds/hopefully-not-barney/welly...

...if dejesus and sureholds last past the trade deadline + offseason

I don't see the Cubs replacing Barney until maybe part way through 2014, and that's probably dependent on Alcantara or some kind of fringey pickup lighting things up.

Justin Grimm and Olt are HURTING, they're just not right. Might have to hope for one of the two to ever return to form at best - maybe next year. Which puts a lot of focus on CJ Edwards. Grimm headed to surgery? Olt seems to have a little bit of what Adam Greenberg suffered with the beanball vision stuff. And I am not making light of Greenberg's injury or saying Olt's is the same. But some guys are never quite the same after a beaning and here's hoping with Olt it is just the tear duct issue and all will be well. I still like the trade, but if Grimm has surgery I would be pretty bummed.

CARLITO: Olt and/or Grimm could get returned to the Rangers as "damaged goods" after the season, especially Grimm if he needs TJS. 

Similar thing happened with Jake Brigham last year. The Cubs sent him back to Texas during the off-season and got Barret Loux instead.

So the Cubs still could end up with Luke Jackson, Rougned Odor, and/or Luis Sardinas.

The Cubs also are owed one or two additional PTBNL from the Garza deal, too.

fwiw, the clubs had an agreement at time of deal to revisit Soto/Brigham at end of season...I can't find it now, but I recall reading something about the Cubs agreeing to deal without the normal due course because Rangers needed a catcher right away, but as long as they agreed that nothing would come up and it obviously did.

http://muskat.mlblogs.com/2012/11/20/1120-cubs-deal-brigham-back-to-texas/

But I could be misremembering...whether the same gentleman's agreement is in place here, we don't know yet. We do know the deal was delayed for medicals already, so I guess I find it hard to believe that everything wasn't checked out this time...but we shall see.

Bryant's 2nd HR of the season for Boise tonight...2-run shot, Maples with 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 K, 0 BB so far, still going.

The home run is so far, it's still going?

The home run is so far, it's still going?

could be, but I was talking about the game still going and Maples still in it

-edit- Maples was done after 5 btw, 2 brilliant starts in a row for him.

i still can't find any word on why p.blackburn only threw 1 inning in his last start...speaking of boise.

I thought it was that he was returning from a 10 days to two week layoff for forearm soreness...nothing more than bringing him back slowly.

I could be misremembering though...perhaps for the first time, hard to keep track of all the exciting Cubs prospects

speaking of Barret Loux, good article on him in NY Times from a few days ago...apologies if 3/44

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/26/sports/baseball/loux-a-top-pick-faces-...

Is Rusin any good? Wondering what you guys think of him. I didn't really see him pitch the other night and haven't had a chance to watch the archived game. Is he any good? Or were the Giants hitters just that bad? Any potential here? I don't know much about him other than they just seem to bring him in whenever they need an arm.

I don't know any more than you. Had a great spring and two good starts in a row now. Here is a good summary article:

http://cubbiescrib.com/2013/07/25/the-chris-rusin-...

He's certainly good enough to be in the majors, but he's not one of those core assets that the Cubs want to build around.

Small sample size so far this year, but based upon his numbers, I'd say he's a #5 or #6 starter on a playoff team. There's a pretty significant gap in ERA v. FIP and xFIP (2.93 v 4.34, 4.11). Also, his BABIP in 3 MLB starts is .200 - that's bound to go up, and it shows he's been pretty lucky so far. Dude will probably be lucky to ever have a KK:B rate better than 2:1 at the MLB level - not that he walks a lot of guys, he just doesn't generate enough strikeouts.

If you want a pitcher with minor-league numbers that are comparable to Rusin's, try Wandy Rodriguez--a .500 pitcher in the majors on a mostly sub-.500 team.

88mph fastball, 88mph sinker, low 80s slider...it's pure deception over stuff. he has to have them clicking in whatever game he's pitching to thrive. if he only has his "straight" fastball then it's BP...if he only has his sinker he better hope he's not running into patient hitters that will take a walk...if he doesn't have his slider, his sinker becomes less effective.

he's got a high-70s changeup to compliment it and a cruddy cuveball also in the high 70s.

he relies a lot on his fastball/sinker/slider and having control/command over them to use for deception when he pitches. he uses his sinker + slider like some use a fastball + changeup...that's his deception gravy.

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