Draft Pick Watch is On

- The Dodgers have won 40 of their last 48. This has nothing to do with the Cubs right now except it gives me an opportunity to post this gif of our old friend LaTroy Hawkins after serving up the game tying home run.

- Back to the Cubs, they've lost 13 of their last 17 and have moved into a tie for the 4th draft pick with the Brewers, in which they own the tiebreaker.

Pick Team .PCT GB
1 Houston .328 --
2 Miami .387 7.0
3 White Sox .387 7.0
4 Cubs .433 12.5
5 Milwaukee .433 12.5
6 San Francisco .437 13.0
7 Philadelphia .442 13.5
8 Angels .445 14.0
9 Minnesota .449 14.5
10 San Diego .450 14.5

You can always find that table on the left sidebar by the way. While I'm mostly wrong in my predictions, I didn't do too badly this year. I surmised that the Cubs could probably make a run at .500, but once they start trading off pieces, they'll be near the bottom again. Now they never quite got to .500, but their run differential was pretty close for awhile and then once the trading began, the freefall was inevitable. Of course at this point, they're a lot closer to the 13th spot (3.5 ahead), then the 2nd spot (5.5 behind), but I think we're all confident in their ability to tank the rest of the season. I think the 4th or 5th spot is the most likely, although I wouldn't put it past the Marlins to make a decent run...they have some decent youth that's been playing much better of late.

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"The former Cubs manager was in a particularly good mood, noting he finally could walk to the mound without boos erupting en masse, a byproduct of the summer malaise at Wrigley in the final weeks of Year Two of the rebuild.

"They love me," Baker said. " 'Come back, Dusty, we didn't mean it. We love you. I'm a big fan of yours.' I'm like, 'Where were you a few years ago?' " ---Paul Sullivan article

Nice to see Soriano with his 13 RBI two game set there. I bet he's really been flashing that big smile of his a lot in NYC lately.

I don't miss him.

I miss parts of the 2003-2005 roster, but I don't miss Dusty.

I don't miss Neifi either

i can't wait to not miss d.barney getting 600 PA a year, myself.

Which makes me wonder why the fuck can't Travis Wood bat in-front of Barney with 100 pts higher of OPS and 40 points more BA?

I just don't understand the "baseball rule" of hitting the pitcher 9th no matter they might be a better hitter.

Doesn't anybody in the AL know how to throw a slider low and away?

expanded replay with manager's challenges is being discussed

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/owners-considering-manager-initiated-...

Nice with the GIF, Rob! LaTroy's like the opposite of Singletary.

It's the anti-Zambrano...F. Liriano does not take his hitting seriously.

http://deadspin.com/francisco-liriano-gives-zero-fucks-about-having-to-h...

w/ lineups like yesterday's on the eve of an off-day (resting key regs for the final push or what?!?) raises legitimate suggestions of tanking for sake of draft position, imo...forget winning the occasional home game, is scoring a run or two now & then too much to ask @ the prices they charge?! *#@% 'd-mac' was hitting in the low 200's here!

The way I see it, the guys in uniform are obligated to put forth a good effort to win games. The guys in the front office are not obliged to put effort into winning games when the goal is to rebuild. SO I suppose I agree with you that it is bad form to intentionally throw games. To be clear I don't think the Cubs are intentionally throwing games. They currently have, like, 3 major league ball players. Cut them some slack.

on the other hand, not sure how many 'key regs' this team actually has, come to think of it...

finally, which is more stimulating: watching paint dry or listening to dale sveum on the pre/post game?

Absolutely without irony I had to consider this question for a minute or two. Which basically says it all.

http://www.thecubreporter.com/2007/04/01/rip-heinie-massman-1927-2007

so anyone with computer/database savvy, know why I get this error?

EntityMalformedException: Missing bundle property on entity of type comment. in entity_extract_ids() (line 7693 of /home/thecubre/public_html/includes/common.inc).

Seems to be affecting all articles that were imported after we moved to our own site...they were all working for the most part for awhile I remember.

Any help would be appreciated....

I don't know drupal, but typically a bundle is related to content, and in this case it looks like there is a malformed XML file somewhere, probably a configuration file of some kind, and it isn't mapping to a schema correctly.

thanks for the tip, gives me something to look into further.

drupal being php, it could be that during your migration an important file had some parameter changes. Stack overlflow website is your friend, along with google:

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/10023653/gettin...

thanks for the help....

soriano goes 4-5 today (all singles)...only 1 RBI, though

10-14 in his last 3 games...4hr, 1 double

Checked out the NYY box score -- Phil Hughes (4-12, 4.97 ERA) and Joba Chamberlain (WHIP 1.63, ERA 4.70) both pitched, and are now god-awful.

future cub starter, phil hughes, you mean...joining ejax on the "cheap compared to stuff" contract swooping.

seriously, i wouldn't be surprised to see hughes or timmy tim tim timmay tim on 2-4 year deals next season.

Timmah goes where the weed goes. Well.....medicinal will be legal 1/2014, so who knows. Maybe they will add declining pitching skills to the approved conditions list.

i wonder if he even still smokes since he's now "born again."

to my knowledge he hasn't said he wasn't...nor would it exclude him from being "born again."

either way, i hope the cubs stay away from both of them...but i imagine they'll be signing some kind of "name brand" starter to go with ninja/ejax/arrieta/carlos manuel (paulino) villanueva

olt 0-4, 2Ks

...starting to get a bit alarming.

he was on the upswing before leaving TEX, but he hasn't even put together back-to-back promising games in iowa.

.127/.179/.253 in 84 PA.

Those are shit numbers.

Those are Kris Bryant and Javier Baez fighting for third base next season numbers.

...and the rest of the story

Gif of LaTroy taking a comebacker off the family jewels the batter before giving up the HR

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/latroy-hawkins-hit-bal...

Wasn't a line drive, walk it off.

Super Bears! Super Bowl!

How common is it for a MiLB shortstop to crank 30hr in a season at any level(s)? Baez is a monster ... Jeez.

25sb 5cs, too.

his Ks are the only alarming part of his batting game right now...

At his age I'd hardly call it alarming. Everything I've read about him says he is working hard on that part of his game, too.

I'm kinda surprised, though, that Theo hasn't gone ahead and offered a ten year contract to the kid.

considering how uncommon it is in the majors in 162 games, I'm guessing "not very" is the correct answer. Baez is a bit older than these guys, but here's what I found.

Sheffield hit 28 between AA-AA at age 19, 83 games at SS, 49 at 3B

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=sheffi001gar

Ripken Jr. hit 25 at age 19 in AA, but he actually played mostly 3B

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=ripken001cal

A-Rod hit 21 at age 18 over 3 levels

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=rodrig006ale

if you want a cautionary tale, B. Wood hit 43 at age 20 between Hi-A and AAA (mostly Hi-A in the very hitter friendly California League)

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=wood--002ric

Joel Guzman was a big-time prospect for the Dodgers, hit 23 at age 19 between Hi-A and AA

http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=guzman001irv

Some really good pitching in the system tonight including:
CJ Edwards for Daytona: 5IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K

and at KC, recent draft picks Tyler Skulina started with 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K and Rob Zastryzny with 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 4K.

At Boise, with a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the 5th...Dillon Maples pitching, so far with a line of 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 9K

meanwhile in AZ...7th rounder d.garner and 12th rounder t.clifton are having a crap outings...which isn't anything new for them in their short careers so far.

With all of the caveats about sample size, etc. this years pitching draft picks are doing very well overall. Clifton and Garner are struggling, but Zastryzny, Skulina, Masek, Frazier, Wilson, Godley, Graham, Wagner, and Ihrig are all doing very well in the early going.

Position player prospects are not doing well overall. Bryant has been great, Hannemann was doing well prior to the injury, and Brockmeyer is hitting very well, especially for a catcher, at Boise, but the rest aren't impressing yet.

Here's a quick overview:

1) Kris Bryant - obviously doing very well
2) Rob Zastryzny - Combined 2.21 ERA in 20 IP between Boise and KC
3) Jacob Hannemann - .780 OPS in 60 ABs at Boise before getting injured
4) Tyler Skulina - 1.20 ERA in 15 IP at Boise, though struggling a bit in KC
5) Trey Masek - 1.20 ERA in 15 IP at Boise
6) Scott Frazier - 1.47 ERA in 18 IP at Boise
7) David Garner - 7.15 ERA in 11 IP at Arizona, he is struggling
8) Sam Wilson - 0.59 ERA in 15 IP at Boise
9) Charcer Burks - .356 OBP and 5 SB in 23 games at Arizona, but only ONE XBH!
10) Zack Godley - 2.37 ERA in 19 IP at Boise
11) Jordan Hankins - struggling, just a .616 OPS in over 100 ABs at Boise
12) Trevor Clifton - struggling with a 12.46 ERA in 5 games at Arizona
13) Trevor Graham - 2.25 ERA in 16 IP at Arizona
15) Michael Wagner - combined 2.61 ERA in 17 IP between Arizona and Boise
16) Cael Brockmeyer - solid .836 OPS in 26 games for Boise
17) Kelvin Freeman - .706 OPS in 98 ABs for Arizona
18) Giuseppe Papaccio - .801 OPS at Arizona, but just .642 OPS at KC
20) Zak Blair - just a .580 OPS at Arizona
22) Kevin Brown - just a .213 BA in 89 Arizona at-bats
23) Tyler Ihrig - 1.04 ERA in 17 IP at Arizona
24) Tyler Alamo - only 14 ABs so far at Arizona
28) Brad Renner - just 4 IP so far at Arizona, but no runs allowed
30) Zak Hermans - 3.52 ERA so far in 7 IP at Arizona

This is awesome. THANK YOU for the format!

Nice. Thanks!

Since you started, maybe do a "gotten back in trades" one too?

I'd be happy to do that actually, but anyone have good advice on where to find an accurate transactions list for the Cubs? The one on Cubs.com is terribly incomplete. Rizzo/Cashner, Zambrano/Volstad, etc. aren't even on there! I've used retrosheet in the past, but that is sometimes incomplete as well and I think only goes through the end of 2012.

nice work AZWiscgrad

The Smokies’ skipper said during his postgame press conference that right-handed pitcher and Cubs prospect Trey McNutt – who has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury since June 28 – ran into a roadblock after tossing a scoreless inning and allowing three hits while striking out one in his second appearance with the AZL Cubs.

“McNutt was getting real close,” Bailey said, “and then in just the last day or two something showed back up but in a different spot.”

http://smokiesonradio.com/2013/08/15/injury-update...

Why was Roney Alcala moved from the VSL Cubs to the DSL Cubs this week?

1. The VSL season starts & ends about three weeks prior to the beginning & end of the DSL season;

2. The VSL Cubs were swept by the VSL Mariners in the VSL Championship series last week, so their season is over;

3. Th DSL Cubs had a roster opening;

4. The DSL Cubs will almost certainly be in the DSL playoffs that start in about ten days; and

5. Alcala was the VSL batting champion & RBI leader, and so he can probably help the DSL Cubs in their pursuit of the DSL Championship. 

BTW, the DSL Cubs have the second-best record in the DSL, and that's a 35-team league (25 MLB clubs have one club each in the DSL, and five MLB clubs have two DSL teams).  

Things are looking up when I see a name getting attention that I've never heard of.

Pretty interesting video interviews with Buddy Bailey, Smokies manager after yesterdays win on Baez 8th inning HR. He discusses much of his roster. Also video interview with starter Nick Struck, still making mechanical adjustments.

http://smokiesonradio.com/2013/08/15/baez-powers-s...

Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet

3. Christian Villanueva, 3b, Cubs
Team: Double-A Tennessee (Southern)
Age: 22
Why He’s Here: .458/.519/1.000 (11-for-24), 2 HR, 7 2B, 7 RBIs, 6 R, 3 BB, 2 SO, 0-for-1 SB

The Scoop: When the Rangers traded Villanueva and righthander Kyle Hendricks to the Cubs last year to add Ryan Dempster, the move made sense for Texas, where Villanueva was blocked by Adrian Beltre and Mike Olt. One year later, Villanueva is again blocked by Olt—though Olt’s struggles have certainly narrowed the gap between the two—with Kris Bryant, Jeimer Candelario and potentially Javier Baez also competing with Villanueva to be Chicago’s third baseman of the future. At some point, that could make Villanueva trade bait once again. For now, he’s one of the hottest hitters in the minors with a .305/.351/.543 slash line since the all-star break. His 36 doubles are a career high, and his 16 home runs are one off the 17 he hit two years ago in the low Class A South Atlantic League.

9. Kris Bryant, 3b, Cubs
Team: high Class A Daytona (Florida State)
Age: 21
Why He’s Here: .444/.469/.852 (12-for-27), 2 HR, 3 2B, 1 3B, 7 RBIs, 4 R, 3 BB, 9 SO

The Scoop: If you ever wanted to see College Player of the Year and No. 2 overall draft pick Kris Bryant don a cap featuring a sunglasses-wearing cartoon bear, then here’s your chance. You’ll want to act quickly, though, seeing as he’s launched two homers and gone 4-for-13 (.308) in his first four games for the Daytona Cubs. At three minor leagues stops, Bryant has hit .333/.381/.679 with 16 extra-base hits (including six homers) in 24 games as a professional.

10. Javier Baez, ss, Cubs
Team: Double-A Jackson (Southern)
Age: 20
Why He’s Here: .370/.433/.704 (10-for-27), 2 HR, 3 2B, 5 R, 7 RBIs, 3 BB, 6 SO, 2-for-2 SB

The Scoop: The hottest hitter in the Southern League has been on quite the tear. Baez has eight multi-hit games in his last 12. He’s 7-for-his-last-7 on steals and he’s reduced his at-one-point obscene number of errors, committing nine errors in 34 games at shortstop in Double-A (.944 fielding percentage). While that’s still more miscues than the Cubs would like to see, he has made significant strides at converting chances into outs, as attested to by his poor .922 fielding percentage at high Class A Daytona, where errors tended to occur in bunches.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/prospect-hot...

Phillies calling a press conference for 1:30pm, CST (2:30pm Eastern), Managerial Change!

Go Ryno Go...

Danny Knobler‏@DannyKnoblerCBS
Ryne Sandberg will be the next Phillies manager, source says.

The Phillies come into Wrigley for a weekend series August 30-Sept 1st. Tom Ricketts just lucked into the hottest ticket in town before the football season starts.

I wonder how long the standing O will be the first time he goes out to the mound. Sure, he'll get cheered during the lineup exchanges if he presents them, but not everybody will be in their seats, etc., for that.

Edwardo Sanchez back to Iowa to make room for Arrieta who starts today

muskat tweets...

Villanueva accepts shift in roles. Says being versatile can be "a pain in the butt" but admits it's kept him in the big leagues

Charlie Manuel is the first manager fired in 2013. I think that's pretty late into the year for no firings.

link to live video of Phillies presser at 2:30pm Eastern

http://wapc.mlb.com/phi/play/?c_id=PHI&content_id=...

Tears in his eyes, Reuben Amaro Jr starting presser. Manuel speaks next at conference. Manuel gone but will remain in Phils organization (he hasn't accepted this role yet). Sandberg offered the job on an interim basis through the remainder of season. Sandberg has accepted. Juan Samuel will be their 3B coach.

I'm thinking...Sandberg beats out Quade for the Phils job in 2014.

good luck Sandberg...no idea if he'll be better than Sveum, but I doubt he could be worse.

Cubbery being what it is, he'll be stunningly good.

Not that I love Sveum or anything but it's pretty hard to blame him given his roster choices. The Cubs roster is just downright brutal.

We're a long ways away from worrying about the manager.

I don't blame him for the record. i blame him for his general bad baseball decision making. Is he passable as a manager? Probably... 

Would a trained monkey or a well-programmed computer simulation get the same results? Not really sure...

He's just there, which is probably fine, but doesn't get me too excited.

newly called up k.wong gets the start at 2nd for STL

Ryno "interim" manager.

no love.

junior lake swinging a bat sure brings back memories of sammy sosa...only with 1/4 of the actual power behind the results...

he's pretty convinced he can hit 40+ homers if he swings hard enough to separate his shoulders on every offer.

crunch, if you like guys who don't get good rips in PA after PA, Castro is your man.

i just like how almost every j.lake swing has a 50/50 chance for an oblique injury or a torn hip ligament.

speaking of injury... Muskat updates them:

Cubs pitcher Matt Guerrier underwent surgery Friday to repair the flexor mass in his right arm, and he will be sidelined six to eight months. Dr. Timothy Kremchek performed the procedure.

Acquired from the Dodgers in the Carlos Marmol trade, Guerrier was 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in 15 games with the Cubs. The right-hander does not have a contract for next season, and he said before the procedure that he would like to come back to Chicago.

The Cubs did get good news on outfielder Brian Bogusevic, who has been rehabbing a strained left hamstring since July 15. Bogusevic was expected to join Triple-A Iowa to continue his rehab, and he could be activated soon. The outfielder has been playing with the AZL Cubs in the Arizona League. In six games, he was batting .286 (6-for-21), and he has played center field in four of his six games.

Infielder Luis Valbuena, sidelined since Aug. 3 with a strained right oblique, has been able to swing a fungo bat, but has yet to hit. He is able to play catch from a short distance.

Outfielder Ryan Sweeney, on the disabled list since June 30 with a left rib fracture, has been able to hit in the batting cage. He's expected to return in September.

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

Just wait until Lake starts juicing.

cubs lead off the game with 3 walks in a row...as hitters, not pitching.

rare.

...and then sureholds screws up the streak with a 2 run single. bum.

You know sometimes a hit is as good as a walk.

and Barney gets an intentional walk to get to the pitcher...Cards must be ignoring their advanced scouting (even though Arrieta out on a fielder's choice)

5th IBB of the season out of the 8 slot...artificially inflating his ob%, but he needs any help he can get.

Jake Arrieta: Actual baseball pitcher?

Things can change ... But right now that looks like one hell of a trade.

8th soriano HR...

2-2 on the night...4 rbi...top 3rd.

bryant + vogel 2-4 (singles)

c.black 5ip 8h 1bb 8k, 1 r/er

So is Arrieta a two-hit one-hit wonder; or a one-hit, two-hit wonder?

He's got some tools! I hope Arista signs him to a 4 album developmental deal.

he was the O's opening day starter last year...he's always had the stuff...it's how it comes out of his arm game-to-game and inning-to-inning that's been his knock.

if they can work this kind of magic with him maybe they should make a run at phil hughes in the off-season.

Javy Baez walk-off HR!

mike olt walk-off HR!

i mean...0-4, 1K

sigh.

Omg that hurt. Bad.

he's doing crazy bad...like, bad enough that if it wasn't mid-August he'd probably be sent down.

he's sporting an OPS around .430 as a cub since the trade...which requires no ob%/slugging split because that's blindingly obvious suck.

Well CJ Edwards better keep plugging on because without him I'd say we "got f%cked at the auction" to quote an English as a Second Language tape a friend of mine has, explaining how to use that particular F word in context. Funniest language training tape ever - and it was not trying to be. Olt however is not funny and Grimm is grim.

olt will most likely still be a top-5 cubs prospect come list-maker time (probably 3/4 on more than a few lists). he's better than what's going on now.

his D is good...good arm...power...but what's going on since he came over the cubs is mindblowingly awful.

fwiw, valbuena and d.murphy are under club control next year and both will probably be back...valbuena (3rd/2nd) and murphy (3rd/SS/2nd)

I want him to succeed. I understand that he may ride the momentum of his previous rankings, but this whole year is just a mess and that is a very bad sign. Beaned in the head, hits like crap, vision problems, nonfucntioning tear ducts, this isn't standard baseball stuff. If has the weird stench of a bad head injury or psychological effects from the beaning or both. I'm very concerned regardless of how he is ranked. That said maybe we don't get him in the trade if he wasn't struggling. But this doesn't just appear to be growing pains and slumps. This seems more serious.

Me being a glass half full kind of guy, maybe instead of doing some time in Arizona or something, the Cubs should give him a little time off after the summer and see if they can focus (no pun intended) on getting those eyes fixed. He may just come back ok.

Glass full or empty I think I'd agree he needs a rest more than he needs to plow thru this mess. But we'll see. I REALLY want that dude to be a success for the Cubs ML team. I take no measure of satisfaction in freaking out about his struggles. It totally sucks. I think a rest is in order and some medical attention on those eyes or whatever. Maybe a spa! ;)

We'll see??

or, hopefully he'll see. Better.

I would love to see Murphy at 2B with that pop. How's his D at second?

dunno...all i know he's an "average at best" SS type and he seems to handle 3rd fine. he's played a good bit of 2nd in his minor/majors, though.

A lot of small sample sizes. The one season where he played 200+ innings at 2B was for the 05 Royals, and UZR hated him there. However, in most years with even smaller sample sizes, like the 04 Royals, the 08 A's, and the 12 Marlins, each in less than 100 innings, he has nice-looking UZR numbers. At the end of the day, he's probably OK to hang at 2B, but he's sure not going to be Darwin there with the glove.

The kid is ridiculous. Wow.

video of Javier Baez walkoff HR tonight plus a direct hit with the Gatorade cooler. Seems that his swing brought him to one knee, then he took his time getting out of that position (to admire the homer)?

http://smokiesonradio.com/2013/08/16/video-javier-...

I have no problem with that . . . He clearly lost his balance a little even after dropping to a knee. But more importantly his running out of the box promptly had no meaning whatsoever. It was either a homerun a single or an out. The winning run was half way home and Baez run was meaningless. I think there is way too much focus on whether a guy looked at his HR or flipped his bat etc. Soriano (a serious veteran I know) is the absolute worst I've ever seen. And he never gets retaliation. I think it's gotten a little silly. There is follow through on the bat with a decent swing and the days of hitting it that far but somehow ignoring it, putting your head down and sprinting are gone, that is if it ever happened. The player needs to gauge the hit, but again HD TV makes it look more vivid. Anyway just something I've been thinking about after watching pitchers plunk guys this year and watching the replay and trying to figure out what was so offensive about a players subtle reactions to the home runs. (Meanwhile Soriano basically hits the ball, makes a dinner reservation, sets up a table and toasts himself with fine champaign before trotting like a Russian Diplomat from the 19th century) I think a young Mets player was the subject of some serious retaliation against the Braves or something and I couldn't see what he did at all. It's all ridiculous.

"Seems that his swing brought him to one knee, then he took his time getting out of that position (to admire the homer)?"

link

j.blanton (LAA)

128.1ip 174h 30bb 104k, 6.03era/1.59whip

28HR (2 tonight)

...last 3 outings, 6ip 13er (3, 6, 4)

...owed $7.5m next year (+$1m buyout for 2015) and has been working as long relief since late july...ow.

And yet that's only the 3rd-worst contract on the team ... 4th if you count that the about-to-be-fired manager has 5 more years left on his deal, too.

That really puts perspective on things; too much f%cking perspective!

http://youtu.be/Fx9EDv_hgeM

Miguel Tejada suspended for 105 games for using Aderall? My God man, Starlin Castro desperately NEEDS the stuff. Why would they ban something half the population under 30 is taking?

speed is a long ignored part of the game...neifi was straight up addicted to the stuff...derek bell, too.

it became a major issue when that kid in BAL spring training dropped dead after loading up on a mixture of stuff years ago.

steve bechler - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Bechler

ephedra is on the banned list now, btw.

Dale pulls Castro after letting run score on infield fly rule catch with bases loaded.

he would/should have been out on a more accurate throw, but castro totally took catching the ball in shallow LF (about 20 yards from 3rd base) for granted.

the worst part is the runner + 3rd base coach seemed to predict this would happen and the runners from 1st/2nd also advanced to 2nd/3rd on the play.

totally taking a nap on that one.

http://cdn0.sbnation.com/uploads/chorus_image/imag...

Ask Bud Selig for an exception to the no aderall rule, stat!

Actually there is an exception, but Tejada forgot to renew his exemption.

it's not like getting an exemption is hard...MLB has 8-12% exemptions. there's 105-130+ players in any given year with an exemption since they started handing them out.

i kinda wonder why more people aren't all over this if they wanna abuse speed...i'm looking at you c.ruiz.

Is aderall a kind of speed? I don't actually know much about it, other than they seem to give it out like candy to kids with attention deficit disorder, which Castro seems to suffer from. Either that or he's partying a lot.

adderall is the speed of choice in most sports...and most of our society (well, if you don't count caffeine).

also, lulz castro

soriano 2-4 (singles)...no RBI

SB, too.

Sveum seemed to handle it well, take him out, make your point...then hopefully put him back in tomorrow.

Agreed Rob.
I've been a Castro supporter. I know he's had a crap year, but the freaking mental mistakes, bad fundamentals, and.poor atbats have got to stop. I damn near leapt out of my chair when he pulled that crap today.

Frustration with Castro is really mounting. It's pretty difficult to explain his struggles at the plate this year, aside from simply restating the obvious.

I think Sveum yanking Castro sends the right message, not just to Castro, but to anyone wanting to play for Sveum.

fox coverage of castro coming into the dugout after the gaffe

http://wapc.mlb.com/chc/play/?c_id=chc&content_id=...

olt 0-3 (no Ks)

grimm 7ip 4h 0bb 8k, 3 r/er

rosscup 1ip 1h 0bb 3k (3.2ip 2h 2bb 10K)...all but 1 out via the K in his short AAA career, 14.5 K/9 between AA/AAA (47ip/76K)

baez 1-3 (double), 1bb 2k

bryant 2-5 (single, double)

vogel 1-3 (single), 2bb

i.pineyro 5ip 8h 2bb 4k, 6 r/er

OK, here is a breakdown of the players the Cubs lost and gained in trades since Epstein/Hoyer took over.

Players Lost

Tyler Colvin: Solid .858 OPS in 2012, but has spent 2013 in AAA

DJ LeMahieu: Utility infielder for Rockies with .701 OPS in two seasons

Sean Marshall: Solid set-up man in 2012, but has spent most of 2013 on DL

Carlos Zambrano: 4.49 ERA in 20 starts for Marlins in 2012, spent half of 2013 in Phillies minors before being released in July

Andrew Cashner: 4.27 ERA out of the bullpen in 2012, 3.27 ERA in 20 starts for Padres in 2013

Kyung-Min Na: Struggled badly in 2012 and was released, not playing in 2013

Chris Carpenter: Has battled injuries with Red Sox and struggling in minors in 2013

Aaron Kurcz: 3.04 ERA out of bullpen for Red Sox AA team

Marlon Byrd: Struggled with Red Sox in 2012 before being released and then suspended for PEDs, having a rebound year with .847 OPS for Mets in 2013

Paul Maholm: 3.54 ERA in 11 starts for Atlanta in 2012, but just 4.41 ERA in 20 starts in 2013 and now on DL

Reed Johnson: Just .663 OPS in 2012-13 for Atlanta

Geovony Soto: Combined .641 OPS in 2012-13 for Texas

Ryan Dempster: 5.09 ERA in 12 starts for Texas in 2012, 4.50 ERA in 24 starts for Red Sox in 2013

Jeff Baker: Limited ABs as utility player for Tigers, Braves, and now Rangers in 2012-2013

Blake Lalli: AAA catcher for A’s and now Brewers, limited big league ABs

Tony Campana: AAA outfielder for D-Backs in 2013, doing well, but only 12 ABs in bigs

Alberto Gonzalez: Struggling badly in AAA for Yankees

Drew Carpenter: Went from Cubs to Rockies to Angels to A’s in 2013, playing in minors

Ian Dickson: 5.15 ERA for Nationals A team

Brent Lillibridge: Utility infielder and AAA player for Yankees

Hisanori Takahashi: Struggling in AAA for Rockies

Scott Feldman: 5.18 ERA in 7 starts for Orioles

Steve Clevenger: Only played in 18 games so far in Orioles minor leagues

Carlos Marmol: 4.00 ERA in 9 IP for Dodgers

Scott Hairston: Terrible (.560 OPS) for Nationals since trade

Matt Garza: 3.86 ERA in 5 starts for Texas

Alfonso Soriano: 1.020 OPS for Yankees so far

Guillermo Moscoso: 4.73 ERA in 13 IP for Giants

**Note: Cubs Still Owe Nationals PTBN in Scott Hairston Trade

Players Gained in Trades

Tyler Colvin Trade
Casey Weathers: Terrible 6.62 ERA in AA in 2012, hasn’t played in 2013
Ian Stewart: Sucked, got injured, released

Sean Marshall Trade
Ronald Torreyes: .711 OPS in A in 2012, .642 OPS in AA in 2013 until traded to Astros for international bonus slots
Dave Sappelt: .671 OPS in 150 ABs for the Cubs in 2012-2013, and has not impressed at AAA either.
Travis Wood: 3.69 ERA in 51 starts for the Cubs in 2013-2013

Carlos Zambrano Trade
Chris Volstad: Terrible 6.31 ERA in 21 starts for Cubs in 2012, currently in AAA for Rockies

Andrew Casher Trade
Zach Cates: 4.23 ERA in 20 starts for Daytona in 2013
Anthony Rizzo: 2.3 WAR in half season in 2012, 2.3 WAR so far in 2013

Theo Epstein Trade
Jair Bogaerts: Released just a few months after the trade, not playing anywhere in 2013

Marlon Byrd Trade
Michael Bowden: 2.95 ERA in 30 games for Cubs in 2012, 4.60 ERA in 20 games in 2013
Hunter Cervenka: Did well out of bullpen for A and A+ in 2012, and has 3.25 ERA across A+ and AA out of the bullpen in 2013

Paul Maholm Trade
Jaye Chapman: Struggled in 2012 and to start 2013 before being shut down following hip surgery
Arodys Vizcaino: Still recovering from TJ surgery, may pitch in Arizona Fall League

Geovany Soto Trade
Barret Loux: 4.84 ERA in 16 starts for AAA in 2013

Ryan Dempster Trade
Christian Villanueva: Has a .799 OPS in AA in 2013
Kyle Hendricks: 10-3 with a 1.85 ERA in 21 AA starts in 2013, recently promoted to AAA

Jeff Baker Trade
Marcelo Carreno: Injured, has yet to play in Cubs system

Blake Lalli Trade
Anthony Recker: Cup of coffee with Cubs in 2012 but then lost on waivers, back-up catcher for Mets in 2013 (.629 OPS in 100+ ABs)

Tony Campana Trade
Erick Leal: 2.98 ERA in 45 IP for Arizona League Cubs in 2013, still just 18 years old
Jesus Castillo: 17-year-old on Cubs Venezuela team in 2013, 4.26 ERA in 19 IP

Ian Dickson Trade
Henry Rodriguez: Just 4 games for Cubs and 3 games for AAA Iowa in 2013

Scott Feldman Trade
Jake Arrieta: 3.56 ERA in 7 AAA starts, and 2 great starts for Cubs so far
Pedro Strop: 2.41 ERA in 19 games out of Cubs bullpen

Carlos Marmol Trade
Matt Guerrier: 2.13 ERA in 15 games for Cubs out of bullpen before getting injured and lost for season

Scott Hairston Trade
Ivan Pineyro: 3.18 ERA in 6 starts for Daytona

Matt Garza Trade
C.J. Edwards: 1.84 ERA in 4 starts for Daytona
Justin Grimm: 6.04 ERA in 5 starts for AAA Iowa
Mike Olt: Struggling with .397 OPS for AAA Iowa

Alfonso Soriano Trade
Corey Black: 3.21 ERA in 3 starts for Daytona

Players Owed Yet
1 or 2 PTBN from Rangers for Matt Garza
PTBN or Cash from Giants for Guillermo Moscoso
PTBN or Cash from Yankees for Brent Lillibridge
PTBN from Rockies for Hisanori Takahashi
PTBN or Cash from Yankees for Alberto Gonzalez
Future Considerations from Rockies for Drew Carpenter
PTBN from Nationals for Scott Hairston

For many of these deals, the sample size is simply not sufficient yet or the players are too young to really evaluate the trade. But overall, here are my thoughts, for what they are worth:

1) The Cubs haven't really lost anything in these trades that they didn't know they were going to lose (e.g. Marshall, Garza). Virtually none of the prospects they have traded have shown much promise and many of the sell-high guys like Feldman and Maholm have regressed since they left.

2) The Cubs also saved money in lots of the deals or gained international signing bonus money, and that is not considered above.

3) A few of these returns have really sucked. Weathers and Stewart have been worthless. One wonders the point of guys like Bogaerts and Carreno. And Sappelt is running out of time to show something.

4) Many of these trades look really good in the early going. Travis Wood, Anthony Rizzo, and Pedro Strop are major contributors to the big league club. Arrieta is on is way up. Michael Bowden has had some decent innings out of the bullpen. Kyle Hendricks and Christian Villanueva are top prospects in the Cubs system. C.J. Edwards is dominating. Black and Pinyero are doing well in limited time so far for Daytona. Hunter Cervenka is doing well in the minors.

5) The jury is still out on a few of these. Zach Cates has been just OK so far. Grimm has had a few bad outings for AAA. Olt is really struggling. Chapmn and Vizcaino are both injured. The two kids the Cubs got for Campana are still teenagers and a few years away.

Thanks for this! I'm sure it took some time. I'd completely forgotten about several of these players.

this is the kind of thing I'd hope for but don't expect from the commercial sites; great work

Thanks. That helps put things in perspective.

Great job Wiscgrad.

Nice going, and thanks, WISC! I think that Travis Wood has to be the most valuable commodity of all their moves to date. What would their staff look like without him? He has kept the shitty team in so many games without much run support to speak of. As a bonus, he is a terrific athlete, and has a higher OPS and BA than Darwin Barney.

Why would ANYONE throw a first pitch near the strike zone to Miggy?

dale adds another useless ejection to his career record.

...and somehow j.russell got ejected, too.

4 years left on Arod's contract...and the GM is afraid to talk to (or about) him because he might be sued by him.

fun times.

vogel + bryant with b2b HRs...nice.

s.baker 3ip 3h 0bb 0k, 1 r/er

DUMPSTER!!!!

throws behind arod...2 inside...then HBP.

girardi is the maddest i've ever seen him...by a long shot.

BOS fans are in love. HUGE "Yankees suck" chant going on.

warnings immediately issued.

...then dumpster loses a 2 run lead.

tie game.

it's only the top 2nd...this game could get interesting.

Dempster's behavior was inexplicable . . . I think he is my second least favorite player behind A-Rod. I mean honestly what was he trying to prove? Ultimately he succeeded only in lighting a fire under A-Rod and the entire Yankee lineup. Oh and losing the game after A-Rod takes him deep. Nice job Demp, I'm sure your teammates are thrilled with your adolescent vigilante crap. You are the voice of a generation . . .

it seemed to be a personal message...unless the team "not so secretly" wanted it...and if it was more of a team thing, then it almost assuredly was coming from the locker room, not the management/coaches/etc.

j.lackey has been especially vocal about arod the past few days.

no matter how you cut it, though...it was pure revenge that was personal brought on by something that had nothing to do with dumpster or the rsox team.

I suppose it could have been a "you beat us all those years and you were cheating" at bat. Which would kinda make sense given that rivalry. If Dempster did it of his own I think it was idiotic. If he was following instructions, which might be likely given his persistence, I suppose I was too harsh. But I guess we'll never know.

My problem with it is it actually backfired in a bunch of ways. And also I cannot stand "you can't trade me I was napping and now I'm mad" Dempster. Given last year's trade deadline episode and things like today, I think he might be less mature than people give him credit for . . .

A misguided Dempster also had Manny Rameriez come in and give pre game speech to the team.

Well, that pretty much says it all. Thank you sir!

Cubs move to 4 games from the 3rd spot in the draft...also just 4 games from the 13th spot with a lot more teams in-between though.

is it april yet?

...i mean, is it april 2015 yet?

Braun slanders urine collector with terrible allegation- "he's a cub fan"

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ryan-braun-tried-to-d...

The PEDs seemed to have also enhanced the performance of his mouth.

Cub Fan is bad enough, but he also called him antisemitic.

Damn.

That is such baseless, embarrassing bullshit. Now even more so.

From the tweet box: "Brett Jackson's woes at AA Tennessee continue. Hitting just .179 with 20 strikeouts in 56 at-bats."

Time to convert him into a pitcher. And bring him up!!

See, "E-Man Tim Wilken rant # 9" to reinforce your bewilderment and anger on how Wilken plowed through the red flags...

The Jesus has been traded to the Nats.

Whoever the PTBNL is, bring him up!

NO-ONE MESSES WITH HIM!

Well, that's convenient for him this week. I'm sure that's the bright side...

Per Ken Rosenthal tweet:

Cubs save about $2.5M w trade of DeJesus to Nationals - about $1M in salary, plus $1.5M buyout. Bogusevic, Sweeney close to coming off DL.

http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/washington-nati...

and Bob Nightengale tweet:

The #Nats likely have no intention on keeping DeJesus in 2014 since he has option for $6.5 million or $1.5 million buyout,

...Brian Bogusevic will be activated from the DL.

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