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  • I don't think I've mentally prepared myself for the Logan Watkins era.

    Author: Old and Blue
    37 min 40 sec ago
  • It doesn't matter how you spell it, it's still pronounced SureOuts

    Author: Old and Blue
    40 min 13 sec ago
  • Hi guys! Perhaps we have evolved past the only criteria I have recognized when doing an assessment on a catchin prospect....
    1st question: is his last name Molina?
    No other questions apply....

    Author: Jace
    55 min 42 sec ago
  • I don't know anything about this guy. I just know the Braves have a knack for picking decent catchers.

    Author: The E-Man
    59 min 44 sec ago
  • this is the 2nd player the cubs have placed on "mystery DL" with a non-existent very minor injury the past few days.

    so we got airy/wood/jackson/hendricks/wada moving forward...with doubrant as the new wildcard in the mix.

    Author: crunch
    2 hours 38 min ago
  • You're just showing off spelling Schierholtz correctly that many times in one paragraph!

    Author: Carlito
    2 hours 40 min ago
  • 98ip...2hr

    Author: crunch
    2 hours 55 min ago
  • Jake Arrieta still being awesome, gets the win today; 7 IP, 7 K, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 H

    Author: Rob G.
    3 hours 2 min ago
  • Because Doubront is out of minor league options, the only way the Cubs would be able to get him "stretched-out" as a starter would be to place him on the 15-day DL and then send him on a 30-day minor league rehab assignment. That should give him enough time to get stretched-out as a starter, and then he can be reinstated on September 1st (when rosters expand) and can be used as a starter the last month of the season.

    The Cubs would then have to decide by 12/2 whether or not to tender him a 2015 contract (he will be first-time arbitration-eligible post-2014). If he struggles as a starter in September, the Cubs might non-tender him on 12/2 and then try and re-sign him to a 2015 non-guaranteed minor league contract with an NRI to ST. 

    BTW, if Doubront is placed on the DL, Zac Rosscup would probably be recalled to be the #2 bullpen lefty.  

    Author: Arizona Phil
    3 hours 5 min ago
  • in other news, Phillies didn't trade anybody...

    Author: Rob G.
    3 hours 7 min ago
  • Len and JD on the air saying Doubrant is going on the DL and will be "considered a starter down the road" and that Baez will NOT be called up to replace Bonifacio.

    Author: WISCGRAD
    3 hours 24 min ago
  • I am not sure what you gain by releasing Schierholtz. Neither he nor Lake should be playing, but you have to replace them with someone. The only option is to promote someone from AAA who is not doing that well down there and having them suck just as much, sit on the bench and not get regular at-bats, and have their development stunted. I'd like to see Coghlan, Ruggiano, and Sweeney get the majority of the at-bats in the OF so we have a better sense of who will be useful next year, but beyond that it doesn't matter much if Schierholtz plays ever few days

    Author: WISCGRAD
    3 hours 26 min ago
  • Nice trade to braves. I am kinda pissed that I watched Sureoutz and Valbuena for half a year on a last place team going nowhere, and they are still here. Some serious bullshit. Valbuena should be a supersub, Olt should start the rest of the year to see what he has before the onslaught of infielders next year, and Sureoutz should be released.

    If they don't there is a serious weak link in the system, which I will assume is Renteria.

    Author: Carlito
    3 hours 31 min ago
  • BOB R: If I had to guess, I would say INF Chris Valaika will get called up from Iowa (although he will likely be be dropped from the 40 as soon as the season is over) and RHRP Kyuji Fujikawa will be reinstated from the 60-day DL (his 30-day minor league rehab assignment expires on 8/5). The Cubs will probably decline Fuji's 2015 club option after the World Series, though. 

    Author: Arizona Phil
    3 hours 32 min ago
  • Do you guess Valaika or Watkins?

    Author: WISCGRAD
    3 hours 32 min ago
  • Any guess on who (if any) will be added to the 40 man?

    Author: Rob Richardson
    3 hours 38 min ago
  • Logan Watkins will probably get called up because he basically does what Bonifacio does (2B-SS-LF-CF), although not as well. Chris Valaika (who can play SS-3B-2B-1B) is another possiblity. Or maybe both of them will called up and they will go with 12 pitchers. 

    Author: Arizona Phil
    3 hours 38 min ago
  • That is also reasonable, but they could have done that on openning day. I guess my point is that Baez, more than say Bryant, seems to take time to adjust to a new league. If they are looking to start contending next season (which I think they are), it would make sense to give Baez some major league at bats in 2014.

    Author: Rob Richardson
    3 hours 43 min ago
  • 279/352/406 in A-ball right now and he is just 20. Not bad.

    Author: WISCGRAD
    3 hours 46 min ago
  • Caratini bio 

    link 

    Author: Arizona Phil
    3 hours 47 min ago
  • Peter Gammons says it is Victor Caratini... Switch-hitter... ATL 2nd round pick in 2013 draft out of Miami-Dade JC... attended Puerto Rico Baseball Academy... plus arm... Converted from 3B to catcher at Instructs post-2013... was rated Braves #8 prospect by Baseball America going into 2014 season... ... 

    Author: Arizona Phil
    3 hours 48 min ago
  • Where did you hear it was a minor league catcher? Haven't seen anything yet.

    Author: WISCGRAD
    3 hours 50 min ago
  • Or Olt comes back up to play 3B full time and Valbuena plays 2B with Alcantara in CF. Would avoid service time issues with Baez.

    Author: WISCGRAD
    3 hours 50 min ago
  • Supposedly a minor league catcher , so it's probably Victor Caratini 

    Author: Arizona Phil
    3 hours 54 min ago
  • Does this increase the chances of Baez getting a September (or earlier) call up? It seems to me that they want to give him a taste of major league pitchers to give him time to adjust, contracts issues not withstanding.

    Author: Rob Richardson
    3 hours 59 min ago
  • Russel saying goodbyes in dugout, looks like he is gone.

    Wittenmyer tweeting it: Bonifacio and Russel to Braves. No word yet on return.

    Author: WISCGRAD
    4 hours 5 min ago
  • And a deal to Orioles. That's crazy ...

    Author: Carlito
    4 hours 19 min ago
  • First since 1997 according to Len and JD

    Author: WISCGRAD
    4 hours 27 min ago
  • Whoah rare Yankees/Bosox deal?

    Author: Carlito
    4 hours 30 min ago
  • Price going to Tigers in 3-team deal with Mariners.

    Andrew Miller from Red Sox to Orioles

    Yankees and Red Sox swap Kelly Johnson for Stephen Drew

    Author: WISCGRAD
    4 hours 33 min ago
  • Rumours of Boni and Russell to Braves?

    Author: Carlito
    4 hours 35 min ago
  • no boni in the lineup again? even when he's barely hitting his weight in avg/ob% he's still marched out there to hit leadoff.

    2 days in a row out seems like too much of a coincidence without an injury report following it up.

    Author: crunch
    5 hours 27 min ago
  • Chris Denorfia just traded from the Padres to Mariners, and Gerardo Parra from D-Backs to Brewers. Both are having terrible years. I hope they move Boni and get something.

    Author: WISCGRAD
    5 hours 34 min ago
  • Hopefully the Cubs can get a power-reliever prospect from SF for Bonifacio (presuming he goes to the Giants), like Steven Okert, Ray Black, Cody Hall, or Stephen Johnson.

    The Cubs play the Giants and Angels more than any other organization out here, and so I've seen all four of them pitch a few times over the past couple of years, and I like all of them (especially Okert). 

    Author: Arizona Phil
    5 hours 45 min ago
  • Pfft...he was fine collecting $15.25 Million for being hurt all of 2012, and the $500K clause was written into the contract that he signed. Go for retirement....jackass. Lol.

    Author: Dusty Baylor
    6 hours 45 min ago
  • good luck with the Cardinals invoking that 2015 option on Lackey...

    Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported recently that Lackey would consider retiring after this season vs. playing for $500,000 minimum next season.

    http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/r...

    Author: Cubster
    6 hours 55 min ago
  • "Lackey will make just $500,000 in 2015 due to a unique clause in his five-year, $82.5 million contract that tacked on an extra season if he underwent Tommy John surgery at any point. Lackey had the procedure in 2011 and missed the entire 2012 season."

    http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/story/_/id/11291111/...

    Author: WISCGRAD
    7 hours 5 min ago
  • Lackey...for Allen Craig and Joe Kelly. I like what Boston got for a 35 yr old (edit: what I thought was an...) expensive starter.

    Lackey's salary is confusing because of his TJ surgery apparently he is owed $5M this year but it's not clear what he would be due next year with this trade. Can anyone please clarify?

    Author: Cubster
    7 hours 20 min ago
  • i really hope sureouts finds a new home. cash considerations or a PTBNL works for me...or nothing...whatever keeps him from getting 200+ more PA.

    he's working hard on going for one of the worst seasons out of a regular playing time RF'r ever (.197/.243/.309).

    being a model teammate only buys you so much time when you're sucking like he is sucking.

    Author: crunch
    7 hours 23 min ago
  • Twitter saying that John Lackey has been traded to the Cardinals.
    Sheesh.

    Author: Dusty Baylor
    7 hours 44 min ago
  • taht's a pretty decent pick up for the Twins isn't it?

    Author: Dusty Baylor
    8 hours 58 min ago
  • Ex-Cub Sam Fuld goes from Twins to As for pitcher Tommy Milone: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/11290679/oakland...

    Author: WISCGRAD
    9 hours 2 min ago
  • Giants haven't released Uggla...yet.

    Author: Tito
    9 hours 18 min ago
  • boni to SF was highly hinted at yesterday evening, but nothing has come of it.

    SF released d.uggla and boni was held out of the lineup, which fueled that speculation.

    either way, SF pretty much has to find a 2nd base option somewhere because their current options are barney-esque at best.

    Author: crunch
    9 hours 50 min ago
  • Good news for the Cubs. Lester will now be unrestricted.

    Author: Rob Richardson
    9 hours 58 min ago
  • Alex Speier out of Boston tweets that Lester and Gomes to A's for Cespedes

    https://twitter.com/alexspeier/status/494841597083...

    Jeff Passan adds that A's send 2nd round competitive balance pick to Boston and Red Sox send cash toward Oakland.

    Author: Cubster
    10 hours 32 min ago
  • Haha, exactly. Btw wasn't captain happy in San Diego for Rizzo's failed stint there? Coincidence?

    / sarcasm font

    Author: Carlito
    11 hours 15 min ago
  • Hmmm..maybe they need to sit him down a few games to relax, and think about the good things he's done. In a few days, he'll be ready to play again.

    Author: Dusty Baylor
    11 hours 16 min ago
  • It would be a mistake to forget about Olt. Two years ago he WAS Alcantara, Soler etc. and his pitiful showing under the expert fuckeledge of captain happy was still better than Rizzo's first stint in Dan Diego.

    Author: Carlito
    11 hours 19 min ago
  • Mike Olt playing every day. Hit safely in 7 of 9 games. 4 multi-hit games, 4doubles, lots of line drives. Batting .344 which is better than Baez, Soler and Bryant during that stretch.

    Author: Carlito
    11 hours 43 min ago
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