The Chicago Cubs are pressing hard to sign the free-agent second baseman. One source close to the negotiations said he wouldn't be surprised if Matsui is offered a contract similar to the three-year, $14.4 million deal the Mets gave Torrealba.Dave Kaplan on WGN radio pretty much said the same thing. I have nothing good to say about this.
We are going to utilize several objective measures of player performance to evaluate and develop players.
- The GMs have voted 25-5 in support of limited use of video replay. A proposal will now be forwarded to the Commissioner, who will involve representatives of the Players and Umpires unions in evaluating the proposal. Jimmie Lee Solomon, MLB's VP of Baseball Operations, says he does not expect the proposal to become a rule in time for the 2008 season.
Who was the first member of the Cubs to hit a home run in the World Series?and
What was the title of the famous poem by Franklin P. Adams that immortalized the double-play combination of Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance?Bonus points if you can name the third baseman during that period....
I'll check back in on a day that Starlin doesn't make three errors. But for now I would say him not making the playoff roster is a stretch. Who do you trust more than Starlin to be a RH backup middle infielder? Herrera has no bat at all, and Baez has been in AAA all season and may be as error prone as Castro and may strike out a giant proportion of the time he's at the plate. I'm also less than convinced that La Stella will step in and be a significant contributor. Starlin is at least a big part of the 2B picture for the remainder of the year.Charlie
Sadly, nothing is sticking to the wall. The only thing still lingering is the smell from their pitching outings.Simba63
i think they were just throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks.
they wanted to push for the post-season without giving up anything. thank gawd for the cubs winning tear and SF's failure tear...hopefully that holds up until the season ends.
once we're into the post-season (if that happens) then it doesn't matter about the 4-5 slot pitchers. arguably, the pen is much more important at that point when it comes to anyone but the top-3 starters.crunch
Signing Haren was very curious, at best. An over-the-hill fly ball pitcher can survive at Wrigley in April, May & June, when it's cold and the wind tends to blow in (i.e. the ballpark plays "big"). But, signing him to pitch at Wrigley in July, August & Sept., when it's warm and the wind tends to blow out...well, Theo, what did you expect? Gotta believe the Reds will be running up to the plate to get their swings against Haren tonight.
Come on, offense -- we're gonna need another 6-7 runs tonight!billybucks
...or they could wait until tomorrow and haren can be DFA'd...maybe...probably not...sigh.
gotta imagine j.russell is on his way out at the very least.crunch
I don't think they have officially been called up yet. They will be today, at which point we will also hear about the corresponding roster moves.WISCGRAD
Baez, Wada, Cahill and Quintin Berry have called up, so two spots will need to open up on the 40-man.Rob Richardson
Has Baez been called up yet.
/Sit over there Starlinjacos
Hi cubbies.4ever, we discussed this on here with Phil earlier this summer. You can see the full rules by Phil here: http://www.thecubreporter.com/book/export/html/3506WISCGRAD
Unless the news wires haven't gotten word yet, I guess the Cubs were not successful finding some pitching help. The back of this rotation, which seems to start with Hendricks, doesn't inspire confidence.
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AZ PHIL- Since your the roster expert, I was trying to read into the "playoff roster" and it says a player must play 1 game for the team before Sep in order to be eligible. So assuming that is correct that would make all these players ineligible correct: Baez, Jokisch, Edwards, Villanueva, and newly acquired Austin Jackson, correct?cubbies.4ever
I've seen enough of Starlin Castro to last me the rest of this season. It really is a shame he never has been able to be consistent at bat or in the field. I have no idea why or care as this is a results oriented business. Theo is going to have to move him this winter even if it's for cents on the dollar. I don't believe he's even going to make the playoff roster.George Altman
Since the start of 2009, the Cubs have had four games where a player commits three errors -- three of them came from Castro.billybucks
Well, if nothing else, maybe that will boost Russell's confidence a lot.billybucks
I really, really don't like this trend: Jake pitches, Cubs win; Jake doesn't pitch, Cubs lose.billybucks
3 walks and Castro's 2nd error of the night, plus Russell sucking again, may mean the Reds won't need Chapman in the 9th.
Let's see, Starlin -- you suck at SS, you're a butcher at 2B...ummm....maybe short field?
...Starlin is making errors faster than I can type. Holy cow.billybucks