Who Says You Can't Go Home Again? Soriano to Yankees...

It appears Alfonso Soriano is indeed headed to his original franchise...Dale Sveum was told before the game to pull Soriano from the lineup and has been telling the press that a deal is 99% certain with the Yankees. Sveum isn't too good with percentages lately, so let's temper our expectations a bit.

Olney says a lower tier pitching prospect will be coming back to the Cubs once Soriano gives his formal approval. He also claims Cubs will pay the bulk of the $25M owed Soriano through 2014. I will update as more information becomes available.


...and can they get this gone before game time...or is soriano gonna ride pine all night? also, "Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat Players visibly upset at news re Soriano. #Cubs"

someone else is going to pick up the bar tab

"Players visibly upset at news re Soriano." They should have played better in the first half. Especially Castro.

I endorse your comment 100%.

"Dale Sveum was told before the game to pull Soriano from the lineup and has been telling the press that a deal is 99% certain with the Yankees. Sveum isn't too good with percentages lately, so let's temper our expectations a bit." Oh yeah. . . You are on fire. Actually got a semi-spit take outta me.

who are these guys? only one really old guy (Ransom). Lake CF, Castro SS, Rizzo 1B, Ransom 3B, Schierholtz RF, Gillespie LF, Barney 2B, Castillo C, Villanueva P

ransom hitting 4th...darwin macias still playing 2nd full time...cole gillespie actually employed. needs more old guys.

I don't post much at all, but I'd like to say that your funny names have gotten really fucking old.

they age well like fine cheese. acquired taste. philistine.

To you, maybe. "Vanila Wafers"? Really?

At least he's not making any more stupid jokes about Rickets not spending money, maybe faced with overwhelming evidence that he is.

at least he's not shortening them and  ending them all in 'y' nearly as much, emualting Quade of all people.

well, this is america and everyone should assimilate and get some proper last names so i can spell them without thinking...that includes commies like sureholds and ninja. SLAM-A-LAMA-DING-DONG! ...also, i still think darwin macias is apt...even though darwin gets to start every day. it's been a nice ride, but let's see if we can get him out of a 600+ab role next season.

I miss the non-Cub prospect love of seasons past. Billy Hamilton. Paul Goldschmidt. Who's on your radar this season?

josmil pinto if you want under the radar...george springer if not. i'm a bit busy riding cubs bullpen filler of the future zac rosscup's nuts right now, though.

K's a problem with Springer, right? I'll have to check out Pinto.

yeah...probably have high Ks, but everything else looks golden...soriano without hobbled legs and better D type stuff as his best upside.

Sleeper pitcher for you. Billy Petrick's brother. http://m.mlb.com/stl/news/article/20130722543...

Jeff Passan tweet... Alex Rodriguez, Vernon Wells and Alfonso Soriano on the same team. Forget Monument Park. That is the Mount Rushmore of dreadful contracts.

I will say that the over the hill fat contract jokes from outta towers lack creativity. The guy has actually been pretty productive the last couple of years.


The Fangraphs tool is rough, but his value since 2007

$27.3M, $17.3M, -$0.9, $11.3M, $4.8M, $16.1M, $5.8M = $81.7M

total contract was 8/$136M of which it seems the Cubs are on the hook for most of it, even if you want to subtract the $25M they still owe but won't be getting the benefits from, that's about $30-$50M short in performance.

there have been worse certainly, and you're paying for some certaintly when it comes to free agency, but Soriano was anyting but certain.

Overall, I'm glad they signed him, the 2 years McDonough/Kenney tacked on really hurt the deal though and really hurt the Cubs ability to move him sooner.

Shame his legs went, as a leadoff man with power he would have been a lot more valuable imo....Saved us from Jake Fox in left field at least :)


the fact it took until very late 2009 to move him out of the leadoff spot was mindblowing...especially when he showed he wasn't going to be stealing 30-40 bases a year. almost 3 years of it before they figured out he wasn't going to start taking walks, getting on base, be a SB threat all the while smacking doubles and HRs. in 07 (his first season) he had 80 xbase hits with 70 RBI to show for it...

I was shocked that the Cubs signed the top FA that year (JD Drew). It sold a lot of tickets, including to me. As much as I had a large degree of nausea watching him during his cold streaks, and play the field pre-2012, he was extremely professional and a decent guy. Certainly not his fault someone offered him Power Lotto. I only wish e had the balls to have taken one for the team last year, and gone to the Giants where he could have won a ring for himself. For that he can ride pine in NY.

I'm not sure how much yankee baseball you watch but he's probably going to be their new cleanup guy

the final tally... 889 games .264/.317/.495 - .812 OPS 181 HR - 526 RBI - 269 R - 70/20 SB/CS average per season - 127 games, 26HR, 31 doubles, 67R, 75RBI, 10/3 SB/CS he missed significant parts of 08/09...only full season(s) he put in was 2012 (and 2010 if you're not going to be picking about it)


He's napping, but when he wakes up, HE'S GONNA BE PISSED!

Bob Nightengale ‏@BNightengale 7m The #Cubs and #Yankees have reached agreement on the pitching prospect Yanks will send Cubs for Soriano, with deal close to being finalized.


8 Hawks selected to All-star game

4 starters: catcher Lance Rymel, first-baseman Jacob Rogers, second-baseman Danny Lockhart, and designated hitter Yasiel Balaguert.

4 reserves: outfielder Shawon Dunston Jr., utility-man David Bote, and pitchers James Pugliese and Tyler Bremer.

Arrieta so far tonight: 6 IP, 1 ER, 7 K

Seriously, did Junior Lake shag Keith Law's girlfriend or something?

Goldstein was never much of a fan of Lake either fwiw...athletic dude obviously, gonna struggle badly versus righties...defense is helter skelter. Great arm though.

Enjoy the ride for now.

I know he is not high on any of their lists but to just rail on him while he is having a pretty epic first week seems slightly, I don't know, pathological. But anyway I think the biggest problem is he doesn't look like he has a natural position. Anyway ...

they put him on the radio, they asked him what he thought of Lake...is he gonna change his mind after less than a week?

I don't give a flying rat's ass what anyone says, Junior Lake is the best looking rookie I've seen come up with the Cubs since Hee Seop Choi, and nobody is talking me out of it.

No but I'm pretty sure there's something between changing your mind and just saying someone completely sucks while they basically had a record setting week. Just came off really weird to me.

RHP Corey Black was name dropped on Twitter....don't take it too seriously yet.


#12 on Sickels pre-season list, 21 years old in A+

stats: http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/play...

lots of K's, lot's of walks, 4th round pick in 2012

scouting report: http://riveraveblues.com/2013/01/prospect-pro...

mid 90's to 100 fastball, 2-seam fastball as well, no real offspeed pitch, undersized

Best name mentioned so far.

apparently Black is starting in Hi-A, pitched on July 23rd for 5 innings, so can't look for the pulled from game or didn't appear in game angle.

Villanueva is picking a BAD night to blow 40 pitches in the first inning.

this outing by vanillawafers Mr. Carlos Manuel (Paulino) Villanueva isn't looking too good so far...he's almost at 40 pitches at not out of the first. ...amazingly, only 1 run given up so far.

Has Brett Jackson been located yet?

I heard he was driving the ambulance that Vitters took to the hospital. Some Keystone Cops sheet with those two right now.

Rehabbing in AZ last I heard. Planning to send him to AA - Tenn when he's ready.

BJax leading off for AZ Cubs. 0-2 with 2 K's. Small sample size but...(fill in the blank here) http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=...

Any chance the Cubs get some of the Yankees international bonus slut money?

Good call! I'm sure they asked!

You got something against American sluts?

No, but the European ones are premium.

A golden oldie from Tuesday:

Submitted by Arizona Phil
Tue, 07/23/2013 - 10:23am

I would think one or more of the Yankees International Signing Pool Values (SBV) will be part of the deal.

#29: $487,200
#58: $329,000
#87: $222,100
#116: $139,600

The Cubs have been holding off announcing the Eloy Jimenez signing, presumably so that they can acquire additional SBVs in trades that can at least minimize their expected tax-penalty for exceeding their adjusted 2013-14 ISBP.

The Cubs originally-assigned International Signing Bonus Pool (ISBP) was $4,557,200, and they are permitted add up to 50% above their originally-assigned ISBP ($2,278,600) in trades, as long as they haven't exceeded their adjusted ISBP limit at the time of the trade. So far the Cubs have added $963,100 (net) in SBV in trades with Houston and Baltimore (they also traded their 4th SBV slot to the Dodgers in the Carlos Marmol deal), and so they can still add an additional $1,315,500 in SBV before they reach their max ISBP, as long as they don't reach or exceed their adjusted ISBP before they make the trade. Therefore, they could acquire all four of the Yankees SBV without exceeding their maximum-possible ISBP ($6,835,800).

The Yankees have not signed any of the top international free-agents, and a club''s six-highest signings of $50,000 or less are exempt from the International Signing Bonus Pool (ISBP) restrictions. But even if the Yankees were to trade all four of their SBV, they still would retain the $700K in ISBP that all teams get in addition to their four SBVs, so they could still sign a fairly significant IFA for as much as $735K (the $700K base plus a 5% overage) without incurring a penalty that would restrict them in signing players in the 2014-14 Internationalo Signing Period.

BTW, the Cubs were not able to acquire SBVs from Texas in the Garza deal because the Rangers are big-time players in the international market for under 23-year olds, too.

rizzo just learned a minor rule tonight...and ARZ gets a free out, plus a man on.

Javier Baez just hit his 2nd HR of the night (#8 in AA). First was a 3 run shot in the 5th inning. This one a solo HR in the 8th inning.

p.backburn exits after 1ip in boise...neat.

Anyone know why Alberto Cabrera is being used out of the bullpen at Iowa. I thought he was having a good year as a starter at AA. Seems a little early to give up on him as a future starter. Is this to keep his innings down for the year?

Vitters having a lost season? from the twitterverse...IowaCubs manager Marty Pevey said that Josh Vitters injured his hamstring. Vitters told him it could be 1-2 weeks. --- bottom 3rd: Josh Vitters singles on a fly ball to center fielder Kevin Mattison. Donnie Murphy scores. Josh Vitters out at 2nd, center fielder Kevin Mattison to shortstop Gil Velazquez to second baseman Nick Green. --- top 4th: Defensive Substitution: Edwin Maysonet replaces first baseman Josh Vitters, batting 3rd, playing first base.

Smokies 8th inning: Chang-Yong Lim 1.0 1 0 0 0 2(K) 0 0.00

"Lake has all of 29 big league plate appearances, so of course the sample sizes make the results essentially meaningless. But small sample good results are better than small sample terrible results..." I'm extremely skeptical any time I see "it's a small sample size, but..." There are no buts. If you flip a coin 4 times and it's heads every time (this will happen 6.3% of the time), why is it we don't assume that we have a magical coin that only flips heads? It's because, at least at some level, we understand that small sample size matters. But for some reason, baseball makes us stupid.

Sullivan/Wittenmeyer both tweet... Junior is first Cubs player with hit in his first seven games since Jerome Walton in 1989. Walton was the ROY in 1989. http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/198...

From Wittenmyer: (Not including Soriano) “There’s been some calls on some other potential opportunities,” Epstein said. “Nothing really concrete yet. If we do anything, it’ll probably be closer to the deadline.”

Darwin with a -1 WART (wins above replacement tonight). He sucked ass.

Wittenmeyer tweet... Cubs sending Sori to Yankees on red eye flight tonight. Announcement Friday.

are getting one prospect from the . They were deciding between two guys. One of the two is one of DeLaRosa/Black/Whitley.

Whitley pitched tonight, not him.

Black just tweeted that his phone is buzzing like crazy, but he hasn't heard anything.

not sure who DeLaRosa is...they have a Rafael De Paula and he pitched tonight.


BP Chat http://www.baseballprospectus.com/chat/chat.p... : Q: When I hear about CJ Edwards I hear that he has the potential for 3 average to above average pitches and holds his low to mid 90's velocity late into games. Yet he profiles as a 4th starter? Sound like a 2/3 to me, what am I missing? Jason Parks: You are missing the projection and distinction of a 2/3. Edwards lacks an ideal body for workload, which doesn't mean its impossible, but its difficult to project his frame holding 200+ innings a year, season after season. I like his fastball a lot, but I don't see a standout secondary offering, although the curve can flash it. Without a wipeout secondary offering, I don't see the upside. I see a guy with feel for pitching, a very good fastball, and a solid-average secondary arsenal. I put a back-end label on that profile. I think Edwards ends up in the 'pen, where he could develop into a power arm. I don't see a frontline starter projection. Q: I was surprised to see Zach mention questions about Baez's #want. Have you heard similar things and is that a red flag for putting in the effort to improve his weaknesses? Jason Parks: For me, it's not about his #want but his command over his #want. He plays the game with a lot of intensity, but sometimes that intensity can force sloppy mistakes and a one-speed fits all approach to all sides of the ball. The majority of his mistakes come because he is playing too fast or too aggressive, not because he doesn't give a shit. Q: I hear Vogelbach's defense is starting to look like he may be serviceable at 1B. What are your thoughts about him overall? Jason Parks: Big raw and good hit; don't see a 1B, but that doesn't mean he can't make it work. If the bat plays, you can figure out the glove. Q: realistic 2015 Cubs starters? 1b Rizzo 2b Alcantara SS Castro 3b Baez LF Bryant CF Almora RF Soler? whos catching? Jason Parks: I'd put Olt at 3B and Baez on another team's roster, with Bryant in RF and Soler in LF. If that's the lineup, I could be catching and it wouldn't matter much. ------ A number of other Cub related questions. Didn't #want to post them all.

"Jason Parks: I'd put Olt at 3B and Baez on another team's roster, with Bryant in RF and Soler in LF. If that's the lineup, I could be catching and it wouldn't matter much." While I agree that Baez doesn't fit the OBP mold that Theo and crew like, it seems unlikely that they would be able to get comparable value in a trade. His upside potential seems pretty high.

Lots of stuff can happy in a few years. If the Cubs decide they need a front-line pitcher or something like that in 2015, Baez might be the blue chip that nets him. I don't think I'd be predicting he'll be traded and that all those others would stay, though. Seemed like a strange way to answer that somewhat inane question.

Agreed that I expect the Cubs to trade prospects to fill needs down the road, but it is hard for me too imagine a trade where the Cubs would get value for Baez given the large range in his projected ultimate worth. As you said it was a strange answer to the question.

You're right about his upside (Miguel Tejada) and floor (Brandon Wood?). But I think that given how scouts and sports writers have ranked him, he could be the center piece of a pretty big trade, provided he doesn't implode at AAA or something before that. There could be a team out there that would prefer Almora, Bryant, or Soler over Baez, but I could just as easily see a few teams being very high on him because they love the bat speed and believe everything else will work itself out. If I'm the Cubs, I'm more willing to part with an OF or corner IF bat if I can make that happen, though. The chance that Baez becomes a middle infielder who can hit 30 bombs is the baseball jackpot. So if a GM says to me they'd prefer Almora or Bryant over Baez, I figure I lucked out.

When's Almora going to Daytona? Can't be too long now. Edit: Maybe after they get to play baseball on a regular basis...

Jim Memolo on XM said the Yankee prospect was Corey Black and he's an undersized pitcher who throws in the mid 90's. Rob posted and had links about him above

Buster Olney... Soriano is owed about $24.5m through '14. CHC are going to pick up about $17.7m. NYY will pick up about $6.8m of that, including $5m in '14.

Cubs were to choose one of three pitching prospects for Soriano. Prospects were in top 20 but not top10 in Yankee organization.

were choosing from few prospects and leaning toward Single-A RH Corey Black in Soriano trade

are going to pay $8M to $12M of the $25M-ish that Soriano is still owed

The will pay most of Soriano's contract this year, and the will pick up the bulk of his $18 million salary in 2014.

Fangraphs Dave Cameron's take on the Soriano trade... http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/yankees-acquir...
the Cubs are saving about the same amount of money that they used to sign Scott Feldman over the off-season, and that turned out okay. Odds are good that the Cubs are going to reinvest the savings into their 2014 club and come away with a better (and younger) player than Soriano in the process. That makes this an easy win for Chicago.
...the Yankees aren’t a useful role player away from being a playoff team. Soriano will help them. I’m not sure he’ll help them enough, and so they might have just spent $5 million of their 2014 budget for a modest upgrade that won’t actually move the needle.

Jesse Sanchez... As expected, teenage RHP Jen-Ho Tseng (Taiwan) has signed with the #Cubs for $1.625M. OF Eloy Jimenez signs next week

post from Tom U (one of the CCO authors) on Corey Black:
Some of what I know about Black from listening to the Daytona broadcasts: Black is 21 years old, so he is appropriate for the Advanced A level. He is Tampa's #3 starter and has fancied himself as a strikeout pitcher. He has an 88:45 strikeout ratio. However, since the Yankee's have gotten him to concentrate on throwing strikes rather than striking people out, his numbers have improved. Black has gone 2-2 in his last ten games with a 3.57 ERA, a 36:26 ratio, and holding teams to a .227 average.

Do I need to say it?

"Update 9:02 am ET: The Alfonso Soriano trade has been approved by MLB's commissioner's office, making the Yankees-Cubs swap of prospects, dollars, and Soriano official." http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2013/7/26/4559300...

Consider the truck backed up.

Corey Black it is...decent enough get.

Cubs take the Black, send Soriano to the Wall. /nerd


As you would expect from a former shortstop, he is a very good athlete and has plenty of arm strength: he's been clocked as high as 100 MPH in short stints and works in the mid-90s as a starter. He has a curveball, slider, and changeup. Although none of his secondary pitches are considered outstanding, they off-set the fastball well when his command is on. His mechanics aren't the smoothest and his command is inconsistent, but he picks up strikeouts at a good clip.

If he throws strikes and makes further progress with his secondaries, Black can start at higher levels. If that doesn't work out, his arm would still look good in the bullpen.

No IFA cap space?

With the Tseng signing, they seem way past caring.

yup...although they are putting off Jimenez until August 1st and said anymore trade deals might not happen until right at the deadline. I lost track of where they're at and how much over to see if they can even acquire anymore space after the Tseng signing.

Jesse Sanchez‏@JesseSanchezMLB #Cubs have committed around $5.1M of $5.5M international pool money so far, not including Eloy Jimenez, who expects to sign for $2.8 on 8/1.

Even if they stay ahead of their adjusted ISBP by adding SBV in trades prior to signing an international FA subject to the ISBP pool limit, the Cubs absolute maximum adjusted ISBP would be $6,835,800 (50% above their originally-assigned ISBP).

BTW, if the Cubs were to acquire an SBV in a trade that would cause them to exceed their maximum adjusted ISBP, the portion of the SBV that would cause the Cubs to exceed their maximum adjusted ISBP would be forfeited and the Cubs would end up with exactly $6,835,800 in ISBP.    


BA's take


Black features one of the best arms from the Yankees’ 2012 draft class, and he jumped to high Class A at the outset of the 2013 season. He sits 93-95 mph with sink and can reach 100 in short outings, though with below-average control he left the Florida State League ranked second in both strikeouts (88) and walks (45). Black has solid secondary weapons in a changeup and mid-80s slider, but given his wildness and size (he’s listed at 5-foot-11), his best path to the big leagues may be in the bullpen.

last one, not sure who the dude is, but he fakes it pretty well if he's a fraud


Black used two fastballs. His four-seamer worked in the 92-94 range and topped out at 95. His two-seamer was a plus pitch, sitting 91-92 with excellent late sink and cut. He seemed to rely on the four-seamer a little bit too much for my taste, but that could be part of his developmental plan. Over the long haul, he could work off of the two-seamer, and bust out the four-seamer after one of his secondary offerings.

Black threw a curveball, a changeup, and a slider. The curveball showed good shape, but got a little loopy as it came in in the 77-79 range. Black’s slider was also promising, working in the 85-88 range. The slider didn’t have a ton of movement, but it moved very late, and it was tough to pick up out of the hand. The cambio sat 87-88, but he only used the pitch a handful of times in my limited look.

"He seemed to rely on the four-seamer a little bit too much for my taste" Wow, talk about overanalyzing some guy in A ball.

okay, this is the last one from Jason Parks at BP

He's a short RHP with a high-effort delivery and a very good FB. I've seen him work 95-plus with ease, showing good late life on the ball. It's a 7 pitch. He's a reliever all the way. I've seen him drop a decent CH before, and I know he had both a CB and SL. He could be a seventh-inning type, but it's a limited ceiling.


We're gonna have the shortest, skinniest, hardest throwing bullpen in the universe.

Give me 4 Chris Sales, then. We'll be good.

Someone on this board (or a precursor), can't remember who, once proposed a rag arm approach to the bull pen using a large number of hard throwing pitchers on the forty man roster. Then you just shuttle them back and forth so that they can give max effort for a short period in the major and rest in the minors.

Gotta have binders full of grinders.

Turn on Wscr listen to sad story of local idiot billy the cub, the unofficial cub mascot, trying to gain sympathy for what he does. How pathetic. Does any other team have so many parasites?


Who? Carrie Muskat‏@CarrieMuskat #Cubs will add RHP Eduardo Sanchez today to roster Oh yeah, that guy. http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/s...

Sanchez will wear #52 and is available tonight (per Muskat). Interesting that when they picked up Sanchez (who was sent to Iowa) it involved a DFA for Michael Bowden and that roster spot was used to activate Garza. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-05-21... from the I-Cubs site: Player: Eduardo Sanchez W-1 L-1 ERA-3.71 G-28 SV-1 IP-34.0 H-27 R-15 HR-2 HB-4 BB-21 SO-31 WHIP-1.41 HLD-3

This isn't a problem right now because the Cubs did not need to drop a player from the 40-man roster to make room for Eduardo Sanchez, but if they need another slot on the 40 sometime in the next few days or weeks, Rafael Dolis can be transferred to the 60-day DL from the 15-day DL without even blinking an eye. 

Dolis has already spent 60 days on the 15-day DL, so he could theoretically be transferred to the 60-day DL and then reinstated the next day, because time spent on the 15-day DL counts toward the 60 days a player must spend on the 60-day DL before he can be reinstated. 


Also, cutting back to a four-man bench isn't as big a problem for the Cubs as it might be for some other N. L. club, because they have two of the best hitting pitchers in baseball available to PH when not starting a game (Travis Wood hitting RH and Chris Rusin hitting LH).


so...how many millions do the cubs save? i'm seeing conflicting reports... $7m $8m? ...as long as it was $6m or more i would walk away happy. my big fear was saving less than that. ...also, since it seems the cubs are going to blow through their international signing cap...does that make the r.torreyes trade a useless lost cause? i'm having trouble keeping up with the international signing thing, too.

Good question crunch. If they don't do some more international signing cap work then essentially they gave away torreyes for pocket change.

As I understand it, and I wouldn't bet much on that, but from what I've been able to read the Cubs have blown way past their cap, and really have no hope of recouping it this year (I think they'd have to make some big trades, and get nothing but cap money back to make it happen, which they won't do). Sounds like they are okay with the trade off, including giving away Torreyes, for the return. That kid they got from Taiwan today really finished them off in blowing the wad.

It was mentioned earlier in the comments, but they've currently spent out $5,165,000M...they currently are in possession of $5.5M in cap space, so they still have room to deal until they announce the Jimenez signing.

That being said, they'll need to get nearly $2M in space to avoid anything over the 5% penalty once Jimenez signs.

But anything they've added to this point will certainly help lessen any penalties, even if it's just financially.


As long as they bring Jimenez up as soon as he signs, I'm all on board.

Theo quote from Bruce Levine...implying Gregg gone, Russell not so much (much bigger price tag), but read into it what you will:
“Potentially, we will be hearing from people on the guys who we don’t control after this year,” Epstein said. “It would make more sense moving those guys.”

"Giants acquired RHP Guillermo Moscoso from the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash considerations."

Theo press conference happening, tons of quotes in twitter box.

projects Black as power reliever, comps Jesse Crain

Soriano's AB would start to diminish, right time to move him

wanted to move quick on SP's before market got flooded

very happy with infusion of young talent last few months, now needs to develop them

never feels like you're just one player away, will only sign players that fit the plan

 earlier article said Cubs will not be giving out any no-trade clauses

the no-trade clause is getting to be a thing of the past...the limited no-trade is still hanging on and not many get a really wide limited no-trade (cliff lee jumps to mind). players/agents seem to be getting used to the fact that if you're going to want huge money, you have to give up some control that was enjoyed for quite a many years in the recent past where players could have it all.

Yep. That is an excellent point CRUNCH. Unfortunately s was not during the Hendry era.

i'm just glad those days seem to be going away...it was kinda silly for a while when it was business-as-usual for many FAs.

Soriano flies out in first AB for the Yanks

Yanks down 6-0...Sabathia is broken...can hang out with Verlander, Halladay, Cain and Lincecum.

-edit- no outfield assist as I thought, threw home to catcher who threw on to 2b for the out.

this is a bit old but lengthy 6 minute interview with the local TV in SLC of Jacob Hannemann just after the draft http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euhU5PIZWQA&fe...

Man, I feel bad now for Soriano - watching the Yankees right now is like attending a funeral for some guy nobody liked. It's painful. They suck, the dugout is an empty wasteland, just wretched.

Don't feel to bad. He went 0 for 5.

grimm 2ip 8h 2bb 2k, 7er...no HR given up, though

CRUNCH: Justin Grimm's last 10 MLB starts for TEX prior to the trade:

48.2 IP, 72 H, 48 R (45 ER), 17 BB, 32 K, 10 HR, 1.83 WHIP - 8.72 ERA - left his last start versus DET with right forearm soreness.

I smell a possible post-season Jake Brigham "damaged goods" return ref Grimm.

Jeff Passan‏@JeffPassan Cuban RHP Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on six-year deal worth more than $50M, club source tells Y! Sports.

New York Times - Tommy John HOF For those of you who have not seen this, very nice piece on Frank Jobe and Tommy John. Dr. Jobe s being inducted this weekend. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/27/sports/base...

jd and len are trying so hard...they both have a cornball sense of humor, but for some reason (maybe generation gap) they don't seem to pick up on each other's bad jokes and run with them like len and bob did together. hopefully it's just growing pains... jd is getting better at the cubs system and players...predicting what they're likely to do...what they're capable of...etc etc.

Agreed on every point. But, yeah, definitely not clicking on the humor at all yet. :/

JD doesn't do it for me at all, but it's not because he's not insightful or anything. He just is kind of listless. Len and Bob had a good thing going. But it could be so, so much worse. Could be Hawk Harrelson, and his vomit inducing play by play.

i'm still traumatized by joe carter in the booth...that should not have happened.

The gaps in Pac Bell are carnivorous.

I erased it from my memory. Until...

k.bryant 3r HR (1-4, 1bb) olt 1-5, single, no Ks

I'd say bring em up, but then we'd have a glut of third basemen.

wow...his HR came on a 3-0 pitch...and the 3 balls were 3 of the worst pitches in a sequence i've seen since rick ankiel was pitching...i think all 3 missed by a foot or more. http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?conten...

Wow, did that announcer get excited. Thanks for the link. I am kinda thinking the slow start is just rust. I bet he comes around soon. Then the Cubs can just bring him up!

Holy sh^t those pitches were bad. Honestly looked like an intentional walk in all directions.

i'm a bit shocked Lake made contact on a Romo pitch.

also shocked DeJesus didn't bunt, getting a guy to third with less than 2 outs is the only time to do it.

CUBS LEAD! woo...rizzo on 2nd after error on b.belt (whiff'd it...ball into the OF) with men on corners...lake goes 1st to home.

Rizzo with a 3-2 count, on the 8th pitch ripped one through Brandon Belt, Lake scores from first.

Play Belt should have made though and called an error.

Junior Lake is FAST.

in the top of the 9th on the fielder choice, he didn't run out of the box immediately and still beat the throw to avoid the double play

Gregg not fooling anyone...

heh, Lake takes about 5 steps back on final flyout of the cgame, lucky he's fast enough to easily camp under it.

The other day he misjudged a fly ball to deep center and had to try to make a spectacular catch to make up for it. He didn't. But throw the guy in left and he'll get acclimated. He's toolsy in a way Corey Patterson wasn't.

Korey was a pretty solid defender, he didn't play 12 years because of his bat.

I'm not sure what tools Lake has that Corey didn't, other than maybe an edge on making contact? Corey even had a decent arm in his early years, if not a cannon.

Corey looked overmatched and had a huge hole in his swing. Never really felt good about him at ML level. Definitely more natural outfielder ... I like Lake's arm but he has a weird stride for an outfielder ... Looks like he's gliding on these little robot legs. Obviously right now is super unfair as Corey started well too and Junior is having a sick start AND the league hasn't adjusted yet ... But I like Lake's presence at the plate better. Always got that feeling Corey's bat was too big for him and he was such a sucker at the plate. We'll see.

cpat never met a high fastball he didn't swing at...and didn't hit. pitching "up the ladder" worked practically textbook on him. by the time the 3rd swinging strike came he looked foolish.

never met one he didn't hit? All of this talk of Paterson is gross. Let's move on.

i grammEred wrong...oops.

Hahaha! Love the use of the word 'gross' there!

I'm thinking Lake has more power and funny enough a better bunter

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