Hollandsworth Traded

Todd Hollandsworth was traded to the Atlanta Braves tonight for minor league (wait for it)....pitchers Todd Blackford and Angelo Burrows. If you're too lazy to click the link, here's what the Cubs PR department has to say about the 2 "prospects":
Blackford, 20, is in his second professional season, having been selected by Atlanta in the 13th round of the 2004 draft. In 27 career games, the right-handed pitcher has gone 6-5 with a 4.60 ERA. This season, Blackford has gone 5-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 12 games for the Class A Danville Braves. He has held opponents to a .219 average and issued just two homers in 59 2/3 innings of work. Burrows, 25, was selected by the Braves in the ninth round of the 1999 draft. The right-handed pitcher has split the 2005 season between Class A Rome and Myrtle Beach, combining to go 4-3 with three saves and a 3.32 ERA in 30 relief appearances. Burrows, who began his career as an outfielder, batted .250 in 334 career games before being converted to a pitcher in 2004. In his first season on the mound, he was 2-5 with a 4.10 ERA in 22 relief appearances. He struck out 30 batters and allowed five homers in his 37 1/3 innings of work.
Matt Murton will be called up tomorrow to take Holly's spot and it looks like Jermaine Van Buren will be called up and placed on the 40 man roster to take Kerry Wood's spot, who will be placed on the DL tomorrow. Trans: To quote Bob Dylan,
Goodbye's too good a word, babe So I'll just say, "fare thee well." I ain't saying you treated me unkind. You could have done better but I don't mind. You just kinda wasted my precious time. But don't think twice, it's all right.


My guess is we are unlikely to ever see either of these guys in Chicago, at least not at Wrigley Field. I wonder what the starting line-up is gonna look like next year. Listening to the game tonight on ESPN, it seemed like one by one (Burnitz, Nomar, CPat) the announcers predicted that these guys would be gone. I wonder if we will try to rebuild for a year or two or try to sign our way back into contention with free agents? My view is that, while one or two free agents probably are inevitable, we need to give some of our kids down on the farm a chance. I am not sure that Dusty could bear such an approach.

hooray! hendry has taken away dusty's options in left! murton must start! which leads to this conversation tomorrow at wrigley: macias: "you know, i can play left field if you need me to" dusty: "nah, i think i got the message from jim, dude. i gotta play murton" macias (shows dusty the goat/jose/dusty pics) dusty: "dude...nah..."

With their entire minor league system already playing on the big club, where did the Braves even find these guys?

There is absolutely nothing in either player's resume' to suggest they'll ever see Chicago. This trade was probably done as a gift to Hollandsworth, who now gets to go the playoffs, and to Murton/Hairston/Patterson, who have one less person to fight with for PT. Is Hairston the next to go? We've traded every other pedestrian OFer in the system...

lawton just homered in the 8th for the yankees. as many big hits in 3 days for the yanks as he had in a month with the cubs.

Salt, meet wound.

Walker is the last of the 3 that cleared waivers not to be traded yet. I say the odds are 50/50 that he goes in the next 48 hours. Funny wendsday is the first cut down day in the NFL and Hutch looks like he is going to get cut. So MRS. Hutch might get to see her hubby and her bro get run out of town on the same day ouch! Hopefully if we trade Walker we get a guy who has an MLB future. here are some canidates to get: Mets: Royce Ring A's: Jairo Garcia (probably the best realistic deal) Indians: Franklin Gutterez (A Cub fan can hope) Twins: Mike Ryan or JD Durbin

Would be surprised to see Walker go. He's got a very reasonable contract for next year and while his defense borders on awful, his offense is pretty good.

I disagree that Walker's D is bordering on awful. I say serviceable. I think there's a good chance he'll be back next year. The more I think about it, I think I like it better when we're out of it in June. This sucks. Just wait till next year, right? And lastly, Rob G. the Dylan lyrics that come to mind for me are: "Oh, the hours I've spent inside the Coliseum, Dodging lions and wastin' time. Oh, those mighty kings of the jungle, I could hardly stand to see 'em, Yes, it sure has been a long, hard climb. Train wheels runnin' through the back of my memory, When I ran on the hilltop following a pack of wild geese. Someday, everything is gonna be smooth like a rhapsody When I paint my masterpiece."

it was trans who contributed the dylan lyrics for what it's worth...

Has anyone read Phil Rogers's latest masterpiece? In it he extols Mark Buehrle's latest mouthing-off as evidence why the Sox will win the World Series. If I'm not mistaken, this is the same Mark Buehrle who accused Greg Maddux of steriod abuse. This time his baseless accusations are aimed at Ameriquest field and the notion that office building lights tip pitches to Ranger hitters. A notion that Phil Rogers seems to accept, which I should expect given that Rogers and asinine remarks are never too far apart. Is it me, or does anyone else bothered by this?

Some good news, Cleveland won and the White Sox lost. Lets hope that rend continues for another five weeks and will give Phil Rogers lots to write about. I have couple random thoughts about the posts above speculating about playing time and the Cubs young players after reading Sheehan on baseballprospectus and stories in the Trib and Sun Tims after last night's game. I hope Dusty starts Nefi and Corey every game from here on out. By the end of these 100 or so plate appearances I expect everyone, except for Dusty, will be completely disenthralled with the idea that either of these two can play more than a utility role on a major league team. And I expect Dusty will play them through end of the season. I surmise from Dusty's grumpy response to the media about playing time for Murton and Cedeno, a media who are desperately looking for something to write about then another Cubs'loss or another Corey 0-4 for 3K, that he has already made a judgement on Murton and that is that Murton cannot be a regular outfielder on a Dusty team (unlike Corey). He apparently does not like Murton's defense, doesn't think he will hit righthanders, and, even if he does, will not hit with power. Likewise I think he judge's Nefi to be the superior player over Cedeno. And Dusty is never wrong, right Dusty has shown an incredible, irrational stubborness, about his decisions, whether putting Hawkins in as the closer or starting Nefi/Corey 1-2 from late May to early July. It takes an awful lot of reality to change Dusty from a path he has decided on, and right now he has decided that his best chance to getting back to .500 is playing the very players who have gotten him into this fix. One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. Finally, I guess I should be glad we got something for Hollingsworth, but frankly the Cubs have made many of these little trades with Atlanta over the years and Atlanta has never surrendered a player that has amounted to more than a warm bucket of spit. I see no reason for this one to be different.

AQC, Buerhle accused Maddux of throwing a spitball. CFIG, From what I heard Murton will get substantial PT. Of course Baker could put Macias in there to try to get fired. Quevedo was a big prospect when we got him from ATL of course he was a big eater too.

Awww Hollandsworth is gone. He should of never been signed in the first place. He sucks in the field with his rubber arm and 1 month doesnt make up for 10 years of being a worthless veteran. Good riddance to this garbage of a player. But I bet you will never see Atlanta double switching Holly into the OF as a defensive upgrade like Baker does on a regular basis.

Trading Holly for anything was a worthwhile move. Of course, the CUbs should have traded him long ago and could have gotten more for him...but you can't trade the past. Even if the players teh Cubs got are 1/1000 longshots to provide an value to the big league club, its better than nothing, which is the only alternative.

At least we didn't get Micha Bowie back...

hollandsworth was not good this year. he was, however, misused by our resident idiot rev johnny b. he's a good guy off the bench/spot starter. not a # 5 hitter playing left field on a regular basis. once his confidence fell apart, he was done. my take on next year is that we'll be a mix of youth and vets-aiming for a championship. we have way too much money and not enough prospects left to just re-build. I expect Hendry to make several TRADES as opposed to going heavy free agent. The trade market this summer sucked. I expect alot of activity this winter. Keep in mind this will require RISK. A team taking a chance on CPat for instance will be sending someone we'll be taking a chance on. That said, I'd say Murton or Pie will compete for one OF spot as will Cedeno and Fontentot for one infield spot. They just don't want too young of a team but they do want to infuse some youth. I pick the LA Dodgers as our most likely trading partner. I think Jeff Weaver, JD Drew and possibly Jeff Kent are guys that might be coming to Chicago. I also predict that Hendry will trade Jerome Williams, Corey Patterson and at least one of our more coveted prospects this off season. No pain, no gain. When its all said and done, we'll have one new starter, 2 new of's and one new middle relief guy. They'll make a run at Damon but they won't get him. They'll make a run at Wagner and they might get him. Wagner would make Dempster extremely valuable in several ways: he could fill a rotation spot if someone gets hurt or he could go into the setup role. Just remember all the prospects we get this week-if we trade burnitz, rusch, walker...could be part of this winters' big trades.

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  • Charlie 3 hours 6 min ago (view)

    Yeah, it seems like I lean more toward overvaluing Bryant than most commenters here. Also, I completely stopped following prospect lists once the Cubs were good again, so I'm out of the loop on Pache especially. I had imagined that the Cubs would be looking more for immediate major league value rather than a projectable prospect, but I guess if you really like Pache you don't mind waiting a couple years.


  • K Dub 9 hours 51 min ago (view)

    PHIL: Excellent breakdown, Phil. Thanks. 

    I'm sure you heard. QO value was set at $17.8 million the day after you made your post.


  • K Dub 9 hours 58 min ago (view)

    Pache, Wright, Muller and Riley feels light to you, Charlie? I respect your opinion, but I would jump at it. I highly doubt the Braves would do it, though. Were talking 2 years of Bryant at what could be 18 million and 28-30 million in his last year of arbitration. 

    The Cubs would be hurting their chances next year and building for 2021 in a deal like that, but that's rebuilding/retooling in one fell swoop. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 days 14 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: Austin Riley is actually a third-baseman but he had to play LF for the Braves in 2019 because he was blocked by Josh Donaldson, and Cristian Pache is considered to be the best defensive centerfielder in the minors and his bat has improved enough over the past year or two to where he is now rated in or just outside the top ten overall prospects in MLB.

    So a package that includes Riley and Pache and one of the Braves young MLB or MLB-ready SP would probably be more than enough to get the Cubs to bite.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Max Fried or Bryse Wilson


  • crunch 2 days 17 hours ago (view)


    t.skaggs story keeps getting deeper.

    allegations the team knew about skagg's drug abuse (also his family).  teams are required to report this to MLB.


  • Charlie 2 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Except for the headline, the linked post reads more like a trade hypothetical than a trade rumor. I like the idea of looking at this package as a discussion point for expected return for Bryant. I would say it feels a little light to me. It's deep, with two decent outfield prospects with upside and two OK pitching prospects. But Riley doesn't help the team solve the CF problem right now, so he's either redundant to Bote or sort of a Schwarber replacement. Muller's inflated BB% at AA this year worries me a bit too.


  • Cubster 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    I might have missed something and it's been talked about regarding a KB trade rumor from about 10-9-19. 


    Braves receive: 3B Kris Bryant 


  • crunch 4 days 16 hours ago (view)

    they get 3 guys and the cubs get 1 guy.  sounds like a slam dunk for the angels.  pencil trout in the cubs lineup.  he's got upside.


  • Jackstraw 4 days 18 hours ago (view)

    I'd hate to part with both Kemp and Chatwood, but if it will bring that Trout guy back, we could even throw in Almora.


  • crunch 4 days 21 hours ago (view)

    the ricketts got a brazillian dollar tax break...they need to trickle that down and flex on the entire league.

    we gonna get grandal, rendon, castellanos, g.cole, strasburg, ryu, a.chapman...maybe sign bumgarner and odorizzi to work the pen.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 22 hours ago (view)

    CHARLIE: If the Cubs trade Quintana and his new club pays 100% of his 2020 salary his new club assumes 100% of his salary AAV liability, but if the Cubs agree to pay a portion of Quintana's 2020 salary as part of the trade, whatever portion of Quintana's 2020 salary that is paid by the Cubs would count against the Cubs 2020 AAV. 


  • Charlie 4 days 23 hours ago (view)

    PHIL: Thanks for that Boston context--I hadn't realized the trend there. If the Cubs did decide to pick up Quintana's option and then trade him (assuming the Cubs would not agree to pay part of the contract as part of the trade), do they have to do that by a certain date in order for Quintana's contract not to count against them for the CBT? I haven't been able to find any dates attached to the CBT in a quick internet search.


  • Arizona Phil 4 days 23 hours ago (view)

    My presumption in the Cubs declining Jose Quintana's 2020 club option as well as declining the club options on the veteran relievers who have one and non-tendering Addison Russell (and this also applies to Joe Maddon not returning as manager in 2020) is that after the monumental late-September collapse of 2019 on the heels of the 2018 Game #163 and Wild Card game defeats Ricketts will no longer accept the Cubs payroll going over the CBT threshold ($208M AAV in 2020) or extending a manager making $5M a year.   


  • crunch 5 days 5 hours ago (view)

    i actually like ATL the team...the fans and the 3+ hours of tommy hawk chawpin' non-stop is beyond annoying before even getting into how messed up it is they're still doing that in 2019.  it's all they do, just that 1 single thing...for hours...

    fans were so upset about not getting foam hatchets pre-game yesterday (that was the club's way to "dial it back") they were busy letting the "PC police" know they're here to chant and chop as loud as they could before the first pitch was even thrown.

    it took about 10 runs to shut them up.


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 5 days 18 hours ago (view)

    Damn. Atlanta was the only team in the NL I was hoping would advance. I don’t know what I was hoping in LA vs WAS series. Cataclysmic event? (Side note, I live in the DC area, what a dreadful group of fans. They deserve nothing good ever.)