Free Agent Frenzy
|A.J. Burnett||Seattle Mariners||6|
|Johnny Damon||Boston Red Sox||4|
|Kyle Farnsworth||Atlanta Braves||7|
|Rafael Furcal||Chicago Cubs||15|
|Nomar Garciaparra||LA Dodgers||11|
|Brian Giles||St. Louis Cardinals||12|
|Jacque Jones||San Diego Padres||5|
|Paul Konerko||Chicago White Sox||13|
|Kevin Millwood||Baltimore Orioles||8|
|Bengie Molina||NY Mets||14|
|Matt Morris||LA Dodgers||3|
|Mike Piazza||Detroit Tigers||2|
|B.J. Ryan||NY Yanks||9|
|Billy Wagner||NY Mets||7|
|Preston Wilson||Arizona D'Backs||1|
KingKongvsGodzilla 2 hours 34 min ago (view)
Are these guys out of the org now?
K Dub 7 hours 11 min ago (view)
PHIL: Any velo readings on Ramos? Earlier reports also had him sitting 98-99. Thanks!
George Altman 13 hours 12 min ago (view)
Phil, serious question: How good is the Cubs Player Development Department? Scale of 1 to 30 with 1 being best. I mean, I can think of 5 teams right now who don't have near the Cubs resources but do better year after.
I mean there are organizations across sports who seem to coach the crap out of their draft picks and signees. They just got 4 teenagers for Darvish, but do they have the coaches to get any of them to the show?
My pessimistic grade would be about 24.
Arizona Phil 13 hours 26 min ago (view)
DJL: How about Eddy Julio Martinez as a spectacular miss? A $3M signing bonus out of Cuba and he never made it out of AA.
Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 33 min ago (view)
Wow, that's a pretty spectacular miss. He was so highly thought of when he signed.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 5 min ago (view)
TIM: Richard Gallardo doesn't seem to be progressing as a SP, so he has apparently been moved to the bullpen. He has a tendency to labor through innings and nibble too much and throw a lot of pitches.
tim815 14 hours 19 min ago (view)
Anything on Gallardo, of interest, from today?
Arizona Phil 14 hours 21 min ago (view)
The Cubs have released LHP Ryan Kellogg, RHP Alex Moore, 3B Fidel Mejia, OF Jose Gutierrez, OF Eddy Julio Martinez, and OF Zac Taylor from Minor League Camp.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 27 min ago (view)
And despite what you might read elsewhere, It was - NOT - a "hot" gun.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 53 min ago (view)
He certainly could have forced the Cubs to release him with full salary as termination pay, so he must like it with the Cubs.
Charlie 16 hours 43 min ago (view)
Follow-up on last week's discussion of Baez's contact and plate discipline woes. Another Fangraphs article notes that he is among league leaders in combined positive change in zone swing rates (swinging at more pitches inside the strike zone) and reduction in chase rate (swinging at pitches outside the zone). See the last table: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/lets-look-at-some-earl...
This makes his 45% strikeout rate and 1.7% BB rate all the more strange.
crunch 19 hours 45 min ago (view)
he may not be worth much to us as fans, but every indication points to him being quite popular in the dugout. nice to see him stick around as an emergency callup catcher.
Wrigley Rat 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Tony Wolters clears waivers and is sent to the Alternate Training site in South Bend.
bigsky33 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Hi Phil, are they letting you into Sloan? Great to see your write-ups!!
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)
uh...welcome back hendricks...i guess. meh.