Gabor's Revenge and Other Rumors
This was probably posted in the comments, but Bruce Levine on his blog also said that once the Heilman deal is finished - which will clear a spot on the 40-man roster - the Cubs will sign Gabor Paul II Bako on a one year, $750K contract.
The Cubs are also said to be weighing offers on Danny Noonan...err, Rich Hill, and looking at adding another bench player such as Juan Uribe that could cover 2B, SS, 3B and possibly 1B. The Cub seem determined to make it virtually impossible for Micah Hoffpauir to make the team out of camp.
And if this Peavy deal doesn't happen, the Cubs may try and sign Braden Looper or Randy Wolf, to try and make it virtually impossibe for Sean Marshall to break with the team. A good way to keep his service time down I suppose. Of course, I think odds are high Rich Harden will be doing the Mark Prior-spring-training-DL-trip around March 20th routine because he wasn't quite ready when spring training began.
Eric S 22 min 10 sec ago (view)
Didn’t take long for Cubbery to show up early in this matchup
I wouldn’t have minded starting Willson in left field and let Caratini catch Yu - they seem to be more on the same page.
crunch 49 min 21 sec ago (view)
almora / bryant(LF) / rizzo / baez / contreras / heyward / russell / bote(2nd) / darvish
Craig A. 57 min 43 sec ago (view)
No six man rotation?
crunch 1 hour 13 min ago (view)
kimbrel is on-route to chicago. he'll most likely be activated tomorrow.
crunch 1 hour 48 min ago (view)
(CNN) The 2-year-old girl struck by a foul ball last month during a Chicago Cubs' game against the Astros in Houston sustained a fracture skull, subdural bleeding, brain contusions and a brain edema, the family's attorney said Wednesday.
Attorney Steve Polotko said Wednesday that the girl had a seizure at the hospital and has to take medicine to prevent more seizures. She is still recovering at home from her injuries, he said.
...we are gonna have so much net over so many parks next season.
Eric S 1 hour 53 min ago (view)
Interesting. They also dropped Happ to fifth in the lineup yesterday (Garcia was sixth) - Happ had been batting mostly third in the order.
QuietMan 2 hours 11 min ago (view)
Garcia starting in LF tonight for ICubs. Seeing if that's an option I guess.
Eric S 5 hours 25 min ago (view)
Thanks, Phil! Also think calling Garcia up could cause Happ to go nuts - they seem to have similar profiles (power hitting switch hitters who K frequently), though Happ can at least be adequate in the outfield defensively. Read an article in the Athletic this week about Cubs efforts to instill both A (launch angle) and B (flatter) swings in Happ depending on situation — still a long way to go apparently.
Arizona Phil 6 hours 30 min ago (view)
ERIC S: While I think the Cubs would probably like to trade both Mike Montgomery and Tyler Chatwood, the most-likely of the two to get traded this year is Montgomery, just because Chatwood's contract makes him virtually untradeable right now, and Montgomery could be a SP on a team that needs one (like OAK, LAA, or AZ).
Vimael Machin is having a fine season at AA but I don't think he would be a call-up candidate in 2019 until he gets moved-up to AAA and then stays there for a while.
Eric S 6 hours 46 min ago (view)
AZ Phil - Do you think it more likely than not one of either Montgomery or Chatwood is traded by the end of the July deadline?
Also, Robel Garcia is the current hot name for a potential callup to help out at second base. Do you think Vimael Machin would also be considered? Machin has only 3 homers (compared to Garcia’s 20) but has 18 doubles and appears to not have a significant swing and miss aspect to his game that Garcia has — could be the Cubs could use Machin’s on-base skill moreso than Garcia’s power.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 10 min ago (view)
I suspect Adbert Alzolay gets optioned back to AAA when Kimbrel is recalled, and then the Cubs go with a nine-man bullpen (and 14 pitchers) when Edwards is reinstated from the IL, with Cargo or Descalso getting the DFA.
Arizona Phil 7 hours 13 min ago (view)
Brad Brach's last five outings: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 10 K
Arizona Phil 7 hours 38 min ago (view)
K-DUB: I have seen Manuel Espinoza pitch: mediocre 87-90 MPH FB, plus-CH, solid CV, and outstanding command.
I have mentioned this before, but Espinoza was signed by the Cubs on the same day and by the same Area Scout in July 2017 as fellow Mexican RHP Florencio Serrano Jr, and like Serrano, Espinoza's contract was investigated by MLB. And also like Serrano, Espinoza missed the entire 2018 season while his contract was being investigated.
K Dub 20 hours 46 min ago (view)
PHIL: Have you had a chance to watch Manuel Espinoza pitch? Any idea on his stuff?
crunch 20 hours 49 min ago (view)
cubs lose, brews lose, cards lose
crunch 21 hours 38 min ago (view)
i hate charlie culberson.