Cubs Cut 9

Pitchers Mitch Atkins, Justin Berg and Jeff Stevens have been optioned to Triple A, with Marcos Mateo headed to Double A(for now).  NRI's C Welington Castillo, INF Luis Rivas and Darwin Barney and OF Doug Deeds and Jason Dubois have been assigned to minor league camp.

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A week has gone by since I last blogged, and Fontenot just walked by and he's still as small as he was when I first met him. He hasn't grown at all. We'll leave it at that.

So FonteGOD is short huh? He makes up for it with scrap, grit, hustle, and heart. Take that Reed Johnson.

reed johnson gets to make fun of him because he guards fonte's pot of gold from thieves and boxes of lucky charms from kids while he's in the field.

fun facts....listed heights on BR.com

Fontenot - 5'8"

Johnson - 5-10"

Theriot - 5-11"

it's not nice to lie Mr. Theriot....

i like watching david ortiz's weight go up. as of 2 years ago he was still listed at 210. now he's at 230. both are funny.

I'm a little disappointed with his blog so far

http://blogs.dailyherald.com/node/1640 Looks like May 3rd to retire Fergie and Maddux's #31....

The Mets released former Cub Rocky Cherry. A Rule 5 pick, he was offered back to the Orioles, but the team declined to take him since he had the option of becoming a free agent. Rotoworld speculates that the Mets will offer him a minor league contract to stick around.

{From previous thread} Ahone Ahtwo Ahthree: Murton is in the perfect spot in Colorado and I think he can do pretty well there. As for Cedeno, we all know how he rolls... he won't hit .316 over the course of an entire season.. Ground balls are ground balls. Let Murton go. He's not nearly as good as the Cub faithful wanted him to be.

I was never much of a Murton fan myself, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't like to see him succeed. The writing was on the wall for Murton when the Cubs gave Soriano that fat contract...

Maybe even earlier, like when Dusty wanted to platoon him with either Boom Boom Bynum or Angel Pagan.

"I feel fine," Lee said Tuesday. "I'm not worried." Then he's scratched from the lineup because of a sore quad. Confident Lee shrugs off hitting swoon

Eh. Who cares? It's still early in spring training, etc., etc. Even if it were an injury, Lee is one of the few regulars I think we could live without for a while.

Lee was on the Team USA provisional roster and with Chipper likely being replaced for the final round, there was a chance he could have been named to the team if not for this injury. Evan Longoria was the only other IF on the provisional roster so he is a lock to take Chipper's spot now. If Braun has to go I imagine his replacement will by Ryan Ludwick as Sizemore and Hawpe have already pulled out with an injuries sustanined before the WBC and the other OF Carlos Quentin ended the year on the DL and has no insurance for the Wsox monteralily if there was another injury to him. As for Lindstrom, if they were smart they would replace him with a SP to start the semi final because their SP has sucked in the tourney. Danks is likely their best option, if they go the RP route it will certanily be Chad Qualls.

So, how much more sense does Esteban German make for the 25th man than Joey Gathright? The guy stole a lot of bases in the minors, plays 2nd base and has appeared in LF, CF, 3B, SS, and 1B, and is a righthanded hitter with a career .284/.364/.404 line against lefties (making him the slightly more likely platoon partner for Fontenot than Miles, with his .284/.352/.352 line against lefties). It really seems to me that either German or Koskie could be more valuable than Gathright (Koskie more so as 3B insurance).

gath is waaaaaaaaaaay faster. and i wouldn't get too stoked about his minor league numbers...he's a contact hitting singles hitter that owns a few gloves. and he's a perfect example of how ob% can be overrated in some cases. yeah, he's got a decent ob%, but it's almost all via his bat and hits falling for singles...it's not some great batting eye or his ability to draw walks.

Except for the very first sentence, can't that all be said about Gathright as well? The batting splits I called attention to were made up of only major league numbers.

the 1st sentence is the main reason he's here fwiw...that and he can cover CF. and you can apply the singles-hitting thing to his ML numbers, too. he plays his ob% off his bat, not his eye or patience. that said, i'd be happy with either/or...it's just a 25th man...a guy who will get 150-250ab's if everyone stays healthy.

German = .101 BB/PA ratio in the majors

Gathright = .074

that being said, German has fallen off a cliff in three years and just got released by a terrible team, no one should get too excited here.

I didn't mean to sound excited about him. Gathright was recently released by that same team.

well I'm definitely not excited about Gathright....

as far as a complete player goes...you go german. his speed may not be what it was and he can't play OF as good as gathright, but he's got the arm to play OF (even RF) along with the whole "can play IF" thing. german has more power upside which is scary considering most of his game is contact hitting for singles and trying to stretch out doubles. from what lou/hendry say when they talk about Gath it really does seem to be all about his speed (and he can cover all 3 OF). i can see an arguement for either one...mostly because neither bring a whole lot besides niche role skills.

I guess I'm just still terrified that Kosuke might struggle or get hurt and we'll have to watch them give Gathright a short at starting. That and I'm frustrated that they'd use a roster spot on a guy who is solely a PR when they have out of options pitchers. At least they seem to want Hoffpauir on the roster now.

and it's not Angel Guzman, RHP Billy Muldowney to have surgery to remove bone spur http://cubs.scout.com/2/848070.html

well...there goes 2010. too late to trade soriano yet?

USA vs. USA (territory)!!! Teddy Ballgame already down a run...totally forgot about the game. chat is open, although I can't make it.

Who plans the TV schedule for this crap?! Two "who cares" NIT games and not the WBC. I'm guessing it's on Deportes and MLB Network or some nonsense, but that doesn't help us poor basic cable people.

I was wondering the same thing, but then I thought about it. ESPN knows they're going to have Ken-Tuk-Eee on versus a chance of having Netherlands versus Venzuela, so they go with the sure bet... they look like dipshits in retrospect, but you can sort of understand the decision.

carlos "kenny lofton" beltran with a killer catch at the wall to rob a homer. unf.

heading into traffic... 4-3 PR in the top of the 9th...let's go comeback!!!

Phew, we get Geo Soto back.

Great ending to the game. We get Soto back, but not Mr. Lilly quite yet.

I'm not too concerned with Lillyhammer, he's a professional badass. I like getting Soto back to work with the pitchers and all that jazz. Plus he can get a chance to shot Gabor and Koyie how a real man catches.

A good enough ending to make me wish this mattered more.

It was killing me watching Geo catch balls with his bare right hand. Yeow

hoff. is much better at that

That was a fantastic ending. Too bad for PR (my brethren).

Wrong. No one cares about the WBC http://sports.espn.go.com/extra/baseball/wbbc... and Adam Dunn only cares about Fantasy Football http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/9345196/Dunn's-passion-showing-through-in-WBC

The second article about Dunn: "I've never been on a team that nationally had expectations this low. I don't know why we can't go out and shock everyone. That's how I'll go into it."" Did Dunn just block out those years in Cincy?

With the Reds there was perennial hope that the team would contend if everything broke its way. With the Nats, I think it's a stretch to imagine them at 81 wins even in the best case scenario because of the horrendous state of that pitching staff. Unless the plan is to start Stephen Strasburg every game after August, this team won't be anything close to .500 despite having a fairly dangerous lineup.

Thursday is the date that Bako and Gaudin get their salaries locked in right? I am surprisded neither one of them got cut as right now given their springs they appear to be dead money.

I only caught glimpses of the game while it happened but just watched the highlights. Awesome ending.... Ted grooved a fastball to Delgado there and the heroics will make people forget about Jeter's crappy defense in the top of the 9th.

The run PR got in the 6th was also in part due to Jeter's lack of range at SS. There is no reason in a do or die game aganist a capable team for Jroll not to be playing SS. If Davey feels like he owes it to NYY to get Jeter game time at SS it should have been aganist the Dutch.

Yeah, that was a frustrating play to watch. Just let him DH. Dunn actually looked pretty good in right in the one play I noticed. Wright looks like a vintage Rolen at third. I am on board with handing him the gold glove for the next 8 years, unless he gets hurt.

The Real Neal: ...Dunn actually looked pretty good in right in the one play I noticed... Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.

on the radio they said Rollins was quite sick, probably had something to do with him DH'ing....

Wittenmeyer chimes in on Koskie and his nice double (dooble? did I miss something?) http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/... And, on Gathright, "Gathright is out with dental work. His status is 'decay-to-decay'" Will be interesting to see what Koskie brings in the last three weeks. OH CANADA!

Heard some tidbits on ESPN Radio's baseball spot. Perhaps it's been posted already but the Cubs want a new "state of the art facility" for ST like the new White Sox's spread at Camelback Ranch. They're even "looking" at Florida sites like Sarasota who have already expressed interest, but I think we can assume it's all a leverage ploy to get a new upgraded facility at their current home by 2012 which is I believe when they have to re-up. Also a new field is currently being installed at Wrigley to cleanup the mess the Winter Classic reeked on the field. On the NHL's dime of course.

Excellent use of money. State of the art for ST, piece of shit for the regular season.

you mean a new infield? grass? what exactly?

Didn't say exactly, I think they said the cost was $500K so I'd imagine new grass at least throughout the OF since the rink was pretty much stretched out across the OF up to 2B. But they had paths for the players to walk out from the dugouts across the INF so that too could be in play...not that it really matters either way. Also down the right field line concourse area there will be a new Captain Morgan's Pub/Harry Caray's Restaurant venture co-owned by the Cubs and the Harry Caray's people. You can enter from Addison too and if you have a ticket to the game you can supposedly go through the restaurant/pub into Wrigley which seems hard to believe.

the soil system under a sports field is an amazing complex of soil/gravel and tubes carrying/taking water. it's a few feet thick of human engineered layers made to look like nothing at all is going on but growing and mowing.

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  • crunch 6 hours 17 min ago (view)

    without fail, at the end of every minor league spring training period (which is extremely poorly paid, not at all for the most part) there comes some retirements that seem to be a bit "early" in their development when players slog through weeks of low/no pay only to find out they're being assigned to a low level that barely pays them.  it's a real morale crasher after going through weeks of poverty that breaks some guys.  that's no way to run things...

     

  • JustSayin' 7 hours 36 min ago (view)

    So true.  The minors these days is an odd mix of the few who get big bonuses with Hispanic guys for whom $1,200/month might be good money and college guys being partly subsidized by middle or upper-middle class families.  You don't hear much about minor league economics when the discussion turns to lower participation by black players but I believe it's a big factor.  If you need to use sports to get ahead, would you rather have your "internship" involve a free college education, or $6,000 a year?  

     

  • crunch 8 hours 6 min ago (view)

    there are more than a few minor league players that have to "retire" from minor league ball in order to start making real money in the real world for their real lives while those from more wealthy families get to follow their dreams a bit longer.

    that's a real shame.

     

  • JustSayin' 13 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Theo got a good question at the conference on minor league salaries and went on record that they are unfair.  That was followed by "keep your ear to the ground" or some similar cliche.  I find this interesting.  Fan dissatisfaction this offseason is maily focused on ownership being cheap but you have to admit there is a (slim?) chance that the baseball moves we want to see are not currently possible.  It's hard to say the same about MiLB salaries.  Those don't even factor in the luxury tax.  You could raise every player in the system to middle class for the cos

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 38 min ago (view)

    As part of the 2019-2020 Cubs offseason dumpster diving extravaganza, I wonder if they will kick the tires on Zack Cozart. Can handle 2B SS 3B and isn't far removed from being a great defender and at least decent hitter. 2 years of injury is a concern, but he'd receive only ML minimum.

     

  • crunch 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    WAS is now floating c.kieboom as a 3rd base option...along with asdrubal cabrera backing him up there.

    the bryant service issue delay may end up lessening his trade value as teams (especially his #1 rumored suitor, WAS) prepare their teams in the offseason.

    it's unfortunate that the cubs major offseason team building is based on waiting to find out how much getting rid of bryant is worth because of service time concerns.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    Another possible unintended consequence of the new restriction on September call-ups is that contending clubs will send MLB-ready pitchers and position-players who in previous seasons would have been called-up to MLB in September to the Arizona Fall League, just to keep them in game shape in case the pitcher or position player is needed as an injury replacement in September or in the post-season.  

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    One thing about Josh Phegley is that not only is he out of minor league options but he also has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time), so he can't even be outrighted to the minors without his consent if he were to be added to the 40.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have reportedly signed veteran MLB catcher Josh Phegley (ex-OAK and ex-CHW) to a minor league contract and an NRI to Spring Training (contract is pending because it has not yet been filed with MLB). 

     

  • CubbyBlue 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    Yeah but that person figured out a way to make a profit off of it, so... hey WAIT!

     

  • crunch 2 days 50 min ago (view)

    "Cubs' pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said Friday that Brandon Morrow (elbow) will be on the same schedule as the rest of the Cubs' pitchers during spring training."

    that's cool.  no restrictions unless the team chooses to be cautious, evidently.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    The Danny Hultzen and Carlos Asuaje minor league contracts have been filed with MLB, but no Jason Adam or Tyler Olson contract filings (yet).  

     

  • cubbies.4ever 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    My son's name is Tyler Olsen (obviously spelled different, and only 6 but a future Cub), so I am rooting for Tyler to make the team. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    And Tyler Olson has a similar profile as Casey Sadler (out of minor league options and has Article XX-D rights if he is added to the 40), the only difference being (unlike Sadler) Olson will come to Spring Training not on the 40 so he can be sent to Iowa without restrictions, but if & when he's added to the 40 he isn't a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider candidate. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    Unfortunately (for the Cubs) Casey Sadler doesn't fit as a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider because he is out of minor league options and he can elect free-agency if he is outrighted (he has Article XX-D rights because he been outrighted previously in his career). 

     

  • cubbies.4ever 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    I agree, this offseason has been a disgrace.  If I'm Theo I'm thinking I am in OAK or CHI?  This ownership has given him nothing this year.  Even the cheap Twins are willing to sign Josh Donaldson and the Cubs biggest transaction this offseason may be adding Miguel Amaya to the 40 man.