And The New Cubs Closer Is....

Gordon Wittenmyer has been named the Cubs closer to start the season. While everyone that owns Carlos Marmol in their fantasy league throws their mouse across the room, it's for the Cubs...for now. A few blown saves by Gregg and I doubt that Lou will hesitate to flip roles.

The Indians roll into Mesa today with Mark DeRosa and Kerry Wood in tow and here's the Cubs'.

LF Alfonso Soriano, SS Ryan Theriot, 1B Derrek Lee, RF Milton Bradley,
3B Aramis Ramirez, 2B Mike Fontenot, C Geovany Soto, CF Joey Gathright
and P Ted Lilly.


I understand Scott Eyre is broke

Umm... posting a major Cubs news story on the front page is not a 3/44 or Scott Eyre moment.

Crap, I drafted Gregg for holds, but now I can't use him.

Sweet. Good choice. Now just pick So Taguchi for that final spot and all is good.

Marmolaide seems unhappy... "Disappointed, yeah, of course it is," Marmol said of the situation, which he seemed to think was preordained. "I can't control this." Marmol pitched for the Dominican Republic in the WBC but said he didn't feel that didn't make any difference. "They knew what (they were going) to do before I got here," he said. "That's what I said when I said it was not 'competition

"Marmol did admit, though, that the decision was good for the team." Yep, and that's really all that matters, dude.

18th round 213th pick Gregg, Kevin (CHN) ;)

My fantasy team thanks Lou... and Rob, I may be willing to trade you Villanueva now. :)

offer still stands or counter-offer if you wish...

yea... i am thinking about it...

I really like this decision -- it's the one that, if it's a mistake, is correctable. If Gregg doesn't perform, it's easy enough just to flip-flop him with Marmol. But if Marmol was named the starter and didn't perform, it would be much more complicated -- and Marmol's development could be stunted.

Yeah, really no downside to this move. If Gregg does decent, he likely becomes a Type A free agent and we get 2 picks for him or if all the young guys in the pen pitch like there capable of maybe we could move him to an AL team for prospects or an injury stop gap if we need one at the deadline. If he sucks just flip him back with Marmol.

this one is as surprising as bonds being linked to PEDs...dunno why anyone buys into the false competitions of spring sometimes. besides, i couldnt imagine lou only wanting to use marmol for 50 games or so...he seems to have a thing for him.

Solid move. As I said before, Marmol is probably the better pitcher, but Gregg has experience with the closer psychology.

Also, loving the lineup with Theriot batting second. He'll do great there.

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  • cubbies.4ever 8 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Just to continue my conspiracy theory that Theo has a requirement you have TJS to pitch for the Cubs Trevor Megill had it in 2013.  The Cubs must have a support group for pitchers who have had TJS.


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 3 min ago (view)

    After losing two players off the Iowa reserve list in the Major League Phase and selecting four players in the AAA Phase, the Iowa reserve list has one slot open, so now would be an excellent time to try and outright C. D. Pelham to AAA.

    Keep in mind that he can't elect free-agency if he's outrighted, and if he is outrighted, he won't be a minor league free-agent until post-2021.

    And if he gets claimed off waivers? No big deal.  


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 25 min ago (view)

    LHSP Faustino Carrera and 2B Carlos Sepulveda were among the first players signed by the Cubs out of Mexico in 2014-15. The Cubs ended up signing more than two dozen more Mexican players over the next three years. 


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Vimael Machin can play anywhere in the infield & outfield, but he also went through the catcher conversion program at post-2015 Instructs so he can even catch in a pinch, too. He could be a very useful 26th man.

    Machin is bi-lingual (he is from Puerto Rico and went to college at Old Dominion), and was projected by the Cubs as a future coach or manager. He's a savvy & astute baseball guy. 


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 41 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Every year the Cubs convert two or three position players to pitcher (it was Galazin, Hughes, and Zardon in 2019), so it's very possible that Suiter will be given a chance to pitch. 


  • bradsbeard 11 hours 37 min ago (view)

    Suiter, who pitched in HS and briefly in college and who doesn't appear to be much of a hitter, seems to me to be a good pitcher conversion candidate.


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 19 min ago (view)

    BTW, three of the four players selected by the Cubs in the AAA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft (Stewart, Suiter, and Masters) will be minor league free-agents post-2020, and the fourth one (Vance Vizcaino) is a second-contract player (he was previously released by KC) so he could be a post-2020 minor league free-agent, too (TBD).

    Incidentally, David Masters was selected by the Cubs after signing a minor league successor contract with the Nationals. 


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 26 min ago (view)

    So LHSP Brailyn Marquez, INF Christopher Morel, RHSP Cory Abbott, SS Aramis Ademan, RHSP Erich Uelmen, RHSP Keegan Thompson, and LHSP Brendon Little stand-out among the Cubs 2020 first-time Rule 5 Draft eligibles, and RHRP Oscar de la Cruz, LHSP Luis Lugo, and LHRP Jordan Minch are probably the ones to watch  among the Cubs post-2020 free-agent eligibles.    


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 26 min ago (view)

    For those of you who like to plan ahead, AS THINGS STAND NOW here is how the Rule 5 Draft and minor league free-agency shape up for the Cubs post-2020: 


  • bradsbeard 19 hours 8 min ago (view)

    You say that in jest, but just from the 2016 draft, which did not feature a first or second round pick, the Cubs drafted 4 players who were added to 40 man rosters this winter (Hatch, Miller, Rucker, Short) with Mekkes, Giambrone, and several others being potential mid-season additions.  


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 25 min ago (view)

    So I guess he's the first guy since Rondon we've taken in rule 5 with a shot at making the roster. That's kinda cool


  • crunch 19 hours 31 min ago (view)

    "Megill is a guy we tried to trade for, actually, prior to the Rule 5." - hoyer


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 19 hours 40 min ago (view)

    That's a bummer. He does what few on the big league club do: put the bat on the ball.

    Also hate to lose Rucker. He's a perfect type to be on AAA shuttle and cheap middle relief at minimum.


  • QuietMan 19 hours 41 min ago (view)

    Good stuff indeed.  


  • crunch 19 hours 43 min ago (view)

    A's trade for machin...probably not getting him back.


  • crunch 19 hours 54 min ago (view)

    cubs seem to be using the minor league phase of the rule5 to attempt to build a farm system...better than their recent non-1st-round draft record so far, i guess.