Cubs Lose Two Hurlers in Rule 5 Draft

The Cubs lost two minor league pitchers in the AAA Phase of today's Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in Florida.

22-year old RHP Ronny Morla was selected by the Mets in the 1st Round, and 24-year old LHP Casey Lambert was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2nd Round.

Players selected in the AAA Phase cost $12,000, and "all sales are final" in the two minor league phases, meaning neither player will be returning to the Cubs.  

Morla was one of three players acquired by the Cubs from Oakland a year ago (RHP Jeff Gray and 1B Matt Spencer were the other two) for INF Aaron Miles and C-IF-OF Jake Fox. Morla spent the 2010 season at Peoria, where he went 4-4 with a 4.00 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, allowing 76 hits in 78 IP, with a 20/86 BB/K. I was very surprised that Morla was made available in the AAA Phase and was not protected on the Iowa roster.

Lambert was the Cubs 6th round pick out of the University of Virginia in 2007. He was the Cavs closer in college and was used aa a reliever his first two years in pro ball before being moved to the starting rotation at AA Tennessee in 2009. He was sidetracked by Tommy John Surgery at the end of the 2009 season, and spent most of the 2010 season rehabbing at Fitch Park, before moving up to Daytona in July, where he posted a 1-0 record with a 2.95 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 14 games (21 IP).

There were 48 Cubs minor leaguers eligible for selection in this year's Rule 5 Draft, and with a 38-man AAA Reserve List limit the Cubs could not put all of their Rule 5 eligibles on the Iowa roster. But I would have thought that both Morla and Lambert had enough upside to be protected on the Iowa roster, making them available in the more restrictive Major League Phase, where the Cubs at least might have been able to get them back next Spring.    

The Cubs did make one selection in the Major League Phase, tabbing RHP Mason Tobin from the Angels. But Tobin was subsequently traded to the Texas Rangers for cash, in what was obviously a pre-arranged deal. (The Rangers had the 26th pick. while the Cubs were picking 9th). The Cubs have done this before, spending $50,000 to draft a player (most famously Josh Hamilton in 2006), and then selling the player to the team for whom they made the pick for maybe $100,000 (thereby making a tidy $50K profit).  

It's also possible that the Tobin deal could be the pre-cursor to a trade involving Chris Davis.  

BTW, the Cubs were able to make a selection in the Major League Phase only because they still had one slot open on their 40-man roster, as Carlos Pena was not officially added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List until after the draft.


"The Cubs have done this before, spending $50,000 to draft the player, and then selling the player to the team for whom they made the pick for maybe $100,000 (making a $50K profit)." Was that Josh Hamilton? Hendry gets creamed for that but it was an agreed upon deal if I remember right.

yup. Bruce Miles also just posted about this on his blog. Reds and Cubs agreed to the deal, with the Cubs not knowing who they were picking until the last second. One of those things the Cubs get bashed about a ton, but really, Josh Hamilton was a risky pick that year and they didn't have the knowledge/information on him the Reds had (due to the Narron connection).

Submitted by Old and Blue on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 10:12am. "The Cubs have done this before, spending $50,000 to draft the player, and then selling the player to the team for whom they made the pick for maybe $100,000 (making a $50K profit)." Was that Josh Hamilton? Hendry gets creamed for that but it was an agreed upon deal if I remember right. ========================================== OLD & BLUE: Yes, the Josh Hamilton deal was a situation where the Cubs selected him from Tampa Bay in the Major League Phase of the 2006 Rule 5 Draft and then sent him to Cincinnati for cash. Hendry has done some dumb things in his career as Cubs GM, but the Hamilton deal was not really one of them. Although he had at one time been the top rated prospect in baseball, Hamilton was by 2006 a 25-year old admitted crack addict who had been out of baseball for several years. The Reds were the only team in baseball willing to take a chance on him, because Johnny Narron (brother of then-Reds manager Jerry Narron) knew Hamilton from Hamilton's high school days in North Carolina, and Johnny agreed to be Hamilton's full-time companion, body-guard, and mentor in Cincinnati.

Minor nit - Hamilton played a little in A ball that year, but got hurt yet again. Clever of the Reds not to tell the Cubs who they were going to take. There's probably a lot of teams that wished they had done due dilligence on Hamilton.

With all his chemical problems, Wrigleyville would not have helped him.

he did pretty well for a guy who was drafted in the Rule5 after spending his spring/summer cutting grass and teaching highschool kids hitting for a living...seriously... he wasn't supposed to be anywhere near playing shape even if his body was in physical shape to do so. he was such a f'n monster (physically, not emotionally or personality) in highschool...

I have a problem with being told by another team who to draft and then giving that said player to the team that told you to do it for cash. I mean seriously how much of a fucking push over can you be? I was happy and then incredibly pissed off like an hour later when he was traded to the Reds. He was one of those candidates you take a shot at and if it doesn't work out what do you lose? Not much. Instead we gambled with guys like Cliff Floyd. You know a one year rental ala Carlos Pena where once he is gone your still stuck in "what if" mode. Cliff Floyd wasn't going to do shit for our team and he wasn't going to be around later to build anything around. Jacque was on his last legs in CF and we were still waiting for Pie to figure out what a strike zone was. Nothing else was even remotely close in the minors to help fill out the OF. A Hamilton resurrection would of ment the Cubs passing on Fukudome and later Milton Bradley. Much like the Carlos Pena situation. Your buying a 1 year rental instead of trying to explore a long term solution in Chris Davis. Your gonna fail with Pena either way, whether he has a great season or a bad season. He isn't going to be in Chicago the following year anyways. These are what you call low risk gambles that have the potential for high reward. Its better than filling out the last spot on the roster with Jose Macias and Bobby Scales clones. It was bad all the way around with signing Hamilton. The Cubs should have kept him and they shouldn't be making picks for other teams.

It is easy to make that argument when you can look back and see what the player has done. But what if Hamilton had not become the player he was? I just don't think it is fair to rip any one for making that move by saying look what he has done since. If any one would have thought that was possible, I doubt that he would have been available as a rule 5 guy anyway.

Wheee! Can we revisit not signing players we drafted in the 43rd round out of high school next?

the guy was cutting grass in florida for a living...literally. this is the difference between betting 50K on black or red on a roulette spin vs. 50K on a single number. the gamble was huge, not in money, but in probable outcome. people were amazed the reds were even making this gamble when the guy hadn't played organized ball (even rookie league or A ball or foreign ball) in years.

You don't understand JohnT, even then I wanted Hamilton on the Cubs. You can't ignore the pedigree or the talent and around that time he was getting his life back together. He wasn't some guy still strung out on drugs whithering away. He was working out, getting in shape and off drugs. He was worth a 50K gamble. Its not like our system churns out talent with any semblance of power. Sorry didn't jump on the Hamiliton bandwagon when he went off in his first year with the Reds. The moment he was a Cub, i felt it was a good move to put him on our roster. If we can give spots to Macias and Neifi, Hamilton deserved a look. Our organization goes through some of the shittiest talent, and pays alot for it. He was worth a cheap gamble. Hell we paid 30 million to find out Milton Bradley will always be an unproductive asshole. I think we could of found out if Hamilton would have been a 150k shot in the dark.

While I generally agree Re: Cubs evaluation of talent, the Hamilton thing isn't something to get that pissed over, man. It was pre-arranged, and probably INITIATED by the Cubs. "Hey, we're not gonna pick anybody; anyone wanna pay us $50k or so for our pick?"

For anyone interested, as things stand right now, here is next year's Cubs Rule 5 Eligible List and Rule 55 minor league free-agents... ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN DECEMBER 2011 RULE 5 DRAFT: Jeffry Antigua, LHP Adrian Aviles, LHP (unless FA - see below) Jeffrey Beliveau, LHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx, RHP (unless FA- see below) Michael Brenly, C Justin Bristow, RHP Ryan Buchter, LHP Kyler Burke, OF David Cales, RHP Matt Camp, IF-OF Tony Campana, OF Rogelio Carmona, RHP Chris Carpenter, RHP Hung-Wen Chen, RHP Steve Clevenger, C-1B Manolin DeLeon, RHP Eduardo Figueroa, RHP Ryan Flaherty, IF-OF Luis Flores, C Marwin Gonzalez, IF-OF Yohan Gonzalez, RHP Jose Guevara, C Francisco Guzman, OF Gian Guzman, RHP Marcus Hatley, RHP Albert Hernandez, OF Chris Huseby, RHP-OF Jay Jackson, RHP Junior Lake, INF Blake Lalli, C-1B Jordan Latham, RHP James Leverton, LHP Antoni Lugo, 3B (unless FA - see below) David Macias, IF-OF Alessandro Maestri, RHP Oswaldo Martinez, RHP Craig Muschko, RHP Jon Nagel, RHP Jake Opitz, INF Jeremy Papelbon, LHP Blake Parker, RHP Mike Perconte, RHP Marcos Perez, LHP Nelson Perez, OF Andres Quezada, RHP Alvaro Ramirez, OF (unless FA - see below) Ramon Reyes, RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP Rebel Ridling, 1B Carlos Rojas, RHP Carlos Romero, C Nate Samson, INF Ryan Searle, RHP Aaron Shafer, RHP Chris Siegfried, LHP Marquez Smith, 3B Luke Sommer, LHP Matt Spencer, 1B-OF Larry Suarez, RHP Tony Thomas, 2B Jose Tineo, RHP Jose Valdez, OF Josh Vitters, 3B Ty Wright, OF NOTE: A player on this list is not eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft if added to an MLB 40-man roster by 11/20. Any free-agent signed to a minor league contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft is eligible for selection. ------------------------------------- ELIGIBLE TO BE RULE 55 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT POST-2011: NOTE: A minor league player eligible to be a Rule 55 free-agent is not eligible to be a FA if the player is added to his club’s 40-man roster by the 4th day following the conclusion of the World Series. SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FA: James Adduci, OF Marco Carrillo, RHP Angel Guzman, RHP Dylan Johnston, RHP Bryan Lahair, 1B J. R. Mathes, LHP Scott Moore, INF Jonathan Mota, IF-C Jake Muyco, RHP Mike Parisi, RHP David Patton, RHP Scott Rice, LHP Chris Robinson, C Bobby Scales, INF Brad Snyder, OF Alvaro Sosa, RHP PREVIOUSLY RELEASED - WILL BE MINOR LEAGUE FA UNLESS SIGNED BEYOND 2011: Adrian Aviles, LHP (previously released by LAD) Austin Bibens-Dirkx, RHP (previously released by SEA) Antoni Lugo, 3B (previously released by CHW) Alvaro Ramirez, OF (previously released by NYY)

Going to be some tough decisions that the new GM will be facing. Phil, do you know how long the costs have been the same for drafting players for the Rule 5 draft and if there's any talk of increasing it? Getting a guy to put in the majors for $100K is so comparatively cheap now, I doubt the teams really even think about spending it.

Submitted by The Real Neal on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 11:28am. Going to be some tough decisions that the new GM will be facing. Phil, do you know how long the costs have been the same for drafting players for the Rule 5 draft and if there's any talk of increasing it? Getting a guy to put in the majors for $100K is so comparatively cheap now, I doubt the teams really even think about spending it. ============================================= REAL NEAL: The Rule 5 Draft price for the Major League Phase used to be $25,000. I believe it was increased to $50,000 sometime in the 1970's. Personally I would like to see a change in the Rule 5 Draft to where the drafting club does not have to keep the player on its 25-man roster the following season, but it cannot trade or outright the player for one year, either. That is, the player can be optioned to the minors just like any other player with minor league options left, so that selecting a player in the the Rule 5 Draft would be more like a waiver claim, but with trade and outright (but not option) restrictions.

Hardy/B. Harris to O's MacPhail and the O's almost have the complete set now, think they're just missing Prior and Choi.

They need Nic Jackson, and Keto Anderson... That's about it at this point... Webb is Cubs current #1 target puts a damper on Garza talks says Cubs are reluctant to move Archer or Cashner

Calcaterra says Cubs and Rays are still working on it though

makes sense that rays would create a rotation opening for hellickson who, btw, is a des moines kid...

Remember when Juan Cruz was untouchable? /just saying

I'm fine with moving any of them myself, but for Greinke or another #1. None of the Cubs top propsect pitchers but Cashner seem to have ace stuff and doesn't sound like Cashner will ever get the chance to be one. I really like Garza, but I don't think he'll be any better than what Z or Dempster can give you. That being said, I'm all for getting him for a bunch of B prospects.

I think Archer has ace stuff. Cuba does as well :)

From Bruce Miles blog: Had a chance to talk with Oneri Fleita for a few minutes today at the Rule 5. Oneri said about 12 players are attending a strength and conditioning camp in Mesa. Fleita said big-leaguers Ryan Dempster, Jeff Samardzija and Darwin Barney also are at the camp. Shortstop prospect Hak-Ju Lee is working with a personal trainer in Korea, and the Cubs want him to put on about 15 pounds. Oneri estimated Lee has put on about 10 of those pounds. Add DJ LeMahieu, Brandon Guyer, and Tony Campana to the list per Muskat.

I thought the reports on Lee were that his stroke will not produce power, not that his body will not produce power--which, if accurate, would make having him put on weight seem counterproductive.

fun list of top 50 not in Hall of Fame with an interesting methology Santo #2 tied with Alomar, Blyleven #1 Trammell #4, Raines #7 on the voted list There's also an rWAR list which must be their version of career Wins Above Replacement

alomar not going 1st ballot was an insult to common sense, imo.

It was an insult to the knowingly-having-HIV-and-spreading-it community.

Rotoworld says Garza's under club control through 2013. Make it So.

is Z, Dempster, Garza, Webb, Wells a rotation possibility? not bad, not bad at all I suppose it might be either Garza or Webb and not both. I would also guess they'd try and move Wells for lefty, though not sure they'd get anyone better than Gorz for Wells.

Would Webb outprice himself after not pitching for two years? Dump Sloth and Silva on some unsuspecting team. /second sentence was not written while drunk, though it looks like it was

Silva will dump himself on the DL by the third week of the season, so don't think there's much to worry about there. at this point, just releasing him wouldn't be the PR or financial hit it would be last year

What's with the Silva hate anyway? The guy had a good year, when healthy last season. It's not like he was using smoke and mirrors either - .317 BABIP.

I'm fine with him, but doubt he can stay healthy and if the Cubs can do better they should. They didn't seem to like him out of the pen and I'm hoping we end up with better rotation options, so if the last resort is dumping him, so be it. Hopefully they could trade him too and pay $2-3M to get it done. I'm pretty indifferent to be honest, see what happens.

I am pretty much indifferent. I guess I don't expect the Cubs to contend, so bringing in some LAIM to replace Silva just blocks Cashner/Jackson/Carpenter/Archer from getting a chance. I guess I am also in the TINSTAAPP school when it comes to three of those guys. If they can throw big league strikes, let them at it.

Put me in the same camp. If the return was Grienke or Garza (for a J. Jackson/Barney) that's one thing. Since I'm not seeing a trip to the October classic in 2011 for our heroes, I'd rather see Archer, Cashner or McNutt take a a crack at the rotation, put B. Jackson in CF, and add Carpenter to the bullpen. Overall, hard to get psyched for anything Cubs-related in 2011.

Please don't rub it in George.

sorry, my friend.

Sorry, what's LAIM and TINSTAAPP?

There Is No Such Thing As A Pitching Prospect

LAIM = League Average Innings Muncher TINSTAAPP theory is essentially if you can throw strikes and miss bats in the minors, you can do it in the majors, and also that pitchers get hurt so frequently, there's no need to waste them getting guys out in AA ball. Dwight Gooden is the guy I think of who best exemplifies it.

I guess I am also in the TINSTAAPP school when it comes to three of those guys. Who are the three guys, and why?

Cashner/Carpenter/Archer Because I think their stuff is good enough to be 1 or 2 starters. Jackson, I guess is a #4 guy based on his poor season last year.

thought not sure they'd get anyone better than Gorz for Wells Why not move him for prospects, then? Or hold onto him through the beginning of the season, using him as a swing man, in case of injury to Webb (or any others)? Z, Dempster, Garza, Webb, Wells/Gorzo/Cashner/Jackson would be a fine rotation, and partway through the season the Cubs might then have the option to move Wells or Gorzo for prospects to replace some of the young players lost in the Garza deal. (It might also help the Cubs shift some of their minor league value from the mound to the field by trading pitchers for Garza and possibly getting a position player or two for Gorzo or Wells.)

Heyman says LAD, Brewers, Toronto, Washington, Texas are most active in Greinke talks. Have to admit that greinke/gallardo/wolf/marcum sure would make brewers interesting next year.

It would also make them pretty crappy from 2013 onwards, since their not very good system would be totally bankrupt.

two years to build it back up is a long time and they could dangle gallardo and braun to do it, as well as Greinke in 2012. Worth a shot if I'm the Brewers. Losing Fielder won't be that much of a death blow to them if they still consider themselves contenders next year since some of the 1bmen are taking 1-year deals to try and cash in again next year.

I assumed Braun would be moved to first when Fielder left.

that too

Sorry to be late to the party -- I think Ricketts is going down a very slippery slope. If you are going to defile Wrigley with noodle statues and such, you need to do better than signing a .196 hitter for $10 million after you have had a terrible year. You need to win or contend -- virtually every year. See "Sox, Red" -- Fenway looks like a NASCAR event, but the Red Sox are always good, and they almost always spend the money well, so people are OK with it. If you mess up the Wrigley mystique and suck for several years -- that debt load is going to get awfully heavy.

See Sox, Red.. haha very nice.

They've already messed up the Wrigley mystique and have a team that sucks.

the Pujols to Cubs story you've all been waiting for... bottom of article says Greinke and Garza are both unlikely

Would be fun for the Cubs just to run the price up on the Cards atleast so to cripple them for a few years.

Forget running up the price, I think we can win him, although the usual big names like Red Sox, Angels, and Mets are likely to kick the tires as well. 10/300? Why not? Only a few hundred of it is my money - I'm happy to chip in.

The Bosox just signed Gonzalez, Angels and Mets both have young first baseman they like (so far).

Gonzo, Boston do not have an extension.

Disirregardless, they're going to get one worked out.

Pujols won't come here, he's watched the Cubs for 10 years. Why would we have any appeal?

Everybody wants to play for the Cubs. Haven't you heard? fart.

While players selected in the AAA and AA phases of the Rule 5 Draft rarely amount to much, RHP Adalberto Mendez (selected by Florida from the Cubs in the AA Phase of 2007 Rule 5 Draft) threw six innings of one-hit shutout ball for the Marlins at Philadephia in his MLB debut in September. Ex-INF Mendez was one of the first position players converted to pitcher by the Oneri Fleita-led Player Development Dept.

"Jerry Crasnick of reports that the Reds have signed outfielder Jay Bruce to a six-year, $51 million contract extension. The deal also contains a club option for a seventh year that would bring the total worth to $63 million." niiiiice. wish the cubs could snag someone like that for loot like this at an age like his.

Cubs 2010 5th round round draft pick OF Matt Szczur and his fellow Villanova Wildcats invade Boone, NC, and take-on the Appalachian State Mountaineers in a FCS playoff game this Saturday at 12 noon (EST) on ESPN.

That game is available to watch free on

Thanks for the tip!

Just had a weird dream. I was at Santo's funeral procession as it was going down Sheffield ave.(I'm not going) It was beautiful day and they had the coffin on one of those manual crate movers as it was being pushed down the middle of Sheffield. The casket was covered by autographed baseballs, bats and gloves from past and current Cubs. For some reason I was really close to the casket and I saw Bobby Hill's embroidered glove. Like I said weird dream. As the casket goes by they lose control of the casket and it jumps the curb and hits one of those city metal garbage cans. Of course the lid comes off. The coffin that is. Everyone is aghast, I recognize Bob Uecker, who throws his head back and slaps his hand across his eyes in disbelief. Then I look down and my kids are with me and they are shocked so I sent them to the 7-11 on Sheffield and Addison to get Slurpees. My first thought after that was "I can't believe the Cubs f'd this up too." My second thought was "where's a computer I have to post this on TCR." Then I woke up. I do remember seeing Ron in the casket he looked at peace with his hands folded, tan and slight smile on his face. Rest in Peace Ronnie.

Funeral should have been at 1:20.

As the Ron Santo funeral procession leaves the church and heads toward Wrigley Field, I saw this nice tribute on cco (with a pic of RS clicking his heels) Anyone care to name all of the other Cubs in that photo? And I don't mean the cubs with jerseys showing: 7- Pete Reiser, coach 15-Nate Oliver 25-Willie Smith

Santo's ashes to be spread at Wrigley Field.

Spread around?! Where, the field? That's not really permanent. The sod is rolled up and replaced pretty often these days. The stands? Santo will just get swept up by the cleaning crew and wind up in a garbage can or washed down the sewer. I hope they reconsider and just inter his ashes somewhere in the park.

Ron Santo's ashes should be interred at 25 Main Street in Coooperstown, NY.


The offseason of insane contracts continues; Jeter has a fourth-year player option that will pay him between $8M and $17M based upon different awards he could win in the next three years.

AZ Phil: What would you predict a guy like Matt Garza would make over his last three seasons of club control, assuming relative continuance of past performance? My guess is about $30M combined. Are there any relevant comparisons for post-Super-2 SP's with similar stats, to your knowledge? ==================================== JOHN B: I agree with $30M ($7-10-13) if he continues to put up the same numbers over 2011-13.

for those of you who want to see the entire funeral service for Ron Santo, here is the link: Look at the clips labeled RAW VIDEO, part 1 (beginning of service 28 minutes), part 2 (31 minutes, the Eulogy-Tributes, starting with Tom Ricketts then Bud Selig and finally Pat Hughes) and part 3, conclusion (18 min). Ed Price has a "major league source" that says he's certain Garza will get moved and most likely to Cubs. I guess we needed our Roberts/Peavy/where does Bradley go rumor for this offseason

Speaking of Uncle Milty, things are not looking good now that the Mariners signed Jack Cust to DH.

Milty will play SS. He's that kind of athlete.

That should be exciting - he doesn't seem to make his way over to that part of the diamond very often.

Scott Downs 3/15M to Angels Damn. not that it would affect them much this year, but Marmol and Marshall have to be giddy.

Playing a lot of QB in the Wildcat formation, looks pretty healthy. He rushed for their first TD and the commentators say the coaching staff has timed him in the 4.3's on the 40 yard dash.

Jeff Samardjia we were also told, had "great hands, and was possibly a first round pick." While this is nice for the athlete, I want to know if he will be able to an effective MLB player - not a fabulous collegiate one.

The game's announcers say his dream is playing in the NFL. So...

Fine, then don't waste an MLB pick on the guy. But maybe he is a good fit for the Ravens, Pats, et. al.

The announcers also said that someone in the Cubs minor league system had very high praise, saying something like Szcur was "borderline amazing" in the minors last year or something like that.

They said Tim Wilken said that.

Agreed, he's just another Quincy Carter. lol.

They went on to elaborate that it would depend on how he did in the Senior Bowl, the cobine and in the draft. That being said, with the success of Danny Woodhead this year with the Pats and the popularity of the Wildcat formation, it's hard to see him falling below the third round in the draft. It's too bad, because he seems like maybe even a better baseball prospect.

Szcur ended up running for two touchdowns, throwing for one, and catching one. Big day for him as Villanova beat Division I-AA powerhouse Appalachian State 42-24.

He for sure is quite an athlete.

Submitted by Sweet Lou on Sat, 12/11/2010 - 3:59pm. Szcur ended up running for two touchdowns, throwing for one, and catching one. Big day for him as Villanova beat Division I-AA powerhouse Appalachian State 42-24. =================================== SWEET LOU: Actually Matt Szczur was responsible for five Villanova touchdowns (three running, one catch, and one pass), and racked-up 207 all-purpose yards (he also was the Wildcats punt returner, but he had no return yards). Although Szczur would be passing on a $500K bonus if he does not commit to baseball in February, it wouldn't keep him from playing baseball next year, at least until he signs an NFL contract. And with a possible work stoppage looming in the NFL next season, he might not even get a chance to play pro football in 2011. No matter what he decides to do, Szczur will likely report to Minor League Camp at Fitch Park in March, and then will play CF and hit lead-off at Peoria until if and when he leaves for the NFL. I'm sure the Cubs will be keeping the door open for him until he determines for sure where his future lies. Even if he opts to try the NFL, he could still end up returning to baseball with the Cubs in 2012 or 2013. Here is the Peoria Chiefs likely 2011 Opening Day lineup (as things stand right now): Matt Szczur, CF Arismendy Alcantara, SS Pierre LePage, 2B Richard Jones, DH Brandon May, 3B Reggie Golden, RF Ryan Cuneo, 1B Jesus Morelli, LF Micah Gibbs, C Austin Kirk, P

i wonder what drew henson is up to lately...

Eastern Washington beat North Dakota State in OT, so it will be Villanova at Eastern Washington in FCS semi-finals next weekend (probably Friday night) on ESPN or ESPN2. Georgia Southern at Delaware on Saturday is the other FCS semi.

Looks like Brett Farve will never play another home game in Minnesota. The stadium roof completely collapsed overnight from snow. I'm glad it didn't happen during a game, it would have been a disaster.

Favre was actually the one piling the snow onto the roof, forcing the cancelation of the game this week, to keep his streak alive. It's on Snopes.

After turning down tickets for today's Bears game (too old now to sit in the shit weather we're getting today), I suppose that is one advantage old-school stadiums have over domes.

If Garza is too prospect-expensive, Buehrle might be on the market (seems hard to believe).

seems hard to believe anyone would want to trade much for him.

If the Cubs felt they had $24 million to spend (10 to Pena and 14 to Buehrle), they ought to have aimed at some different targets. Doubtful they'll go there.

Pena cost $5M this year fwiw...

per mlbtr...Brandon Ryan unloaded to Seattle for high-A pitcher, Maikel Cleto. LaRussa got some mileage out of him ala Aaron Miles, but of little value in reality...until Hendry offers him 2/4.9

Canada is printing a Fergie Jenkins postage stamp in 2011. You can read the story in a lot of places, but this web page has a picture of the stamp. Love the uni. How cool is that?

Rotoworld say (and believe this has been mentioned before) that Royals want 2b, SS and CF guys a year or two from majors for Greinke. A good fit for Cubs if the Royals start being reasonable with their asking price.

I think the Royals would have interest in Brett Jackson and Brandon Guyer, but I'm not sure who the near-ready middle infield prospects are. Darwin Barney is the most near ready middle infielder the Cubs have (other than Castro), but he's probably not that interesting to the Royals. Lee and LeMahieu are both probably 2+ years away, and Flaherty might be just as far (and possibly more of a corner infielder now). Would the Royals have any interest in DeWitt as part of a deal?

depends on your defintion of near ready I guess but B. Jackson, H. Lee, Lake, Guyer, LeMaheiu, Flaherty, depending if they think Colvin is a CF as well. about as good a matchup as any other organization is gonna be willing to part with...

Aren't catchers "up the middle" guys? I don't see where the money is going to come from unless we ship someone on the MLB roster back to them, though.
As a result, sources say, Moore has focused on adding up-the-middle position players who are close to major league ready... ..Moore is seeking a trade similar in composition to the 2007 deal that brought Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Matt Harrison and Beau Jones from the Atlanta Braves to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Mark Teixeira. In addition to major league ready prospects, sources said Moore is also seeking one or two high-ceiling players with longer-time horizons.

fwiw, the Rotoworld blurb seemed to indicate they were happy with their catching situation and what's coming up the pipeline.

Submitted by Rob G. on Mon, 12/13/2010 - 3:32pm. fwiw, the Rotoworld blurb seemed to indicate they were happy with their catching situation and what's coming up the pipeline. ==================================== ROB G: Wil Myers is the Royals #1 catching prospect, but in the Royals post-2010 Top 10 Prospect list, BA projects him as an offensive-first catcher who is a candidate to move to corner OF at the MLB level. Also top SS prospect Christian Colon (KC 2010 #1 draft pick out of Cal State-Fullerton) is projected as an offensive-first SS who might be moved to 2B at the MLB level. BTW, BA rates the Royals projected 2011 AA starting rotation at NW Arkansas (Lamb-Montgomery-Duffy-Dwyer-Crow) as the best minor league rotation in baseball. As of right now the Cubs should have an Archer-McNutt-Cabrera-Rusin-Raley starting rotation to open the 2011 season at AA Tennessee, which is not to shabby, either.

Cubs were asking about Gonzalez, they must be willing to make some exceptions for the right talent. Granted Gonzalez would have fit in their 1b budget for this year and all, but they did ask about Greinke already as well, just sounded like the price was too high at the moment. Not expecting it, but I'd sure like it

Possible, or it could have been they'd really bargain hunt at 1st base had they signed Grienke... now that I say that I don't think Hendry's mind is that flexible.

Submitted by The Real Neal on Mon, 12/13/2010 - 2:54pm. Aren't catchers "up the middle" guys? I don't see where the money is going to come from unless we ship someone on the MLB roster back to them, though. ================================ REAL NEAL: I would think Brett Jackson, Hak-Ju Lee (even though he's probably two years away from being "MLB ready"), either Welington Castillo or Robinson Chirinos (Royals choice), and either Chris Archer, Trey McNutt, Jay Jackson or Chris Carpenter (Royals choice) would probably be the package. If the Royals would take back Carlos Silva as part of the deal (with the Cubs agreeing to pay Silva's $2M 2012 buy-out), the Cubs would be adding $7.5M in additional payroll in 2011, and then Greinke's $13.5M in 2012 salary can be offset by several high-salaried players coming off the books post-2011.

Cubs are strong in prospects up the middle, as they say. Junior Lake. KC or Tampa may like Logan Watkins (MW league all-star, Cubs high on him). Marwin Gonzales has attracted some attention playing mostly SS for Caracas: .317/.396/.419/.815, 32 runs, 32 RBI in 167 ABs. In fact, the Cubs should give another thought to Gonzales if nobody else is watching. He turns 22 in March. Cubs pushing for Caribbean Classic with Cuba

Don't the Cubs lose enough games in this country?

What's the deal with this guy? Why does John Boehner cry so much? Is he a Cub fan?

He's still upset that the nickname Orange Guy is already taken.

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  • blockhead25 1 hour 51 min ago (view)

    Ahh, 2 games against the Tigers, but seems to imply they'd only play those games if it will impact which teams make the playoffs.  If the Cardinals win their last 2, I don't believe the other games could impact which Team makes it.  Why would Detroit have any incentive to win those games?  Well, hope the Cubs won one of the next 2 so it doesn't matter.


  • crunch 2 hours 36 min ago (view)

    yeah, it may be another team.  i just know they have a possible monday double header...unless i got that wrong, too.


  • blockhead25 3 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Cubs?  We played the cards the full 10 slate?

    if Cards make playoffs, I would think they'd want nothing to do with having to play a double header Monday to improve playoff seeding.


  • crunch 3 hours 14 min ago (view)

    the cubs may or may not have to play a doubleheader vs STL on monday depending on the next game or 2...i think


  • blockhead25 3 hours 17 min ago (view)

    How did the Cubs not just clinch the division?

    Aren't the Cards only scheduled for 58 games?

    beat Cards can do is 31-27. Worst Cubs can do is 33-27.


  • crunch 3 hours 37 min ago (view)

    j.baez is batting left handed...and hits a double.

    CWS have a position player "pitching"


  • crunch 3 hours 39 min ago (view)

    2nd contreras bat flip, no staring down the pitcher, quick trip around the bases, into the dugout.

    mature de-escalation.


  • crunch 3 hours 40 min ago (view)

    i wish more non-AFL winter league was televised.  dominican, puerto rico, can straight up showboat if you've earned it on a play without having to deal with retaliation (most of the time).  bat flips, pitcher celebrations, swagger home run trots, etc...all fair game.  it's you


  • Craig A. 4 hours 3 min ago (view)

    Plunking a guy for a bat flip only proves the pitcher has thin skin and short fingers. I'm glad Contreras scored. 


  • Cubster 4 hours 19 min ago (view)

    I goofed wrt Bluejays/Astros. They clinched a WC #2 and 8 seed but Houston has a lock on West div team 2. The Indians will be 7 seed and wild card #1, abd team #3 from the central


  • crunch 4 hours 20 min ago (view)

    hey, guess who just got a fastball in the back.


  • crunch 5 hours 8 min ago (view)

    that contreras bat flip, tho...


  • Cubster 6 hours 38 min ago (view)

    Cards lose game 1 of DH w Brewers


  • crunch 7 hours 47 min ago (view)

    happ / rizzo / contreras(DH) / heyward / baez / schwarber / caratini / kipnis / hoerner(3rd)

    eloy will not start this weekend for CWS and may be unavailable to pinch hit, too (foot injury).


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 56 min ago (view)

    Even more of a shame when you consider we gave up a decent prospect for him


  • Jackstraw 8 hours 35 min ago (view)

    Wisdom been in short supply in 2020.  Glad we got some.