Where's the Beefy?

The Cubs version of will no longer exist as the Cubs have traded "catcher" Welington Castillo to the Seattle Mariners for relief pitcher Before I dig into the new guy, let's eulogize Beefy for a bit.

While I'm all for letting prospects develop, Beefy got on my nerves from the very get go. For a "catcher" he didn't do that very well...literally. I'm sure my memory is worse than the reality of it, but I just remeber a bunch of passed balls when he first got called up and some terrible receiving in the way he did catch balls that led strikes to be called balls. It never really got better. He threw some guys out, but if there was ever a player that the "second division starter" label should attach itself too, it was our dear friend Beefy. Enjoy the spacious Safeco Field.

As for the new guy, 26-year old Yoervis Medina, he was a lot more exciting the last few years when he was striking out guys at a clip over 9 per 9 innings. This year that number is down to 6.75 and it's married to a 2 mph drop in his velocity, per the numbers you can find . Maybe this will turn into a Pedro Strop turnaround story, but seems more likely it'll be a Tommy John story or a Daniel Bard story.

I believe Medina is headed to Iowa anyway as he did have some options left and he entered the season with just over 2 years of service time, so he can be a Cub for quite a few seasons if he can get corrected.  Not much to like about this trade, not much to dislike either. With Castillo off the team and Medina headed to Iowa, it does mean a player call-up is looming.

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Medina: ERA FIP XFIP WAR 3.00 4.48 5.37 -0.1 Shitter: 8.10 6.75 3.89 -0.2 Factor in the AL DH, and this is an upgrade any way you slice it. Maybe "Magic Bos" can help him be effective. Unlike Shitter ever was.

Medina isn't even going to be called up unless he figures things out. Don't think a reliever in the NL gets to face the pitcher too often either. XFIP and WAR are pretty similar so there's probably a few ways you can slice it that don't result in an upgrade.

Medina's a project and one that Bosio won't be a part of at first.

Yep, I think it's straightforward- they didn't need a 3rd catcher so they took on a pitching project. Who knows. One positive thing is it frees up a roster spot on the 25-man so there is a bit more wiggle room on the bench.

It should mean way fewer PH opportunities for the likes of Herrera and Ross. Unfortunately, those opportunities may go to Junior Lake until Alcantara, La Stella, and/or Olt get it together.

Well, at least we got more than an infield rake and a can of Simoniz.

I don't get Epstoyer saying Baez will remain at 2B/SS. Unless Bryant is moving to LF, where does Baez play in this infield? Screaming need right now is another SP and a LF who can outhit Coghlan. Would Baez, Alcantara, & Edwards + a top 20-30 prospect be enough for Cole Hamels if Cubs pick up his contract plus option year?

My guess is they want him to focus solely on improving at the plate, and not get "distracted' by taking on a new position right now and/or creating "call-up buzz". If he continues to improve, they'll find a spot for him -- they put Russell at 2B and Mendy in CF in the majors with very little prep.

Gleyber Torres mentioned in BA article on minor league breakout prospects http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/basebal... McKinney mentioned too

waves and waves of prospects...need a few arms in there soon though.

Let's go Underwood, Johnson, Edwards...

let's go trading

Underwood having a good year so far. Would like to see Tseng do better, and Corey Black get his walks down. Don't know what to make of Blackburn, Pineyro, Cease, Sands, Steele, Stinnett.

I actually purchased one of these (well, got it for a gift). As the article states, the Cubs sent a letter saying they were going to be moved to the OF next year and that they were likely to be replaced also. No biggie to me that they through them away as long as they are replaced. And as part of getting a brick, you got an exact replica sent you. I have mine on my desk in my home office.

fun trivia I came across

Name the 3 players have hit 100 HR's and stole 100 bases while members of the Chicago Cubs?

Sosa, Sandberg and Santo?

sosa, sandberg,dunston

Well done. first 2 are easy, figure Dunston would trip some up.

lucky guess, trying to think of fast guys with some pop on Cubs

Jimmy Ryan? Missed it by "that" much.

Ha ha! Well played!

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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 6 min ago (view)

    AGREED

     

  • SheffieldCornelia 4 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Hey all, just checking in to say that yesterday was a really sad but appreciative day in my household.  It is still completely mystifying that the Cubs couldn't find a way to extend Rizzo and Javy especially, and there's still some hope here that one or both guys can come back next year along with a Contreras extension.  While they were here, Rizzo, Javy and KB especially gave us so much as players and made the last half decade really special for Cubs fans.  Thanks guys.

    (Also, please let some of these prospects become the next Hendricks or Arrieta and not the next Mike Olt.)

     

  • Hagsag 4 hours 57 min ago (view)

    Pay Willy now please!

     

  • crunch 7 hours 48 min ago (view)

    mlb.com has already updated their "top 30" team prospect rankings post-trade deadline.  https://www.mlb.com/prospects/cubs/

    pete crow-armstrong #6 (mets)

    alexander canario #7 (giants)

    alexander vizcaino #8 (yanks)

    kevin alcantara #11 (yanks)

    caleb kilian #16 (giants)

    greg deichmann #20 (A's)

    i like caleb kilian more than the mlb.com ranking of #16.  if he manages to finish the season strong he should have no problem working his way into the top-10.

     

  • Arizona Phil 9 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Anderson Espinoza will get a 4th minor league option in 2023 and Alexander Canario will get a 4th minor league option in 2024 (if needed). 

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 14 min ago (view)

    He looked really good. Rucker didn't look bad either

     

  • crunch 13 hours 25 min ago (view)

    m.rodriguez throws 1ip 0h 0bb 2k, 11 pitches

    hell of a debut.

    cubs lose.

     

  • crunch 14 hours 14 min ago (view)

    rizzo...

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/E7lOOLcX0AUA8tK?format=jpg

    already hit his 1st yankee homer, btw.

     

  • crunch 14 hours 16 min ago (view)

    hey yo.  hopefully the offseason and going into 2022 will be worth whatever the hell this is that happened today.

     

  • Jace 14 hours 27 min ago (view)

    Hi, guys!

     

  • QuietMan 15 hours 7 min ago (view)

    Maybe after he's done pitching for Team USA at The Olympics.

     

  • Sonicwind75 15 hours 18 min ago (view)

    Maybe Cubs can counter by bringing Edwin Jackson back. 

     

  • crunch 15 hours 35 min ago (view)

    dbacks see the cubs making a serious tanking move and they have 5 players go on the COVID list.

    hell of a counter-play dbacks...good job.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 34 sec ago (view)

    your new 2021 chicago cubs...day 1

    ortega / contreras / happ / wisdom / bote / heyward / duffy / alcantara / arrieta

    phew.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 3 min ago (view)

    woo!  go not-cubs!

    break out a list of 17 year old highschool kids and college sophmores to mull over for the next 10 months!

     

  • Jackstraw 16 hours 5 min ago (view)

    If that's the goal, nobody better than Arrieta 2.0 to get the campaign off on the right foot.