Cubs Trade Mark DeRosa
Bruce Levine of ESPN1000 is reporting that the Cubs have traded Mark DeRosa and the $5.5M on his contract for 2009 to the Cleveland Indians for three minor-leaguers, RHP Jeff Stevens, LHP John Gaub and RHP Chris Archer.
You have to think a trade, let's say for a certain pitcher from San Diego whom I dare not speak his name, is possibly forthcoming.
I'll try and get some info on the prospects in a bit.
UPDATE #1: Link from espn.com, although I think they have a typo on John "Caub".
UPDATE #2: I poked around a bit and none of the three prospects showed up on Baseball America's recent top 10 Indians' prospect list or John Sickels Top 20. In other words, this deal only makes sense if they're all headed to another city, let's call it San Diego, to give them the quantity of pitchers and players that they wanted in that trade for that certain pitcher, whom we'll refer to as J.P.
Scouting reports and biographies that I could piece together on the prospects after the jump....
Jeff Stevens was drafted in the 6th round by the Cincinnati Reds in 2005 out of Loyola Marymount University. A year later he was traded to the Indians as part of the Brandon Phillips trade. He pitched for Team USA in the 2008 Olympics as well. He features a 92-93 mph fastball that can get up to 95mph, an above-average curve and has been working on a slider. He spent most of the 2008 season closing for the Indians Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo. The 25-year old is certainly the best of the three players the Cubs are getting back.
23-year old John Gaub was a 21st round selection by the Indians in 2006 out of the University of Minnesota and had an incredible 14.06 K/9 rate in A-ball last year, even if he was a bit old for the league. He was considered a flamethrower in college, but had his shoulder scoped after his sophomore year which in turn resulted in a loss in velocity. He seems to be getting it back up to the mid 90's on occasion but usually settles in the low 90's with a decent slider and a change-up as well.
20-year old Chris Archer was a teammate of John Gaub at Lake County last season and although he had a healthy 8.27 K/9 rate last season, he walked an incredible 84 batters in 115.1 IP. The 5th-round pick out of high school in 2006 throws in the low 90's with a "plus slider" and scouts think he has the frame to build on that velocity.
Craig A. 6 hours 13 min ago (view)
I'll bet the analytics guys told him to.
Eric S 8 hours 27 min ago (view)
Bote's single accounts for RBI #26 on the year. Happ leads the team with 28 RBI - Bote got his in 72 fewer at bats than Happ.
crunch 9 hours 10 min ago (view)
pinch hitting j.martinez for v.caratini is another "why we doing this" batting substitution to add to the pile.
so far i'm a bit perplexed by some of the guys d.ross is having pinch hit in certain situations more than anything he's doing. almost everything else seems mostly sane.
crunch 9 hours 19 min ago (view)
lester with a "comeback" appearance... it's PIT, though...who could easily end up not even winning 20 games this season (15 as of now). still looked decent, even if not overpowering.
6ip 4h 1bb 1k, 0r/er
crunch 9 hours 22 min ago (view)
yeah, the oblique is one of those "few days, few weeks, months?" injuries. trying to come back too soon puts guys back to starting over.
Dolorous Jon Lester 9 hours 35 min ago (view)
Depending the severity, that may be how his Cub tenure ends. Hopefully not, he deserves better than that
crunch 10 hours 1 min ago (view)
bryant down with "right oblique" pain...
Charlie 10 hours 44 min ago (view)
The Troy Glaus comp has held up pretty well.
I don't know whether to think he's playing through an injury or going through similar small-sample frustrations as Baez, Rizzo, Schwarber, and to a lesser extent Contreras.
Dolorous Jon Lester 10 hours 52 min ago (view)
Shockingly by virtue of that HR he has been infinitely more productive than Jose Martinez
crunch 11 hours 4 min ago (view)
baez just bunted for a RBI single. that's both impressive and sad.
honestly, there's more than a few power hitters out there that can't bunt worth a damn and he pulled it off with enough ease you know he's put some work in. it's nice to see it done well even if you don't wanna see him do it a lot.
Eric S 11 hours 5 min ago (view)
Anyone else remember how Andre Dawson and his creaky knees looked in the 1989 NLCS against the Giants? That's the vibe I'm getting with KB. Not sure what is up with Bote but I hope he gets some consideration for starting at third.
crunch 11 hours 45 min ago (view)
cubs put i.vargas on the 10-day IL...later dude...thanks for that homer.
crunch 12 hours 4 min ago (view)
happ / rizzo / contreras / schwarber / bryant / heyward / baez / kipnis / caratini(DH)
Q will start tomorrow night.
Arizona Phil 14 hours 55 min ago (view)
If spotty command and inconsistency wasn't a concern, Rex Brothers would be Josh Hader. Right? I mean, a LHRP with a 95-97 FB and an 89 SL and he strikes out the side (which also happened to be the heart of the Twins order) 1-2-3 (all three swinging).
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
K...cubs lose. meh.
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
we really gonna leave this game to nico hoerner with 2 out and the bases loaded in the 9th? a'ite then. c'mon dude.